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  • Man who robbed bank to get away from wife sentenced to home confinement

    06/15/2017 3:51:10 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/14/17
    A Kansas man who robbed a bank last September and told police that he was hoping to get caught so he would get prison time to escape his wife was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home confinement after pleading guilty, the Kansas City Star reported.
  • No Questions Asked: University of Kansas Designates 'Gender-Inclusive' Dorms for 2017-2018

    06/12/2017 1:45:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Lawrence Jounal World ^ | June 12 , 2017 | By Sara Shepherd
    The University of Kansas has designated a full residence hall wing as “gender inclusive housing” for the upcoming school year, and there’s already a waiting list to live there. “It tells me we’re hitting a need,” KU Student Housing director Diana Robertson said of the allocated rooms being filled. The goal is supporting LGBTQ students and ensuring they feel comfortable and connected at KU, Robertson said. The wing, titled the Gender Inclusive Housing Community, welcomes students who are “in the process of discovering their gender identity” or who might not want to identify themselves by any gender, according to KU...
  • Republicans are predicting the beginning of the end of the tea party in Kansas

    06/11/2017 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 37 replies
    Washington post ^ | June 9th 2017 | Ana Swanson and Max Ehrenfreund
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kansas was at the heart of the tea party revolution, a red state where, six years ago, a deeply conservative group of Republicans took the state for a hard right turn. Now, after their policies failed to produce the results GOP politicians promised, the state has become host to another revolution: a resurgence of moderate Republicans. Moderate Republicans joined with Democrats this week to raise state taxes, overriding GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto and repudiating the conservative governor’s platform of ongoing tax cuts. The vote was a demonstration of the moderates’ newfound clout in the state...
  • Vanity: Kansas Tax hysteria

    06/08/2017 3:37:19 PM PDT · by lacrew · 5 replies
    Self | 2017-6-8 | Self
    You may have read about Kansas' budget lately...and the fact that a Republican legislature just over-rode a veto to RAISE taxes. I wanted to find some see just how huge this 'revenue shortfall' was. Its always listed in tens of millions of dollars, if not hundreds of millions. But that's the shortfall against spending...I wanna know about REVENUE. That, suspiciously, is hard to find a news story about. So I found some info from the KS budget office, and here's our total tax collections 2011-2016 (tax cuts were implemented in 2012): 2011 $8.17 Billion 2012 $8.75 Billion 2013 $8.91...
  • Kansas Republicans raise taxes, rebuking their GOP governor’s ‘real live experiment’ [tr]

    06/07/2017 8:11:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2017 | Max Ehrenfreund
    Republicans in Kansas broke ranks with the state's conservative governor Wednesday night, voting to raise rates and put an end to a series of tax cuts. The GOP revolt is a defeat for Gov. Sam Brownback, who overhauled the state's tax system beginning in 2012, bringing down rates and causing repeated, severe budgetary shortfalls. Kansas's legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, but moderate GOP lawmakers joined with Democrats, overriding Brownback's veto of a bill they'd already passed once that would raise taxes again by $1.2 billion over two years. Eighteen of the state's 31 GOP senators and 49 of the 85 Republican...
  • Legislature overrides Brownback’s veto of bill that rolls back his 2012 tax cuts

    06/07/2017 3:40:24 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 30 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 6/7/17 | Hunter Woodall
    The Republican dominated Kansas Legislature that has soured on Gov. Sam Brownback’s vision for the state voted late Tuesday to roll back the governor’s signature tax cuts. Lawmakers voted to override Brownback’s veto of a tax plan estimated to bring the state more than $1.2 billion over a two-year span. The Senate vote was 27 to 13, and the House followed by agreeing 88 to 31 to supersede the Republican governor’s wishes on the tax plan and force the changes into law. Lawmakers marshaled together a coalition of moderate Republicans, conservatives and Democrats to overcome the governor’s opposition to seeing...
  • Congressman breaks with Trump on border wall, young immigrants

