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Too much concern about ‘postcard votes’

Judging from the legislative coverage last week, the scariest thing at the Statehouse wasn’t a budget deficit, a session with no exit or even a tax increase but a “postcard vote.” That’s a roll call vote on an amendment or bill offered mostly for its potential to make an incumbent look bad in a political mailing at re-election time. Last week Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said it wasn’t productive to bring up legislation the House was working on “for theatrics and for a postcard vote.” Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, expressed concern about potential postcard votes in the House. Early in the session, House members declined to keep a record of most votes in the chamber, out of fear it would encourage more gotcha postcards. But as Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, tweeted at that time: “If you are afraid of a postcard, maybe don’t run for office ever.” – Rhonda Holman