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Do you think Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck should resign?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
71% 1231
No
 
25% 435
I’m not sure
 
3% 52
Total 1718

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edjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

One more embarrassment of many for this great state of ours.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years ago

Mr. Peck embarrassed his constituents and his state by his remarks. It will be interesting to see what his political response will be.

This has been reported around the world and in this time of dramatic political changes, we need to show a good example of how we protect the right of free speech and at the same time how our system deals with undesirable political leaders.

The window of opportunity for Mr. Peck to redeem himself and be a good example to others is closing.

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Reta Cosby 3 years ago

Native Americans were deemed heathens when protecting their land from European terrorists. Like the Islam religion, these terrorists raped, killed and indoctrinated nations with free speech, the majority of which, lies; oppression; and politics. Don't forget, "History repeats itself." Divine retribution: the ferrell shooter gets shot.

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cheeseburger 3 years ago

If the punishment for making a stupid remark is a petition drive for ouster, where is the petition being circulated for the 'community organizer' claiming his father served in WWII? I'd like to sign it!

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bobberboy 3 years ago

I hear Brownback and his bunch of dumb cronies don't have the slightest idea what they're doing and will end up costing the taxpayers of this State much much more than they will ever save us. When will people ever wake up !! This guy was no good as a senator and will be even worse as a govenor and guess what he actually thinks he's going to run for President !!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bobberboy 3 years ago

yea run him the h&ll out of town on a rail and the rest of his stupid hayseed conservative republicans along with him !!!!

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kubacker 3 years ago

I doubt that anyone on this board lives in Peck's district. So, if you aren't one of them your opinions aren't worth spit.

I have no doubt we'll eventually find out that a mere handful of people from his district, if any, signed the petition in question. Also, there is no way that 50,000 legal Kansas citizens/voters signed any such petition.

As usual, this whole campaign is being promoted and run by the usual organizations that literally make their living trading on race and preaching amnesty for illegals.

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ophiuchus 3 years ago

I think he should re-sign his own resignation petition 50,000 times before being dismissed.

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Kontum1972 3 years ago

obtw i grew up in southeast kansas and the people i grew up with were descent hard working Americans. I dont recognize this clown and he needs a new talior.

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Kontum1972 3 years ago

shooting men, women, children, and older people from helicopters who cross borders to get away from a crappy environment to give a better life to their families...

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At the time of her creation, she was saying:

Whoever you are, wherever you are, if you can just get to America, you can be free. No matter what your station where you are now, you'll be equal before the law here.

No one will ask for your papers.

No one will fasten a number on you.

No one will extort a percentage of your income as the price of earning a living.

You'll be free to pursue the life you've always dreamed of.

Emma Lazarus summed it up in those lovely words that are inscribed on the base of the Statue:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these — the homeless, tempest-tossed — to me; I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.

That is the America we once had — the beacon of liberty, providing light and hope and inspiration to the entire world — the America we have forsaken for a mess of tasteless pottage.

That is the America we should have.

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kawrivercrow 3 years ago

I'm loving the free speech liberalism oozing off of these pages. It makes Lawrence, KS look like a town full of soft-headed pseudo-intellectuals unable to do anything but regurgitate spoon-fed, PC pabulum.

Fortunately, that is not always true.

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1Dem 3 years ago

No resignation, then RECALL Peck.

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jackbinkelman 3 years, 1 month ago

"Should ...peck resign" Yes, of course he should resign.

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beatrice 3 years, 1 month ago

What are the people he represents saying? While his comments are in very poor taste, he is still protected by freedom of speech. He actually has the right to say horrible things that offends me, and he was not actually advocating for the literal slaughter of people from helicopters. He was just speaking like a bigot. He should only resign if he feels his comments will keep him from continuing his duties, or if he is saying things and acting in a way completely in conflict of how he spoke and acted during his election. Somehow, I doubt it on both accounts.

Should the people he represents attempt to recall him now that there is no question to the types of comments he will say? That is their decision.

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bobberboy 3 years, 1 month ago

hell no - leave the poor guy alone. and i'm a democrat. i think he's been whipped enough.

