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On Kansas Action for Children files lawsuit against Attorney General Derek Schmidt over settlement records


Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 7 months ago

Almost $215 Million missing from The Kansas Endowment for Youth and The attorney General's Office won't turn over records pertaining to this? I think This is going to get very interesting. I wonder if this will fall under the Legal Definition of Fraud?

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

Typical of the GOP - demand transparency but only of others.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 7 months ago

Definition of Fraud(Webster's): "Intentional Perversion of Truth in order to induce another to part with something of Value or to surrender a Legal Right". Well, if the Shoe Fits.......

avarom 4 years, 7 months ago

This is a stalling tactic.......some kind of records will show up....but always remember...The Devil ^..^.......is in the Details......and everyone should ask questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

somebodynew 4 years, 7 months ago

Good for KAC. If there was a way to check you would find lots of other funds that have been directed to shore up this budget, not just this one.

And just think, the AG's office is the group who teaches on KORA/KOMA. Kind of makes you go Hhhmmmmmmmm.

avarom 4 years, 6 months ago

Yep....everytime they commence state house business and start prayer....they should start with asking forgiveness for all their "ENRON" moves on the indigent, disabled, elderly, mental ill, and middle class...AG's office is stalling and massaging the numbers, they will come with something....

somebodynew 4 years, 7 months ago

Short answer - only when he has to (i.e. other people are watching).

smileydog 4 years, 7 months ago

Kansas Action for Children is another front group for George Soros, so their motives should be suspect......but, thanks for playing along all you educated types.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 7 months ago

Us "Educated types" DO like a Good Fact now and then. Can you please show the proof that this(Kansas Endowment for Youth) is a Front group for George Soros? Or are you just stating your opinion(i.e Blowing Hot Air)?

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

Smiley - this group has been around for a long time and there has never been any evidence to suggest a connection to Soros but lets play your game and say there is a connection.

So what? Are you okay with the state's top official responsible for making public records are available to the public violating the law? Shouldn't the AG be made to comply with the same laws he makes others comply with?

Do you want money to spent in ways that go against state law?

smileydog 4 years, 7 months ago


Soros front group

But, it doesn't matter to well rounded open minded people anyway, obviously.

Okay, so they wait 7 days and file suit. I suggest some adderall is in order. Patience is a virtue.

adastraperapathy 4 years, 7 months ago

Without passing judgment on your very tenuous association between George Soros and Kansas Action for Children, there is a key difference between George Soros and the Kochs that you probably are unable to discern.

That is, George Soros' foundations spend money on a variety of initiatives that don't necessarily lead to a financial windfall for George Soros himself.

The Kochs on the other hand seem to be keenly interested in advocating for tax and budget policies that help their bottom line. In particular, some of their strongest advocacy is on behalf of tax cuts for Americans who have benefited the most from the American system (i.e. them) and environmental deregulation (which helps their fossil fuels and paper businesses).

How a group in Kansas that fights on behalf of tobacco settlement funding for children's programs is a conflict of personal interest for George Soros is difficult for me to grasp.

USian 4 years, 7 months ago

smileydog, just because the Louisiana Budget Project may have a relationship with Soros, doesn't mean a thing here in Kansas. Unless you can prove a direct connection, you are just spreading lies.

Corey Williams 4 years, 6 months ago

"The Hayride has been Louisiana’s premier conservative political commentary site."
"commentary", nothing about news

Larry Sturm 4 years, 7 months ago

The reason they haven't put out the settlement records is Brownback has his eye on that money to help shore up the tax cuts to the rich.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 7 months ago

And Kansans elected an Attorney General with as much spine as a jelly fish.

Someone should remind Derek Schmidt he works for us, not for Sam Brownback. The way Schmidt falls in line, you would think he had abdicated to King Sam the day he was sworn in.

The AG is supposed to be the top attorney for all Kansans, not just Sam Brownback.

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes and no. Yes he falls in line with Brownback but no he doesn't really do his work. He hires outside lawyers to do it.

Wonder if he will hire outside lawyers to defend this lawsuit?

dozer 4 years, 7 months ago

Not surprising at all. Schmidt is a lifelong politician, not a practicing lawyer. While he went to law school, this is the same guy that shopped for a State level position for years. What do the voters expect they are going to get...a lawyer that actually knows the law, or a politician working his angle.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 7 months ago

And they call themselves "Christians" while doing so. Doubly Despicable.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

I believe there were 3 different responses to this action...... hmmmmmmmmm

Does anyone know? What is going on? How many are lying?

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

I suppose to be fair and balanced we should provide the other side of the issue. If they didn't raid the children's fund and sweep the money into the general fund they'd have to raise taxes so they are doing a good thing stealing from children.

And they were trying to cover it up because they knew if we knew they were stealing from children it would upset us. So they hid their actions knowing it was keep us blissfully ignorant.

See they are looking out for us. Darn those children advocates for pulling back the curtain. Now that we know we can't be happy little Munchkins worshipping the all knowing and all powerful Ozsam and Ozderek.

Lynn Grant 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes, Smileydog, the Hayride looks to be a really good source of fact, absolutely not biased at all. Beware of what you read on the internet. Bon Jour!

Kyle Chandler 4 years, 7 months ago

Yeah Smileydog! this is the comment section for the Lawrence Journal World Newspaper ONLINE! Known worldwide for fair/non-biased and accurate news reporting, come by and check out the trophy case sometime....

Brock Masters 4 years, 7 months ago

A person with differing political views can be respected by those with opposite view points but the person who is not honest deserves no respect.

adastraperapathy 4 years, 7 months ago

Way to go Kansas Action for Children!

The tobacco settlement money should be used for children's programs.

Any excess funding the state gets from the tobacco settlement funding shouldn't be used as a slush fund to help the Governor pay for his tax cuts for the wealthiest Kansans.

Of course, the Governor could have passed a tax cut that would have benefited the wealthy, the middle class, and the poor more equitably.

But instead he chose to pass a tax cut plan that gave many wealthy Kansans enough to pay for a luxury vacation, and in order to pay for it, he's robbing funds that should be dedicated to the children's fund to pay for general state expenditures.

It's not too surprising that big tobacco would try to re-negotiate the terms of the penalties levied against them for marketing their products to children.

It's disappointing that our government would try to re-negotiate that funding away from the children it was intended for.

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