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No moonlighting for statewide officeholders?

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, suggested last week that Secretary of State Kris Kobach (in photo) is spending too much time on his "personal crusade" against illegal immigration, including his co-authorship of Arizona's and Alabama's controversial new laws. "I'm once again calling on Secretary Kobach to end his private legal practice, which is obviously taking up so much time that he can't even follow the laws that his own office helps to enforce, and become a full-time secretary of state," Davis said. In response, Kobach said Davis' complaint made no sense and was based on outdated campaign reports. Kobach's office said he spends 40 hours to 50 hours a week on state business and five to 15 hours a week on legal work. Last spring, Davis proposed legislation to prohibit those elected to statewide office from having outside employment.