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Kobach’s proof of citizenship proposal lives again

March 22, 2012

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— Less than a week ago, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposal to move up the date to require proof of citizenship for voter registration appeared dead.

But it’s not dead yet.

Kobach’s allies in the House have replaced the contents of a Senate bill with Kobach’s plan, which gives the effort new life.

In the Statehouse, this procedure is called a “gut and go.” Opponents of Kobach’s proof of citizenship requirement are calling it a shady maneuver to sneak through controversial legislation.

“Kobach’s rush to suppress the vote in time for the 2012 elections has now led him not only to undermine the will of the people and our Legislature, but to deceive all Kansans while subverting our legislative process altogether,” a statement from KanVote said.

Kobach denied the assertion.

“The gut and go is a very commonplace action. It is done all the time in the light of day,” he said.

Legislators enacted a law last year requiring people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, but that law doesn’t take effect until January.

Kobach wants to move the date to June 15, saying it should be in place ahead of the surge in registration during a presidential election year.

Kobach says the earlier date will prevent noncitizens from registering, reducing the chance of election fraud. Critics, which include voting rights and advocacy groups, say election fraud in Kansas is nearly non-existent and that by moving up the date, many people, especially the elderly, will be unable to get their birth certificates together in time to register for the August primaries.

Kobach’s bill passed the House last month, but it didn’t make it out of the Senate Elections Committee before a crucial deadline.

Kobach said the committee made a good-faith effort to consider the bill but ran out of time. By placing the contents of the House bill into a Senate bill, the Senate can now vote on it, he said.

“This is an acceptable alternative and it would allow each senator to vote on this issue,” he said.

Comments

Lenette Hamm 2 years, 9 months ago

"Gut and Go" = shady maneuver. Why do you think it's named that? Yes, it is "commonplace" but that doesn't always make the maneuver right. Kobach is effectively preventing legal citizens from their rights, especially folks who live in care homes. Many of those people fought for the rights he's trying to destroy.

Katara 2 years, 9 months ago

Huh. Weren't the Republicans just making a fuss about a "gut and go" bill by a Democrat Rep. on their tax bill?

Guess it is okay as long as they do it then.

Can we have some adults run for office instead of these children who wish to have what seems to be 24/7 temper tantrums?

coloradoan 2 years, 9 months ago

+10 Thanks for the reminder; funny how these things work. Good grief.

Melissa Carlson 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey, Dems even read what they write into law. Still chuckling over Rep. Ward proposing and passing wording that negated the R's bill and R's getting steamed.

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 9 months ago

The GOP is dead. It should be renamed H&F for "Hate and Fear".

deec 2 years, 9 months ago

This cat's desperate to restrict voting in the presidential election. Was the GOP embarrassed by the number of people who voted for Obama? If there's all this voter fraud going on, I guess an awful lot of GOP politicians got into office fraudulently.

Scott Tichenor 2 years, 9 months ago

How do we know Kobach is a U.S. citizen? Has he proved his citizenship? How do we know he's not a member of al-Qaeda?

deec 2 years, 9 months ago

"(Fremont) -- In preparation for the 2011 budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2010, the City of Fremont has prepared a projection of potential costs related to the immigration ordinance now being defended in the courts.

Based on estimates developed with input from Kris Kobach, the attorney defending the ordinance, the City Administrator is recommending that the City Council budget $750,000 for the 2010/2011 budget, raising the overall property tax rate by about 5.8 mills. This would mean an average tax increase of $116 per year on a $200,000 home...Additional costs the City is planning for include fees to Kris Kobach including travel, lodging, and outside assistance as needed; depositions, document redaction, expert witnesses, and discovery costs; ancillary lawsuits and potential plaintiffs’ fees; and technology, personnel, and other related costs. " http://www.fremontne.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=91

Melissa Carlson 2 years, 8 months ago

In addition to bankrupting small towns, there is the further cost associated with the rise in hate crimes wherever he goes (source, SPLC). Peace of mind has no dollar value, but I think it's a steep price to pay.

deec 2 years, 9 months ago

Don't like illegal immigrants? Blame Wall Street: The Mexican Financial Crisis, U.S. Banks, and the Private Prison Industry

Today�s debates about U.S. immigration policy have roots in the December 1994 Mexican financial panic. On the heels of NAFTA, Mexico emerged nearly bankrupt because of bond debt to Wall Street banks. The peso was devalued by forty percent. The U.S. government pushed the International Monetary Fund to give Mexico money so it could put together a package to pay its creditors, most of which were the Wall Street banks.[8] The IMF then contracted out the bailout loan to the U.S. Treasury.[9] Mark Fineman of the Los Angeles Times reported, �Three weeks after it started receiving one of the biggest and most controversial credit packages in U.S. history, the Mexican government has spent a fifth of the $20 billion in promised U.S. loans to pay off American insurance companies, mutual fund investors, Wall Street brokerage houses, Mexican banks and the richest of Mexico�s rich.�[10]

To meet its crushing debt to Wall Street, the Mexican government increased interest rates at the behest of the U.S. Treasury. The rates on business and farm loans rose from an average of eleven percent to 56 percent. Those on credit-card debt went from seven percent to 61 percent. The rates on home loans increased from an average of five percent to 75 percent.[11 http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v26n2/Arizona_Anti-Immigrant_Law_SB1070.html And it helps that CCA plans to profit from cracking down on immigrants

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 8 months ago

The DoJ placed a permanent injunction on the implementation of voter ID law in Texas. This is happening to voter ID laws across the South because those states are former Confederate states who implemented the poll tax and are on the Justice Department's "watch list". It's what gives them the power to intervene. I'm wondering if there is an attorney out there that will appeal directly to the DoJ on behalf of Kansas' citizens since we aren't on that list. Force it to the Supreme Court.

somebodynew 2 years, 8 months ago

"The gut and go is a very commonplace action."

Now we know why the GOP suddenly dropped it's censure action against the Dem that did this !!! They were going to do it too. Pot meet Kettle.

Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 8 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.

Read more here: http://joco913.com/news/our-moonlighting-secretary-of-state/#storylink=cpy

Determined 2 years, 8 months ago

It's amazing that a person who is willing to work harder and longer than the rest of most of us is vilified for being willing to work longer and harder than the rest of most of us.

Kobach is a Conservative. He is criticized for being a Conservative? Why are people surprised that he is a Conservative?

We are a nation of laws. If you don't like the law...change it. Both parties have ownership of the system.

deec 2 years, 8 months ago

He's working the long con. He gets paid to write unconstitutional ordinances and laws that are overturned, and gets paid to defend the laws. He also earns brownie points with private prison firm Corrections Corporation of America, which is banking on increased immigration enforcement to pad their bottom line. His business model is very similar to Phred's. Find a hot button issue, then cash in on the fear and hatred you yourself helped generate.

verity 2 years, 8 months ago

You sully the word "conservative" by calling this extreme radical a conservative. He is nothing of the kind. He does not believe in democracy and, last I heard, conservatives do.

As for his moonlighting, one might say "conflict of interest."

question4u 2 years, 8 months ago

Kobach seems mentally unstable. The law is set to take effect in January, yet this pathetic creature is thrown into hysteria at the thought of not implementing it immediately, no matter the cost or consequences. What normal person is that paranoid over an issue for which he cannot provide substantial evidence? If your neighbor were this obsessive about a non-issue would you let your kids go near his yard?

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 8 months ago

His hysteria in getting it implemented immediately has less to do with paranoia and more to do with the presidential election. This law is designed to disenfranchise people; specifically those people likely to vote Democrat. If he gets the law implemented it's one more layer of protection for the corrupt GOP in the state. Over and over I have pointed out that if there is "voter fraud" in this state it's pretty obvious it's been the GOP perpetrating it, considering they have held the majority in the legislature for decades. No one has ever refuted or addressed that dirty little fact.

verity 2 years, 8 months ago

You are dead on, Cait.

And he's smirking at the fools we all are for allowing him to get by with it.

deec 2 years, 8 months ago

All kinds of facts presented countered by...insults and name calling. Typical.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 8 months ago

Please tell me this is sarcasm. Otherwise, you've just insulted the entire US military. Considering I currently have someone I call my "son" in Afghanistan, I really don't want to have to open up a can of whoop ass.

deec 2 years, 8 months ago

He may be right, if by "bias" you mean ignoring the presence of repeat right-wing offenders who just won't stay dead and buried. How can we miss them if they won't go away? At least HWCNBN seems to have gotten the hint.

Alex Parker 2 years, 8 months ago

Your use of a sexual term is what got the post removed.

Mike Ford 2 years, 8 months ago

waaaaagh.....go collect cans as I stated last week,,,,

deec 2 years, 8 months ago

Um...I didn't take orders from my daddy or my ex, I sure as heck ain't takin' them from some anonymous stranger. I asked you a week or two ago not to respond to my posts, so yours has also been flagged. I didn't even address you; funny you feel it necessary to say you're something you're not, though.

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