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Rep. Davis says Secretary of State Kobach should focus on his job, not ‘personal crusade’ against illegal immigration

State Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, left, says Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, needs to focus more on his job than a "personal crusade" against illegal immigrants.

State Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, left, says Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, needs to focus more on his job than a "personal crusade" against illegal immigrants.

October 31, 2011

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House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, needs to focus on his job and not his “personal crusade” against illegal immigration.

But Kobach said Davis’ criticism didn’t make sense and Kobach reiterated that he works full time on his job as secretary of state and does outside legal work on his own time.

Davis said the recent fine levied by state ethics officials against Kobach’s campaign for campaign finance reporting violations showed that Kobach “is spending too much time traveling around the country on a personal crusade and not enough time doing the job the people of Kansas elected — and pay — him to do.”

Last week, Kobach’s campaign was fined the maximum amount of $5,000 for failing to report accurately nearly $80,000 in contributions and expenses in Kobach’s successful 2010 campaign for secretary of state.

During the last legislative session, Davis had proposed a measure that would require statewide elected officials to refrain from outside employment during their time of public service.

The measure was aimed at Kobach, who as an attorney has worked nationally to assist cities and states in drafting illegal immigration laws. Kobach has co-authored the most controversial of those laws in the nation, including those in Arizona and Alabama, and is in frequent legal battles over the issue of illegal immigration.

“I’m once again calling on Secretary Kobach to end his private legal practice, which is obviously taking up so much time that he can’t even follow the laws that his own office helps to enforce, and become a full time secretary of state,” Davis said.

But Kobach said, “Mr. Davis’ complaint makes no sense. The reports filed by my campaign treasurer in 2009 and 2010 bear absolutely no relationship to how I have spent my spare time since being inaugurated in 2011.”

Kobach has often said that he works in his spare time on immigration issues in other states and that work does not detract from his duties as secretary of state.

His office said Monday that Kobach spends 40 hours to 50 hours per week on secretary of state business and five hours to 15 hours per week of his spare time on legal work “helping cities and states to stop illegal immigration.”

Kobach’s salary as secretary of state is $86,003 per year.

In a Statement of Substantial Interest filed with the secretary of state’s office in April, Kobach listed 10 clients who paid fees or commissions to him of at least $2,000 in the preceding calendar year. Kansas law doesn’t require a state official to list an exact amount of compensation.

According to the Statement of Substantial Interest, Kobach’s clients included the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based group that fights illegal immigration. He also did work for the city of Fremont, Neb., and Maricopa County, Ariz., on immigration issues. His other clients included Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, of Greenville, S.C.; CMP Susquenhanna Corp., of Atlanta, Ga.; Snell & Wilmer of Phoenix; The Federalist Society, of Washington, D.C.; Digital Ally Inc. of Overland Park; The Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund of St. Louis; and the 7th District Missouri Republican Assembly of Springfield, Mo.

In June 2010, when Kobach was a candidate for secretary of state, he had seven clients listed on his Statement of Substantial Interest form.

Comments

overthemoon 3 years, 1 month ago

An elected official doesn't really have 'their own time'. Everything they do reflects on their office and their constituents. Kind of like the Opera music show host that lost her job at an NPR affiliate for participating in an 'Occupy Rally' on her own time.

ksjayhawk74 3 years, 1 month ago

You're right but the NPR host issue is a less than a molehill compared to Kobach's mountain.

A opera radio show has in not political in any way and it has nothing to do with NPR news department. Also, just appearing at a rally is nothing compared to writing state's unconstitutional anti-immigration laws.

deec 3 years, 1 month ago

She is a freelancer who is paid by a radio station, not an NPR employee, so she did not violate the ethics code of NPR. She doesn't work for them. She has been partially reinstated. http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/host-of-npr-show-fired-for-occupying-dc/

overthemoon 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree, it is a small thing, but that's sort of the point. She lost her job thought only tenuously connected to a radio network. She isn't an elected official who takes an oath of office and serves at the will of the people.

Kobach and his ALEC cronies are on a mission to make the Secretary of State position a farce in every state of the Union, disabling voting rights and making a much bigger deal of 'illegal immigration' than it really is. Have you heard him acknowledge that immigration numbers are down and many immigrants have gone home due to the bad economy? Nope.

overthemoon 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree, it is a small thing, but that's sort of the point. She lost her job thought only tenuously connected to a radio network. She isn't an elected official who takes an oath of office and serves at the will of the people.

Kobach and his ALEC cronies are on a mission to make the Secretary of State position a farce in every state of the Union, disabling voting rights and making a much bigger deal of 'illegal immigration' than it really is. Have you heard him acknowledge that immigration numbers are down and many immigrants have gone home due to the bad economy? Nope.

appleaday 3 years, 1 month ago

I heard it on NPR yesterday, so I'm sure you could find it on their website.

itwasthedukes 3 years, 1 month ago

We elected him (Kobach) under this platform, Paul who are you working for? What is wrong with requiring an ID to vote? You have to have an ID to buy cough medicine.

progressive_thinker 3 years, 1 month ago

Many homeless and otherwise disenfranchised do not have ID's. It is a huge issue, because, among other things, they are often denied access to healthcare [cough medicine] and other services. The problem is especially hard on women who may have difficulty establishing their identity sufficiently to obtain a government ID.

The notion that someone cannot cast even a provisional ballot without an ID is unnecessarily denying the person the right to vote. If it turned out that the provisional ballot might make a difference in the election, then the matter of voter eligibility could be further investigated. Of course, these folks might vote for a progressive candidate, which Kobach and others are bound and determined to prevent.

Kobach ran for office on a problem that did not exist.

bradh 3 years, 1 month ago

ID's also prevent the dead, Mickey Mouse, the entire Dallas Cowboys football team (in Nevada) from voting. We know of thousands of instances when votes were cast for those not eligible to vote. An id can be had for a few dollars. If a person isn't cogently able to get an id, I don't know that I want them to be voting. I do agree that they are more likely to vote for the progressive candidate you mention.

Funny how a problem that doesn't exist is talked about constantly and both sides of the issue talk about how to resolve the issue.

progressive_thinker 3 years, 1 month ago

A study done by the Bush DOJ found that there was little evidence of voter fraud in the US. There was simply no evidence to support the assault on voter rights waged by Kobach. There are less restrictive safeguards present, one that I mentioned is the provisional ballot.

As to the ease of getting an ID, it is not as simple as one might think, particularly if the person is homeless, or if their parents did not do a good job of record keeping. These factors, along with poverty, should not prevent a citizen from voting.

classclown 3 years, 1 month ago

Davis said the recent fine levied by state ethics officials against Kobach’s campaign for campaign finance reporting violations showed that Kobach “is spending too much time traveling around the country on a personal crusade and not enough time doing the job the people of Kansas elected — and pay — him to do.”

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Not arguing for or against Davis' position, but how does he make the connection from one to the other?

That's just like saying that since some grapes are green, that just goes to show that there are mountains in Colorado.

Jimo 3 years, 1 month ago

"That's just like saying that since some grapes are green, that just goes to show that there are mountains in Colorado."

Errrr....no.

It's more like saying the reason you missed an important deadline at work is unrelated to the fact you leave work early most days. Yes, it could be unrelated. I suspect, however, that your employer will not so easily see the unrelatedness.

Steve Jacob 3 years, 1 month ago

Do you know Sedgwich County found 141 dead people registered to vote, and how many of them voted? Zero. His big issue was voting fraud, I have no idea why he thinks illegals are voting.

ljwhirled 3 years, 1 month ago

It is not that he thinks illegals are voting. It is that he doesn't want black and Hispanic citizens to vote.

Turns out that, in general, they vote for the wrong party.

This guy is just the latest in a long string of bigots who want to keep minorities from exercising their franchise.

progressive_thinker 3 years, 1 month ago

A 2004 Ruttgers University study showed that there was a 4 percent reduction in voter turnout in states with new voter ID laws. The turnout for Hispanics was reduced by 10%, and the turnout for African Americans was reduced by 6%.

