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Affordable Care Act nears major milestone; Brownback still opposed

"There has been very little information on the insurance exchange in Kansas."

That's intentional. Modern "conservatism" thrives on sabotaging government programs, then pointing at the failures that they have caused as evidence you should vote for them so that they can cut government more.

September 3, 2013 at 11:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Affordable Care Act nears major milestone; Brownback still opposed

Is the US Department of Health and Human Services looking at KanCare as a success or failure? Because so far, it's pretty much a resounding failure.

September 3, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notable Kansans weighing in against new appellate court selection process

I agree that it might be better if we were to reform the Federal system.

As it stands, it is much too partisan an affair. But I'm not sure Brownback has ever found any partisanship he doesn't like--it's always helped him in his career.

Still, the Federal system is very different than the state system considering how many staff each full-time US Senator has at their disposal, in addition to the committee staff and partisan staff that contribute to the vetting process.

At the state level, state Senators have virtually none of the same tools.

September 2, 2013 at 7:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notable Kansans weighing in against new appellate court selection process

Unlikely. Nancy Moritz was nominated for the Kansas position on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals--an Obama appointment that the far right in Kansas is actually supporting if only to give Brownback an appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court.

August 31, 2013 at 11:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notable Kansans weighing in against new appellate court selection process

I think it is very clear that Six and Tacha were criticizing how Brownback has made the process more political. They were not criticizing Mr. Stegall personally, as the article clearly says.

August 31, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback tells regents that cuts to higher education were part of trades at end of session

He never had to in the rest of his career, why start now?

At every point in his career, he's benefited from a state political system that has a terrible habit of promoting people based on Republican partisan affiliation and little else.

August 16, 2013 at 12:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents propose keeping tuition flat next year if Legislature restores funds that were cut

How so? Are you suggesting that you do not hold a radical libertarian ideology?

Also, your governmental leaders suggest that university officials need to converse more with legislators, and then you arrogantly dismiss them when they produce documents to support their financial position.

So, believe all of your numbers and fact sheets, but dismiss all of the universities' numbers and fact sheets.

That's not a democracy, Dave.

August 15, 2013 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents propose keeping tuition flat next year if Legislature restores funds that were cut

Do you have evidence that colleges are not using restricted fee funds to pay for the items to which they are dedicated?

In other words, do you have evidence that colleges are paying for items with unrestricted money that they could be using restricted fee funds to pay for?

August 14, 2013 at 11:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents propose keeping tuition flat next year if Legislature restores funds that were cut

Are you suggesting that higher education expenses are necessarily the same as the prices measured to estimate inflation?

Because that would seem to be a flawed comparison.

August 14, 2013 at 11:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your turn: Judge selection reflects totalitarianism

I just love it when the Governor and his political politburo argue that Kansas needs this system because of how great it works in Washington.

What a joke! Not only do you have self-proclaimed small government "conservatives" arguing for the DC system, you have a former US Senator (Brownback) suggesting that Kansas Senate appointments are comparable to US Senate appointments.

Granted, many Presidential appointments are derailed in the US Senate due to partisan politics, but when the system does work, it does so in part because each US Senator has dozens of personal staff as well as committee staff, partisan staff, and legislative research.

Kansas state senators, unless they are in leadership, have one part-time secretary. The legislative research department helps research for the appointment process, but considering how the Brownback administration has punished civil servants who don't swear political support to the Governor, you can't count on them to suggest the Governor's appointments are inexperienced, unqualified, or extreme.

So, instead of having the Federal system where Senators at least have the resources to properly vet candidates, you are going to have a Senate majority that was elected by Brownback's back pocket giving approval to whomever he nominates.

Even those state Senators who want to do a good job of vetting nominees aren't going to have the resources to do it well, especially when they don't have the same privileges that US Senators enjoy to request further information and hearings.

Considering his own service in "the world's greatest deliberative body," his use of US Senate privileges while he was there, and all of the staff he has relied on during his long political career, you might think Brownback would appreciate the need for such checks and balances.

No need for them when he is the ruler, I guess!

237 years of freedom from British monarchy and we still have politicians in the US who believe they rule by divine right.

July 29, 2013 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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