Kansas still has the worst secretary of state in the nation and he just had another really bad day

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach head shot

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Within minutes of the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to leave Democrat Chad Taylor off the Kansas ballot for U.S. Senate (dealing a blow to Kris Kobach–worst secretary of state in the nation) a Kansas City-area Democrat named David Orel filed a challenge trying to force Democrats to name a new candidate. David Orel also happens to be the father of a Alexander Orel, regional director for ultra-conservative Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.

Kris Kobach once again tried to intervene by joining the lawsuit, but the district court ruled against him and refused to let him join the suit.

Kris Kobach’s week was about to get worse. Yesterday, David Orel was set to have his day in court, but his case took a serious hit after he failed to appear before the Shawnee County District Court:

“With all due respect to Mr. Orel, he filed a lawsuit against my clients, drug them into court in the middle of a heated campaign season, then thumbs his nose at this court and refuses to show up,” said Randy Rathbun, a former U.S. attorney from Wichita who represented the party.

Judge Franklin Theis was not amused:

“Without him here, it kind of turns this into political theater,” Theis said.

Presiding Judge Larry Hendricks also had some serious questions about the military ballots that have already been sent (per federal law):

Democrats also argued that the petition should be dismissed because the secretary of state’s office has already mailed out ballots to overseas military personnel, and some of those ballots have already been returned. An order to name another Democratic candidate, Rathbun said, would require invalidating votes that have already been cast and requiring those voters to cast new ballots.

Hendricks, the presiding judge on the panel, also raised the question of how officials would handle such a case if a soldier deployed in a combat zone were to die in action before he or she was able to cast a second ballot.

The judges indicated they would issue a decision no later than 1 PM on Thursday so the ballot printing won’t be delayed any further.

So, now we wait for yet another court to hand Kansas Republicans and the worst secretary of state in the nation another loss. In the meantime, can you contribute $5 to help elect Jean Schodorf and send Kris Kobach packing?

Secret Service Director: ‘I Take Full Responsibility’

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During an opening statement in front of the House Oversight Committee, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says that she take full responsibility for the recent White House breach.



Race of the Day: Nolan vs. Mills in Minnesota

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Democrat Rick Nolan is discovering that times have changed as he faces a first-time candidate with deep pockets.



NBC’s Kristen Welker Grills Secret Service Director

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NBC News’ Kristen Welker asks Secret Service Director Julia Pierson if she lied to the American people about the White House fence jumper arrest.



Nevada Republican wants to bring voter suppression home

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Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall

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What Republicans need to succeed statewide in Nevada, apparently, is a way to have a lot fewer voters. So that’s what the Republican running for secretary of state, Barbara Cegavske, wants to do: suppress the vote.

State Sen. Barbara Cegavske, who is running for secretary of state, says she supports a voter ID law for Nevada. […]

She also says she opposes same-day voter registration and same-day voting, however, because such last-minute activity could put too much pressure on election workers and make it tough to prevent fraud.

“I do not want to burden the counties with something that’s not attainable or secure,” Cegavske said Wednesday in an interview with the Review-Journal editorial board.

There’s not a lot of cases of voter fraud in Nevada, just like everywhere else. There is one notable, and pretty funny exception, the Republican who said she tried to vote twice in the 2012 general election on purpose, to prove just how easy it is to commit voter fraud. Which she didn’t, because she was caught in the second attempt, at a second site by poll workers who determined she had already voted at a different precinct.

This is just one reason Daily Kos is endorsing Kate Marshall for secretary of state in Nevada. Currently the state’s treasurer, Marshall is opposed to voter IDs because it’s money the state doesn’t have to solve a problem the state doesn’t have. She should know about the state’s coffers, since she’s in charge of them.

Please contribute to help keep Nevada a safe place to vote. Give $3 to Kate Marshall.

GOP Plays Defense, But Where’s the Policy Agenda?

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Twenty years after the GOP’s “Contract with America” — what major reforms are Republicans ready to campaign for now?



First Read’s Morning Clips

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A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day



Watch Live: House Hearing On Breaches At White House – 10a ET

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appears before the House Oversight Committee.



Watch Live: UN General Assembly Debate

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United Nations General Assembly 69th session General Debate opens, with leaders from each member country addressing the Assembly in turn.



White House Intruder Raced Past Officer, Far Into Building

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Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, jumped over the fence of the White House and dashed past security before being apprehended.