Sep
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Goldfish Have No Legal Authority

Goldfish Have No Legal Authority

Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Taylor v. Kobach. The interesting revelation from that is that in the past, Kobach hasn’t required any particular phrases in candidates’ withdrawals. Taylor’s mouthpiece argued that the law did not require a letter to the Secretary of State. Kobach’s lawyer said if that were true, a candidate could just whisper “I quit” to his goldfish. Your taxes pay that man. We don’t know the outcome yet.
But the Senate race did have another interesting development. Independent candidate is a wealthy businessman. Wealthy businessmen do white collar crimes because pick pocketing is so blue collar. Orman had a colleague involved in some of the shady doings that lead to the crash of ’08. The guy is doing time but Orman refuses to cut his personal ties bam.
This is why I don’t write off the GOP incumbent, Pat Roberts. Highly intelligent national Democratic leaders and East Coast talking heads seem to think a man with no experience, no clear ideology but a nice fat wallet and movie star looks can beat an old hand like Roberts, old coot that he is.
If it would be highly ironic if Roberts lost because of the stupidity of Kobach. Ire would be insane to make goo-goo eyes at Orman, let alone, vote for him until we know more about him.
And remember, Goldfish have no legal powers.

Sep
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What Kobach Gets Right

What Kobach Gets Right

Lawton Nuss, Kansas Chief Justice, has a series grey mistake. Between it and his first name, Justice Nuss could easily fit into zany Western shootout. In fact, he has placed himself and his court smack dab in the middle of the Taylor-Kobach feud over Chad Taylor’s effort not to run for U.S. Senate. And be on the November ballot.
Anyone not paying attention to this comedy/drama is missing the best reality entertainment since Phil Robertson became a leading American intellectual.
We now know why Taylor asked for his suit to be fast-tracked. Absentee ballots have to be ready to be mailed out by Sept. 20, a week from Saturday. The Kansas High Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday at 9 AM, with written briefs due Monday.
Both sides have affidavits from persons who were at the meeting Taylor’s had with Kobach’s staff about the wording Taylor needed to use in his with drawl letter. Taylor says he wasn’t given the correct language.
Today, Secretary of State Kobach, who never disappoints me by either being rational or ethical, said that he thinks Taylor purposefully refused to use words he knew he had to get off the ballot. Kobach, however, had no theory about why Taylor would sabotage himself.
That’s a pity. It truly is. Why, you ask. Because it makes no freaking sense!
We know Taylor knew he couldn’t beat incumbent U.s. Sen. Pat Roberts, R.-Dodge. We know he knew Independent Greg Orman could. And we know U.s. Sen. Claire MCCaskill, D-Missouri, talked all this out with Taylor and he agreed to quit. Would a bit player like Taylor double-cross his party like that, knowing he’d gain nothing by doing so?
Call me crazy, but I do not buy that. Nobody with a brain would.
So Nuss and his colleagues get to hear the strangest case in recent memory in this benighted state.
If what Kobach has said outside the court is any indication of what his side will say in court, Taylor’s name will be off the ballot. If Kobach enjoys looking the knave, he is doing a grand job of it.
At least, be’s doing that right!

Sep
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Today in Kobach’s Wonderland

Today in Kobach’s Wonderland

Will sanity ever be a part of Campaign ’14 in Kansas? One wonders.
The Wichita Eagle is reporting Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants Chad Taylor’s suit against him first heard in Shawnee County District Court, not the State Supreme Court. Taylor, a Democrat, dropped out of the U.S. Senate race last week and wrote a letter requesting that his name be officially removed from the ballot. Democratic operatives persuaded Taylor, who had no chance of winning, to quit and give Independent Greg Orman a better chance of beating GOP incumbent Pat Roberts.
Kobach, who is publicly backing Roberts by serving on a committee, said no. Taylor went to the High Court yesterday.
Kobach is claiming the Supreme Court lacks original jurisdictions. That may be true. But if the District Court hears the case, witnesses can be called. Kobach and the GOP—and nobody but a fool thinks Kobach is not working with his party on this—are hoping that can prove a conspiracy. But everyone already knows what went down because the Democrats have been quite open about the deal.
However, Kobach would the court to order the Democrats to pout another name on the ballot if it sides with Taylor. How can a court do that? There have been plenty of cases where no Democrat has run for certain offices in Kansas. How can a court tell any party they have to replace a candidate?
Every time Kobach injects himself in the Taylor mess, he reminds everyone Taylor is bnot interested in the job now, thus making it less likely anyone would vote for him. It also gives Kobach’s opponent, Jean Schodorf, more to work with.
Kobach and tghyer GOP keeps saying they’re only trying to uphod the law. That’s what the U,S. House GOP said when they impeached Clinton.
That worked out so well for them, didn’t ?

Sep
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Would Timmy Shoot Lassie?

Would Timmy Shoot Lassie?

GOP U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp of the Big First got more bad news today as a group called Traditional Republicans for Common Sense endorsed his Democratic rival TOPEKA Mayor Jim Sherow. The basic reason is they know Huelskamp and think he’s nothing but trouble.
When he was in the state legislature, he proved cantankerous and few in his own party liked him. Even so, he replaced Jerry Moran, as likeable a guy as you could ask for in the U.S. House. There Timmy fell out of favor with Speaker John Boehner, who took away his Ag committee seat. A Kansan had sat on that panel ever since 1861. This has reduced the state’s clout in setting national policy impacting one of the state’s main industries. Than x not good.
Has Huelskamp addressed this? No, not really. Instead, he’s on Fox News a lot. Was the Tea Party still a hot ticket in this benighted state that might actually be a campaign selling point? Tim could run ads with him and Fez News stars. But it isn’t a plus or enough of one to make his reelection the cake walk every other Big First contest has been.
Huelskamp is another example of the lack of political skill so apparent in the state’s main party. It baffles me. Part of me enjoys the ineptitude. Another part of me feels so bad that a once great party which gave us Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ike now nominates men and women like Brownback, Huelskamp and Kobach.
Sammy, Timmy and Kris are in a well and there’s no Lassie to go get help and if there were, our Timmy might shoot Lassie.

Sep
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Odder than Dick’s Hatband

Odder than Dick’s Hatband

The weirdest story in American electoral politics this year took another turn today as Shawnee County Prosecutor Chad Taylor filed an emergency petition to get his name off the November ballot. Taylor, a Democrat, was running for Pat Roberts’ U.S. Senate seat. He had no chance of winning but D.C Democrats noticed Greg Orman, an Independent did.
One of them, U.S. Sen. Claire MCCaskill talked it over with Taylor and he sent a letter to the Secretary of State’s office officially withdrawing from the race. He says he had cleared the letter’s language with the office staff who work for Sec. Kris Kobach. However, Kobach himself said the letter’s phrasing did not meet the legal requirements and Taylor’s name had to remain on the ballot. Taylor, other Democrats and Orman say that because he is on Roberts’ steering committee, Kobach should have recued himself.
After the petition was filed, a GOP official said he wanted to get Taylor under oath, as if Taylor was hiding something.
What? A bribe? Anything short of a crime on somebody’s part renders questions moot. Can you actually force anyone not to withdraw? And now that everyone knows he doesn’t want to run, who would vote for him? What is the GOP accomplishing here?
Orman is, I think, very beatable/This sideshow is just, as Grandma Rundle was wont to say, odder than Dick’s hatband.