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US: Kansas (News/Activism)

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  • Will There Be Justice For Family Whose Home Was Raided Because Cops Couldn't Tell Tea From Pot?

    08/03/2017 3:01:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 1, 2017 | George Leef
    A case just decided by the Tenth Circuit shows how utterly absurd the “war on drugs” has become, how petty and power-mad the police can be, and how blindly deferential some of our federal judges are. The case, Harte v. Johnson County Board of Commissioners, arose out of an idiotic, military-style raid by Kansas police on the home of Robert and Adlynn Harte in 2012. They were not in any way involved with drugs (particularly marijuana), but a few officers came to the conclusion that they might be. Here’s how. One August day in 2011, Mr. Harte and his two...
  • 'We'll never be the same': A hydroponic tomato garden led police to raid Kansas family's home

    08/02/2017 9:18:05 AM PDT · by Drango · 145 replies
    Chicago Trib ^ | July 29, 2017 | Kyle Swenson
    The police report would claim it all kicked off at 7:38 a.m., but Bob Harte later thought it had to be earlier. His 7:20 a.m. alarm had just yanked him awake. Got to get the kids — a boy in seventh grade, a girl in kindergarten — ready for school. Then he heard, like a starter's pistol setting everything into motion, the first pounding on the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas, a bedroom suburb south of Kansas City. It was thunderous. It didn't stop. Should I get up? Bob thought. Should I not? Sounded like the house...
  • Kansas Contest Winner Disqualified After Company Finds Out She Supports Trump

    07/23/2017 10:34:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 100 replies
    GP ^ | 7-23-2017 | Jim Hoft
    Wichita makeup artist Gypsy Freeman was very excited to win the Kat Von D Instagram makeup contest. The winner and her guest would be flown to California to attend the launch party of a new makeup line. But after Kat Von D discovered she was a Trump supporter they disqualified her. -video- Kansas.com reported: An Instagram post showing support for President Donald Trump apparently disqualified a local makeup artist from a national contest. Gypsy Freeman, who splits time between Wichita and Florida, last month was declared the winner of an Instagram contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty, according to...
  • She Approved a 10-Year-Old Girl’s Abortion and Now She’s Lost Her Medical License

    07/18/2017 11:57:10 AM PDT · by kathsua · 15 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 07/18/17 | Kathy Ostrowski
    In baseball, it’s three strikes, you’re out. But there’s unfortunately no such guaranteed result in Kansas for an abortionist who has now lost her state medical license for the third time and could appeal the ruling again. In a quiet release online July 7th, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts issued its third order revoking the license of Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who was issuing “second opinions” approving post-viability abortions in Kansas from 1999-2006. The Board also maintained its demand for her to pay approximately $31,000 in legal expenses–which is only a fraction of the costs accrued in pursuing this...
  • Antidote to Trump Derangement Syndrome

    07/12/2017 10:40:20 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 12, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Since we started reporting on it last year, Trump Derangement Syndrome has, if anything, surpassed epidemic proportions, starting in the Faculty Lounge. Speaking of which, in our faculty lounge blog roll, we have shown reports from Campus Reform that in the past two months: • Subini Annamma, a professor at the University of Kansas, tweeted that Trump supporters are "deeply invested in white supremacy;" • After a Bernie Sanders supporter shot U. S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., Central Connecticut State University professor Jerold Duquette argued that "mentally unstable people drawn to political extremism" would be motivated to do "horrible things"...
  • Lawsuit: ICE was negligent when previously deported KCK felon allegedly killed five

    07/10/2017 2:24:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | July 10, 2017 | By Tony Rizzotrizzo
    Federal immigration officials negligently allowed a Kansas City, Kan., man to remain in the country illegally before he allegedly killed five men in a 2016 shooting spree, according to a recently filed lawsuit. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., by the families of two of the five men who Pablo Serrano-Vitorino is now charged with killing. Serrano-Vitorino had previously been deported after he was convicted of a felony in 2003. But according to the suit, Serrano-Vitorino re-entered the country illegally and had several brushes with local law enforcement agencies before March 2016, when he...
  • Kobach rips reports claiming mass boycott of Trump voter fraud probe as ‘fake news’

    07/05/2017 3:10:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Fox news ^ | July 5, 2017
    The vice chair of President Trump's voter fraud commission took aim Wednesday at media reports of a mass boycott of the ongoing probe, dismissing it as "more 'fake news.'" Kris Kobach, who also serves as secretary of state in Kansas, said "despite media distortions and obstruction by a handful of state politicians," the committee will "continue its work to gather the facts through public records requests." "While there are news reports that 44 states have "refused" to provide voter information to the Commission, these reports are patently false, more "fake news," he said in a statement. "At present, only 14...
  • Dem state officials refusing to cooperate with Trump voter fraud probe

    06/30/2017 10:35:39 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 65 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/30/17 | Judson Berger
    Democratic state officials already are refusing to cooperate with the voter fraud investigation ordered by President Trump, saying they will not hand over the extensive “voter roll data” the commission is seeking. The response comes after Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state serving as vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote to all 50 states this week asking for their input as well as voter registration data. “I have no intention of honoring this request. Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia,” Virginia Democratic...
  • Mayhem, Murder and Madness to Hit Kansas July 1st

    07/02/2017 7:17:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/1/2017 | Steve Sheldon
    If you believe the Left, Kansas is set to implode in a rage of violence and bloodshed starting July 1st when a provision put place by the legislature four years ago goes into effect. According to Leftist fear mongers, this provision will squelch free speech on campuses everywhere. Students will be afraid to speak due to the threat of violence from fellow students. Teachers will fear giving someone a bad grade because of the sheer violence that will befall them. Professors will no longer find refuge in their offices and are being forced to change their office hours or become...
  • The Kansas tax cuts actually produced strong results

    06/26/2017 7:41:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    USA Today ^ | 06/26/2017 | Alan Cobb
    <p>The Kansas Chamber of Commerce strives to improve the state’s economic climate and to make it more competitive for the benefit of every Kansas business and citizen.</p> <p>The state legislature’s recent decision to raise income taxes by $1.2 billion will hurt every working Kansan and small business. It will damage the long-term trajectory of our state. It will pummel pocketbooks and discourage job creators. Additionally, the retroactive nature of these regressive taxes will cause a great deal of pain, crippling our state’s economy and putting us at a competitive disadvantage.</p>
  • Construction team to deliver AZ's first P3 highway 3 years early

    06/25/2017 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | June 13, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Arizona Department of Transportation has reported that the public-private partnership (P3) constructing the $1.9 billion Phoenix-area Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway will deliver the project in late 2019, three years ahead of schedule, according to Equipment World.The P3's private component, Connect 202 Partners — which is made up of Fluor Enterprises, Granite Construction, Ames Construction and WSP — restructured the 22-mile project so that the last section could be built all at once instead of as nine separate projects as the state originally planned.This is the first time a P3 as been used for a highway project...
  • No Questions Asked: University of Kansas Designates 'Gender-Inclusive' Dorms for 2017-2018

    06/12/2017 1:45:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Lawrence Jounal World ^ | June 12 , 2017 | By Sara Shepherd
    The University of Kansas has designated a full residence hall wing as “gender inclusive housing” for the upcoming school year, and there’s already a waiting list to live there. “It tells me we’re hitting a need,” KU Student Housing director Diana Robertson said of the allocated rooms being filled. The goal is supporting LGBTQ students and ensuring they feel comfortable and connected at KU, Robertson said. The wing, titled the Gender Inclusive Housing Community, welcomes students who are “in the process of discovering their gender identity” or who might not want to identify themselves by any gender, according to KU...
  • Republicans are predicting the beginning of the end of the tea party in Kansas

    06/11/2017 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 37 replies
    Washington post ^ | June 9th 2017 | Ana Swanson and Max Ehrenfreund
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kansas was at the heart of the tea party revolution, a red state where, six years ago, a deeply conservative group of Republicans took the state for a hard right turn. Now, after their policies failed to produce the results GOP politicians promised, the state has become host to another revolution: a resurgence of moderate Republicans. Moderate Republicans joined with Democrats this week to raise state taxes, overriding GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto and repudiating the conservative governor’s platform of ongoing tax cuts. The vote was a demonstration of the moderates’ newfound clout in the state...
  • Kansas Republicans raise taxes, rebuking their GOP governor’s ‘real live experiment’ [tr]

    06/07/2017 8:11:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2017 | Max Ehrenfreund
    Republicans in Kansas broke ranks with the state's conservative governor Wednesday night, voting to raise rates and put an end to a series of tax cuts. The GOP revolt is a defeat for Gov. Sam Brownback, who overhauled the state's tax system beginning in 2012, bringing down rates and causing repeated, severe budgetary shortfalls. Kansas's legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, but moderate GOP lawmakers joined with Democrats, overriding Brownback's veto of a bill they'd already passed once that would raise taxes again by $1.2 billion over two years. Eighteen of the state's 31 GOP senators and 49 of the 85 Republican...
  • Legislature overrides Brownback’s veto of bill that rolls back his 2012 tax cuts

    06/07/2017 3:40:24 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 30 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 6/7/17 | Hunter Woodall
    The Republican dominated Kansas Legislature that has soured on Gov. Sam Brownback’s vision for the state voted late Tuesday to roll back the governor’s signature tax cuts. Lawmakers voted to override Brownback’s veto of a tax plan estimated to bring the state more than $1.2 billion over a two-year span. The Senate vote was 27 to 13, and the House followed by agreeing 88 to 31 to supersede the Republican governor’s wishes on the tax plan and force the changes into law. Lawmakers marshaled together a coalition of moderate Republicans, conservatives and Democrats to overcome the governor’s opposition to seeing...
  • Trump Is Said to Pick Voter ID Advocate for Election Fraud Panel

    05/11/2017 10:52:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 11, 2017 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants, to a long-promised commission to investigate voting fraud in the United States, a White House official said on Thursday. The commission is the official follow-through on Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that several million “illegals” voted for his Democratic rival and robbed him of a victory in the national popular vote. Mr. Kobach, who has championed the strictest voter identification laws in the country, will be the vice chairman of the commission, which is to be...
  • Trump to sign executive order launching voter fraud probe

    05/11/2017 8:59:58 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    President Trump will sign an executive order Thursday to start an investigation into voter fraud, according to ABC News. Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be named chair and vice chair, respectively, of the "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity," the report said. The commission will be announced later Thursday. Lawmakers from both parties will be included in the commission, and they will review “vulnerabilities” in U.S. voting systems, as well as any possible cases of "improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting," ABC reported. The commission will be charged with reviewing Trump's allegations...
  • Kansas Jails Cancer-Stricken Grandmother for Driving After Taking Anti-Nausea Drug

    05/09/2017 7:36:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 25 replies
    A Kansas cancer patient is serving a two-day jail sentence for driving under the influence of a drug. The drug in question is a synthetic version of THC that she consumed in the form of Marinol, an FDA-approved treatment for the nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. KAKE, the ABC station in Wichita, reports that Angela Kastner, a grandmother who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer five years ago, pleaded no contest to the DUI charge, even though, according to her pharmacist, there was not enough THC in her blood to impair her ability to drive. Under Kansas law, it...
  • Kansas archdiocese severs ties with Girl Scouts and urges end to cookie sales

    05/02/2017 7:22:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 5/2/17 | Judy L Thomas
    Saying that Girl Scouts is “no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel,” the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is severing ties with the organization and switching its support to a Christian-based scouting program. “I have asked the pastors of the Archdiocese to begin the process of transitioning away from the hosting of parish Girl Scout troops and toward the chartering of American Heritage Girls troops,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said in a statement released Monday.
  • Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Would Turn the Whole U.S. Into Kansas

    04/27/2017 7:54:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Slate MoneyBox ^ | 04/27/2017 | By Jordan Weissmann
    It is hard to think of a more obvious recent public-policy failure than the tax cuts that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012. The state has been mired in a perpetual budget crisis ever since the package passed, forcing its residents to swallow painful spending cuts in essential areas like education. Kansas' credit rating has been downgraded, as well. The financial wreckage has been so severe that Brownback's fellow Republicans are now staging a rebellion; in February, the GOP–run legislature voted to undo the cuts, and came close to overruling the governor's veto. Somehow, the sharpest minds in the...