spaceman_spiff (Tyler Palmer)

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Senate president leery of one-time budget fix, thinks Brownback is seeking 'ticket to D.C.'

Where has this skepticism about one-time fixes been the last several years? Too little, too late.

December 12, 2016 at 10:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas conservative think tank launching its own news service

Dave's provided a good example of how politicians and affiliated groups are using disinformation and slight-of-hand to try to distract and confuse. With enough noise added to what little signal is available to most people in terms of objective information, it's that much easier to convince people problems aren't problems, facts aren't facts, bad situations aren't bad, etc.

In this case, I'm pretty sure Dave knows the point isn't the increase in spending compared to previous years for highway fund dollars. The point is the fact that these dollars were supposed to be designated for a specific purpose and are being redirected to cover up economic mismanagement in other parts of the state finances in order to avoid addressing the underlying fiscal issues. Voters were promised in years past that funds raised by certain taxes and from certain sources would be dedicated for specific purposes...in this case, highways and roads. What we have now though is those funds are being used to cover shortfalls when the state government can't figure out how to put together a functioning budget or even slow the hemorrhaging. Rather than fix the real problem and ensure that promises can be kept about how taxpayer dollars are to be used, it's easier to pay someone to help distract people by trying to redefine the issue, obfuscate what's actually going on, and otherwise provide cover for political messaging purposes.

We've seen a lot of attempts by the Brownback administration to try to get the public to stop paying attention and stop trying to hold them accountable for mismanagement. They've tried to stop providing traditional economic health information to the public because it makes them look bad every month, to redefine metrics for what constitutes success, to suggest that looking at simple year-over-year increases in certain areas of spending means we shouldn't be concerned with the nuances that show per-instance funding has dramatically decreased or that funds have been shifted away from productive programs to temporarily cover shortfalls in regulatory areas and then never go back and make up for the funds that were shifted, to fail to adequately fund pension contributions, to defraud the public by suggesting that the private sector can somehow not only provide better services than a public agency for certain healthcare services but miraculously also provide a profit, meet regulatory requirements, and reduce wait times as well, and on and on.

December 12, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission to decide who will be mayor for the rest of 2016

We need fewer partisan elections in this country, not more.

Having candidates lining up behind and beholding to political parties and ideologies causes more problems than it solves. The two main political parties in the US have their own agendas which, more often than not these days, do not have much in common with what is best for the citizenry or country and only serve the parties themselves and their donors.

Would be much nicer if candidates had to run on their own merits and backgrounds rather than getting elected just because of their party affiliation. Low-information voters also might have to learn a bit about the candidates instead of voting based on the letter next to their names. I'm more than sick of elected officials that refuse to represent everyone in their district and instead only represent their narrow, partisan, ideology. They weren't elected to just represent their special interest group, they were ostensibly elected to represent everyone in their district.

April 2, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poll: Brownback and Legislature less popular than Obama; Kansas Supreme Court rated highest

Here's the 2014 election results by county:

http://www.kssos.org/elections/14elec...

And here are the turnout numbers by county.

http://www.kssos.org/elections/14elec...

The election was close and Brownback only won by roughly 32,000 votes. Wyandotte county had poor turnout. Better turnout there would have dramatically aided Davis. The two counties with the largest populations both went for Brownback: Johnson county by over 2000 votes and Sedwick by about 3000. That election was a good example of why it's so important for people to participate and vote.

March 4, 2016 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you ride the bus if it were free?

It's not the cost, it's the convenience. I can spend an hour each way on the bus to get from home to work or I can spend 15 minutes in my car.

March 1, 2016 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to vote on traffic control, other items for 800 New Hampshire apartment project

They're building a $7 million structure and are worried about needing to pay another $70k to acquire land they want to develop as part of that project? Sheesh. Most people have to pay for things they want that someone else owns.

March 1, 2016 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Effort by Kansas lawmakers to repeal Common Core standards could end AP, IB programs

Wow. Multiple examples from this week of our state legislature refusing to hear from anyone other than the shills for the horrible policies they want to enact. Completely irresponsible.

February 20, 2016 at 6:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate panel puts brakes on KU Central District project

With all the restrictions, strings, and interference that comes with accepting state funds, it often seems like KU would be better off not being a state school. Our legislature has shown over and over it likes to meddle in education matters at all levels without the necessary knowledge, skill, or thoughtfulness to do so responsibly.

February 8, 2016 at 4:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas among several states looking to ban sanctuary cities

But those issues are so hard. They require effort, compromise, and ignoring the Governor's unrealistic belief in failed economic ideology and threats to veto attempts to return to a more reality-based system of governance.

February 2, 2016 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State attorney general: Kansas needs to vote on Supreme Court selection process

I do not want judges elected based on partisan affiliation and ideological purity. I want judges to make decisions based on a sound legal basis that is not beholding to party politics and under the threat of a lack of support in the next election if they don't decide cases "the right way".

Do we really want to follow in the footsteps of Alabama and the disgusting behavior of Judge Moore who believes his personal religious and political beliefs trump what the US Supreme Court has decided is settled law?

February 2, 2016 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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