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  • Kansan seeks end to Obama ballot challenge - Critic notes 'intimidation' in withdrawal request

    09/14/2012 12:52:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | 9-14-2012 | Tim Carpenter
    Kansan seeks end to Obama ballot challenge Critic notes 'intimidation' in withdrawal request By Tim Carpenter THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The Manhattan man who posed a formal challenge to President Barack Obama's place on the Kansas general election ballot Friday requested immediate withdrawal of the appeal due to an avalanche of criticism. The Kansas Objections Board had taken the complaint filed by Joe Montgomery under advisement on Thursday, pending requests for official copies of Obama's birth records. The ballot issue was tied to Montgomery's assertion Obama wasn't a qualified candidate for president because of his citizenship status and that of his father....
  • Kansas Weighs Taking Obama Off [2012 Presidential] Ballot

    09/14/2012 11:32:36 AM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 minutes ago
    The paths of President Barack Obama and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are crossing once again. But this time, it is not over immigration. It is over the enduring assertion that Obama is not eligible to be president because they doubt he was born in Hawaii. Kobach, who is an informal adviser to the Romney campaign on immigration policy, heads the all-Republican Kansas State Objections Board, which is considering removing Obama from the state's November ballot. The issue -- which Kobach made a part of his election campaign in 2010 -- has been reignited by a claim from a...
  • State panel wants more information before ruling on Obama’s ballot eligibility

    09/14/2012 7:03:55 AM PDT · by iowamark · 40 replies
    Lawrence KS Journal-World ^ | September 13, 2012 | John Hanna
    Kansas election officials said Thursday that they want more information before deciding whether to remove President Barack Obama from the state’s November ballot. The all-Republican State Objections Board heard arguments Thursday on a claim from a Manhattan, Kan., resident that Obama is not eligible to be president because his father was from Kenya. The resident, Joe Montgomery, also questions whether Obama has a valid birth certificate. The notion that Obama was born anywhere other than in Hawaii has long been discredited, and the White House released his long-form birth certificate last year. Hawaii officials also have repeatedly confirmed his citizenship....
  • Manhattan man to challenge Obama's appearance on the November ballot (Kansas)

    09/13/2012 4:19:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 101 replies
    The Mercury ^ | 9/13/12
    Manhattan man to challenge Obama's appearance on the November ballotStaff reports September 13, 2012 12:00 AM A Manhattan man was scheduled to argue before state officials Thursday afternoon that President Obama's name should not be allowed on the November general election ballot. The appeal by Joe Montgomery was to be heard by The Kansas Board of Objections, a three-person body that resolves ballot-eligibility issues. The board is comprised of Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Atty. Gen. Derek Schmidt. All three are Republicans. In material filed with the Secretary of State's office, Montgomery argues that Obama's...
  • More Trouble in Kansas--Fatal Encounter between Anti-Slavery and Pro-Slavery

    09/10/2012 9:27:33 PM PDT · by One Name · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21st, 1856 | Unknown
    The Kickapoo (Kansas) Pioneer of the 18th, says: "A battle took place last night at Easton, between a party of Abolitionists and some Pro-Slavery men -the former making the attack. One Pro-Slavery man was killed and several wounded. Several Abolitionists were also killed and some wounded. A company from Lawrence, headed by Capt. BROWN, commenced the fight with the Kickapoo Rangers
  • Stray bullet kills girl while she slept

    09/05/2012 5:02:13 AM PDT · by eccentric · 12 replies
    KSN ^ | September 5, 2012 | Craig Andres
    WICHITA, Kansas -- Tuesday evening Wichita police made an arrest in the case of an 8-year-old who was shot and killed while she slept. The little girl was the victim of a stray bullet in South Wichita. The 24-year-old suspect is expected to be charged as early at Wednesday. Police say the man is one of four persons of interest being interviewed by police in the incident. Wichita police say around 3 a.m. the driver of a stolen car apparently got into an argument with four people in the parking lot of the Oaks Apartments. As the vehicle pulled away,...
  • Kan. oil boom gives boost to some, but not others

    08/13/2012 8:11:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 13, 2012 | Associated Press
    A southern Kansas oil boom that started two years ago has given landowners an infusion of cash from lease payments and boosted local governments and businesses. Largely out-of-state oil companies have drilled hundreds of horizontal wells in places like Sumner, Harper, Barber and Comanche counties, delivering an enormous financial boost. ... The revived oil industry and establishment of wind farms have meant an increased number of lease payments in the hands of local governments. The energy boom also has resulted in land values along the state’s southern border climbing sharply. The Kansas Department of Revenue says total assessed value of...
  • State's GOP conservatives gain upper hand

    08/08/2012 5:53:53 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 38 replies
    Topeka-Capital Journal ^ | 8/8/2012 | Staff
    Conservative Republican challengers Tuesday either unseated or were leading most of the GOP moderates in the Kansas Senate, improving their chances of reshaping the Legislature and ending a check on the political right’s agenda. The most prominent victim of the conservative surge appeared to be Senate President Steve Morris, the unofficial leader of the state’s moderatae Republicans. With one precinct yet to be counted in his southwestern Kansas race against state Rep. Larry Powell of Garden City, Morris — who had served in the Senate for 20 years — trailed by 300 votes as of midnight. Final, unofficial results showed...
  • Voters reject middle ground in Kansas Senate races

    08/08/2012 5:13:26 AM PDT · by Mercat · 12 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | August 8, 2012 | BRAD COOPER and MIKE HENDRICKS
    Conservative Republicans scored big wins across Kansas on Tuesday as they set themselves up to seize control of the state Senate and clear a path for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s agenda. Moderates lost in many key Senate races in Tuesday’s GOP primary, including five of six seats that were up for grabs in Johnson County. Rep. Kay Wolf of Prairie Village was the only moderate Republican to win in Johnson County. Conservative Jeff Melcher knocked off Rep. Pat Colloton in Senate District 11; Rep. Jim Denning downed moderate Tim Owens in Senate District 8; and Rep. Greg Smith beat Joe...
  • Kansas voters visiting polls under new ID rule

    08/07/2012 7:17:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | August 7, 2012 | by Robert A. Cronkleton
    Besides knowing who to vote for earlier today, the Metz family of Lenexa checked off another important piece of preparation — making sure everyone had photo ID before going to the polls. Today’s primary election in Kansas is the first major run for Kansas’ requirement that all voters show a government-issued photo identification. So as they left for their polling place at the Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Marty and Kristin Metz made sure that they and their daughter Joy Metz carried identification. “I thought it went well,” Marty Metz said of the process of showing his ID. “It was really...
  • Conservatives in Kansas have to fight Democrats in primary.

    08/01/2012 4:32:20 AM PDT · by Mercat · 5 replies
    email | 7/31/2012 | Jim Denning campaign
    Hello Friends, The quote below is from Kristian Van Meteren, who has tried to get the Ethics Committee to do its job on ethics violations and they fined him. He sued and won. “If you doubt the claims that our “Republican” Senate Leadership has teamed up with Barack Obama’s Democrats, you’ll doubt no more. “Kansas Jobs PAC” is a shadowy organization that appeared on the Kansas political scene in mid-June and began throwing big bucks around on behalf of liberal GOP senators. We’ve been wondering where they got their money. Folks, this isn’t about “moderate” Republican vs. Republican. This is...
  • Group aims to reverse open-carry firearms law in Wichita (KS barf alert)

    07/30/2012 8:04:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 29 July, 2012 | Bill Wilson, The Wichita Eagle
    On Thursday, it became legal for the first time in decades to strap on a holster and a firearm in Wichita, carrying it openly without a permit. And today, a group of city officials and business owners are looking for a way to reverse that city ordinance. “I’m not going to live in Tombstone,” Wichita Vice Mayor Janet Miller said. The city’s new open carry laws are a classic case of a state mandate, city officials say: Wichita’s city firearms ordinance, which prohibited the open display of a loaded firearm, has been in conflict with – or in legal terms,...
  • Open Carry law clarified in Wichita(KS)

    07/29/2012 12:30:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ksn.com ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Craig Andres
    Wichita, Kansas -- It is now perfectly legal to walk down Wichita city streets with a loaded gun in plain sight. Some restrictions apply. "Well, you've got to have the safety on," says District Court Judge Phil Journey. "And the gun has to be in a holster and on your hip." Journey says, as a lawmaker for years, he followed a lot of changes in gun laws. Now the City of Wichita says it is enacting change. "For this one," says Journey, "In Kansas we have what's called a pre-emption law. We enacted that law in 2005 and we had...
  • Police ID man shot, killed in home invasion(KS)

    07/13/2012 4:32:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    cjonline.com ^ | 13 July, 2012 | Phil Anderson
    Topeka police have identified the man shot and killed Thursday night during what they called an intrusion into a home, something they said was not “a random act.” Cpt. Jerry Stanley on Friday afternoon identified the deceased as Cyril K. Smith, 31. Stanley said Smith was one of at least two men who entered a residence at 1812 S.E. Pennsylvania shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. Several residents were in the house at the time, Stanley said, and gunshots fired from within the house struck and killed Smith, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not yet identified any...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • Rep: Website presents 'misleading' information about record

    07/08/2012 2:17:41 PM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies
    Hutchinson News ^ | 7/06/2012 | Mary Clarkin
    State Rep. Jan Pauls, D-Hutchinson, says information on what she calls a "fake" web site is wrong or misleading and she has contacted the Kansas Democratic Party. The content on the website, http://janpauls.org, is authorized by and paid for by the Kansas Democratic LGBT Caucus. It is one of the caucuses affiliated with the Kansas Democratic Party, but "we don't control them," said State Democratic Party chairman Joan Wagnon. Wagnon said it was unusual for a caucus affiliated with the party to take aim at an incumbent Democratic legislator. But Pauls holds views and has taken actions - such as...
  • Statewide Rally for Religious Freedom

    06/30/2012 5:39:35 AM PDT · by Mercat
    Facebook ^ | June 28, 2012 | Facebook
    Will you stand with us for religious freedom? America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, an unalienable right enshrined in the First Amendment. Now, however, the President has ordered religious schools, hospitals, and charities to violate their consciences by paying for products that they believe are immoral, including abortion-inducing drugs.
  • Homeowner shoots would-be robber in arm(KS)

    06/24/2012 4:35:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 23 June, 2012 | Amy Renee Leiker
    A Wichita man shot a would-be robber in an early morning home invasion, police say. Wichita police Sgt. Jim Pinegar said a 64-year-old man walked into a house in the 3000 block of E. First Street, near Hillside, shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. The resident of the home fired two shots at the other man using a .45-caliber gun, Pinegar said. One shot hit his arm. The man fled to a nearby Kwik Shop, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor. Within minutes, someone at the store called 911 to report a gunshot victim on scene. The resident of the...
  • Kansas revokes doctor's license in abortion case

    06/22/2012 2:25:48 PM PDT · by kingattax · 4 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 6-22-12 | JOHN HANNA
    Kansas regulators on Friday revoked the medical license of a doctor accused of performing inadequate mental health exams on young patients she then referred to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions. The State Board of Healing Arts ratified an administrative judge's earlier decision to strip Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus of her license. Neuhaus provided second opinions that Tiller needed under Kansas law to perform some late-term abortions at his Wichita clinic. Tiller, one of a few U.S. physicians known to perform abortions in the final weeks of pregnancy, was shot to death in May 2009 by a man...
  • FBI begins own probe of misconduct allegations involving Sedgwick County Jail

    06/22/2012 2:19:29 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | June 20, 2012 | Tim Potter
    The FBI on Wednesday began its own investigation of allegations of misconduct at the Sedgwick County Jail, an FBI spokeswoman said. The development comes a day after the sheriff announced that jail deputy David Kendall, 21, had been arrested after being suspected of multiple sex crimes. Previously, attorneys have said that two inmates alleged that they had been raped by a jail deputy. “We have opened our own federal civil rights investigation,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. Sheriff Robert Hinshaw said he welcomed the FBI investigation, adding that he has told the federal agency that if “their decision was to...
  • Validity of new Pauls home in question

    06/16/2012 8:23:56 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Hutchinson News ^ | 6/14/12 | Mary Clarkin
    Complaints have arisen over Rep. Jan Pauls’ residential switch to this former church at 101 E. 11th Ave. in order to stay in the 102nd congressional district. Validity of new Pauls home in question Walk-through planned to see if church meets requirements to be home. State Rep. Jan Pauls' candidacy is coming under fire because of her sudden switch in official residency from a home to a former church in order to run for re-election in the 102nd District. A formal objection has been lodged with the Secretary of State. Also, Hutchinson City Hall has received complaints, too, regarding the...
  • Prosecutors still pondering action in case of gun in KU dorm room(KS)

    06/12/2012 10:45:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ljworld.com ^ | 11 June, 2012 | George Diepenbrock
    Douglas County prosecutors are still reviewing whether to file charges against a 22-year-old Kansas University student who was accused of possessing a gun inside his scholarship hall room in April. A Lawrence attorney says the case illustrates constitutional questions because a student’s campus dorm room is considered a student’s home, where the Supreme Court has ruled it’s a fundamental right for residents to possess firearms for protection under the Second Amendment. “It’s an area of the law that is newly developing because of Supreme Court cases,” said defense attorney Carl Folsom, who is not involved in the case. “It seems...
  • Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

    06/03/2012 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/01/12 | Kathy Finn
    Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeksBy Kathy Finn Fri Jun 1, 2012 7:50pm EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Louisiana state House of Representatives on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit abortion beyond 20 weeks after fertilization unless the mother's life is in danger. Georgia a month ago became the seventh state to ban most or all abortions after 20 weeks. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina also have such restrictions. Under the Louisiana measure, doctors who violate the 20-week provision could face up to two years in prison.
  • How Sebelius judge saved Planned Parenthood

    06/03/2012 4:23:14 PM PDT · by James Thomas · 12 replies
    WND ^ | May 30, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    With her first appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court as governor in 2003, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius chose the proudly “third-wave” feminist, Carol Beier. It was a timely choice.
  • Brownback signs bill blocking use of Islamic law

    05/25/2012 4:30:15 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    KSNT ^ | 25 May 2012 | Unattributed
    Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill aimed at keeping Kansas courts or government agencies from basing decisions on Islamic or other foreign legal codes...
  • Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon; critics see budget-buster

    05/23/2012 8:24:17 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 8 replies
    Lawrence-Journal World ^ | 5/22/12 | Scott Tothschild
    TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed into law massive tax cuts that he says will boost the economy and create jobs. “Today’s legislation will create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business,” said Brownback, a conservative Republican who made tax cuts his top goal of the 2012 legislative session. “My faith is in the people of Kansas, not the government’s ability to tax and redistribute,” he said. Brownback’s action came under harsh criticism from Republicans, Democrats and advocates for schools and children. “This...
  • Five Judges Recuse Themselves in Case Attacking Phill Kline

    05/21/2012 9:06:50 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 4 replies
    Lifenews ^ | May 21, 2012 | Jill Stanek
    Only four days after former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed a blistering motion asking that two Kansas Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from deciding whether to suspend his law license, the Supremes announced yesterday that FIVE of the seven would be doing so. Their rationale, according to the The Topeka Capital-Journal: The five justices voluntarily stepped aside, citing the Kansas Code of Judicial Conduct rule that requires recusal when a judge “previously presided as a judge over the matter in another court.” Without ever mentioning Kline’s motion, the five stated it “would not be possible” for them to give...
  • City in Kansas votes to outlaw discrimination against gays amid push to exempt churches

    05/15/2012 6:20:58 PM PDT · by massmike · 8 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 05/15/2012 | n/a
    A city in Kansas, divided over a proposed ordinance that would bar organizations, including churches, from discriminating against same-sex couples, has backers saying gays deserve the protection as critics warn against the government going too far. The Hutchinson City Council voted 3-2 to add sexual orientation to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, which covers churches, as well as employers, restaurants and other local businesses. However, the measure was scaled back in an effort to win enough votes for passage. The revisions to the ordinance will only prohibit firings or evictions based on their sexual orientation, while a provision was cut that...
  • Kansas legislators restart talks on tax cuts, but House members holding firm on reductions

    05/15/2012 1:05:59 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 5 replies
    AP via The Republic ^ | 5/15/12 | John Hanna
    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators restarted tax cut negotiations Tuesday, but senators quickly discovered they have less room than they'd hoped to bargain with House members as they try to modify aggressive income tax reductions that already have cleared the Legislature. Three senators and three House members discussed drafting an alternative proposal that would replace one approved last week. The previous cuts individual income tax rates and eliminates income taxes for 191,000 partnerships, sole proprietorships and other businesses. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who's pushed the GOP-controlled Legislature to lower income taxes, has encouraged lawmakers to keep negotiating.
  • Former Marine Dies After Saving Friend From Burning Plane In Kansas Crash

    05/14/2012 5:44:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    News on 6 ^ | May 13, 2012 | Ashlei King
    Former Marine Dies After Saving Friend From Burning Plane In Kansas Crash May 13, 2012 Ashlei King, News On 6 Austin Anderson was a recent Oral Roberts University graduate and served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps. According to Aubrey Crawford, Anderson pulled Hannah Luce from the plane, but the smoke from the fire was too much for him. He died the next morning. Elizabeth was supposed to be on the plane, but backed out because of a "bad feeling" her father had, Crawford said. Tragic news hit the Oral Roberts University campus this weekend. A former...
  • Kansas lawmakers pass effective ban on Islamic law

    05/12/2012 5:07:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/2012 | Kevin Murphy
    Kansas lawmakers have passed legislation intended to prevent the state courts or agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws in making decisions, a measure critics have blasted as an embarrassment to the state. The legislation, which passed 33-3 in the state Senate on Friday and 120-0 previously in the House, is widely known in Kansas as the "Sharia bill," because the perceived goal of supporters is to keep Islamic code from being recognized in Kansas. The bill was sent to Republican Governor Sam Brownback, who has not indicated whether he will sign it. In interviews on Saturday, a supporter...
  • Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

    05/12/2012 4:42:14 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 12 May 2012 | Unknown
    A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims. The Senate approved the bill Friday on a 33-3 vote. The House had approved it, 120-0, earlier in the week. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who hasn't said whether he'll sign or veto the measure. The measure doesn't specifically mention Shariah law, which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead,...
  • Leaked Records Expose Abortion Abuses at Kansas City Abortion Clinic (From Dumpster)

    05/04/2012 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 2, 2012 | Operation Rescue
    Documents leaked to Operation Rescue by a confidential informant show Central Family Medical, also known as Aid for Women, in Kansas City, Kansas, is illegally dumping private patient information related to abortions and is engaging in dangerous abortion practices. All documents were improperly discarded by the abortion clinic. Patient identifying information has been redacted by Operation Rescue.
  • Proposed Kansas rule may force churches to host same-sex ceremonies

    04/25/2012 10:18:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Michael Schuttloffel. Topeka, Kan., Apr 25, 2012 / 04:04 am (CNA).- A proposed ordinance in Hutchinson, Kansas could force individuals and institutions – including Catholic churches – to host and participate in events that violate Church teachings on sexuality. “As far as individuals go, there doesn't seem to be any likelihood that there will be a protection or an exemption for them,” said Kansas Catholic Conference Executive Director Michael Schuttloffel, addressing a proposal to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in the city of Hutchinson.“As far as religious institutions, that will depend entirely on what sort of exemption –...
  • Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers

    04/24/2012 9:55:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2012 | Hugo Gye
    Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong. And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line. The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a 'high security threat', while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down. When asked about...
  • Coercing Churches? Parish the Thought!

