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Mental health drug regulation bill advances in Kansas Senate

Where's Sarah Palin? Death panel. The intelligent way (the non-GOP way) is to do an audit and compare against national and private sector usage/prescribing. When you uncover anomalies, you ask for justification.

February 25, 2015 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate advances bill giving Kobach power to prosecute election crimes

If it keeps Kobach off the street and busy chasing needles in a haystack, then this is probably a good thing.

February 24, 2015 at 11:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence superintendent testifies against a bill to repeal Common Core standards

There are more loons at this hearing than in all of the lakes on Minnesota. I wonder if the ding bat former private school teacher really knows the politics of Emerson and Thoreau, or the lifestyle of Walt Whitman. Hawthorne hated the repression of New England. Sinclair Lewis didn't think much of small town America. Upton Sinclair was a communist. Hemmingway and Fitzgerald were drunks. And we haven't even gotten to Mark Twain and the Gilded Age. Maybe he likes Rudyard Kipling and the glories of the colonial British Empire. Of course actually listening to the opinion of a real school superintendent - why do that?

February 23, 2015 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Brownback creates Social Services Policy Council

Wait. Halt the presses! I thought the GOP already had all the answers. They don't? They have to study this? I smell compassionate conservatism leaking, and a sudden interest in the plight of the poor and middle class. I wonder how many other Red states will announce similar study committees in the next few days. To many in the GOP, they think tying their shoes was an original idea.

February 23, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislators take up measures targeting Kansas Judiciary

I wonder what the Kansas GOP's opinion is of the ages on the current US Supreme Court. And if the governor should be able to nominate his choices, why shouldn't the current president be given the same deference?

February 22, 2015 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House panel passes strict reform to school wage talks

Lest I forget, Walker is pushing through Right to Work. Bill proposed today. Expected to be passed by Wednesday. No debate needed.

February 20, 2015 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House panel passes strict reform to school wage talks

The same in Indiana. The independently elected Superintendent of Schools (a Democrat) has been stripped of her powers. Note how the legislation just passed was not the bill discussed in the press or the one that our friend Dave testified about. There was no clamor from any school board for this authority. It completely abrogates collective bargaining over anything and everything. And on a Friday no less. It's called a Friday night dump for a reason.

February 20, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate endorses ban on specific abortion procedure

Casey opened the door to allow the current SCOTUS and lower courts to rule that a 250 mile round trip and 72 hour was is not a substantial burden, but requiring trigger locks on your guns is. it's pretty clear that the current 5 on the court have re-written any substantial burden test to merely a rational basis examination. That is why I was saying that the language used in the debate has to be changed. Telling a judge that he is allowing junk science misses the point. Rights if they are truly rights shouldn't be dependent on a legislature's science. It should be enough that if a law is intended to reduce the number of abortions before viability, then a state should have a high burden to prove that the law is intended solely to protect the life of the mother.

February 20, 2015 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate endorses ban on specific abortion procedure

It's not really my area of the law, but technically it's not a woman's Constitutional right. Roe concentrated on a right to privacy. Casey changed the standard of review - that's when the substantial burden test came in. And we have to be suspect about the current Supreme Court and science. The rational basis test allows great deference to a legislatures' decisions based on bad science or no science at all. Because the earlier Court in Casey did not follow the suspect class/strict scrutiny review, it leaves open to the current court to ignore science altogether and give almost blanket deference to a state legislature's "choices." Abortion rights advocates don't realize how much Casey changed the language.

February 20, 2015 at 8:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach says Kansas attracted most new businesses since 2003

Forming a business through the Secr of State is not the same as actually starting a new business or opening any business. It may be no more than reserving a business name for possible future use or changing from sole ownership to some other status. Does Kobach bring a horn with him when he trumpets his own accomplishments?

February 18, 2015 at 12:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )