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  • 8 alarm fire in Overland Park KS

    03/20/2017 7:18:04 PM PDT · by Mercat · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/20/2017 | AP
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, Kansas, sending plumes of smoke and embers toward homes in the suburban neighborhood nearby, The Kansas City Star reported ( ). Once one roof caught fire, embers jumped from roof to roof, spreading the blaze, said Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes. "It's a bit of a war zone down there frankly," Rhodes said. No serious...
  • US man charged with hate crime for assaulting, abusing Indian

    03/18/2017 11:30:25 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Saturday, March 18, 2017 | PTI
    Jeffrey Allen Burgess has been accused of harming Ankur Mehta because of his "perceived race, colour and national origin". (Photo courtesy: Less WASHINGTON: An American man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin man and hurling racial slurs, mistaking him for a Muslim. Jeffrey Allen Burgess, 54, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has been accused of intentionally harming a man named Ankur Mehta on November 22 because of his "perceived race, colour and national origin". A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Burgess of a hate crime charge in connection with the alleged assault at a Red...
  • Municipal Court violates the state and federal constitutions

    03/16/2017 10:09:18 PM PDT · by kathsua
    Hutchinson News ^ | 03/16/17 | KENNETH B. LUCAS
    In a city with enlightened leaders, people might commend Rocky and Lisa Cole for finding a way to get by without city water or a top heating system. Unfortunately for the Coles, they live in Fort Hutchinson where government bureaucrats try to force rigid adherence to the city's military like regulations. Hutchinson's hypocritical officials want everyone to obey their regulations, but don't think they need to obey the constitutional provisions defining the judicial power. Hutchinson's municipal court violates both the state and federal constitutions. It doesn't have the constitutional authority to legally fine people, take property or place people in...
  • 'We condemn Kansas shooting...will tighten immigration rules': Trump

    02/28/2017 7:59:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Wednesday, March 1, 2017 |
    HIGHLIGHTS o Trump said he condemns hate in all its forms as well as the shooting in Kansas last week. o He was referring to a what s being called a 'hate crime' last week when two Indians were shot and one was killed by a US army veteran. o At the same time, he said tightening immigration rules will 'keep America safe.' NEW DELHI: Even as he condemned last week's shooting of an Indian in Kansas, US President Donald Trump said today that enforcing immigration rules is the only way to keep the country safe. "We condemn hate in...
  • Politicising hate crime

    02/27/2017 8:19:11 AM PST · by Jyotishi
    The Pioneer, ^ | Monday, February 27, 2017 | Editorial
    POLITICISING HATE CRIME Wrong to blame Trump for racial killing It is tragic that an Indian engineer was shot dead in the US in what appears to be a racial hate crime. The killer (a Navy veteran) shouted, "Get out of my country", before he shot the victim and injured another Indian. American laws are strong enough to deal with such incidents and one must hope that the murderer will be punished sooner than later. It would be wrong, however, to generalise that hate crimes against Indians, or non-whites, are becoming part of the American DNA. Let us not forget...
  • Kansas shooting: Widow of Indian man calls for action on hate crimes

    02/24/2017 7:23:49 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/24/17 | Faith Karimi and Steve Almasy
    CNN)The widow of an Indian man killed in a Kansas bar said Friday she was constantly worried about violence against foreigners, but her husband had assured her everything would be OK. "I told him many a times, 'Should we think about going back? Should we think about going to a different country?' He said, No," Sunayana Dumala said, according to video recorded by CNN affiliate KCTV. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died Wednesday from wounds after being shot at a bar and restaurant in Olathe where he was having an after-work beer with a good friend. Hours later police arrested Adam W....
  • Hutch resident objects to order to move out of home with no heat, water

    02/23/2017 10:09:59 AM PST · by kathsua · 35 replies
    Hutchinson news ^ | 02/21/17 | Adam Stewart
    Rocky Cole is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The city of Hutchinson has told him he and his wife, Lisa, can’t continue living in their home because of code violations, but he is struggling to afford to make the needed changes because he is on a fixed income. He has lived in the home at 211 N. Chemical St., owned by his mother, Myrna Cole, for about 11 years, he estimated. Unable to work full-time because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Rocky Cole relies on Social Security disability income. Because of that limited income – and because...
  • Kansas lawmakers fail to override veto of income tax hikes

