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  • OBGYN Who Delivered 5,000 Babies: Abortion is “Never” Necessary to Protect a Woman’s Health

    02/25/2019 12:02:38 AM PST · by kathsua · 12 replies ^ | 02/12/19 | Grace Carr
    Doctor and Kansas Rep. Roger W. Marshall wrote an op-ed saying there aren’t any reasons why a late-term abortion is necessary to protect a woman’s health. “To this day, I can’t think of a single scenario where I thought a late-term abortion would help to improve a woman’s mental health,” Marshall wrote in a Monday op-ed published by Fox News. “Contrary to the pro-abortion movement, regardless of the mother’s underlying medical health, I never saw the scenario where we had to choose between a mom’s life and a baby,” Marshall wrote. Marshall is an obstetrician who has delivered more than...
  • Kansas lawmakers sponsor bill calling same-sex marriages ‘parody’

    02/22/2019 7:10:03 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 9 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | February 12th 2019 | JONATHAN SHORMAN AND BRYAN LOWRY
    TOPEKA A handful of Kansas lawmakers are backing a bill that labels same-sex marriages “parody marriages” and seeks to stop the state from recognizing them. Another bill would create an “elevated marriage” for straight couples and make divorce more difficult in some cases. That bill also describes same-sex marriages as parody marriages. The public disapproval of same-sex marriage from some Republican lawmakers comes just months after voters elected the state’s first openly gay lawmakers and less than two weeks after the introduction of a bill that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT individuals statewide. The anti-gay marriage bills stand virtually no...
  • Pompeo rules out 2020 Senate bid

    02/22/2019 3:45:34 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/21/19 | Anon
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday ruled out a US Senate bid in 2020, saying he'll "be the secretary of state as long as President Trump gives (him) the chance to serve as a senior diplomat." "I love doing what I'm doing. I have great warriors around the world, trying to deliver for the American people," Pompeo said on NBC's "Today." "It's ruled out. I'm here. I'm loving it," he said.
  • Kansas judge calls girls, 13 and 14, the 'aggressor' in a child sex solicitation case

    02/04/2019 3:19:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4, 2019 | Robert Gearty
    Kansas judge Michael Gibbens (l.) sentenced Raymond Soden, 67, (r.) in a child sex solicitation case after saying the two victims, girls, 13 and 14 were "more agressor than a participant in the criminal conduct." (Leavenworth County Bar Association/ Kansas Department of Corrections) A Kansas judge has come under fire for saying in court that two girls--solicited by an online predator to have sex with him when they were 13 and 14--were partly to blame for what happened to them. “I do find that the victims in this case, in particular, were more an aggressor than a participant in...
  • Some ex-GOP lawmakers in 3 states have a new title: Democrat

    01/31/2019 12:39:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC "News{ ^ | January 31, 2019 | by Mike Catalini (D-AP)
    Democratic gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in to office and this year's legislative sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations and became Democrats. Their reasons varied, but the party-switchers have one thing in common: They say the GOP under President Donald Trump has become too extreme. "The Republican Party, for all of its statements of having a big tent, continues to limit the tent," said Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, of Mission Hills, one of the switchers. "Those of...
  • Kansas State Republican Legislator Introduces Tax Break Bill For Student Textbooks

    01/27/2019 11:22:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | January 27, 2019 | Timothy Meads
    The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a Kansas state freshman Republican representative hopes to help struggling college students burdened by the already high cost of textbooks via tax relief. Rep. Rick Hoheisel suggests that Kansas exempt all textbooks from the statewide 6.5% sales tax, thus saving students money each year they buy new books for their curriculum. Rep. Hoheisel is a recent college graduate and remembers quite well that he would have to shell out big bucks each year simply to afford required reading. While Kansas cannot control the price of textbooks directly, the state government can control the taxes imposed on said...
  • 3 men get at least 25 years in prison in Kansas plot to kill Somali Muslims

    01/26/2019 9:39:25 AM PST · by Blue House Sue · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/26/19 | Joe Sterling
    (CNN)Three men were sentenced Friday to at least 25 years in federal prison for attempting to blow up an apartment complex in western Kansas where Somali Muslims lived, a plot that unnerved that refugee community. Patrick Eugene Stein and Curtis Allen of Kansas and Gavin Wright of Oklahoma chose the apartment complex in Garden City, a city of 26,000, partly because it contained a mosque, authorities said.
  • Fear of Kobach and 2020 ‘disaster’ drive Pompeo recruitment, say GOP strategists

    01/23/2019 11:35:03 AM PST · by rintintin · 20 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Jan 22 2019 | Bryan Lowry
    Fear that Kris Kobach will capture the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is driving the effort to recruit Secretary of State Mike Pompeo into the race, according to GOP strategists with ties to Kansas.

    01/16/2019 3:37:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 69 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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,...