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Kansas lawmaker says he would rather give money to North Korea than to public radio


A conservative Kansas lawmaker posted a tweet Wednesday suggesting he would rather give money to North Korea than to Kansas Public Radio.

Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, made that comment Wednesday morning as KPR was trying to raise money during its "Power Hour" event, a single-morning fundraising drive that precedes the regular fall pledge drive.

Around 7:45 a.m., KPR's Statehouse reporter Stephen Koranda tweeted, "There's still time to support KPR and our #ksleg coverage during the power breakfast today."

To which, Claeys replied: "I'd sooner give to DPRK News. At least their praise of dear leader is under duress."

"DPRK" refers to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea.

An outgoing message on Claeys’ telephone indicated that he was out of the country until Sept. 11. However, in response to a direct message via Twitter asking for him to clarify his remark, Claeys wrote: “Why would anyone be surprised that a republican would publicly balk at funding a democrat radio station?”

North Korea and the United States, of course, have been in an adversarial relationship recently and for decades.

During the active period of the Korean War, from 1950 through 1953, the Pentagon estimates that 36,914 U.S. soldiers died in the campaign to repel North Korea’s invasion of South Korea.

So far in 2017, North Korea has launched at least 21 test missiles and had conducted a number of underground tests of nuclear weapons, as part of a strategy that military officials say appears designed to threaten the United States and its Pacific Rim allies with nuclear warfare.




Theodore Calvin 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this the same Salina senator who lives in the Bella Serra Condos in Lawrence? The same one who made intelligent remarks on twitter after the K-State band phallic march incident a couple of years ago? Come on Salina.

Richard Neuschafer 6 months, 1 week ago

Yes. And his listed Salina address is a vacant business building in the downtown. There are too many dummies in Salina who blindly vote Republican no matter who is running. That is how Claeys was barely reelected last fall.

Richard Heckler 6 months, 1 week ago

A Wichita investment group, which includes a top executive of Koch Industries, has purchased the remaining vacant units at the Bella Sera at the Preserve condominium development at Bob Billings Parkway and Inverness Drive.

The Wichita group, Bella Sera LLC, purchased all 24 of the vacant units that were left in the 37-unit development. Todd said that already two of the units are under contract.

The new owners also purchased the ground floor commercial space in the building, which includes about 12 office spaces and an area that is designed to house a private spa, said Amy Sanchez, the property manager for Block Real Estate Services.

The ownership group also purchased approximately five acres of vacant property to the east of the condo building. Sanchez said the group hasn’t yet developed any plans for that property.

Todd said the new ownership group is made up of a mix of people who have various interests in Lawrence. Todd said the group does include some members of Koch Industries, the giant Wichita conglomerate.

The corporate paperwork on file with the state for Bella Sera LLC lists Steven Feilmeier, the chief financial officer for Koch Industries, as the main point of contact for the new ownership group.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe he should stay out of the country. Maybe he should move to North Korea. But in Korea you are forced to pay for their government media. Here in the US we have a choice. Also, in Korea, if they didn't praise dear leader, they would be executed. Is that what he is promoting for the US? If he wants to prove that NPR reported any lies, he can do that. But his "proof" would have to be in facts, not opinion, if he even knows the difference.

Steve Hicks 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You put your finger on the central question, Dorothy: "facts." To live at all successfully in reality, a person has to know and be guided by facts.

The 40 years I've been an NPR listener, facts, and intelligent treatment of the facts, has been their strong suit. Still is.

Interesting that Rep. Claeys and his faction always find honest treatment of facts an "enemy" attack on them and their political principles. Says a lot about their faction and its political principles, doesn't it ?

Odds-on, Rep. Claeys gets his idea of "reality," by which he makes decisions for our state and ourselves, from Fox "News," Breitbart, WND, and Trump-tweets. If you hate facts, "alternative facts" are your only choice.

Mike Reid 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, this is the same Rep. J.R. Claeys who still has a problem using twitter. The problem is his childish, boorish behavior. A poor representative for people of the State of Kansas.

Julia Radley 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Someone’s never listened to Retro Cocktail Hour.

Larry Sturm 6 months, 2 weeks ago

A treasonous remark from a Kansas senator he should just go to NK and and stay there.

Phillip Chappuie 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Go read his wiki page. He is straight up fraud and a crook. FTC didn't care for his business practices. A state legislator that supports North Korea and a President that sold out to the KGB. Heck of a deal.

Ken Lassman 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hmmm....Claeys sounds an awful lot like Jae, a very common Korean name. Are we sure he wasn't born in North Korea? Where's his birth certificate?

Richard Quinlan 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This clown should be formally censured in the legislature.

Armen Kurdian 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Christ people, it was a silly comment. When's the last time you lefties reserved so much attention for a liberal's silly comment?

I was coming here to post, "Well that's just silly." That's about all the attention this comment deserves.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Why did he make the comment publicly? No one has to donate to KPR. He could have made the comment to the person standing next to him, or his drinking buddy, or his wife. Instead he makes it a public announcement. He apparently wanted us all to know that he approves the "media" in North Korea more than our own. We got the message. And I put media in parenthesis on purpose, because their is no such thing as media in North Korea.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Just another person who wants to defund NPR and take them off the air. They seem to thing that NPR is a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party and should be squashed.

Doug Ittner 6 months, 2 weeks ago

North Korea threatens America and Claeys displays his willingness to support America's enemy, a brutal Communist dictator. Kansas law prohibits a party that advocates, directly or indirectly, advocates the use of force to overthrow our government. Claeys sides with North Korea, a nation openly hostile to America. Legally he, and his commie loving party, has to be disbanded according to Chapter 25, Article 1, Section 16 of the Kansas Constitution.

Michael Kort 6 months, 1 week ago

We should start a " Go Fund Him Account " and pay this guys way to his " most admired state " and tell Kim Jung Un ( his beloved leader ) that we don't want him back....thank you Kim !

Bob Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

At least the Norks are running pledge drives every time you turn around.

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