Our governor declared during the campaign that there was no problem with the state’s budget. Does he really believe that? Or could he have meant that if the revenue is less than the budget, we’ll just cut the budget, making the government small enough to be worth the revenue we have?
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is open to challenging Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., in a GOP primary in 2016. “We haven’t decided what we’re doing yet, so that’s a good question,” Huelskamp told CQ Roll Call when asked if he was considering a Senate bid.
I’m not a huge fan of President Obama’s decision to go the executive, rather than legislative, route on immigration reform. And I was definitely not a huge fan of his Nov. 20 speech, which seemed almost deliberately unconvincing. But there we are; they happened. So what should Republicans do about it?
Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday that he is considering both spending cuts and tax increases as ways to close the state’s budget shortfall. That’s smart, as it would be very difficult and damaging to cut about $1 billion in spending this fiscal year and next. But Brownback is playing dumb in claiming that he didn’t know until after the election that the state was facing a shortfall this fiscal year.
The GOP-led House Intelligence Committee quietly released Friday afternoon the findings of its two-year investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Its conclusion shouldn’t be missed: The CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the attack, and there was no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
It could be beneficial if the next Sedgwick County manager had a private-sector background, but it should be a requirement that the person have experience leading a large government. That is, after all, what the job entails.
Since the taxpayers invested our money, we should receive a portion of the profits of the city-owned Hyatt Regency Hotel and county-owned Intrust Bank Arena during the NCAA tournaments and beyond. This is the biggest gripe: We pay and pay but never get anything in return.
Republicans should remind Americans that the president’s executive action is nothing more than another short-term patch that arguably makes it less, not more, likely that Congress will ever pass permanent reforms.
It might be that House Speaker Ray Merrick is suffering from an identity crisis, because apparently he’s overlooking himself and his friends in that group of worthless, money-grubbing, do-nothing state employees.
As the fight over immigration heats up on Capitol Hill, some national observers are noting the exit polling indicating Gov. Sam Brownback received 47 percent of the Latino vote when he won re-election this month, compared with 46 percent for Democrat Paul Davis.
The Keystone XL pipeline is supposed to transport crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Canada makes money, and the oil companies make money when they sell the refined products to the highest bidder. How does that morph into energy independence for the U.S.?