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Kansas stands out for lack of diversity in its judicial branch

When I see a liberal activist writer like Peter Hancock describe a group as “nonpartisan” I immediately research the group.

Here are some of the quotes The American Constitution Society describe itself with on its website:

“Countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values:

“articulate a progressive vision of our Constitution”

“ACS generates “intellectual capital” for ready use by progressive allies”

“debunking conservative buzzwords such as “originalism” and “strict construction” that use neutral-sounding language but all too often lead to conservative policy outcomes”

“principal mission is nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics”.

Hardly a nonpartisan group.

Come on LJW. Why do you allow such lying in your publication? That is the kind of writing that causes you to lose credibility.

December 4, 2017 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State insists KPERS pension fund still in solid shape, despite unfunded liabilities growing to more than $9 billion

You are not in the dark unless you want to be.

All that information is from the KPERS annual report which is promptly posted each year on the internet. At 150 pages it is full of detail.

The reports for the last ten years are available.

Would you like someone to read it to you also?

November 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

Calvin lawsuits about education funding in Kansas are not new.

In 1972, there was Caldwell v. Kansas regarding the funding system.

In 1991, Mock v. Kansas was filed to contest the formula devised to settle Caldwell.

Robinson v. Kansas was filed in 2002 was filed claiming the formula discriminated against minorities.

Montoy v, Kansas was filed in 2003 saying the funding system violated the state constitution.

Montoy v. Kansas (2) was filed in 2005 challenging the formula. It was known as Montoy II.

Montoy v. Kansas (3) was filed in 2005, saying the settlement in Montoy II was inadequate. It was about minorities in large districts. Sebelius was governor during the Montoy cases, and the moderates controlled the legislature.

The current Gannon v. Kansas was filed in early 2010, in response to Gov. Parkinson cutting the education funds due to the recession. . Scott Rothschild reported in the LJW on June 21, 2010 that Parkinson opposed the suit saying "we cannot sue our way out" of our problems. Brownback had not even been elected yet.

So, sorry, funding was something everyone was not “more or less comfortable with before Brownie and the jackals”.

November 27, 2017 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

Dottie, Ashley Judd would be very proud of you for being such a naaasssty woommaan.

But it doesn’t change the fact you want everybody but you to pay state income taxes, to fund your interests.

When challenged with facts, you retreat into your make believe world, and imagine and assign attributes to other people, in an effort to reconcile your beliefs.

You have spent your life suckling at the taxpayers teat, and continue to do so in retirement. You chose the low risk, low reward route in life. Now you are jealous of those of us that pursued a more lucrative vision.

I worked my entire life to put myself in a position that people like you are envious of people like me. Thanks for confirming I made the right decisions all along.

November 26, 2017 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

Conservatives live in a world of reality.

Liberals live in a world of make believe, full of smiles and bubbles and cute puppies. And if its not there for the young ones, they demand space places to avoid reality.

If only public budgets could be based on smiles and cute sayings.

November 25, 2017 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

Dottie wants you to pay it forward.

But there is something important she isn’t telling you.

She is very proud of her mostly taxpayer financed KPERS retirement, which is about $30,000 a year.

But she, like all KPERS retirees, pay ZERO state taxes on that income, saving her about $1,500 a year.

Yet, she wants you to pay your 5.2% state income tax on any pension you may have, and calls it paying it forward. She calls it a responsibility. How about accepting your own responsibilities Dottie ?

How typically hypocritical is that ??

November 25, 2017 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

Your typically liberal gibberish is easy to write, but very difficult to implement.

Show us a way to quantify “potential for success” into ways that are measurable, which the metrics can then be compared.

You can’t put the words “potential for success “into a formula on a spreadsheet to compare 286 very disparate school districts in the state.

November 24, 2017 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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