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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. ...

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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.

Kansas Senator's Longevity Gives Tea Party Foe Opening

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts stoked the political brushfire he was hoping to smother during a recent Kansas City-area radio morning ...

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...

What's the Matter With Education in Kansas?

Carla Shutak | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

What's the matter with Kansas? Quite a lot, actually, but if I were to focus on one really big issue it would be education.

What's the Matter with Kansas? Not a Damn Thing

Heather Cronk | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Heather Cronk

Without investment in progressive infrastructure and resources to help support populist tendencies, states like Kansas have been left on their own -- and, as a result, they're becoming the political playgrounds of right-wing extremists.

Kansas: What Happened to Its Historic Leadership in Civil Rights?

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I am particularly proud of the history of Kansas as a progressive leader against discrimination. Fast forward to 2014 and the Kansas House of Representatives turns away from our proud heritage. The Kansas House passed a law that clearly and forcefully discriminates, in both the private and public sector, against same-sex couples.

Kansas: The Surreal State of the State

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

This bizarre scenario wasn't church, this was state -- or at least the Statehouse -- and the constitution that is revered by social conservatives is very firm on the separation of the two. That separation has gone the way of the Passenger Pigeon in Kansas.

Looks Like 1984 in Kansas

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The Kansas Board of Regents, many members of which have been appointed by the governor, has voted to restrict academic free speech.

Kate Sheppard

Attacks On Clean Energy Were A Giant Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to roll back renewable energy standards in the states this year have largely failed despite the best efforts of conservative gro...

John Celock

Democrat Vows To Take On Koch Brothers

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

The leading critic of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is seeking a return to the state Legislature with a vow to reduce the influence of the...

John Celock

Some States Requiring Some Married Couples To Be Treated As Singles

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

While the Internal Revenue Service plans to allow same-sex married couples to file joint federal tax returns, not every state will be following suit. ...

John Celock

GOP Voting Plan 'A Huge Mess'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

Republican officials in Arizona and Kansas want to change their voting systems so that one registration would be required for federal elections, and a...

John Celock

Kansas Dems Line Up Against Against 'Galavanting' Immigration Foe

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics

The field to challenge Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) next year continues to grow, as three Democrats have started up efforts toward seekin...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker: Stop 'Absurd' Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

Some Republican state lawmakers are saying that the current federal government shutdown needs to end before it harms the country further. The shut...

John Celock

State Lawmakers: Tea Party Fear Dominates GOP

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Democratic women state lawmakers say fear of the tea party is driving the Republican Party during the current federal government sh...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers In Kansas: Fire Professor Or Face Consequences

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

Republican state legislators in Kansas are calling on the University of Kansas to dismiss a tenured journalism professor over a controversial tweet in...

John Celock

Moderate Republicans May Back Dem After 'Ultraconservative Utopia' Hijacking

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

A group of moderate Kansas Republicans led by a former United States senator plans to wage a war to take back the state GOP, even if it means endorsin...

John Celock

Pro-LGBT Measure Passes In Westboro Baptist's Hometown

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

The city council of Topeka, Kan., home to the Westboro Baptist Church, on Tuesday night passed a measure to promote ways to end LGBT discrimination in...

John Celock

GOP Official Explains Brainless Democrat Comment

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Kansas' Republican secretary of state is explaining comments he made at a regional Republican event over the weekend where he suggested that young Dem...

John Celock

Obama's Cousin Faces Uphill Tea Party Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

Milton Wolf, President Barack Obama's second cousin once removed, is likely to face an uphill challenge if he goes ahead with a Republican primary cha...

John Celock

'Ultraconservative Utopia' Looks To Be First In Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The fight over Kansas' appeals courts will have a new front next year as lawmakers take up legislation to lower the retirement age for appellate judge...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Deny Vote On Expanding Voter Registration

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Kansas' fight over showing proof of citizenship in order to register to vote spilled into the state Legislature Tuesday, with Republican leaders denyi...

John Celock

'Ultraconservative Utopia' Could Kick 20,000 Off Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Thousands of Kansans could lose food stamps under a new state policy that congressional Republicans hope to implement nationwide. Kansas officials...