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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 ...

Details of head-to-head poll between Brownback, Davis reveal interesting splits

Scott Rothschild

A poll one year before the 2014 gubernatorial election may not be that significant, but the SurveyUSA poll released last week that shows a close race between Democratic challenger Paul Davis and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has some interesting highlights. Overall, the poll shows Davis, the House minority leader from ...

Campaign themes in gubernatorial race echo 1996

Scott Rothschild

The old adage that the more things change the more they stay the same is certainly true in politics. The likely election contest featuring the Democratic team of Paul Davis and Jill Docking running against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has already produced themes that sound ...

Brownback, Roberts, Moran have high disapproval ratings, according to new poll

Scott Rothschild

A new SurveyUSA [poll][1]finds that Kansas' Republican political leaders have high job disapproval ratings. Fifty-eight percent of Kansans disapproved of the job Gov. Sam Brownback was doing while 35 percent approved. U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran had 53 percent and 50 percent disapproval ratings while 35 percent and ...

Davis campaign for governor releases video

Scott Rothschild

Paul Davis' campaign for governor has released a 5-minute video in which Davis and his family talk about Davis' values and how he has met personal challenges and adversity. Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, is the presumptive Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in 2014. He faces ...

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