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Fatty_McButterpants 11 months ago

So, will they pass a bill that prohibits tax dollars from being used to argue for restrictions on abortion? That's a legal, constitutionally protected right.

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Kirk Larson 11 months ago

" which argued that taxes shouldn’t be used to promote regulations of legal products."

But it's OK to to create hurdles to access to a legal medical procedure like abortion.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 months ago

Could someone please provide an example of the sort of advocacy that this is intended to prevent? Preferably something that's actually happened.

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Larry Sturm 11 months ago

Bill should be null and void they used tax dollars to pass it.

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bobberboy 11 months, 1 week ago

I don't want any of my tax dollars spent on any lobbying at all period !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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voevoda 11 months, 1 week ago

According to Justice Antonin Scalia, who authored the majority opinion in the Heller decision (the one that serves as the basis for claims that the right to bear arms rests in individuals rather than in well-regulated militias):

"Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."

In other words, the Supreme Court has already ruled that gun control is in keeping with the Second Amendment. Will publicly-funded groups be forbidden to quote Justice Scalia?

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OonlyBonly 11 months, 1 week ago

Only Liberals would be mad that Government money can't be used to restrict their rights. OMG. SMH.

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Robert Burnham 11 months, 1 week ago

And kernel, the NRA isn't this big scary monster whose members are all crazy gun toting rednecks......it's law abiding citizens everywhere...who want the opportunity to support an organization that will defend and support our 2nd amendment rights....fathers, mothers, students, farmers, everyone....law abiding hard working Americans who support the constitution and especially our 2nd amendment....quit reading the liberal media crap and think for yourself....

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Robert Burnham 11 months, 1 week ago

And Perses, we might have the Koch brothers...but you have your George Soros..the worst anti-American ever...and he made all his money from dumb-asses like you...

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question4u 11 months, 1 week ago

We've seen corporate interests push numerous bills to restrict freedom of speech this legislative session, so this is no surprise. This legislature is all about crushing American values. That should be obvious regardless of what position you take on gun control. Using power to shut down opposition is dictatorial, not democratic, no matter what your political views are.

We've seen an attempt to make it illegal to use state funds to advocate for sustainability. We've seen a bill forcing doctors to tell patients about dubious studies, whether they believe that they are credible or not. We've seen a bill introduced to make it illegal to use state funds to teach the Common Core curriculum. We've seen legislation to silence unions.

Kansas right-wing extremists don't want freedom of speech, except, of course, on one particular issue. Republican Steve Roberts believes that he is a hero for using the "n-word." So, don't despair, Kansas isn't going to shut down free speech. If you're a public official, you might not be able to advocate for gun control but you can wear the heck out of racist words.

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verity 11 months, 1 week ago

The lunatics have truly taken over the asylum.

Wake me up when it's over.

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lawrenceloser 11 months, 1 week ago

Okay fine as long as you ban lobby money to legislatures from the NRA and AFP hate groups. So basically we are supporting one political group over another? Isn't this partisan politics?

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kernal 11 months, 1 week ago

Any bill backed by the NRA and the so called Americans for Prosperity (who do they think they're kidding?) isn't good for the general public. Maybe the bill needed to be tweaked, but I doubt anything but total lack of gun control would have passed that bunch.

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Roland Gunslinger 11 months, 1 week ago

Great! So next is a bill banning use of tax dollars to advocate agaisnt abortion or strip clubs, right?

Because, after all, these are legal products.

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tomatogrower 11 months, 1 week ago

Many times police offer testimony in favor of gun control. Of course, they are the experts, and they don't need no stinkin' experts. Legislators know more about education too.

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Scut Farkus 11 months, 1 week ago

When the Koch bothers control your state legislature, this is what happens.

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footnote2 11 months, 1 week ago

How about a bill which prohibits the use of tax dollars to advocate in schools against the use of tobacco? Or a bill to prohibit tax dollars used to promote awareness of the dangers of obesity? Tobacco and food are legal products and therefore should pass muster before the Kansas Senate.

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poolside 11 months, 1 week ago

Okay, first question -What defines State money? Second-What defines gun control?

Will it be said again that State employees cannot contribute to organizations like the Gifford's or the NRA, since both promote regulations, albeit different regulations?

Will this disallow a public school teacher to teach both the gun as a tool and the gun as a weapon, say in ROTC or at a charter school such as a military academy? Or is the teaching the use of gun "promoting gun regulations"?

If a rogue student on KU campus or at the IRS is wielding a gun, may a State employee use the State owned phone on his desk to call the State funded security to seek help? Or is that a form of gun control not allowed?

My opinion on guns and gun safety is still forming. I think educated gun use as a tool of hunting or defense is justified sufficiently under our Constitution as written. Safety of individuals is overlapping but with thought can be addressed positively for all of us.

But I do not understand these severely one way decisions our Kansas government is making, and how those decisions are to represent all people and govern all people, which I was taught was the purpose of the government.

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Armstrong 11 months, 1 week ago

Predictable piece, no surprises here.

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frankfussman 11 months, 1 week ago

Scott, good reporting on our lunatic legislature in Topeka.

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bearded_gnome 11 months, 1 week ago

the author's prejudice sure is showing!

just count the quotes pro vs con!

wow Scott, not even subtle.

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midwest_muser 11 months, 1 week ago

This is a no brainer. The fact that it's necessary is scary. Would we allow State funding for any other political agenda?

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