Politico takes a look at the birther and birther-curious bills still popping up from Republican state legislators around the country today. "Lawmakers in at least 10 states have introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to provide some form of proof that they are natural-born citizens," Politico reports, "a ballot qualification rule designed to address widespread rumors on the right that Obama was not born in the United States."
Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) embarrasses himself in the article with the following statement about his HB283:
Missouri GOP state Rep. Lyle Rowland framed his own bill as a check against illegal immigration.
"We have problems with illegal immigrants. And if something were to happen where one of them became popular with the people, we need documents proving if they are a citizen," said Rowland, who believes Obama is a “natural citizen of the United States."
Pretty clever word play here, and a pretty obvious dog whistle to the nutbag base.
But sadly -- as you know -- there is no space between the fringe and mainstream GOP on this issue in Missouri. Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones and then-Rep. Cynthia Davis sued a certain president in 2009 with Orly Taitz, alleging that he was an illegal Kenyan immigrant who happened to become popular with the people.
Rowland's bill is co-sponsored by Mike Kelley (R-Lamar), Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa), Don Wells (R-Kwik Kash), Darrell Pollack (R-Lebanon), Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City), Shane Schoeller (R-Willard), Barney Fisher (R-Richards), Melissa Leach (R-Springfield), Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia), Tom Loehner (R-Koeltztown), Dave Hinson (R-St. Clair), Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal), Jason Smith (R-Salem), Andrew Koenig (R-Winchester) and Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton).