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Red State Conservatives Vie for Ag Slot

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is in the running to be secretary of agriculture. (Facebook) BY: JACK NOLAND Agriculture Department chiefs tend to come fr...

Yes, Hillary Must Attack Trump. But Every Democrat Should Run Against The GOP Meltdown In Kansas

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

These Republicans will attempt to fool voters into believing that even though Trump is the leader of their party, they will somehow provide an independent voice. Democrats need to be able to counter that attempt.

Planned Parenthood Sues Kansas Over Plan To Cut Medicaid Funding

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, a U.S. women's healthcare and abortion provider, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Kansas over a plan t...

This Republican Once Said Helping Refugees Made Us A 'Better Nation.’ But Now He’s Done.

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

Fifteen years ago, then-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) gave an impassioned speech in support of refugee resettlement. He called helping and taking in ref...

Mississippi Needs Inside Agitators

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Mississippi's current political leaders travel to the beat of a different dumber. Whenever another state does something particularly outrageous that threatens to lead it to claiming the title of worst, Mississippi can be counted on to save it by doing something worse.

Sam Brownback Shows How Extremists Gut A State

Salon | Paul Vale | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics

It’s not uncommon to see developments named after what they displace or sometimes destroy. Subdivisions with names like Wild Creek Place likely cont...

The Right Revolution

Murray Forseter | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Hillary Clinton's or Sanders' election as president might well ensure a left of center bent on the Supreme Court. But even a flip of the Senate into Democratic hands would not unshackle residents in many states from regressive laws enacted by state legislatures and signed by doctrinaire conservative governors.

The Republican Party Must Answer for What It Did To Kansas And Louisiana

New York Magazine | Andrew Hart | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

Over the course of 12 debates, the Republican presidential candidates were never asked to address the budget problems in Kansas. That may not sound li...

The GOP Elites Have Themselves to Blame

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Look around at just some of the other sheer lunacy their party perpetrates when it's not trying to shut government down, redistribute wealth upward, and prevent the president of the United States from filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

The Wizard may rule Oz, but it's not too late to pull back the curtain.

Kansas To Shun Refugees From Every Country In The World

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (CN) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order expanding his ban on state assistance to Syrian refugees in Kansas to refugees...

Kansas Governor Cuts Off Planned Parenthood Funding

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered state officials to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates through the state Medicaid prog...

How This Missouri Mega-Donor Is Making His Pet Projects Part Of The 2016 Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid troubles back home over how to close a $765 million deficit, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback traveled across the border earlier this year...

Kansas Christians Petition Gov. Brownback: Claim Order Barring Refugees Violates Religious Freedom

Tim Suttle | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Tim Suttle

A group of Kansas Christians have started an online petition, adding to the mounting pressure against Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's Executive Order 15-07 which bars the state from accepting Syrian refugees.

What Happened to Kansas?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Kansas has been something of a laboratory for conservative trickle-down economic policies and ideology since Governor Brownback took office in 2010 and to say the climate is reactionary would be being polite!

Gun Krazy Kansas and More Fun Stuff

Charlie Allenson | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Charlie Allenson

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was one day late for his April Fool's gag. But I guess he thought he could get one in anyway. It's a killer.

This GOP Governor's Comments About The Poor Are Incredibly Revealing

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

Some Republicans want their party to stop bashing poor people as lazy and undeserving of public assistance. Sam Brownback, the conservative governor o...

I'm With Stupid: Zombie Preparedness Isn't a Joke in Kansas

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.05.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not so sure about some people's ability to separate zombie fact from zombie fiction. The only fact that exists about zombies is that there are no such things as zombies. I thought that was the one thing we could all agree upon.

Kansas Governor Believes Same-Sex Marriage, Like Abortion, Will Be Rolled Back

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been a vocal opponent of marriage equality along with his attorney general, Derek Schmidt, who unsuccessfully represente...

Kansas Governor Wants To Teach Residents How To Prepare For Zombies

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 12.24.2016 | Politics

If AMC’s "The Walking Dead" ever becomes a reality, Kansas may be the only state ready for the zombie apocalypse. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) will...

Unemployed People Are Getting Kicked Off Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you're not going to have access to food stamps, either. I...

How the U.S. Came to Fight Human Trafficking

ADST | Posted 08.12.2016 | World

The opening words to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act embodied the United States' growing awareness of modern slavery and announced their intention to combat this evil both at home and abroad.

Speechless in Topeka

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

The normally talkative woman was speechless after the last Kansas legislative session. The typically productive writer, deflated by the antics that occurred in her hometown of Topeka, was stuck about how to characterize the dismal politics of her adopted state.

Confederate Ideology and the Second Amendment

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Republicans must go beyond the flag debate to confront the simmering ideological stew on the far right. The idea of nullification in its own way is equally odious. It is a failed constitutional theory that should likewise be banished to a museum of legal antiquities.

The Danger of Disrobing the Judiciary

Alex Glashausser | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Artful advocates advise this about addressing the court: if the facts are on your side, pound the facts; if the law is on your side, pound the law; if neither is on your side, pound the table. Adding to that adage, pusillanimous politicians propose undressing the court: if you fear its decision, strip it of jurisdiction.