Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Missouri lawmakers protest Boyda's resolution honoring KU

OK, so we know we predicted it...but we didn't actually believe they'd do it!

WASHINGTON—Missouri’s congressional delegation staged a mini-protest on the House floor Tuesday.

The source of their outrage? A non-binding resolution congratulating the University of Kansas’ football team for winning the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl and “having the most successful year in program history.”

Okay, so it’s not the war, the economy, or another hot-button national issue. But it is a sore point for many Missourians, not just the state’s big-wig politicos.

After all, Mizzou claimed the Big 12 North title by beating KU. Kansas got to play in the Orange Bowl even though the Tigers had finished ahead of the Jayhawks in the polls and had stronger strength of schedule.

So it’s no wonder the House resolution congratulating KU, sponsored by Rep. Nancy Boyda, a Kansas Democrat, didn’t sit well with Missouri lawmakers.

“I commend KU on their season,” said Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia. “It was almost as good as the Missouri Tigers’ spectacular season.”

He said that “in the spirit of compromise,” he had intended to cast a ‘yes’ vote but “found myself physically unable to do it as I reached for the lever. Besides, all the votes in the world won’t make the #7 higher than the #4.”

He voted “present,” as did the state’s other lawmakers. Despite the protest, the measure passed, 396 to 21.
Congrats to the KU football team- and to Congresswoman Boyda for prevailing regardless of the whining of her esteemed colleagues from the not-so-great state of Missouri. All of us, in our hearts, know they voted against the KU resolution because they simply can't bring themselves to recognize Kansas is, in fact, superior to Missouri.

We can only hope Kay Barnes has better sense. (We're being tongue-in-cheek, just so we're clear. -BB)


Anonymous said...

The entire Missouri delegation voted "present" but there were still 21 "nay" votes?!? I find that very amusing. I also find resolutions like this very silly and a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

the resolution was just something nice of her to do...i'm sure someone at the school asked her to do it and she was happy to...honoring students is always a good thing to participate in!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that lawmakers should be using their valuable time honoring sports teams just as I don't think that they should be condemning talk show hosts or other silly and unnecessary things like that. But since she introduced a resolution to honor the KU football team is she now going to introduce a resolution honoring the K-State women's basketball team for their first Big 12 championship and for having every single member of the team on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll? If not, she may upset some K-State fans along with the Mizzou ones.

Anonymous said...

i'm sure she'd introduce any such resolution if anyone asked her to.

it's a nice gesture, and not a big deal.

Anonymous said...

Why was she doing this when almost the entire KU campus is not even in her district?

It's in Dennis Moore's.

I agree though that both on the state and federal level there are bigger issues to deal with than the feel good resolutions

Anonymous said...

god,'re talking this a LITTLE too seriously.

i'm glad she's taking the time to recognize Kansans.

Anonymous said...

If I'm taking this too seriously it's because Congress isn't taking its job seriously enough.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! It is time Congress works on important issues ..... say like the economy ..... imagration ...etc

Anonymous said...

congress works on those issues every single day, too...are you all really dim enough to believe they did this instead of something else? you know they were on the floor until 10:30 that night, right? you know this took maybe 15 minutes to do, right

get over yourselves.

this was cool a cool thing for her to do, but, i guess this is just another "no good deed goes unpunished" sort of things.

Anonymous said...

They should be there until late at night since they only work a couple of days a week.

You may argue with me on this .... but this was going to be something Democrats changed. And of course it hasn't

Anonymous said...

because members of congress are whiny babies- Democrats & Republicans.

they work longer than the Republican congress did still, though

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