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  • Kansas is poised to ditch requirement for a concealed-carry permit for guns

    02/26/2015 7:22:15 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 25 replies
    KC Star ^ | Feb, 25, 2015
    Kansas appears on the verge of becoming among the most welcoming states to people who want to pack heat. A bill promising Kansans the ability to carry concealed firearms — without taking safety training or weathering the background checks required in most of the country — won initial approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The change, expected to pass Thursday to a likely receptive House, would make Kansas a “constitutional carry” state. That would mean citizens would not need a permit to carry a hidden gun. The bill would maintain the current permit process for people who want to...
  • Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones (Borenstein alert)

    02/15/2015 3:33:52 AM PST · by Crazieman · 32 replies
    Associated Presstitutes ^ | 2/14/2014 | Seth Borenstein
    SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries. Still it's a low risk, about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance of happening, according to geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Kansas Secretary of State: Illegal Aliens Registering to Vote is a Massive Problem Nationwide

    02/13/2015 6:16:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 2/13/15 | Katie Pavlich
    During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday, Secretaries of State Kris Kobach from Kansas and Jon Husted of Ohio warned that a loophole in President Obama's executive action on illegal immigration could lead to millions of non-citizens obtaining the ability to vote in U.S. elections. "I want to bring to your attention my concern that the President’s recent Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will make it more difficult for elections officials to determine if all voters meet the primary standard for voting – U.S. citizenship. I am not here to debate immigration policy or the President’s executive actions. However, I am...
  • Gov. Sam Brownback rescinds protected-class status for LGBT state workers in Kansas

    02/10/2015 7:41:09 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 21 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 10, 2015 | BRYAN LOWRY -
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers put into place eight years ago by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius’ executive order in 2007 said state workers could not be discriminated against, fired or harassed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Brownback, a Republican, issued an additional executive order affirming that state employees could not be discriminated against because of their race, religion, gender, age or country of national origin. “This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • Bill would allow prosecution of teachers for distributing ‘harmful material’ to minors (Kansas)

    02/05/2015 1:15:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 02/04/2015 | Bryan Lowry and Suzanne Perez Tobias
    <p>Lawmakers are considering bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers with distributing harmful material to minors.</p> <p>Proponents say that would give needed protection to students. Opponents say it could criminalize the teaching of biology or controversial works of literature and that communication is a better option.</p>
  • 'Psychic' faces trial in murder he predicted of young mother

    02/01/2015 3:41:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 1, 2015 | AP
    WICHITA, Kan. – The leader of a Kansas commune that prosecutors say lived off of insurance payouts following the deaths of group members is set to stand trial for murder in the 2003 drowning of one of them — a young mother whose death he allegedly foretold weeks before it happened. Daniel U. Perez, a 55-year-old self-proclaimed seer, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of 26-year-old Patricia Hughes at the group's compound in the Wichita suburb of Valley Center. Jury selection begins Monday in Sedgwick County District Court. Authorities have investigated several deaths linked to the group,...
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback: I Will Sign Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions

    01/27/2015 3:41:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/27/15 | Kathy Ostrowski
    Pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback, with a backdrop of 40 pro-life legislators at Kansans for Life’s annual Rally for Life, said he was anxious to sign the newly proposed “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.” The bill is the number one legislative priority for Kansans for Life. Approximately 1,500 rally attendees at the January 22 rally welcomed the news, having marched one-half mile together to the Capitol in Topeka with a variety of pro-life posters and banners, including the newest sign, ‘Stop dismembering unborn babies.’ The crowd was dominated by students, who came from as far away as Hays, Dodge...
  • KCP&L Becomes Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Leader with Groundbreaking Announcement

    01/26/2015 4:46:52 PM PST · by mykroar · 29 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/26/15 | Press Release
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan 26, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, at a kickoff event at its headquarters, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated GXP, +0.37% announced its plans to install and operate more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations, making it the largest electric vehicle charging station installation by an electric utility in the United States. KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network is the next step in the company’s leadership in environmental sustainability. Over the next several months, KCP&L will install more than 1,000 charging stations throughout the Greater Kansas City region. This network...
  • Select KU students get word they’ll have preferred seating at Obama event

    01/21/2015 6:37:40 PM PST · by posterchild · 31 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | Jan 21, 2015 | Sara Shepard
    Securing a ticket just to be in the same — giant — room with President Barack Obama had thousands of Kansas University students giddy on Tuesday. Imagine the excitement of a select number getting a special spot. “I couldn’t even breathe,” junior Ramiro Sarmiento said of receiving a message he was selected to stand in a group behind Obama when he delivers remarks at KU. “I can’t wait. I saw the State of the Union yesterday and got really excited ... for everything that’s to come in the future.” Sarmiento is one of about 200 students across various departments chosen...
  • A Gunfight in Kansas

    01/21/2015 9:58:51 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/21/2015 | Stu Tarlowe
    On Friday, Jan. 9, at around 2 p.m. on a sunny afternoon, four armed individuals entered the shop and encountered Becky Bieker apparently alone behind the counter. Based on ensuing events, it seems fair to surmise that their intent was robbery. But whatever their plans may have been, they went awry when Jon Bieker, watching the store’s closed-circuit TV, saw his wife being brutally beaten and emerged from the rear portion of the store to protect and defend her. The way events were reported by local print and broadcast media, “gunfire broke out”; “shots were fired”; “a shootout ensued”; in...
  • ALCO stores closing across state, nation

    01/18/2015 10:48:50 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | November 21, 2014 | Ken Stephens
    ALCO stores nationwide, including those in South Hutchinson and 21 other small Kansas communities, are closing. The stores, which typically serve small towns with few other options for everything from clothing to housewares and groceries, began conducting going-out-of-business sales on Friday morning, a day after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas authorized ALCO’s owners – Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group LLC – to begin doing so. In all, 198 stores in 23 states will close, as will the 113-year-old discount retailer’s 352,000-square-foot distribution center in Abilene. During the liquidation sale, the company plans...
  • Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget fix slows income tax cuts, hikes taxes

    01/18/2015 8:48:01 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 13 replies
    Kansas.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Bryan Lowry
    Taxes on a pack of cigarettes would nearly triple from 79 cents a pack to $2.29 per pack. And taxes on liquor would rise to 12 percent from 8 percent.
  • Kansas governor seeks tax increases to address budget woes

    01/16/2015 7:57:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2015 10:01 PM EST | John Hanna
    Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Friday. Brownback presented detailed recommendations to the GOP-dominated Legislature for eliminating projected shortfalls totaling more than $710 million in the current budget and for the fiscal year beginning July 1. He also presented a spending blueprint for the fiscal year beginning in July 2016 designed to leave the state with some cash reserves. The state’s budget problems arose after lawmakers aggressively cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's...
  • Groundbreaking Dismemberment Abortion Ban in Kansas Kicks off Right to Life Movement....

    01/15/2015 2:21:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    National Right to Life | January 14, 2015 | staff
    FULL TITLE: Groundbreaking Dismemberment Abortion Ban in Kansas Kicks off Right to Life Movement 2015 Legislative Agenda WASHINGTON – In a move that will transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States, National Right to Life announced a major new component of the right to life movement’s 2015 legislative agenda with today’s introduction in Kansas of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. The wave of pro-life victories in the 2014 election helped set the stage for this first-of-its-kind legislation, which would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion. “Dismemberment abortion kills a baby by...
  • The right to life is ‘the foundation of our society’: Sam Brownback at second inaugural address

    01/13/2015 6:03:09 AM PST · by wagglebee · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/12/15 | Ben Johnson
    The respect for life at every stage of development, from birth to natural death, is “the foundation of our society” and the surest path to a renewed nation, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in his second inaugural address earlier today.Yet America is facing a “crisis of the family” that plunges children into poverty, undermines upward mobility, and casts a lingering shadow over the nation's future.Family breakdown is “a principle issue that must be addressed for us to move forward,” he said after taking the oath of office for the second time in Topeka.Brownback warned that too many people had failed...
  • Kansas Doctor Still Barred Over Abortion Referrals

    01/10/2015 8:05:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    abc ^ | Jan 9, 2015, | ROXANA HEGEMAN and JOHN HANNA Associated Press
    A Kansas doctor scrutinized for referring young patients for late-term abortions remains barred from practicing medicine after a state board declared Friday that her inadequate record-keeping justified the revocation of her license. The State Board of Healing Arts stripped Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus of her license to provide charity care in 2012, finding she had performed substandard mental health exams in 2003 for 11 patients ages 10 to 18 before referring them to the late Dr. George Tiller's clinic in Wichita. Neuhaus, from the small town of Nortonville about 30 miles north of Lawrence, wants her full medical license back...
  • Four shot during robbery attempt at Kansas gun store

    01/09/2015 2:32:19 PM PST · by bkopto · 74 replies
    Rooters ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Kevin Murphy
    Four people were shot, three critically, during an attempted robbery at a gun store in a Kansas City, Missouri, suburb on Friday afternoon, authorities said. An owner of She's A Pistol LLC gun store in Shawnee, Kansas, was critically wounded as were two of four people suspected of trying to rob the store, Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department told a news conference. Tennis said a female store owner was punched and injured in the incident. Two other suspects were able to flee the store, one of whom was also wounded, but surrendered to authorities at a house...
  • Will new Congress take on ethanol?

    01/09/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    The fiscal impact of the ethanol mandate is huge — Michaels estimated it totals “billions, easily” in direct and indirect money — but it has come under attack by liberals as well as conservatives and appears to have lost some of its clout on Capitol Hill. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency — which administers the Renewable Fuel Standard — is considering a cut to the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. ... a growing number of environmentalists want the ethanol requirement eliminated, too. ... In 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law...
  • Federal Grand Jury Investigates Loans Made To Brownback Campaign

    01/08/2015 2:32:44 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 13 replies
    WIBW.com ^ | January 8, 2015
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP)-- A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign and has ordered the state’s ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press.
  • KS 3 Congressman Yoder's explanation for supporting Boehner

    01/07/2015 3:08:47 PM PST · by Zenot · 31 replies
    Kevin Yodder's office ^ | 1/7/2014 | Kevin Yodder
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me in regard to the election for Speaker of the House. It is an honor to serve the people of Kansas in the United States Congress and I appreciate your input. On January 6th, 2015, the House of Representatives voted to elect the Speaker of the House for the 114th Congress. As you may know, John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker. Speaker Boehner received a majority of the votes with 216 and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received 164. No other candidate received more than 12 votes. As such, this vote was a...
  • KC auto shop worker survives three-mile I-70 ride atop SUV

    01/07/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 6, 2015 | Tony Rizzo
    A Kansas City auto repair shop employee made a snap decision Monday when a woman drove off without paying for repairs. He jumped on the roof of her Cadillac Escalade and held on during a high-speed, three-mile ride that ended outside Kansas City police headquarters. Another auto shop employee followed in another vehicle and told police that he tried to stop the Cadillac by firing shots at its tires. One of the bullets hit the driver’s side door. Police said it was a miracle that no one was injured in the incident that began shortly before 3 p.m. Monday at...
  • Unescorted teens barred from Franklin Park Mall - Must be with adult after 4 p.m. on weekends

    01/06/2015 9:56:01 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    The Blade ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS AND JON CHAVEZ
    Hanging out at the mall instantly became less cool for teenagers on Monday, when Franklin Park Mall officials said that anyone 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult on mall property after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Mall officials said the new policy is not a response to any specific event and is a proactive move taken after conducting research among shoppers, retailers, and the Toledo community. But the change follows a weekend incident where police tried to remove a large group of people from the mall when a fight broke out, leading to several arrests and...
  • Pro-life Kansas poised for possible fetal heartbeat bill in new legislative session

    01/06/2015 2:25:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    live action news ^ | January 6, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    When the annual legislative session opens Jan. 12, Kansas is poised to expand its pro-life laws. At the top of the list is a fetal heartbeat bill. Kansas recently re-elected its pro-life governor, Sam Brownback, as well as many new pro-life legislators. Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita), chairman of the Federal and State Affairs Committee, told the Wichita Eagle that the committee will have at least informational hearings on heartbeat legislation: “As a general topic, heartbeat legislation is on the table.” The Kansas Coalition for Life has been petitioning for a heartbeat bill as well. Abortion supporting groups are opposed as...
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Grand Junction hospital limits visitors due to flu ( Colorado )

    01/02/2015 7:44:02 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    ksl ^ | January 2, 2015
    Hospitals and medical centers in western Colorado are limiting visitors because of a serious flu outbreak. ... The Veterans Affairs Medical Center's community living center still is not accepting visitors after 11 patients showed signs of having the flu. All of those patients will remain in isolation until two or three days after the last one recovers. The Centers for Disease Control said influenza has reached epidemic proportions. There have been 15 pediatric deaths nationwide
  • Pump price plunge hits 99 straight days

    01/02/2015 10:59:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 38 replies
    The average price for a gallon of gas has dropped for 99 days in a row, with six states – Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri – having average prices under $2 for the first time since 2009, according to price surveys Friday. Prices have plummeted about 40 percent since the start of June. Put another way, the Auto Club estimates that Americans are saving $500 million -- per day, each day – compared to the high prices paid last spring, allowing that money to be spent with businesses other than oil companies or just kept in the savings...
  • Court won't reconsider states' citizenship lawsuit

    01/02/2015 8:50:43 AM PST · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    Concord Monitor ^ | Dec 29, 2014
    A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision allowing residents of Kansas and Arizona to register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship.
  • GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback's tax scare

    12/26/2014 12:43:31 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/14 | Rachael Blade
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona’s new Republican governor are delaying big dreams of nixing the income tax as they face budget shortfalls. And Missouri Republicans, once jealous of their neighbor Kansas’ massive cuts, are thankful they trimmed less. Call it the Brownback effect. Story Continued Below . . Republicans once idolized Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as a tax cutting superstar — now he’s a lesson in what not to do. “It’s a cautionary tale on a national scale … Many of us felt that...
  • Discovery of Bourbon Virus Raises Many Questions

    12/26/2014 8:02:19 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 40 replies
    Medscape ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | Robert Lowes
    The discovery of a new virus implicated in the death of a Kansas farmer this past June raises many questions about its host, prevalence, spectrum of disease, and ultimately its treatment and prevention, according to an infectious disease expert who treated the patient. Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the first known case of the so-called Bourbon virus, named after the Kansas county where the unidentified patient had lived. His symptoms — fever, low red and white blood cell counts, elevated liver enzymes, and loss of appetite — suggested a tick-borne illness such as ehrlichiosis or the...
  • Couple robbed, assaulted in Craigslist hold-up

    12/23/2014 12:54:22 PM PST · by Mozilla · 67 replies
    Fox4 LKC ^ | December 23, 2014 | Molly Balkenbush,
    A couple is still shaken up after they were robbed at gunpoint in a Lenexa neighborhood when trying to check out a car they found on Craigslist. The Petersons went to the Lenexa home on Hauser Street and knocked on the door, but nobody answered. They said it looked as though nobody lived in the house. Then, a little black car pulled up and three people robbed them.
  • A Tale of Two Senators and a Congressman

    12/22/2014 11:42:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/19/14 | Daniel Horowitz
    On the surface, there does not seem to be much in common between Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA), other than the fact that both of them reside in Virginia. snip Immediately following the election, Obama put that promise to a test by brazenly violating our immigration laws and remaking American through executive action. Roberts was unequivocal in his response: But on that fateful Saturday night last week, Roberts suddenly realized that the election was over. The residual intellectual honesty and conservative energy that remained from his election-cycle foxhole conversion dissipated just in time for the first...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up

