Math of obstruction obliterating democracy

Senate President Susan Wagle seems willing to override legislative and popular majorities simply to benefit her race for the U.S. Senate.

Opinion

February 28, 2020 - 3:49 PM

In democracies, majorities rule, right? The candidate with the most votes wins the election, and a majority vote in the legislature means that a bill is passed. 

Burdett Loomis Insight Kansas

In Kansas, the math seems remarkably simple. The candidate with the most votes wins, and the way to assure victory is to attract 50 percent plus one of all ballots. Likewise, in the Kansas Legislature, the mantra remains “63 and 21” — the necessary number of votes to pass a bill in the House and Senate, respectively.

Still, legislative math is rarely this simple, nor is that of elections. And this year, the math of obstruction has reached new levels in both the Legislature and within the Republican race for the U.S. Senate. Most notably, even incredibly, the obstruction in both instances flows from Kansas Senate President Wagle (R-Wichita).

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