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Doing their job

September 19, 2012

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To the editor:

Recently I was having a conversation with an acquaintance in Lawrence about the actions taken by the State Objections Board to determine ballot eligibility questions consisting of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor. He said that their actions on the complaint filed about Obama being on the November ballot was embarrassing to the state strictly because Kris Kobach was on the board. I disagreed, saying that it is their job to consider all complaints filed by individuals or parties whether or not the complaint has validity. All complaints must be investigated, considered and acted upon.

The board delayed their decision on Obama until Monday, so they could gather more information. Kobach was quoted in the Kansas City Star paper “Delaying doesn’t in any way give any credence to the claim of the objector. Delaying it simply says this is the state Objections Board, created by Kansas statute, and we need to take our responsibilities seriously.”

I am personally glad that they are taking their time to determine all complaints. They recently ruled on a complaint filed by a homosexual group against a Democratic legislator from Hutchinson saying she doesn’t live in the old church in her district. Democratic legislator Tom Sawyer had a complaint filed that said he doesn’t live in the house where he is registered. This is the Objections Board responsibility. They ruled against the complainant in both cases. Don’t be embarrassed or think they are silly because state officeholders are doing their job.

Jim Mullins,

Comments

Kate Rogge 1 year, 7 months ago

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/the-end-of-a-kansas-tradition-moderation/

"A long tradition of centrist Republicanism in Kansas — exemplified by politicians like former Senator Bob Dole and former Gov. Bill Graves — was dealt a near-fatal wound last month when a group of state senators, deemed insufficiently conservative, were defeated in Republican primaries. Kansas had been a reliably conservative state for years, and Mitt Romney is all but guaranteed the state’s six electoral votes. But until recently, Kansans still preferred a government far from the ideological poles. “A moderate coalition ran the state for 40 years,” Mr. Loomis [KU] said. That era appears to be over."

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grigori 1 year, 7 months ago

Is this turning anyone else on too?

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

"so if i go to the board and say that brownback shouldn't be eligible to be governor because i believe he was born on mars...."

/ somewhere across the interplanetary divide, Curiosity yawns

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Dispersant 1 year, 7 months ago

I have a complaint. Mitt Romney is probably a unicorn! Let's waste taxpayer money to make sure this isn't the case!

http://leftaction.com/action/mitt-romney-unicorn

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Seems the LJW is using the LTE function to allow the local Kochheads to spew their Kochaganda. Meanwhile ...were in day 10 of the Romney campaign epic fail meltdown and nary a story is put in the LJW.

Even frigging Fox News is reporting on this.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

The question of Obama's citizenship and eligibility was settled long ago in other state's courts and in Federal courts. Every member of the state objections board knew and were aware of this. They had every right and reason to reject this objection the second it was presented based on those precedents. It's the fact that they didn't do that and decided in a very partisan action to demand documentation and insult the President that justifies criticism and even sarcasm. I don't think they were "doing their job", I believe they were playing politics.

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fiddleback 1 year, 7 months ago

"Doing their job[s]" is fine except that THIS "JOB" WAS UTTERLY REDUNDANT!

Mississippi and Arizona, the very state where Mr. Kobach sold his immigrant profiling techniques, have already requested, received, and raised no concerns about the birth certificate. So what did Kobach think he was going to find?

This pretense of due diligence, as if they had no choice or discretion but to request a copy of the certificate, is absurd. It's wasting our time, money, and the state's reputation, though hopefully Mr. Kobach spoils more of his own reputation.

And I thought Missouri was supposed to be the obtuse "show-me" state...

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beerbaron03 1 year, 7 months ago

so if i go to the board and say that brownback shouldn't be eligible to be governor because i believe he was born on mars and has a brain the size of a walnut, they should take that under serious consideration as well?

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm with the LTE writer. You guys are way off base in your comments.

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 7 months ago

If we can create the All-White Republic of Kansas by 2050, the world's good Christians will have a place to come where dark people only do what they area paid to do, not raise their upitty voices. We offer tax-breaks to white businesses that want a true Christian state.

Taht's the direction Blowsalot and his ilk appear to be taking the Great State of Kansas.

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jimmyjms 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm sure we can all agree that, contrary to the post by sage above, I said nothing about "impressing" anyone, anywhere.

But it is a little suspect to claim that universal disdain is based in the super spooky "media bias" that folks like sage invoke whenever obvious stupidity is pointed out.

What is a "journalist type," Sage?

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jimmyjms 1 year, 7 months ago

Hmmm. This wouldn't happen to the Jim Mullins that works as a "field director" for Americans for Prosperity, would it?

The same Jim Mullins who, instead of letting our city officeholders do their job in determining whether or not to fund a sustainability position for the city, instead decided to insert himself (and the views of his highly partisan lobbying organization) into the discussion?

Don't be "embarrassed," Mr. Mullins?

Perhaps you missed the instances of disdain and mockery for the state of Kansas in media outlets far and wide last week?

And just BTW, what purpose was served by identifying the group who brought the objection in Hutchinson as "homosexual?" If your position is that the Objection Board has a "responsibility" to investigate all objections put forward, including this descriptor seem prejudicial at best and just bigoted at worst.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

Translation-- "I oppose that Kenyan Muslim Obama, and I applaud any attempts to bring him down, no matter how silly or deranged it might be."

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Jackie Jackasserson 1 year, 7 months ago

So when I come up with some rediculous complaint about our governor's eligibility to run, it should be fully considered by the board right?

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jim7 1 year, 7 months ago

Are you kidding?, This was the most irresponsible action ever taken by state officials in Kansas.

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