    04/24/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2
    Washington Update Email | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perkins
    Coercing Churches? Parish the Thought! Hutchinson City, Kansas isn't exactly a hotbed of liberalism. But 40 miles from Wichita, this conservative town of 42,080 is the latest target in a nationwide campaign to steamroll our first freedoms. Back in November, a handful of Kansas Equality members filed a letter with the local city council, demanding that the town add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes under the Human Relations Code. To some people, that sounded innocent enough -- until Hutchinson leaders explained what this could mean for everyone from the local cupcake shop to the Baptist church. Suddenly,...
  • Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings [Where's The Revolution?]

    04/23/2012 10:23:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 23, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings Apr 23, 2012 By Todd Starnes Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s human relations code. They are expected to vote on the changes next month. According to the Hutchinson Human Relations Commission, churches that rent out their buildings to the general public would not be allowed to discriminate “against a gay couple who...
  • Kathleen, I’ve got a feeling you’re still in Kansas (Health insurance)

    04/20/2012 6:30:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    Republicans embrace big-government health care Sebelius left behindLiberals are a curious breed. They actually believe the government can mandate you into prosperity. They wave a magic wand, and the universe bends to their whim. At the end of each day, they rest their weary heads blissfully - willfully - unaware of the damage they cause. Witness Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Before she was wielding the iron fist of power granted to her by Obamacare, she was the Kansas’ governor and, before that, the Kansas insurance commissioner. Health insurance mandates were her stock in trade, and with...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The STP 400 at Kansas Speedway .. Sunday 4/22/12 @ 1230pm ET on FoX

    04/18/2012 5:14:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 4/18/22
    Kansas .. fast track .. and a lot of possibilities when it comes to a winner. Hopefully, fair weather will prevail. See Ya here .. and there!
  • Tornado moving through Wichita, KS

    04/14/2012 8:20:21 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 31 replies
    I see very strong rotation/hook on radar. A very strong tornado is on the ground and moving through the highly populated area !
  • Forecasters: Dangerous storms moving into Midwest

    04/14/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 61 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    Baseball-sized hail is tearing the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska, a tornado has touched down in Kansas and forecasters are warning residents across the nation's midsection to brace for "life threatening" storms. The National Weather Service says a rain-wrapped tornado touched down in southwest Kansas on Saturday afternoon, while at least three possible tornadoes were reported earlier in central Oklahoma. No injuries were immediately reported. But forecasters are expecting the most dangerous weather later in the day and are warning residents across the region of possible fast-moving tornadoes overnight. Officials say a large area spanning from Minnesota to Texas...
  • Tornado warning issued for northern Kansas

    04/14/2012 3:23:23 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 14 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for sections of north central Kansas Saturday afternoon after earlier reports of ripe conditions for storms across the heart of the country. The counties included in the warning are western Jewell County, Mitchell Couonty, Osborne County and Smith County, all in north central Kansas, according to the National Weather Service. The warning will last until 12:45 CDT. Earlier, for only the second time in U.S. history, the Storm Prediction Center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance, said Russ Schneider, director of the center, which is part of the...
  • Wichita in tornado crosshairs.

    04/14/2012 8:16:57 PM PDT · by lmr · 78 replies
    ksn.com | 4-14-2012 | Self
    Severe Storms in Wichita. Large Tornado moving into Southwest part of city. Haysville, Derby, Wichita especially in the crosshairs. We're hunkered down here and prepared. It looks like it might miss us, but there are more storms expected tonight. Looks like a long evening. Stay Safe!
  • High Risk Of Severe Weather Saturday (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa)

    04/13/2012 3:20:25 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 114 replies
    Wunderground.com ^ | 4/13/12 | Sean Tanner
    <p>The Storm Prediction Center has predicted a slight chance of severe weather for parts of Texas and Oklahoma this entire week, thus it should come as no surprise that the weekend holds the best chance of dangerous severe weather.</p> <p>The Storm Prediction Center has issued an upgraded, high chance of severe weather from central Oklahoma through eastern Kansas (see image below). In addition, there is a moderate risk of severe weather from western Texas through southern Iowa, and a slight risk in the greater area from central Texas through southern Wisconsin.</p>
  • New Technologies Put Kansas on Cusp of Oil Boom

    04/09/2012 12:37:12 PM PDT · by Rio · 32 replies
    Associated Press via Chem.info ^ | April 9, 2012 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    The new-fangled wells are essentially vertical wells with a horizontal bend at the oil-rich lime formation. Fracking, a technique used in Kansas since 1947, pushes water and sand down the hole to open up natural fractures in the rock and increase permeability. That combination of old and new technologies allows producers to extract as much as five to 10 times more oil and gas from a horizontal well than a conventional vertical well. {snip} Drilling has only just begun. Barber and Harper counties are "ground zero" of an oil boom anticipated to spread north across a wide swath of the...
  • Doomsday shelters line Kansas missile silo

    04/09/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 74 replies
    AFP/YahooNews ^ | 4/9/12 | Joe Lambe
    Tucked deep beneath the Kansas prairie, luxury condos are being built into the shaft of an abandoned missile silo to service anxious -- and wealthy -- people preparing for doomsday. So far, four buyers have plopped down a total of about $7 million for havens to flee to when disaster happens or the end is nigh. And developer Larry Hall has options to retro-fit three more Cold War-era silos when this one fills up. "They worry about events ranging from solar flares, to economic collapse, to pandemics to terrorism to food shortages," Hall told AFP on a tour of the...
  • Bank wants Missouri Rep. Cleaver [D-MO] to pay $1.5 million on car wash loan

    04/07/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Justaham · 23 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 4/6/12 | Steve Kraske and Dave Helling
    U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's car wash headache is raging once again. The bank that loaned the Kansas City congressman and his wife $1.3 million in 2002 to buy the Grandview Auto Wash at 12204 Blue Ridge Extension is now demanding payment of more than $1.5 million, after the Cleavers repeatedly fell behind on repaying the loan. The suit, filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court, said the demand for repayment came after three attempts to delay foreclosure. Bank of America also is seeking attorney’s fees and a receiver to protect collateral. “The Cleaver Company failed and refused, and continues...
  • Kansas Sportsmen's Self Defense Bill Signed into Law

    04/04/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    guns.com ^ | 30 March, 2012 | 13663
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed House Bill 2491, the Sportsmen's Self Defense bill into law. The bill would allow hunters, fishermen and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field. The bill passed in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February, the state Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 15 before it was sent to the governors guest. The commonsense bill would allow an individual to carry a handgun for person protection while hunting, fishing or trapping as long as it is used for personal protection and not the unauthorized taking of wildlife....
  • Kansas Beats Kentucky: $139,000 vs. $127,000 for a Degree in Gender Studies

    04/02/2012 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Kansas Beats Kentucky: $139,000 vs. $127,000 for a Degree in Gender Studies By Thomas Cloud April 2, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - You can spend four years earning a degree in “Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies” at the University of Kansas or a degree in "Gender and Women's Studies" at the University of Kentucky. But the degree will cost you more at Kansas if you are an out-of-state student that it will at Kentucky. At Kansas, according to the College Board, tuition plus room and board is currently $21,446 per year for an in-state student and $34,832 for an out-of-state student. At...
  • Motor home crash kills 5 in northeast Kansas

    04/01/2012 8:47:34 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 20 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | April 1, 2012 | AP
    YNDON, Kan. – A packed motor home headed from Texas to Minnesota crashed Sunday morning in northeast Kansas, killing five people and sending 13 others to hospitals. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the northbound vehicle was filled with 18 people and pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. on Interstate 35.