Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rally hits Capitol in opposition to Brownback, Kobach initiatives

After a protest outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, more than 300 people rallied near the south steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

After a protest outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, more than 300 people rallied near the south steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

February 15, 2012, 3:24 p.m. Updated February 16, 2012, 12:22 a.m.


Crowd rallies on Wednesday in opposition to immigration and voting policies of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Crowd rallies on Wednesday in opposition to immigration and voting policies of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

— More than 300 people on Wednesday converged on the Statehouse to protest the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council on the Kansas Legislature.

“We want the governor to know he needs to put Kansans first,” said Tamara Werth, of Lawrence, one of the co-founders of Kansans United in Voice and Spirit, which organized the rally along with several other groups.

Those at the event criticized Brownback’s tax overhaul, which would increase taxes on low-income Kansans while cutting taxes for wealthy Kansans and businesses. They also blasted his school finance plan as creating more funding inequities between rich and poor school districts. Brownback has said his tax plan will produce jobs, and his school funding proposal will give local taxpayers more say in how much to spend on education.

Before the Statehouse event, more than 100 people protested outside Kobach’s office.

Kobach is a former law professor who helped draft tough immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona and successfully pushed for the law in Kansas to require photo ID to vote.

He is currently asking the Legislature to adopt proof of citizenship requirements for new voter registration. Kobach has said the laws are needed to prevent voter fraud and illegal immigrants from voting.

But Marie Johnson, of Salina, and a member of the NAACP, said Kobach’s initiatives will lower turnout by making it more difficult for people to register and to vote. Protesters also filed Open Records requests for Kobach’s schedules because they said he spends a lot of time on issues outside of Kansas. Kobach has said he works on immigration issues in other states in his spare time.

Several speakers criticized the Legislature for approving bills proposed by the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council.

State Rep. Ann Mah, D-Topeka, said numerous ALEC measures were advancing in the Legislature. “It’s not that they are pro-business. They are anti-worker, anti-people,” she said of the ALEC proposals.

Mah said she went to the rally because of her opposition to Kobach’s voter registration plan, which if approved would take effect June 15.

Mah said thousands of Kansans will face obstacles in registering and voting because they can’t locate their birth certificate or don’t have a government ID.

Those at the rally braved chilly, drizzly weather as the wind picked up. Several buses came from Wichita carrying members of various groups, including Kansans Count, which works on voting rights and other issues.

Will Katz, of Lawrence, sang a song to the crowd entitled “Welcome to Brownbackistan.”

And many people in the crowd carried signs that read: “We Want Democracy,” “No Hate in Our State,” and “ALEC Is Not Your Friend.”


Jayhawk1958 5 years, 10 months ago

The line has been drawn. Middle class sick and tired of the rich making money off of them. And a Governor that needs a labotomy.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 10 months ago

" labotomy? " Not nice, sir or madam. I thought you were talking about the new proposed facility in Manhattan. Sam's brain is not the problem; it's his heart.

tolawdjk 5 years, 10 months ago

Too true, False.

With a resume like like, one might expect Tom Shrewmon to be in attendance.

(from a source)

tomatogrower 5 years, 10 months ago

FHNC, I realize that mostly you don't get out much, but some people work different shifts. Some people get vacation days, Some people are in business for themselves, so they can set their own schedule. Not everyone punches a time card. Since you apparently have a job, does your boss know you are posting instead of working?

ivalueamerica 5 years, 10 months ago

The GOP cut all the jobs in government, gave tax credits to corporations to send their jobs overseas and blocked every job bill presented by Obama, EVEN when they previously submitted the same bill.

That has a lot more to do with some of those people being unemployed.

Maybe some have disabilities, some work third shift, some ....

what am I saying, it is not like you are someone who would EVER let the truth distract you from your point.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Unlike Brownback, people opposed to his stupid ideas don't need tof be paid to show up. By the way, there are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents that oppose these initiatives.

tomatogrower 5 years, 10 months ago

And trust me. I almost shut down my business to go to the rally. Most of my employees would have gone too. Too bad we can't rally in front of his house on a Sat. I'll bet a lot more people would show up.

Brittanicus 5 years, 10 months ago

When the States of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Indiana and South Carolina is being financially crippled by the illegal alien invaders, it is undeniable that something smells of government corruption. These states have spoken out on behalf of their taxpayers, especially the border state of Arizona. Using fake ID, of exceptionally good quality unlawful nationals are able to qualify for food stamps, WICC and other public assistance programs. It is way past time that many incompetent administrations stopped this fraud? The only possible way is to issue every eligible US citizen and others able to qualify a National ID card, which can be substantiated? Our Social Security numbers and other documentation has been compromised, as seen in the overwhelming amount of victims that is unceasing spreading across our nation.

The American people, namely ' the increasing fathomless numbers of THE TEA PARTY" must unseat all radical Politicians, Governors, mayors, judges police chiefs and every elected official, city manager and councilman who are anti-sovereignty and pamper them with taxpayer dollars. Their oaths of allegiance are meaningless to them as they have shown by their pro-illegal immigration agenda's. Both political parties have been complicit in the flood of illegal migrants and immigrants that is estimated to be well over 20 million, not the numbers calculated by the US census bureau? Our only chance of stopping this scattering pestilence is to support the business mandatory E-Verify program and the Birthright citizenship Act that must be introduced in Congress right now.

Frank Sharry, Founder and Director of pro-amnesty group America's Voice and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) went was caught up in a verbal confrontation in The Huffington Post. Sharry calls Chairman Smith's mandatory E-verify bill "anti-immigrant legislation" and "unworkable and expensive bureaucracy." Sharry claims the bill would "grant the federal government the authority to approve or disapprove every new hire in America." That is how it should be, and rejection from being hired. A relatively simple solution that guarantees foreigners begin Mitt Romney’s ‘self-deportation’ antidote, better known as Attrition through Enforcement. Of Course Sharry doesn't individualize between a legal immigrant and illegal immigrant as it should be acknowledged or the Liberal media.

Brittanicus 5 years, 10 months ago

Rep. Smith defended E-Verify by saying the web-based program "quickly identifies illegal workers and protects jobs for citizens by checking Social Security numbers and ID of newly hired employees" and describes E-Verify as "free, quick and easy to use."

Rep. Smith cites a Rasmussen poll which found that 82% of likely voters think all businesses should be required to use E-Verify. Sharry, this open border individual and is now so frustrated and angry that millions of businesses have chosen to use E-Verify--both voluntary and state mandatory, that this far left progressive is reduced to name calling.

Sen. Lamar Smith’s E-Verify, “The Legal Workforce Act” is just tipping the scales and only needs a little more momentum from American voters to get this bill into Congress. The potential law has 74 co-sponsors and needs a final push of only 26 more lawmakers with a backbone; four of the co-sponsors are Democrats.

Join the TEA PARTY, as the refugees from every other delusional political voter and vote a Tea Party senate and house into office, displacing all those politicians and elected officers who protect illegal migrants and immigrants and betrayed the lawful U.S. Populace. These old party agenda is profit, votes and exploitation, and are in collusion with churches, unions, foreign governments and radical organizations and special interest groups. Illegal immigration has been forced on taxpayers through ‘UNFUNDED MANDATES’. These acts include free health care, free schooling, and has attributed to the loss of safety-net for Americans; coerced on citizens and lawful residents by liberal influenced courts.

Frosty Wooldridge said in his latest article: Every indicator that our country is failing shows up daily with 15 million unemployed, 7 million underemployed, 46 million Americans subsisting on food stamps, $700 billion annual trade deficit, $15 trillion national debt, endless wars that cost $15 billion monthly and thousands of kids dropping out of high school daily. I have said it before: illiteracy defines a third world country. With 42 million functionally illiterate Americans, we are well on our way. Nonetheless, Congress pumps over 125,000 immigrants into this country every 30 days. I am beyond exasperated as to why and how we can do this to our country.

Brittanicus 5 years, 10 months ago

Learn more at NumbersUSA, how the government is defying the U. S. Constitution and the laws that govern us. Investigate even more the terrible penalty our nation pays, for unending spending on foreign nationals by Googling—“AMERICAN PATROL.” Seek out your politician either by phone at 202-224-3121, or go their office in person. Proclaim to them they are–OUT–if they vote for any kind of AMNESTY, disguised as Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Important: Voter fraud does exist and our only chance of fair and impartial elections, from now until the November Presidential is every citizen show official Identification. Non citizens have been registered to vote and will again in all electoral cycles, which could cause major issues in a close vote. Fake ID has been around for years, but is more prevalent now than ever before?

deec 5 years, 10 months ago

If there is a spelling or grammatical error in the first line of a long post like this one, I know I can skip it.

Joe Hyde 5 years, 10 months ago

I hear an approaching helicopter.

It's Marlin Perkins with his Wild Kingdom dart gun!

headdoctor 5 years, 10 months ago

Brittanicus is part right. Some of those states mentioned are crippled now. Their economy may be in a world of hurt because they can't get enough workers to do what needs done.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 10 months ago

huh? Is this the 1960s again. Not enough workers? Where be this?

burnmu 5 years, 10 months ago

who the hell gets a fake ID to vote? are you a doomsday person by chance?

Mike1949 5 years, 10 months ago

Probably less than one hundredth of a percent, and that is a wild guess that is probably overstated. You have to understand, the republican party is practicing their fear mongering. Has been going on for years. Has anyone found any weapons of mass destruction? It is the same old crap yet who goes out if murder doctors in this country because the far right doesn't think the Supreme Court has a right to dictate any law that they don't agree with!

I would like to find out what was promised for the Supreme Court to decide companies are people and they can spend what ever they want to influence the vote in a election.

rtwngr 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow! That was quite a post and well said. However, it is lost on most of the unwashed that will read it but thank you.

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

The LJWORLD fibbed on the crowd size. Go figure. It was announced as 800 people by the announcer there. My father and wife and two other people I know were at this rally. It's hilarious that a backwards state like Alabama (Halbamo in my Choctaw language) is already looking for exemptions to that nonsense law because ricky bobby and carrie sue won't put down their anti illegals sign and go do field work and the people enforcing Juan Crow laws like the Jim Crow laws of the past are being embarrassed when foreign car companies Mercedes Benz and Hyundai have their executives pulled over for routine traffic offenses and didn't have papers with them a couple of months ago. My tribe is above Mobile, Alabama. English and Spanish are immigrant languages. Tuscaloosa means Black Warrior in our language. Wewoka, Wetumpka, and Tuskegee are Creek words and towns in Alabama. I hope these gop politicians starting eating eggo waffles for all the egg on their faces.

kochmoney 5 years, 10 months ago

Ah, that apathy certainly explains Brownback's documented plunge in approval ratings.

burnmu 5 years, 10 months ago

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jafs 5 years, 10 months ago

Actually, given the turnout, approximately 1/3 of eligible voters voted for Brownback, hardly a "huge majority" of voters.

allofyousuck 5 years, 10 months ago

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Cait McKnelly 5 years, 10 months ago

Would love to know what fairy tale has those percentages. Brownback received less than a third of the eligible votes in the state. Not exactly a mandate. His approval ratings are tanking too. He's down in the thirties percentage wise for the month of January 2012. But just keep slinging that BS if it makes ya feel better. God knows we all need something to make us feel better.

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

you know you sound like archie bunker dispatching back to the 1960's with that comrade nonsense but maybe it shows how out of touch you are. Out of touch with advocating pollution at will. Out of touch with deregulation and the failing attempts to create articles of confederacy anarchy. Maybe there should be an occupy movement on the lawn of Cedar Crest so that all of the people affected by the dimwit advocacy you promote can stay and affect the person causing the most damage here. Don't know much about history...don't know much biology.....what a wonderful world being clueless allows.

geoismeo 5 years, 10 months ago

Tuschkahouma, I can't stand Brownback and his backers, but you sound like a very bitter and unhappy person. We all get your point, give it a rest.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 10 months ago

You might try posting something tuchi sometime when it does not sound like you have been drinking.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 10 months ago

Yes Cait, I'm sure after 3.5 years of Obamahopeedreamee, the non eligible voters of Kansas are ready to elect a libby for gov. You folks are in for a rude awakening come November. Keep it coming libs, during a Milwaukee speech our President brought up a world tax, global so to speak.

Not sure you realize this, but libbies are fighting jobs in Western Kansas as I peck. Brownback is making big people decisions, not all are popular. In the end though, he will be elected again.

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 10 months ago


Kobach slammed in Alabama

In an editorial headlined, “Alabama paying for failed ‘experiment,’” The Mobile Press-Register leads off by declaring that: Alabama allowed itself to be used as a guinea pig on illegal immigration so that a Kansas lawyer could build his political career

Kobach, of course, helped Alabama state legislators write the harsh anti-immigrant law that has had severe unintended consequences. The Press-Register sums them up:

It has embarrassed the governor, discouraged industry, scared legal immigrants and, according to a recent report, been a drag on the state economy it was supposed to help.

The editorial concludes, bitterly: In return, what have we gotten for playing the guinea pig? Crops rotting in the field, a net loss to the economy, higher racial tensions and a PR black eye, to boot. Does any of this matter to an up-and-coming politician in Kansas? Sure doesn’t sound like it. Anyway, it’s just part of Mr. Kobach’s Alabama experiment.

In place after place, laws drafted by Kobach have either been declared unconstitutional or proven disastrous. Yet he happily forges ahead, representing the state of Kansas as an elected official and acting as an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. How many editorials will it take before people figure this guy out?

Read more here:

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 10 months ago

Our moonlighting secretary of state

The list is very interesting and raises once again the ethics of pursuing two careers – as secretary of state and as an immigration attorney. It appears implausible that Kobach could have worked only on nights and weekends for these extracurricular activities, as he has suggested.

As I noted in a recent column, Kobach was alleged to have made $100,000, while secretary of state, as part of his involvement with Farmers Branch, Texas. The Federation of American Immigration Reform hired him to author an anti-immigration ordinance, according to the past mayor pro tem of that city.

But thanks to the Statement of Substantial Interests, filed in April 2011, we know of 10 others who have paid Kobach recently. Each represents income to Kobach of no less than $2,000.

Kobach received payment from the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, which claims to be one of America’s leading labor and employment law firms.

Kobach received payment from the city of Fremont, Neb., where he drafted an anti-illegal immigration ordinance.

Kobach received payment from Snell & Wilmer, a law firm in Arizona.

Kobach received payment from Maricopa County, Ariz., where he charged $300 an hour and a monthly stipend of $1,500 plus expenses, according to National Public Radio. Kobach had helped draft the famous anti-illegal laws of that state.

Kobach received payment by Digital Ally, Inc., which specializes in security cameras.

Kobach received payment from the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund in St. Louis, Mo., an organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly.

Kobach received payment from the 7th District Missouri Republican Assembly.

Kobach received payment from The Federalist Society, a very conservative legal organization.

Kobach received payment from CMP Susquehanna Corp. as a Sunday night radio talk show host for a station in Kansas City.

But the number one benefactor is the Immigration Reform Law Institute, where Kobach serves as counsel. This organization focuses on anti-illegal immigration reform across the United States. And it is a pot of money for Kobach that is presumably quite substantial.

