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  • GOP’s demonic new crusade:Right-wing zealots look for crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage

    05/25/2015 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joan Walsh
    [full title] GOP’s demonic new crusade: Right-wing zealots look for even crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage Happy Memorial Day! But if you’re in Wisconsin, and relying on food stamps, remember that Republicans don’t want you to have ketchup on your hamburger. They’d probably rather you didn’t have a hamburger at all, but Wisconsin farmers and ranchers have clout, and so proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program made room for Wisconsin products. But they still don’t want you to have “crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.” Or ketchup. Or spaghetti sauce. Really. For now, that’s...
  • Unilever to close last Md. factory (Baltimore, 137 layoffs)

    05/23/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 12, 2015 | Natalie Sherman
    Unilever plans to move production of vegetable oil and margarine spreads from Baltimore to Kansas beginning at the end of the month, shutting its Baltimore plant and laying off 137 workers. The consumer goods giant plans to shift operations from its Southwest Avenue factory to Olathe, Kansas, where it performs similar work and embarked on a $152.5 million expansion in 2013. Unilever informed Maryland regulators of the layoffs, which begin this month, in a notice last month, as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The plant is slated to close by the end of September. The Southwest...
  • store owner posts signs, leaving town because residents are 'homeless bums, lowlifes and retards'

    05/19/2015 6:49:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 88 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-19-15 | CHRIS SPARGO
    A Kansas furniture store owner is closing up shop and leaving town, but not before he tells other residents what he thinks about them. Bob Fyfe, the owner of Payless Furniture in Lawrence, has polarized the community by posting signs on a large truck in his store parking lot that attack the town. The main sign reads; 'Lawrence: Commie and Candy Ass Capitol [sic] of Kansas. Goodbye Obamaville.'
  • Security camera captures woman's terrifying attack during home invasion

    05/15/2015 6:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    KCTV-TV ^ | 5/14/15 | Heather Staggers
    A 21-year-old woman says she was attacked in her Overland Park home and her security system caught it on camera. Katie O'Connor is too frightened to go back to her own apartment and feels partly responsible because she trusted a friend.
  • While Senate Faces Trade Vote, House Looks to Iran and Surveillance (Boehner may limit amendments)

    05/12/2015 6:26:49 AM PDT · by Dave346
    New York Times ^ | 7:08 am ET | Carl Hulse
    Republican leaders are considering bringing the Iran nuclear measure — overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last week — and a proposed overhaul of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program to the floor this week under special rules that would limit lawmakers’ ability to offer changes to the bills. The strategy is intended to hold off amendments — so-called poison pills — that could cause backing for the measures to fall apart. Though the bills would each need a supermajority to pass, both measures enjoy strong bipartisan support and would most likely be approved, sparing amendment headaches for the leadership....
  • Rep. Pompeo: House Will Fix Senate's 'Blank Check' for Iran (Video)

    05/12/2015 3:06:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 11 May 2015 06:07 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The Senate signed a "blank check" when it overwhelmingly endorsed the emerging Iran nuclear deal last week, and Rep. Mike Pompeo thinks the House can do better, he tells Newsmax TV. "We can do a much more robust piece of legislation," Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "[One] that really does, in fact, prevent the administration from signing for a deal which lifts . . . sanctions without any evidence that Iran has actually adhered to anything that they've agreed to. "That's what perplexes me . . . They've now signed a blank check ....
  • Nascar SCS Spongebob Squarepants 400 at Kansas Spdwy May Sat. 9 on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 PM ET

    05/06/2015 7:35:43 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 73 replies
  • UPDATE: Uber no longer operating in Kansas following veto override

    05/05/2015 1:58:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    KAKE ^ | May 05, 2015 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Uber says it's ceasing operations in Kansas following the Kansas Legislature's veto of SB 117. The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate has overridden GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill imposing new regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber. The measure would require drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo Kansas Bureau of Investigation background checks. They'd also need additional auto insurance coverage beyond the $1 million Uber offers when drivers are logged into its network or transporting passengers. Uber had said the measure would push it out of the state. Governor Brownback released the following statement following the...
  • ME: Bloomberg Money Opposing Constitutional Carry

    05/05/2015 8:24:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2015/05/me-bloomberg-money-opposing.html | 3 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine may be the most likely state to pass constitutional carry next.  The state is one of those which has has preserved open carry without government permission, though that applies to over 60% of the states.   In addition, it has a quirky shall issue permit system that gives a little bit of arbitrary power, in the form of a "good moral character" requirement, to local police or to elected officials, if there is no police chief.  The system was created in 1985, one of the early "shall issue" laws. These characteristics have lead to an effective campaign to reform...
  • Danger in the Heartland: Man-Made Quakes Mark New Hazard Map

    05/02/2015 12:38:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    weather.com ^ | 5-1-2015 | Zain Haidar
    There's a new hazard in the Heartland.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a map highlighting the future risk for man-made earthquakes, and up to eight states have an increased chance to see ground shaking.  Azle, Texas, which had no recorded quakes for 150 years, felt 27 tremors from November 2013 to January 2014. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex continues to feel regular earthquakes. As Science Magazine reports, earthquakes hit areas of Kansas bordering Oklahoma 192 times in the last two years; the same counties were only hit twice in the preceding 35 years.  For the most part, the scientific...
  • Judicial Watch, AEF File Amici Brief with Supreme Court Supporting Arizona, Kansas Efforts...

    04/22/2015 10:43:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 22, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch, AEF File Amici Brief with Supreme Court Supporting Arizona, Kansas Efforts to Require Proof of Citizenship on Voter Registration Forms ‘Illegal voting at any level can change the outcome of elections. And there is no acceptable amount of fraud.’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) to file an amici curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Arizona’s and Kansas’ efforts to add proof-of-citizenship requirements to a federal voter registration form ( Kris W. Kobach, et al., v. U. S. Election Assistance...
  • Constitutional Carry Gives Birth to TrainMeKansas!

    04/20/2015 9:45:18 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Page Nine ^ | Monday, April 20, 2015 | The Uninvited Ombudsman
    TrainMeArizona Plan Spreads to Kansas! The lamestream media told you: A lot of misinformation: "news" reporting on the bill was typically horrendous. Ms. Stoneking reports: "Some reported we had passed open carry -- Kansas has always been an open carry state (statehood was in 1861). Some said now felons could carry guns -- uh duh, no. Some were talking how now we could drive around in our cars with a concealed gun with no permit -- uh, we already could do that as long as it wasn't concealed on our person. Basically just the fear mongering, Kansas will turn into...
  • Dr. Salomon Melgen Held Without Bond Despite ‘Friends’ Harry Reid and Robert Menendez in High Places

    04/17/2015 11:33:54 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Dr. Salomon Melgen is being held in a Florida jail without bond on a second set of charges. The Florida ophthalmologist is one of three men involved in an August 2012 meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That gathering is at the center of criminal charges of corruption brought by a New Jersey federal grand jury against Melgen and one of the other two key players, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The third key player, the man who actually organized that August 2012 meeting, is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). He’s being protected by a selective Department...
  • State seizes 11-year-old, arrests his mother after he defends medical marijuana

    04/17/2015 12:39:20 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 63 replies
    On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with...
  • Soon Kansas will require no permit, or training, to carry concealed handguns

    04/14/2015 11:22:39 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 04/11/2015 | BY MIKE HENDRICKS
    Mike Miller knows his way around guns. So the training course required to get a concealed-carry permit in Kansas seemed to him, at first anyway, like a time-wasting technicality. A box to check off on a form. But that cocky skepticism vanished during an eight-hour class that dwelled far less on shooting skills than on the weighty legalities and liabilities that come with firing a deadly weapon. Questions like: When does justifiable homicide cross the line to murder? What are the legal limits of self-defense? “It’s a giant responsibility,” said Miller, a publicist at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Kansas man accused of plotting to detonate bomb at Fort Riley military base

    04/10/2015 1:15:12 PM PDT · by VR-21 · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10 April 2015
    A 20-year-old Kansas man plotted to kill American soldiers with a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base, an attack he planned to carry out on behalf of the ISIS terror group, prosecutors announced Friday. John T. Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was arrested as part of a lengthy FBI investigation. Federal authorities said he was arrested near the army base in Manhattan, Kansas, as he completed final preparations to detonate the bomb, which had, in fact, been rendered inert while he was under FBI surveillance. “As alleged in the complaint, John Booker attempted to attack U.S....
  • US arrests suicide bomb suspect in Kansas: Justice Dept (was doing it in the name of ISIS)

    04/10/2015 11:13:38 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/10/2015
    Washington (AFP) - The US Justice Department said Friday it arrested an Islamic State sympathizer who was plotting to carry out a suicide bomb attack on a US military base in Kansas. John T. Booker Jr, 20, is charged with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction... attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," the Justice Department said. Booker was arrested earlier Friday near the Kansas city of Manhattan "as he made his final preparations for his planned assault"...
  • Kansas Becomes First to Ban Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure

    04/07/2015 10:45:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    NBC News / Reuters ^ | April 7, 2015
    Kansas became the first state to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure when Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican, on Tuesday signed into a law an act to halt what lawmakers said are "dismemberment abortions." The law that goes into effect on July 1 prohibits the use of dilation and evacuation. The bill says the procedure can result in the fetus being extracted in pieces. Supporters in Kansas have called the procedure horrifying while women's healthcare groups have said it is considered the safest way to terminate a pregnancy in the second trimester. The law allows for the procedure to...
  • Vote to decriminalize marijuana passes in Wichita (KS AG threatens to sue the city)

    04/07/2015 9:04:00 PM PDT · by Ken H · 4 replies
    KSN TV ^ | April 07, 2015 | n/a
    WICHITA, Kansas – Voters in Wichita went to the polls on Tuesday and approved easing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The final results came in at 9:15 p.m. The proposed ordinance does not legalize marijuana. It makes first-time possession a criminal infraction with a $50 fine. Under state law, it is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and a year in jail. -snip- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has said he would sue the city if it passes. The initiative says they’re starting to raise money in case the state sues.
  • WSU statistician sues seeking Kansas voting machine paper tapes

    04/07/2015 1:35:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 06 April 2015 | Roxana Hegeman
    A Wichita State University mathematician sued the top Kansas election official Wednesday, seeking paper tapes from electronic voting machines in an effort to explain statistical anomalies favoring Republicans in counts coming from large precincts across the country. Beth Clarkson, chief statistician for the university’s National Institute for Aviation Research, filed the open records lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court as part of her personal quest to find the answer to an unexplained pattern that transcends elections and states. The lawsuit was amended Wednesday to name Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman. Clarkson, a certified...
  • Kansas to ban use of welfare on tattoos, cruises, psychics

    04/07/2015 8:38:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas is poised to put a stop to the practice of welfare recipients using government aid to pay for psychics with a bill that cracks down on the use of welfare for fun. It aims to encourage those receiving government aid under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to spend "more responsibly," as Kansas state Sen. Michael O'Donnell told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Having a great life, per the bill, means that welfare recipients cannot spend their government aid on body piercings, massages, spas, tobacco, nail salons, lingerie, arcades, cruise ships or visits to psychics. The bill also forbids spending...
  • Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships

    04/04/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 4/04/15 | Arthur Delaney
    Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature. The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types of businesses, including liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships. "We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," state Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R) said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. "This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life."
  • 2 Kansas school districts to close early because of budgets

    04/03/2015 8:51:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    CONCORDIA Two school districts plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year. The Concordia school district will release students May 15, rather than May 21. And the Twin Valley School District, which includes Bennington and Tescott, will dismiss May 8, rather than May 20. Concordia Superintendent Bev Mortimer said students have hugged her in thanks for the early release. “They remember me as the snow day lady,” she said. “We are popular with the kids but not the parents.” Kansas school districts are facing financial pressures...
  • KS: Governor Brownback Signs Constitutional Carry

    04/03/2015 6:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Sam Brownback said that he would sign the Kansas constitutional carry bill on Thursday, 2 April, 2015, and he did exactly what he said he would do.  The bill restores Kansas to very close to the legal status that the entire country was in regarding the carrying of weapons, when the second amendment was ratified. Governor Brownback complimented gun owners.  He said that they have shown them selves to be responsible.  From ksnt.com: Supporters of the bill said gun owners have shown they can be trusted to carry concealed. Brownback said gun owners have shown they are responsible....
  • Kansas Gov. ‘Ignores’ Moms Demand: Signs Bill Abolishing Concealed Permit Requirement

    04/03/2015 7:33:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/2/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s TerriLynn Barnett Miller said her group opposed SB 45 to no avail. The Topeka Capital-Journal quotes Miller as saying her group “spoke out against this dangerous setback for public safety [but] Governor Brownback ignored [them].” Another loss for Moms Demand Action, another win for freedom.
  • Gun-loving bullies win again in Kansas and even Massachusetts

    04/02/2015 7:47:45 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 41 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 4/2/15 | YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
    The push by gun-loving bullies to put weapons in the hands of almost anyone, almost everywhere and almost anyhow they can continued Thursday in ultra-conservative Kansas and even in liberal Massachusetts. â–ª Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed a bill that will allow residents to stroll around with concealed guns without any permit or any training in how to use the weapons. This is pretty much the definition of madness but, hey, that Second Amendment is twisted and warped by gun backers to support all kinds of questionable actions. The law puts Kansas among only a handful of states...
  • KS: Gov. Sam Brownback to sign bill allowing unlicensed conceal-carry

    04/01/2015 4:37:56 PM PDT · by jdege · 27 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | April 1, 2015 | Tim Carpenter
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015Gov. Sam Brownback to sign bill allowing unlicensed conceal-carryBy Tim Carpenter Gov. Sam Brownback pledged to sign legislation Thursday allowing Kansas adults to carry concealed firearms without first obtaining a license or undergoing weapon training. [...]
  • Kansas Tax Cuts Expectedly Create More Real Jobs, Higher Wages.

    04/01/2015 2:22:37 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/31/2015 | IDB Editorial
    Tax Policy: Liberals threw every punch they had at ,, Sam Brownback last fall, .. Guess who's still standing. From the New York Times to the Kansas City Star, Brownback's agenda was denounced as a failure and a warning to others .. when you try to ride the Laffer Curve and cut taxes. Here's what you won't read today: The tax cut is working. ...job growth in Kansas tied with Utah as the fastest in the nation in February. Brownback cut the highest income-tax rate from 6.4% to 4.8% with the goal of eventually eliminating the state income tax entirely....
  • Kansas appeals voter citizenship lawsuit to US Supreme Court

    03/26/2015 7:31:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | AP
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas and Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.
  • Kansas House Passes Constitutional Carry (Vanity)

    03/25/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by demshateGod · 10 replies
    Kansas Legistlature ^ | 3.25.2015 | Me
    Kansas House just passed Senate Bill 45 "authorizing the carrying of concealed handguns without a license under the personal and family protection act." Several Republicans voted against it. Here they are. John Barker Email:johnbarker2012@yahoo.com Barbara Bollier Email:barbarabollier@gmail.com Stephanie Clayton Email:stephaniesawyerclayton@gmail.com Diana Dierks Email:dierks@salinahomes.com Linda Gallagher Email:LJGallagher@kc.rr.com Don Hill Email:donhill70@hotmail.com Mike Kiegerl Email:jus4smk@aol.com Marvin Kleeb Email:marvin@marvinkleeb.com Peggy Mast - Speaker Pro Tem Email:pmast@me.com Tom Moxley Email:tmoxley@tctelco.net Tom Phillips Email:tphillips3@cox.net Melissa Rooker melissa@melissarooker.com Don Schroeder dnjschroeder@gmail.com Tom Sloan Email:glsloan_ks@yahoo.com Charles Smith Email:chuck.smith@house.ks.gov Susie Swanson svswan@twinvalley.net Let's hope Brownback signs it.
  • Students react to undercover drug bust at Reno County schools

