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Republican and Kansas Senate President Steve Morris http://www.senatorstevemorris.com/map.html 

When I heard that, you could have knocked me over with an illegal immigrant!  Let’s look at the Senator’s voting record on illegal immigration.  (Clicking on any Senator’s name [Actual Vote sections] will allow you to look at their votes on many different issues.  Great tool, have fun.)


Project Vote Smart’s Synopsis: Vote to adopt an amendment that removes state funding for law enforcement agencies that the attorney general finds are obstructing their officers from enforcing immigration law.

– Provides that no law enforcement agency may be prevented from sending, receiving or obtaining information regarding any individual’s immigration status [Sec. 7 (a)].
– Provides that no law enforcement agency may restrict or discourage its officers from asking individuals their citizenship or immigration status. [Sec. 7 (a)].
– Allows any member of the Kansas legislature to request that the Attorney General make a determination on whether an agency is in violation. [Sec. 7 (b)].
– Reinstates funding when the agency proves to the attorney general that it is now in compliance with the provisions of the amendment [Sec. 7 (b)].
Full Text of Legislation (PDF Document)

Senate Amendment Vote: 03/26/2008 : Amendment Rejected 14 – 24

Actual votes:  http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_member.php?cs_id=18460


Project Vote Smart’s Synopsis:  Vote to adopt an amendment repealing a 2004 law which allowed undocumented immigrants seeking legal status to receive in-state tuition.
Full Text of Legislation (PDF Document)

Senate Amendment Vote: 03/26/2008 : Amendment Rejected 14 – 25

Actual votes:  http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_member.php?cs_id=18465


Project Vote Smart’s Synopsis:  Vote to adopt an amendment that sets deadlines for when state employers must participate in E-Verify, and sets penalties for employers that fail to comply.
– Sets the following deadlines for employers to enroll in E-Verify;
– July 1, 2008 for state agencies, departments, boards and commissions;
– July 1, 2009 for municipalities and employers with more than 250 employees in the state of Kansas;
– July 1, 2010 for employers with more than 30 but less than 250 employees in the state of Kansas;
– July 1, 2011 for all other employers (Sec. 3).
– Prohibits employers who knowingly fails to comply with these deadlines from claiming any payment or compensation to an unauthorized immigrant as a deductible business expense for state income tax purposes [Sec. 3 (e)].
Full Text of Legislation (PDF Document)

Senate Amendment Vote: 03/26/2008 : Amendment Rejected 11 – 27

 Actual Votes:  http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_member.php?cs_id=18467


 Project Vote Smart’s Synopsis:  Vote to adopt an amendment that makes undocumented immigrants ineligible for state or local public benefits in the state of Kansas.


– Includes the following benefits: government grants, contracts, loans, licenses, retirement, welfare, health, disability, housing, food assistance, unemployment benefits, credits, reduced rates, reduced fees.[Sec. 20 (b)]
– Provides exceptions for the following public benefits [Sec. 20 (a)]:
assistance for the treatment of emergency medical conditions, not including organ transplant procedures, short-term, non-cash, in-kind emergency disaster relief, public health assistance for immunizations and for testing and treatment of communicable diseases, programs specified by the Attorney General which deliver in-kind services at the local level; do not condition assistance on the recipient’s income or resources; and are necessary for the protection of life or safety such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and short-term shelter.
– Requires that applicants for public benefits must first prove that they are United States citizens or lawfully admitted immigrants before they are granted benefits [Sec. 20 (c)].
Full Text of Legislation (PDF Document)

Senate Amendment Vote: 03/26/2008 : Amendment Rejected 12 – 26

Actual Votes:  http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_member.php?cs_id=18474 


Project Vote Smart’s Synopsis:  Vote to adopt an amendment that sets penalties for businesses that employ undocumented immigrants and practitioners of employment identity fraud, prohibits unauthorized immigrants from receiving public benefits, and sets new requirements for driver’s license applicants.

– Requires all businesses in the state of Kansas to verify the employment eligibility of new employees with the federal government’s E-Verify program by January 1, 2009 [Sec. 2 (b-c)].- Sets penalties for businesses convicted of knowingly employing undocumented immigrants as follows:
– For a first offense, suspension of the business’ licenses for between 10 and 30 days;
– For a second offense, suspension of the business’ licenses for between 90 days and a year;
– For a third offense, permanent suspension of the business’ licenses [Sec. 2 (d)(2)(f-h)].

