Well, I guess any of you who actually checked by here came to realize that I am not keeping up with this blog. I admit that between the technology and the legislative session, I found that I had a hard time getting to this, even though I know “you” need and want to know what is going on in Topeka. I do post articles on Facebook, because it’s easy and I keep it open during the day, but this blog has not been a discipline to which I have been faithful.
So, here I am again. Trying again to make this a place where “you” can check in and get caught up on what’s happening with Kansas politics, MainStream style. I am going to try to put some articles here AND on Facebook and see if anyone starts using this as a resource. If you do, leave a comment…it helps me know you were here.
The 2011 legislative session started rather normally, if there is such a thing. At first, the bills seemed to be “less crazy” than the election foretold, although the budget and taxes have been the subject of debate since Day One–as we all knew they must be. At first, it seemed that perhaps the new legislature was there to do the economic business of the state–budget, taxes, jobs….and would leave the divisive social issues at the door. However, as things got rolling in Topeka, the extremists–the social extremists in particular–did more than show up–they filed bills! There were a few weeks when it was almost impossible to keep up with the bills that were being introduced and the committee hearings being put on the schedule!
Watching it unfold, I’ve decided that the combination of Lance Kinzer and Kris Kobach is either going to be the undoing of the far right–because, together, these two can drive the state back years and years and give us a national reputation as the meanest, mysoginistic, racist state in the midwest. Add Connie O’Brien and Virgil Peck to the mix and Kansas is already on its way to making the national news for all the wrong reasons.
Anyway, I digress. We’ll have plenty of time to remind voters that the hateful words and the hateful legislation, do, in fact, have a connection.
But, for now, while it is winding down, this session is not yet finished. In fact, very little has been set in motion. As of last week, the Governor had only signed one bill.
So, things are not yet set, and the Kansas Senate is holding at bay some of the far right legislation in the Kansas House, but expect that there will be some blows from which it will take time to recover.
If nothing else, it is my hope that any voter who A) sat out the 2010 elections or B) bought into the notion that far right Republicans are the same as moderate ones, is paying close attention. In 2012, we must stand by those in the Kansas Senate who are standing up to extremism today. This too, is best for another post and time.
Thanks for coming back by…I’ll try to be better.