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GOP Lawmakers Likely To Block Key Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

Legislative maneuvering in Kansas will likely postpone a decision on Medicaid expansion, if the state ever decides to enter the program. Gov. Sam ...

John Celock

Kansas Vows To Fight Holder Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

Kansas officials are vowing to fight United States Attorney General Eric Holder's claim that the state's new ban on federal gun laws is unconstitution...

John Celock

GOP Governor Signs 'Strictest' Pro-Gun Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday signed what is being called the nation's most pro-Second Amendment law, but one that could face constitutiona...

The Week In Wingnuts

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

From a representative suggesting bulletproof vests for town meetings to a GOP committeeman comparing gays to alcoholics, our weekly roundup of way-off...

Dem Blasts 'Taliban-Like Philosophies' Of GOP Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

The rhetoric surrounding a debate over abortion rights in Kansas heated up on Monday, when state Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) accused his GOP coll...

David Barton Justifies Destruction Of Indian Tribes

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Barton's characterization of the Indians engaging in torture and the English as civilized ignores the many American atrocities committed against the native people during that war and other conflicts.

John Celock

Lawmakers Advance More Abortion Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives voted to advance legislation adding new restrictions to abortions in the state Tuesday. T...

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...

John Celock

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...

John Celock

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...

John Celock

Prayer Urged For 'Dark Spiritual Areas'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

The branch of a national group that advocates prayer in state Capitols has called for prayers for Kansas' "dark spiritual areas" which include large D...

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...

John Celock

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.

John Celock

'Extreme' Kansas Union Bill Set For Quick Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas lawmakers are set to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a bill that could dramatically overhaul collective bargaining for teache...

John Celock

‘Ultraconservative Utopia' Would Include Drug Testing The Poor & Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Lawmakers seeking to abolish income taxes and stymie unions in Kansas think it might also be worthwhile to make the poor and unemployed pee in cups to...

John Celock

Bill That Some Say Threatens Unions Advances

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Legislation that the chief lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce said would help abolish public employee unions easily passed a state House of R...

Jason Linkins

Plan To Soak Poor With Sales Taxes Is Catching On Everywhere

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Seems like only hours ago that I was given the occasion to remember how Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's "fresh, new" idea in policymaking was to "elimin...

John Celock

Lobbyist Wants Bill To 'Get Rid Of' Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chief lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce told state legislators Wednesday that he wants to see them pass a bill to end auto...

John Celock

Anti-Union Bill Aims At 'Problem That Doesn’t Exist'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

The battle over labor unions has reached a new state, with Kansas legislators due to start discussing a proposal that would curtail unions' political ...

John Celock

GOP Gov Declares He's 'Not Beholden' To Special Interests

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) used his State of the State address Tuesday evening to push to eliminate the state income tax and to call for overhaulin...

Kansas Cuts To Education Unconstitutional, Court Rules

stateline | Jim Malewitz | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

John Celock

Former Republican Plans To 'Celebrate' Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

A moderate Republican state senator in Kansas plans to become a Democrat just hours after she officially leaves office Monday. Former state Sen. J...

Kansas Makes Surprising Claim Against Sperm Donor

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Kansas state officials are seeking child support from the sperm donor to a lesbian couple in exchange for the state providing the child's mother with ...