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Norquist coming to Kansas to talk about immigration


Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is coming to Kansas at the behest of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce to oppose "restrictionist" policies on immigration reform.

"We are bringing Mr. Norquist to Kansas so legislators can hear what real immigration reform should look like," said Mike O'Neal, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Chamber.

"Each year, the business coalition has been forced to oppose harmful, anti-business legislation pushed as the only solution to this country's and Kansas' immigration woes. Mr. Norquist's insight will give lawmakers a fresh perspective into what direction this country should head as it searches for a solution to the broken and inefficient immigration system," O'Neal added.

Norquist, who is better known nationally as the president of Americans for Tax Reform, will speak at a breakfast for legislators at 8 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Maner Conference Center Shawnee Ballroom in Topeka. The breakfast will be hosted by the Kansas Chamber and the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform.

In the past, the Kansas Chamber and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach have been at odds on the subject of illegal immigration.

Kobach has pushed, both in Kansas and nationally, for more stringent restrictions, which the chamber has said would place a burden on businesses. The chamber has championed a measure to place some illegal immigrants in jobs if the state declares that an industry has a labor shortage. But Kobach has described that as an amnesty proposal.


jhawkinsf 5 years ago

Welcome to Kansas. Spend some of that Washington D.C. money in our local restaurants. Spend some money in our local hotels. Buy a T-shirt or two. Buy something for the wife and kids. Then leave.

avarom 5 years ago

Like your style Mach....you get right to the point!

Liberty275 5 years ago

Doesn't like taxes and doesn't want to declare war on undocumented aliens. Seems like my sort of guy. I predict much cognitive dissonance from the left.

Like the guy in Frisco said, spend some money while you are here.

Liberty275 5 years ago

What's the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter?

Liberty275 5 years ago

Can a terrorist fight against something other than your beliefs?

James Nelson 5 years ago

As if Brownback hasn't done that already?

chootspa 5 years ago

I see no reason for cognitive dissonance - unless you mean that everyone has to totally agree or disagree with a person and all of their opinions? If so, that's a very binary existence you face.

verity 5 years ago

Binary existence :-) Great euphemism for blind ideology!

Liberty275 5 years ago

Do you like Mr Norquist because of his stand on undocumented workers more than you hate him for fighting to reduce taxes?

I like him for both reasons.

chootspa 5 years ago

Should we clap? I'm capable of holding nuanced opinions about individuals without discomfort or the need to rationalize it away. It doesn't create cognitive dissonance they way believing that taxes are always bad does.

Trumbull 5 years ago

We live in a world of absolutism more and more. Everything is either / or. Two options only. We have not yet "progressed" to a one size fits all mentality completely. The road (and mind) can get even narrower than a binary existence.

avarom 5 years ago

In 1993, Norquist launched his Wednesday Meetings series at ATR headquarters, initially to help fight President Clinton's healthcare plan and eventually becoming one of the most significant institutions in American conservative political organizing. The meetings have been called "a must-attend event for Republican operatives fortunate enough to get an invitation", and "the Grand Central station of the conservative movement.

As a nonprofit organization, Americans for Tax Reform is not required to disclose the identity of its contributors. Critics, such as Sen. Alan Simpson, have asked Norquist to disclose his contributors; he has declined but has said that ATR is financed by direct mail and other grassroots fundraising efforts. According to CBS News, "a significant portion appears to come from wealthy individuals, foundations and corporate interests.

Welcome to Kansas.....please hurry up and leave...and when you shake Norquist's hand, make sure you count your fingers and keep your other hand on your Wallet!!

deec 5 years ago

Lemme guess-he'll push foreign enterprise zones exempt from U.S environmental, zoning and labor laws, and guest worker temporary visas so the ag industry can continue to exploit immigrants. If you can't move the industry to foreign countries, import the cheap workers here instead.

srothschild 5 years ago

To disappointed_regressive -- The report simply states that Grover Norquist, at the invitation of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, is coming to Kansas to talk about immigration issues.

Katara 5 years ago

Don't dignify his post with a response. He is unworthy of it.

All you are doing is reinforcing his behavior by responding to it. He craves your attention or he wouldn't post so much about you and what you write.

chootspa 5 years ago

And with so many different IDs.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

You don't think that he actually Read the article past the headline and your author tag, do you? That's not his style.

James Hardie 5 years ago

What a bunch of foul mouthed, disrespectful, crud comments on this thread. Don't any of you know that you will receive as you have given? Show respect to gain the same. Everyone, and of course I mean everyone, has something to add to this American Experiment.

avarom 5 years ago

Maybe if he was a true American....he should of married an American wife and had American kids.....and not adopted from abroad. There are plenty of children here in the USA...that could use a good home...some American Experiment!! Hopefully, we all won't be praying to Allah at some Mosque in Kansas!!

Liberty275 5 years ago

True Americans can'y have wives from other countries, adopt kids from overseas or pray to Allah?

James Nelson 5 years ago

The selfish and greedy love this guy.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

And so it begins, the KS far right begins to collapse in upon itself.

flloyd 5 years ago

Let's make our immigration laws the same as Mexico's immigration laws.

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

Norquist's position on immigration mirrors that of former president and war of choice starter George W. Bush.

Hey Froggy-baby...

avarom 5 years ago

Since Norquist's pledge binds signatories to opposing deficit reduction agreements that include any element of increased tax revenue, some Republican deficit hawks now retired from office have stated that Norquist has become an obstacle to deficit reduction. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson , co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist's position as no taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell.

He has long been active in building bridges between various ethnic and religious minorities and the free-market community through his co-founding of the Islamic Free Market Institute,and his involvement with Acton Institute, Christian Coalition and Toward Tradition In 2010, Norquist, whose wife was born into a Muslim family, emerged as an outspoken Republican foe of politicizing the mosque-in-Manhattan issue, calling it a "distraction". Norquist's national strategy has included recruiting state and local politicians to support ATR's stance on taxes. Norquist has helped to set up regular meetings for conservatives in many states. These meetings are modeled after his Wednesday meetings in Washington, with the goal of creating a nationwide network of conservative activists that he can call upon to support conservative causes, such as tax cuts and deregulation. There are now meetings in 48 states. Norquist has described himself as a "boring white bread Methodist. In 2004, at age 48, he married a Palestinian Muslim named Samah Alrayyes, a Kuwaiti PR specialist who was formerly a director of the Islamic Free Market Institute and specialist at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The couple has two children adopted from abroad. Norquist is said to live a modest lifestyle. According to friend and former roommate John Fund, Norquist's devotion to his political causes is "monk-like" and comparable to that of Ralph Nader.

jhawkinsf 5 years ago

The nationality and religion of Norquist's wife and where he adopted his children from has no bearing whatsoever on this discussion.

Katara 5 years ago

Exactly. Norquist can be criticized for his lousy policy ideas but his family should be off limits.

Katara 5 years ago

So? Two wrongs don't make it right.

Just because you are a petty person, doesn't mean that others must be too.

Katara 5 years ago

Nope. Not at all. There are other consequences that happen as a result without resorting to attacking someone's family.

You may wish to stoop to the level those folks take but I prefer not to demean myself in such a way.

If the family is not involved in the action then they should be off limits. However, once a family member becomes active in the person's political activities, they are fair game. For example, Chelsea Clinton is off limits as a family member during the time she was not involved. She became fair game when she campaigned for her mother as an adult.

Katara 5 years ago

And what happened? Rush Limbaugh lost viewers and ad revenue. Limbaugh even tried to claim that the "joke" was accidental and blamed it on a technician. If consequences didn't exist, he wouldn't have tried to distance himself away from it.

Sen. McCain lost supporters for the cruel joke he made about her in 2008. He already had issues with his presidential campaign and his attempt to be funny at her expense just made it worse.

"Never wallow in the mud with a pig; you will both get dirty and the pig likes it."

Katara 5 years ago

All the callers on the air to which show? Hint: He is a large loud man from MO.

The same statements made in newspapers were in response to Limbaugh's and McCain's "jokes". They lost viewers and voters who were disgusted with their behavior.

I was incorrect on the year on McCain's nastiness. That was 1998. The statement came back to haunt him when McCain condemned attacks on Sarah Palin's family in 2008.

You suggested that unless you behave like those folks, they would not suffer any consequences. I pointed out 2 different consequences that 2 different people who attacked a politician's family had to deal with.

Additionally, people are just simply tired of the nastiness that abounds in politics anymore. When you resort to behavior such as pointed out above, people will just tune you out and your point will be ignored.

Katara 5 years ago

It is odd that you can't produce any examples and stick to vagueness. You seem to be unable to provide concrete examples regarding Amy Carter or Chelsea Clinton.

Again, your argument is that if you don't behave like the jerks, they will suffer no consequences. I pointed out 2 different instances of where the jerks did have consequences to their mean-spirited and cruel comments.

You really should consider changing your username. The behavior you are advocating is worthy of an orc not that of a white wizard.

Katara 5 years ago

Your memory is questionable if you can not provide details beyond "I was refering to all the callers on the air. Not to mention the same statements made in newspapers." That vague and generic statement can be made about anything at all.

Gandalf would put his sword to use but not because Sauron made mean jokes about his family. When mean jokes are as dangerous as a Balrog, I guess you'd have a valid point.

avarom 5 years ago

Hope they like bisquits and gravy.......Yep!

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

A black man with Kenyan ancestry was re-elected as President of the United States.

Sad trombones for disappointed regressives....

Liberty275 5 years ago

Who will you vote for in 2016? Sad times come, sad times go. It's a cycle!

avarom 5 years ago


avarom 5 years ago

No One.....because.... No one is qualified to manage the position from either party!

Liberty275 5 years ago

Who do the democrats have that is even nearly as charismatic as Obama? You guys are usually stuck running losers like Gore, Kerry, Dean and Dukakis.

What goes around...

Let me ask another way. Which democrat could beat Christie if the election happened today?

Liberty275 5 years ago

She's finished. The republicans would crucify her over bengazi, and it doesn't look like her health is holding up very well. I think she has done a good job as SOS.

Armstrong 5 years ago

Nothing new here. Rothy stirs the pot, libs go nuts and foam at the mouth. Kind of Pavlovian.

Greg Cooper 5 years ago

Nothing new here. Rothy reports facts, knee-jerkers go nuts and foam at the mouth. Kind of Pavlovian.

There, Armstrong, I fixed that for you.

Carry on.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

Is it too soon to start discussions regarding succession for the NE Kansas counties? I'm not joking.

Liberty275 5 years ago

It's never too early to talk about succession or secession. The first amendment knows no clock.

What is your idea?

Mike Ford 5 years ago

maybe we should deport Norquist back to Norway or Denmark or Sweden where they have great infrastructure and high taxes that pay for many services. Oh dumb Americans and their false arguements and assertions....

Liberty275 5 years ago

There is no mechanism for deporting American citizens. You shouldn't use the word "dumb".

jayhawklawrence 5 years ago

At some point in the future you might get the disappointing news that this has been about Mr. Norquist becoming a very wealthy man.

That is, of course, if you are as bright as you believe or just another stooge for people clever enough to fool you and who will boast about it over cocktails on a yacht somewhere.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

He has a right to speak. What's the big deal?

parco814 5 years ago

Yes, Grover N. has a right to speak. And those who don't like what he says have a right to speak out against his speech. What's the big deal?

avarom 5 years ago

Since his wife is a Muslim and she can not marry anyone that is not of Muslim faith, its against her religioin. I believe Mr. Norquist has changed his religion to the Muslim faith. When a reporter asked him if he converted, he stated it was "Too personal" There are many articles on Norquist about his relationships with this particular Brotherhood.....His views on immigration are going to be very interesting....so listen very closely people.... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/561786/posts

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