Ray Merrick "If you love something, set it free," the old saying goes. "If it comes back to you, it's yours..." Well, it seems that former House Speaker Ray Merrick is wanting to come back for a third tour in Topeka, so that means he's ours. But do we really want him? Check out this warm-hearted email to Representative Jim Ward after the Legislature overrode Sam Brownback's veto: "What a clown. Your nothing but an obstructionist Demorat." If he comes back to us, he's ours. Can we just throw him back this time?
Amanda Grosserode If you're a card-carrying member of EMAW nation, this is the last person you want back in the Kansas Legislature. Grosserode worked hard to take special appropriations for Kansas State out of the budget, so important deferred maintenance items, particularly the so-called "Frankenstein Room", which has been providing u want back in the Kansas Legislature. Grosserode worked hard to take special appropriations for Kansas State out of the budget, so important deferred maintenance items, par
Jeff Melcher Jeff Melcher is best known for his opposition to reducing the sales tax on food, which he says constitutes government unduly encouraging people to eat. He also thinks Kansas farmers make too much money, and wrote a bill to raise their taxes by 30 percent. And he tweets a lot (like someone we know). Even though he got shellacked worse than any other incumbent in last August's primary, Jeff reportedly wants to mount a comeback and run for a House seat. And if he does try to mount, he should be thrown off immediately.
Greg Smith When we last left Greg Smith, he was getting his ass handed to him by Dinah Sykes. This came on the heels of media reports that Smith paid himself from the proceeds of his non-profit organization, named for his late daughter, who was abducted from a mall parking lot and later murdered. Smith is also known for an impassioned speech during the 2015 Legislature, where he compared taxes to theft--then voted for what was then the largest tax increase in Kansas history. And now, he wants his old Kansas House seat back. No. Just, no.