[corrected number and location of ministers 3/16/07]
By Diane Silver
I've been involved in one way or another with Kansas politics for 22 years now, but I've never seen anything like this.
Ousted Attorney General Phill Kline and a group of about 40 Wichita- area ministers are trying to get the Legislature to force new Attorney General Paul Morrison to prosecute abortion provider George Tiller. Morrison's office says he is investigating Tiller, but apparently that isn't enough for these folks.
They're trying to invoke a little known (as in... never heard of before) law to get the Legislature to get the AG to do exactly what these 36 people want him to do. (Heck, I'd love to get the AG to do exactly what I want him to do. I've got a couple of folks I'd be happy to get him to prosecute.)
Even Rep. Lance Kinzer, the newest Republican darling of the religious right, doesn't this will work. Actually, even the ministers may not think this has much chance of working. Although they called today for Kansans to flood lawmakers with appeals, none of the ministers said they paln to lobby in Topeka to pass their, ah, what do we call this? An action? Proposal? Resolution? Fit?