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Sam Brownback

Tweet Troubles: Student Declines To Apologize To Governor

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 01.27.2012 | Education

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas teenager who wrote a disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school pr...

Student Punished After Tweeting Disparaging Comments About Governor

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

A high school senior was punished after tweeting disparaging remarks about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. After meeting Brownback on a field trip, 18-y...

John Celock

Kansas Official Pushes For Immigration Law Like Arizona's | John Celock | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is promising to press several controversial immigration measures when the state legislature reconvenes in Januar...

John Celock

Republicans Versus Republicans For Control Of Kansas Senate | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Republicans will likely retain control of the Kansas Senate after the 2012 election, but an ideological battle playing out in the August primary will ...

Sam Stein

Perry Surrogate: Romney's Got More Mojo Than In 2008 | Sam Stein | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

ORLANDO -- Thursday night's Republican presidential debate showed once more that there are few better preparations one can make for a White House bid ...

Kansas Seeks Millions In Federal Funds To Promote Marriage

Kansas City Star | Brad Cooper | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

While turning down one federal handout last week, the administration of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was applying for a different one. No, thanks: $31...

Corporations Are a Mitt's Best Friend

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Mitt Romney's appropriation of "friend" and the equivalence of "corporations" and "people" reflect the increasingly money-driven, technological dehumanization of what passes for American democracy in 2011.

States Preparing For Fallout If Debt Ceiling Deal Isn't Reached

AP | By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- As gridlocked Washington edges toward default, states staggering out of the last recession are preparing for the worst: The federal pig...

Laura Bassett

Kansas Hires Koch Brothers' Attorneys To Defend Against Planned Parenthood | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

After passing a measure to defund Planned Parenthood over the non-issue of "taxpayer-funded abortions" last month, the state of Kansas has hired an ex...

Laura Bassett

One Clinic Down, Two To Go: Kansas Kicks Abortions | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

A new law in Kansas that imposes strict requirements for abortion clinic facilities has made it nearly impossible for the state's three abortion provi...

Rollin' on the River

Carl Pope | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Yes, Congressman Graves, the river is managing us -- because we took away the space and resilience that gave the Missouri its capacity to manage itself. We can't afford to do away with nature, however hard you have been trying.

Can The Arts Be Saved In Kansas?

ARTINFO | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts

Over Memorial Day Weekend, while most people were relaxing, Henry Schwaller was facing the reality of the assault on the arts in the United States. Th...

New GOP Governor Makes Hard Right Turn

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — For decades in Kansas, a delicate political balance kept the state on a moderate path even as other states in the region turned t...

No More State Arts Funding In Kansas | Posted 08.01.2011 | Arts

While many Americans on Saturday were enjoying the start of the Memorial Day weekend, Kansans were gaining the dubious distinction of becoming the nat...

VIDEO: Deadly Kansas Tornado

AP | Posted 07.22.2011 | Green

READING, Kan. (AP) -- A tornado swept through a small eastern Kansas town, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes, as severe thunderstorm...

Kansas Poised To Pass Controversial Anti-Abortion Measure

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators approved restrictions on private insurance coverage for abortions and adopted a state budget stripping funds f...

Congressman Wants Citizens of ALL Religions to Reflect on the Ten Commandments (Redux)

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Well, it's that time of year once again -- time for some theocratic member of Congress to push for a resolution proclaiming the first weekend of May "Ten Commandments Weekend".

Breathtaking Republican Hypocrisy on Medicare

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To be sure, Republicans have always been against the concept of Medicare. But hypocrisy entered into the discourse last year, when they attempted to position themselves as the ones who were going to "save Medicare."

Kansas Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Restrictions Into Law

Reuters | Kevin Murphy | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed two anti-abortion bills, including one that bans abortion after 21 weeks based on the view that a fetus can f...

Elise Foley

50,000 Call For Resignation Of State Rep Who 'Joked' About Shooting Illegal Immigrants Like Hogs | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Latino and immigrant advocacy groups delivered more than 54,000 signatures to the Kansas capitol on Friday calling for state Rep. Virgil...

Kansas Parents Sue To Be Allowed To Pay More School Taxes

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

MISSION, Kan. — Parents in a suburban Kansas City school district where some homes cost $1 million or more have done as much as they can to rais...

Under Brownback, Kansas Will Be Only State Without Arts Commission

Sarah Smarsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sarah Smarsh

It's the people of Kansas who will suffer, as programs fostering artistic expression go the way of the dinosaur (and other now-fossilized life forms that vex folks like Brownback).

Roe Anniversary: Blog for Choice Day 2011

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Blog for Choice Day gets people reading and talking about reproductive rights online on one of the most important days surrounding a woman's right to choose.

Tpaw and the Campaign 'Autohagiography'

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

Now is the time for all presidential candidates to come to the aid of their egos. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty this week joined Newt Gingri...

What Will Immigration Advocates Learn From DREAM's Defeat?

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Were advocates of comprehensive immigration reform too slow to shift to supporting piecemeal legislation? And, did these leaders advance the optimal piecemeal strategy by focusing exclusively on the DREAM Act?