Things continue to get interesting in Kansas

And as anyone who’s lived there knows, that’s saying something. [drum hit]

What’s wrong with Kansas? At this point, the right may be wondering that.

First, you may recall the Kansas School Board’s attempt to rewrite science with theology, inspiring this now-famous open letter to the Kansas School Board, which launched the whole new religion of Pastafarianism and our reverent belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. (Ramen!)

Second on the list is Sean Tevis’s bid for the Kansas state legislature. Through the brilliant use of an inspiring web comic and an innovative campaign financing idea, Tevis has raised $95,162.76 since June 2008 as he seeks to “retire” his current rep, who takes strong anti-everything* stands.

* Let’s put it this way: I agree with everything Mr. Tevis appears to stand for, and nothing he says his opponent stands for.

Now, the New York Times is reporting that former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline, “who first drew national attention for his anti-abortion stance as attorney general of Kansas, was easily defeated Tuesday in the Republican primary for district attorney of Johnson County, a Kansas City suburb.”

While I don’t know Phill Kline from Dr. Phil, this strikes me as a curious continuation of a trend. Word from an old friend there is that an Obama rally drew a huge audience, too. Although I’m originally from Kansas — Johnson County, mind you (don’t tell anybody, ‘k?) — I’m now a Milwaukeean and a Wisconsinite through and through. But it’s great to see that properly-thinking individuals are making a huge difference in my native home state of previous residency Kansas.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.