Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Rarely do I sit in awe at such a great week in politics, but this week will go down in the history books as one of those weeks tackling issues that matter in Kansas.  Forget education, our highways or the  budget crisis – our lawmakers courageously addressed far more important issues this week – exposed knees and the .000001% chance a welfare recipient may win the lottery.


V-Neck Sweatergate

A Senate committee chairman imposed a dress code on Kansans testifying on elections or ethics bills that explicitly prohibits women from wearing skimpy skirts or blouses with plunging necklines while establishing no wardrobe restrictions exclusively for men.

“It’s one of those things that’s hard to define,” Holmes said. “Put it out there and let people know we’re really looking for you to be addressing the issue rather than trying to distract or bring eyes to yourself.”

Guns in the capitol – no problem.  Exposed knees?  Hell no!  I mean really ladies – how do you expect our lawmakers to do things like destroy Kansas public education, ruin our Kansas roads and increase our budget deficit to levels that resemble a cosmic black hole when they are distracted by your cleavage.  They can’t properly execute their war on women’s health when they may be sporting wood from seeing your bare thigh when you cross your legs.

Senator Holmes – allow me to help define this for you.  When people enter the Capitol, we will arm each security guard with a yard stick.  After women walk through the metal detector, the security guard will measure skirt lengths to be sure they properly reach below the knees.  If the length isn’t acceptable, the woman will be given a burka that we will have designed with the Kansas flag.  Promoting modesty and Kansas at the same time – it’s a win-win!


Kansas has the luckiest welfare recipients in the United States according to Republican lawmakers.  In an effort to crackdown on their amazing luck, Republican introduced a bill that would cross check lottery winners against the welfare registry to ensure no welfare abuse is taking place.

According to Horse S. Hit, Ph.D in Economics the lottery abuse is a big problem in our state – there were 266 lottery winners in the state of Kansas.  The Kansas population is 2.904 million.  That means almost no one won the lottery in the state of Kansas.  Out of almost no one – you have to figure maybe just maybe there was a welfare recipient that won something.  This law just makes sense.

Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, argued the changes will help fight welfare abuse.

“It is important for us to make sure we are strengthening the system, that we are making sure that system is going to those that deserve it,” O’Donnell said.

“And these changes we have today, the changes we enacted last year, they changed the nation in the sense of other states are looking at what we’re doing,” he said. “They’re following it and they’re making sure hard-working Kansans, hard-working Americans, all of their tax dollars are going to programs that they’re designed for and that we’re eliminating fraud.”

Senator O’Donnell is correct that the nation is watching what we are doing.  I encourage Kansas voters, media and late night comedians to reach out to Senator O’Donnell and have him explain why this crack down on welfare lottery winners in our state is so important.

You can reach him here for more information:


Capitol Office

Room: 225-E
Seat: 3
Phone: 785-296-7391


39 thoughts on “Women and poor shaming – just a typical week in KS politics.

  1. Jeff Russell says:

    Spot on. Trying to figure out if Holmes is a Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon.

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. meissmar says:

      Okay. Women of all ages. Shall we go to the capital with our cleavage? Maybe it will stop them working and our state can get a break from these idiots. Tired of Kansas on the national news every week. This story was in the LA Times under….oddities.

  2. Kansaswoman says:

    So the pathetic creatures in the lege are worried about skirt length and lottery winners while education and infrastructure in KS go further down the tubes. Why are we paying these fools?

  3. Lori Webster says:

    Well written. Glad I don’t live in Kansas where freedom is no longer important!

  4. When I read the bit on a women’s dress code, I found myself thinking, “That is just SO Missouri.”

  5. JWS says:

    Why is it that when a politician says something this arrogant, ignorant, sexist and misogynistic you don’t even have to look, you just KNOW they have an “R” after their name. Maybe this guy should just keep his eyes on the face of the person testifying and focus on listening to what they have to say rather than inappropriately leering at what they are wearing. It’s called having common decency and self-control both of which this “Senator” seems to lack. I would also suggest that, for the sake of transparency, the “Senate Ethics and Elections Committee” be renamed the “Ethics According to Mitch Holmes Committee” or just shorten it to the easily understood “Sexist Pig Committee”.

  6. “And these changes we have today, the changes we enacted last year, they changed the nation in the sense of other states are looking at what we’re doing,” he said. Yes, they did look, and then they laughed and laughed and laughed. I, for one, am sick of our elected officials making laughingstocks of us all.

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      You and me both. I think many KS voters feel exactly the same way.

      1. maxine lesline says:

        Good going Aimee… Your comments are right on.. and of course there are the potty mouthed guys attacking you….

      2. I can’t understand why the voter’s of Kansas voted these clowns back into office the last election. I think all of you Kansas citizens should go to the polls this year and vote them all out to pasture.

  7. McD says:

    Get a real job Douchebag.
    I’d rather pay for poor kids than your overstuffed mug.

  8. Cornwoman says:

    I grew up in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas. When I was young Kansas was in pretty good shape. In the last 40 years Kansas has had five Democrat governors and four Republican governors. Until the most recent Republican it seemed like things were going pretty well. What horrifies me the most is that there are young people who really should know better who support the appalling decisions made by the current governor and legislators. Kansas has become a joke. What happened to the place I was once proud to be from?

    1. Kellie Brown says:

      You have said almost exactly what I have been saying since this insanity started! I’ve been considering moving home (born and raised, KU ’91), but the prospect of living under this insane administration (that has been elected *twice* now!?!) gives me pause.

    2. GaLiberal says:

      I lived in KS for most of 25 years and graduate from K-State. There has always been an undercurrent of racism and with the election of Obama it came to the surface. KS voters elected a plethora of far right piously self-righteous bigoted repubs to Congress and to state offices just to block Obama’s agenda (e.g. Obamacare, immigration). The fact is the voters don’t care what happens to the state because theu re-elected Brownback & his cronies.

      1. Eldeen Shiffer says:

        Very perceptive assessment based on my 70+ year residency in Kansas…

  9. Bill T. says:

    Never mind Sen. O’Donnell lived in the parsonage of the church his dad was the preacher at rent free in violation of tax laws UNTIL local media started asking questions…

  10. Jenna says:

    Thanks! This is great stuff.

  11. Sindy says:


  12. Jon Cruver says:

    Am totally tired of all of the BS from our state government. They are so focused on their concept of fraud, abuse, ‘proper’ education and how other states can follow their ‘progress’… reminds me of lemmings.

    Suggest that we get organized and get this changed, rather than just bitching about it.

  13. Shelley says:

    Here’s a suggestion if they want us covered ~ Jilbab/Abaya!

  14. B.B. Blank says:

    I see we have another case of women bearing the blame for ‘seducing’ those poor overtaxed legal minds for focusing on more reproductive restrictions. This sexist tripe goes along with all the other ‘family values’ that men like these impose – while issues of funding shelters for domestic violence and assisting the working poor go unheeded. It shouldn’t matter if a woman walked into the chambers stark naked – clothing or apparel has nothing to do with how a man reacts. Patriarchal oppression is just part and parcel here. Perhaps these pious hypocrites should declare Kansas a Shite law state and get it over with.

  15. Lois says:

    I think Sen. Holmes needs to quit looking and get down to real issues facing the state.

    1. Kathy Miller says:


  16. That weasel-assed devil’s advocate, Michael O’Donnell, just needs a good bitch-slapping!
    Don’t anyone ever get the notion that he’s a senate choir boy. There’s nothing good about him. Anything “good” that comes out of him is for Michael O’Donnell.

  17. John Ortiz says:

    Nice touch! Just think with this leadership lawmakers will not have obstacles preventing them from keeping their eyes on the many balls they must deal with. Wait, is it okay to say balls?

  18. Kathy Miller says:

    My thought is that the Kansas legislature needs to focus on the budget, the schools, etc. I find it very irritating that the Republican lawmaker in charge of the Ethics Committee would take it upon himself to monitor the dress of the the female lawmakers. That he would say that men do not need to have dress rules because women are not as aroused by men’s clothing, as men are by women’s clothing! Isn’t he talking about himself when he says women’s clothing is arousing to himself? This man is a joke! I doubt there is one woman in the legislature who dresses inappropriately! REALLY? You really cannot control yourself, can you?

  19. Harold Homrighausen says:

    There is a book – “What’s the matter with Kansas”. Our “leaders” are adding chapters galore. Think before we vote!!!!

  20. Lynn Rogers says:

    Aimee, thank you for this fine humorously sarcastic post. It sums up the situation so beautifully. This is how I used your post in my Facebook post this morning.

    Saturday morning funnies: the best of life this week in the Kansas state legislature

    1. It seems pioneer dress will now be required for women when testifying regarding ethics or elections.

    2. The stone bridge question was settled. Obviously the most important problem we are facing. And I thought it might be our budget shortfall or school funding.

    3. Last session Michael O’Donnell successfully prohibited those on welfare from purchasing cruise tickets and limited spending to $25 per day. He now wants to make sure these same individuals do not win the lottery.

    4. In a related manner, Michael is proud of the nationwide attention our state will be getting. Perhaps He is ready for another chat with Rachel Maddow?

    Can’t make this craziness up. Take a look at Aimee Patton’s blog. It will make your day.

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      Thank you Lynn! I love it!!! Thanks for reading and the support.

  21. Ckl says:

    Does anyone see the stupidity in the statement that people on welfare can’t win a lottery . WHY NOT LET THEM WIN A LOTTERY ? iT MIGHT GET THEM OFF WELFARE !!! I understand the thought of welfare people using their money on tickets but as long as they are not getting anything extra (and they wouldn’t get extra pmts) they are spending it anyway! These two are a joke for Kansas. Holmes looks like he might be on a sex offender list some where and has no self control. What gives him the right to do this ?

  22. Sick of KS says:

    This does not address see through clothing. I say, every woman and man with real balls that goes before this committee should wear a see through maxi shirt and top with a swim suit underneath it. I would venture to say that this Senator has a hidden life that will one day come out to the public and his little wife will stand by him through it all because that is what “good wife’s do”. So sick of them not looking at the real issues but creating problems with their stupid laws and then spending more money fighting the courts trying to prove they were right. This administration has caused so many problems it will take years to dig us out and children will pay the price. Kansas… can’t wait to get out of here. It is embarrassing to tell people I live here.

  23. Rick Cooley says:

    Just a few thought your legislators may want to ponder. In addition to welfare abusing lottery winners, they may want to crosscheck their list of lottery winners to their list of drug abusers – don’t want them to waste their winnings on illegal activities. Perhaps they can also mandate that all lottery winners purchase firearms and/or ammunition to ensure they keep the economy humming and the coroners busy.

  24. Rick Cooley says:

    Reblogged this on Rcooley123's Blog and commented:
    It goes without saying that Kansas is not the only state dominated by wingnut politicians. I just don’t see as many examples so capably described from other states. Hopefully, some of these people will undergo a forced career change come November.

  25. Mike says:

    I swear, every time one of these sleazeballs brings up something that doesn’t do anything but promote an ALEC talking point, they should be drug out of the statehouse and tarred and feathered.
    These clowns are not concerned at all about Kansas schools or kids(except the unborn) but soon they will introduce the annual bill that bans strip clubs within 500 miles of a schoolhouse.
    Fix the budget, Fix taxes, Fix school funding. Go Home.

  26. Mike says:

    Oh, and not that I really care about strip clubs, but it seems to be on the annual “for the children” punchlist. Not anything having to do with medical care for kids, or education or getting them out of poverty. With the exception of a select few, we are “served” by a bunch of guys and gals with ALEC agendas who see the state though Brownies glasses. A beautiful utopia where only those damn activist judges and welfare grifters mar the landscape.

  27. Ray says:

    Is that Male Chauvinist Pig O’Donnell wearing lipstick? I dunno, but he sure has a pretty mouth . . .

  28. Mary Beth Valcoure says:

    Perhaps they should be more concerned about their conduct than our dress code.

  29. LouGrace Blankenship; Teacher says:

    Way to go Aimee!! Keep bashing those Rethuglicans and pig-men who think they can dictate to us womyn. You’re my hero!

  30. GaLiberal says:

    I lived in KS & have family there. I’m so glad KS voters have seen fit to turn it into a shit hole as I now live in GA. KS makes GA look positively liberal. Keep up the good work electing shitstains like Brownback. I’m going to be here for a few more years.

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