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  • FULL MILITARY HONORS FOR R. LEE ERMEY AT ARLINGTON JANUARY 18

    01/16/2019 3:37:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    katsfm.com ^ | January 2, 2019 | Curt Cartier
    R. Lee Ermey will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. January 18, 2019. Ronald Lee Ermey (Gunnery Sgt. Hartman from Full Metal Jacket and reality TV) was born in Kansas but moved to the Yakima Valley in his early teens going to schools in Granger while the rest of his family attended classes in Zillah. A feisty kid with a penchant for getting into trouble, when he was 17, a judge offered him juvenile detention or the military. Ermey chose the Marines. You may recall he died back in April but his Arlington Cemetery...
  • How Lauren Sanchez went from hardworking TV anchor to ‘the other woman’

    01/14/2019 9:53:23 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 56 replies
    Page six.com ^ | Jan 12, 2019 | By Sara Nathan
    Along the way, she met Tony Gonzalez, a former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom she had a son, 17-year-old Nikko. She also became engaged to “NYPD Blue” actor Henry Simmons. Then she met Whitesell, the executive chairman of media powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME). “He was a real step up in the world from Tony,” said the “Extra” source. Whitesell and Sanchez dated for two years before marrying and conceiving their first child in 2005. That same year Sanchez was the original presenter on the Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance.” More...
  • Pat Roberts’ retirement is a generational shift in Kansas politics. What comes next?

    01/06/2019 1:25:35 PM PST · by centurion316 · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Jan 4, 2019 | Dave Helling
    Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas was pretty clear Friday in explaining his decision to forgo another campaign in 2020. “I just think it’s time,” he told reporters in Manhattan. He’s right about that, of course. Four decades in Washington is long enough. There’s a thin line between helpful experience and atrophy, and Roberts has approached it on more than one occasion. On Friday, Roberts pointed with pride to work on eight farm bills during his time in office. Eight? Do farmers really need that much help? Is there a better way to protect the food supply? Roberts isn’t the right...
  • Roberts’ retirement likely to spark crowded GOP primary

    01/04/2019 11:52:12 AM PST · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    rollcall ^ | Janaury 4, 2019
    Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts announced Friday that he would not run for re-election in 2020, launching what is expected to be a competitive Republican primary for his seat. “I have had the honor and privilege of representing Kansas for 16 years in the House, 22 years so far in the Senate,” Roberts said at an event in Manhattan, Kansas, on Friday. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become the longest serving member of Congress in Kansas history.” Roberts, who was first elected to the Senate in 1996 after serving in the House, said he would...
  • Pat Roberts set to announce whether he will pursue reelection (Update: He Isn't)

    01/04/2019 9:35:25 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/4/19 | Lisa Hagen
    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will make an announcement Friday afternoon about whether he’ll run for a fifth term in 2020, according to multiple media reports. Roberts, who has served in Congress since the 1980s, will make an announcement about his political future at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the reports noted. He will be 84 by the 2020 election
  • Kansas Supreme Court decision in marijuana case hinges on Lawrence officers’ sense of smell

    12/12/2018 4:44:58 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 24 replies
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | 11 December 2018 | Tim Carpenter
    A divided Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Lawrence Hubbard’s misdemeanor convictions in a case demonstrating police officers relying exclusively on olfactory skills to detect raw marijuana can supply probable cause to support search of a residence. The decision by the high court extended to a private residence the accepted principle in Kansas that a trained and experienced officer’s detection of the aroma of marijuana could justify the legal search of a vehicle. The ruling also resolved conflicting Kansas Court of Appeals decisions. Supreme Court justices, on a 4-3 vote, rejected arguments put forth by Hubbard’s attorney, including questions about whether Lawrence...
  • Farm Bill deal reached without food stamp work requirement expansion

    12/12/2018 6:05:57 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    The News Star ^ | 12/12/18 | Greg Hilburn
    The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp program. Congress has reached a compromise deal on a new Farm Bill to set agriculture policy for five years, but it won't expand work requirements for food stamps, which had been a priority of U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana and President Donald Trump. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on an 87-13 vote, although Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy was a no, criticizing the "missed opportunity to reform" the food stamp...
  • Supreme Court won't hear appeal over effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood

    12/10/2018 11:22:09 AM PST · by detective · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2018
    The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons. The two states were appealing lower court rulings that had blocked them from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women. The money is not used for abortions. Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should...
  • Sharice Davids’ success proves Johnson County is turning bluer

    11/28/2018 10:11:01 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 28, 2018 | STEVE ROSE
    In the national explosion known as the midterm elections of 2018, ground zero had to be the Kansas 3rd District congressional race. There, a political novice who is Native American, openly gay and whom hardly anyone had ever heard of a year ago, swept away a historically popular, four-term Republican incumbent with 20 years of political experience, renowned for his campaigning skills and fundraising prowess. Sharice Davids was the most unlikely of candidates to beat Rep. Kevin Yoder. But that was before Yoder was body-snatched by President Donald J. Trump. To really grasp how that alliance had morphed two men...
  • Kansas recalls hundreds of license plates over ethnic slur complaint

    11/28/2018 6:07:21 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 85 replies
    NBC ^ | Nov. 28, 2018 | AP
    WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas is recalling hundreds of vehicle license plates on the streets containing the “JAP” lettering in the wake of complaints that it is an ethnic slur offensive to Japanese Americans. The Kansas Department of Revenue said there are 731 active registrations containing that random letter combination on standard license plates. Vehicle owners were sent a letter dated Tuesday asking them to return the plate to their county vehicle office within 30 days for replacement at no cost. Plates not replaced within that period will be identified in the state’s system and will be replaced at their annual...
  • President Trump demands a border wall. Will Kevin Yoder get him the money to build it?

    11/26/2018 11:31:09 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 26 replies
    McClatchy ^ | November 26, 2018 | Bryan Lowry
    Kevin Yoder is one of the key players in the border wall drama that will define Congress and the White House over the next few weeks— ... Yoder, R-Kansas, chairs the House panel that helps set funding levels for the DHS. [He] could end up getting credit as the person who helped President Donald Trump build his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico...[snip] Congress has until Dec. 7 to pass a spending plan to fund much of the federal government. If it fails, several agencies, including DHS, would face a partial shutdown. Yoder’s last major act as a congressman...
  • Historic 'Monday Night Football' game nabs epic ratings

    11/20/2018 11:42:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2018 | By Frank Pallotta
    If you need more evidence that big scoring equals big TV ratings for the NFL then look no further than this week's "Monday Night Football." The Los Angeles Rams 54 to 51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs brought in a 11.3 overnight rating for ESPN. That's the best overnight rating for "Monday Night Football" since 2014. Monday night's ratings were up more than 57% from last year's week 11 match-up, which was between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams and Chiefs offered viewers one of the most impressive offensive displays in NFL history. The two teams,...
  • Democrats gain governorships in red states

    11/07/2018 11:07:41 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/07/18 | Reid Wilson
    Democratic candidates won governorships in seven Republican-held states on Tuesday as voters rebuked both President Trump and unpopular GOP governors in some of the deepest red territories in the country. Democratic candidates picked up open seats in Maine, Nevada, Michigan and New Mexico where Republican incumbents faced term limits. State Sen. Laura Kelly (D) beat out controversial Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who ousted Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) in this year’s Republican primary. Billionaire hotel magnate J.B. Pritzker (D) easily outpaced Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) in a race that cost both men tens of millions of dollars....
  • Kansas City Health Department pours bleach on food meant for homeless people

    11/13/2018 6:33:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    www.fox5ny.com ^ | 11/12/2018 | Staff
    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Fox 32 News) - The Kansas City Health Department threw away and poured bleach on food meant for homeless people. The food was going to be distributed by a group called Free Hot Soup KC. The Kansas City Star said that the food, which included home-cooked chili, foil wrapped sandwiches and vats of soup, was destroyed on Sunday, Nov. 5, during a coordinated sting at several parks where volunteers had gathered. The Health Department said the group did not have a permit and was putting people at risk. "E. coli or salmonella or listeria can grow in...
  • For second time in two years, racist slur at Kansas State was a hoax, police say

    11/10/2018 11:06:26 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/8/18 | Jason Tidd
    For the second time in two years, the person who reported a written racist slur found on or near Kansas State University has admitted that it was a hoax, police said. Officers on Monday received a report of “a note using a racial slur posted on a door in the Jardine Apartment Complex,” K-State police said Thursday in a news release on Facebook. “Upon questioning, the person who reported the incident admitted to creating and posting the note to their own door,” K-State police said. “The matter will be addressed in accordance with applicable disciplinary procedures.” The case marks the...
  • Women and LGBT candidates make history in 2018 midterms

    11/07/2018 8:35:07 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/7/18 | Eli Watkins
    Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress
  • Ann Coulter wasn't too happy with Kansas on Election Night

    11/07/2018 8:27:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    WIBW Local ^ | November 7, 2018 | By Nick Viviani
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- It's the day after election day. While many Kansas voters woke up this morning happy their candidate won, many also got out of bed, shaking their head, disappointed in last night's result. But, one person who doesnt live in the Sunflower State, seems especially upset. "Kansas is dead to me" Conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter tweeted her apparent dissatisfaction with the Sunflower State Tuesday evening. Now, the tweet just consisted of those five words and didn't say specifically why she was upset, she likely is referring to Kris Kobach's loss in the governor's race and...
  • Fox News: KS Governor: Kelly - D Defeats Kobach - R

    11/06/2018 7:17:55 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 6, 2018 | Staff
    in Kansas, Democratic state senator Laura Kelly will beat GOP Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who in August defeated Governor Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary.
  • GOP braces for potential wipeout in governors' races

    11/06/2018 12:42:37 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/06/18 | Reid Wilson
    The ranks of Republican governors are poised to thin after this year’s midterm elections, and some party strategists are bracing for major Democratic gains even in some of the most conservative states in the country. Voters in 36 states will elect governors on Tuesday, including 26 states where Republicans currently hold the top job. Democrats are defending nine seats, and both sides are fighting over Alaska, where independent Gov. Bill Walker dropped his reelection bid late last month. Virtually all of the most contested races are being fought on Republican turf. Democrats are overwhelmingly likely to pick up governorships in...
  • Kobach Up 1 in Latest Kansas Governor Race Poll

    11/05/2018 3:09:36 PM PST · by Conservative Gato · 24 replies
    Emerson Poll 10/26 - 10/28 976 LV MoE 3.3 Kobach (R) 44 Kelly (D) 43 Kobach +1