Archive for Friday, March 4, 2011

Union lobbyist banned from Kansas House gallery

March 4, 2011


— Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal has banned a lobbyist from the House gallery for the rest of the legislative session for taking part in a demonstration there during a vote last week.

O’Neal said Friday he took the action against Kansas AFL-CIO lobbyist Bruce Tunnell because of Tunnell’s active participation in a disruption in the gallery.

O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, says he’s also barring Tunnell from his office and that of the majority leader behind the House chamber.

Tunnell did not immediately return a telephone and e-mail message seeking comment.

Tunnell was among dozens of union members who protested a bill last week to bar labor organizations from automatically deducting money from members’ paychecks to finance political activities.


6 years, 9 months ago

can we get some further details on this as to why he was singled out to be banned? i'm very wary of the shenanigans in wisconsin and would hate to see them happening in kansas. thanks!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

"History shows that unions have caused riots and mayhem."

Not nearly as often as they were the targets of riots and mayhem.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

Word has come from on high that now is the time for Republicans to declare open warfare on unions.

Time will tell if they are overreaching.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 9 months ago

In underreported news: "EAU CLAIRE - An investigation continues into a bomb threat made this week at an aviation business in Eau Claire, just hours after Governor Scott Walker held a news conference there. Authorities said a 43-year-old Eau Claire man allegedly called in a threat to Heartland Aviation on Wednesday evening. The facility is next to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire. The man is free on a signature bond. No charges have been filed yet, but the man is due back in Chippewa County Circuit Court on April 19th. Investigators said the man took part in public demonstrations at the airport on Monday and Wednesday. His home was searched yesterday, and police are checking phone records and interviewing people. Eau Claire Police have asked for tips with more information. " The new civility seems pretty darned uncivil.

sourpuss 6 years, 9 months ago

Koch Industries gives millions to the Repub party and mere thousands to the Dem party.....nuff said.

Get rid of Koch Industries.

sourpuss 6 years, 9 months ago

Nice democracy you're running there, Kansas. Isn't it the First Amendment that says a citizen has the right to petition his government for the redress of grievances? Ah well, what's the Constitution anyway...

Flap Doodle 6 years, 9 months ago

Right to petition not equal to right to act like a chimp on acid.

Brent Garner 6 years, 9 months ago

Creating a public disturbance in a legislative setting is not the equivalent of a first amendment situation but is more similar to shouting FIRE in a crowded theater. The Speaker was well within his rights and powers to clear demonstrators from the rotunda or any other area and to ban them if they insist on disrupting the proceedings. This is done routinely in Washington when individuals or groups protest from the gallery during Congressional deliberations. Sorry, you pro-union thug supporters, but there is no issue here.

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