    02/22/2017 3:18:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 5:32 PM EST | John Hanna
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would undo his signature income tax cut and his allies prevented the Legislature from overriding him, setting up future confrontations over balancing the state budget. Less than two hours after Brownback vetoed the bill, the state House voted 85-40 to override him, giving supporters one vote more than the two-thirds majority they needed. But the vote in the Senate hours later was 24-16, which was three shy of a two-thirds majority. By not overriding the veto, lawmakers will have to draft another plan aimed at closing projected budget shortfalls totaling...
  • Brownback Asks Trump To Save Some Kansas Highway Projects

    02/19/2017 11:10:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    KCUR 89.3 ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jim McLean & Sam Zeff
    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford.The Brownback administration recently sent what amounts to a wish list to President Donald Trump for inclusion in his planned infrastructure initiative. It includes the following $240 million in highway and bridge projects delayed or abandoned because of the state’s ongoing budget problems: $50 million to replace a section of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct that carries Interstate 70 across the Kansas River between Kansas and Missouri.$91 million to build an I-235 interchange in Wichita.$45 million to reconstruct...
  • Democrats elect civil rights lawyer as nominee for US House

    02/11/2017 7:25:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2017 7:28 PM EST | Roxana Hegeman
    Kansas Democrats hoping to turn voter discontent into an upset picked civil rights attorney Jim Thompson to run for the U.S. House seat that Mike Pompeo vacated to become CIA director under President Donald Trump. Thompson, a 46-year-old political newcomer and Army veteran, will run against Republican state Treasurer Ron Estes in the April 11 special election. It will be the nation’s first special congressional election since Trump’s win, and Democrats view it as their best chance to flip the seat representing the heavily Republican 4th District in southern Kansas. After winning the Democratic nomination, Thompson, told delegates that the...
  • Brownback’s plan to sweep more highway money faces pushback

    02/06/2017 8:07:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 14, 2017 | Dion Lefler and Bryan Lowry
    Larry Hauth has a farm in Coffey County and a daughter in Wichita. Good roads are kind of important to him. So he’s disturbed by the ongoing and accelerating trend of the state taking money out of the highway fund to balance the rest of its budget. “One of the things Kansas has going for it, compared to our surrounding states, is our road system,” Hauth said. “When they built them in years past, they were thinking ahead. I don’t think we’re thinking ahead right now. We’re trying to tread water, at best.” Gov. Sam Brownback wants to take nearly...
  • Kobach crafts bill that would use Highway Patrol to target illegal immigration in Kansas

    02/02/2017 8:00:36 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 9 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 2/2/2017
    Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not consult with the Kansas Highway Patrol before crafting a bill that would require the agency to partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on immigration enforcement, an agency spokesman said Thursday. Rep. John Whitmer, R-Wichita, introduced a pair of conceptual bills on Kobach’s behalf at Thursday’s meeting of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. One of the bills would instruct the Highway Patrol to negotiate and sign an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security “concerning the enforcement of federal immigration laws, detentions and removals, and related investigations,” according to a...
  • FBN just reports Mike Pompeo confirmed for CIA chief

    01/23/2017 4:22:39 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 97 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 1/23/2017 | FBN
    Lou Dobbs just broke in with the report that Mike Pompeo now has 56 votes for confirmation, and has been confirmed by the Senate.
  • Report: Election officials threw out thousands of Kan. ballots

    01/15/2017 4:33:22 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Salina Post ^ | January 15, 2017
    Kansas election officials threw out thousands of ballots cast in November, mostly because the state had no record those residents were registered voters.<> Some local officials are now voicing concerns about numerous documented instances of lost voter registrations from people who had filled out applications on the state’s online site and at motor vehicle offices. Those names never showed up on any poll books despite the fact these voters had date-stamped, computer screenshot confirmations. The secretary of state’s office says there was a technical problem with the motor vehicle department computer system that handles online registrations that was corrected days...
  • Former Congressman Under Fire for Tweeting That Joe Biden ‘Doesn’t Deserve’ Medal of Freedom

    01/13/2017 2:45:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    People ^ | January 13, 2017 | Tierney McAfee
    Joe Biden is known for getting along with politicians on both sides of the aisle, but one former Republican congressman wasn’t happy about the vice president being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on Thursday. Former Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas took to Twitter on Thursday night to voice his disapproval, tweeting: “For once, @JoeBiden and I agree: he doesn’t deserve this honor.”
  • ‘Pronouns matter!': This School Is Handing Out Pins With Preferred Personal Pronouns

    12/29/2016 1:43:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 90 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 29, 2016 | Amber Randall
    The pins read “My pronouns are” followed by either “he, him, his,” “she, her, hers” or “they, them, theirs.” A sign at the library declares that mis-gendering a person can have dangerous consequences and can “invalidate someone’s identity.” “Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” the sign reads. “Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone’s gender. Pronouns matter!”
  • Jason Kander doesn’t need your Senate seat. Maybe he’ll just be president instead

    12/15/2016 9:58:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot ^ | December 15, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    We had some good times following the exploits of Kansas carpetbagger Jason Kander as he attempted to win the Senate seat held by Roy Blunt. That effort came up short on November 8th however, and now Jason is going to be looking for a new job. Unless he has some hidden skills in heating and air conditioning which he could put to use at Carrier, that means it will most likely be something in politics. That means either a lobbyist position (which shouldn’t be too tough to find because his wife has a lot of experience in that area) or...
  • Police Set Up A Camera In Kansas To Find A Mountain Lion And WTF Is Happening

    11/30/2016 5:48:11 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 35 replies
    BuzzFeed News Reporter ^ | 11/29/16 | Jason Wells
    Hello. This is a photo of a skunk in Gardner, Kansas, captured on a remote camera set up to investigate reports of a mountain lion in the area. But after deploying two trail cameras, Gardner police said they found no mountain lion, just the typical forest dwellers. Like this coyote. And this person using a walker while carrying some sort of sharp object.And this guy in a gas mask holding a plastic bag. Wait. No. NO. WTF. Tsdfi;’uysdl,[kdjbg;aie@rutjmo[eitsg^ For their part, Gardner police said in a Facebook post that they thought it was pretty damn funny. We would like to...
  • McDonald’s fires employee who put mustard in police officer's soda

    11/30/2016 7:19:45 AM PST · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2016 |
    The recent actions of a McDonald's employee in Kansas are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of police officers and their supporters. A Topeka employee at the fast food chain has been fired and is currently facing criminal charges after local law enforcement say the worker put mustard in an officer’s beverage. . . . Tom Dobski, the franchisee owner of the north Topeka McDonald's where the officer found mustard in his Dr. Pepper, says the company is "shocked by the isolated actions of a single employee."
  • This Lawsuit Could Shatter ALL Federal Gun Control Laws

    11/22/2016 6:29:40 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 61 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 11-22-2016 | Bob Owens
    The federal trial of a Kansas man for manufacturing and selling firearms and silencers without a federal license could very well turn out to be the pivotal case that not only challenges the constitutionality of the National Firearms Act of 1934, but also every federal firearms law ever passed in a battle that will determine whether it is the states or the federal government that has the constitutional right to pass gun laws.
  • IT’S REAL! Leaked Document from Trump’s Sunday Meeting Shows Plans for 1,989 Mile Wall

    11/22/2016 5:09:39 AM PST · by servo1969 · 166 replies ^ | 11-21-2016 | Jim Hoft
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach met with Donald Trump on Sunday in New Jersey. A mainstream media photographer caught the moment.Kobach is an expert on border security and legal immigration.The photographer also caught a piece of paper outlining a potential Trump immigration reform agenda.Reporters zoomed in on the paper and this is what they saw.The Kobach notes include a 1,989 Trump wall in addition to the 386 miles of existing wall.FANTASTIC!
  • Photo Shows Potential Trump DHS Pick Kris Kobach Seems to Have Hardline Plan Ready

