December 17, 2012 12:00 AM

Kansas views on Masterson, KanCare, redistricting, Huelskamp, Collin Klein

Masterson – Truly just about anyone can get elected to the Kansas Legislature and even rise to a prestigious Senate committee chairmanship, as the 2013 Legislature proves. Case in point: The new chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee filed for bankruptcy in 2010 with nearly $885,000 in unsecured debts. Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, even tried to spin his bankruptcy experience into a good credential for the post. “Who better to lead out of the forest than somebody who has seen a lot of the pitfalls?” he said. That’s one way to look at it, but not how most folks would judge competency for the person put in charge of shaping the state’s budget in the Senate. With such appointments, Kansans have more reason to question the credibility of the Legislature and to have weakened faith in its overall aptitude.

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