Archive for Saturday, March 17, 2012

Panel won’t act on Kobach citizenship rule

March 17, 2012


TOPEKA — A key state senator is blocking a committee vote on Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s legislation to require new Kansas voters to prove their U.S. citizenship ahead of this year’s presidential election, possibly dooming the measure.

Chairwoman Terrie Huntington said Friday that she doesn’t plan to have her Senate Ethics and Elections Committee meet again this year. The committee had a hearing on Kobach’s bill Thursday, its last scheduled meeting of the year, but adjourned without acting on the measure.

“The committee, it’s not their choice to meet again,” Huntington said. “We are through.”

Legislators enacted a law last year requiring people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to provide proof of their citizenship, but it doesn’t take effect until January. Kobach wants to move up the effective date to June 15, arguing it should be in place ahead of the surge in registration that will precede the November presidential election.


Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 3 months ago

What another insight of wisom from topeka albeit a small one this year!?!

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 3 months ago

Our moonlighting secretary of state

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.

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JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 3 months ago

We need to remember we are a nation of immigrants. That is what makes America great...we welcome all people regardless of race, religion, national origin, etc... It sometimes makes things difficult, but we are better for that. Bigoted people like Kobach should leave Kansas. Kansas has a rich tradition of being on the forefront of civil rights. This started with Free Soil Kansas prior to the civil war. It continued with school integration during the 1950s. It won't end with kobach and his irrational fear of immigrants and citizens of non European descent.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

Good move, just cover it up before it stinks.

usnsnp 6 years, 3 months ago

All I see is a bill that makes it harder for some portion of the population to vote. Are there going to be regulations like in a eastern state stating that a picture ID that does not have an experation date on it is invalid. So that means a VA ID or Military retirement ID is invalid but you can use them to cash a check, or to get a Passport. From what I see of these bills all they are is to make it harder to vote, because politicians really want to see low turnouts because that makes it easier for them to retain their gravy train longer.

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