It indeed does appear that Kobach and others are targeting minorities and the poor to prevent them from voting.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

Kobach will keep thousands of legally registered citizens from voting. We are supposed to be ENCOURAGING people to vote, since we're supposedly a democracy - not making it harder.

coryweber 3 years, 1 month ago

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

It's just my guess, but this is less about the numbers of illegal immigrants that are now voting and more about the fear that it may happen in the future. It's not a great leap from allowing illegal immigrants in-state tuition to allowing them to vote in municipal elections or voting for school boards. That type of advocacy is already happening. Should that be allowed, it's just a short step to voting in state elections. The current campaign is all about nipping that in the bud, right here and right now.

classclown 3 years, 1 month ago

srj (anonymous) says…

Do you know Sedgwich County found 141 dead people registered to vote, and how many of them voted? Zero.

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Then they have no right to complain about anything. :Þ~

jesse499 3 years, 1 month ago

If Mr. Davis and others were doing their jobs the illegals wouldn't be here.

ljwhirled 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, because states are supposed to enforce immigration law!

Oh, wait, no they are not.

Check with the Internet quickly jesse499, and get back with some informed opinion. You are looking really stupid and uninformed.

jesse499 3 years, 1 month ago

The problem is knowone is inforcing the law just like you they just pass the buck thanks to your buddy the big O in Washington.By the way the states have the right to protect their borders to.

ljwhirled 3 years, 1 month ago

Doh! Another conservative pwned by reality.

overthemoon 3 years, 1 month ago

Are you out picking vegetables in 100+ temperatures for low wages? Would you want your kids doing that? Or are you willing to pay quadruple the price for your veggies picked only by people who get paid a decent wage? Its a real conundrum not easily solved.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years, 1 month ago

Whats the difference, we are paying the 99 week people unemployment for doing nothing. Get rid of the illegals, get them off of government assistance and other programs, and make the Americans work if they want to eat, the prices might go up, but the government spending would go down and it would wash.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

If the illegals left Kansas the economy here would collapse. It's disgusting but true. It's illegals who are working in the slaughter houses and on farms in western Kansas, for slave wages and in conditions that are hellish and illegal.

I wish someone would crack down on illegal employment. Make those employers pay minimum wage and make their work places safe.

The Republicans are not interested in that. Not at all.

Bob Forer 3 years, 1 month ago

Not quite. True, many Mexicans are employed in the meat packing and farm industries. But their pay, while horrible, is minimum wage or slightly above, and the work conditions, while not illegal, are certainly not the best. Since there are always USDA inspectors on site on all slaughter houses and meat packing plants, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for the employer to allow conditions to sink below minimum standards.

Mexicans also are found in large numbers in the construction industry in Kansas. They pay is usually above minimum wage, but less than what the typical American is willing to work for. I am sure some of them are illegal.

The Republicans really don't care about illegals working, because they are able to pay them less than standard wages and increase their profits.

ljwhirled 3 years, 1 month ago

If that were his goal (and the only effect) it wouldn't be an issue.

The problem is that his goal is to depress minority turnout and help ensure that his party's candidates are elected.

The issue is simple to decide. Which is more important:

  1. The millions of blacks and Hispanics who will be disenfranchised by voter ID laws. ( http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/policy_brief_on_voter_identification/ )

  2. The dozen or so cases of voter fraud that take place nation wide in any given election.

I know which side I come down on. Do you?

fancy80 3 years, 1 month ago

Ljwhirled, I think you might want to step away from MSNBC for a bit. Your spewing out talking points is tiresome. You are certain that you know KK's intent is to keep blacks and Hispanics from voting? Or is that just what they teach you to say? Next you'll tell us that it is easier to buy a gun than it is to vote. Guess what? I have seen this episode and I have had the exact same argument with my mom, because she has been brainwashed too by MSNBC.

progressive_thinker 3 years, 1 month ago

Actually, in Kansas it will be easier to buy a gun than to vote. Because private party sales of used guns are not regulated, one could legally buy a gun from a private party without providing ID or proof of citizenship.

Thanks for pointing this out!!!

fancy80 3 years, 1 month ago

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Carol Bowen 3 years, 1 month ago

As a government employee, his time is our time. He should stick to the job description you provided above. (Thank you for that.) His personal missions are political (also not allowed) and should not be paid for by state taxpayer money unless resolved within our state legislature, of course. Government employees have strict rules about any kind of moonlighting or extracurricular activities. It's fine that he promoted himself during the campaign as one who has worked on this issue, but he can only do so for the state of Kansas while he is in office. Once he is out of office, he can work on his mission across state lines again.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

Agreed.

There is nothing from preventing him from continuing his privately paid work after he is done with his term as Secretary of State.

Getaroom 3 years, 1 month ago

OK! You are. If you do not see the problem, you are part of the problem. If you do not see the problem it is likely you do not want to see the problem. Kobach and Brownbackward, two peas in a pod, working to tear down a society in order to reestablish one in the image of their LORD. Both working their personal agendas on our tax dollars. It is a no brainer really. Give to the rich - take from the poor. Prevent an entire sector of voters from casting votes that are likely to be cast for Democrats. Don't see a conflict of interest there? I mean really how are they not participating in class war at any given moment, full time. Kobach has created a problem to fix out of nothing of consequence. Homeland Securtiy beginnig with"The Decider" and continued by others is eroding our basic human freedoms and rights, that is a known ibroke. The GOP, especially, is hard at work making sure you stay ibroke and you support that? Seeing the problem is up to you.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

If he were doing his job right in Kansas he wouldn't have time to do extra consulting work for other states.

Brittanicus 3 years, 1 month ago

AMERICAN WORKERS JOBS ARE VULNERABLE? WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN WORKERS CIVIL RIGHTS?

E-verify is a commitment by all honest politicians, with an answer to every American workers prayer. The Representative Judicial Ways & Means chairman Smith, has a need for more sponsors to pass the ‘Legal Workforce Act. It is guaranteed to remove illegal aliens from the job market, and make all business owners under federal obligation or face serious sanctions, which before a district judge could carry hefty fines, business property confiscation and without the exclusion of a prison term.

The E-Verify program is possible the greatest deterrent against the illegal alien invasion and it will inhibit—the labor and consequently the family with instant citizenship children born to illegal aliens and smuggled into this country. Nobody should get any special privilege in education tuition or health care, especially—ILLEGAL ALIENS. Of course it is demonized by the so called ‘progressives’—AS E-VERIFY WORKS!

We have seen the consequences of illegal immigration, that throughout the last 25 years, that without the real 2006 Secure Fence Act by lacking any true enforcement within our sovereign country, we have been overrun and occupied. The costs to support the economic invasion of 20 million plus people, represents a failure of numerous administrations. No need to go into the financial ramifications of this terrible epidemic, as everybody knows the expenditure could pay for a small countries surplus. It’s in the hundreds of billions, which you can study at the Heritage Foundation website. Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann or any GOP hardliners or moderate, hoping in the next year to attain the presidency better have an answer for the illegal immigration invasion and not—MASS AMNESTY? E-Verify or the ‘Legal Workforce Act (Bill H.R. 2885) needs every lawmakers attention and every American needs to call or fax their representative in Washington, and hope they have not yet been corrupted by special interest lobbyists, that swarm like bloated insidious flies in the halls of Congress. NumbersUSA has a free faxing service that is available to every legal resident or citizen. You also have the option of calling Washington yourself at 202-224-3121.

This is a critical time before the 2012 election, and requires enough House Representatives to sponsor this bill in the next session.

Environmentalists need to open their eyes to the mounds of garbage, left by drug packers, illegal aliens and the tracks of other criminals, finding their way across the border. Instead of complaining about some frog or plant, they should go and clean up the effluence.

