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Brownback appoints former aide Stegall to Kansas Supreme Court

These people are very right wing Libertarians who seem Anti American as well. Brownback very likely has never been a republican and he never appoints anyone that is not in lockstep with his
libertarian laissez faire government philosophy. No democracy in his point of view.

There are people in several states fighting these same battles to save democracy, save women's right, save wage scales for both blue and white collar workers and save public education. In general save America

Considering the Brownback effort to keep as many voters from the polls as possible this supreme court appointment fits the plan. Should Brownback lose his seat don't expect he and his administration to walk away. A majority on the Supreme Court are players as well it seems
after clearing the way or should we say deregulating special interest campaign donations.

Kansas needs a monster turnout election day.

Founding members of ALEC and the John Birch Society Charles and David Koch are lifelong libertarians and have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes.

August 29, 2014 at 12:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Local response?

Our communities are not war zones - Sign This Petition

Last week, local police fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days that followed, there have been massive protests in Ferguson and heavily armed SWAT teams are roaming the streets in response. Our communities are not warzones.

And yet the police, armed to the teeth, treat us like the enemy, especially if we're black, young, poor or homeless. Tanks are rolling through our towns. What will it take for police to start protecting communities of color, not waging war on them?

The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice are funneling billions of dollars to state and local law enforcement agencies every year to help them purchase military weaponry and equipment. What business do DOD, DHS, and DOJ have funding a war here at home?

With our country’s long history of aggressive policing in communities of color, it shouldn’t surprise us that these wartime tools and tactics are hitting poor and black neighborhoods hardest. To start undoing the damage, the feds need to stop funding this war.

Good policing is about trust, which has been severely eroded through the use of excessive force and police brutality. If police forces across America continue to militarize and treat communities as the enemy, they will increasingly be seen as an occupying army.

Stopping the funding and incentivizing of police militarization is a crucial first step to ending this war.

Sign This petition please ...

August 29, 2014 at 5:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Local response?

Are local law enforcement agencies hiring the KKK and/or white supremacists?

The larger question becomes exactly who is law enforcement hiring?

These violent reacting law enforcement types are a threat to all of us not just the african American communities.

August 29, 2014 at 5:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar Energy retirees to see changes in health care benefits

Westar should eliminate the CEO,President and BOD management style from their payroll. Oh yes and eliminate the golden parachute as well. All represent reckless spending. Put this money back into the company and reduce the cost to rate payers.

August 29, 2014 at 5:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence congregations gather to mourn events in Ferguson

Are local law enforcement agencies hiring the KKK and/or white supremacists?

The larger question becomes exactly who is law enforcement hiring?

These violent reacting law enforcement types are a threat to all us not just the african American communities.

August 29, 2014 at 5:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rental boom

Renters should be hitting property owners up for deep deep deep discounts for as mush as 60%
per month all bills paid. It is a renters market pure and simple.

"Vacant apartments used to be a rare commodity in Lawrence in August" which I remember vividly. Now the market is overloaded beyond reality.

These sites provides some great food for thought regarding the negative impacts on Lawrence and we taxpayers.

Reckless Growth and nonsense tax incentives increases taxes and drains our wallets.

Sprawl Cost Us All

The trend is downtown

Bill Moyers - Local Corporate Welfare -

David Cay Johnson – What exactly is TIF? A Free Lunch?

America is Over Stored

Arts and Economic Prosperity

Next Decade Has Bleak Growth Prospects

August 29, 2014 at 4:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Polling averages show tight Kansas governor's race

* Conclusion
Americans are increasingly recognizing and speaking out against the disproportionate power of corporations in shaping public policy and steering politicians, and ALEC is a prime example of how Corporate America is able to buy even more power and clout in government.

Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation. It helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations draft and promote bills which gut environmental laws, create a regressive tax system, eliminate workers’ rights, undermine universal and affordable health care, privatize public education, and chip away at voting rights. It’s no wonder that so many big corporations view ALEC as a wise investment.

ALEC represents an alarming risk to the credibility of the political process and threatens to greatly diminish the confidence and influence ordinary people have in government.

August 29, 2014 at 4:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Polling averages show tight Kansas governor's race

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* Private School Vouchers
Despite constitutional problems, negative impacts on public schools, bias against disadvantaged students, and comprehensive studies in cities like Washington DC, New York, Milwaukee, and Cleveland which demonstrate that private school voucher programs failed to make any improvements to the education system, ALEC sees vouchers as a way to radically privatize the public education system.

Under the guise of “school choice,” ALEC pushes bills with titles like “Parental Choice Scholarship Act” and the “Education Enterprise Act” that establish private school voucher programs.

* Voter ID and Election Laws
ALEC is directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws. Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters -- including the elderly and the poor -- who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.

By suppressing the vote of such groups, ALEC’s model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote. In addition, ALEC wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that would devastate campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections.

* Obstructing Environmental Protection
At the bidding of its major donors like Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries, ALEC is behind state-level legislation that would hinder the ability of government to regulate and curb polluters.

ALEC has previously said that carbon dioxide “is beneficial to plant and human life alike,” and promotes climate change denialism. The group’s model legislation assails EPA emissions guidelines and greenhouse gas regulations, destabilizes regional climate initiatives, permits free-reign for energy corporations, and pushes for massive deregulation.

* Unsurprisingly, ALEC’s “Energy, Environment and Agriculture” task force is led by Tom Moskitis of the American Gas Association and Martin Shultz of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a major lobbyist firm for oil and gas companies like ConocoPhillips. The group receives funding from ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Texaco, Amoco, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Electric Power Association

August 29, 2014 at 4:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Polling averages show tight Kansas governor's race

WE know ALEC is backing Sam Browmback…… which is not good for Kansas not even a little bit.

What Does ALEC Lobby For?

ALEC claims it “does not lobby in any state.” However, ALEC’s tactics and operations are strikingly similar to those of registered lobbyists with corporate benefactors. Beyond distributing model legislation, ALEC provides its members with “issue alerts,” “talking points,” and “press release templates” expressing support or opposition to state legislation. The organization tracks the status of its model bills in legislatures, and sends its employees to testify in support of its bills in state houses across the country.

* Undercutting Health Care Reform
After the passage of health care reform, ALEC’s top priority has been to challenge the law by encouraging members to introduce bills that would prohibit the law’s insurance mandate. ALEC’s Health and Human Services task force is led by representatives of PhRMA and Johnson & Johnson, and representatives of Bayer and GlaxoSmithKlein sit on ALEC’s board.

The group’s model bill, the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,” has been introduced in forty-four states, and ALEC even released a “State Legislators Guide to Repealing ObamaCare” discussing a variety of model legislation including bills to partially privatize Medicaid and SCHIP.

The legislative guide utilizes ideas and information from pro-corporate groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Goldwater Institute, the James Madison Institute, the Cato Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis and the National Federation of Independent Business.

* Corporate Power and Workers’ Rights
ALEC works fervently to promote laws that would shield corporations from legal action and allow them to limit the rights of workers.

The group’s model legislation would roll back laws regarding corporate accountability, workers compensation and on the job protections, collective bargaining and organizing rights, prevailing wage and the minimum wage.

ALEC is a main proponent of bills that undermine organized labor by stripping public employees of collective bargaining rights and “right to work” laws. They also push “regulatory flexibility” laws that lead to massive deregulation. It is no surprise that the director of ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force previously worked as a Koch Associate at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.

* Tax Policy
As states face challenging budget deficits, ALEC wants to make it more difficult to generate revenue in order to close shortfalls. Bills include the “Super Majority Act,” which makes it so complicated for legislatures to change tax policy that California voters overturned the law; the

“Taxpayer Bill Of Rights,” which brought fiscal disaster to Colorado; and measures to eliminate capital gains and progressive income taxes. The main beneficiaries of ALEC’s irresponsible fiscal policies are corporations and the wealthiest taxpayers.

August 29, 2014 at 3:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )