joejarvis (Joseph Jarvis)

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Federal 'religious freedom' bill likely to become a campaign issue in Kansas

@Richard Jarzynka: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Kansas Act Against Discrimination bar discrimination in public accommodations based on religion (i.e., Christian business must serve a Jewish or Muslim customer and vice versa). Do you object to that? If a business refused to serve black customers or a landlord refused to rent an apartment to a mixed race couple based on religious grounds, are you ok with that? I'm not sure you've thought through the implications of what you say.

July 17, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal 'religious freedom' bill likely to become a campaign issue in Kansas

@John Robb: Thanks for saying my same-sex partner is little different from a pig. And for saying we harm society, are abnormal, spread disease, and should not be exposed to children. Great to see such civility in public discourse, especially when talking about your neighbors.

In all seriousness, comments like yours prove the need to add sexual orientation and gender identity to nondiscrimination laws.

July 17, 2016 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback to call special session to address school funding; no date set

@Dave Trabert: How can you expect reasonable people to seriously consider your proposal when it begins with accusing the courts of being "bullies?" The governor and legislature are the ones who have attacked our judiciary over and over again.

And "indemnifying" state officials? A nice borrowed term from commercial law, but you're really talking about pardoning public officials for defying the rule of law.

Give Kansans more credit than this--we see the spin machine at work.

June 7, 2016 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback not planning more budget cuts in wake of latest revenue shortfall

@Bob Summers: S&P has Kansas on negative credit watch. If they cut us to AA-, we'd be roughly in the bottom 10% of the 50 states--on par with MI, KY, and maybe PA, but above CA, IL, and NJ.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politi...

June 3, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Psychiatric consensus: Kansas lawmaker's claim that transgender people are 'insane' is false, misguided

I had a 30 minute conversation with Sen. Fitzgerald yesterday about his views on LGBT Kansans. I asked him about this, i.e., how he reconciled his statements with the medical community's view that transgenderism is not a mental disease. His response: You can't trust the medical community because they also support abortion, which is a good way for doctors to make a lot of money. Doctors don't care about killing kids. The medical community gets lots of things wrong.

June 3, 2016 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers in their own words: from 'dropping little turds' to 'a terrible mistake'

@Melinda: Totally agree with you. I called Sen. Fitzgerald this morning about his comments yesterday. We spoke for about 30 minutes on his views on LGBT Kansans. At times, he was very disrespectful.

June 2, 2016 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU chancellor discusses ‘very unkind’ state funding cut and possible impact on tuition

@Harlan:

> You really have no concept of how free markets work. You are a government worker, so God Bless You for your service. However, your understanding of efficiency and economics is extremely limited.

I'm a self-employed business attorney. With experience in mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation.

June 1, 2016 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU chancellor discusses ‘very unkind’ state funding cut and possible impact on tuition

@Harlan: The cuts were disproportionately from KU and K-State among the Regents institutions. A legislator who represents a Pitt State district put that forward:

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/apr...

You write:

> My personal account of how efficiency can be handled in the business world doesn't just apply to academic institutions. It applies to all branches of government as well.

There's a reason many government agencies are not efficient. They often face issues that private firms do not (operating in public interest fields where free markets do not work as well, being constrained by public accountability requirements, etc.). Could government improve? Sure. But it's naive to think we could could cut 30% of the managers and achieve the same outcomes.

May 31, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas to toughen rules on transgender birth certificates

@Dorothy: Another possibility is all the recent anti-LGBT state actions are backlash to last year's same-sex marriage SCOTUS decision and merely coincident with Brownback's other woes.

I get frustrated when folks say, "Republicans are attacking LGBT people to distract from their true agenda" (squirrel theory). Have you considered that they may just have animus against LGBT people and that is their agenda, simple as it may be?

May 13, 2016 at 4:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas to toughen rules on transgender birth certificates

@Dorothy: People's civil rights are not distractions. This is an important issue too.

May 13, 2016 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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