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House committee approves bill that requires candidates for state and federal offices to prove citizenship

February 16, 2012

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— Candidates for state and federal office in Kansas would have to prove their citizenship under a bill approved by a Kansas House committee.

Critics say the bill approved Wednesday by the House Elections Committee is inspired by the so-called birther movement, which has questioned President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship.

But Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican who voted for the bill, says if the state is going to ask its citizens to prove they are U.S. citizens, candidates should face the same requirement.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Rep. Ann Mah, a Democrat from Topeka, said called the bill "silliness to get at the president."

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 2 months ago

Yoder? That reeks of old Europe. Better check there, too.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 2 months ago

Pompeo? Sounds ethnicky to me. Better check.

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TinmanKC 2 years, 2 months ago

I think there should be a law that requires candidates and office holders who claim to be called by God to be able to prove it. Something notarized in heaven, preferably. Oh, and let's require that candidates prove their sanity?

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camper 2 years, 2 months ago

Things could be worse. The govenor of Wisconsin is starting to quote "Hannity" in public. That would be Sean Hannity.

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verity 2 years, 2 months ago

I will support this bill if they also have to prove their sanity.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

They should also have a clause to make sure that all candidates are pure human. Wouldn't want any candidates with Neanderthal or Orangutan genes slipping through.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 2 months ago

This Bill saddens me. Kansas could really use the services of some South African legislators hand-picked by Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, then sneaked into the state by crop duster aircraft flying under radar.

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tange 2 years, 2 months ago

Nothing serves the "Conservative" agenda like less than nothing.

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camper 2 years, 2 months ago

In other news, there is a bill going around to name a state dog, and one for welfare recipients to be subject to drug tests. Then there is the tweeting incident (where an official got involved by contacting a high school), the house speaker passing along a bad e-mail, the voter id law, then the meetings at the mansion, then there was the decision to not greet the President when he came to Kansas, the SRS closings. The list is going on.

Seriously, there have to be some true Republicans that thinks there is a lot of baloney going on. Even if I were a Republican, I'd have to say I'd be ticked off.

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 2 months ago

So when the President presents his birth certificate for the umpteenth time will these people shut the F* up?

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KansasVoices 2 years, 2 months ago

How about legislation related to how long a resident has lived in the area they want to serve? Missouri says "One Year." Not so in Kansas. Do you want 125 State Representatives or 40 State Senators like Ben Hodge? Have Ego, Will Travel.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

Seriously, folks. What kind of documentation does it take to prove one is a citizen? I have a 45 year-old expired passport. Will that do?

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JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

Obama's might not win Kansas'6 EV! I'm sure that news just ruined his day.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 2 months ago

States may generally legislate on all matters within their territorial jurisdiction. This police power does not arise from the Constitution, but is an inherent attribute of the States territorial sovereignty. All you religious bigots are free to leave if you don't like what's going on in Kansas.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 2 months ago

Legislatures in every state waste time and money all the time. They debate what the state dog should be. They honor past and dead residents. They do all sorts of things that are a waste. Even if you believe this is a waste of time, what the heck. It's done all the time in every state. When Obama welcomes the N.Y. Giants to the White House, will there be outrage because he's not doing his job, fixing the economy, etc.?
Much ado about nothing.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 2 months ago

Ummm guys, the only office requiring citizenship in the Constitution is the Presidency. Wouldn't any requirement for other Federal offices enacted by states be unconstitutional? I mean states can make that requirement; that's their right. But requiring it at the Federal level as well? I see a lawsuit in the future of this bill,(one more in a sea of lawsuits).

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Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

Nothing racist in this bill, only closing a gap that may have already been exploited by ?

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 2 months ago

Bob Dole can only provide the same proof of citizenship that Obama could provide.

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ksjayhawk74 2 years, 2 months ago

This plus the bill allowing religious people to discriminate against gays and lesbians will definitely get jobs rolling back into Kansas.

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dwendel 2 years, 2 months ago

Hillbillies rejoice! We're all saved!

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jayhawks911 2 years, 2 months ago

Another unnecessary regulation from the anti-regulation party.

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WilburM 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's see -- income tax reform, aid to education, water policy, medicaid, KPERS -- and these clowns (Rs in a totally R-dominated house) spend their time and efforts on this malarkey. They want to tell us that they're serious, but they're not. Not at all. Is this what the Tea Party's fervor has produced? Pathetic.

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Agnostick 2 years, 2 months ago

This bill, like every other bill invested with time and manpower during the 2012 legislative session, is a one-two combination knockout of economic stimulation and job creation--just what the state of Kansas needs!

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kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

"Why don't these idiots work on solving real problems?"

Some of these legislators, like some of our Congress, lack the knowledge and expertise to solve the tough problems that many of their predecessors didn't have to face, or created. So, to hide their inadequacies they keep throwing up camouflage such as this bill. Makes them feel useful and they hope to God their constituents don't notice.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 2 months ago

Good... this should have been done many moons ago. The abortion loving Sebelius was too busy campaigning for the abortion loving Obama to deal with common sense issues like this. Keep up the good work Kansas Republicans!

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somedude20 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow, all of this for little ole Obama. Imagine if President Obama was 100% African American, these racist zealots would start a war in our own country (which they kind of have) or they would just spontaneous combustion.

Your Jesus was a non-white, love your brother of color!

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realisticvoter 2 years, 2 months ago

Why don't these idiots work on solving real problems?

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 2 months ago

It should be retroactive. Why do we allow racists to get away with this stuff.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 2 months ago

Everyone on the House committee needs to be defeated in their next run for office. They've proven how unfit they are.

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globehead 2 years, 2 months ago

Absolutely GREAT! That's a major issue the legislature needs to tackle right away. We are currently over run with folks sneaking into the country in the dead of night, running for elective office. Perhaps we could even hire Donald Trump or one of the other merry band of mental pygmy birthers as consultants as they were so remarkably successful in exposing Obama to have been born in Kenya. Just when one thinks it couldn't get any dumber, an article appears about an idiotic proposal in the Kansas legislature and some turnip truck reject from Shawnee trying to talk it up as a good idea.. Geesh, my tax dollars at work again!!!

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dcap 2 years, 2 months ago

The answer to a problem that does not exist.

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Alyosha 2 years, 2 months ago

There should be a requirement that there be an actual provable need for a law — not just the childish fears of lawmakers that something might happen — before it can be put before a committee, let alone enacted by the legislature.

Or do legislators have nothing better to do than spend time — and tax payer money — creating laws based on nothing but their fears / fantasies?

What's next, laws that deal with monsters under beds, or monsters in closets?

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bigtoe 2 years, 2 months ago

Good move. No one who wants to represent the citizens of Kansas should have any objection to demonstrating they are lawful citizens.

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