To repeat, illegal aliens have been voting in our elections. The TEA PARTY will be scrutinizing electoral rolls, registration and absentee ballots.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

"To repeat, illegal aliens have been voting in our elections. "

Can you show some form of proof for this?

fancy80 3 years, 1 month ago

Can you prove they never will? Show us your links on that please..

fancy80 3 years, 1 month ago

Fretster, the question was intended for Katara. Sorry...Hate these "threads".

fancy80 3 years, 1 month ago

Not really, but my problem is not with you. it is with Katara consistently asking for links...it is as annoying as trying to have a discussion with Bozo. Anything Bozo says is true and anything someone else says (that Bozo doesn't agree with) is not valid, or just plain wrong.

Anyways, this is old news by now. On to more current issues...have a good one.

roadwarrior 3 years, 1 month ago

hummm....Legal Workforce Act undermines states rights, must be defeated....that could be problematic. Puts all the power in the hands of the feds and ICE is doing nothing.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/10/legal-workforce-act-undermines-states-rights-must-be-defeated#ixzz1cPnQc88y

somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

Just like rust, racism never sleeps. To bad these (R) fools spend more time making new messes rather than cleaning up the ones they have already made! To anyone who can get a tan, watchout because soon the repubs will be gunning for you!

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

In the Tea Party utopia illegal aliens who try to vote will get prison, yet rapist will get to choose who gives birth to their child. The woman and child will be sentenced to life, the rapists to a few years, if he gets caught, but we can't have all those illegals voting Republican in Kansas. I can't wait. Once we get rid of all that fraud, Republicans don't stand a chance.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years, 1 month ago

Many (most?) pro-life people are pro-choice regarding abortion. I remember Bush was. The pro-lifers get most upset when talking about abortions in later terms. Really, if everyone calmed down on that topic, we might actually be able to reach compromise.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years, 1 month ago

Silly typo. "Pro-choice regarding abortion" should be "pro-choice regarding rape."

Scott Morgan 3 years, 1 month ago

Racism is thinking our minority voters will vote dem. Blantant racism is promoting they vote dem.

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

"To repeat, illegal aliens have been voting in our elections. The tea party will be scrutinizing electoral rolls, registration and absentee ballots."

How many illegals have been caught voting? Are you going to throw out anyone whose last name is hispanic? Some hispanic families have been in this part of the world longer than your family has been here, unless you are Native American. Remember, Spain settled the Americas first. What will be your criteria for disputing registration? Does this mean that Democrats will finally take over in Kansas, since the Republicans have been voting illegally and winning all of the elections? Woohoo!!!!

Rich Lorenzo 3 years, 1 month ago

Another slow day at the Journal World. Rothschild finds some Dem to say something negative about a Republican. Nobody cares.

ignatius_j_reilly 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree here. I'm actually very anti-Kobach for this exact reason, but it's just muckraking now, and not the good kind.

headdoctor 3 years, 1 month ago

Well, so much for being warned before about his non- State activities. Yeah, and no one cares at the moment. Wait and see how many people care if the Neo-Liberals that have taken over the Republican party and a good share of the Libertarian party get their agenda operational and in full force. Then it will be to late. Only corporations, large business owners or just very wealthy individuals will come out on top. Everyone else below them from all political party lines will be screwed. I can assure you that the 90%, 10% split of today will be a joke. If they have their way it will be 97%, 3% split with the 97% being the group in poverty. The Neo-Liberals are entitled to believe what they want but there is no room in a Democratic Republic for this type of absolute rule.

Kirk Larson 3 years, 1 month ago

This isn't even about "illegals". It's about discouraging students, the elderly, and people who don't own cars (lacking ID) from voting.

kansasredlegs 3 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps LJW could print the "proposed" legislation that was introduced by Davis. I'm just wondering if he carved out a nice 'exception' for himself since he's also self-employed or was it legislation specifically targeting Kobach.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 1 month ago

The exception is in the article - "Davis had proposed a measure that would require statewide elected officials to refrain from outside employment during their time of public service."

Davis is not a "statewide" elected official. He only represents a district so he could keep his outside employment.

Bottom line - those whining about Kobach didn't vote for him in the first place and will never vote for him. I voted for him and will vote for him again next election if he runs provided he doesn't screw up and so far he hasn't.

