Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Daily Show' Lampoons Brownback ; Kansas Taken to Task for Federal Dependency

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Daily Show' Lampoons Brownback ; Kansas Taken to Task for Federal Dependency

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The state of Kansas got nearly eight minutes of national TV exposure Thursday night, but you won't see it promoted on the state's tourism website.

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" devoted the first eight minutes of its opening segment to a look at Kansas, a state host Jon Stewart said at one time was "the standard bearer for normalcy."

By the end of the segment, however, Stewart once again pilloried the state and Gov. Sam Brownback -- always one of the liberal comedian's favorite foils -- for abolishing the requirement to undergo gun training before a Kansan is allowed to carry a concealed weapon. He also roasted new regulations restricting what welfare recipients can purchase with their state assistance payment, restrictions established by a state that itself takes more in federal assistance than it pays in federal taxes.

"That's the fact, Kansas -- you're on the dole," Stewart said.

Brownback, Stewart added, has "walked the walk of his conservative principles" and transformed the state into a land of "low taxes and deregulation -- for everything."

The repeal of a requirement to undergo eight hours of gun safety training before carrying a concealed weapon is only the latest example, Stewart said.

"That's eight hours you could have been shooting stuff," he said, adding that Kansas cosmeticians have to undergo 1,000 hours of training.

"You can never be too careful with hot wax and (body) hair," Stewart said.

Stewart cited Brownback's implicit trust in Kansans, saying the governor supported the new gun bill because Kansas gun owners have shown themselves to be responsible.

"No," Stewart countered, "that's a reason you allow your children to get a hamster."

He later lampooned a principal sponsor of the bill, saying Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady's name was that of someone who should be selling "fancy hats in the French Quarter. …

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