guardian_owl (Ira Rott)


Comment history

Kobach says Kansas attracted most new businesses since 2003

Critics are correct, I know many businesses which dissolved as an Inc. and reformed as an LLC to take advantage of the tax exemption.

February 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

Online shopping is basically a brick and mortar store in your living room with self-check out. It's not like in the old days when you couldn't expect people to calculate the price for sales tax themselves when making orders out of a catalog and mailing in the payment, it can all be calculated automatically by the website software. Eventually state governments will probably try to reclassify the point of sale so that it is not where the servers are located, but the store front in the customer's living room, especially as online shopping inevitably becomes more popular.

October 1, 2014 at 8:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Shifting political waters challenge state incumbents

I don't even know where to begin... it's too much...

September 27, 2014 at 2:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school bus vandalized with anti-Free State messages

Most of the drive which stretches from the Eldridge St. to the back of the church parking lot is city property. The round section of that drive where the buses park in is actually meant so that emergency vehicles can turn around easier. Look at google street view at the western end of Overland Dr. to see where they normally park, it's not in the church parking lot, it is on this adjacent city street.

September 22, 2014 at 6:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mexican restaurant moving to 34th and Iowa streets; food truck debate set for Tuesday; city to consider tax rebate for another apartment project

I really like El Potro, but that space they are moving into has been a revolving door of failure. I am afraid the added cost of doing business in that larger space (as well as less traffic driving by it due to his location further away from popular stores) will exceed the added revenue of more space for customers. Hopefully they have carefully run the numbers.

September 19, 2014 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court orders state to remove Taylor from Senate ballot

Under what legal authority is he allowed to delay the mailing of absentee ballots everything said up to this point made it sound like it was a hard-locked deadline, otherwise why the urgency to get the ruling done before Friday? It's funny that he was so inflexible about the candidate withdrawl date (such as allowing him to correct it the next morning since he filed the letter on time), but now that the ruling didn't go his way he is suddenly Stretch Armstrong.

edit: Even the ruling makes note of this:
"The next day, September 10, Kobach filed a notice regarding scheduling. In it, he confirmed that the list of candidates for the general election had to be finalized by September 18, because the STATUTORY DEADLINE for sending ballots to members of the Unisted States Armed Forces serving overseas in 45 DAYS BEFORE the general election i.e., September 20. Kobach represented that ballots WOULD BE prepared and printed on September 19."

September 18, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

900 block of New Hampshire to close from Sept. 15-19

Parking garage accessible via the south end of 900 block of New Hampshire or only via the basement 9th St. entrance? IE. are they only closing the northern portion of the street near the new hotel or are they blocking off the entire street?

September 12, 2014 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach says Taylor has to stay on the U.S. Senate ballot, Taylor says he'll challenge ruling

It's like its 2000 all over again with Kobach standing in for Katherine Harris who was simultaneously the Florida Secretary of State (making decisions how to interpret law in the recount) and George W. Bush's Florida campaign co-chairman (Kobach is also Robert's campaign co-chairman). No conflict of interest at all.

September 5, 2014 at 12:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach says Taylor has to stay on the U.S. Senate ballot, Taylor says he'll challenge ruling

The letter mentioning the statue is the declaration. If he had just said "I hereby withdraw my nomination effective immediately and request my name be withdrawn from the ballot." and that's it, I could see your point, but he adds "pursuant to KSA 25-306b(b)" which indicates the reason for his withdrawl is the inability to fulfill the duties of office if elected which is the only topic that subsection of (b) covers.

September 5, 2014 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach says Taylor has to stay on the U.S. Senate ballot, Taylor says he'll challenge ruling

The law says the candidate "declares that they are incapable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected may cause such person's name to be withdrawn from nomination BY a request in writing, signed by the person and acknowledged before an officer qualified to take acknowledgments of deeds."

You can see the letter here:

The request in writing (referencing the statue) IS the declaration that the candidate is incapable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected. Why else would he specifically reference the statute "KSA 25-306b(b)" in the letter? The law also states no where that the candidate has to mention the specific reason why they are no longer capable of fulfilling the duties of office if elected in the withdrawal letter.

Taylor also double-checked the language of the letter ahead of time with an official in the Kansas Secretary of State's office and was told all is well with the language. He was removed as a candidate on the website on late Wednesday, then Thursday (coincidentally after the deadline to withdraw had past and he would be unable to correct the letter) he was put back up as a candidate by Kobach.

September 5, 2014 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )