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  • 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 · 23 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
  • ‘Impossible’: Both sides clash in court over adding second Dodge City voting site

    10/30/2018 8:43:50 PM PDT · by eccentric · 11 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | October 29, 2018 | JONATHAN SHORMAN
    Opening a second Election Day polling place in Dodge City is impossible, an attorney for the county clerk at the center of a growing Kansas controversy over voting rights said Monday. An 18-year-old Dodge City resident and a Latino civil rights group are suing Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox in an effort to force her to reopen the polling location used by Dodge City’s 13,000 registered voters before Cox moved voting to a site a half mile outside the city limits. Attorneys for the resident, Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, and the League of United Latin American Citizens clashed with attorneys for Cox...
  • Operation Rescue Endorses Strong Pro-Life Candidates in Kansas

    10/27/2018 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    OPERATION RESCUE ^ | October 18, 2018 | OPERATION RESCUE
    PRESS RELEASE Wichita, KS – In less than three short weeks, citizens across America will head to the polls and vote in one of the most important mid-term elections ever. In Kansas, Operation Rescue applauds pro-life candidates and has chosen to make endorsements in two key races. Kansas Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Kris Kobach and Wink Hartman “You couldn’t ask for a stronger pro-life gubernatorial team than Kobach-Hartman,” says Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “They’ve been pro-life for years, not just in words but also actions. We endorse the Kobach-Hartman ticket all the way.” Kris Kobach embraces President Donald Trump’s...
  • Rep. Joe Kennedy: Americans Must Welcome the Migrant Caravan

    10/25/2018 11:59:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 25, 2017 | Neil Munro
    Americans should welcome the migrants in the Honduran caravan because they will make the federal government more powerful, Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy demands in an article for Time Magazine. [Snip] Rep. Joe Kennedy is being groomed by Democrats for a future White House run, and he tries to blame President Donald Trump for the migration, even though the poor Honduran migrants are exploiting border loopholes created by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
  • Could a Democrat win the Kansas governor's race? It's looking possible.

    10/24/2018 6:34:23 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 44 replies
    MySA ^ | Oct 24, 2018 | Amber Phillips
    Kansas is a state entirely controlled by Republicans now and one that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 by 20 points. And yet in a couple of weeks, voters there could elect a Democrat to be their governor for the first time in eight years - just in time to have a hand in the upcoming redistricting battle that could shape control of the state for the next decade. Snip Republicans' fears have so far become reality. Polls show Democrat Laura Kelly and Kobach running about even, with a third-party candidate, Greg Orman, taking about 9 percent of the...
  • Justice Kavanaugh’s first test on abortion comes this week

    10/12/2018 2:43:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 12, 2018 | Rachel N. Busick
    The states in these two cases determined that giving Planned Parenthood state Medicaid funds was not a wise use of their limited resources, and that they could better serve their citizens by reallocating those funds to other comprehensive and preventive health organizations that are run more responsibly and offer a broader range of services. Without intervention by the Supreme Court, states like Kansas and Louisiana will be forced to continue to provide tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion business.