Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

Roberts challenge showed problem with Kobach’s PAC

yardsign2Now that Milton Wolf, the tea party challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has failed to convince the State Objections Board to oust the three-term senator from the GOP primary ballot on residency grounds, it will be up to Republican voters to decide between the candidates on their merits. That’s appropriate, and voters can hope that the campaign can shift from mudslinging to issues and experience. But Monday’s proceeding before the board, whose three office-holding members all recused themselves after having endorsed Roberts, did offer a fresh demonstration of why it’s inappropriate for Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the board members, to maintain his Prairie Fire political action committee and otherwise aggressively engage in politicking. As state Rep. Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, unsuccessfully argued during the recent session in offering a House amendment to nix Kobach’s PAC: “It’s very important elections are fair. The person who is the chief election officer of the state should not have a PAC.”

Open thread (May 13)

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State’s budget problems hurting KU’s bond rating

jayhawkMoody’s Investors Service first downgraded the state’s bond rating because of  budget problems and its sluggish economic recovery. Now the credit agency has downgraded the University of Kansas. Moody’s cited “the state’s budgetary challenges” and KU’s “thin operating performance and limited liquidity” in deciding last week to lower KU’s rating from Aa1 to Aa2. Kansas State University’s bond rating by Moody’s was already Aa2. Wichita State University’s rating is Aa3.