Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dems want to keep AG Schmidt out of remap case

May 23, 2012


— Two Kansas Democrats want the state's Republican attorney general to stay out of a federal court case over political redistricting.

The matter is in federal court because Kansas lawmakers ended their session Sunday without drawing new maps for the state House and Senate, Board of Education and the four U.S. House districts.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he wants to weigh in on attempts by lawyers to collect legal fees from the state.

But Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis said Wednesday the case should proceed under the same rules governing past lawsuits. The Lawrence Democrat notes that then-Attorney General Carla Stovall was not allowed to participate in a redistricting lawsuit 10 years ago.

Davis is joined in his objection by former state Rep. Bill Roy Jr., of Lenexa.


Bob Forer 6 years, 1 month ago

Derek Schmidt is such a fricking hypocrite. He farms out the abortion lawsuit to private lawyers for several hundred thousand dollars when there was no claimed conflict of interest, but when there is obviously a political split between the parties in the redistricting fiasco, all of a sudden he is Mr. Thrifty.

The guy is a worthless, dishonest piece of work.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

Schmidt was really awesome when he was a moderate, though*. That's what the funny thing is about the whole conservative/moderate split in the GOP - as soon as the moderates figure out that they have to play ball with the conservatives to keep power, they'll be falling all over themselves to be the conservatives' conservative.

When you elect people who are primarily interested in power for its own sake, this is what happens. Something for the donks here to think about as they mindlessly cheer on the Republican 'moderates.'

  • GREAT BEND, Kan. - In 2002, Republican Governor Graves faced a $300 million budget shortfall. And a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans like Senator Derek Schmidt passed a $252 million dollar tax increase to prevent massive cuts to education, social services, highways and law enforcement. Back then, Schmidt was unashamedly affiliated with the moderate Republican party... (from a source)

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 1 month ago

Specifically, Derek Schmidt says he is trying to protect the tort claims fund.

This is the same fund he is using to spend over $700,000 paying Brownback's campaign attorneys to defend the abortion laws. Yes, Foulston/Siefkin does all the campaign legal work for Brownback's campaign account.

somebodynew 6 years, 1 month ago

It is a great little system they have, isn't it ?? This is about the only 'jobs' that have been created - - lawyers to defend against all the things this administration has done so far.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 1 month ago

Those lawsuits are being defended under existing budgets by attorneys who are federal employees. Sorry, but your bogeyman isn't relevant here. Go check under your bed for more scary monsters.

cowboy 6 years, 1 month ago

The Catholic Church hierarchy , pillar of decency , pfffft

Nathan Atchison 6 years, 1 month ago

and the iraq war is/was money well spent too.

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