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U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., whose district includes part of Lawrence, writes piece defending Koch Industries against criticism from Democrats.http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/12/1538223/dont-try-to-make-koch-industries.html

Republican secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach has received nearly $200,000 in legal fees for defending city of Hazleton, Penn. illegal immigration ordinance. A story in the Hazleton Standard Speaker says the city doesn't have the money to offset as much as $2.4 million sought by attorneys who have so far succeeded in court decisions against the ordinance. http://standardspeaker.com/news/illegal-law-defense-bills-paid-in-full-by-donors-1.1046343

Gov. Mark Parkinson says state economy is improving and he credits bi-partisan, moderate solutions. http://hutchnews.com/latestregionalnews/Governor-s-video-says-economy-looking-up

Americans for Prosperity oppose bond issue to expand Lawrence public library, saying a more modest proposal is needed. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/oct...

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tolawdjk 3 years, 11 months ago

I see what Lynn did there, and I have no idea why she would do it.

Laast half of her letter she locks onto the claims that Koch has failed to pay taxes.

She then answers with "they give good jobs."

Now, I don't have any information on this subject at all, haven't looked into it one bit. But, call me jaded here, when a politician answers her own question with obfuscation, it makes me more than a bit suspect.

And its not even like she was asked the question by a reporter. She wrote the letter, she brought it, she didn't answer it.

Lynn, in the future, keep yer yap shut. You did nothing to rectify the situation and now I'm more suspect of your addressing it than I was 10 minutes ago.

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 11 months ago

Lynn Jenkins is about as smart as Wilson from Cast Away.

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JustNoticed 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh piffle. Give her more credit than that. She's at least as smart as a box of rocks.

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julstopeka 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm her first cousin... she's bad news.

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BigDog 3 years, 11 months ago

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meggers 3 years, 11 months ago

Here's an interesting article about the Koch brothers:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

Jenkins motivation for defending the Kochs is about as transparent as mud.

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John Kyle 3 years, 11 months ago

I would say it's as transparent as water. The Kochs support rightwingers. She wants some of that money.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

In other news: "President Barack Obama’s habit of “naming names” of perceived opponents such as FOX News may be ugly, tasteless, and morally questionable, but his right to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution. However, his administration may have crossed the line by examining the tax records of a private corporation that funds conservative candidates and causes. Recent remarks by a member of the administration concerning Koch Industries, a Kansas-based company, suggest the White House knows more about the corporation’s tax status than federal law permits. The remarks follow: In this country, we have partnerships, we have [S corporations], we have [limited-liability companies], we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of which are really giant firms—you know, Koch Industries is a multibillion-dollar business. The Weekly Standard has asserted that the author of these comments is Austan Goolsbee, recently named chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Goolsbee has denied examining the confidential tax records of the company, an action that would violate Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code. The law states: [N]o officer or employee of the United States … shall disclose any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee or otherwise or under the provisions of this section…. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax issues is now investigating whether administration officials had illegal access to taxpayer information or were inappropriately speculating in public about the company’s tax liability..." http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/10/09/did-obama-administration-illegally-review-opponents-tax-return/

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Jimo 3 years, 11 months ago

I realize that Fox never gets around to retracting false stories or correcting the record with contrary facts but this story imploded in 24 hours after being put forward as the 'scandal du jour' (everyone knows today's scandal is about Poway, Calif., school who don't announce the pledge of allegiance with enough gusto to satisfy some).

The only 'scandal' here is that an administration official assumed that big companies that pass much of their business through various LLCs don't pay corporate income taxes on the money and that Koch is an example of such a LLC-subsidiary business (which is public information) and so might not be paying corporate income tax. This is an incorrect assumption that Koch quickly corrected by press release and one that someone 'peeking' at IRS records would have known to be in error - not the equivalent of criminally exposing a CIA officer, for example, which requires a special prosecutor and a presidential pardon.

From now on, if the story (in multiple meanings) is more than 24 hours old perhaps you'd be best moving on to fresher lies.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 11 months ago

So Koch received nearly 200K working "part-time" while employed full time as a law professor. Hmmmm, thats a lot of billable hours. He probably teaches 3 classes which meet 3 hours apiece per week. That's only nine hours. If you choose not to participate in law school administrative committees, spend little time outside of class with students, and do little scholarship or preparation, that leaves plenty of time to line your pockets on the side. Looks like he spends part- time at Washburn and full-time lining his pockets. He has stated that he will continue his private practice if elected Secretary of State. I am voting for Chris Biggs. He has not attempted to politicize the job, not turned a non-issue (fraudulent voting) into an issue which serves only to give Kobach free advertising for his immigation law private practice., and is willing to work full-time for the taxpayers.

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