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kansas-chamber-of-commerce.jpgHUTCHINSON, Kan. - And the hypocrisy reveals itself. Many tried to warn of the duplicity in the Republican Party when it comes to immigration issues but few would listen.

When the Republican dominated Kansas legislature tried to address issues of misclassification and e-verify several years ago, it was met with strong opposition from Chamber of Commerce and eventually withered on the vine.

Now the author of the Arizona immigration laws and darling of the TEA Party, Sec. of State-elect Kris Kobach, is doing just as might be expected by fanning the flames in Kansas to resurrect these issues.

Here They Come

COLBY, Kan. - What is the real Republican administration's agenda? I just received the following information in an email message from the KDP. If you are not on their mailing list, this message should alert you to get on it.

BREAKING: The Resurrection of Phill Kline

TOPEKA, KS - Kansans received an unwelcome Christmas Eve gift last Friday. Secretary of State Elect Kris Kobach announced the hiring of his top lieutenant on the day before a long holiday weekend, effectively burying it. It's news worth hiding. Kobach chose Eric Rucker, the long-time top lieutenant to disgraced former Attorney General Phill Kline. In fact, Mr. Rucker is still being investigated for his involvement in the invasion of thousands of Kansans' medical privacy.

It gets worse. Today, Governor Elect Sam Brownback announced his chief counsel would be another top Phill Kline lieutenant, Caleb Stegall. This is nothing short of the resurrection of Phill Kline. Phill Kline was thrown from office just four years ago because he violated the medical privacy of Kansans in pursuit of his own extreme political agenda. Phill Kline is the poster child of an entire political era defined by Republicans using state government to further divisive social issues.

That era is back. Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach have taught Kansans a tough lesson. The "new" Republican Party is the same as the old Republican Party. They are more interested in furthering extreme political agendas and fighting for special interests then in rebuilding our state's economy, providing world-class schools for our children and creating jobs for everyday Kansans.

Republicans, Platforms, and Mandates

HAYS, Kan. - My father was a Republican. He was conscientious in his party affiliation, conscientious in forming political opinions, conscientious in the use of the language, and, when the chips were down, conscientious in a few other areas. Here is my father's understanding (in my words) of the core philosophy of the Republican Party, as compared to his understanding of the core philosophy of the Democratic Party.

My father understood that, when the Republican Party succeeded in electing candidates to public office, they were elected because of their proven ability, their history of reliability, their education, a specific background that had prepared them for this particular office, and their dedication to the public good, which called them to set aside their successful private pursuits to accept a term in public office. Once in office, the Republican incumbents were to use their very best judgment in acting upon those matters that came officially before them.

WICHITA, Kan. - Every American should read this article, especially those of us who are losing faith and becoming impatient. Two friends sent this on to me, Lynn Stephans and Mary Cole and I am grateful for their activism. Please take the time to read Canadian William Thomas' column.

HOBOKEN, N.J. - A highly respected friend and colleague told me I should be careful venting rage in such a powerful forum as Kansas Free Press. He thought that the article I wrote in response to Obama's compromise over tax cuts for millionaires was so fueled with rage that it sounded as if I was advocating against supporting Democrats. Right off the bat let me disabuse anyone who may have shared his impression. Yes, I was enraged, and I think I was expressing the justifiable anger of the heartland. But no, I don't want to abandon the country to the right wing. I just want the Democrats to fight as fiercely as they do.

COLBY, Kan. - The Democratic Party in Kansas is suffering severe depression after the recent election.

Like the advice from the old gambler, we are going to have to play the hand we've been dealt. We will have to know when to fold on some issues and when to hold on others. We may even have to walk away from the table, now and then. But, going beyond the advice the sage old gambler gave to the young man, we will have to return to the table and start a new game or we will never be successful in the game of politics and public policy.

We may need to build a new platform, and design new missiles to launch if we intend to ever change the attitude, environment, and the social standards of our state.

Are we satisfied with the status quo or do we see areas that deserve and need improvement?

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