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Kobach to announce plans on governor's race within 2 months

The Ft. Hays State University "Kansas Speaks" poll found that of 9 possible Governor candidates for 2018, Kris Kobach was rated lowest.

May 22, 2017 at 12:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers go into overtime with biggest issues still unresolved

They passed more restrictions on abortion providers. Kansas and Texas have the most restrictions of all states.

May 14, 2017 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Kobach keeps playing games

The SOS continually talks about his SAFE Act not costing the state any money. Did you know that after the debacle of the 2000 election, the Federal government gave the states money to help counties buy new voting equipment. Did you know that the SOS used that money for advertising the SAFE Act requirements, and now there is no money to help counties purchase voting equipment? Did you know that the requirements of the SAFE Act cause county election offices to spend thousands of dollars in mailings and staff, which do not help the security of the elections?

May 13, 2017 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Kobach keeps playing games

Even the courts understand that most of the voter registration restrictions and voter ID requirements do not help with election integrity, rather, they depress the vote. All of the 9 voter fraud cases that the SOS has prosecuted in the last 2 years could have been found and prosecuted without his proof of citizenship or photo ID requirement.

May 13, 2017 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump makes Kobach vice chair of commission reviewing voter fraud allegations

Mr Kort is probably referring to the fact that the 45th daughter, son-in-law, and several of his inner circle are registered to vote in 2 states:

And perhaps, the fact that after almost 2 years and 3 new attorney hires, the Kansas SOS found 8 older, white, republicans who voted in two states.

May 11, 2017 at 11:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump makes Kobach vice chair of commission reviewing voter fraud allegations

National: Controversial anti-voter fraud program risks disenfranchising voters through racial bias, report finds | Facing South
Sep 2 2016
» The Voting News

"Back in 2005, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — who as chair of his state’s Republican Party championed an illegal voter suppression technique called “caging” — launched a program called Interstate Crosscheck to compare voter registration data across states and ferret out evidence of double voting. The program has since expanded to 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), but it’s been controversial from the start. For one thing, it’s resulted in very few actual cases of fraud being referred for prosecution, as alleged cases of double voting in multiple states turned out to be clerical and other errors. One tally found that while the program has flagged 7.2 million possible double registrants, no more than four have actually been charged with deliberate double registration or double voting. Meanwhile, some states including Florida dropped out of the program due to doubts about the reliability of its data — though others, including the swing state of North Carolina, joined despite those issues."

May 11, 2017 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Trump’s grade so far: D- overall

"I’d like to give the president credit for bombing ISIS in Afghanistan and sending cruise missiles to a Syrian base used to launch chemical attacks on innocent civilians,..."

The base was up and running 24 hours later. How many millions did the US spend for a 24 hour shut-down?

May 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Taxes, school finance, budget and maybe a 7-day work week await Kansas lawmakers as they return

"Are you really stupid enough to think that a law that only puts up signs that prevent law abiding citizens from carrying for self defense..."

Three points:
1) Government entities don't have the millions of dollars to install metal detectors and hire security personnel for any but a fraction of entrances, at best, which means that with the new law, most Kansas government buildings, have no legal way to question even an obviously upset person.
2) Signs prohibiting guns, backed by the law, are a deterrent. Knowing that they can be arrested, charged, jailed for breaking the law, is a deterrent.
3) Those who are committed to kill or destroy, will find a way to do it, and there is no statistically evidence that having more guns stops that act. In fact, countries that have more guns, i.e, the US, has more gun related deaths and injuries compared to countries that have fewer guns, i.e, all other developed countries.

May 1, 2017 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' example among reasons why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

Kansas has one of the most regressive tax structures, with the lowest 20% paying 11.1% of their income in taxes, while the top 1% earners, pay only 3.6%. Check the source, and the chart:

April 27, 2017 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' example among reasons why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

"The argument that the near-doubling of revenues during Reagan's two terms proves the value of tax cuts is an old argument. It's also extremely flawed."

"But in the experience of two other Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, tax cuts produced an uneven record of prompting economic growth. And in both instances, reductions in taxes were unable to pay for themselves, instead leaving the nation to deal with increasing federal debt."

"After his 1981 tax cut, Reagan was forced to raise taxes several times. And Bush’s tax cuts put the nation on vulnerable fiscal footing, depriving the government of revenue as the United States waged two wars and faced a financial crisis."

April 27, 2017 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )