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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 ...

Administration drops one-third of people on waiting list for physical disability services

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — One third of the people with physical disabilities who have been waiting for assistance from the state have been removed from the list, many because they could not be reached, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration announced Monday. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services ...

Postal Service considering reduction of hours at Lecompton Post Office

Scott Rothschild

LECOMPTON — A U.S. Postal Service official on Friday gave Lecompton the bad news — the town's post office may face reduced operating hours. Residents of Lecompton weren't happy. About 75 of them packed the community building at high noon, arguing that growth in the community and the ...

DCF secretary says local office to stay open, any cuts won't impact services

Scott Rothschild

Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore on Thursday sought to assure local leaders that Gov. Sam Brownback's budget would not reduce services and there was no move to close the local office. But Douglas County officials expressed skepticism and concern that budget cuts at the state level ...

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