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Douglas County commissioners ready to ask voters to approve jail expansion, behavioral health initiatives

I will not vote n support of a jail expansion.

January 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Can KU discipline students for social media posts? Recent appeals court decision leaves issue unsettled

IF KU cannot discipline perhaps the DA's office can ....?

Or perhaps the state attorney general.

Or perhaps the KBI?

As the ladder is climbed maybe the FBI?

Is the allegation at the felony level?

January 14, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Safely navigate the dangers of winter

SMART commentary indeed.

January 14, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: KU right to seek restoration of cuts

Kansas might want to consider dropping corporate subsidies and other preferential corporate tax dollar polices.

Instead move $100,000,000 tax dollars into an ongoing fund that will subsidize college educations for students that come from lower income households say households that are at $60,000 or less. Annually reimburse the fund keeping it at $100,000,000.

This will pay back by way of new student spending in the respective community a higher education institution is located. This keeps Kansas tax dollars in the state thus generating local economic growth. It also keeps theses tax dollars available for local public education budgets and such.

A wise investment in our state.


January 14, 2018 at 6:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: KU right to seek restoration of cuts

Time to reward Kansas taxpayers for the pain and suffering extended to them by the Brownback administration guided by ALEC leadership.

Reinstating public school funding with my tax dollars should not require a lot of thinking. It does however require a ton of ethical stamina.

Cut all corporate welfare spending that should be allocated to public education and higher education!

Then cut sales taxes on the following:

--- school supplies from kindergarten – college graduation

--- groceries

--- all healthcare related purchases

Reinstate all of the mortgage interest deduction.

NOT Republican Brownback people will continue to follow the ALEC agenda which is waging war against Medicaid, the large middle class,
Women, public education, Social Security Insurance, Medicare and voting rights.

VOTERS MUST STOP STOP STOP voting for a republican party that is no longer republican. We need transparency and ethics = stop supporting massive deception.

January 14, 2018 at 6:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: KU right to seek restoration of cuts

Reinstate Public Education and Higher Education Taxes

Defunding/Dismantling Public Education Team

VOTERS should have learned a lesson which is the republican party has been subverted by radical right wingers = extremely unfortunate.

VOTERS MUST STOP STOP voting for a republican party that is no longer republican. Vote democrat in future elections which is a fiscally smart choice. Why?

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It is the GOP led by libertarian right wing politicians that has effectively rendered Kansas bankrupt. And operates is a massive veil
of secrecy that denies other elected officials information on tax breaks as well as who receives tax breaks and how many dollars.

ALEC = those pretending to be republicans.

January 14, 2018 at 6:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

As Lawrence police draft policies for body cameras, some city leaders want a say

When the issue of body cameras initially surfaced there was some "excitement"
UNTIL the issue of realizing these cameras can be turned on and off at will.

Police departments are becoming more and more militarized for what reason it is difficult to say and LPD is among those. AS evidenced by military vehicles and such .... such as tanks etc etc etc. WHY?

"But as of now, city commissioners will not have a say in the body camera policy." NOT GOOD.

Ananda said that the policy is an important one that affects the public, and that whether the commission should be required to review and vote on it deserves a public conversation. ABSOLUTELY.

Larsen said she thinks body cameras are an excellent tool to protect all parties involved in a situation when used properly. She said she would like to see the proposed policy come before the commission for approval "so that everybody can see what we are doing.” ABSOLUTELY

Some Kansas lawmakers said earlier this month that there should be changes to laws concerning when police departments must release body camera footage, and that they plan to push the issue this legislative session, according to The Associated Press. ABSOLUTELY --- depending on the language that comes down.

Body cameras have been around long enough with some questionable policies associated with them that allow for too much discretion by the users aka law enforcement. There is enough questionable policy material available to mandate Lawrence,Kansas design our own policies that which become the epitome of truth and justice.

Protecting questionable behavior cannot be warranted.

January 14, 2018 at 6:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP surprise: Colyer leads Kobach in fundraising in Kansas governor's race



Undercutting Health Care Reform

What Does ALEC Lobby For?

How Does ALEC Work?

Who's Behind ALEC?

Who Founded and Funds ALEC?

Private School Vouchers

Tax Policy

Corporate Power and Workers' Rights


Obstructing Environmental Protection

Voter ID and Election Laws

January 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP surprise: Colyer leads Kobach in fundraising in Kansas governor's race

When state legislators across the nation introduce similar or identical bills designed to boost corporate power and profits, reduce workers rights, limit corporate accountability for pollution, or restrict voting, odds are good that the legislation was not written by a state lawmaker but by corporate lobbyists working through the American Legislative Exchange Council.

ALEC is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators and work with them to get special-interest legislation introduced.

It’s a win-win for corporations, their lobbyists, and right-wing legislators. But the big losers are citizens whose rights and interests are sold off to the highest bidder.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was founded in 1973 by Henry Hyde, Lou Barnett, and Paul Weyrich, who helped build a nationwide right-wing political infrastructure following the reelection of Richard Nixon.1 In the same year, Weyrich helped establish the Heritage Foundation, now one of the most prominent right-wing policy institutes in the country.

One year later, he founded the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress, the predecessor of the Free Congress Foundation. In 1979, he co-founded and coined the Moral Majority with Jerry Falwell, and in 1981 he helped establish the ultraconservative Council on National Policy.

January 13, 2018 at 8:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP surprise: Colyer leads Kobach in fundraising in Kansas governor's race

Colyer is the same as Brownback = they are not different no matter the political rhetoric.

Kobach is the same as Brownback = they are not different no matter the political rhetoric.

Aegis Strategic GONE WILD

Kiss your right to vote,worker rights,local public schools & pensions goodbye

This consulting firm handpicks local, state, and federal candidates who share the Kochs' free-market, limited-government agenda, and groom them to win elections. "We seek out electable advocates of the freedom and opportunity agenda who will be forceful at both the policy and political levels," the company notes on its website.

Aegis says it can manage every aspect of a campaign, including advertising, direct mail, social media, and fundraising.

Aegis' president is Jeff Crank, a two-time failed Republican congressional candidate who ran the Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity and served as the chief operating officer of the national organization. The firm's six-person staff boasts two others with connections to the Kochs.

The group's lead strategist is Karl Crow, a former project coordinator for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, where he focused "on how political advocates for economic freedom are identified, trained, and promoted," according to his bio on Aegis' website.

ALEC KOCH limited government = more big government than ever that approves the theft of our nations services and the tax dollar funding that is attached.

January 13, 2018 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )