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GOP Senate candidate Wolf says Republicans shouldn't make friends with Democrats

Scott Rothschild

In his criticism of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Monday, Dr. Milton Wolf indicated Republicans shouldn't make friends with Democrats and that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent controversies have been caused by the media. Wolf, a tea party-backed challenger to Roberts in the GOP primary, was interrupted several ...

Bill filed requiring release of names of those applying for position on the Kansas Court of Appeals

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, has pre-filed legislation that would require the governor to make public the names of people who apply for an appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Last year, Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, and his conservative allies pushed through a change in ...

Brownback's former tax consultant criticizes federal minimum wage as 'black teenage unemployment act'

Scott Rothschild

Art Laffer, the $75,000 consultant who helped shape Gov. Sam Brownback's tax changes, called the federal minimum wage "the black teenage unemployment act." While on Fox News on Wednesday, Laffer said the minimum wage "makes no sense to me." He added, "I mean, honestly, it's just the teenage — black ...

Davis promises bipartisan administration; Brownback campaign blasts Davis' support of Obama

Scott Rothschild

Topeka – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis announced that three former legislators, all Republicans, will lead the campaign's Republicans for Davis group. “I am deeply committed to restoring the Kansas tradition of bipartisan cooperation in the governor’s office," Davis said Monday. Davis, from Lawrence, is the House minority leader and ...

Legislator files Fourth Amendment Protection Act

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — State Rep. Brett Hildabrand, R-Shawnee, has filed a bill that he says is aimed at preventing the government from obtaining personal electronic data without a warrant. House Bill 2421, called The Kansas Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, has been pre-filed for the legislative session, which starts Jan. ...

Brownback says perception of ALEC influence is 'overblown'

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The presence of the American Legislative Exchange Council agenda in the Kansas Legislature can't be denied, but Gov. Sam Brownback thinks the perception of ALEC's influence is "overblown." "They do model legislation, they have meetings, but there are probably hundreds of groups that do model legislation and hold ...

Proposed ALEC allegiance oath 'non-issue,' House Speaker Merrick's office says

Scott Rothschild

The Guardian newspaper recently [reported][1] on numerous internal documents of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps shape legislation in Kansas and other states. One document showed that the corporate-backed ALEC, which has numerous Republican legislative members in Kansas, had proposed that the ALEC state chairs take a loyalty oath ...

Estimated growth in Kansas Personal Income revised downward

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — When state officials met last week to revise revenue projections, they also revised the economic forecast for Kansas, and it wasn't good news. Kansas Personal Income for this year is now expected to increase 2 percent over the 2012 level, which is down from the April estimate of ...

Lawrence's Robert Eye helps get victory in Texas nuke battle

Scott Rothschild

Robert Eye, an attorney from Lawrence, has won a big battle in Texas against the licensing of two nuclear reactors. Last week, Luminant suspended its application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build two new reactors at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant, about 80 miles southwest of Dallas. ...

Legislative meeting on school issues lacks input from Kansas Department of Education

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — The Special Committee on Education met for two days and heard hours of testimony on school funding and student achievement, but not one word from anyone with the Kansas Department of Education. "I find it odd that we have a Department of Education that doesn't have the time ...

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