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Appeals court: Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights

I keep thinking about this. and it's close to historic. If the state Supremes uphold this (and I fully believe they will), nearly every TRAP law that Brownback and his legislature has passed has the potential to be overturned. Part of this is based on HISTORIC law. See, back in 1970, Kansas was one of the first states to legalize abortion pre-Roe. That legalization was based, BACK THEN, on the legal idea that the state constitution guaranteed that right. So in many ways, this has ALREADY been adjudicated. <br>
Man this is going to get so good I've already started the popcorn.<br>
Do ya think Brownback may have peed in the wrong Post Toasties when he threatened to defund the judiciary?

January 23, 2016 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas senator blocks testimony from female witnesses with 'low-cut necklines and miniskirts'

Isn't there an amendment to the state constitution that bans "sharia law"?

January 22, 2016 at 3:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Advocates appeal to Kansas Senate to reform hemp and marijuana laws

Legalizing and taxing marijuana may be about the only way the state can save itself financially. It certainly worked for Colorado. They would be stupid not to. But then this IS the Kansas legislature, we're talking about, who think nothing of spending millions of dollars to defend legislation in Federal courts that they knew from the outset was unconstitutional.

January 20, 2016 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge strikes blow to Kansas proof-of-citizenship law

Now if they could just do something about the state's over the top gerrymandering.

January 15, 2016 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis looms

Played out to it's most extreme conclusion, the Federal courts could revoke Kansas' statehood for refusing to provide a "republican" government (i.e. one that echoes the Federal governement with three branches and a system of checks and balances), which is a requirement for statehood. Kansas would revert back to a US territory. Brownback would be out on his can and a new governor would be appointed. (Hey, I can dream, can't I?)

December 27, 2015 at 5:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback defends gun laws, says tax plan is working

Brownback doesn't even live in Kansas anymore. He lives in a state of denial. His delusions are off the rails.
For example there is this (re: Medicaid expansion):
"...he said he will only consider such a plan under certain strict conditions, starting with eliminating the already-existing waiting list for elderly and disabled Medicaid patients to receive nonmedical home- and community-based service".
There's just one big, fat problem with that. He's already (mis)appropriated the special grant from the Federal government that was meant to do that to cover the shortfall in the General fund. None of his "conditions" for expanding Medicaid will ever be met. By it's very definition, it's for the working poor. But mostly it's that "fully funded" sticker that will keep it from never coming about. The state is in such awful debt that it will take years to clear it. He and his kiss-his-butt legislature has damaged this state so badly it will take decades to repair it. Recently an acquaintance cried, "Will there be any 'Kansas' left to save by the time he's through?"

December 27, 2015 at 5:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two Kansas lawmakers who voted against block grants removed from education committee

Is anybody else reminded of the machinations of Soviet Russia?

November 16, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former AG Phill Kline sues to restore law license

Just sose you know, Kline teaches at the same "law school" that produced the same yahoos (Liberty Counsel) that are representing Kim Davis. These guys are so incompetent that when they filed the appeal for her in Federal court, the judge said that it was nothing but page after page of incoherent rant. I'm seriously stunned that any of them ever manage to pass the bar.
That said, it doesn't make any difference who did or didn't recuse themselves (the ones that needed to recuse, those judges that he had argued cases in front of, did so) or the fact that it was the state supreme court that made the decision. It was the bar association that brought the action and they don't do that sort of thing without cause. <br>
This action is an exercise in futility but I don't expect anything different from anyone associated with Liberty U. law school.<br>
By the way, he wants to talk about "lawless processes", what about the kangaroo court that jerked the medical license of Dr. Kristin Neuhaus?

October 20, 2015 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Four judges sue to overturn law that would de-fund Kansas court system

If the legislature, at Brownback's behest, attempts to defund the courts, expect a Federal lawsuit against the state on US Constitutional grounds for refusing to provide the state with a "republican government" (which has nothing to do with the political party and everything to do with destroying the system of checks and balances). <br>
The foundation for this was laid when Kansas was admitted to the Union. Because the US Constitution mandates it, no state can be admitted without a constitution guaranteeing a system of government that echoes the Federal government with three branches that maintain the system of checks and balances. There are some differences from state to state. Some have bicameral legislatures with a House and Senate, some have State Assemblies and Nebraska has a unicameral legislature but whatever they are called or how they are organized they all have the same three branches.<br>
By refusing to fund the judiciary, the Governor and the legislature are violating, not just the state constitution, but the requirement for that system of government demanded by statehood. In essence, they are violating a "contract" made with the Federal government when statehood was granted. If they continue down this path, it CAN be seen as an act of secession. It all depends on how far Brownback and the legislature want to push it.<br>
As out there as it sounds, secession IS a likely scenario in this case and, despite the Civil War, that was then and this is now. Texas is doing the exact same thing; passing clearly unconstitutional legislation to challenge the Supremacy clause. They are denying birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants. Kansas could go with Texas, Oklahoma and (possibly) Arkansas and other Southern states. Thing is, there are enough people now that would be HAPPY to see them go. They would be on a path to become another third world country. In EVERY CASE, with the exception of Texas, they are states that rake in FAR more in Federal dollars than they pay out in taxes. Alabama would lose NASA and the Redstone Arsenal and every state would lose every Federal installation they have. They might "take them over" but they wouldn't have the funds to run them. The Kochs might bankroll them to create their "perfect fascist empire" but if they do they will lose every penny they put into it. Especially when the rest of the US clamps down, closes borders and sets up financial blockades. Trust me, this won't end well and we (meaning the US) won't have to lift a finger or fire a single shot.

September 7, 2015 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas statistician battles government to determine whether vote count is flawed

Sam Brownback won by less than 3% (not even outside the margin of error. ) It was confirmed earlier this year that over 5,000 votes from Saline county were not even counted last November until AFTER the state wide election results were officially posted.<br>
Election fraud exists, just not VOTER fraud. It exists in gerrymandering, election manipulation and targeted voter suppression. I am still quite thoroughly convinced that Anonymous blocked Karl Rove from hi jacking the 2012 presidential election. Kobach has his fingerprints all over this kind of activity.

July 20, 2015 at 6:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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