Community and state briefs


4th Infantry Brigade combat teams to case colors

Two battalions assigned to the inactivating 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, the “Rangers” and “Wolverines,” will case their colors in May at Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field.

According to Little Apple Post, the “Rangers” of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment have their casing ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday. The ceremony for the “Wolverines” of the Special Troops Battalion is planned for 2 p.m. on May 12.

Soldiers of the Special Troops Battalion have provided multiple critical specialties, such as intelligence, logistics and signals capabilities, as well as playing a major role in training, missions and multiple combat deployments of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat team.

A third casing ceremony for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s 701st Brigade Support Battalion is also set to take place at 1:30 p.m. on June 2.

60,000 sign petition for Secretary of State’s resignation

A comment Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach made on his radio show sparked over 60,000 Kansas residents to sign a petition calling for him to resign.

According to WIBW, the petition’s signatures were collected by members of the Kansas People’s Action group after a comment Kobach made on his radio show that stemmed from a caller asking if he thought President Barack Obama would end criminal prosecutions of African-Americans.

“It’s already happening, more or less, in the case of civil rights laws,” Kobach answered according to Kansas People’s Action in the article. “So I guess it’s not a huge jump. I think it’s unlikely but, you know, I’ve learned to say with this president: never say never.”

Kansas People’s Action acknowledged that it was unlikely Kobach would actually resign, but felt it was necessary to make their objections against the comment heard.

“For him to make those types of statements, we think that it belittles the office of the presidency, it belittles our nation and it belittles the African-American community,” Reuben Eckels, Kansas People’s Action member, said in the news article.

The call for Kobach’s resignation originated from Anthony Hensley, minority leader of the Kansas State Senate. After Hensley’s demand, the Kansas People’s Action group teamed up with Credo Action and the National People’s Action Campaign to second the call and collect the signatures for the petition.