Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Kansas Justice Institute scores first win for free speech in Kansas

Kansas raw milk farmers can now advertise their products with more than just a sign on their farms, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Kansas Justice Institute on behalf of Mark and Coraleen...

McClatchy Claims Trump “Picked” Kansas GOP Governor Candidate, Wonders About Senate

Writing for the McClatchy news syndicate, Brian Lowry makes the fairly astonishing claim that President Trump "picked" Kris Kobach to be the Kansas GOP candidate for governor and wonders whom, if anyone, he will...

Washington Post Gives Liberal Sen. Sykes Space to Spin on Why She Left GOP

A more interesting and honest op-ed than the one Sen. Dinah Sykes of Lenexa wrote for the Washington Post might have been headlined, "Why I joined the Republican Party." The Post preferred the more click-worthy...

How Will Media Explain Kansas’s $600 Million Budget Shortfall?

To make life easier for regional media, the Sentinel will spell out the problem the Kelly administration will face when the 2019 legislative session opens on January 14. So educated, the media will have...

Kansas Judge Overrules Legislature, Okays Telemedicine Abortions

On Monday, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis thwarted the Kansas legislature by ruling that a law barring telemedicine abortions has no legal force. The law was set to take effect in January. It...

Did Anyone Expect Kansas to Spend Tobacco Settlement on Smoking Cessation?

As reported by the Associated Press, a proverbial "new study" shows that states are spending only a fraction of the millions extorted from tobacco companies in the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement on smoking cessation. Among...

In A Welfare State, One Cannot Be a Social Liberal AND a Fiscal Conservative

A hoary "moderate" mantra goes something like this, "I am a fiscal conservative but a social liberal." The former part of the equation establishes the sanity of the person speaking, the latter part establishes...

Forget Policy, Eagle Frets About # of Women In Legislature

Not content with electing a governor, a congresswoman, a statewide office holder, and a senate president, the Wichita Eagle headlined its article on the November election, "Kansas Legislature losing women as other states gain...

Obamacare Enrollment Down in Kansas, Missouri–And That’s Bad, Why?

The headline in the Kansas City Star reads, "Obamacare enrollment down about twice as much in Kansas and Missouri as nationwide." As one might expect, this decline is presented as a negative, but there...

Some GOP “Moderates” Would Rather Switch Than Fight

The message some Johnson County moderates seem to have pulled from the 2018 election is if you can't stand the heat, get out out of the party. On Wednesday, Sen. Dinah Sykes and Rep. Stephanie Clayton...