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JustNoticed 3 years, 1 month ago

If he should resign, then his consituents should secede from the state. Sure he's an idiot, but, well, you finish the syllogism.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

"If he doesn't resign, then his constituents should recall him." === Guitarzan: Perhaps, but I believe the standards for a recall petition are much higher than just saying something stupid. 25-4302: Grounds for recall. (a) Grounds for recall are conviction of a felony, misconduct in office or failure to perform duties prescribed by law. No recall submitted to the voters shall be held void because of the insufficiency of the grounds, application, or petition by which the submission was procured. (b) As used in this section, the term "misconduct in office" means a violation of law by the officer that impacts the officer's ability to perform the official duties of the office.

  History:   L. 1976, ch. 178, § 16; L. 1987, ch. 130, § 1; L. 1999, ch. 105, § 8; L. 2003, ch. 127, § 1; July 1.
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KayCee 3 years, 1 month ago

It was a stupid remark, but I believe he was speaking figurtively. You can see a lot more from a helicopter, that's why they are used to hunt hogs who run through the brush. Why am I not surprised that the kids in Lawrence call for resignation?

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ralph28 3 years, 1 month ago

He should absolutely resign. And by the way, it is a disgrace that Republicans are not calling for his resignation. Party loyalty should never trump decency. No Republican or Democrat should feel that anyone (regardless of party) should excuse such hateful remarks. Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. You have to wonder what it would take to have the Republican party ask for a fellow members resignation. And any Democrat spewing such hate should never be supported by fellow Democrats as well.

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Darrell Lea 3 years, 1 month ago

While doing the public's business on state property, this man stated for the record that he thought human beings should be culled like wild hogs by gunmen in helicopters.

There is a difference between being "anti-illegal immigrant" and being an ignorant child who says that some people are the same as wild animals and need to be brutally slaughtered.

That sort of ignorance is pathetic, but to then state that "I was just talking like a southeast Kansas person" is either more pathetic, or perhaps a worryingly accurate summation of the constituency he represents.

He should resign. If he doesn't resign, then his constituents should recall him. If his constituents don't recall him, then the rest of us should be very wary of these "southeast Kansas persons" he claims to represent. They obviously place very little value on human life.

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nanimwe 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm not so worried about his actual comment - I don't take it seriously because I don't think he meant it to be taken seriously - than I am about his intelligence. How could he be so dumb not to know that such a comment is inappropriate? He should be recalled for being stupid, not racist.

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Kris_H 3 years, 1 month ago

I would be interested to know what people in his district really do think about his words. Any of you here?

If I were in his district I'd be working on that recall election right now...

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 1 month ago

Another reason he should resign is because his actions have caused distraction for him and his job to represent his district. For the good of his district, he should step aside and let someone meet the needs of those he represents.

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civilunrest 3 years, 1 month ago

I thought terroristic threats were illegal.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

His behavior and demeanor may not please all, but the people who elected him are the ones to deal with this in their district, not the average keyboard koward making judgements from afar. Let it rest, folks. Much more important than imprudent language: The real legislative issues are getting to the Senate, where one can hope most of them will die.

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pizzapete 3 years, 1 month ago

Heck no, where else are we going to find an idiot with a name like that?

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blindrabbit 3 years, 1 month ago

Sure he should resign, unfortunately, he probably represents tje views of many of his constituents. Southeast Kansas is not the most progressive part of the State or nation and therefore his vomit fits the area well.

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Abdu Omar 3 years, 1 month ago

What is this politically correct stuff? If we are all politically correct, we really don't know how the other truly thinks or feels about an issue. Speak your mind regardless of what others think and we will know where you stand. Then and only then can we know whether or not to vote for you.

This Peck is a fool and we know it now. If he kept his mouth shut and said nothing but still felt that way, we wouldn't know. But now we know and next time he runs for election we know who we are voting for and what kind of man he is. Perfect sense to me. Stop being superficial and lets be real.

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newmedia 3 years, 1 month ago

Same poll question asked by KAKE (Wichita). 62% say he should NOT resign.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

so the westboro church has freedom of speech and this clown doesnt??