    06/02/2017 2:51:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | June 2, 2017 | Dion Lefler
    In a speech otherwise laden with praise for President Trump, Rep. Roger Marshall broke ranks on immigration, questioning the feasibility of a mammoth border wall and saying mass deportation would wreck Kansas’ economy. Marshall represents Kansas’ 1st District, a sprawling, mostly rural and agrarian district that covers the western two-thirds of the state. He said the U.S. needs to revise its immigration policies and document those who come to the United States to work in the farms and feedlots....
  • City Prohibits Pro-Life Advocates From Displaying Crosses or Pro-Life Signs Outside Abortion Clinic

    05/12/2017 11:06:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | May 12, 2017 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Since Mother’s Day of 2004, a First Amendment religious display of wooden crosses representing the deaths of aborted children has been faithfully displayed each day during business hours outside a Wichita abortion facility. Over the years, the display withstood numerous attacks – both physical and legal. On April 28, 2017, that all changed. That’s when the City of Wichita began enforcing a new sign ordinance that prohibits stand-alone signage on the public right of ways. Mark Gietzen, Chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, owns the cross display along with other pro-life signs that have been regularly displayed for years...
  • KS: Gun-Phobic Professor Leaves a University Because of Campus Carry

    05/11/2017 6:52:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from An associate professor of history and American studies has taken a job at a university in a state that bans concealed carry in its classrooms. Jacob S. Dorman has taken the occasion  to let us know that restoring the exercise of Second Amendment rights at public institutions is the reason that he has left Kansas University. From Jacob S. Dorman's open letter: In light of the state of Kansas’ apparent determination to allow the concealed carry of firearms in the classrooms of the University of Kansas, I am writing to tender my resignation effective two weeks...
  • Kansas Jails Cancer-Stricken Grandmother for Driving After Taking Anti-Nausea Drug

    05/09/2017 7:36:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 25 replies
    A Kansas cancer patient is serving a two-day jail sentence for driving under the influence of a drug. The drug in question is a synthetic version of THC that she consumed in the form of Marinol, an FDA-approved treatment for the nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. KAKE, the ABC station in Wichita, reports that Angela Kastner, a grandmother who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer five years ago, pleaded no contest to the DUI charge, even though, according to her pharmacist, there was not enough THC in her blood to impair her ability to drive. Under Kansas law, it...
  • Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Would Turn the Whole U.S. Into Kansas

    04/27/2017 7:54:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Slate MoneyBox ^ | 04/27/2017 | By Jordan Weissmann
    It is hard to think of a more obvious recent public-policy failure than the tax cuts that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012. The state has been mired in a perpetual budget crisis ever since the package passed, forcing its residents to swallow painful spending cuts in essential areas like education. Kansas' credit rating has been downgraded, as well. The financial wreckage has been so severe that Brownback's fellow Republicans are now staging a rebellion; in February, the GOP–run legislature voted to undo the cuts, and came close to overruling the governor's veto. Somehow, the sharpest minds in the...
  • The GOP’s Kansas Victory and the Very Favorable Electoral Map in 2018

    04/14/2017 8:12:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/14/2017 | Jeremy Carl
    The special congressional election in Kansas’s fourth congressional district, was, despite the media hype, much ado about — well, maybe not nothing, but very little. The GOP candidate won by 7 percent, a margin that was certainly lower than Trump’s overwhelming victory in the district, but slightly better than Kansas governor Sam Brownback did in the same district in 2014. Given the numerous variables affecting the election (a low-turnout special election, a hugely unpopular governor, a greater-than-average Democratic effort, an un-Trumpian GOP candidate picked at an insiders’ convention rather than in a primary), it is hard to paint that...
  • Editorial: Why do Kansas lawmakers think guns in hospitals are a good idea?

    04/13/2017 9:02:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 4/10/2017 | Editors
    The state’s senators and representatives have failed to exempt the University of Kansas Health System from a law that will allow concealed weapons to be carried in the state’s public buildings starting in July. Already, executives are hearing from medical students who say they are hesitant to complete their residency in a place where guns are allowed. Patients say they will go elsewhere for care. Other hospitals, once eager to transfer their charges to the many highly specialized programs in the KU Health System, are warning that such arrangements are likely to slow when guns are permitted.
  • Republicans, You Won the Emerald City, But Don’t Forget Kansas

    04/13/2017 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | April 13, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    There is no greater feeling than winning. And for Trump supporters, it is indeed Christmas every day. The pipelines are getting built. Abortionists and their organizations are losing funding. Congress has restored and respected the sovereignty of the several states. It’s safe to purchase and own a fire arm. Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed. The other appointments to Trump’s cabinet are opening a new wave of policy changes and enforcement. However, these winning appointments have exposed an embarrassment of riches. As conservatives move up the chain of command, someone has to take their place. Indeed, like Dorothy Gale reaching the...
  • Secretary of State Kris Kobach announces first conviction of noncitizen voting in Kansas

    04/12/2017 8:20:03 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | April 12, 2017 | Hunter Woodall
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Wednesday that he has obtained his first conviction of a person who illegally voted in a Kansas election without being a U.S. citizen. Kobach, who has advised President Donald Trump on immigration and voter fraud, said that Victor David Garcia Bebek has pleaded guilty to voter fraud. Kobach, a Republican, is the only secretary of state in the country with the authority to prosecute voter fraud. “No matter how many cases we prosecute the political left will always whine that there’s not enough cases to justify protecting our elections in this way,” Kobach...
  • GOP retains Mike Pompeo's vacated seat in Kansas special House election

    04/12/2017 6:43:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/12/2017
    GOP SURVIVES FIRST TEST Kansas state Treasurer Ron Estes held off a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democratic civil rights attorney James Thompson Tuesday night as the GOP won the first special congressional election since President Trump’s inauguration. Estes won 53 percent of the vote to take the seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
  • Democrats encouraged about 2018 despite Kansas loss

    04/12/2017 2:29:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 12, 2017 | W. James Antle III
    Democratic activists are claiming a moral victory in Kansas despite narrowly losing a special congressional election there Tuesday night. Democrat James Thompson came within 10 points of Republican Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes in the state's safely GOP 4th congressional district. President Trump carried the district by 27 points in November. Rep. Mike Pompeo, who resigned earlier this year to serve as director of the CIA, won it by 31 points. [Snip] Estes, however, is set to prevail by less than 7 points, a warning sign for the House Republican majority less than 100 days into the Trump administration.
  • Republican holds on in closely-watched Kansas special House election!!!!!

    04/11/2017 8:30:25 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/12/2017 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Kansas state Treasurer Ron Estes held off a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democratic civil rights attorney James Thompson Tuesday night as the GOP won the first special congressional election since President Trump's inauguration. The election was held to fill the House seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a former three-term representative of Kansas' 4th district. With 94 percent of the precincts reporting, Estes had won 52 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Thompson. The Republican's margin was just under 6,500 votes. By contrast, Pompeo's narrowest victory, in 2014, was by just under 70,000 votes. The race had been...
  • Republican Wins Kansas Election Seen As Trump Test

    04/11/2017 8:32:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 11, 2017 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Republican Ron Estes defeated his Democratic rival in a high-profile special congressional election in Kansas Tuesday that had been seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump. But the narrower-than-expected outcome may worry Republicans across the country as they try to decipher how much Trump's low approval ratings might hurt his party's candidates. Trump and former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who vacated the seat to become CIA director, had both won the district by nearly 30 percentage points in November. But Estes appears to have dramatically underperformed that margin, with early returns showing him leading Democrat James Thompson by just about...
  • Trump travel ban defended by 15-state coalition led by Texas AG

    04/11/2017 8:16:32 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    FOX ^ | 10 April 2017 | Brooke Singman
    The Texas attorney general led a 15-state coalition Monday defending President Trump’s revised immigration order, amid lawsuits opposing the plan to halt immigration from six countries. In a friend-of-the-court amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 13 other state attorneys general and Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, laid out constitutional and federal statutory provisions defending Trump’s authority. The attorneys general also defended Trump’s “lawful actions” to revise the executive order, which was blocked last month by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit. “The president’s revised immigration order is constitutional, lawful, addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and...