    11/21/2016 7:02:40 PM PST · by Innovative · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has already laid out his plan for overhauling of the nation's immigration system, and it includes many of president-elect Donald Trump's most prominent — and controversial — campaign priorities, including reinstating an immigrant tracking system and questioning "high risk" immigrants about their views on Sharia law and jihad. The plan was laid out in a document Kobach, who's considered a potential pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security in Trump's administration, brought to his meeting with the president-elect this meeting — which was photographed by the Associated Press.
  • Illinois’ wealth flight explained in 4 graphics

    11/18/2016 9:32:13 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | November 15, 2016 | Michael Lucci
    IRS data show the average income of taxpayers leaving Illinois surpassed the average income of taxpayers entering the state by $20,000 in 2014, a record loss for Illinois in the wake of the 2011 income-tax hike. Politicians enacted Illinois’ 2011 income-tax hike during a late-night legislative session in January 2011 and raised the state’s personal income-tax rate to 5 percent from 3 percent. This 67 percent income-tax hike lasted for four years, during which time Illinois experienced record wealth flight. IRS data reveal what happens when politicians choose short-term tax revenue gains over long-term stability. The short-term increase in tax...
  • Donald Trump offers CIA director post to Rep. Mike Pompeo

    11/18/2016 5:07:46 AM PST · by navysealdad · 60 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump has offered the job of CIA director to Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, according to Reuters. Trends Viral Pompeo has accepted the offer, according to an unnamed transition team official cited by the news agency.
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp Talking With Trump Transition Team About Agriculture Secretary

    11/17/2016 4:24:05 PM PST · by drewh · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | by NEIL W. MCCABE
    Departing Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas tells reporters he is talking to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team about joining the new administration, possibly as secretary of Agriculture. “It is a possibility,” Huelskamp says. The conservative has an PhD in agricultural legislation, but was booted off the House Agriculture Committee in 2013 after he spoke up against the reelection of Speaker John Boehner. “A lot of emails go back and forth–a lot of emails go back and forth,” he said. Pressed, the congressman said he was not sure if he would take a job if it was offered. “I don’t know,...
  • Woman Who Survived Kidnapping and Rape Has Message for Others (Kansas City)

    11/15/2016 7:53:47 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 16 replies
    Fox News 4 KC ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2016 | by JUDY LE
    "Someone got into the car. I didn’t even look up to see because I just thought it was my fiancé getting back in and so I didn’t even lift my head up," May said. May said he hit the curb. She then looked up to see a man she’d never seen in her life. Courts documents say Kirui took the wheel and drove down 39th street. "I’m going to get you home. I’m going to get you home. That’s all he kept saying. I said you don't even know where my home is," she said. That’s when May began to...
  • An Immigration Hard-Liner Is Joining Donald Trump's Transition Team (Kobach)

    11/11/2016 3:56:08 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 28 replies ^ | NOV. 10, 2016
    One of the architects of several of the nation's most controversial immigration laws is set to join President-elect Donald Trump's immigration policy transition team. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he planned to help Trump reverse President Obama's immigration policies. "There's going to be a lot to do there in part because Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama are diametric opposites when it comes to immigration policy, so there will be a lot of changes," Kobach told a Kansas television station. Noting Trump's central campaign pledge to build a southern border wall and emboldened by Republicans' retaining control...
  • Right to Hunt Amendment on Ballot for Indiana, Kansas

    11/07/2016 5:00:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 7 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The right to hunt is something early colonists took seriously.  In England, the right to hunt was limited to the the King and landowners.  Commoners did not have a right to hunt.  In the American colonies, hunting was important for survival.  Vermont included the right to hunt in its constitution in 1777.  The right to hunt was considered for the United States Constitution, but ultimately was not explicitly included.  It falls under the 10th Amendment.Nineteen states have the right to hunt in their state constitutions.  In the last 20 years, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana,...
  • Kansas judge strikes state's dual voter registration system

    11/04/2016 12:53:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Nov 4, 2016 | 3:44pm EDT | Curtis Skinner
    A state judge on Friday struck down a Kansas voter registration system that would have prevented people from voting in state and local elections unless they show proof of U.S. citizenship. The judge ruled that the loss of voting rights for more than 18,000 Kansas residents “far outweighs” the risk posed by potential voter fraud, as the state mentioned only about two dozen people who may have attempted to improperly register to vote over the last 13 years. “The right of citizen suffrage forms the foundation of a democratic society,” Larry Hendricks, District Judge in Shawnee County wrote in a...
  • Watch: Hospice patient gets her wish to snuggle with a basket full of kittens

    10/26/2016 10:54:42 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 23 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | October 14, 2016 | LISA GUTIERREZ
    Happiness is ... When Carol Heizman was asked to finish that thought, the longtime cat lover didn’t have to think twice. Happiness is snuggling with a basket full of kittens.
  • CBS4 Investigation finds People Voting Twice (Denver

    10/26/2016 7:44:47 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 34 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | October 25, 2016 | Brian Maas & Mark Ackerman
    An ongoing CBS4 voter fraud investigation has uncovered a dozen cases where Coloradans are suspected of voting twice. Previous CBS4 Investigations revealed ballots cast in the names of Coloradans who had been dead for months– sometimes years- before votes were cast in their names. In six of the new cases, voting records show the same people voting twice in Colorado elections. In another six cases, people are suspected of voting in Colorado and another state during the same election cycle. Lincoln Wilson, a registered Republican from Hale, in Northeast Colorado, is accused of voting in both Colorado and Kansas in...

    10/20/2016 5:12:29 PM PDT · by 198ml · 70 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 10/20/16 | Daniel Horowitz
    Despite news percolating throughout the country about non-citizens registering to vote under loose Motor-Voter practices, the courts are refusing to allow states to verify citizenship as a condition for registering to vote. Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s injunction against a Kansas law requiring those registering with federal Motor-Voter forms to show proof of citizenship. The original injunction forced the state to register 20,000 individuals who failed to show proof of citizenship. Now, that number could rise to 50,000.
  • Terror plot by militia group in Kansas thwarted

    10/14/2016 2:59:32 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 70 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2016 2:46 PM | BY TIM POTTER AND AMY RENEE LEIKER
    A major federal investigation stopped a domestic terrorism plot by a militia group to detonate a bomb at a Garden City apartment complex where a number of Somalis live, officials said Friday. Read more here:
  • Surrender? US schools to REQUIRE Muslim indoctrination

    10/12/2016 7:34:17 AM PDT · by milford421 · 31 replies
    Allen B. West/ Info from WND ^ | 10/12/16 | Allen B. West
    "As reported by, “One of the nation’s largest school districts has adopted a resolution banning “hateful speech” against Muslim students while accusing America of having “a long history of racism and xenophobia.” "Can you just imagine what would happen if a school board voted 8-0 for a resolution that promoted “instituting school policies and setting an educational curriculum that reflects JUDEO-CHRISTIAN values?”" Here's the resolution:$file/KCPS_SupportForMuslims_2016_NAedits-2.pdf
  • Watch as Univ. of Kansas SJWs insult, berate, and shout down conservative students seeking dialogue

    10/02/2016 8:36:35 AM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 2, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    A dark age descends on America’s campuses, fostered and welcomed by the disciples of Gramsci that have seized control of the commanding heights of education and culture. In place of the sacred academic tradition of open inquiry, they have substituted a reign of virtue, at least as they define it, so that dissenting ideas not only need not be heard, they must be actively suppressed. The so-called Social Justice Warriors, intoxicated with their own sense of absolute righteousness, are enforcing the dogmas of revolutionary purity. Emily Zanotti of Heat Street descries what happened when the University of Kansas chapter of...
  • Clean Water Act: Report details how agencies expand authority

    10/01/2016 5:27:55 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    AgAlert ^ | September 28, 2016 | Dave Kranz
    Emphasizing the need for congressional action, farm groups renewed their call for reform of Clean Water Act enforcement, following release of a report documenting how federal agencies overreach their authority to regulate farmland. The report, issued last week by the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, describes numerous incidents in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency have tried to expand their authority to regulate what crops farmers grow and how they grow them, based on the agencies' interpretation of the act.
  • ‘Being Mad At A Presidential Candidate Is NOT A Reason To Call 911’: Police

