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Think First? Duh.

COLBY, Kan. - Connie O'Brien is not in my district and with the intelligence of her remarkable ability to identify real American citizens, I'm glad she isn't.

Here's the example: (condensed transcript)

Rep. Sean Gatewood (D-Topeka): "Can you expand on how you could tell that they were illegal?"

Rep. Connie O'Brien (R-Tonganoxie): "Well she wasn't black, she wasn't Asian, and she had the olive complexion."

allen-schmidt.jpgHAYS, Kan. - This week marked the end of one era and the beginning of another era for the Democratic Party in western Kansas.

Committee members who represent the precincts of the 36th Senatorial District convened at Professor's Banquet and Catering Center in Hays on Wednesday night to elect a replacement for former Senator Janis Lee, who resigned in late January upon her confirmation to the Tax Appeals Court. After 23 years of service in the Senate, Lee's wisdom and experience cannot be immediately replaced. Committee members elected a Hays man, Allen Schmidt -- dairy farmer, retired military officer, and medical services consultant -- to fulfill the remainder of the term Lee was re-elected to serve in 2008.

TOPEKA, Kan. - On Wednesday, February 10 members of the Kansas Voter Coalition presented testimony in opposition to HB 2067 in the Kansas House Elections Committee. HB 2067 is called the "SAFE" act by its author, Secretary Kris Kobach. The "Safe and Fair Elections" act is a voter suppression bill... pure and simple.

While many of its proponents see it as a way to keep the integrity of our elections there are many provisions contained within the bill that erect hurdles to legitimate voters. It will virtually eliminate door to door and mobile registration and "get out the vote" efforts. The opposing organizations ranged from the AARP, a disabilities rights organization, Kansas Equality Coalition, the Kansas NAACP, Kansas/Mid-MO ACLU, the American Federation of Teachers and the Kansas League of Women Voters.

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