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  • 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 Dailymail.com
    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 · 60 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 Limbaugh.com ^ | 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...
  • Physician Marshall ousts US Rep. Huelskamp in Kansas primary

    08/03/2016 1:31:18 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 80 replies
    AP ^ | August 2, 2016
    A doctor backed by agriculture and business groups ousted U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp Tuesday in a Kansas Republican primary race that focused on the tea party-backed incumbent's battles with GOP leaders and criticism that he was too cantankerous to be effective. Great Bend obstetrician Roger Marshall won the tough contest against Huelskamp in the 1st District, which spans western and much of central Kansas.
  • #NeverTrump Kansas GOP Lawmaker Loses Primary to Pro-Trump Challenger

    08/02/2016 8:10:21 PM PDT · by blueyon · 482 replies
    the gateway pundt ^ | 08/02/16 | Jim Hoft
    #NeverTrump Republican Tim Huelskamp was defeated Tuesday night in the Kansas primary. Pro-Trump challenger Roger Marshall is up by 14% with 602 of 1338 precincts reporting. Ooops
  • Cruz, advisers collide over high-stakes GOP primary (even his own *advisers* ignoring him now...!)

    07/27/2016 12:27:19 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/27/2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    Ted Cruz isn’t just colliding with Donald Trump since the Republican convention. He’s also at odds with some of his own advisers. At issue: a high-profile primary challenge to Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Cruz ally and tea party favorite who has long been a thorn in the side of the party establishment. Cruz has rushed to Huelskamp’s aid, providing him with a valuable endorsement just weeks before the Aug. 2 primary. But members of the Texas senator’s political team are working aggressively to defeat the embattled congressman. Two of the pillars of Cruz’s political operation, the consulting firms Axiom...
  • GOP consultant claims former Cruz campaign manager is actively working to unseat tea party

    07/26/2016 6:46:07 AM PDT · by Mariner · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 26th, 2016 | Oliver Darcy
    A consulting firm run by Ted Cruz's former campaign manager is actively working to defeat a House Freedom Caucus member who is up for reelection despite strong claims to the contrary, a conservative consultant who previously worked for the firm claims. "It's total bull----," consultant Noel Fritsch told Business Insider of Jeff Roe's claims that his firm, Axiom Strategies, was not involved in efforts to oust Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas from office. In 2014, Axiom Strategies, which Roe founded and owns, worked with a super PAC to spend more than $230,000 against Huelskamp, according to Federal Election Commission documents....
  • Gunmen Identified In Murder Of (Kansas City) Police Captain

    07/23/2016 9:44:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    Law Officer ^ | July 22, 2016
    Two men are being held in connection with the fatal shooting of a Kansas City, KS police captain, KCTV5 has learned. Prosecutor Jerome Gorman says Jamaal Lewis and Daqon Sipple, the men in jail in connection with Capt. Robert Melton's death, may not be charged until Thursday. Police say they are not looking for any other suspects at this time. Lewis, 20, was booked late Tuesday night in Wyandotte County jail on first-degree murder. Sipple, 18, was booked hours earlier on aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and use of a deadly weapon. KCTV5 spoke to Clarette Monroe,...
  • Kansas City, Kansas police captain dies after shooting, sources say

    07/19/2016 1:58:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies
    kshb.com ^ | 7/19/16 | staff
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas City, Kansas, police captain has died following a shooting early Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple sources. Chief Terry Zeigler originally tweeted that an officer had been shot at 22nd and Haskell.
  • Kansas City, Kan., police officer shot; in critical condition

    07/19/2016 12:55:59 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 49 replies
    An officer has been shot at 22nd and Haskell in Kansas City, Kan. and by 2:45 p.m. one person was in custody and police had detained another person. Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted at 2:02 p.m., “We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.” The officer was in critical condition. Multiple suspects ran from the scene, according to police radio traffic. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article90544392.html#storylink=cpy
  • Police And Black Lives Matter Hold A Cookout, And Praise Rolls In

    07/19/2016 8:53:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | Bill Chappell | July 19, 20167
    Members of the Wichita, Kan., police department spent Sunday afternoon eating and talking with people from the community, at a cookout that was planned with the local Black Lives Matter group. The event was called the First Steps Community Cookout — a reference to its goal of bridging the gap between police and the community they serve. Taking place instead of a protest that had been planned for Sunday, the cookout came about after Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay had a lengthy meeting with activist A.J. Bohannon and other members of the local Black Lives Matter movement. Bohannon told member...
  • Metro woman has three sets of twins in 26 months

    07/17/2016 3:35:37 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    FOX 4 KC ^ | July 15, 2016
    Over the last 26 months, there's been joy, sadness and surprise for a Kansas City, Kansas woman. She's delivered three sets of twins in that short time. It's obvious that Danesha Couch has her hands full when you see her with two-year-old Danarius and one-year-olds Delilah and Davina. "Three babies walking within a couple of months," said Couch. Then you see that she really has her hands full.
  • Kansas delegates see Trump’s VP helping with GOP skeptics

    07/16/2016 9:55:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Associated Press Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 15, 2016July 16. 2016 | JOHN HANNA
    Kansas delegates to the GOP National Convention said Friday that Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate will help Trump with Republicans who remain wary of his presidential candidacy. The selection of Pence for vice president drew praise not only from Trump’s most prominent Kansas supporter, Secretary of State Kris Kobach , but also from delegates who are pledged to vote at the convention for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. State Treasurer Ron Estes, a Rubio delegate, said Pence’s selection makes him feel more comfortable with Trump’s candidacy, though he had...
  • 10 Top Republicans Sitting Out the RNC Convention

    07/13/2016 9:02:03 PM PDT · by detective · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jul 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Trump-resistant and election battling Republicans including two former Presidents, two former Republican nominees, and several former 2016 presidential hopefuls are offering up excuses for why they will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, notably among them a break with a history of former Presidents attending their party’s convention. Here are ten of the most prominent Republicans who say they’ll skip out on the convention and a few more who will or maybe won’t.
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Are You Serious? Two Women Arrested After Leaving Baby in Hot Car While Shopping

    06/21/2016 6:50:45 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 61 replies
    BET.com ^ | 6/20/2016 | Rachel Herron
    Two women were arrested at a Kansas City shopping center after leaving a baby in a hot car while they shopped. Jamila Scott and Jaylyn Lux have been charged with child endangerment after a woman found an infant in a car over 86 degrees. The women were shopping in a CitiTrends while the baby was left in the car, with one window slightly cracked.The woman told the manager of the CitiTrends, Kimberly Wilson, who then told shoppers that there was a baby left in a car and she was going to call the police. After Wilson made that announcement, Scott...
  • The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them

    06/18/2016 11:23:17 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2016 | By Jim Tankersley and Max Ehrenfreund
    In 2012, voters in California approved a measure to raise taxes on millionaires, bringing their top state income tax rate to 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. Conservative economists predicted calamity, or at least a big slowdown in growth. Also that year, the governor of Kansas signed a series of changes to the state's tax code, including reducing income and sales tax rates. Conservative economists predicted a boom. Neither of those predictions came true. Not right away -- California grew just fine in the year the tax hikes took effect -- and especially not in the medium term, as...
  • Kansas Isn’t Home Anymore…

    06/16/2016 3:52:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    pathfinderhi.com ^ | June 13, 2016 | Jeff Blackwood
    In the end, I believe the goals of the Brownback administration are going exactly to plan – starve the state of resources to the point where it just makes sense to turn over critical government functions to for-profit entities. I can’t, in good conscience, continue to give our tax money to a government that actively works against the needs of its citizens; a state that is systematically targeting the citizens in most need, denying them critical care and reducing their cost of life as if they’re simply a tax burden that should be ignored. It’s because of these moves that...
  • Military chaplains call on base to renew speaking invitation to outspoken former Army general

    06/08/2016 10:16:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    A group of military chaplains is calling for an about-face after a base in Kansas disinvited retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin from a prayer breakfast due to his religious beliefs. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty sent a letter to Maj. Gen. Wayne Grisby, commander of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, calling on him to reinstate Gen. Boykin’s invitation. The chaplain advocacy group said the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which demanded the general be disinvited due to his religious beliefs, has no right to dictate whom the base hosts. “Maj. Gen. Grisby should reinstate the invitation to...
  • Boykin bounced: Fort Riley cancels Delta Force hero's prayer breakfast speech

    06/02/2016 3:46:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    A Kansas military base abruptly canceled an upcoming prayer breakfast that featured retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin after complaints were lodged that Boykin is anti-Muslim and anti-gay. Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein told Army Times that Boykin’s invitation had caused great angst among soldiers at Fort Riley – leading some to break down in tears. “I have clients of ours weeping on the phone about this,” he said. Weeping? Oh, please. “I sincerely doubt that America can expect to win wars if the people who are tasked to do so are frightened by an old retired general with...
  • Kansas Senate may vote to condemn Obama transgender decree

    06/01/2016 6:29:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2016 7:16 AM EDT | Melissa Hellmann
    The Kansas Senate is considering a resolution condemning a recent Obama administration decree that public schools allow transgender students to use the restrooms that match their gender identity, not their sex at birth. The nonbinding resolution comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court ruled that legislators failed to equitably fund the school’s 286 public school districts. […] Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Hutchinson Republican, said President Barack Obama “overstepped his bounds” by issuing a decree on what should be a state-level decision. …
  • List of Republicans planning to skip Cleveland convention

    05/30/2016 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Salman · 139 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Fox
    The following is a list of prominent Republicans who say they’re not planning to attend the Republican National Convention -- based on responses from their offices and previously published reports: Former President George W. Bush Former President George H.W. Bush 2008 Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Wyoming Gov. Matthew Mead South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Kansas Sen....
  • Professor Run Out of Classroom for Offending Students Will Lose Job

    05/21/2016 2:08:56 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 55 replies
    ©2016 Reason Foundation. ^ | May. 18, 2016 10:10 pm | Robby Soave
    Andrea Quenette, the University of Kansas communications professor subjected to protests and a formal investigation after offending her liberal students, was cleared of wrongdoing. But she is still ultimately out of a job. "Andrea has been denied continuation of her tenure," her husband, Scott Quenette, told Reason. "Despite having a recommendation from the tenure committee and her department. The new dean unilaterally denied it." This decision was contrary to the recommendation of her department. Quenette will be able to continue at her job for another year, and then her employment at KU will be at an end.
  • Missouri plans to seek death penalty for illegal alien accused of gunning down five people

    05/21/2016 6:26:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 20 May 2016 | REGINA F. GRAHAM
    Missouri plans to seek death penalty for illegal alien accused of gunning down five people in two day spree. [ Full title ]. Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, is charged with killing five men. ... Immigration authorities missed two chances to deport Serrano-Vitorino . ... Missouri prosecutors on Friday filed their formal plan to pursue the death penalty against a Mexican national in the shooting death of a man a day after he allegedly killed four people in Kansas. Prosecutors in Montgomery County submitted court papers saying they will seek capital punishment for Pablo Serrano-Vitorino if he's convicted of first-degree murder...
  • Federal judge overturns Kansas law, says voters don’t have to prove citizenship to register

    05/17/2016 8:06:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    Requiring would-be voters to prove their citizenship when they try to register at motor vehicle bureaus is a burden on their right to vote, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, striking down Kansas’s law. Judge Julie A. Robinson said only a few noncitizens have broken the rules to vote in Kansas in recent years, and that doesn’t outweigh the hurdles placed in the way of thousands of legal voters who are struggling to prove their citizenship. States instead should rely on would-be voters’ word that they are citizens, Judge Robinson said. “The record in this case suggests that there is a...
  • Montana AG Tim Fox weighs in on Keystone XL lawsuit

    05/14/2016 7:08:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 5/14/2016 | TOM LUTEY
    Montana and five other states say resident Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipeline’s route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week arguing that Congress, not the executive, has the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. The pipeline, which would have crossed the Canadian border, was being developed by TransCanada, which is now suing the government. Because of the resident’s representations to the rest of the world that America would lead in reducing its carbon footprint, that that was the sole reason...
  • NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'

    05/11/2016 9:19:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | May 10, 2016 | David Kerley
    Management of the New York City area’s three major airports is fed up with long lines at security check points, and they have given the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum: Either shorten the lines or we’ll find someone else to do it. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tasked with running John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, is threatening to privatize the process of screening passengers before boarding their flight, according to a document sent from the Port Authority to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. “We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger...
  • Bob Dole endorses Donald Trump

    05/06/2016 6:39:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole endorsed Donald Trump for president on Friday, calling for the GOP to unite around Trump in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Dole's support gives the GOP presumptive nominee the support of another party elder on a day when other top Republicans announced their opposition. Trump inconspicuously announced the endorsement earlier on Friday at a rally in Omaha, Nebraska, as he ticked off the names of several prominent Republicans who have come around to his candidacy since he became the party's presumptive nominee earlier this week.
  • Kansas permanently defunds Planned Parenthood, sends money to health clinics

    05/04/2016 5:10:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 4, 2016 | Susan Michelle
    Kansas defunded Planned Parenthood this week, and in doing so expanded access to healthcare for poor women. Kansas Senate Bill 436 reallocates money from the abortion provider to full-service healthcare clinics that serve women in need, but the abortion giant is crying foul. Gov. Sam Brownback, who vowed to defund the abortion giant during a State of the State speech in January, made the following statement: “The time has come to finish the job. We must keep working to protect our most innocent Kansans, the unborn. Every year since I became governor we have enacted pro-life legislation. We have come...
  • Kansas Defies Obama on Syrian Refugees

    04/30/2016 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/29/16 | Steve Byas
    Led by Governor Sam Brownback (shown), the state of Kansas informed the Obama administration this week that it is defying its dictates for Kansas to cooperate in the resettlement of refugees from Syria. In a letter to Robert Carey, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Brownback wrote, “The State of Kansas hereby withdraws its Refugee Resettlement Program State Plan and terminates its participation in all federal refugee resettlement grants and programs, effective at the earliest possible date.” Brownback added that he was taking his action to “protect the safety and security interests of the State of Kansas.” Beginning in...
  • Kansas, S.C. officials to slam Obama’s plan to transfer Gitmo detainees

    04/27/2016 2:18:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    State and local officials opposed to President Obama’s plan to transfer terrorism detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the mainland U.S. will get a platform to air their concerns Thursday during a House hearing. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina is among the witnesses who will testify in opposition to the administration’s plan, at the session held by the Homeland Security’s oversight subcommittee. South Carolina is one of the states where the administration is considering transferring detainees, a plan that would need to be approved by a deeply skeptical Congress. Mr. Obama, whose campaign pledge to close the prison is...
  • 4 federal agents shot, motel destroyed in Kansas

    04/24/2016 9:56:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | 4/24/2016 | Holly Yan and Joe Sutton
    What started as a would-be arrest at a Kansas motel ended with four federal agents shot and the motel engulfed in flames. Officers from the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Forces were looking for a suspect Saturday night at the Country Club Motel, Topeka police Lt. Colleen Stuart said. But when they reached the motel, someone opened fire and struck two U.S. marshals, an FBI agent and a fourth federal agent, Stuart said. It was not immediately clear which agency the fourth agent belonged to. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening, Stuart said.
  • Watch Out, Hillary Clinton: A Revolt Is Brewing in the Democratic Party

    04/22/2016 4:13:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 4/22/16 | David Dayen
    My unscientific poll of Maryland voters in next week’s Democratic presidential primary gives Bernie Sanders a 100 percent lead in early returns. “I just voted for Bernie Sanders today,” said Thomas Frank, author of several books, including 2004’s best-seller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, and this year’s Listen, Liberal: or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? “I advance voted in Maryland. I have my little ‘I Voted’ sticker on my shirt,” Frank told me in an interview this week. Frank spoke with Sanders back in 2014, when he was deciding whether to run for president and whether to...
  • Uh Oh: New Poll Shows Hillary In Danger Of Losing California