I don't like illegal immigrants being here - legal good, illegal bad. I like adding some security to prevent voter fraud even if it is not rampant. If you want to vote, if you believe it is important, then the new changes will not deter you. And, political party groups have done a lot to provide transportation to the polls, registering people, etc. so if it is really a hardship then I am sure they will assist people in getting an ID.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 1 month ago

Paul Davis is an elected representative. He is part time. His job duties are not specific, and he receives a pittance in pay. Chris Kobach makes more than $86,000 and has specific duties within the organization.

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

Boy I can't wait until we get rid of all the fraudulent voters in Kansas. It's the only way Brownback and Kobach could have gotten elected.

ljwhirled 3 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately for the conservative movement, reality has a liberal bias.

Jonathan Becker 3 years, 1 month ago

One of the non-mentioned duties of the Secretary of State is statutory. The legislature, that would be a Republican legislature, has deemed that corporations that don't maintain an agent for service of process irrevocably appoint the Secretary of State as their agent in the state. It is hard to personally serve the Secretary of State in Kansas when he is in Washington, Nashville, or Phoenix.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

That seems like a pretty important duty.

Wouldn't this hold up lawsuits if the Secretary of the State is not available to have papers served upon as agent of those corporations?

Fossick 3 years, 1 month ago

Democrat criticizes Republican. Yawn.

Liberty275 3 years, 1 month ago

It seems to me a legislator should be legislating and not trying to play junior executive. Mr Davis, if you want to tell the secretary of state what to do, pass a law or become governor. Until then, maybe you should go back to doing your job saying yea or nay when people with ideas tell you it's your turn to vote.

jesse499 3 years, 1 month ago

More like after the people with the money tell him how they want him to vote.

Phone_Man 3 years, 1 month ago

Most of these posts are crap! If you want to vote and are in this country legally get a state ID and vote. This has nothing to do with skin color; it has everything to do with being in this country legally. If you want to come here and pick produce and work your way up to a better job do it. The only thing you need to do is come here legally.

We should ship the illegals off to Iraq or Afghanistan for a tour of duty when we catch them. If they complete the tour great; they get citizenship. Why should I pay for some illegal's housing healthcare and family. I have no problem with them entering legally and paying their own way.

ssteve1 3 years, 1 month ago

Kris' main campaign theme was voter ID. That's why I voted for him. I'm glad he's pursuing this issue. I hope Kris continues this "personal crusade".

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years, 1 month ago

You take all the able bodied people on unemployment, make them get on a bus and go pick crops for their money, and I'll bet you 90% of them would get jobs in the next 2 weeks.

Two problems solved.

3 years, 1 month ago

Kobach is a crook allowed to simply waste taxpayer's money while lining his own pockets. All of the former SOS said voting by illegal immigrants is not an issue, nor can Kobach or anyone else prove it. All a fairy tale to get elected.

David Reynolds 3 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps Mr. Davis should focus on his own position responsibilities. All he does is COMPLAIN!!!!!!

WHEN LIBERALS/Democrats/Progressives fear something all they do is whine, cry, complain, & denegrate.

What are you afraid of Mr. Davis? Afraid the millions of illegals in the country will not be able to vote for Liberals?

Perhaps Mr. Davis ought to focus in reducing the cost if government & improving employment opportunities in Lawrence & Kansas.

Mr. Davis is sounding like the Blamer in Chief, good ole Barry.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

I asked another person who claimed that illegal immigrants are voting if they could provide any proof of this. They could not.

Can you show any credible proof that illegal immigrants are voting?

Jimo 3 years, 1 month ago

Kobach made a big deal when running for office that he was going to be working full time. It's obvious that he isn't doing that.

Most people working 40 hour workweeks barely find time for much else than family and housework. Executive office holder of the State should be working more like 50 or even 60 hours a week. The idea that Kobach spends his evenings and weekends playing legal consultant around the nation isn't just absurd -- it's insulting to people's intelligence.

Dear Mr. Kobach, I'm sure the Koch Bros. (or someone similar) will fund your play activities if you ask. Quit stealing the taxpayers money and start pocketing private money for your legal jokes.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

you have absolutely no evidence to make this claim...

