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kansas-state-capitol-3.jpgWICHITA, Kan. - As reported here in the Kansas Free Press by Kari Rinker, Rep.Pete DeGraaf, (R-Mulvane) made the shocking comment that women better pony up and take out special rape coverage from their insurance providers. Or, just like the careless motorist who has a flat on the side of the road without a spare, women will regret their lack of planning ahead. Unless of course, they have a burning desire to give birth to the rapist's child which DeGraaf apparently heartedly endorses for women, especially his wife and daughter. What a guy!

Of course, the reason women are going to need to buy a "spare" to their original insurance coverage is all due to DeGraaf and his esteem colleagues who want to prohibit insurance companies from covering the cost of abortions in their regular healthcare coverage - even when those pregnancies are the result of rape .

As an associate pastor and Christian financial counselor one might assume that Rep. Pete DeGraaf would exhibit compassion for any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, especially as a result of rape. Surely this financial planner for God would understand the financial difficulties and instability an unplanned pregnancy and violent assault would have upon a woman's life and see the wisdom of insurance coverage that would include rape.

Kansans Are Tired!

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas NOW is "TIRED" of legislators, who in efforts to pass their moral agenda, ignore the horrifying reality of crimes such as rape.

In a recent House debate, Representative Pete DeGraaf (R- Mulvane) told women that they should plan ahead for pregnancies that they can't control. Representative Barbara Bollier (R - Mission Hills) pointed out that the insurance restrictions on abortion that were being debated did not make exceptions for unintended pregnancies (such as those resulting from rape or incest), and the two exchanged the following remarks:

Rep. Pete DeGraaf replied, "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?"

Bollier asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?"

DeGraaf then responded, "I have a spare tire on my car."

Sam Brownback's WWII Values

I think we as a country are just going to have to go back to really saying, 'OK what got us to where we are? Hard work, ingenuity, education, strong families, commitments, character.' (Gov. Sam Brownback in a speech to the Wichita Rotary Club)

WICHITA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback spoke to the Rotary Club in Wichita on April 17, 2011, telling attendees that Americans should return to WWII values to get us out of our economic crisis. An excerpt of his speech appeared in the April 18, 2011, issue of the Wichita Eagle. "This is not something new to us. We know what these values are," he added. "I think we just kind of got away from it, in investing more in interesting instruments to change and trade money, rather than focus on how do I make something. We're going to have to start making more things." (Kansas Needs WWII Values)

It's not clear what Gov. Brownback means when he says, "We're going to have to start making things." He does mention that Kansas is prime territory for wind farms and for manufacturing the turbines necessary to create electricity.

Kris Kobach Meets the Kochs

SALINA, Kan. - Alan Jilka, on these pages, has presented a sterling case for opposition to Kris Kobach. Wednesday, May 4th, at the state county clerks conference, some folks outside Salina's Ramada Inn created an outdoor 'free our voters,' anti-Kobach presence. Equally important, there was an indoor presence, up close and personal, for Kobach himself.

Besides a Kobachi presentation which gained applause only from one-third of the county clerks, his press conference found him face to face with Koch Bros. impersonators Gary Swartzendruber and Bob Homolka. Some pointed questions followed.

Kobach said they would be surprised at the grades he received at Harvard, but he did not indicate he would produce his Wisconsin birth certificate. When asked about E-Verifying cattle, immigrants, voters, and feral pigs, he demurred.

people-voting.jpgTOPEKA, Kan. - On April 18th Governor Sam Brownback signed the SAFE Act, (Secure and Fair Elections Act) into law. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who won an election last fall by creating the illusion of massive electoral irregularities, hailed the new law and said the changes will discourage fraud.

Since it will come as news to most Kansans that we had a voter fraud problem in our state, the story of this bill bears retelling.

Kris Kobach has made a living in recent years crusading against illegal immigration. He has authored parts of Arizona Law 1070 and numerous local ordinances targeting undocumented immigrants. Arizona and municipalities across the country have been forced to spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars in legal fees defending these laws in court.

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