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ACLU urges judge to rule quickly on Kansas voter registration case

"A state judge in Shawnee County ruled recently that SOS Kobach has no legal authority to make such an order, but he did not specifically issue an injunction blocking him from doing so." What does it take to realize that Kobach has no intention of changing his plans? Issue the injunction, and get ready to do much, much, more to ensure that all registered Kansans can vote in August and November. We're in the middle of a political coup, for crying out loud, and the courts do not seem willing to stop Kobach from destroying Kansas elections.

June 28, 2016 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected to affect abortion clinic restrictions currently on hold in Kansas

Dog whistle, Mr. Summers. The Texas law was always about eliminating abortion in Texas. It was never about medical safety. When Texas was asked by the Court to identify an instance in which a woman was harmed because of the doctor's lack of permissions, it was unable to cite ONE. Just another solution to an imaginary problem where the 'solution' materially harms women's reproductive rights (or voting rights, or public responsibilities for public schools). Read the Washington Post article about the Court's decision:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/postev...

Judge Ginsburg wrote a separate concurrence calling Texas out for lying about medical safety and cautioning other states that they'd better be prepared to prove such claims to the Supreme Court.

"The concurrence is less than two pages. She dismisses Texas’s argument about its interest in protecting “the health of women who experience complications from abortions,” by countering that “complications from an abortion are both rare and rarely dangerous.” She recites a laundry list of studies of how safe abortion is, and then she delivers the message: “So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833 (1992), Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws like H. B. 2 that ‘do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion,’ Planned Parenthood of Wis., 806 F. 3d, at 921, cannot survive judicial inspection.”

She is writing into law the factual finding that abortion is safe, full stop. When the court turns to the Alabama law, with its “finding” that women need abortion to be restricted, she wants that future court to be able to cite to her opinion that they do not."

June 27, 2016 at 10:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected to affect abortion clinic restrictions currently on hold in Kansas

Thank you Justices Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor, Kennedy, and the great and glorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg! THANK YOU.

June 27, 2016 at 9:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republicans offer to fix school equity problem by taking other school funds

You just make this up to stir the pot, don't you, Mr. Summers?

June 23, 2016 at 10:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republicans offer to fix school equity problem by taking other school funds

It is our collective responsibility to support free and equitable public schools to Kansas children. Poorer districts, both inner-city and rural, do not have the tax income base to match the richer districts. It is imperative that the State balance the inequities between poorer and richer districts by directing a greater per pupil amount to the poorer districts. This is fundamental to our shared responsibilities to each other and to our children.

Governor Brownback is determined to shutter public schools in poorer districts and pivot to paying private corporations to provide for profit schools. He'll leave the richer districts to start failing bit by bit for now, but every public school in this state is slated to fall before the Kochs belief that Kansas government should be out of the education 'business' and that only the rich deserve to be educated.

June 23, 2016 at 10:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ordered to explain why he hasn’t appointed judge

Christian Taliban.

June 22, 2016 at 7:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Final straw?

Do they hunt with semi-automatic weapons?

June 21, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Final straw?

Judge Robert Bork believed that the 2nd Amendment guarantees a State's right to arm and field a state militia and did not guarantee unregulated gun rights to individuals. I join with others who call for increased controls regulating the types of guns and ammunition sold in this country.

June 21, 2016 at 9:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

After court ruling, Douglas County adding 850 voters to rolls

Those California drivers licenses clearly indicate that the bearer is not a citizen and that the DP license (rather than DL) cannot be used for citizenship identification as for voter registration and voting. Here's how California describes it:

http://www.dmv.org/ca-california/ab-6...

What is California AB-60?

California Assembly Bill 60 ( AB-60) is a bill passed into law that, in effect, allows illegal immigrants to the United States to apply for a California driver's license with the CA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Previous to this bill, driver's licenses were only issued to California residents who could prove their legal presence in the United States, usually by providing a Social Security number. Per AB-60, a California resident who cannot prove their legal presence in the U.S. can still apply for a driver's license as long as they can prove their identity AND California residency, as well as pass all required tests for an original driver's license.

This is a special driver's license that:

--May NOT be used for identification purposes.

--MAY be used to drive anywhere throughout the state of California.

--Has a distinguishing feature and notice on the front of the license indicating that it is for driving purposes only, per the AB-60 law (i.e. “DP" instead of “DL").

--Cannot be used against the license holder to determine their immigration status or citizenship, or detain them in any way for reasons other than valid traffic violations.

Non-citizen residents with California DP licenses cannot use that DP license to register to vote in any election anywhere in this country.

June 16, 2016 at 4:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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