David Reynolds 3 years, 1 month ago

Jimo you are projecting your activities and capabilities on someone else.

You know nothing about Kobach's abilities. I would venture to say no 2 people do the same job the same way or with the same effort.

If you & others had the ability to consult using a marketable skill you had I bet you might do it also.

FlintlockRifle 3 years, 1 month ago

Jesse, this is what I was also thinking, what's the big deal here

Getaroom 3 years, 1 month ago

For those of you who prefer a reality based more on fact than the general lunacy of this blog click on the link below.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/10/31/128823/congressional-hearing-sought-over.html

Don Whiteley 3 years, 1 month ago

Rep. Davis is the perfect liberal politician. He picks and chooses which laws of our country he will uphold and which ones he will ignore. He'll even lash out at anyone trying to uphold the law. Since he's already on the dole with a government handout, he would have made an outstanding hippie.

kansanjayhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

These kind of comments were not directed against former Governor graves when his campaign encounter problems in accounting like the ones Kobach faced! Mr. Davis is clearly being partisan because he does not agree with the politcal views of Mr. Kobach. It is nothing more than just more of the same kind of attack politics that Kansans are getting tired of.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

I think Kobach and Brownback are both auditioning for the Koch Brothers and the so-called tea "party" with national elected positions in mind. Neither of them cares a whit for Kansas or Kansans.

Liberty275 3 years, 1 month ago

This is a bit of a conundrum. Everyone here probably agrees the right to vote is sacred. As well, they probably think that right is reserved for citizens. So how do you prove you are a citizen? With some sort of paper issued by the government. Pretty cut and dry.

Not really. It seems to me that requiring ID will place an impediment between a person and his right to vote. That's probably not constitutional.

So it comes down to weighing the alternatives. On one hand, you have to be a citizen to vote while on the other you don't want to prevent voters, even if their apathy is partly to blame, from casting their ballot.

I've not seen or heats of any widespread voter fraud in recent history. Granted it probably happens, and when it does it waters down all our votes. But the effect is nii.

The lack of real necessity and my belief that less law is better law makes me come down on the side of the "no ID" side.

As for illegal aliens, if this country had politicians with some brain function, we'd have a robust guest worker policy and would make American citizenship attainable by honest people in search of the American dream without making putting them through bureaucratic hell. I know unemployment is horrible right now and allowing more citizens will just make it worse. Yes. So be it. If I have to work a little harder to keep my job to help a good family get out of third-world squander, OK. If it takes a year off my life, but adds 10 to their's I'll gladly make the trade off. I'm over-rated anyway.

verity 3 years, 1 month ago

Damn, L275, I pretty much agree with everything you said. It seems even a liberal and a libertarian can agree on some things.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

Agreed.

Even the part about you being over-rated. ;P

bszemere 3 years, 1 month ago

Who cares what Kobach does in his spare time.

You are mad at Kobach for spending 5 to 15 a week on fighting illegals, while that sorry excuse of a president spends more time on the links than any president ever has gets a pass. Get real!!

But if he can stop another illegal from comitting murder (like one did recently in Maryland to a nun) I'm all for it. Give them heck, Chris!!!

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

bszemere (anonymous) says…Who cares what Kobach does in his spare time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So you'd have no problem with Kobach smoking pot on his weekends if he wanted to? I mean if it is only 5-15 hours a week...

roadwarrior 3 years, 1 month ago

I have to say, I enjoy just about everything you write. LOL Good stuff.

KS 3 years, 1 month ago

I think Rep. Davis needs to mind his own business. This is just a political attack. It is sooooo obvious. This is the type of thing that turns off the public, regardless of party.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 1 month ago

Anyone can point out a possible ethics violation.

cabmando 3 years, 1 month ago

it's reassuring to know that being Sec of State in Ks is only a part time job

Alceste 3 years, 1 month ago

Good for Mr. Davis. He's doing something, at least. Why aren't Francisco and Ballard?

Monzodiorite 3 years, 1 month ago

I call for a recall on Kobach. He is not a good guy, IMHO.

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