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Kansas House OKs bill prohibiting local 'inclusionary zoning' laws, nutrition labeling

"To me this provision in the new law protects the US Constitutional rights granted under the 4th amendment of the individual renters. There can be no justification for invasion of privacy." Ever signed a lease that give the landlord no right to inspect and protect his property? thought not.

"I am not being critical of the chamber, but unanimous support for their work would go a long way to solving affordable housing and the many other needs of the city." I reply that support of many of the Chamber's intrusions into governmental issues is a key player in the Kochian philosophy of business first, people not so much.

May 2, 2016 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House OKs bill prohibiting local 'inclusionary zoning' laws, nutrition labeling

Try telling the Feds that it is unrealistic for California and Arizona to require more stringent emissions than the rest of the states. They did pretty well with that, what with the "local control" they used to protect their respective citizens. Arguing any other way is simply a veiled attempt at "protecting" business from being responsible to the people who consume their products.

Too, it doesn't preclude the Federally mandated information, but only adds to it, unless enough governmental entities have the courage to demand the same new information. That's kind of how it's supposed to work, Bob: the people have a need to know and the government responds. Interesting concept, wouldn't you agree?

Oh, yeah, and aside from Eudora and Tongie, what "jumped-up tank towns" did you have in mind? I'm sure your characterization would be welcomed by them. Care to answer?

May 2, 2016 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Son of Billy Graham urges Christians to vote in Kansas

See, Justin, what you don't understand is that those folks are not confused. They're absolutely certain that they are different, sexually, that they appear outwardly. You'll never get it, Justin. Sometimes one has to actually listen to the experts to learn what really is.

May 2, 2016 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Bernie Nation can’t get behind Hillary

Richard, Randolph, I have struggled mightily with this issue for several months. I. too, want the American political scene cleaned up. I, too, wish for a radical change in allowing businesses to run rampant over regulations. I, too, believe the Citizens United decision to be pure crap. I, too, wish for universal health care and for affordable education for all who wish to have them.

I believe, though, that, with the strength of the Regressive Party as it is at this time, there is little that can be done in terms of making the American people believe in a "revolution". I think the populace is so jaded by current political chicanery that it will not stand still, right now, for sweeping changes. People know how things are for them now and don't have faith in a future of change. Too, the current regressive thinking that masquerades as conservatism has made radical, fundamental change in politics nearly impossible. Look, for instance, at Kansas for proof of that theory.

Hillary, for all her foibles, has the backing of the Democratic machine. Good or not, that is making it probable that the party will retain control of the congress. I think she is in much better position to run a compromise government, and really get some changes in the wind than Bernie. I love him, I love his courage and optimism. The nation, however, is not optimistic; the nation has been beaten up by the Regressives and has little patience for "starting over".

In the end, pragmatism must, I believe, win out over idealism. I'm 66 years old. I believe in the basic Democratic ideals. But I don't have the patience I used to have, nor, I believe, does the nation. Hillary's election, I think, is the first stepping stone we need to get back on track, to making the citizens of the country of utmost importance. As long as she does what she says she wants to do, I think she can build a progressive agenda that Bernie-like followers can build upon.

And that, I believe, means that Bernie did us loads of good. But only Hillary, of the two, can actually keep us on the path that Barack started and provide a stepping stone to a brighter future, Bernie's "future to believe in". I'm sorry about that, but I believe that's the way it is.

May 2, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bill restricting local governments from passing rental inspection, nutrition labeling laws sent to Brownback

Republicans. The party of smaller government and local control? BS!!

May 2, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House approves changes in judicial selection process, would involve secretary of state

Constitution, folks, constitution. Read it and quit falling for the Koch-backed emotion that passes for reality in this state.

May 2, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers approve 'step therapy' and welfare reform bill

“The best way out of poverty is a good education and a job,” O’Donnell said...", not adding that the state feels no compunction to help those people gain that education so they can get a good job.

They do get it, those legislators, but haven't the moral conscience to provide it.

May 2, 2016 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Legislature narrowly passes unbalanced budget, ending 2016 session

Edited (correct) headline:

Kansas Legislature narrowly passes (UNCONSTITUTIONAL) unbalanced budget, ending 2016 session.

The hubris of those people knows no bounds. By the way, only ten other legislators needed to find a bit of conscience to defeat this bill, but could not do it.

May 2, 2016 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Son of Billy Graham urges Christians to vote in Kansas

Just a bet, but probably in a school. How about you? We've had this conversation many times, "M.", and it still amazes me that you argue that which you know little about.

April 30, 2016 at 4:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Son of Billy Graham urges Christians to vote in Kansas

"Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is His."

You might also read the Constitution of the United States and attached amendments and court decisions pertaining thereto.

April 30, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )