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  • Statehouse Live: In State of State, Brownback outlines plan to cut Kansas personal income tax

    01/11/2012 7:05:14 PM PST · by One Name · 6 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | January 11, 2012 | Scott Rothschild
    Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday called for a cut in the state personal income tax and minimal budget increases, saying that will put Kansas in the fast lane on the road to economic growth. "Let's put our 'lost decade' … in the rear view mirror and speed ahead — at 75 miles per hour — to make this decade the decade of growth and job creation," Brownback, a Republican, said in the State of the State address. But his plan hit immediate bumps from legislators. Brownback's proposal would cancel a scheduled decrease in the state sales tax rate,...
  • Apology follows email referring to Michelle Obama as ‘Mrs. YoMama’

    01/06/2012 7:27:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 6, 2012
    Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal apologized Thursday for forwarding an email poking fun at first lady Michelle Obama and referring to her as “Mrs. YoMama.” The Lawrence Journal-World reported Thursday that O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, sent the email from his personal account. The email also had a photo comparing Mrs. Obama to the Grinch and the subject line, “Twins separated at birth?” The photo has been circulating on the Internet and shows Mrs. Obama’s hair being swept by the wind, recalling a drawing of the fictional Dr. Seuss character from the classic Christmas cartoon. In forwarding the email, O’Neal joked...
  • Boeing's free-market move is going to cost Kansas big-time

    01/05/2012 8:30:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 5, 2012 | Paul Whitefield
    So, tired of high taxes? Want to see big federal budget cuts? Congratulations. You're getting your wish. And you just cost 2,160 people in Kansas their jobs. [snip] Welcome to "living within our means," which means you don't necessarily have any means to live with. You can argue that cutting the defense budget has to be done, but those are some nice, well-paying jobs that are being lost. Jobs that the local Wal-Mart probably won't match. I suppose the real lesson, though, is that we can't have our cake and eat it too. You can't shrink government without cutting jobs....
  • A-29 Super Tucano Wins Air Force Bid for Light Air Support Mission

    12/30/2011 7:38:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 88 replies · 2+ views
    A-29 Super Tucano Wins Air Force Bid for Light Air Support Mission SPARKS, Nev., Dec. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION and EMBRAER DEFENSE & SECURITY to supply aircraft, training and support to the Light Air Support program. A-29 Super Tucano to be built in Jacksonville, FL; over 70 U.S. companies to supply parts and services Eren Ozmen, President, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), and Luiz Carlos Aguiar, CEO, Embraer Defense and Security (Embraer), today announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected SNC, partnered with Embraer, to supply Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft to be used as...
  • End of year brings significant tax implications for farmers

    12/29/2011 3:46:34 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Ohio State University ^ | Dec 28, 2011 | Andy Vance
    As 2011 draws to a close, so do opportunities for farmers to take advantage of certain provisions of the federal tax code.... "The ability for bonus depreciation is changing, so if you're looking to make capital expenditures, this is the year to do it," ... "You can depreciate 100 percent now, it will go to 50 percent next year, and after that it could go away completely depending on what Congress does." ... The other significant impending change to the federal tax code involves Section 179, which according to Marrison, works somewhat similarly to the bonus depreciation allowance.
  • New laws: No caffeine in beer, shark fins in soup [Teach Gay History; Free College-Illegal Aliens]

    12/27/2011 12:32:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Starting Jan. 1, getting shark fins, caffeinated beer, cough syrup or a tan is going to be tougher than it was in 2011. The National Conference of State Legislatures issued Monday its annual list of laws set to take effect in 2012, and there was nothing but bad news for connoisseurs of shark-fin soup. Oregon and California passed laws prohibiting the sale, trade, or distribution of the fins, which are considered a delicacy in China. California also became the first state in the nation to require a prescription for obtaining any drug containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in...
  • 3-Year-Old Shoots 5-Year-Old, Kansas Man Arrested

    12/24/2011 4:43:12 PM PST · by eccentric · 30 replies
    KAKE News ^ | Friday, December 23, 2011 | KAKE News
    A Wichita man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old child. Police say the boy was shot and killed in Lakewood, Colorado by a 3-year-old. Lakewood police say officers were called to an apartment complex Friday morning to investigate a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found the 5-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Police say a 3-year-old friend whose family was visiting from Kansas accidentally shot the 5-year-old. The circumstances of the shooting have not been released. Officials...
  • KC police decline to reduce parade costs for Occupy group

    12/23/2011 2:54:30 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 23, 2011 | MARK MORRIS
    If members of Occupy Kansas City want to march in the streets next week, they’ll need to pay a $4,100 fee for police protection, police commissioners announced Friday. ****snip**** Members of the movement have camped peacefully for months in a city park south of the Liberty Memorial. At a meeting earlier this month, a lawyer representing the group asked the police to waive the cost of having officers shut down traffic near Ninth and Main streets. The lawyer, Gina Chiala, said the march would be called “The death of the social safety net,” would involve about 100 people and would...
  • Bob Dole endorses Romney for Republican nominee

    12/18/2011 11:37:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/18/11 | Deborah Charles - Reuters
    Republican elder statesman and former Senate leader Bob Dole on Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, a day after the former Massachusetts governor received the backing of Iowa's main newspaper. In an open letter to Iowa voters, Dole - himself a former presidential candidate - said a great deal was at stake on January 3, when Iowa votes in the first nominating contest for the 2012 presidential election. "A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack...
  • Witness: Corzine knew about loan made with customer funds

    12/13/2011 4:20:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/11 | Peter Schroeder
    An executive of a financial exchange monitoring MF Global told senators Tuesday that Jon Corzine, the former head of the financial firm, knew that loans were improperly made with customer funds. The claim was made just minutes after Corzine professed his ignorance for how up to $1.2 billion in customer funds had gone missing. Terrence Duffy, the executive chairman of CME Group, the exchange that regulates MF Global, told the Senate Agriculture Committee that a CME auditor was told by an MF Global executive that Corzine knew that a loan was made to a European affiliate of the company, and...
  • Obama “Flustered” After Mooch Finds Out He Snuck In BBQ In Kansas: “You Had BBQ? You Didn’t Tell Me

    12/08/2011 10:58:24 AM PST · by bkopto · 44 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | Dec 8, 2011 | Mark Knoller
    At WH Holiday Reception last night, a reporter asked Pres Obama how he liked the BBQ from “We B Smokin’ in Osawatomie, Kansas on Tuesday. “You had BBQ?” a surprised Mrs Obama chimed in. Pres Obama seemed momentarily flustered. “You didn’t tell me you had BBQ,” said the First Lady. Pres Obama explained to his wife that reporters were miffed that they didn’t get any BBQ. Mrs. Obama would have known about the BBQ drop-by if she read the WH press pool reports – or followed certain Twitter sites.
  • Obama’s Kansas speech: some suspect facts (Three Pinocchios rating)

    12/07/2011 8:33:55 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/06/2011 | Glenn Kessler
    Channeling his inner Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama on Tuesday gave a feisty speech in Osawatomie, Kansas that sought to rebut Republican arguments that he is waging class warfare...[Snip] We’ll leave the politics to others, but how accurate were some of his facts?  “I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory. Remember in those years, in 2001 and 2003, Congress passed two of the most expensive tax cuts for the wealthy in history. And what did they get us? The slowest job growth in half a century...[Snip] Inserting the words “for the wealthy” was interesting phrasing by...
  • Obama’s BIG small-minded class warfare speech in Kansas doesn’t disappoint (Predictable)

    12/06/2011 2:09:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Today in Osawatomie, Kan., Barack Obama laid bare his progressive agenda, calling for more federal involvement in education, increased spending on infrastructure, an extension of the payroll tax cut and increased taxes on the rich. He even invoked Teddy “the Trustbuster” Roosevelt, who, if you’ll recall, became increasingly socialistic as the sun of his national stardom began to set. Not surprisingly, Obama was disingenuous in a few places — but just a few. At one point, he said he had already signed $1 trillion in spending cuts into law. Presumably, he was referring to the cuts included in the debt...
  • Obama to Kansas to Evoke Teddy Roosevelt

    12/06/2011 7:38:10 AM PST · by KansasGirl · 27 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/6/11 | Kimberly Schwandt
    OSAWATOMIE, KAN. -- President Obama will give an economic speech in Osawatomie, Kan., Tuesday at a location the White House says it was very specific in picking and was meant to stir echoes of President Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt spoke in the very same town more than 100 years ago on Aug. 31, 1910, where he presented his vision for America and the coming 1912 election. Sound familiar? That's by design. snip Roosevelt gave what was called a "New Nationalism" agenda, talking about regulation on special interests (even using that term), and calling out for welfare, human rights and a greater...
  • Pizza delivery driver fired after pulling gun on robber(KS)

    12/03/2011 1:41:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 41 replies
    kansascw.com ^ | 1 December, 2011 | Kim Hynes and Brian Heap
    A pizza delivery driver says he was fired Thursday after scaring off a robber with a gun. Miguel Waide says Dominos Pizza fired him for violating company policy. Police say Waide was delivering a pizza at the Brentwood Apartments near Harry and Woodlawn Wednesday night. Waide tells Eyewitness News it was an unusally large order for the neighborhood and a suspicious man was hanging around by his car as he went up to the door. Waide says no one answered the door and he feared it was a set up. Waide went to his car and got a handgun out...
  • Police: Pizza Delivery Driver Fires Shots To Avoid Robbery (KS)

    12/03/2011 11:37:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    kake.com ^ | 1 December, 2011 | KAKE News
    Wichita police are investigating a report of shots fired, involving a pizza delivery driver. It happened at an apartment in the 6600 block of E. Harry just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Police said a Dominoes delivery driver arrived at the location to deliver a pizza, but no one answered the door. The driver returned to his car to get a gun, because he said he was concerned for his safety. The driver reported to police a man approached him from behind and tried to rob him, as the driver opened the trunk of his car. The delivery driver said he...
  • Standards-based grading holding at sixth-grade level; board president prepares to ‘move on’

    12/01/2011 5:25:19 PM PST · by BigDaddyTX · 11 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | November 30, 2011 | Mark Fagan
    Mark Bradford, president of the school board, generated some tension when he discussed the district’s plans for standards-based grading at the sixth-grade level. And teachers who may not like it, he suggested, essentially would have a choice to make — just as people decide where they want to live, or where they might choose to work. “Once the decision is made on how we’re going to do grading in this school district," he said, “then that’s the way it’s going to be.” Kim Beeler, a parent from Southwest who has been critical of standards-based grading in middle school, quickly stood...
  • ( Boston ) University Installs Foot Baths For Muslims

    11/30/2011 11:07:40 AM PST · by george76 · 47 replies
    Boston Channel ^ | November 29, 2011
    In Boston, one university has taken steps to help Muslim students maintain an important ritual: bathing before prayer ... Across the country a number of universities, including the University of Michigan in Dearborn and George Washington University in Washington D.C., have installed foot baths. So have two airports, the Indianapolis Airport and KCI Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. In each case the move came with some degree of resistance. ... Some of the foot baths in other states were built using public funds. The American Civil Liberties Union generally objects to public money being used for religious structures.But they don't...
  • Community groups criticize new state food stamp policy

    11/28/2011 5:41:57 PM PST · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    KHI News Service ^ | November 28, 2011 | Dave Ranney
    DODGE CITY — Advocates for children and the poor say a new state welfare policy is denying or reducing federal food aid to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Kansas children. “This is making an already difficult situation even more difficult,” said Debbie Snapp, who runs the Catholic Social Services office in Dodge City...But officials with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services say the new policy, enacted in October, is fairer than the one it replaced because it equalizes benefits for children of illegal immigrants with those for children whose parents are confirmed U.S. citizens. “We’re not hurting anybody and...
  • Tweeting Kansas Teen Gets Apology from Gov. Brownback, Her Following Soars

    11/28/2011 10:54:31 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 28, 2011
    A Kansas teen who refused to apologize to Gov. Sam Brownback for an insulting tweet got an apology today from the governor himself for his staff’s “over-reaction.” An unpleasant tweet by Emma Sullivan, 18, was flagged by Brownback’s staff last week. The teen was told by her principal at Shawnee Mission East High School to apologize, but she refused, and the national brouhaha has led to her Twitter following soar from 60 to more than 6,000. “My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms,” Brownback said in a...