Archive for Monday, September 17, 2012

Panel rules Obama is eligible to be on Kansas ballot

September 17, 2012


— Kansas officials on Monday ended a “birther” challenge to putting President Barack Obama on the state’s November general election ballot.

Orly Taitz of California talks to media Monday, alleging President Barack Obama's birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii is a forgery. Behind her are supporters of Obama. The State Objections Board on Monday dropped a challenge to putting Obama's name on the November general election ballot.

Orly Taitz of California talks to media Monday, alleging President Barack Obama's birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii is a forgery. Behind her are supporters of Obama. The State Objections Board on Monday dropped a challenge to putting Obama's name on the November general election ballot.

On Thursday, the State Objections Board caused a national furor when it delayed a decision on a challenge brought by Manhattan resident Joe Montgomery, who said Obama was ineligible to be on the ballot because he wasn’t a U.S. citizen.

The all-Republican board — composed of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer — said it needed more time on the matter to get documents certifying Obama’s birth certificate from Hawaii.

By late Friday, however, Montgomery withdrew his objection because, he said, he was the victim of abuse and intimidation.

On Monday, the board appeared ready to dismiss the matter and adjourn, but Orly Taitz, a national figure in challenging Obama’s citizenship, appeared at the meeting, demanded to speak to the board and challenged the president’s place on the ballot.

She said that Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery and that Montgomery withdrew his objection under duress. “This is a matter of national security,” she said.

But Kobach said Taitz’s challenge was not filed within the deadline to present a ballot challenge.

“I’m sorry, if you had filed your objection during that period you would have been perfectly able to bring,” the issues, he said.

Attorney General Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Colyer, were no-shows at the Monday meeting and sent representatives. Colyer, who is a plastic surgeon, was “with patients,” according to Gov. Sam Brownback’s office. Schmidt was out sick, his office said.

Colyer’s chief of staff, Mark Dugan, filling in for Colyer, quickly moved to adjourn the meeting, and Chief Deputy Attorney General John Campbell, filling in for Schmidt, called for a vote on the matter.

The motion passed unanimously, but not before Kobach allowed Taitz to speak briefly at the meeting.

Later, outside the meeting room, an Obama supporter shouted at Taitz as she spoke to the media and a security officer cleared the hallway, ordering people outside.

Kobach, an informal adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said he didn’t believe Kansas suffered negative publicity over the ballot challenge. He said if an objection is properly filed, the board is obligated to consider it.

The allegation that Obama was born in a foreign country and ineligible to be president has been discredited. The White House released the president’s 1961 long form birth certificate last year and Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed his citizenship. Obama’s mother was a Kansas native.

Asked why the birth certificate challenge wasn’t dismissed on Thursday, Kobach said the state needed a verification of the document.

“Like any quasi-judicial body, you have to do more than just act on somebody’s say-so or on hearsay,” he said. The secretary of state’s office received verification from Hawaii officials about the validity of Obama’s birth certificate, officials said.

About a dozen Obama supporters showed up at the meeting and expressed displeasure, saying the board gave the challenge credence by not dismissing it last week.

T.J. Gaughan of Topeka held a sign that said “Let People Vote,” and he criticized Kobach for pushing the new law in Kansas that requires voters to show photo ID to vote.

He called it a voter suppression law. Gaughan added, “It’s a shame our state has been dragged before the nation with this birther stuff.”


1 year, 7 months ago

Let's just let this dead horse die as our resident birther in chief (SageonPage) said.

(I know I shouldn't feed him, but it's so much fun watching him and rockchalk1977 get all frothy at the mouth.)


observant 1 year, 7 months ago

Hard to believe that we have so many racist, Obama haters on this forum. It takes a real mindless, ignorant person to believe all the lies and plain BS posted on nutcase web-sites, such as Fox. Along with Beck and the druggies mindless rants. For those so ignorant they fail to understand who the druggie is, it's Limbaugh.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Speaking of Obama, happy birthday to his fellow fleabaggers today. Dozens arrested as Occupy a brain cell movement marks anniversary. A year after the Occupy movement spread across the country, its impact, and relevancy, is in doubt.

Hopeless change. No we can't.


Edward Coan 1 year, 7 months ago

If she is Russian, then I'd like to see her birth certificate.


atiopatioo 1 year, 7 months ago

If I had to designate someone to make peace with the Muslims in the middle east, it would be someone designated as a Peace Prize Laureate with an Arabic name, a Muslim father, raised with Muslims, and President of the United States.

Obama is the perfect candidate for the role of making peace with middle east Muslims. His failure thus far is not his fault. He has done everything possible to negotiate peace with the middle east Muslims.

To put it bluntly, it is quite evident that these people, that cannot get along with themselves, Shiites and Sunnis for example, that want to kill Jewish people and destroy Christians in the west, are capable of peace with people unlike themselves.

Obama is giving it his best for peace during the election season, but, it looks like the middle east Muslims do not care for peace and are taking advantage of the season by killing.


WristTwister 1 year, 7 months ago

I love it when liberals get all uncivil and stuff. As for me, I'll take the Morman over the Moron in November.


Gotland 1 year, 7 months ago

Obama is our favorite illegitimate son. He is sure to come in second place.


Shaun Battles 1 year, 7 months ago

Well that settles it. Hopefully KS can become a model for the rest of the country.



danmoore 1 year, 7 months ago

"When Kansas breaks into the New York headlines, it usually means one of two things," quipped a rueful farmer during the 1930s Dust Bowl period. "Either we have suffered an act of God or else we have made fools of ourselves."

I'm choosing the latter.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

The panel rules Obama is still the worst POTUS since Jimmy Carter.


Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 7 months ago

"Panel rules Obama is eligible to be on Kansas ballot".

Oh, no chit. How much did this cost us taxpayers? Glad to see republicans "spending" their time and our money wisely....NOT!


tange 1 year, 7 months ago

I want that remnant of the leathery shell Kobach squeezed out of.


atiopatioo 1 year, 7 months ago

---rather than having the likes of Mark Levin and Sean Hannity doing script after script to promote the movie. After all, the listeners aren’t stupid and resent any attempt at being conned.


webmocker 1 year, 7 months ago

In a sudden and bizarre turnaround, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has requested from the State of Hawaii the remains of the placenta from President Obama's birth. Kobach said, "We cannot be certain that Obama's mother is who they say she is without DNA evidence from the moment of birth."


blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Just heard that Sage got a tip from his Italian friends! The cruise ship Costa Concordia struck the rock shoal while trying to avoid a Ethiopian submarine torpedo. Apparently deceased emperor Haile Selassie had left a 40 year old fatwa because of Italian abuses of Ethiopia and Eritrea during WW2. As we all know (according to the birthers) that African born Barak Obama felt the need to comply with the edict, and agreed to the attack. Actually, the misdirected torpedo was recovered on the beach in Italy and painted on the outside was "Revenge is tough" signed BHA, along with a picture of the perpertrator.


Ricky_Vaughn 1 year, 7 months ago

Embarrassed to be a Kansan after reading this.


seanj 1 year, 7 months ago

Amazing what we spend our time on in this information age. We have a sitting President, elected in 2008, that elected officials will question to gain political points. What's worse? An electorate that is this gullible, ill-informed, and down right out of touch with the issues critical to the next four years and beyond. Whether we are blue or red, the least we can do is get educated on the critical issues and vote in a manner that is representatives to our needs and beliefs. Amazed at how a political advertisement, a conspiracy theory, or the like will impact the way one votes.


SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

This is a dead horse and ALL of Kansas electoral votes will go to Romney. Next. Let's talk about Obumble's failure to protect U.S. Citizens abroad when given a three day warning that our Diplomats were in danger. Obumble hung them out to dry because his arrogance in thinking he has healed the nations while most do not trust him nor care for his messiah-ship. Our President is responsible for the deaths of Americans in Libya.


beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

Gee, how magnamious of this board to declare a citizen and current President of the United States of America is actually eligible for the ballot.

What next, going to announce he can also drink from the same water fountain as everyone else?


tomatogrower 1 year, 7 months ago

Taitz isn't even from Kansas. Go home.


Fossick 1 year, 7 months ago

So all that weeping and gnashing of teeth about how the Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism would throw Obama off the ballot was for naught? I can smell the disappointment...


KansasLiberal 1 year, 7 months ago

"Montgomery withdrew his objection, saying he was the victim of abuse and intimidation."

Abuse and intimidation?!? No. That was ridicule and mockery with some laughter thrown in for seasoning.


SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Not surprised that our 'tolerant' left behaved in the typical thug fashion according to the reporter. 'Outside the hearing room, an Obama supporter shouted at Taitz as she spoke to the media' Their true colors come out everytime, No to Freedom of Speech, No to proper vetting, No to voter ID laws... I think the point has been made, Obama submitted a fraudulent birth certificate last April online. They thumb their nose at our constitution daily.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

"But Orly Taitz, a national figure in the birther movement, appeared at the meeting, demanded to speak to the board and challenged Obama's place on the ballot."

Thank you Colyer, Schmidt, and Kobach for bringing this person to Kansas. Maybe she should run for office in the state. She would probably win given who else Kansas has elected.

These three men Colyer, Schmidt, and Kobach are an embarrassment to the offices they hold.


uggadyboogadyboo 1 year, 7 months ago

Wonder who the 6 Electoral Votes in KANSAS will go to?



Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

I'd like to thank the fine folks at ALEC for allowing their puppy some extra leash so he could attend this morning's meeting.


Abdu Omar 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder if the Orly Taitz has connections to Bibi in Israel. I mean, Obama has been tough on Bibi by not declaring a red line in the negotiations with Iran. Now this Jewish woman wants Obama off the ballot in many states contending he isn't an American Citizen. She isn't either if you look at her background. But does she and Netanyahu have a plan or am I a conspiracy hunter?


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

How embarrassing for Colyer, Schmidt, and Kobach. They are a mockery of their offices by engaging this birther nonsense. At least Kobach had the nerve to show up, whereas Colyer and Schmidt slunk away with tails between legs.

I would not want to be associated with Orly Taitz and the birthers either. Which is why they should not have entertained this nonsense in the first place.


autie 1 year, 7 months ago

Schmidt and Coyler send the second team in....what? are they embarassed to show? Colbert and Stewart should have a ball with this.

Who will Kris Kobach pander to next? Stay tuned for exciting Kansas progressivism in action.


SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

See now don't all of you feel bad for all the awful things you've been posting about Kobach, Brownback, Coyler and the Kochs?


Patricia Davis 1 year, 7 months ago

These Koch-ups have done so well for Kansas. Reading comments at different news venues across the internet, Kansas has been written off as a place worse than South Carolina or Mississippi.The glorious free state history of Kansas has been thrown under the bus by these hacks.


ksjayhawk74 1 year, 7 months ago

Now the Republican Objections board is going to start reviewing information to determine is gravity is real or in fact just a Liberal media conspiracy.


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