    03/21/2015 11:14:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/21/2015
    RENO COUNTY, Kan. -- Students at Hutchinson, Nickerson, and Buhler thought they had a new classmate, but it turns out he was an undercover officer with the Reno County Sheriff's Department to crack down on drugs. Over the past two and a half weeks, six people, including four minors, were arrested for drug offenses including selling LSD and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, sale of prescription drugs and unlawful use of a communication device. The investigation started about five months ago after several teens overdosed on drugs. Students in Hutch say drugs aren't hard to find at school....
  • KS: Constitutional Carry Passes House Committee

    03/20/2015 5:42:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas House Committee on Federal and State affairs has passed SB 45, the constitutional carry bill, to the full House today, the 18th of March, 2015.  This bill is one of several constitutional carry bills moving in state legislatures around the country.  A similar bill is sitting on Governor Tomblin of West Virginia's desk.  It passed with large veto proof margin in both houses.  From my reading of West Virginia law, we should find out the fate of that bill on Friday. The Kansas bill, SB 45 is about half way home.  According to the chart of how...
  • 27 students at Olathe Northwest High School test positive for TB

    03/18/2015 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 18 replies
    Fox 4 News ^ | March 18, 2015 | STEPHANIE GRAFLAGE
    OLATHE, Kan. — 27 students at Olathe Northwest High School have tested positive for TB. Those who tested positive for TB are not contagious, do not feel sick and do not have TB symptoms, according to a press release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 315 students began being tested after a student at Olathe Northwest High School was diagnosed with active tuberculosis. According to the press release, health officials began calling those with a positive TB test on Monday. Letters were mailed home to those who tested negative. “The number of individuals with TB infection does not...
  • 27 more test positive for tuberculosis at northeast Kansas high school

    03/18/2015 10:20:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Asociated Press
    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Twenty-seven more people have tested positive for tuberculosis at an eastern Kansas high school. State and county health officials made the announcement Wednesday after tests were conducted on more than 300 Olathe Northwest High School students and staff members who came into contact with an infected student.
  • USDA reports virulent strain of avian flu in Kansas poultry

    03/15/2015 5:28:07 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/15/2015 | Tom Polansek
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country. The discovery of the H5N2 flu strain in a backyard chicken and duck flock in a county just outside Kansas City, Kan., is certain to lead to expanded restrictions on U.S. poultry exports from top trading partners like Mexico and Canada. The infection, confirmed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the first case in an...
  • 3 Kansas Hospital Patients Die From Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

    03/14/2015 1:29:47 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 69 replies
    CBSDFW ^ | March 13, 2015 5:20 PM | AP
    DALLAS (AP) — The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history. Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement Friday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Brownback softens stance on Medicaid expansion (Brownback goes wobbly)

    03/07/2015 7:43:52 PM PST · by balch3 · 10 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | March 4, 2015 | Peter Hancock
    Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback suggested Wednesday that he might consider proposals to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, provided the Legislature can identify a way to pay for it. "I’ve been pushing that anything we do on Medicaid expansion has to be 100-percent paid for," Brownback said during impromptu remarks to the Kansas Association of Insurance Agents, who met at the Statehouse on Wednesday. Under the federal health law, also known as Obamacare, states are allowed to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all individuals in households with incomes up to 138 percent of the poverty level. That's...
  • K-State changes renames computer network iSIS to KSIS

    03/06/2015 6:06:41 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State University is renaming its computer network system to avoid associating with a terrorist group. Chief Information Officer Ken Stafford said in a news release Thursday that the university will no longer use the abbreviation iSIS for its network handling enrollment, registration and financial aid. Stafford says many people have expressed concern over the network’s name because the acronym is also used by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The network will now be called KSIS.
  • Support For Permitless “Constitutional Carry” Of Handguns Surges

    03/03/2015 9:15:04 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Bob Owens
    Supporters of the legislation in Kansas pointed out that permitless open carry was already the law of the land, and that citizens shouldn’t have to get a permit to simply put on a coat that might conceal the same firearm. They also pointed out the absurdity of requiring law-abiding citizens to get a permit, when criminals were going to carry weapons illegally, regardless of laws. The bill now heads to the Kansas House.
  • Kansas is poised to ditch requirement for a concealed-carry permit for guns

