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School efficiency task force chairman says panel has broached sensitive topic of district consolidation

Scott Rothschild

A task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to make school spending more efficient has broached the politically explosive topic of consolidating school districts, the panel's chairman said Tuesday. "There really is no way to have a conversation about this without that coming up, however, so we are talking about ...

Petition seeks Kansas secession from the United States because of Obama's re-election

Scott Rothschild

Now that the election is over, apparently a lot of people, including some in Kansas, want to secede from the United States. As of Tuesday evening, nearly 4,600 people had signed a petition urging that the state of Kansas withdraw from the United States and create its own government. The ...

Rally to support expansion of Medicaid today; Red counties, blue counties shown in national map

Scott Rothschild

About 75 people on Friday gathered outside the Statehouse, calling for Gov. Sam Brownback to support an expansion of Medicaid, the state and federally funded program that covers the cost of health care services for nearly 400,000 Kansans, mostly children, pregnant women and those with disabilities. ...

Attempt to delay startup of KanCare fails

Scott Rothschild

In a split vote along party lines, a legislative committee on Thursday rejected pleas from advocates for the elderly and those with disabilities for a delay in implementation of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to privatize the Medicaid program, which serves nearly 400,000 Kansans. State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, sought to ...

Moran's tea party cred will protect Roberts; Romney's Kobach problem with Hispanic voters

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is vying for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to get more Republicans elected to the Senate. Roll Call reported Thursday: "Moran’s boosters said his tea party appeal will help block primary challenges for potentially vulnerable Members such as Sens. Pat ...

Prison chief says 10 percent budget cut would hurt public safety

Scott Rothschild

A 10 percent budget cut to the state prison system, which is already overcrowded and seeing an increase in gang violence, would be a threat to public safety, Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts said today. "We could not take a 10 percent cut without it having real serious impacts ...

Jenkins touts tax reform

Scott Rothschild

President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said today that one of the first post-election orders of business is to reach a deal to reduce the nation's debt. Boehner offered to pursue a deal with Obama, who won a second term on ...

Moran says he has enough votes to become chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee

Scott Rothschild

Roll Call reports that U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., says he has enough support to become the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "I have a sufficient number of commitments that if the election is held, I would be successful in becoming the chair," Moran was quoted as ...

After all that, little change in the Kansas Legislature; Obama takes Douglas County; Schlingensiepen does well in Lawrence, Topeka; and Obamacare decision awaits Brownback

Scott Rothschild

Some of the faces in the Kansas Legislature will change, but after all the campaigning, outside money, and unprecedented redistricting, last night's election kept Republican-Democratic margins the same as before: the House at 92-33 Republican and the Senate 32-8 Republican. It's possible those numbers could change slightly after recounts. Several ...

Tax cuts started to show in drops in state revenue forecasts

Scott Rothschild

The tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback are starting to show up big time in the form of reductions in projected revenue needed to run state government. That could mean significant budget cuts ahead. On Tuesday, state financial experts met to determine the amount of revenue available ...

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