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Kansas courts now in center of partisan politics

Nothing stopped Brownback from elevating his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, to the Kansas Supreme Court. Now that he can pack the Supreme Court, he controls all three branches of Kansas government. There is nothing to stop him from doing whatever he wants. And what he wants is to separate our state government from its provision of all public services that can be passed to for-profit corporations who will answer to stockholders and not Kansas citizens.

Moving county and municipal election dates, advocating straight party tickets, continuing to deny Kansas citizens' voter registrations, calling for political elections of judges, and calling upon State legislators to figure out how to restructure services to plummeting revenues is just Kabuki theater to provide the veneer of legitimacy to a political coup that has already taken place.

January 26, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislative panels to tackle gap in current budget

The destruction of Kansas is going to be one hell of a death spiral ride. I can't think of one thing we can do to stop it.

January 26, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House committee working on plan to expand Medicaid

Governor Brownback's position was that to accept Federal $$ for expanded Medicaid in Kansas would be contributing to the national debt. We could have helped our poor neighbors with insured medical care for three years with no cost to State revenues (helped them, and helped pay hospitals, etc. for their care), but it would have been WRONG. I hope the poor appreciate how important it is that they suffer for the greater good.

January 26, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor proposes to backpedal on school funding

It all makes sense if what you want to do is stop paying for public schools. He's working his plan, step by careful step, and it really doesn't matter what he says about it. After all, it's not his fault there's no money left for schools or teachers or whatever else we don't need to embrace our freedom from government.

January 25, 2015 at 2:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback shifts blame for state budget woes on Legislature

Brownback's denial is just political theater. It's like blaming the Union Army's horses for the looting of Georgia during Sherman's March to the Sea. Yeah, the horses were there, but they weren't the ones calling the shots.

January 25, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Polished Obama message doesn’t tell whole story

@Talbert: Do you believe a newspaper owned by Dolph C. Simons, Jr. is biased against conservative Republicans?

January 24, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence commission OKs Rock Chalk Park audit, due by end of February

Farmer's a developer toady. IMHO.

January 20, 2015 at 11:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100-year-old Kansas woman lines up for tickets to presidential visit

I met her out there in line this afternoon. She's a pip. I hope LJW and KU can get together to let her into the Anschutz Sports Pavillion early on Thursday, and put her in a chair on the front row to see President Obama. It's going to be much too cold that morning for a centenarian to wait in line outside, even if she is a hearty Kansan.

January 20, 2015 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Premier facility

Actually, I'd like to see public exposure of gross incompetence (if not jail time), and public acknowledgement that the City Commissioners who agreed to the deal should never hold elected office again. Every time wrong is done to this community, as in the SPL project, someone says "too bad, but it's all over now and we should move on." And then it happens again on a larger scale. So you move on, Leslie. I'll use my mind to call for public accountability.

January 19, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas water officials plan big projects

Are the Kochs buying up dryland farms in western Kansas? Spending $50 billion to ensure Kansas has water can't just be for our benefit. I don't think Governor Brownback puts on his shoes unless there is a hell of a lot of money to be made for the Kochs.

January 18, 2015 at 5:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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