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Kobach presses issue of election fraud

Because a pre-condition on the exercise of the ability to vote has generally been found unconstitutional (poll tax, literacy test, etc).

The GOP-lead government in this state has only found and prosecuted three individuals out of the millions who have voted in elections over the last ten years. If you think trampling fundamental rights (the rights of citizens to vote) is warranted because .0003% of the population in this state willfully participate in voter fraud, Ben Franklin would like a word with you.

August 15, 2010 at 12:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach presses issue of election fraud

Voter fraud in Kansas is fairly narrowly defined in KS statue 25-2416 (http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-s...).

August 15, 2010 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Inmate killed, deputy injured in crash near Kansas Speedway

Traffic in the right most lanes slows down significantly between 435 and 110 st on 70 westbound, and speeds up dramatically in the left most lanes for folks headed further westward. This differential makes that part of 70 pretty dangerous at all times. One ill-timed lane change can easily spell disaster.

It's pretty rare to see police between 435 and 110 St, so that two mile stretch is kind of a haven for speeders.

August 12, 2010 at 11:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Officers to conduct patrols looking for impaired drivers

you are right, in that automatic was a poor word choice. It isn't necessarily so. But as Kansas is an implied consent state, you are effectively doubling down and daring the police to charge you. If you win, which is possible with out BAC evidence, you are off completely. If you lose, you should expect double penalties.

In the scenario you propose (two adults, bottle of wine, diner) you are better off just taking an extra hour, perhaps having some dessert or coffee or a short walk, before driving home.

August 12, 2010 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Officers to conduct patrols looking for impaired drivers

Tom, it's worth noting that refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer or similar BAC test is an automatic 1 year suspension of the refuser's driver's license.

That strategy may work if someone was facing a second possible DUI, where the penalties for that 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) DUI are far more severe that a one year suspension of a person's license.

That said, I am not a lawyer, and if memory serves, neither are you, so neither of us have any business offering anything that might be construed as legal advice. Call a cab, take safe ride, or pass the keys to a sober driver.

August 12, 2010 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Campaign Notebook: Brownback wants to freeze state spending; unveils goals

I take the pledge to increase personal incomes to mean that he will push for a cuts to state income tax or sales tax. It could be that he intends to reduce payroll taxes and expect businesses to pass those gains on to their employees, but I suspect any such gains would be few and far between.

This would mean that while Brownback intends to "cap" state spending to no more than current leves, he cannot possibly "freeze" state spending at current levels, as he is already planning to reduce state revenues.

Can someone confirm if the freeze would be to the entire budget or just items paid out of a general fund (re: "he would establish a general state fund spending freeze"). If so, how much of the state budget does the general fund account for?

My understanding is that the largest items in the state budget are Medicare/Medicaid, Education and KPERS/pensions. Are any of these paid out of a general fund?

On the face of it, this seems similar to cuts on the Federal level to economic aid to foreign nations. While on the face of it, such cuts seem prudent and would save millions, on the federal level, such spending accounts for 1%, or less, of the actual budget.

I guess what I am wondering is, are these real cuts or just election year token offerings?

August 9, 2010 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unemployment, debt continue to plague nation

Given that most corporate profits reported in Q1 and Q2 2010 have come from overseas revenue streams, I'm not sure why Americans continue to expect their homegrown multinational companies to continue to invest in the motherland.

With no profits to be had from domestic markets (America), there's no reason to increase hiring (of Americans), and thus our stubborn unemployment rate and sluggish economy.

August 6, 2010 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group sues to stop ground zero mosque

Bloomberg said it best on Tuesday:

"The simple fact is, this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship, and the government has no right whatsoever to deny that right. And if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

"Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question: Should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here.

"This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions or favor one over another. The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan."

full text here: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dail...

August 5, 2010 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Turnpike work near Lawrence puts drivers in the slow lane

Neither PDF indicates how much semi traffic is on the road studied (US 10). Late mergers often force semis in the right lane on I-70 eastbound to full stop, which opens the door for more late mergers and compounds the problem.

If Late mergers and early mergers zippered appropriately, it wouldn't be an issue, but late mergers often force early mergers to yield, rather than alternate with early mergers.

Further, there are at least two on-ramps between where the backup starts and where the merge happens on I-70 eastbound. Would you have traffic coming off those ramps merge left? They're already in a no passing zone, and, unless it has been changed from 2008, Kansas traffic law does mandate early merging in no-passing construction areas, not to mention our new right lane driving law.

August 3, 2010 at 12:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Turnpike work near Lawrence puts drivers in the slow lane

90% of the slow down is caused by drivers who fail to yield or who fail to merge right until the last possible moment. Too often, drivers on I-70 accelerate to the point where the two lanes merge, and then cut off drivers in the right lane.

August 2, 2010 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )