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

Tim Suttle | Posted 11.20.2015 | 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 10.26.2015 | 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 10.23.2015 | 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 ...

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

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.05.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices

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

Kansas Governor Wants To Teach Residents How To Prepare For Zombies

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 09.30.2015 | 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)...

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. ...

How the U.S. Came to Fight Human Trafficking

ADST | Posted 08.12.2015 | 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 07.21.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...