Daily Archives: May 9, 2014

Court majority doesn’t understand danger of religious intimidation

churchstateThe reasoning process of the conservative majority (all five are Catholics) in ruling that legislative assemblies can start their sessions with prayers “is nothing short of horrific,” columnist Martin Schram wrote. “They just don’t get how intimidation happens. The four dissenters (three are Jewish, one is Catholic) understood the dangers of silent religious intimidation. It can be strong enough to shatter the wall of separation between church and state, built brick by brick by founders who expected it would forever make America special.”

Open thread (May 9)

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Moran is among the 10 most truant senators

morannewWhen National Journal checked the attendance records of current U.S. senators, it found they had missed an average 2.5 percent of roll call votes over their tenure. The bottom 10 included Sen. Jerry Moran (in photo), R-Kan., whose 6.5 percent made him less truant than only Sens. Marco Rubio (7.1 percent), R-Fla., and John McCain (10.5 percent), R-Ariz. (excluding the serious illness-related absences of Sens. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill). According to GovTrack.us, Moran missed 59 of 910 roll call votes from January 2011 through this month, including 20 this year. Moran told The Eagle editorial board Thursday that he has missed some votes because he tries to get back to Kansas every weekend to meet with constituents and to “be a good son to an aging parent.” He said he takes his job responsibilities very seriously and has held town hall meetings in all 105 counties in Kansas since becoming a senator. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has missed 2.4 percent of roll call votes over his three terms. The impressive records of the Kansans in the House, where the median of missed votes is 2.4 percent: Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, 0.5 percent; Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, both 0.6 percent; and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, 0.9 percent.