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House panel dismisses complaint against Democrat accused of misleading debate

March 16, 2012

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— A House investigative panel has dismissed a complaint against a Wichita Democrat.

The complaint filed by 26 Republicans accused Rep. Jim Ward of misleading the House during a debate on an amendment he proposed to a property tax bill.

A bipartisan panel unanimously dismissed the complaint Thursday.

Ward said he did nothing wrong, and said Republicans simply didn't read his amendment before voting on it.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, said House members had other ways to learn what Ward's amendment did. He and others also said they don't want an investigation whenever someone thinks a legislator didn't properly explain a bill or amendment.

None of the Republicans who signed the complaint asking that Ward be censured or expelled testified to the committee.

Comments

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

Ive been thinking how great it is that we are mainstreaming these people. It used to be that functional illiterates, morons and other types of imbeciles would be locked out of sight.

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2 years, 1 month ago

@Wilbur. Rep ward didn't lie, he simply expected his "colleagues" (and I use that expression loosely as the GnOP in KS doesn't consider the Dems as colleagues) to be able to read and understand the bill.

Perhaps that's where he messed up, he expected GnOP Reps to read and think for themselves instead of just toeing the party line and voting like the Kochs and The Guv tells them to.

Now, go back and read the article, especially these two lines: "A bipartisan panel unanimously dismissed the complaint Thursday." and "None of the Republicans who signed the complaint asking that Ward be censured or expelled testified to the committee."

I'm expecting you to read critically, or at least read and understand. These two sentences speak volumes, don't you think? (bipartisan, unanimous, no GnOP complainers testified)

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JackMcKee 2 years, 1 month ago

They were expected to read the amendment before voting on it? how unfair!

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WilburNether 2 years, 1 month ago

Ward lied. However, that is not a censurable offense. (If it were, Paul Davis would have been kicked out of the Legislature years ago.) What will happen is that no legislator in his/her right mind will ever trust Ward again, ever, about anything. Censurable offense? No. Destroy his credibility? Absolutely, and forever.

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