Read more here:

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 10 months ago

The rallys in Wisconsin started small. Over 1 million signatures later they are recalling their own Koch Puppet gov. scott walker

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow. Wisconsin has a million people in unions?

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

wissmo, do I hear a waaaaaagh over someone else's concern?

rtwngr 5 years, 10 months ago

No, the waaaaagh is coming from your side of the aisle. Wissmo is correct, just wait and see what's coming.

rtwngr 5 years, 10 months ago

300 people? It seemed like downtown was a little quiet yesterday. Did everybody carpool like good libbies?

Kirk Larson 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh, by the way, Jesus called and asked that you , please, leave him out of your diatribes and just speak for yourself. K THX BY.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

Kobach was elected to serve as Secretary of State in Kansas, but has been spending most of his time as the national trumpet section for the anti-gay, anti-immigrant, ant-liberal, anti-women's rights, anti-sugary soda agenda of the republican party. Phred Phelps would be pleased with this political wonk (if he is still alive). As for Kansas, well, Kobach seems to think that his responsibilities to the state are in line with the image that Brownbackwards has created nationally. A place to drive through or fly over on th way to California

bd 5 years, 10 months ago

What part of illegal do they not understand????

Tea anyone???

Centerville 5 years, 10 months ago

Your reporter omitted the part about the drumming. Which is central to the logic.

Tracy Rogers 5 years, 10 months ago

If there's crops rotting in the fields of Alabama because they can't get anyone to come pick them, then I guess they'd better cut off any unemployment checks being paid out.

Scott Morgan 5 years, 10 months ago

Florida, Texas, California, not Alabama.

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 10 months ago

Come on folks. Leave the governor alone. How are the Koch brothers going to make their profit targets this year unless the governor lowers their taxes and puts money back into them in corporate welfare subsidies by overtaxing the poor and elderly on fixed incomes? The nerve of some of you people!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

Those people should get together with all their little friends and vote for the candidate of their choice in the next election.

esteshawk 5 years, 10 months ago

Do republicans actually think Rick Santorum can beat the President in November? Or even Mitt? Obama keeps forcing them further to the right, which does not play well outside of Kansas, Alabama, and a few other Kobach enclaves.

jafs 5 years, 10 months ago

More recent polls show him at about 50% approval rating, and beating all of the current R candidates.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 10 months ago

And how they frame the polling question. But I do have to admit, the righty tighties have been really shooting themselves in the foot lately.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

No. And if they pick Santorum as their candidate, then Pailn will have another shot at VP. GM announced today the great recovery from near bankrupcy. One of the president's "failed" bailouts.

Obama will be rer-elected in spite of Rush Limbagh, Santorum, Rommey, Palin or any other of the facist republicans. You heard it here first.

The people of Pennsylvania did not want Santorum. The republicans would be very wise to reject this candidate.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 10 months ago

The are putting the needs of Kansans first--Koch's are Kansans!!!

Don Whiteley 5 years, 10 months ago

A combination of the "We hate everything" and the "Give it all to us" crowds.

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

hey distant....I guess you're from the we hate thinkers crowd and we think barons should profit at the expense of the rest of us....blind loyalty to exploitation huh....

Joe Hyde 5 years, 10 months ago

I am very proud of the people who protested today against the invasive and suppressive policies of the Brownback administration; and the presidential election year attempt to disenfranchise Democrat-leaning voters, by our secretary of state.

"Redress of grievances." Legitimate, sensible grievances. It's no accident this is the first time there's been a mass demonstration by citizens at the state capitol building, demonstrating in protest against what is clearly a coordinated multi-front attack on the state's middle class and working poor.

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

Excuse me! Big Toe, not all of us who are middle class and working poor were at work, Some of us were retired or requested the day off at our jobs to be there. And yes there were a lot of people there, between 500 and 800. So can you get your facts right? It sure would be nice.

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