February 22, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Author: Dave Trabert

Johnson County commission meeting devolves into autocracy

Autocracy is a system of government by one person with absolute power, and there were times in today’s Johnson County…

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Senator Sykes misleads on Kansas Medicaid expansion

Senator Dinah Sykes (D-Lenexa) took time out during last week’s legislative session to send a very misleading fundraising email about…

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Property tax reform survives efforts to scuttle the bill

Local elected officials will have to be honest about the entire property tax increase they impose starting next year.  The…

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Legislature restricts Gov. Kelly’s power, adds liability protection

A 24-hour marathon legislative session last week added legislative and local government oversight to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s emergency management…

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April jobs: private sector down 10.5% , state gov’t. steady

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s mandatory shutdown order caused the loss of almost 122,000 private-sector jobs in April, but state government…

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Average daily COVID increase down to 2% in Kansas

As of May 20, the 7-day moving average of the daily increase in COVID cases is down to 2%.  That’s…

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Gov. Kelly withholds federal COVID funds from localities

The National League of Cities reported this week that Kansas is one of thirty-two states that are withholding federal COVID…

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States not shut down have a lower COVID mortality rate

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said her statewide shutdown order was necessary to “slow the spread” of COVID-19, but data from…

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House tax committee chooses government interests over taxpayers

At Tuesday’s House Taxation Committee, Rep. Ken Corbet (R-Topeka) expressed frustration that the committee seems to favor government interests over…

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COVID cases trending down but Kelly extends shutdown order

Legislators and others feared Kansas Governor Laura Kelly would drag out her economic shutdown when she wouldn’t identify specific criteria…

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Senate tax committee tees up property tax reform

Kansans are another step closer to major property tax reform, thanks to bipartisan efforts of the Senate tax committee.  The…

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House committee discusses property tax transparency

The House Taxation Committee held met virtually this afternoon to discuss Senate Bill 294, a property tax transparency bill, and…

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COVID update: states not locked down have better outcomes

As citizens are becoming increasingly frustrated with lingering shutdown orders, residents of the eight states whose governors didn’t shut them…

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COVID mortality rate just 1% aside from nursing homes

As of Friday, May 8, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) said 85 of the state’s 152 COVID…

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Sharice Davids silent on federal bailout for McClatchy pension plan

Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, representing the state’s 3rd Congressional District, says she wants transparency on companies receiving aid through the…

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County health officers issue conflicting stay-at-home orders

The extension of stay-at-home orders in Johnson and Wyandotte counties are causing quite a bit of online backlash from business…

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COVID-19 cases continue trending down across Kansas

Aside from a few ‘hot spots,’ the 7-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases continues trending down in Kansas.  Those hot…

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Activist falsely accuses Open Up Kansas! ralliers of harassing nurses

Hundreds of people gathered in Topeka yesterday at the Open Up Kansas! rally in opposition to the economic impact of…

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Kansas Justice Institute convinces Osage County to rescind parade ban

The residents of Osage County, Kansas, were planning to attend an Easter car parade when it was canceled by the…

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Kansas tax revenue likely much worse than estimated

The Consensus Revenue Estimate (CRE) released Monday predicts a very modest two-year decline of just $88 million for the State…

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Kansas businesses ready to safely reopen economy

The Kansas Chamber today released survey results that show a major shift among the Kansas business community and its desire…

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JoCo business reopening task force lacks business experience

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert appointed a task force to “strategize and implement a phased approach to reopening the…

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COVID testing levels have little relationship with positive cases

A statistical analysis of COVID testing and cases by Kansas Policy Institute shows one positive case for roughly every ten…

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COVID cases trending down in many counties but Kelly extends lockdown

Kanas Governor Laura Kelly yesterday extended her statewide lockdown order through May 3, even though many counties have decidedly downward…

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