    12/18/2014 8:26:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 18, 2014 | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up Dec 18, 2014 By SYDNEY LUPKIN PHOTO: 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger, who was born without eyes, had his cane taken away and replaced with a pool noodle by the North Kansas City School District on Dec. 15, 2014. A school took away an 8-year-old blind boy's cane as punishment for acting up and replaced it with a pool noodle, his father told ABC News today. Dakota Nafzinger, who was born with no eyes, was listening to his music on the school bus when the driver took it away from him,...
  • North Kansas City School District apologizes for taking away blind child’s cane (Sick & Twisted)

    12/18/2014 5:18:08 AM PST · by BCW · 19 replies
    Fox 4 KC ^ | 16 DEC 2014 | MOLLY BALKENBUSH
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two North Kansas City parents are outraged after they say their blind son’s cane was taken away from him at school by a bus driver. Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School. Rachel Nafzinger said school staff took away her son’s cane as punishment for bad behavior on the bus and then gave him a swimming pool noodle to use as a substitute. The school wouldn’t go on camera, but North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed taking away Dakota’s cane, calling it school property that was given to him when he enrolled. They...
  • North Kansas City school takes away blind child’s cane, replaces it with pool noodle

    12/17/2014 4:34:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 40 replies
    FOX4 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Molly Balkenbush,
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two North Kansas City parents are outraged after they say their blind son’s cane was taken away from him at school by a bus driver. Eight-year-old Dakota Nafzinger attends Gracemor Elementary School. Rachel Nafzinger said school staff took away her son’s cane as punishment for bad behavior on the bus and then gave him a swimming pool noodle to use as a substitute. The school wouldn’t go on camera, but North Kansas City School District Spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed taking away Dakota’s cane, calling it school property that was given to him when he enrolled. They...
  • More States Join Lawsuit against Obama's Immigration Order

    12/16/2014 5:05:43 AM PST · by Hostage · 79 replies
    Governing ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
    Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. The original 17 states, including Alabama, Kansas and Texas, filed suit in U.S. District Court last week, arguing that Obama overstepped his powers in enacting such changes on his own. "The president's proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • BREAKING: Massive Spike In Whites Setting Blacks On Fire

    12/14/2014 4:39:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Did you know that there’s been a massive uptick in white thugs setting black folks on fire, yet the media has been virtually silent on this horrendous subject? Sure, we all have heard of Darren Wilson's shooting Michael Brown, but there has been no coverage of the aforementioned. Like in zero… nada… nothing… zilch. What kind of racist “news outlets” would be so heinous to cover up such gross and unspeakable evil? Why haven’t the most powerful people in our government and the entertainment industry spoken out and condemned this obvious xenophobic act of viciousness? How come there has been...
  • Officers Shoot And Kill 19 Year Old Suspect Armed With Handgun (Topeka, Kansas)

    12/13/2014 1:55:51 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    WIBW.com ^ | 12/13/2014 | Justin Surrency
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police were forced to use deadly force after a 19 year old suspect, involved in several crimes, refused to put down his weapon. Officers were first called to the 400 block of SW Tyler where a suspect had allegedly strangled a female victim and taking a knife and a gun out of the residence.
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Red States Are Getting a New Shade of Redder-people who deny climate change most likely to suffer

    12/12/2014 1:28:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2014 | Joshua Zaffos
    ".....Yuma,Colorado, a farming town of 3,500 people near the Kansas border, celebrated last month as homegrown Republican Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gardner, a high school football player and the son of a farm equipment dealer, defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to help the GOP gain control of the Senate in the second-most expensive congressional race of all time.Gardner represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District for four years, an expansive territory that covers the mostly flat and rural eastern third of the state. Farmers there mostly grow corn to feed cattle, and water comes from the quickly...
  • Deer hunter’s 8-point trophy wasn’t a buck

    12/08/2014 7:29:35 AM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 59 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | Updated 12/06/2014 7:11 AM | Michael Pearce
    Hunters from all parts of the country come to Kansas hoping to shoot a buck with a trophy-class set of antlers. Well, for Chuck Rorie, half of the dream came true Wednesday afternoon when he shot what he thought was a nice buck. Instead, the set of eight-point antlers were attached to a doe. “I didn’t think much about it; it just looked like a nice buck when I was watching it and shot it,” said Rorie, of Monroe, N.C. “But when I was skinning it I realized something didn’t look right. It didn’t have the right private parts. “I...
  • Utah to seize own land from government, challenge federal dominance of Western states

    12/04/2014 12:37:49 PM PST · by george76 · 129 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Transfer of Public Lands Act’ demands Washington relinquish 31.2 million acres by Dec. 31. In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, that’s the plan. In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state’s 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31. ... With the 2012 law, Utah placed itself on...
  • Conservative expert on immigration law to pursue suit against executive action

    11/27/2014 4:15:21 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Eli Saslow
    The most pivotal moment of his career is about to unfold on prime time TV, and Kris Kobach has no way to watch. “There’s really no TV in here?” he says, and a waitress at a downtown diner in tiny Tonganoxie shakes her head. “How about a phone? Anyone have enough cell service to stream live radio?” Kobach asks, and a few of the Republicans assembled here for a county meeting rush up to help. (SNIP) Governors have been texting his cellphone and Senate staffers have been sending e-mails, and everyone is asking Kobach a version of the same question:...
  • Conservative Republicans cast a longer shadow over moderates in Johnson County

    11/23/2014 11:39:08 AM PST · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | November 21, 2014 | Dave Helling
    The Johnson County moderate, a fixture of Kansas politics for decades, is an increasingly endangered species. Republicans and analysts on both sides of the moderate-conservative divide say the Nov. 4 election results confirm that conclusion. The centrist bankers, lawyers and businessmen who once defined the county’s politics are giving way to younger, more socially oriented conservatives who now play the major role in determining the county’s approach to government. “The old guard just doesn’t have the weight they used to have,” said Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican just elected to a second term. “The fact that the elites...
  • Woman Who Was Sexually Assaulted And Set On Fire In Wichita Park, Dies Of Her Injuries

    11/23/2014 11:07:18 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Debra Heine
    The 36-year-old mother of four had suffered severe burns over more than half her body and had cuts on her head when firefighters found her November 14, naked in a park near the Wichita State University campus. The suspect in the case, twenty-six-year-old Cornell A. McNeal, also of Wichita, was charged Friday with attempted capital murder, rape and arson. Lt. Espinoza says the charges against McNeal will now be amended to include murder. McNeal is accused of raping, beating and setting on fire a 36-year-old woman who was walking in Fairmount Park, south of Wichita State University’s main campus, about...
  • Victim in (Wichita, KS) Fairmount Park attack dies (after being raped and set on fire)

    11/22/2014 11:31:27 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | November 22, 2014 | Suzanne Perez Tobias
    A woman who was sexually assaulted and burned in Fairmount Park last week has died, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said. [Snip] {Cornell A.] McNeal is accused of raping, beating and setting on fire a 36-year-old woman who was walking in Fairmount Park, south of Wichita State University’s main campus, about 11 p.m. Nov. 14.
  • Stunning new surge of jobs in Kansas ( Brownback's ruinous economy )

    11/22/2014 8:54:48 AM PST · by GusFring · 27 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 11-21-2014 | YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH -
    Bet Gov. Sam Brownback is enjoying this news with a big smile on his face: Just-released federal figures Friday morning showed a stunning surge of jobs in October in Kansas. The state gained 8,400 jobs in the month according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than the paltry number Kansas added during the first nine months of the year, or 7,900 jobs. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article4046156.html#storylink=cpy