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  • 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...
  • Do Close Special Elections Mean Republicans Are in Trouble?

    04/21/2017 7:31:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2017 | Michael Barone
    What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has become scrambled by Donald Trump. Those of us who can remember the 1964–84 years have seen much greater partisan churning. Almost half of the congressional districts that voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 elected Democratic congressmen. Some 191 districts split tickets. In 2012, that number was down to 26, the...
  • How much Dem involvement / money in the race for Pompeo's Kansas House seat? (vanity)

    04/14/2017 8:22:31 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 11 replies
    My own curiosity | 4/14/2017 | freedomposter vanity
    As most of you know, last Tuesday the special election was held for the Kansas Congressional seat formerly held by Mike Pompeo, who is now serving in the Trump Administration as CIA Director. My question is: How much money / effort / volunteer time did national Dems put into this race? Now that the race has been won by Republican Ron Estes, albeit by a much slimmer margin than Trump won the district, the Dems are claiming "oh, we knew that was a safe Republican seat, we didn't even try hard." How true is this? Based on what I am...
  • The GOP’s Kansas Victory and the Very Favorable Electoral Map in 2018

    04/14/2017 8:12:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/14/2017 | Jeremy Carl
    The special congressional election in Kansas’s fourth congressional district, was, despite the media hype, much ado about — well, maybe not nothing, but very little. The GOP candidate won by 7 percent, a margin that was certainly lower than Trump’s overwhelming victory in the district, but slightly better than Kansas governor Sam Brownback did in the same district in 2014. Given the numerous variables affecting the election (a low-turnout special election, a hugely unpopular governor, a greater-than-average Democratic effort, an un-Trumpian GOP candidate picked at an insiders’ convention rather than in a primary), it is hard to paint that...
  • Editorial: Why do Kansas lawmakers think guns in hospitals are a good idea?

    04/13/2017 9:02:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 4/10/2017 | Editors
    The state’s senators and representatives have failed to exempt the University of Kansas Health System from a law that will allow concealed weapons to be carried in the state’s public buildings starting in July. Already, executives are hearing from medical students who say they are hesitant to complete their residency in a place where guns are allowed. Patients say they will go elsewhere for care. Other hospitals, once eager to transfer their charges to the many highly specialized programs in the KU Health System, are warning that such arrangements are likely to slow when guns are permitted.
  • Republicans, You Won the Emerald City, But Don’t Forget Kansas

    04/13/2017 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | April 13, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    There is no greater feeling than winning. And for Trump supporters, it is indeed Christmas every day. The pipelines are getting built. Abortionists and their organizations are losing funding. Congress has restored and respected the sovereignty of the several states. It’s safe to purchase and own a fire arm. Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed. The other appointments to Trump’s cabinet are opening a new wave of policy changes and enforcement. However, these winning appointments have exposed an embarrassment of riches. As conservatives move up the chain of command, someone has to take their place. Indeed, like Dorothy Gale reaching the...
  • Secretary of State Kris Kobach announces first conviction of noncitizen voting in Kansas

    04/12/2017 8:20:03 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | April 12, 2017 | Hunter Woodall
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Wednesday that he has obtained his first conviction of a person who illegally voted in a Kansas election without being a U.S. citizen. Kobach, who has advised President Donald Trump on immigration and voter fraud, said that Victor David Garcia Bebek has pleaded guilty to voter fraud. Kobach, a Republican, is the only secretary of state in the country with the authority to prosecute voter fraud. “No matter how many cases we prosecute the political left will always whine that there’s not enough cases to justify protecting our elections in this way,” Kobach...
  • Woman decapitated ex-boyfriend’s mom, cops say

    04/12/2017 12:57:46 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/12/2017 | Lia Eustachewich
    A woman decapitated her ex-boyfriend’s mother, who came to her home to collect his belongings, police in Kansas said. Rachael Hilyard allegedly began attacking Micki Davis, 63, when she and her grandson dropped by Hilyard’s Wichita home Sunday afternoon, ABC affiliate KAKE News reported. During the assault, the brave little boy managed to grab his grandmother’s cellphone, and took off to call for help. When cops arrived, he directed them to the house. That’s when cops discovered Davis’ decapitated body inside a garage at the property, police said. Hilyard, 35, didn’t get very far. Police found her hiding inside the...
  • Trump Wins Again! Democrats Lose Kansas Special Election

    04/12/2017 12:45:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush ^ | April 12, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The second big story is how the Democrats… Remember we talked about it yesterday. Democrats were gonna take that special election in Kansas. This guy Estes? He was going down. Ron Estes was going down. This is the Mike Pompeo seat. There’s a special election ’cause Trump sent Mike Pompeo to CIA and there’s a special election to replace. The media yesterday was all about, “See? Democrats are gonna win this seat proving that Trump is hated and despised and everybody wants him to go, and his agenda has been pronounced a failure!” Except Estes won. So they’re ignoring...
  • Newly Energized Liberals Pour Record Effort Into Local Races

    04/12/2017 9:53:04 AM PDT · by yoe · 46 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 11, 2017 | Janet Hook
    Upset over Trump’s victory, grassroots Democrats enlist in nationwide efforts to swing special House elections, state contests and mayoral races; Republicans dig in, citing a lack of results so far.