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No local control on political yard signs?

Shouldn’t local leaders have a say in how political yard signs are displayed in their own communities? Apparently not in Kansas, judging from Senate approval last week of a bill saying “no city or county shall regulate or prohibit the placement of or the number of political signs on private property or the unpaved right-of-way on private property” 30 days before or seven days after any election. In the course of passing that assault on local control, senators also passed up another chance to regulate campaigning where they should exercise their authority: They nixed an amendment that would have forced Secretary of State Kris Kobach to get rid of his political action committee. Only a shameless partisan like Kobach would see no problem with the state’s top election administrator trying to influence elections via a PAC, which makes it all the more disappointing that the Senate has Kobach’s back on this one. – Rhonda Holman