Richard Crowson Commentary

Politicians can run but they cannot hide from political cartoonist (and banjo player) Richard Crowson and his watchdog, Al. Tune in on alternate Wednesdays to hear the latest.

Senator Jerry Moran actually had the gall to suggest that Congress ought to do what the Constitution says it should do and hold hearings on the President’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Right-wingers went ballistic and slapped him down so quickly that his little Cowardly Lion bow almost fell out of his hair!

Oh, I say tomato, you say tomah-to,
Ok, forget I ever said tomato
You scared me! A lot – Oh! I’ll switch to tomah-to!
Let’s call the hearings off.

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This time of year the political news during Kansas’ legislative sessions always gets grimmer and grimmer, and grimmer and grimmer. For the sake of our mental health some of us must seek diversion.

And every recent year, much of that happy diversion has come in the form of Shocker basketball. Coach Marshall probably doesn’t suspect that in addition to shouldering responsibility for getting his team into the playoffs, he’s in charge of keeping progressives like me from utter, devastating despondency.


When the news gets too grim, as it so often does here in Kansas, I seek solace in walks with our Airedale, Lucy.

Kick Out Common Core And Teach ‘Em Butter Churnin’!

Feb 24, 2016
Ali Eminor, flickr Creative Commons

School superintendent John Allison says he wonders what we can teach kids that wouldn’t possibly be aligned with the Common Core standards, and says perhaps butter churning might fill the bill:

I’m a Kansas legislator; I’m a Common Core hater
Teaching critical thinking is what I’m hatin’
Though I don’t know much about it
I’m against it and I’ll shout it
Common Core is a plot straight from Satan

This Valentine's Day I want to send a cartoonist’s hugs and kisses all the way up to Topeka:

 

 

I love you truly, Sam Brownback,
But I also love Secretary of State Kobach,
And I love each person in the Legislative zoo
For you all make cartooning so easy to do

I love the Kansas voters for each election’s results
My job would be much harder if they elected adults
And I love Fox News for how it spreads fear so slyly
I love Hannity and I love Bill O’Reilly


Kansas’ Grand Supreme All-Powerful Prosecutorial and Eternally Diligent Secretary of State Kris Kobach has made a triumphant announcement.


For many years the rap on Kansas was that, yes, it may not be the most exciting place but golly-gee, what a wonderful state to raise a family in!

It’s New Year resolution time but, I suspect a lot of Kansas leadership is simply resolving not to change a single thing…

 

(Tune of Auld Lang Syne)

Should old positions be held to
And never ever changed
When evidence is just ignored
Isn’t that a bit deranged???

 

When evidence is everywhere
For Medicaid expansion now
Our legislators and governor
Cover up their ears and frown

 

Standing out like a darkened bulb amidst a string of bright Christmas lights, holiday grief visits many this time of year. Marketers bombard us with images of togetherness: jubilant party-goers, families sharing holiday meals, hearty toasts and squeals of glee.

The pressure to be sociable and full of joy can make you feel like you’re in an elevator that’s packed with a dozen plump, tipsy Santas, squeezed between their bowls full of jelly as a deafening stream of “Ho ho hos” assaults your ears.

Having a cold during these early days of December is a pretty nostalgic experience for me. It seems like during my childhood I was often sick around the holidays. I contracted most of the 1950s childhood illnesses between my Thanksgivings and Christmases – mumps, chicken pox and measles. They all came down my chimney during the holidays.

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