Kobach’s anti-illegal immigration fees; Parkinson optimistic; AFP opposes library expansion; Jenkins defends Koch

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/12/library-expansion-proposal-vetted-forum/