We’ve got a winner in the Predicting-The-End-of-the-Kansas-Legislature Contest.
C’mon down, Colt McArthur of Westwood on the Kansas side.
With incredible foresight, McArthur forecast that the Legislature would finally, mercifully wrap things up at 4:55 p.m. Friday, ending the longest session in state history.
According to Martin Hawver, dean of the Statehouse press corps, the House ended business at 6:24 p.m. Friday, making that the official time of adjournment as the state Senate went home an hour earlier, at 5:24 p.m.
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McArthur topped dozens of contestants. His closest rivals: Gary Schuetz who predicted 3:30 p.m. Friday and Jack Nesbitt who went with 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Impressive work, Colt.
For the record, some entrants were predicting adjournment somewhere around Christmas time.
Part of the contest was submitting a sentence describing what each contestant thought about the Legislature’s work. McArthur mirrored the sentiments of lots of readers, saying this:
“The lemmings of Kansas will forget all about this in about a year (I noted the same thing today in my column) and continually vote against their best interests. As long as the Republicans deflect the real issues at hand that are important to the people of Kansas, the fear-mongering of guns, gays, Jesus Christ, voter fraud, and abortion will continue to be their battle cry. I am embarrassed to say I live in Kansas.”
“This is an unmitigated and completely predictable, and predicted disaster.”
“These fellows have none of the honor and legislative courtesy of olden days.”
As the winner, Colt gets lunch with Dave Helling, yours truly and KMBC’s Mike Mahoney (if we can get him there) at The Brick adjacent to The Star.
Thanks to everyone for playing.