    09/27/2016 7:39:06 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Some people just can’t wait to talk politics — prompting a Kansas police department to ask people to stop misusing the 911 system. The tweet from their official account reads: We realize politics can make emotions run high, but being mad at a presidential candidate in a debate is NOT a reason to call 911.” It’s not yet clear how many residents chose to call 911 instead of tweeting or posting on Facebook, nor what those individuals hoped the police might do for them. In an apparent effort to head off emergency calls later this evening, Lawrence...
  • KDOT sweeps: Kansas is going backward with more projects stalled

    09/16/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Garden City Telegram ^ | September 15, 2016 | Dena Sattler / Topeka Capital-Journal
    Kansas has more than 140,000 miles of public roads — the fourth most in the U.S. Such a massive network requires substantial public investment in maintenance and new projects, and some transportation advocates are worried that the state’s revenue crisis will prevent much of this necessary work from getting done. For example, the Brownback administration has transferred more than $1 billion from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state general fund over the past few years. … Earlier this year, $185 million was removed from the highway fund to counteract meager state revenue collections. This sweep was announced alongside...
  • Trump Surges in Polls....Hillary goes down

    Results Spread General Election: Trump vs. Clinton LA Times/USC Tracking Clinton 42, Trump 47 Trump +5 Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Bloomberg Trump 44, Clinton 39, Johnson 10, Stein 3 Trump +5 Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton Bloomberg Clinton 43, Trump 48 Trump +5 Maine: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Boston Globe/SurveyUSA Clinton 42, Trump 39, Johnson 9, Stein 5 Clinton +3 Maine CD2: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Boston Globe Trump 47, Clinton 37, Johnson 8, Stein 5 Trump +10 Kansas: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein KSN News/SurveyUSA Trump 48, Clinton...
  • Good Samaritan kills woman's attacker at Walmart (assaulted mother with infant in parking lot)

    09/12/2016 8:55:17 AM PDT · by amorphous · 62 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 12 Sep 2016
    Two Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a woman’s life after she was attacked by two suspected carjackers who hit her over the head after she left Walmart was putting her infant child into a car seat in the store parking lot in Shawnee, Kansas on Sunday. A bystander, who rushed to the aid of the woman after hearing her screams, was shot multiple times by one of the suspects, according to police. Another Good Samaritan saw what happened, got out of his car and shot one of the attackers dead. A shopper who had just exited the store...
  • Appeals Court blocks Kansas, Alabama, Georgia on voter ID rule

    09/10/2016 10:34:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    reuters ^ | Sep. 10, 2016 | Eric Beech and Brendan O'Brien
    A U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday blocked an effort by Alabama, Georgia and Kansas for voters to furnish proof of citizenship when registering at the polls, which opponents say disenfranchises voters, especially minorities. The decision effectively strikes down a rule that requires voters in the three states to provide proof they are United States citizens. Elsewhere, voters only need swear that they are citizens in order to cast a ballot. "With just weeks to go before a critical presidential election, we are grateful to the court of appeals for stopping this thinly veiled discrimination in its tracks," Chris Carson,...
  • Courts Will Rule Whether Thousands of Kansas Residents Can Vote

    08/31/2016 11:55:58 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 31, 2016 | Sarah Pitts and Andrew Clark
    TOPEKA, Kan. - For years, Kris Kobach has fought against illegal immigration. He helped write two of the nation's most strict immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama and helped develop a now-defunct national immigration security system. Now Kobach, the Republican secretary of state for Kansas, is embroiled in court fights over his repeated attempts to require Kansans to provide proof of citizenship to register to vote. Although he has repeatedly lost in court, one case that remains open will determine whether thousands of Kansans will be able to vote in November's local and state elections.
  • Super 8 owner who stabbed his wife gets probation; family’s religion played role in judge’s decision

    08/28/2016 4:05:49 PM PDT · by posterchild · 33 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Conrad Swanson
    The man who stabbed his wife twice last summer will not be sentenced to prison, a judge determined Thursday afternoon. Navinkumar Patel, 46, of Shawnee, was arrested in late June 2015 after he stabbed his wife in the abdomen at Lawrence's Super 8 Motel, 515 McDonald Drive, which he owns. He pleaded no contest to felony charges of attempted second-degree murder and criminal threat in March. After Patel's plea, Douglas County District Court Judge Robert Fairchild ordered him committed to Larned State Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Thursday, Patel appeared in court to be sentenced. Fairchild sentenced him to...
  • BTK serial killer Dennis Rader reveals from prison that he had picked out his 11th victim

    08/20/2016 8:32:43 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 August 2016 | Chris Pleasance For
    He was one of this country's most notorious serial killers, tying up, torturing, and murdering 10 people in the city of Wichita from 1974 until he was arrested in 2004. And now it has been revealed that Dennis Rader, who dubbed himself the BTK killer for his method of 'bind, torture, kill', had planned an 11th killing but was caught before he could carry it out. Rader says he had picked out a woman to be his 'magnum opus' and planned to mutilate her in her own home before hanging her upside down and burning the place to the ground.
  • Republican Internal Poll Shows Clinton Beating Trump In Eastern Kansas (GOP still leads statewide)

    08/12/2016 12:51:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 61 replies
    A Republican internal poll released Thursday shows Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, a stretch of eastern Kansas that Mitt Romney won easily four years ago. Trump trails Clinton by a 44 percent to 38 percent margin, according to the survey of 400 likely general election voters polled over the weekend. Romney, a Republican, won the district by 10 points in 2012. The Public Opinion Strategies poll was released by the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican who has represented the 3rd District since 2011. The suburban, comparatively affluent district is...
  • Lawmaker's Young Son Dies on 'World's Largest' Water Slide

    08/08/2016 11:19:01 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 91 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 8, 2016
    Lawmaker's Young Son Dies on 'World's Largest' Water Slide he young son of a Kansas state lawmaker died Sunday on a water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials and the boy's family. Authorities did not immediately identify the child who died at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, but state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas Schwab. "Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with," said the statement, which asked for privacy...
  • Never Trump Republican Loses Primary (Serves Him Right)

    08/03/2016 2:09:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Rush ^ | August 3, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, back to Bill Hemmer's question earlier today on Fox. He was talking to Karl Rove, and he said (summarized), "Karl, what if everything we think we know and understand about politics is wrong this year? What if every way we look at it is not at all correct? What if what's going on out there," meaning in America, "is so foreign, and so different, and so unique that the ways we...?" He really meant Rove and the whole Washington establishment political apparatus. "What if the way you look and analyze things, you can't possibly predict or...
  • Kansas Republicans Rebuke Their Conservative Governor

    08/04/2016 6:16:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 4, 2016 | Russell Berman
    The verdict on Governor Sam Brownback’s self-described “real live experiment” in conservative economics came back a long time ago, delivered through a budget gap that grew steadily into a chasm. On Tuesday, Kansas voters in the governor’s own party issued their sentence in a primary-day rout.
  • Kansas Tea Party Congressman Loses Republican Primary Battle

    08/03/2016 8:33:28 PM PDT · by Coronal · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 3, 2016 | Roxana Hegeman and John Hanna
    Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment since his election to Congress amid the tea party wave of 2010, and his clashes with former House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders helped get him booted from the House Agriculture Committee. That proved costly for the third-term congressman on Tuesday, as he lost the GOP nomination to continue representing Kansas' largely rural 1st District to Roger Marshall, a political newcomer who had the backing of powerful farming and business groups.
  • UPDATE: Toxic Ted Cruz’s First Victim Confirmed – Representative Tim Huelskamp Defeated in Primary…

    08/03/2016 9:02:23 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 252 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | August 2, 2016 | sundance
    Remember what we have stated about “tremors” and “twitches” that get overlooked by most media?  Yeah, well… UPDATE 11:30pm EDT Race Called !  Huelskamp Lost (((snicker))) A July 15th Poll Release: showed U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (+9) leading Republican primary challenger Roger Marshall, 47 percent to 38 percent. However, one of Toxic Ted Cruz’s biggest republican advocates, Tim Huelskamp (Kansas), looks like he is about to lose lost his re-election bid with a primary challenge from Roger Marshall. Tim Huelskamp is a rabid, VERY RABID, Trump hater.  He was one of the inner network republican house rep #NeverTrump antagonists, and...