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  • Asking agencies to follow the rules isn’t asking too much

    04/15/2018 6:59:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | April 11, 2018 | Jonathan Wood
    Accountability is sorely lacking in the administrative state. Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats make decisions significantly affecting our daily lives with too little involvement from our elected officials. The Congressional Review Act was intended to restore at least some degree of democratic accountability to the administrative process. It requires agencies to submit to Congress every rule they wish to impose on you, giving the people you elected an opportunity to oversee what federal bureaucrats are up to. That’s the theory, at least. In practice, agencies have failed to comply with their obligations under the statute, withholding rules from Congress and thereby avoiding...
  • Artist shares his struggle as an undocumented citizen through art

    04/13/2018 7:14:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    K-State Collegian ^ | April 13, 2018 | By Emily Hilderhof
    The Beach Museum of Art welcomed artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez to discuss his commitment to activism and art to commemorate the last day of his exhibit’s display Thursday. During his lecture, titled “Legalities of Being,” Fifield-Perez said he struggled to retain his humanity in the eyes of those who only saw him as a DACA recipient. “I ceased to be my own person and became a statistic,” Fifield-Perez said. “My narrative didn’t matter to [the government.]” Through his work, Fifield-Perez said he wanted to share his experience as an undocumented citizen with others. Melanie Johnson, junior in criminology, said she pondered...
  • Three district court nominees expected to get confirmed this week, brings total to 17

    04/09/2018 5:46:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he plans to confirm three of President Trump’s judicial nominees by the end of the week, continuing to fulfill the president’s promise to remake the federal bench with conservative jurists. If all three of his picks are cleared this week, it will bring the total number of Mr. Trump’s district court picks to 17 that have been confirmed since the president took office. Claria Horn Boom, who was nominated more than 300 days ago...
  • Water Slide Co-Designer Charged with Murder over Child Decapitated on Ride.

    04/03/2018 5:46:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 195 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 3,2018 | by NATE CHURCH
    72-year-old John Schooley has been charged with second-degree murder in the tragic death of a child on the water slide he co-designed. Schooley was arrested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, just after returning from China. In addition to murder, Schooley also faces charges of aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child. A Kansas grand jury has indicted all three men involved in the incident that resulted in the decapitation of Caleb Schwab, son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab. The boy’s raft lost control on the 17-foot slide, and he was killed as he hit...
  • Designer of waterslide that killed boy surrenders to police after returning to country

    04/03/2018 12:11:33 PM PDT · by ETL · 32 replies
    ABC News - Good Morning America ^ | April 3, 2018 | MARK OSBORNE
    [snip] According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the North Texas Fugitive Task Force took John Schooley into custody at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after the designer returned from China. Schooley, 72, was indicted last week on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated endangering of a child. His lawyer, J. Justin Johnston, told ABC News last week his client was out of the country when the charges were filed and was "working with counsel to coordinate his prompt return to the United States" and that Schooley intended "to voluntarily surrender and defend the charges against him." The U.S. Marshals...
  • Much of what you think you know about Linda Brown is wrong

    03/31/2018 7:58:00 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 29 replies
    The Conversation ^ | March 30, 2018 | Charise Cheney
    As the nation commemorates the life of Linda Brown Thompson – the public face of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case – Brown is being celebrated as a heroic young girl from Topeka who “brought a case that ended segregation in public schools in America.” But the story behind the historic Supreme Court case, as I plan to show in my forthcoming book, “Blacks Against Brown: The Black Anti-Integration Movement in Topeka, Kansas, 1941-1954,” is much more complex than the highly inaccurate but often-repeated tale about the case.
  • Democrats could win two GOP-held seats in Kansas, national site says

    03/29/2018 9:56:49 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 16 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March 29, 2018 | Bryan Lowry
    Two GOP-held congressional seats in Kansas are up for grabs this election, according to a national website that tracks races. Democrats, who have not won a congressional race in Kansas in a decade, could prevail in the 3rd District, which covers the Kansas City suburbs, or the 2nd District, which includes Lawrence and Topeka. RealClearPolitics, a site that aggregates polling data, shifted both races Wednesday from “leans Republican” to “tossup” in its electoral map for the 2018 election.
  • Just who's behind the 'terrorist' right?

    03/29/2018 11:40:39 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 03/28/2018 | Jack Cashill
    In 2015, Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security released an intelligence assessment on alleged right-wing terrorism. Said CNN about the report, “Some federal and local law-enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to – and in some cases greater than – the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.” When President Trump shifted the DHS focus away from domestic terror, the media were quick to turn to the professional race-baiters at the Southern Poverty Law Center for an instant denunciation.
  • Over a dozen states join Trump’s lawsuit against “Sanctuary State” California

    03/28/2018 7:41:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 3-28-2018 | Leslie Eastman
    Earlier this month, we noted that California faced a lawsuit from the Department of Justice over its new status as a “Sanctuary State“. Several red and purple states have now boarded this particular “Trump Train”. Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California’s so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally. California’s laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement but the state does not have that authority, the other states said in a court filing in the U.S....
  • Kansas Asks Supreme Court to Let It Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    03/27/2018 12:43:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Mar 23, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Kansas leaders appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court this week to allow it to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. The move comes a few weeks after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said Kansas cannot defund Planned Parenthood, despite an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into its aborted baby body parts trade. “Kansas is a Pro-Life state, and Kansans don’t want state dollars being used to support abortion providers,” Gov. Jeff Colyer told KCUR News. “The medical needs of Kansas women will continue to be met by other providers in the Medicaid and KanCare network. We want...
  • Kansas Amusement Park Co-Owner Arrested in Water Slide Death of 10-Year-Old Boy

    03/27/2018 10:45:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies ^ | March 27, 2018 | Staff
    A water park co-owner has been arrested in connection with the 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Jeffrey Henry, the park’s co-owner, was arrested in Cameron County, Texas, according to park spokeswoman Winter Prosapio. Police did not immediately release the indictment for Henry, but the county’s website lists aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child as some of the charges he faces. Caleb was decapitated while riding in one of the park’s water slides. The raft he was in went airborne, killing him and injuring two women. Henry’s arrest follows the...
  • Kansas State Interrupts Kentucky’s Waltz Through the Bracket

    03/23/2018 5:37:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 23, 2018 | By JOE DRAPE
    ATLANTA — The South Regional was supposed to be the Kentucky Invitational, a warm up tournament for the vaunted Wildcats before the team took its rightful place in the Final Four next week in San Antonio. The regional semifinals, after all, were lacking star power and quality. Loyola-Chicago and Nevada were mere upstarts. And Kansas State? It might be a pretty good football school, but it was widely considered the weakest team of the 16 remaining in the N.C.A.A. tournament — so said various pundits and analysts who re-ranked the tournament’s survivors. They brought to Thursday’s matchup a 24-11 record,...
  • Pollster Testifies Most Kansas Voters Can Prove Citizenship

    03/19/2018 2:22:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | March 19, 2018 | AP
    A pollster hired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testified Monday that a survey of 500 adults he conducted found just one person who couldn't produce a document proving U.S. citizenship. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported his testimony came on the seventh day of a federal bench trial challenging Kansas' proof-of-citizenship requirement. Pollster Pat McFerron also acknowledged possible bias in his survey under questioning by an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • 4 Billboards In Kansas Call For Charges Against Cop Who Shot Unarmed 'Swatting' Victim

    03/18/2018 2:16:19 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 131 replies
    Yahoo Noose ^ | March 18, 2018 | Dominique Mosbergen, Puff Ho
    Four billboards have appeared in Wichita, Kansas; all of them bearing the same somber message: “Andy Finch is dead. If you believe in justice, it’s time to file charges.” In December, a Wichita police officer fatally shot Andy Finch after a fake emergency call directed law enforcement to the 28-year-old victim’s home. A man in California has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the so-called “swatting” hoax call, but the victim’s family and community activists have repeatedly called for the officer who killed Finch — who was unarmed at the time of the shooting — to come under greater...
  • Adrian Lamo, hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to FBI, found dead

    03/17/2018 11:12:02 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce
    Adrian Lamo, the notorious computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to the FBI and was arrested for hacking into The New York Times and Microsoft, has died in Kansas at age 37. *snip* Charley Davidson, a Wichita police officer told the media outlet there was “nothing suspicious about his death.” It was not immediately clear how Lamo died.
  • Travel ban in California hurting college sports, lawmaker says

    03/16/2018 6:17:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 16, 2018 | Billy Kobin
    San Diego State's men's basketball team took the court Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but California's multistate travel ban meant the trip to Wichita, Kansas, was more arduous than usual. Under a California law that took effect last year, state universities and public agencies are prohibited from using state money to travel to Kansas and seven other states with laws deemed discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Dog Mistakenly Sent To Japan Instead of Kansas Via United Airlines

    03/16/2018 6:19:36 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 23 replies ^ | March 15, 2018 | Michelle Gant
    Dog mistakenly sent by United to Japan returning home to his owners After a mix-up with United that resulted in a family's dog being sent to Japan instead of Kansas by mistake, Irgo the German shepherd is returning home. According to his owners, Irgo will be traveling by private charter Thursday on a nearly 12-hour long flight, leaving Narita International Airport in Tokyo at 10:30 p.m. local time and arriving back home in Wichita, Kansas around 8:25 p.m. Irgo ended up in the foreign country mistakenly when his owner, Kara Swindle, was moving with her family and pet from Oregon...
  • Top ACLU Voting Rights Lawyer Rips Into Trump Expert’s Evidence Of Kansas Voter Fraud

    03/10/2018 7:43:52 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 3/10/18 | Sam Levine
    The ACLU’s top voting rights lawyer faced down one of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commissioners in court on Friday, getting him to concede that he had shaky evidence of significant voter fraud in Kansas. The exchange came on the fourth day of a trial over a Kansas law that requires residents to prove they are U.S. citizens when they register to vote. Several residents who were not allowed to vote in the 2016 election are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in the suit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). Dale Ho, director of the...
  • Kansas man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years, receives no compensation from state

    03/04/2018 3:09:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    WIVB ^ | March 4, 2018
    When Lamonte McIntyre was exonerated for a double murder in October, he walked out of a Kansas prison with a clean record – but not a dime to his name, reports CBS News’ Dean Reynolds. After losing 23 years of his life behind bars, the state is offering him nothing. Kansas is one of 18 states that offer wrongfully convicted prisoners no compensation at all upon their release. “I think it’s unjust, but me being angry about it is not going to change it,” McIntyre said. Tricia Bushnell of the Innocence Project worked to win McIntyre’s release. She said McIntyre...
  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Nobody under 21 should have an AR-15 [GOPe]

    02/22/2018 12:42:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 144 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Jonathan Shorman
    TOPEKA Sen. Pat Roberts supports placing an age restriction on the rifle that was used in a Florida school shooting where 17 people died. The Kansas Republican said he believes Congress is ready to act and expects President Donald Trump to take the lead. "This is an opportunity, if you look at these youngsters who are so emotionally tied in to this grief of losing their friends — but it’s more than gun control. But I think we’re ready as a Congress to actually pass something and I think it’s going to be better background checks. Certainly nobody under 21...