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Kobach struggles to find support for hunting bill

January 22, 2012


Secretary of State Kris Kobach is having a tough time finding support for a plan that would allow the governor to distribute 12 big-game hunting permits at his discretion.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Kobach testified in support of the legislation this past week during a hearing before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

But committee chairman Larry Powell, a Garden City Republican, said there isn’t much support for the legislation outside of Kobach’s office.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism currently distributes one big-game permit per year to each of its seven commissioners. The permits allow for one whitetail or mule deer, with or without antlers, statewide in any season. The commissioners generally give them to conservation groups, such as Pheasants Forever, which auction them off to support their missions.


autie 6 years, 5 months ago

Why? Why does Kris want this? It would surprise me if a cityfied jell head even hunted.

deec 6 years, 5 months ago

So he can hand them out to his friends...for a "donation"?

Scott Morgan 6 years, 5 months ago

autie, Kobach is a life long outdoorsman and lover of hunting and fishing. Kansas as usual suffers a lack of publicity opportunities regarding maybe the best deer hunting in the nation.

Some in the West are now realizing this and leasing land to hunters all over the world who dream of walking our great historic plains in search of big game.

A lease of land for hunting near Dodge City with a deer permit goes for thousands.

tolawdjk 6 years, 5 months ago


This does nothing to clarify why he needs/wants twelve of them.

Frankly, they aren't that expensive in the first place. If the Gov wanted to purchase one for his buddy, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Given the number of deer right now, 12 wouldn't do anything to the herd. Heck, they practically give whitetail doe licenses away as it is.

Evan Ridenour 6 years, 5 months ago

Exactly, I don't understand this either. Why not just buy the license(s)?

billbodiggens 6 years, 5 months ago

What historic plains??? It all plowed up and withered. You will be walking through wheat stubble and milo stalks next to a dried up river or dust blown water way. And, then if you are near Dodge City, well, you have to put up with Dodge City. Been through there enough time to know better than to go through there.

Bob Forer 6 years, 5 months ago

Kobach is the Secretary of State. How in the hell does his request have anything to do with his official responsibilities. The guy is arrogant as hell.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 5 months ago

s generally give them to conservation groups, such as Pheasants Forever, which auction them off to support their missions.

mloburgio 6 years, 5 months ago

Our moonlighting secretary of state

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:

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

Kobach is mostly a tireless self-promoter. This gets him a news headline, and even if this fails, he got what he was primarily after.

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