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John Celock

Lawmakers' Big Gun Mistake Revealed

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Mistakes in the text of a legislative amendment caused Kansas lawmakers to vote Wednesday to allow for the open carry of guns in the state Capitol, in...

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Lawmakers Vote For Sweeping Gun Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives voted to allow concealed guns into the state Capitol Wednesday in one of three pro-gun bills...

Proposal Could Deliver Extreme Civil Service Makeover

Colin Curtis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

HB 2384, a bill pending in the Kansas state legislature relating to civil service classification for public employees, advances a misguided solution i...

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Lawmakers Vote To Keep Strippers, Lap Dances Legal

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislative committee voted Friday morning to kill legislation that could have effectively banned strip clubs and lap dances in the state. ...

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GOP Lawmakers Advance Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislative committee advanced a sweeping anti-abortion bill Thursday after removing a provision that would have banned abortion clinic worke...

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New Study: Lawmaker Listening Could Benefit

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

New research suggests that when state legislators spend more time listening to their constituents, more marriage equality legislation is likely. A...

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Another State Looks At Arming Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislative committee passed a bill Wednesday morning to allow concealed guns in public buildings and to allow teachers to carry guns at scho...

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Lawmakers Take Steps To Protect Drone Economies

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

The introduction of legislation Wednesday to ban drone use in Kansas has raised concerns over the potential impact of a ban on the state's economy, a ...

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Kansas Immigration Foe Gets Mixed Message From Republicans

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas state Senate passed legislation Thursday evening that would give Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) power to investig...

Case Made Against Kansas Workers Compensation Reform

Colin Curtis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon,...

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Lawmakers Advance Ban On Gun Control

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

A Missouri legislative committee Tuesday passed two bills that would ban the enforcement of any new federal gun control laws in the state. The Rep...

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Doctors In Kansas Will Still Be Allowed To Ask Patients About Guns

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

A Republican-controlled committee in the Kansas House of Representatives has removed a provision from legislation that would ban doctors from asking a...

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Top Dem: Govs 'Scared To Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, steered clear of calling for a total assault weapons ban F...

State Bill Looks To Replicate Brewer Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are finalizing "phase one" in a plan to eliminate the state's civil service protections. The state House Appropriat...

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GOP Group Wants City To Ban Fluoride In Drinking Water To Preserve Legislators' IQs

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

A Republican group in Kansas wants Topeka city officials to remove fluoride from the city's drinking water in order to preserve the intelligence of le...

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Dem Fights 'Bizarre' Claim

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

Kansas Republicans are demanding an investigation into what they say is a former Democratic state legislator impersonating a state legislator. The...

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Kansas Immigration Foe Meets New Challenger

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), best known for his national work on immigration issues, has drawn his first opponent in what could shape up...

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Legislators Should Get Same Job Rights As Soldiers, Anti-Union Republican Says

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

A Republican Kansas state senator has proposed legislation that would give state lawmakers protections in their private-sector jobs similar to those o...

Republican Seeks To Stop Obama 'Tyranny'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina is proposing an amendment to the state's constitution allowing residents to carry concealed weapons, in an eff...

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Dems Sign On To New State Gun Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

More than 50 state legislators in Kansas -- including four Democrats -- have co-sponsored a gun bill that would, among other things, prohibit most doc...

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'Ultraconservative Utopia' Prepares For Abortion Comeback

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

With the introduction of strict new anti-abortion bills nearing in Topeka, Kan., pro-abortion rights college students descended on the state capitol M...

Abortion Bill Contains Interesting Ban

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Mississippi has proposed a ban on human-animal hybrids. State Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R-Booneville) proposed t...

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Anti-Union Legislation Moves Ahead

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

The Republican-dominated Kansas House of Representatives gave preliminary passage to a contentious anti-union billon Wednesday, overcoming opposition ...

Bruised Kansas

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

Kansas has become the caricature of the starkly red state the nation always thought it was. Only it wasn't. Until now.

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GOP Women Told To Walk With 'Male Escort'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas Republican legislators are being warned to take increased security precautions in the state Capitol on Wednesday -- and female la...