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thuja 3 years, 1 month ago

Freedom of spelling.

Be the ball, Danny.

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mloburgio 3 years, 1 month ago

TomShewmon(Tom Shewmon) says…

No, I think Obama should resign---A.S.A.P. ----American Tragedy. tommy you must have a very short memory, we just got rid of the worst president ever george bush or have you forgotten what a mess he left this country in when he left office.

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Randall Barnes 3 years, 1 month ago

no. this is america come on people..... freedom of speach.

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pace 3 years, 1 month ago

He should resign. He should be charged.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 1 month ago

i think all of the clowns in Topeka need to resign.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

Considering the posts on this thread, emergency supplies of hyperbole will have to be rushed to Lawrence in the near future. You're using it all up, YDP!

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Chris Ogle 3 years, 1 month ago

I voted yes, Yep, yep..... kick him out. No wonder they make fun of us Kansan folk.

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ksrush 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh come on, what about that free speech - first amendment one from the play book you like to spew out. I forgot that only applies when it's convenient

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Orwell 3 years, 1 month ago

A public official making such a vile, contemptuous statement, even as a joke, demeans us all. If he has any decency and sense of responsibility at all – which I doubt – he'll resign.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 1 month ago

I thought we learned from the recent Supreme Court case concerning the Phelps clan that a person can pretty much say whatever they want without fear of reprisal. I wish Peck hadn't said what he did, and I'm sure he does, too, but the man did not break any laws that I know of. I suggest we worry more about the state's budget woes, school finance, and KPERS, and less about an ill-advised remark.

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question4u 3 years, 1 month ago

It's no longer Peck who is doing the worst damage to Kansas. It's the people who insist that there is nothing wrong with what he said. The story made international news, and every posted comment is potentially being read by people across the country and abroad. That doesn't seem to have helped Kansas's reputation. CNN International, for example, pointed out that at least six anti-immigrant "hate groups" have been identified in the state.

You can't buy that kind of publicity. Let Peck shoot his mouth off, let his supporters add their comments, and watch Kansas grow!

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

i guess i made someone mad about my comment i would like to know the reason why it was rather innocent

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

Peck should resign if the people who elected him want him to resign. There is a process that should be followed, a recall. I have no idea who this man is nor do I know his character, other than this statement made in extremely poor taste. Presumably, the people in his district know him better and can therefore make a more informed judgement.

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mrjcg2 3 years, 1 month ago

Of course not - I think its important that our elected officials make vicous racist statements and then claim that he's talking like any Southeast Kansan. Thanks for perpetuating the stereotypes.

If I were in his district, I would demand his immediate resignation. Four of my family's best frineds are from his district - they are intellegent, thoughtful, and would never say anything like that, even as a joke.

Un freaking believable. He sounds like a jerk, and I'm not joking.

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bobberboy 3 years, 1 month ago

yea maybe he should get a real job.

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

Resign for stating on the record your support of felonious actions against men, women and children in the state of Kansas. He is a racist idiot basically making terroristic threats..

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Alceste 3 years, 1 month ago

Were good ole boy Virgil EMPLOYED by the state of Kansas, he most certainly would face termination for saying what he said. Funny how "that" works, eh?

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

I really don't reckon they will kick him out of the club for being butt stupid. That house of reps is full of them. He might have a bit of a problem with re election though.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 1 month ago

No, I think Obama should resign---A.S.A.P. ----American Tragedy.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

their is no honor among politicans, ask clinton who lied under oath this was a stupid off the cuff comment , perhaps he will not be re-elected ask earl butz about off the record comments?

but what part of "illegal immigrant" do you not understand not everyone of them is carrying a baby and looking for a better life plus very few are paying taxes, only sucking up the free stuff

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footnote2 3 years, 1 month ago

A verbal threat to kill an elected official will normally get you a serious conversation with law enforcement, with the Secret Service in the case of the President of the U.S. What does a verbal proposal by an elected official to kill an illegal immigrant get you in Kansas today? Is there no public disgrace anymore?

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 1 month ago

Incredibly stupid yes, but the man was elected to serve a term and he has broken no laws that I know of.

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