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Kids as Crash Test Dummies: Brownback Outsources Child Support Services to Donor

Mary Bottari | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

When he was elected in 2010, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback began to slash core government services and privatize the rest. Kids receiving child support payments from absent parents would be among Brownback's first 'crash test dummies.'

Davis: Hundreds Of Republicans Break With Brownback

AP | By JOHN HANNA | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Democratic challenger Paul Davis said Tuesday that more than 500 Republican dissidents support him in the Kansas governor...

Strange Things Happening in the Plains States

Mike Lux | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The fact that there are seven highly contested races in solid red states that few people thought would be competitive is a sign that something unusual is going on the small towns and wide open spaces of the Great Plains. It's not exactly the populist revolt of the 1890s, but it is making things interesting.

Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The head of the Secret Service abruptly resigned, after she got grilled by Congress over several disconcerting lapses which happened on her watch. She fell on her sword immediately, to her credit, rather than drawing the story out day after day.

Laura Bassett

NARAL Campaign Hits Abortion-'Obsessed' GOP Governors

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

The lobbying group NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a six-figure mail campaign on Monday targeting three Republican governors for their anti-abortion...

Kansas Is So Broke That It Has To Auction Off Sex Toys

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

Kansas' budget woes are so dire that the state government has resorted to selling off furry handcuffs and vibrators seized by its revenue department. ...

Jason Linkins

In The New York Times, Evidence Of A Slow Election Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

A 26-year-old man walks into a strip club with his boss. He gets up to some strip club shenanigans. While he is there, the police raid the strip club,...

Dem Candidate Responds To Strip Club Incident

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor in Kansas, faced the music Saturday on a 16-year-old report of his presence at a strip club during a...

'Big Bang' Budget Bad for Illinois

Emily J. Miller | Posted 09.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.

Instead of 'Legitimate Rape' Remarks, This Time Right-Wing Economic Policies Are Sinking GOP Chances

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Unless Republicans repudiate Reaganite supply side (i.e., trickle down) economics -- which stands at the very heart of contemporary, Tea Party conservatism and is the only thing unifying the increasingly disparate social conservative, libertarian, and Chamber of Commerce wings -- they own this debacle.

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Poll Finds GOP Gov Trailing His Democratic Challenger

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is still trailing Democratic rival Paul Davis, a poll released Thursday finds. A KSN News poll found Davis, a member ...

Former GOP Rep Says She Never Endorsed Dem In Governor's Race

AP | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Republican congresswoman from Kansas says she never endorsed Democratic challenger Paul Davis in the gubernatorial ...

How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The Paul Ryans of America have lost the bet fair and square. The tax cuts experiment has had plenty of time to show results, but the only people whose economic situations have improved since the Bush tax cuts are the wealthiest 1 percent of society.

Over 100 Republicans Back Democratic Candidate For Kansas Governor

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

The organization Republicans for Kansas Values, which is composed of 104 current and former Republican officeholders in Kansas, endorsed state Rep. Pa...

Governor Wants To Double Down On Massive Tax Cut That Tanked State Finances

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is unfazed by a massive revenue shortfall that threatens to leave his state's finances in ruins. Determined that supply-...

What's the Matter With (Tax Cuts) in Kansas?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Ask yourself whether this all sounds familiar: cut taxes on the wealthy and you'll unleash enough growth to more than make up the difference. Investment will flourish leading jobs, wages, and productivity to accelerate. It's plain old vanilla trickle-down, supply-side economics.

Brownback Faces Blowback On Tax Cuts, Trails Dem Challenger In New Poll

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is feeling some heat over his support for income tax cuts that have resulted in dramatic revenue decreases and budget sh...

Immigration On The Concert Stage, Silver Screen & In The Legislature: Calle 13 @ Coachella, The Undocumented, How Democracy Works Now + Mercedes Sosa's Final Recording Session

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, a legend's final studio recording, a great day at Coachella, notes on heroic forensics and a decade and a half of failed immigration legisla...

Andrew Perez

Republicans Gear Up For The Great Grouse War Of 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are working to block federal protection of several species of grouse, arguing that listing the birds as endang...

This GOP Governor's Agenda Might Have Made Him Vulnerable

AP | By JOHN HANNA | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Despite accomplishing much of his agenda — or perhaps, because of it — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has run into a wave of nega...

Immigration Foe Faces Tough Reelection Bid

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), an architect of the controversial Arizona law requiring state and local police to check the immigration sta...

Pulling Back the Curtain on Sam Brownback's Kansas Financial Meltdown

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

His state veered hard to the right on tax policy, and as a result its economy has underperformed the rest of country, and his budget is in shambles.

Joy Resmovits

Kansas School Funding Ruling May Affect Classrooms Around The Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled the state's funding of public schools to be unconstitutional, a declaration likely to have effects beyond the...

5 Things You Should Know About The Kansas School Funding Fight

AP | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court will issue a decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by parents and school districts that accuses the state ...