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Brownback's task force on school efficiency meeting for probably the last time

Scott Rothschild

A controversial task force that Gov. Sam Brownback appointed to study public school spending is holding its third and probably final meeting today. The Governor's School Efficiency Task Force was initially under fire because it was dominated by accountants and no one on it was an educator or worked in ...

Brownback says federal health officials approve KanCare

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday announced that federal officials have approved a waiver request to implement sweeping changes to the Kansas Medicaid system. Kansas has already awarded three contracts to managed care organizations to run the Medicaid program, which provides health care coverage to 380,000 poor and disabled residents. ...

Ballard, leader of National Black Caucus of State Legislators, supports Obama in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

Scott Rothschild

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators, led by Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, met with President Barack Obama earlier this week and pledged to support him in efforts to avoid the "fiscal cliff" and help middle class families. “We will join you in calling upon Congress to raise revenue by ...

Separation of church and state group criticizes Brownback for promoting prayer event

Scott Rothschild

Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Friday criticized Gov. Sam Brownback for promoting a fundamentalist Christian evangelical event. “The governor is really overstepping his constitutional bounds," said Vickie Sandell Stangl, president of the Great Plains chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "He was ...

Brownback urging prayer on Saturday during ReignDown USA event

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback says "too often we have forgotten God," and he is inviting people to pray on Saturday. Brownback is asking people to participate in worship and pray at MacLennan Park in an event sponsored by ReignDown USA. Here is a video that Brownback made. The end of the ...

Dole tries, fails to persuade Republicans, including Sens. Roberts and Moran, to vote for treaty for disabled

Scott Rothschild

Sitting in a wheelchair just off the floor of the U.S. Senate, former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole tried to persuade Republican senators to ratify a U.N treaty banning discrimination against those with disabilities. But they turned him down. U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Kansas Republicans, voted against ...

Kansas ranks 11th in nation in per capita spending on business incentives, according to New York Times database

Scott Rothschild

Kansas spends $1 billion per year on business incentives, which works out to be $355 per capita for one of the highest per capita costs in the nation, according to an in-depth analysis by the New York Times. Here is link to the report

Huelskamp booted from House Budget, and Agriculture committees

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, has been taken off the House Budget Committee and House Agriculture Committee, according to several reports. Earlier this year, Kansas legislative leaders voiced concerns that Huelskamp's run-ins with House Speaker John Boehner would jeopardize funding for NBAF. The Hutchinson News is reporting this is the ...

Challenges flared in Senate Democratic leadership races

Scott Rothschild

While most eyes were on the Republican leadership races in the House and Senate on Monday, challenges flared up in the Senate Democratic caucus. Outnumbered by Republicans 32-8, Senate Democrats generally stick together on issues and try to build coalitions with either moderate or conservative Republicans. On Monday, Senate Democratic ...

Sen. Wagle elected president of the Kansas Senate; Merrick new House speaker

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Kansas Senate took a hard right on Monday as Republicans elected Susan Wagle as the next Senate president to complete the conservative takeover of state government. Wagle, R-Wichita, whose victory makes her the first woman to lead a chamber in the Kansas Legislature, has been ...

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