– Prohibits businesses from claiming payment or compensation to an employee or independent contractor as a deductible business expense for income tax purposes if the employee in question is an undocumented immigrant or the independent contractor does not participate in E-Verify [Sec. 3 (a-b)].

– Prohibits persons who cannot prove legal residency in the United States from receiving public benefits. (Sec. 5).

– Makes employment identity fraud, defined as ‘willfully presenting to an employer false or misleading identification documents for the purpose of obtaining employment in the state of Kansas’, a level 8 felony [Sec. 4].

– Requires that applicants for a driver’s license in the state of Kansas must sign an affidavit stating that they are citizens of the United States and that they understand that making a false statement of citizenship is an federal crime [Sec. 9 (m-n)].

Full Text of Legislation (PDF Document)

Senate Amendment Vote: 03/26/2008 : Amendment Rejected 12 – 27

Actual Votes:  http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_member.php?cs_id=18475 


Oh what the heck, let’s just go ahead and measure the entire Republican Senate Leadership and others.

  • Senate President Morris-  Voted “NO” on all
  • Senate Vice President Vratil-  Voted “NO” on all.
  • Senate Majority Leader and new Kansas Attorney General D. Schmidt-  Voted “NO” on all.
  • Senate Majority Leader (new) Emler- Voted “NO” on all but one.
  • Senate Ass’t Majority Leader V. Schmidt- Voted “NO” on all.
  • Senator Reitz Majority Puppet-  Voted “NO” on all.
  • Senator Wysong Majority Puppet-  Voted “NO” on all.
  • Senator Brownlee new Secretary of Labor–  Voted “NO” on all.

Just kind of chokes me up with emotion.  I’m sorry, but moments like this just make be so proud to be a Republican.

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.”  George Washington

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                                  One Nation
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From the ‘get go’ Americans have opposed ObamaCare in theory and practice.  Yet with the arrogance reminiscent of Overland Park politics, Reid and Pelosi won the battle ignorant of the peoples’ voice.  Oh well, soon Reid and Pelosi will join the unemployed ranks and in two more years welcome Obama.  It would be interesting to find out just how much gold they have purchased recently.

Like we said they won the battle.  The folks have declared war!  AARP was one of the first casualities as it became clear their intent did not include their membership.  The folks also learned about the American Medical Association (AMA) support for ObamaCare.  We learned that they represent a small fraction of the medical providers in America yet speak as the sole actor.  Did you know that the AMA is headquartered in Chicagohttps://extapps.ama-assn.org/contactus/contactusMain.do  And this is what they think about ObamaCare http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/2010-strategic-issues.shtml

Another ardent supporter of ObamaCare is the American Bar Association (ABA).  Early and continuously through out the battle, Republicans demonstrated the financial need of TORT Reform.  The ABA and Trial Attorney Association fought against these Republican proposals especially about frivolous lawsuits and capping some damages.  Would you be surprised to learn that the ABA is also headquartered in Chicago? http://www.abanet.org/ 

I know I am taking the long way around the barn, just want to set the stage.  By now most of you have realized that every one of my posts is about “Republicans” (R and r).  How can I possibly support the party and attack it’s candidates and it’s leaders?  Humm, could I be suggesting that the folks need to take back control of their party or leave it?  Could I be suggesting that the money picks who they want?  Could I be asking why have a party platform if not one candidate supports it?  Anyone can attack your opponents (although it is increasingly difficult to identify your friends), I choose to attack the party and the deals in hopes for Conservative Values!  Allow me a few posts to go on the dark side and show just how easy it is to attack Democrats.

Let’s meet Steve Six http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Six democratic candidate for Kansas Attorney General.  Please read it, its a world of privilage and appointments.  Oh and there is this http://www.sjblaw.com/ it’s a world of chasing ambulances.

When Six vowed to support ObamaCare and refused to allow Kansas to join other states in a suit, who was Six representing?  Certainly was not Kansans.  Schmidt the Republican candidate opposes ObamaCare.  I bet Six is working for the Trial Attorneys Association next year and lobbying against TORT Reform.

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.”  George Washington

Ken Dunwoody                                     
Henpecked Acres 
                                  One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
kdunwoody2@aol.com    www.NOlathe.com     http://NOlathe.net
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During the last several months, I can not think of one day when I turned on the news that the Arizona Immigration Law SB-1070 requiring enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws wasn’t in play somewhere.  A Time Capsule might look like this:

  • Localized demonstrations of illegals demanding the same rights as “other citizens”
  • Demonstrators denigrating the U.S. Flag and raising the Mexican National Flag
  • Boycotts of Arizona business and activities (even by schools)
  • Support for SB-1070 from other States (except Kansas)
  • President of Mexico files protest of discrimination
  • U.S. Attorney General files suit against Arizona (SB-1070)
  • U.S. Secretary of State complains to United Nations on SB-1070

Even here in Kansas we watched as Co-Author of SB-1070 and candidate for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach invited America’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Olathe.  Following threats of protests the event was moved to a more secure facility in Overland Park and even there experienced protests and a bomb threat.

A ‘State summation’ of the bill reads “The bill would require all state officials, agencies, and personnel to fully comply with and support the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The bill would also require all law enforcement officers to inquire into the citizenship and immigration status of any person arrested for a violation of state law or municipal ordinance, regardless of the person’s national origin, ethnicity, or race. If an arrestee is determined to be an alien, the bill would require the officer to verify if the alien is lawfully present in the U.S. with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and cooperate with any request made by ICE to detain or transfer the alien to the custody of the federal government. The bill would also prohibit any official or agent of a state, county, or city law enforcement agency from being restricted from information regarding any individual or exchanging the information with any other federal, state, or local government agency. Also, the bill would prohibit state, county, or city law enforcement agencies from discouraging officers to ask individuals their citizenship or immigration status.”

So what does all this have to do with Kansas and why would I chose to write about it again as I have clearly shown in previous postings that our Kansas elected government is very pro-illegal immigration?  Well, once again a reader of NOlathe has supplied some great material to pursue but please first read these two posts as preparation:

  1. https://nolathe.net/2010/02/17/kansas-senate-funds-illegal-immigration/
  2. https://nolathe.net/2010/02/18/topeka-the-ultimate-one-party-town/ 

Let’s start with the ‘State summation’ above, it was written by Duane A. Goossen, Kansas Director of the Budget on February 27, 2008 regarding Kansas SB-458.  http://www.kslegislature.org/fiscalnotes/2008/458.pdf  Huh?  I thought we were talking about illegal immigration enforcement in Arizona?  How did we end up here?  Well, two years before Kris Kobach co-authored Arizona SB-1070 he co-authored Kansas SB-458.  Wait until you see who testified in opposition of Kansas SB-458 http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2008/458.pdf  I think one could easily predict “lawn care”, “construction”, “law firm” companies and any organization with Hispanic in the title to be listed in opposition. (NOTE: January 2011 Kansas implemented new digital system making all “links” to previous documents non-operatable.  Try this http://reformkansaslaws.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/sb-458-the-illegal-immigration-relief-act/ )

 Take a look-

Verbal Testimony- Opposing SB458

  1. Wichita Independent Business Association, President and Kansas Independent Business Coalition President, Tim Witsman.  445 N. Waco Street, Wichita, KS 67202
  2. Artistic Designs Lawn and Landscape Inc. HR Manager, Nestor Leon.  PO Box 860576, Shawnee, Kansas, 66286. 913-888-7320
  3. Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, Sister Gemma Doll
  4. Hermes Company, Inc. Dalton Hermes, owner
  5. Julie Frady
  6. Kansas Board of Regents, Reginald L. Robinson, President, and CEO. 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520, Topeka, KS  66612.  785-296-3421
  7. Kansas Catholic Conference, Arch Bishop Joseph F. Naumann, D.D, 6301 Antioch, Merriam, KS 66202. 913-722-6633
  8. Kansas Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Amy Blankenbiller.  835 SW Topeka, Blvd, Topeka, KS, 66612. 785-357-6321
  9. Kansas Farm Bureau, Terry D. Holdren, National Director
  10. Kansas Grain and Feed Assoc. Duane Simpson, CEO/Vice President.  816 SW Tyler, Suite 100, Topeka, KS, 66612. 785-234-0461
  11. Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Assoc. David M. Dayvault, President,   Abercrombie Energy, LLC. CFO, 800 SW. Jackson St. Suite 1400, Topeka KS,  66612   
  12. League of Kansas Municipalities, Sandy Jacquot, General Council. 300 SW 8th Ave. Topeka, KS, 66603.  785-354-9565.
  13. Johnson County Government, The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, Steward J. Little, PhD, Little Government Relations. 800 SW Jackson, Suite 914. Topeka, KS 66612.  885-235-8187.
  14. MO/KS American Immigration Lawyers Association, Angela J. Furguson, Chairman. 
  15. Public Health Dept. Director, Joseph M. Connor.  619 Ann Ave. Kansas City, KS, 66101.  913-321-4803.
  16. Central Plains Development, Owner, Robert A. Snyder.  3620 Sunnybrook, Wichita, KS. 67210.  316-312-3583.
  17. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Topeka, Sister Maria Luz Hernandez
  18. Society for Human Resource Management, Director of Governmental Affairs, Michael P. Aitken
  19. The Mdivani Law Firm LLC, Emily Haverkamp, Immigration Attorney.    7007 College Blvd. Suite 460, Overland Park, KS. 66212 913-317-6200  ehaverkamp@uslegalimmigration.com
  20. The Mdivani Law Firm LLC, Mira Mdivani, Immigration Attorney, 7007 College Blvd.  Suite 460, Overland Park, KS. 66212. 913-317-6200.
  21. Kansas Business Coalition, Ally Devine

Written Testimony- Opposing SB458

  1. United Methodist Women of the Kansas East Conference, President Sue Littrell, and Social Action, Susan G. Fowler.
  2. Heritage Lawns LTD,  Wes Ory, President
  3. Wichita Area Builders Association, President/CEO Wess Galyon
  4. Artistic designs lawn and landscape, Inc. Duane Lukowsky, PO Box 860576, Shawnee Kansas, 66286, 913-888-7320
  5. Associated General Contractors of Kansas, Associate Government Affairs Director, Eric Stafford, 200 SW 33rd Street, Topeka, KS 66611,            785-266-4015
  6. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. HOA Chapter, Jim Kistler, President and CEO, 6950 Squibb Road, Suite 418, Mission, KS, 66202 913-831-2221
  7. Dominican Sisters of Great Bend Kansas, Sister Rene Weeks, OP President
  8. Grass Roots Inc. President, Lance Shelhammer, II.  Olathe KS.
  9. Topeka Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Christy Caldwell, Vice President Government Relations.  topekainfo@topekachamber.org
  10. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, President and CEO, Carlos Gomez.
  11. Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, MO. 600 E. 103rd St. Kansas City, MO 64131. 816-942-8800
  12. Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma, Paul Kane
  13. Social Security Administration, Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Audit, Steve Schaeffer
  14. Justice and Peace Center, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Esther Pineda, CSJ.  Concordia, KS, 
  15. Kansas Building Industry Assoc, Inc, Executive Director, Chris Wilson
  16. Kansas Business Coalition, Amy Blankenbiller
  17. Kansas Cooperative Council, Executive Director, Leslie Kaufman, PO Box 1747 Hutchison, KS, 67504.  785-233-4085.  council@kansasco-op.coop
  18. Kansas Corporation Commission, Mathew A. Spurgin, Litigation Council. 1500 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, KS 66604,  785-271-3100
  19. Kansas Families for Education, Executive Director, Kathy Cook.  15941 W. 65th Street, #104 Shawnee KS, 66217.  913-825-0099
  20. Kansas Manufactured Housing Assoc. Executive Director, Martha Smith.        3521 SW 5th Street, Topeka, KS 66606, 785-357-5256.  kmha1@sbcglobal.net
  21. Kansas Pork Association President/CEO, Tim Stoda.  2601 Farm Bureau Rd. Manhattan, KS, 66502.  785-776-0442.  kpa@kspork.org
  22. Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, Don Sayler, President/CEO,  3500 N. Rock Road, Building 1300, Wichita, KS, 67226.  800-369-6787. KSREST@KRHA.ORG
  23. Kansas Society of Human Resource Management – State Council Wichita Society of Human Resource Management, Trinidad Galdean, 8301 E. 21st Street North, Suite 370, Wichita, KS, 67206.  316-609-7900 
  24. Kansas National Education Association, Mark Desetti.  715 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612. 785-232-8271.
  25. Kansas League of United Latin American Citizens, Policy and Advocacy Director, Elias L.Garcia.
  26. Community Activist, Topeka, Nancy Ochoa.
  27. Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Government Relations, J. Kent Eckles.  9001 W. 110th Street, Suite 150, Overland Park, KS, 66210.   913-491-3600.
  28. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Member of Leadership Team, Sister Linda Roth
  29. The Builders Association and Kansas City Chapter, AGC, Director of Governmental Affairs, Dan Morgan.  632 W. 39th Street, Kansas City, MO. 64111.  816-531-4741.
  30. The Kansas Contractors Association, 316 SW 33rd Street, Topeka, KS.  66605.  785-266-4152  kca@ink.org   (written)


  1. Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, Division of Health Cindi Treaster, Director Farm worker, Refugee and Immigrant Health
  2. Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Ed Klumpp (written)

We find that Kansas cities (League of Kansas Municipalities), Johnson County Board of Commissioners, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and the Social Security Administration are PRO-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION?  Okey, it’s still up to a vote, so how did our Kansas Senators vote on SB-458?  The Kansas Senate with a Republican Majority must surely respect the Kansas Republican Party Platform and vote in support of SB-458 right?

Jim Barnett, Emporia.
Les Donovan, Wichita.
Tim Huelskamp, Fowler.  [U.S. Congress]
Nick Jordan, Shawnee.
Phil Journey, Haysville.
Ralph Ostmeyer, Grinnell.
Peggy Palmer, Augusta.
Mike Petersen, Wichita.
Dennis Pyle, Hiawatha.
Mark Taddiken, Clifton.
Barbara Allen, Overland Park.
Pat Apple, Louisburg.
Karin Brownlee, Olathe.  [Kansas Secretary of Labor]
Terry Bruce, Hutchinson.
Pete Brungardt, Salina.
Jay Scott Emler, Lindsborg.  [Majority Leader]
Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick.
Steve Morris, Hugoton. (President)
Roger Pine, Lawrence.
Roger Reitz, Manhattan.
Derek Schmidt, Independence.  (Majority Leader) [Kansas Attorney General]
Vicki Schmidt, Topeka.  (Assistant Majority Leader)
Jean Schodorf, Wichita. (Assistant Majority Whip)
Ruth Teichman, Stafford.
Dwayne Umbarger, Thayer.
John Vratil, Leawood.  (Vice President)
Susan Wagle, Wichita.
Dennis Wilson, Overland Park.
David Wysong, Mission Hills. 
Julia Lynn, Olathe. 
Jim Barone, Frontenac.
Mark Gilstrap, Kansas City. 
Donald Betts, Wichita.
Marci Francisco, Lawrence.
Greta Goodwin, Winfield.
David Haley, Kansas City.
Anthony Hensley, Topeka.
Laura Kelly, Topeka.
Janis Lee, Kensington.
Chris Steineger, Kansas City.

So to all you Kansans that firmly support Arizona SB-1070 and want to vote those bums out that oppose it, how about we start with Kansas SB-458 and vote our own bums out first!  Real Change has to start in our own backyards.  Until then, Cry Me a River Kansas!  I’ll start with bum-ett Karin Brownlee who’s only contribution on illegal immigration was to make it illegal for illegal aliens to be forced to pay union dues.  You think I’m kidding?

NOlathe expresses our appreciation to-  Ed Hayes for archived information    American Patriots Coalition, Director Kansas and Missouri        Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes Director    americanpatriots@sbcglobal.net
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.”
  George Washington

Ken Dunwoody                                     
Henpecked Acres 
                                  One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
kdunwoody2@aol.com    www.NOlathe.com     http://NOlathe.net
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