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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.

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Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

teapubs are shriller by the day. They can't seem to provide logical arguments any more than they can a logical presidential candidate. All they have left is their hate.

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Monzodiorite 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 5 months ago

Here's a f-ing political attack: Future LJW news report.....KDHE found to have LIED to Kansas supreme court over Holcomb life-killing coal plant! Yet more evidence of an administration grasping at straws just to get the basic fundamentals of humanity right! A political crusade to kill more humans....

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Alceste 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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cabmando 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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KS 2 years, 5 months 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.

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Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

I spent 20 minutes on the internet trying to find a case of documented illegal voting. Finally found one!

The Trial of Susan B. Anthony for Illegal Voting http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/anthony/sbaaccount.html

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pigballin 2 years, 5 months ago

Paul Davis ,,resign for not doing your job stopping illegal immigration. What cheap business are you working for?

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Agnostick 2 years, 5 months ago

Very well said, Liberty275!

Now... the other side of the coin...

We can blame illegal immigration on economics, the poor state of the Mexican nation, the drug wars, the need for cheap labor, and maybe a dozen other reasons. Really, though, there's only one reason illegal immigration happens: the people that want to come here view the illegal route as cheaper, faster, and easier, overall, than going through the legal process of doing it.

How do we put things in the proper perspective?

First, we do need to overhaul the process through which immigrants can legally enter the country. We need to make that process cheaper, faster, and easier. This will ultimately prove valuable to both the people that want to work here, and the American employers that want to hire them.

Second, we need to make the "illegal" process infinitely more time-consuming... infinitely more expensive... and infinitely more dangerous. And we need to be willing to crack down, hard, on both the illegal immigrants, and more importantly, the unscrupulous cheats that hire them.

Bush's fence was an embarrassing waste of time and money. About as effective as stacking up cardboard boxes on the beach, as the tsunami rolls forward. It's not the kind of fence you put up if you're serious about border security.

This is the kind of fence you put up if you're serious about border security:

http://cryptome.org/eyeball/parwan/pict105.jpg

The tower? Two armed guards, fully-automatic, one warning shot per incident, no more.

I've written elsewhere, many times, about the proper penalties for employers, companies, firms etc. that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Fine them $1 million per worker on the first instance; second instance, have Internal Revenue seize the business and auction it off for back taxes. At the most, this will have to be done two, three times before certain businesses get the hint.

Summarizing Barbara Jordan's extensive writings on immigration policy in the 1990s... our problem has been our immigration policy itself, per se. Our problem has been our weak, inconsistent, haphazard enforcement of whatever policy we do/did have.

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bszemere 2 years, 5 months 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!!!

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Liberty275 2 years, 5 months 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.

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

citizen1, still waiting for your proof. Could it be you have none and lack integrity to admit that fact? Or is it not available from Beck, Fox or the druggie approved quotes and provable facts?

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Stain 2 years, 5 months 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.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 5 months 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.

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distant_voice 2 years, 5 months 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.

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Agnostick 2 years, 5 months ago

Ron Thornburgh needn't worry about being outshined anytime soon...

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Getaroom 2 years, 5 months 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

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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citizen1 2 years, 5 months 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.

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Jimo 2 years, 5 months 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.

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autie 2 years, 5 months ago

all for Dulcinea's virtue..

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citizen1 2 years, 5 months 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.

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bootlegger 2 years, 5 months ago

Make him an offer; he can't refuse.........fagetaboutit

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nugget 2 years, 5 months 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.

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 5 months ago

Immigrants work the fields for low pay. Americans will not do these jobs. You have farmer's with crops in the fields in California telling their law makers that they have no workers. If they want Americans, they must pay more. Then the cost is passed to the consumer who wants to complain and illegals the cost of produce. If you are willing to pay twice as much for your fruits and veggies, you get to complain. If not, shut up.

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ibroke 2 years, 5 months ago

here is how to apply for food stamps. To get food stamps, you and the other people in your household must meet certain conditions. Everyone who is applying in your household must have or apply for a Social Security number and be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or have status as a qualified alien why not these same people need this to vote ???

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ssteve1 2 years, 5 months 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".

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Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

I have to disagree with Davis on this one. koback should keep his night job and quit being Sec of State.

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Phone_Man 2 years, 5 months 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.

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consumer1 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Kansas wouldn't be in the fiscal mess it is, if Mr. Davis would focus on his job instead of worring and wasting time about other people he doesn't like.

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Liberty275 2 years, 5 months 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.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 5 months ago

Will Paul Davis ever stop his incessant whining. Liberals love to tell others how to do their jobs. Next time you can run for Secretary of State Paulie!

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Fossick 2 years, 5 months ago

Democrat criticizes Republican. Yawn.

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Slowponder 2 years, 5 months 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.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

I play a little game....read the headline, guess who authored the pc-o-garbage before I open it........so far, batting 1000.

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ksrush 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm just curious, is Rothschild on the dems payroll ? Rothy seems to spend all his time crying wolf when it's really a puppy. 99% flash 1% truth and 0% substance, a Pitts in the making, or the Granolaville version anyway

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tomatogrower 2 years, 5 months 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.

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kansasredlegs 2 years, 5 months 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.

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 5 months 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.

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headdoctor 2 years, 5 months 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.

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Rich Lorenzo 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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tomatogrower 2 years, 5 months 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!!!!

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somedude20 2 years, 5 months 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!

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Brittanicus 2 years, 5 months 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.

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ibroke 2 years, 5 months ago

maybe they registered to vote while they were alive and then they died and could not vote..I dont see any problem with Kobach working in other states to help in keeping illegal immigrants from voting call me bad

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jesse499 2 years, 5 months ago

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

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classclown 2 years, 5 months 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~

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 5 months 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.

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classclown 2 years, 5 months 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.

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ibroke 2 years, 5 months ago

here are the duties of Secretary of State (Electoral) The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer of the state, administering elections and voter registration throughout the state. The office also files campaign finance reports[2] and registers lobbyists.[3] The duty of regulating lobbying and campaign finance is shared with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

( Economic)The Secretary operates the Business Filing Center, which registers business entities, trademarks, trade names, and liens made pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code.[4]

The secretary regulates a wide variety of businesses, including sports agents, trade unions,[5] cemeteries, and funeral homes.[6]

[AdministrativeThe Secretary's Publications Section is responsible for publishing various legal and informational documents for the state. This includes statutory and administrative law publications such as session laws, regulations, and the state's gazette, the Kansas Register.[7]

The Secretary also operates "Safe at Home," the state's Address Confidentiality Program[8] and conducts census adjustments.[9]

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

I hope the SS can fine one of those unicorns one day. I'd like a picture.

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overthemoon 2 years, 5 months 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.

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