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Post by mimi » Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:35 pm

This is just brutal.

Let’s send Kris Kobach to political oblivion


Special to The Star

10/11/2014 10:00 AM

10/11/2014 5:10 PM

Of all the politicians I have covered in more than four decades, starting with a campaign trip with Richard Nixon in 1968, I have never run across a meaner, nastier, more egomaniacal politician than Kris Kobach.

Kobach is also the most brilliant and clever politician I have ever covered. The man is dripping with Ivy League degrees.

The combination of his traits is lethal, which makes him so dangerous.

But there had been, on average, only a dozen cases of voter fraud each year between 1997 and 2010, despite Kobach’s best efforts to dredge up more. He was scamming the electorate, plain and simple.

That did not stop Kobach from ramrodding through legislation that has disqualified almost 20,000 would-be voters because the state now requires them to come up with identification papers such as passports or birth certificates. The secretary of state, who is supposed to encourage voter turnout has, instead, crushed it. Between 2008 and 2012, voter turnout in Kansas declined more than other comparable states. A federal report finds this was likely due to Kobach’s voter registration laws.

Because of a quirk in the court rulings on Kobach’s scheme, it has left Kansas with a two-tiered voting system. New voters who have not presented their passports or birth certificates can only vote for federal candidates but cannot vote for state officials

There's more:

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-c ... rylink=cpy

America's Worst Republican

Could Soon Lose His Office Why everyone must tune in to Kris Kobach's race in Kansas

Kobach is running again on his attempt to stamp out voter fraud, and enjoys the enthusiastic support of anti-Obama stalwart Ted Nugent. “The Leftists and commies are working overtime to defeat him in this year’s election,” Nugent warned. Kobach’s opponent, Schodorf, is a former Republican state senator who was ousted in the 2010 primary by a more conservative challenger backed by Brownback and the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity and Kansas Chamber of Commerce. She switched parties to run against Kobach. Schodorf has never run statewide before, and faces a two-to-one Republican edge in registration in a race that voters don't normally pay attention to, but she has been running even in the polls and could benefit from the snafu over keeping Taylor on the ballot.

If Schodorf does win, it will be a victory for American democracy and not simply the Democratic Party. Kobach is that bad. To be sure, there has always been a case to be made for better controlling American borders and for discouraging entry by undocumented workers, but Kobach’s position, like that of FAIR, edges into the dark corners of nativism. And his attempt to manipulate state election laws is quite simply an attempt to subvert the democratic process. Here’s to his defeat and banishment from elected office.


http://www.newrepublic.com/article/1195 ... his-office

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Post by Family Liberty Patriot » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:03 pm

This is just brutal.

And yet, in a way, not nearly enough so. He really is a vile person who has committed his life to evil.
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Post by SPen » Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:08 am

It's just a shame that Pat Roberts and GOP-allied groups are dominating the airwaves in October. The Democrats had a decent shot of knocking off Kobach in addition to Roberts and Governor Brownback, but now some of them may squeak by.

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Post by June bug » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:32 pm

SPen, I'm still getting requests constantly from the Democratic side of the spectrum and I give on the average of three times a week, yet I'm hearing nothing but doomsday reports on fundraising, polls, early voting and every other metric.

What happened? It sounds like our side is being swamped by huge amounts of cash coming in from super PACs and other GOP funders. If so, any idea why wasn't that anticipated or, if anticipated, why it couldn't be countered effectively?

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