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Speechless in Topeka

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 07.21.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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.

Arthur Delaney

The Kansas Welfare Rule That Went Too Far Even For Kansas

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are already revisiting a new law that imposed harsh restrictions on how the state's welfare recipients can use their benefits. Th...

Kansas Dodges Debacle But Still No Budget

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. June 6 (Reuters) - While still unable to agree on a budget, Kansas lawmakers on Saturday averted a ...

Kansas May Furlough 7,000 Workers Due To Revenue Shortfall

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 5 (Reuters) - More than 7,000 state employees in Kansas would be furloughed on Monday if state lawmakers ca...

Pee for Your Food Stamps! (So Why Stop There?)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Some states make the needy jump through hoops. For their own good, of course...

Sam Brownback Says Using Private Email, Cell Is Simpler

AP | By NICHOLAS CLAYTON | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Under scrutiny for using private email and cellphones for official communications, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday that he...

Nearly Half Of States Face Massive Budget Gaps

AP | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budg...

Waitress Gives Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback A Tip

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

A waitress serving Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) Saturday evening didn't ask for a tip -- instead, she left one for the governor. No, not that kin...

Some Question Whether States Should Tell Welfare Recipients How To Spend Their Benefits

Pew's Stateline | Teresa Wiltz | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Christina Wilkie

More Kansas Schools To Close Early For Lack Of Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Six school districts in Kansas will close early this year, following budget cuts signed in March by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Two school dist...

Arthur Delaney

Brownback To Sign Law Banning Welfare Dollars From Cruise Ships

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) will sign legislation banning poor people from spending welfare dollars on cruise ships and in other unsavory venues, th...

Medical Misogyny: Kansas Mandates Substandard Abortion Care

David A. Grimes | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

SB 95 is an unwarranted and dangerous intrusion into the patient-physician relationship. The bill provides no medical or public health justification for outlawing the safest method of second-trimester abortion in the world today. Thus, one must conclude that the intent is to punish women by relegating them to obsolete care.

Kansas Becomes First State To Ban Common Form Of Abortion

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill Tuesday that made his state the first to ban a procedure used for most second-trimester abortions. The...

Kansas Schools Will Close Early This Spring For Lack Of Funds

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools ope...

Kansas To Allow Concealed Carry Of Guns Without A Permit

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 2 (Reuters) - Kansas residents will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the state without training or...

Immigration and the Health of a Nation

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Tim Suttle

You want to know whether the arrow is pointing up or down for our society? Here's your leading indicator: How do we treat the poor? How do we treat the immigrant (legal or not)? Do we elect leaders who will do anything to increase our consumeristic zeal and lust for cash?

Jason Linkins

So That Happened: Obama Asks Congress If It's Okay That He Started Fighting ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

So, that happened: This week, America's ongoing battle with the Islamic State reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the president finally...

A Shameful Perception Will Beget a Difficult Reality for Kansas

Joseph P. Mastrosimone | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Joseph P. Mastrosimone

The shameful decision by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, both a lawyer and a politician, to rescind a longstanding executive order outlawing employment discrimination against executive branch state employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is particularly troubling.

Damn, Sam: Reaction of a Kansas Activist

Stephanie Mott | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

He does not speak for Kansas. He does not speak for God. Hate is not a Christian value. Hate is not a Kansas value. Hate is not an American value. The greatest possible gift I can give to this world is to be my true, authentic self. Sam Brownback has no power to change that.

Sam Levine

Kansas Governor Tosses Protections For LGBT State Employees

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday unilaterally rescinded rules that had protected state workers from discrimination based on gender identity an...

Kansas Feels The Pain From Brownback's Terrible Budget

AP | By JOHN HANNA | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won't solve its ...

Mary Cheney, Here's Why Drag and Blackface Are Different (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 04.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Next time someone asks why drag is OK and blackface isn't, you can tell them that drag is an expression of yourself, whereas blackface is an attack on someone else; blackface reinforces an imbalance of power, whereas drag disassembles an imbalance of power; blackface is a relic, whereas drag is what we all do, every day, every time we put on clothes.

Brownback's Disconnect

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

Governor Sam Brownback's Jan. 15 State of the State address was short and disconnected from reality. He promised a continued "march to zero income taxes," in spite of a projected $700 million hole in the state's budget over the next 18 months.