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Bill averting fiscal cliff includes one-year extension of wind energy tax credit

Scott Rothschild

Supporters of wind energy cheered final passage in Congress of the bill to avert the "fiscal cliff." The bill included a one-year extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit for projects that start construction this year. This statement came from the American Wind Energy Association: "America's 75,000 workers in ...

Figure in Kansas political controversy in 1996 is at center of campaign theft allegations in Texas

Scott Rothschild

A name from an old Kansas political scandal is at the center of a new Texas political scandal. The Dallas Morning News reported today that Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield, an Austin political consultant who this year managed Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's failed run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, ...

Americans for Prosperity calling on legislators to sign anti-tax pledge

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity wants members of the 2013 Legislature to sign a pledge that they will vote against tax increases. So far, 25 have signed the anti-tax pledge. Here is a link to those who have: http://bit.ly/ZDIy73 But would a legislator be breaking that ...

Huelskamp's uncompromising positions well-known in Kansas

Scott Rothschild

Recently, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, has received a lot of national media attention for his uncompromising positions on the budget and gun control. But those familiar with Kansas politics have long known about Huelskamp's refusal to budge. Let's review Huelskamp's December. Just one month after running unopposed to a ...

Kansas congressional officials announce federal grant to build new school

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, and U.S. Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins, all of Kansas, rallied around approval of a $35.2 million federal grant to build a new middle school at Fort Riley. The grant was awarded as part of the Department of Defense Installations and Environment ...

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. http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2012/dec/07/245936/ 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 ...

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