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"I'm resigning from the House of Representatives effective midnight tonight," Rubin said. "I have no other comment."
With that statement, House Member John Rubin left the house, announcing he would pack up his office and get out of the state house never to return.
The Topeka Capital Journal covered the exit, not just of John Rubin, but the re-assignment of committees and the complete upheaval of the state house today. The house had faced a serious crisis of confidence today, as conservative Republicans took over the bully pulpit, re-arranged committees and changed the way the house does business.
Action within the House
Republicans had spent a big part of their day working legislation aimed at the conservative agenda; quickly advancing SB-175, a Kansas Senate Bill which provides religious groups on college campuses an exemption for discriminatory practices while retaining access to university funding through resources.
Outside advocates had argued that SB-175 would have far reaching impacts beyond just “let’s keep out gay” it would tie the hands of universities in allowing religious groups any sort of discriminatory practices or rhetoric, which would still be allowed access to university grounds.
On the Senate Side..
Despite a showdown last week over the override of a Brownback veto, Senator Kay Wolf (R-Johnson County) and Susan Wagle (Senate Leadership, R-Wichita) are apparently unconvinced with the Budget Director and Governor’s cries that the veto override will send state bond value into the junk bond status.
With committee chairs being removed, leadership fighting the governor, no outlook on a firm budget in sight and Republicans bashing other Republicans for their lack of purity, the goal of a calm an easy session before a fall election is certainly not coming together.
More to the right ... more to the right ... and ... a little more.
People are FED up.
In America, libertarian ideas are attractive to mostly young, white men with high ideals and no life experience that live off of the previous generation’s investments and sacrifice. I know this because as a young, white idiot, I subscribed to this system of discredited ideas: Selfishness is good, government is bad. Take what you want, when you want and however you can. Poor people deserve what they get, and the smartest, hardworking people always win. So get yours before someone else does. I read the books by Charles Murray and have an autographed copy of Ron Paul’s “The Revolution.” The thread that links all the disparate books and ideas is that they fail in practice. Eliminate all taxes, privatize everything, load a country up with guns and oppose all public expenditures, you end up with Honduras.
Cheer up, Buzzy. I was going to vacation in Honduras, a third world country, but I think I'll vacation instead in another beautiful third world country, where they speak English and take dollars and is in the United States..... Kansas.
The entire GOP everywhere must die, in order to eradicate libertariani kochi.
Sen. Ted Cruz announced Thursday that he had reeled in another endorsement from a radical Christian extremist — this one from Mike Bickle..... Bickle is the founder of the controversial International House of Prayer (IHOP), who has said that the “gay marriage agenda” is “rooted in the depths of hell,” and that gay behavior “opens the door to the demonic realm.”
Yet elected friends or not, Bickle’s 30-year career has been marked as much by his charismatic attraction to followers as by accusations of “aberrant” practices, false prophecies -- even heresy. Since his affiliation with a group called the Kansas City Prophets, a group of self-declared prophets which coalesced around Bickle’s church in the 1980s, a legion of critics—theologically conservative evangelicals themselves, including former IHOP followers and staff—say his theology and practices are a distortion of the Bible, and the spiritual demands placed on followers, including unquestioning obedience to Bickle’s ideas, are authoritarian and abusive.
Over the years, when his prophecies did not come to pass, disillusioned followers and pastors in the community have confronted Bickle. He has been asked, time and again, to reform his teachings and practices. Yet, somehow, rather than change, each time he emerges with followers and institutions intact, although he may alter, ever so slightly, certain claims or statements in the trove of writings on his website.
“He’s just Teflon,” said one former follower.
1. Cruz is more fanatical. Sure, Trump is a bully and bigot, but he doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line. Cruz is a fierce ideologue: He denies the existence of man-made climate change, rejects same-sex marriage, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, believes the 2nd amendment guarantees everyone a right to guns. He doesn’t believe in a constitutional divide between church and state, favors the death penalty, rejects immigration reform, demands the repeal of Obamacare, and takes a strict “originalist” view of the meaning of the Constitution.
2. Cruz is a true believer. Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention, and gaining power. But Cruz has spent much of his life embracing radical right economic and political views.
3. Cruz is more disciplined and strategic. Trump is all over the place, often winging it, saying whatever pops into his mind. Cruz hews to a clear script and a carefully crafted strategy. He plays the long game (as he’s shown in Iowa).
4. Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy government institutions to get his way. Trump has spent his career using the federal government and making friends with big shots. Not Cruz. He has repeatedly led Republicans toward fiscal cliffs. In the Fall of 2013, his opposition to Obamacare led in a significant way to the shutdown of the federal government. Both men would be disasters for America, but Ted Cruz would be the larger disaster.
Cruz... doesn’t believe in a constitutional divide between church and state, ..., and takes a strict “originalist” view of the meaning of the Constitution.