Daily Archives: March 9, 2014

Open thread (March 9)

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Lawmakers ignoring public opinion on marijuana

marijuanaBills to allow medical marijuana continue to go nowhere at the Statehouse. And Attorney General Derek Schmidt and other law-enforcement officials issued a formal warning last week not to bring pot into Kansas from Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal. But the official resistance contrasts sharply with the interest among Kansans that shows up in surveys: 64 percent of the Kansas voters in the recent Public Policy Polling survey said marijuana should be legal for medicinal use, as did 50 percent of Republicans; 42 percent of voters support making it legal for recreational use. A 2013 SurveyUSA poll of Kansas found 70 percent support for legalizing medical pot, which also was endorsed by more than two-thirds of the Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature.

Legislature could learn from Kansas Medical Society

statehouse“The Kansas Legislature might just learn a lesson from the Kansas Medical Society,” wrote Statehouse observer Martin Hawver. He noted how the society spearheaded a bill that would raise the current $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. The change is in response to a Kansas Supreme Court decision that the cap was constitutional but very low. “The medical society knows that at some time another medical malpractice case is going to go to the Supreme Court, and it can only be helpful for the court to know that the KMS has listened to the court,” Hawver said. In contrast, the Legislature has thumbed its nose at court rulings on school funding. “Maybe the Legislature could learn something from doctors in the way of social skills in dealing with the court,” Hawver wrote.

So they said

“I think what Gov. Brownback has done with the tax laws and forward-thinking for our state of Kansas and the growth of Kansas in jobs is becoming a model states are looking at throughout the nation. I think he has done it in a very nonpartisan manner.” – Rep. Richard Carlson, R-St. Marys, in a Daily Caller article headlined “The next tax reform model for the nation to come from Kansas?”

“My experience with Gov. Brownback after having served for seven other governors is that he is the most partisan governor Kansas has ever had.” – Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, in the same article

“You wouldn’t expect this from me. Cheer Liberal today.” – U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, tweeting on Shrove Tuesday, which was pancake race day in Liberal