    04/22/2016 4:01:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/22/16 | Blake Neff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s effort to close out the Democratic race may be going awry, as a new poll shows she’s in danger of losing California to Sen. Bernie Sanders. According to a new Fox News poll conducted April 18-21, Clinton has the support of 48 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, while Sanders is right behind with 46 percent. That’s the closest margin yet between the two in the state, which awards more delegates to the Democratic National Convention than any other. Clinton holds a substantial delegate lead over Sanders and remains heavily favored to win the...
  • Kansas governor eyes tobacco bonds for budget fix

    04/21/2016 6:47:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 20, 2016 | Mark Kauzlarch
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback offered options on Wednesday for dealing with sinking revenue for the state's current and next budgets, including the sale of tobacco bonds. With the fiscal 2016 revenue estimated to drop by nearly $94 million and fiscal 2017 revenue expected to be $134.7 million less than previously projected, the Republican governor said Kansas could raise about $158 million through its first sale of bonds backed by its share of a 1998 multi-state settlement with U.S. tobacco companies.
  • Bill meant to redirect highway money to state general fund

    04/10/2016 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KSNT ^ | April 10, 2016 | Chris Arnold
    WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A statewide, month long initiative to put the clamps on a Senate bill is underway. Senate Bill 463 is aimed at redirecting highway money to the state general fund. This weekend, the Kansas Contractors Association is running ads targeting lawmakers to get them to just say no. It’s called Detour Greenlight and it’s pointed to 24 legislators they believe detour, or normally vote against protecting road and bridge funding. It also names some who they say are for strong spending on roads. “To redirect the little bit of sales tax that goes into the pot to...
  • Donald Trump Loses Weekend Delegate Fight in Five States

    04/10/2016 5:04:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 225 replies
    Time Mag. ^ | Apr. 10, 2016 | Zeke J Miller
    Donald Trump’s effort to reset his campaign following defeat in Wisconsin showed no signs of paying off this weekend, as a series of technical failures by his campaign set his hopes back even further. From Thursday to Saturday, Trump suffered setbacks in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina and Indiana that raise new doubts about his campaign’s preparedness for the long slog of delegate hunting as the GOP race approaches a possible contested convention. He lost the battle on two fronts. Cruz picked up 28 pledged delegates in Colorado. In the other states, rival campaigns were able to place dozens of...
  • 2nd dummy found hanging by noose in Spring Valley

    SPRING VALLEY - For the second time in a week, the Orthodox Jewish tradition for the Purim holiday has alarmed non-Jewish members of the Spring Valley community. When News 12 went to the home on Wednesday, the doll was found folded over on the porch. The homeowner declined comment. Residents say the doll was hung by children for Purim to symbolize the death of the ancient tyrant Haman and was not meant to offend. Hundreds took to social media after a black-faced doll was found hanging nearby, on Paikin Drive in Spring Valley. Rockland NAACP President Wilbur Aldridge says he...
  • What’s the Matter With Jerry Moran? (excellent piece by Milton Wolf)

    03/28/2016 4:31:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 3/28/16 | Milton Wolf
    The cowardice of Senator Jerry Moran is legendary in Kansas. Former state legislature colleagues tell stories of Moran avoiding tough votes by literally hiding in the state capitol building little boys’ room. Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert singled out Moran in his book describing how Jerry “ran and hid” when he got scared. It’s no wonder that Jerry is the butt of jokes even among his closest allies. His former campaign manager says Moran “represents a weathervane in the US Senate, not the good people of Kansas.” It’s no wonder that Jerry is the butt of jokes even among...
  • Silver Linings to Student Meltdowns

    03/28/2016 10:10:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 27, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The bad news is that student protesters today are more openly totalitarian than demonstrators of the 1960s. The good news: They’re less destructive. "At the University of Kansas, where I graduated, students torched the student union [in the 1960s]," Hillsdale College professor David Whalen remembered in an appearance at HC’s Washington headquarters on March 22, 2016. "The present surge of violence is not as destructive, perhaps because of self-interest: There will be no place to get your latte without a student union," he wryly noted, "but these protests are against free speech while the ones in the 1960s at least...
  • Woman Charged for slapping Police Horse at KC Trump Protest

    03/19/2016 6:53:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 149 replies
    Fox4KC ^ | 3-19-2011 | Stephan Ganey
    A woman in the midst of the protests outside the rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump on March 12 was arrested on Friday for abuse of a police service animal. According to a police report, an officer mounted on horseback was involved in police crowd control outside the Midland Theatre when protesters began moving into the street and blocking traffic, approaching officers on foot. After police verbally instructed the protesters back onto the sidewalk, the crowd continued moving forward and mounted officers moved into position to block the crowd. Police said that’s when the suspect, April J. Foster, 29, approached...
  • ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’ attacker allegedly yelled as he beat Hispanic man, Muslim student

    03/14/2016 2:40:47 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    ...Khondoker Usama, student body vice president, took a break from partying to go to a local Kwik Shop to get a snack and some gas. And it was there that he said he ran into a Donald Trump supporter with a chip on his shoulder. Usama first noticed the man — white, in his 20s or 30s, motorcycle in tow — because the motorcyclist was berating a black man who Usama thought had asked for some gas money. “The man was yelling at the African American guy, calling him a lazy ass, saying, ‘You guys don’t work,'” Usama told The...
  • Kansas City mayor urges nonviolence as Trump protesters gear up

    03/12/2016 1:35:15 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 71 replies
    Just hours after Chicago protests forced Donald Trump to cancel a rally Friday, the mayor of Kansas City is urging protesters to remain non-violent ahead of the Republican presidential candidate’s rally there Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT Anti-Trump protesters in Kansas City have vowed to shut down his event. “The fascist clown Donald Trump is coming to our city this Saturday,” a Facebook page titled “Trump Out of KC” wrote. “It is our job and our city to unite to #ShutItDown.” The page details the protesters’ plans to demonstrate inside and outside the rally. Mayor Sly James took to Twitter on Friday to...
  • Series of Errors Allowed Shooting Suspect, in U.S. Illegally, to Remain

    03/10/2016 9:01:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 9, 2016 | TRACI ANGEL and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Mexican man who stands accused of murdering five people and was captured Wednesday was in the country illegally and should have been jailed or deported last year, federal immigration officials said, but three times in less than a year, he was arrested and allowed to go free because of procedural errors. Pablo A. Serrano-Vitorino, 40, who was caught after a manhunt across two states, had a felony conviction on his record, had been deported once before and had returned to the United States illegally. In November 2014, he was convicted of a misdemeanor drunken driving...
  • Frustrated GOP lawmakers weigh move to impeach top judges (in Kansas)

    03/09/2016 6:51:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 7, 2016 4:21 PM EST | John Hanna
    Republican lawmakers in Kansas, weary of conflicts with a judiciary that has been pushing for more school spending, are beginning to act on a measure to expand the legal grounds for impeaching judges. The move is part of an intensified effort in red states to reshape courts still dominated by moderate judges from earlier administrations. A committee in the GOP-controlled Senate plans to vote Tuesday on a bill that would make “attempting to usurp the power” of the Legislature or the executive branch grounds for impeachment. …
  • Four shot to death in KCK; fifth killing in mid-Missouri may be linked

    03/09/2016 8:04:24 AM PST · by Repealthe17thAmendment · 11 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March 8, 2016 | Tony Rizzo, et al
    Update at 2 a.m. Wednesday: The Missouri Highway Patrol says that Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, who is suspected of gunning down five people, four of them in Kansas City, Kan., was arrested about 12:18 a.m. Wednesday in Montgomery County, Mo. Serrano-Vitorino was found lying in mud on a hill just north of Interstate 70 outside the search perimeter. He was armed with a rifle, but no shots were fired. Serrano-Vitorino Serrano-Vitorino “He looked exhausted,” said Sgt. James Hedrick of the Missouri Highway Patrol. There is a culvert that runs underneath the interstate, but it was not immediately clear if that...