    02/26/2015 7:22:15 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    KC Star ^ | Feb, 25, 2015
    Kansas appears on the verge of becoming among the most welcoming states to people who want to pack heat. A bill promising Kansans the ability to carry concealed firearms — without taking safety training or weathering the background checks required in most of the country — won initial approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The change, expected to pass Thursday to a likely receptive House, would make Kansas a “constitutional carry” state. That would mean citizens would not need a permit to carry a hidden gun. The bill would maintain the current permit process for people who want to...
  • Opinion : Former US Congressman Makes Historic Visit to Iran

    02/12/2015 8:45:39 PM PST · by piasa · 30 replies
    Payvand Iran News ^ | February 12, 2015 | Barbara Slavin
    With little fanfare, another taboo in U.S.-Iran relations has shattered. Jim Slattery, a former six-term Democratic Congressman from Kansas, late last year became the first former or current American legislator to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran. In Tehran to attend a conference on countering violent extremism, Slattery encountered a largely friendly reception from both officials and ordinary Iranians and came back equipped to present a more realistic and upbeat depiction of Iranians than is usually found on Capitol Hill. Speaking Monday at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Slattery conceded that there are elements in Iran that still oppose any...
  • Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones (Borenstein alert)

    02/15/2015 3:33:52 AM PST · by Crazieman · 32 replies
    Associated Presstitutes ^ | 2/14/2014 | Seth Borenstein
    SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries. Still it's a low risk, about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance of happening, according to geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Kansas Secretary of State: Illegal Aliens Registering to Vote is a Massive Problem Nationwide

    02/13/2015 6:16:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 2/13/15 | Katie Pavlich
    During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday, Secretaries of State Kris Kobach from Kansas and Jon Husted of Ohio warned that a loophole in President Obama's executive action on illegal immigration could lead to millions of non-citizens obtaining the ability to vote in U.S. elections. "I want to bring to your attention my concern that the President’s recent Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will make it more difficult for elections officials to determine if all voters meet the primary standard for voting – U.S. citizenship. I am not here to debate immigration policy or the President’s executive actions. However, I am...
  • Gov. Sam Brownback rescinds protected-class status for LGBT state workers in Kansas

    02/10/2015 7:41:09 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 21 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 10, 2015 | BRYAN LOWRY -
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers put into place eight years ago by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius’ executive order in 2007 said state workers could not be discriminated against, fired or harassed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Brownback, a Republican, issued an additional executive order affirming that state employees could not be discriminated against because of their race, religion, gender, age or country of national origin. “This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating...
  • LGBT State Workers Lose Protected Status (Kansas)

    02/10/2015 8:47:00 PM PST · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    WIBW ^ | 2/10/15 | By: Melissa Brunner, Justin Surrency
    WIBW – Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Tuesday removing gender identity and sexual orientation from the protected classes of state employees. His order rescinds a prior order from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, which expanded the protections. Brownback also issued a separate order which includes language to encourage employment practices of veterans and people with disabilities. Executive Order 15-02 reaffirms the commitment of the State of Kansas to employment practices which do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age. It further establishes that state entities will implement employment management practices for veterans and...
  • Kansas governor rescinds order protecting gay state workers

    02/10/2015 3:56:12 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/10/2015 | By JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will no longer specifically ban discrimination against gays, lesbians and the transgendered in hiring and employment in much of state government because of action announced Tuesday by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback rescinded an executive order issued in August 2007 by then-Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius — who served as President Barack Obama's health secretary — barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The order applied to hiring and employment decisions by agencies under the governor's direct control and required them to create anti-harassment policies as well. ~snip~ Tom Witt, executive director of Equality...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • Deadly hosts: Family robbed and murdered at least 11 at their small southeast Kansas inn

    02/06/2015 3:22:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | August 25, 2013 | Tim Hrenchir
    Kate Bender loved to flirt. The beautiful young woman smiled and batted her eyes at male travelers who stopped during the early 1870s at the tiny inn where she lived in southeast Kansas. But those travelers were flirting with death. Kate and the inn's other keepers -- thought to be her father, mother and brother -- would rob and murder at least 11 people. Often, as a lone visitor sat at a dinner table with his back to a canvas curtain, a Bender man behind the curtain would use a hammer to bash the visitor's skull. The Benders would slash...