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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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,, 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 ^ | 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...