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Labor, community groups plan to rally against Americans for Prosperity

You don't have to sit on the sidelines in the fight against the Koch's. Sign up at the following site to use a barcode scanning app to avoid buying Koch products:

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July 9, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Matter of opinion

No state in the country has been willing to silence their cities, because none has been so arrogant to think they can make good law without the input of their communities elected officials.
http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elec...

Should point out that the Kansas Rifle Association is currently pushing a bill that will force local taxpayers to pay for metal detectors if they don't want guns in their public buildings. Cities fight unfunded mandates like this all the time, so the $ they spend on lobbyists more than pays for itself by stopping industries or the state from shifting costs to them (which is attempted all the time).

February 18, 2013 at 12:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Fight over taxpayer-financed lobbying ensues

Yes, county clerks, librarians, special education teachers, police officers, firefighters, and many other public workers would have to drop out state and national associations that do even a little bit of lobbying. In other words, we'd be destroying decades of organic connections that have contributed to the functioning of our state - the most anti-conservative initiative I can imagine.

February 11, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Fight over taxpayer-financed lobbying ensues

So now our cities only get input in Topeka when asked by Legislators? What is wrong with these people? How could anyone think this is good for Kansas? If you don't like what the cities are saying, DISAGREE and move on!!! You don't have to ban them for Gods sake!

February 11, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Open government

This is actually a terrible bill. If governments can't charge staff time, there's no way to deter frivolous requests. ONE person (likely from the hills of Idaho, packing an AR-15 & Timothy McVeigh autograph) could go into a city or state agency, request all emails for the last 2 years, or cell phone records, and shut the agency/city down as staff gather those records. New "Open Records" personnel would have to be hired to manage the requests since there'd be no deterrent, and the burden of the requests would shift from the requesters to the general public. That means increased taxes for all Lawrence/state taxpayers, rather than a cost to the requester alone.

Everybody talks about rights: rights to health care, education, a living wage, etc., but people never talk about the fact that rights cost money, usually the money of other people. You want a right to open government, but you want everybody else to pay for it. I call BS, pay for it yourself.

January 29, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Fluoride evil?

I didn't assert any conclusion... I posted a link citing scientists. If you think they're lazy that's fine. But for anyone who believes in the beauty of science, and isn't susceptible to germophobia, superstition, and conspiracy theories, embrace technologies like GM food, fluoride, and childhood immunizations, because they'll make you happier and healthier. The paranoia that drives these anti-science campaigns comes from the same human impulse that caused the Salem witch trials, bloodletting, and the avoidance of sidewalk cracks.

November 19, 2012 at 1:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback doubts overall funding increase for higher ed, but sees additional dollars for specific projects; Governor also sees opportunities for the state in federal budget mess

Brownback is without a doubt the most corrupt Governor in our states history. His least scandalous act occurred in the winter of 2011, when he invited legislators to his house to discuss his agenda, a near violation of our states open meetings act. A more disgusting example: the Kansas arm of Koch funded Americans for Prosperity, which advocates tax breaks for the rich and decreased funding to public education, is headed by Derrick Sontag; the Governor employs his wife as his communications director, ensuring seamless communication between the Brownback and his wealthy supporters. So it should come as no surprise that in 2012, Brownback signed the biggest tax cut in Kansas history, shifting the tax burden from the rich to the middle and lower class. To validate this, he used $75,000 in taxpayer money to hire a right-wing consultant to sell the tax plan to legislators. The analysis was later shown to be completely bogus by the US Congressional Research Service. A week before the 2012 election, Brownback used taxpayer money to send out political mailers under the guise of Department of Revenue brochures, bragging about an accomplishment that was sold with taxpayer money, using a theory that was proven to be snake oil, to help rich people that had bought access to the Governor.

November 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Fluoride evil?

These anti-science fluoride psycho's are no worse than the anti-science organic movement. They prop up bogus studies as unquestioned authority, and ignore scientific consensus.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/...

November 15, 2012 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: The right person

Wow, I was really in the dark on this one. I had no idea a teabagger owned the LJ World... of all cities!

Great article on ol' Dolph: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/co...

November 2, 2012 at 9:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group at Dole applies dials to Romney, Obama during debate

Thanks bozo... thought I'd post it (http://robertreich.org/):

The Republican primaries, and then the Republican convention, have shown America a party far removed from the “compassionate conservatism” the GOP tried to sell in 2000. Instead, we have a party that’s been taken over by Tea Partiers, nativists, social Darwinists, homophobes, right-wing evangelicals, and a few rich people whose only interest is to become even wealthier.

These regressives were there in 2000, to be sure. They lurked in the GOP in the 1990s, when Newt Gingrich took over the House. They were there in the 1980s, too, although Ronald Reagan’s sunny disposition gave them cover. In truth, they’ve been part of the GOP for more than half a century — but never before have they held so much sway in the party, never before have they called the shots.

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

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