Aug
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More on the Evils of Cynicism

More on the Evils of Cynicism

I was serious about not being cynical. It’s bad. For one thing, as Lilly Tomlin said, no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep up.
Threw was a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The way it works here when that happens, a committee of Bar Association-selected lawyers submits three candidates to the governor. The Court of Appeals used to be that way. When Sam Brownback became Our Beloved Governor, he noted that the Bar candidates tended to be to his left. To be fair, it’s hard not to be to his left if you’re not in the Tea Party.
Anyway, OBG got it changed to where he nominates people to the Appeals Court and the state Senate confirms them. Foes said that would politicize the selection process but it’s the way things are done in Washington.
Back to the Supreme Court. The Bar committee submitted the three candidates, one of whom was Caleb Stegall. Who’s he? You ask. I’m glad you did. Stegall was one of the first appellate judges chosen under the new system. Before that, who one was of OBG’s closest aides and before that, he was known for his right-wing stance on school funding, which is either in front of the Supreme Court again or soon will be.
Democrat’s legislators saw Caleb’s name on the unwarranted conclusion, according to Brownback, that OBG’s choice of Stegall was as certain as a hot August here. Most of his critics, your humble servant included, laughed our heads off. But I repented. No, really, I did.
So today OBG announced his choice and it was…Caleb Stegall. Obviously, it was a very close call, one that ONG up at night for weeks. I’m sure he read and reread each candidate’s resume’ over and over. I’m also sure Caleb Stegall was as surprised as anyone he got the nod.
Remember, when evaluating Stegall’s elevation, crash cynicism has no place. Any cynicism you may have should be very, very refined.

Aug
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Let’s Not Be Cynical

Let’s Not Be Cynical

According to khi.org, the state Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud division finds the sledding tough now that private MCOs run KanCare. This is ironic since GOP loves to talk rooting fraud and waste in government, a good goal. However, OBG, pillar of virtue that he is, has inadvertently made getting bad guys in health care fraud a lot harder.
What is he going to about it? We’ll see. The cynic might say he’d blame others. I hate folks like that.

Aug
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Taxing Matters

Taxing Matters

Speaking of Our Man Kobach, his opponent Jean Schodorf (I have been misspelling her name and I apologize.) released her tax records for the past couple of years and asked him to do the same/ He called it silly, intrusive and more or less called it unprecedented.
Maybe he got the challenge confused with his Voter ID Law. That’s intrusive and can be time-consuming. It is also unprecedented in our state’s history; And given that only a handful of voter fraud cases have arisen in the past decade, the law, like Kobach’s stonewalling on his tax returns, is very silly.

Aug
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A Man of Appeal

A Man of Appeal

A 92-year-old woman on Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s suspend voter list used an old family Bible to prove her citizenship. She appealed to the state election board to get off the list, which includes 1,800 names. So far only 3 heave appealed.
But Kobach said each and every one of those persons could appeal their suspensions. That’s true indeed. But it would take weeks and perhaps months for each person to be heard. Kobach’s statement is at best not very well thought out if you give him the benefit of doubt.
I don’t. To be blunt, Our Man Kobach is being arrogantly disingenuous about the appeal process.

Aug
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Lead? What lead?

Lead? What lead?

Well, this is a shock. The Brownback campaign is disputing numbers that hurt the narrative they want people to swallow. Remember that SuveyUSA poll that showed Paul Davis leading Our Beloved Governor by 8ipoints. I hope so. I just wrote about it not 12 hours ago. Well. An internal poll released last night by OBG shows him leading Davis by one point, a stoical tie.
Fort Hays political scientist Chapman Rackawy (Love that name) says it’s unusual that campaign would release an internal poll. He allows it shows a whiff of desperation on OBG’S part.
Is it possible OBG would deny numbers he finds harmful to him? Is it possible he would release a poll with no details? Is it possible he is desperate? Is it possible the November cake is baked and the frosting says “Attaboy, Paul”?
Please, Lord, let the last answer be yes,