WWWW (William Weissbeck)


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Legislative leaders want school finance overhaul

The only thing that's changed since 1992 when the school formula was written is the continued rightward shift in governing philosophy that opposes all things publicly funded. The schools haven't changed that much, nor the student demographics, nor the student needs. The ultimate twin goals of the GOP is to privatize those parts of the school system that can be, with commensurate tax credits given to the rich who fund those private "scholarships," and a shifting of public school finance back to the local levels (in the name of freedom, liberty and flexibility), but in reality as a means to isolate poor districts. A modern (and unprincipled) Conservative sees all tax money spent on the less fortunate as socialist wealth redistribution.

December 24, 2014 at 8:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats best at tapping rich for political cash

Pointless, misleading article. The article states that the teachers' union was the largest Democratic contributor group at $22 million, then buried at the bottom says that the Koch created PAC raised $28 million from start up in just 6 months. This on top of the Kochs' Americans for Prosperity which spent $125 million in the elections. Forget about who has rich and/or disclosed donors, just look at the overall campaign spending to see the disparity between Democratic and allied spending vs. GOP and allied spending. No one seriously believes that the bulk or even a significant sum of the campaign funding comes from Joe and Mary concerned citizen voters.

December 24, 2014 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins hears about immigration, budget at Lawrence town hall meeting

Because the experience in the South demonstrated that the People left to their own devices will create tiered education systems to benefit some at the exclusion of others. We are still the same people, with the same virtues, vices and prejudices.

December 18, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Salina newspaper in open records fight with state

What an odd way to do business. Just how much power does the populace want to give the governor, while at the same time complaining of Obama?

December 16, 2014 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins says conservatives won in $1.1 trillion spending bill

Given that the EPA is now at it's lowest funding level in 25 years, and the IRS was also significantly cut, where exactly is Obama's overreach? And do we really trust all these private sector job creators to police themselves and pay the taxes they owe?

December 13, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district fund balances to be targeted, education group says

So it's perverse incentive. If you don't spend the money, you will lose the money, because you did not need the money. But if at the local level, you save the money, because you might need it later, you lose it because the state says you really didn't need it. But then later, when you do need it, you might not get it, because the State already spent it.

December 11, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas attorney general sues EPA over ethanol rules

Ethanol vs. the EPA. If you want to talk bad science/bad policy, the whole ethanol thing is a good place to start. Now we have subsidized ag interests fighting the federal government.

December 11, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback announces $280 million in allotment cuts to fill budget shortfall

They do the same thing in the miracle that is Indiana. The Governor appoints the agency heads, the agency heads nickel and dime their agencies to curry favor with the governor, the legislature never actually "cuts" funding, the governor takes back any "surplus," and imposes second half budget cuts. And how is Obama's immigration reform or "modifications" to the ACA somehow different.? For the states it's budget by executive fiat.

December 9, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State officals worry about EPA proposals to cut power plant emissions

Regulations usually cost businesses some extra money. If it is cheaper for them to buy a legislator, AG or commission, that's what they will do. They will do all they can to influence the policy making, and now, even the science. We have to keep in mind that they have a bias, and they aren't really thinking of our benefit.

December 7, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Under scrutiny for Koch connection, KU director sues over records; judge blocks release

Yes, but for all it's corruption, Tammany probably only had an impact on two presidential elections, those of Grover Cleveland. Tammany controlled much of NY politics, but seldom NY as a whole. TR and FDR were more than able to stand up to them. While there certainly was corruption - it does seem in hindsight that there was some even handedness and progressive policies did make it through.

December 5, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )