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Lawrence school district names new director of facilities and operations

He has the degree and apparently the combination of background and people skills they were looking for. It's a simple news release ... we're not told that forester is his only background ... you speculate it is ... I speculate it's not.

July 9, 2013 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republicans approve tax, appropriations bills to conclude legislative session

Senator Tyson moved the Senate adopt the Conference Committee Report on HB 2059.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 24; Nays 13; Present and Passing 0; Absent or Not Voting 3.
Yeas: Abrams, Apple, Arpke, Bowers, Bruce, Denning, Fitzgerald, Kerschen, King, Knox, LaTurner, Longbine, Love, Lynn, Masterson, Melcher, O'Donnell, Olson, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Powell, Smith, Tyson, Wagle.
Nays: Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Kelly, McGinn, Ostmeyer, Pettey, Pyle, V. Schmidt, Wolf.
Absent or Not Voting: Donovan, Emler, Holmes.
The Conference Committee Report was adopted.

June 4, 2013 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republicans approve tax, appropriations bills to conclude legislative session

On motion of Rep. Carlson, the conference committee report on HB 2059 was adopted.
On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 69; Nays 45; Present but not voting: 0; Absent or not voting: 11.
Yeas: Alford, Bideau, Boldra, Bradford, Brunk, Couture-Lovelady, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Cassidy, Claeys, Concannon, Crum, Dierks, Doll, Dove, Edwards, Ewy, Gandhi, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Hawkins, Hedke, Hermanson, Highland, Hill, Hineman, Hoffman, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Kelley, Kelly, Kinzer, Kleeb, Lunn, Macheers, Mast, Meigs, Merrick, O'Brien, Petty, Phillips, Proehl, Read, Rothlisberg, Rubin, Ryckman Jr., Ryckman Sr., Schroeder, Schwab, Schwartz, Seiwert, Shultz, Siegfreid, Sloan, Suellentrop, Sutton, Swanson, Thimesch, Todd, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber.
Nays: Alcala, Ballard, Becker, Bollier, Bruchman, Burroughs, Carlin, Christmann, Clayton, Corbet, Davis, DeGraaf, Dillmore, Edmonds, Esau, Finch, Finney, Grant, Grosserode, Henry, Hibbard, Hildabrand, Kuether, Lusk, McPherson, Meier, Menghini, Moxley, Pauls, Peck, Perry, Powell, Rhoades, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Sloop, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Whipple, Wilson, Winn.
Present but not voting: None.
Absent or not voting: Barker, Bridges, Frownfelter, Henderson, Houston, Kahrs, Lane, Montgomery, Osterman, Peterson, Wolfe Moore.

June 4, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House rejects exception from abortion restrictions for rape, incest, abuse victims

HB 2253, AN ACT concerning abortion; relating to the funding of abortion services; relating to prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions; relating to restrictions on late-term abortions; relating to the woman's-right-to-know act; amending K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 40-2246, 65-6701, 65-6703, 65-6709, 65-6710, 76-3308, 79-32,117, 79-32,138, 79-32,182b, 79-32,195, 79-32,261 and 79-3606 and repealing the existing sections, was considered on final action.

On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 92; Nays 31; Present but not voting: 0; Absent or not voting: 2.

Yeas: Alcala, Alford, Barker, Becker, Bideau, Boldra, Bradford, Bruchman, Brunk, Couture-Lovelady, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Cassidy, Christmann, Claeys, Concannon, Corbet, Crum, DeGraaf, Dierks, Doll, Dove, Edmonds, Edwards, Esau, Ewy, Finch, Gandhi, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Grant, Grosserode, Hawkins, Hedke, Henry, Hermanson, Hibbard, Highland, Hildabrand, Hineman, Hoffman, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Kahrs, Kelley, Kelly, Kinzer, Kleeb, Lunn, Macheers, Mast, McPherson, Meier, Meigs, Merrick, Montgomery, Moxley, O'Brien, Pauls, Peck, Peterson, Petty, Phillips, Powell, Proehl, Read, Rhoades, Rothlisberg, Rubin, Ryckman Jr., Ryckman Sr., Schroeder, Schwab, Schwartz, Seiwert, Shultz, Siegfreid, Suellentrop, Sutton, Swanson, Thimesch, Todd, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber.

Nays: Ballard, Bollier, Bridges, Burroughs, Carlin, Clayton, Davis, Dillmore, Finney, Frownfelter, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Kuether, Lane, Lusk, Menghini, Perry, Rooker, Ruiz, Sloan, Sloop, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Whipple, Wilson, Winn, Wolfe Moore.

Present but not voting: None.

Absent or not voting: Osterman, Sawyer.

The bill passed, as amended.

March 20, 2013 at 10:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

House rejects exception from abortion restrictions for rape, incest, abuse victims

On motion of Rep. Wilson to amend HB 2253, the motion did not prevail.

​On roll call, the vote was: Yeas 31; Nays 90; Present but not voting: 0; Absent or not voting: 4.
Yeas: Ballard, Bollier, Bridges, Burroughs, Carlin, Clayton, Davis, Dillmore, Finney, Frownfelter, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Kuether, Lane, Lusk, Menghini, Perry, Rooker, Ruiz, Sloan, Sloop, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Whipple, Wilson, Winn, Wolfe Moore.

Nays: Alcala, Alford, Barker, Becker, Bideau, Boldra, Bradford, Bruchman, Brunk, Couture-Lovelady, Campbell, Carlson, Carpenter, Cassidy, Christmann, Claeys, Concannon, Corbet, Crum, DeGraaf, Dierks, Doll, Dove, Edmonds, Edwards, Esau, Ewy, Finch, Gandhi, Garber, Goico, Gonzalez, Grant, Grosserode, Hawkins, Hedke, Henry, Hermanson, Hibbard, Highland, Hildabrand, Hineman, Hoffman, Houser, Howell, Huebert, Hutton, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Kahrs, Kelley, Kelly, Kinzer, Lunn, Macheers, Mast, McPherson, Meier, Meigs, Merrick, Montgomery, Moxley, O'Brien, Pauls, Peck, Petty, Phillips, Powell, Proehl, Read, Rhoades, Rothlisberg, Rubin, Ryckman Jr., Ryckman Sr., Schroeder, Schwab, Schwartz, Seiwert, Shultz, Siegfreid, Suellentrop, Sutton, Swanson, Thimesch, Todd, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber.

Present but not voting: None.

Absent or not voting: Kleeb, Osterman, Peterson, Sawyer.

March 20, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drug testing for welfare benefits one of many bills worked on as Legislature nears deadline

"State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, voted present, but passing on the measure."

Seriously?! Aren't you elected and paid to review, consider, and vote? Is he taking the chicken exit by dodging the vote or am I missing something?

March 1, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City gives preliminary approval to development agreement for $25M recreation center

The arguments by proponents seem to be: add gym space; free up neighborhood rec centers from current burden; economic development (being regional draw); the collaboration gets us all more for our money. Like it or not, opponents of the proposal did not address these arguments very well in primarily asserting: we cannot trust Fritzel or the commission (Fritzel is evil and the commission is hiding the details from us); "why does it have to be on west side of town"; we elected this commission, but since they may not go my way, we should all vote.

February 20, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New Senate President Wagle considers reopening legislative redistricting

State constitution provides "every tenth year"; it does not allow for redistricting whenever Wagle likes. How many lawyers does it take to read:

http://www.kslib.info/government-info...

December 6, 2012 at 8:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Topeka man injured in morning accident in "satisfactory condition"

Was the accident Monday (just before 2:30 p.m.) at 6th and Rockledge reported? Saw a car overturned, several police cars, ambulances, but no story ...

December 4, 2012 at 2:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Deep Purple — the map not the band — would place Lawrence in vast 1st congressional district

I would love to hear one of these family values conservatives place his/her hand on a bible and justify this idea. Is it possible to hear news from the Kansas legislature that does not turn my stomach?

April 13, 2012 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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