Monday, July 18, 2016

Kobach Shapes GOP Platform's Move to the Right


The New York Times editorial board today criticizes the role of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in formulating the GOP platform: 

"One of the most fervid ideologues expected at the Republican convention next week — the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach — has been busy shaping extremist positions in the party platform to suppress immigration, gun controls and same-sex marriage. But he also found time last week to do actual damage to Kansans with a devious, 11th-hour policy that would disqualify 17,000 of them as state voters, even though they are allowed by law to vote in federal elections."

Kobach, of course, is a long-time advocate of immigration enforcement measures and was one of the drafters of Arizona's S.B. 1070, an anti-immigration landmark that was invalidated in large part by the Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States (2012).


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