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GOP raises specter of Medicaid expansion as campaign issue

Hold on a minute. Hasn't the GOP been complaining about the federal government making unfunded mandates on the states for years now? So now that the federal government is rather generously funding a mandate on the states, the complaint is that the federal government can't afford to fund it? It almost sounds like they just don't want the federal government to tell the states to do anything regardless of whether it's funded or not. Why don't they just say that instead of moving the goalposts?

November 5, 2012 at 1:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

AP source: Romney picks Ryan for running mate

This is a Hail Mary play that is almost certainly going to bite Mitt Romney in the ass. Obama is going to air ads saying his opponent wants to destroy Medicare non-stop now. They will weigh him down like an anvil.

August 11, 2012 at 1:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Direct vote

The idea that a direct vote will lead to candidates focusing exclusively on NYC, LA, and Chicago is ludicrous. Assuming equal turnout, if a hypothetical candidate somehow won 88% of the votes in each of the 5,000 biggest towns in America and 0% elsewhere, he would not get a majority of the votes in that election and would lose to the other candidate. That is a ludicrous standard to achieve. Only ten counties in the entire country hit that percentage of votes for one candidate in 2008. If anything, this would lead to higher turnout rates as states would try to maximize their impact on the election.

July 30, 2012 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should evolution be taught in schools?

I'm okay with schools teaching both evolution and intelligent design/creationism as long as the amount of time devoted to each topic is equivalent to the amount of scientific evidence that supports said topic. Since the scientific evidence for intelligent design/creationism can fit on one side of a postcard, that means evolution will still get almost 100% of the teaching time in the classroom.

June 7, 2012 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposal puts part of Lawrence in 1st District

This has to be one of the dumbest House redistricting proposals I've seen yet. It might even be dumber than the proposal that would have put Wyandotte County into the 1st District.

May 17, 2012 at 4:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group urges Brownback to veto bill aimed at Sharia law

Do our state legislators not realize that the US Constitution and basically all of our legal precepts are based on British common law dating back to the Magna Carta?

May 15, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

House approves measure aimed at KU Medical Center, abortions

I'm sure that these representatives would be willing to let people get a driver's license without proving they can safely operate a motor vehicle on a live roadway? After all, a written test covering the concepts used while driving should suffice.

March 17, 2012 at 11:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas voting rights advocates oppose accelerating proof of citizenship requirement

The South Carolina Attorney General claimed that there were over 900 cases of voter fraud in the recent Republican primary. To prove this, he released six of the names he claimed were dead people who cast votes. Five of these names were later found to have been caused by simple clerical errors. The last was a guy who legally cast an absentee ballot and died before the primary was held. None of these were fraudulent votes.

February 7, 2012 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach touts bill on citizenship rule

The South Carolina Attorney General said that there were over 900 cases of votes cast by dead voters in the recent primary. To prove these cases were really people impersonating dead voters, he released six names of people who he claimed cast votes while deceased. Five of the cases were found to be caused by clerical errors. The sixth case was a guy who cast an absentee ballot, mailed in the ballot, and then died before the election.

If we assume that every single other case of a dead voter casting a vote was real voter fraud, the odds would be so astronomically against this six-case sample being the only six cases where voter fraud didn't happen that you are more likely to get struck by lightning twice than you are to have this happen. Voter fraud is a lie.

February 1, 2012 at 1:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Abortion ban to be proposed in Kansas House

"We should error on the side of life, not death."

That sounds like good advice to me. I trust you'll support the right of a woman with an ectopic pregnancy to have a life-saving abortion rather than sentencing her to death?

January 14, 2012 at 2:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )