Monday, August 10, 2020

Gov. Kelly shuts down legislator’s COVID transparency inquiry

For the second time in less than a month, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly shut down a discussion and refused to answer COVID transparency questions from a member of the State Finance Council.  During the discussion...

Encouraging trends continue in the latest Kansas COVID data

Encouraging trends that developed over the last few weeks on hospitalization and mortality continued with the last Kansas COVID data released today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The mortality rate (387...

KDHE doctored a COVID case chart to justify mask mandates

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman shared a COVID case chart with media this week, which he said shows the counties that abided by Governor Kelly’s mask mandate are ‘winning the battle.’ But he deceptively doctored...

Kansas media, governor hide warning signs in July tax collections

July tax collections included a few warning signs for Kansas legislators and taxpayers, but you wouldn't know it from Governor Kelly's press release or media reports.  Kelly touted income tax receipts being about $454...

Top-heavy USD 500 Kansas City shortchanges teachers and students

USD 500 Kansas City gave Superintendent Charles Foust a 17% pay increase last year, while the approximate $92 million spent on teacher pay was 1% less than the previous year and the total spent...

COVID hospitalization and death rates drop again, shutdown still threatened

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's administration is still threatening to close the economy when legally permitted on September 15 even though the COVID hospitalization and death rates are declining. Between July 6 and August 3, the...

Misleading COVID stats in Wichita Eagle; trends down, not up

It may not have been intentional, but a July 29 story in the Wichita Eagle misrepresented the trend of COVID-related hospitalizations in Kansas.  The story said hospitalizations and deaths were outpacing the increase in...

A guy named ‘Bill’ decides which Kansas businesses are essential

A spreadsheet obtained in an Open Records request details a pattern of arbitrary and questionable decision-making by a guy named 'Bill' on whether businesses could be classified as 'essential' when Governor Laura Kelly shut...

Wind industry spends $180,000 supporting candidates

A July 23 campaign finance report from American Energy Action Kansas shows the Kansas wind industry spent more than $180,000 supporting 21 candidates for the Kansas House and Senate.  That’s an enormous amount of...

Kelly claims credit for foster care ideas after vetoing them

Not only is Kansas Governor Laura Kelly accepting credit for an idea in a bill she vetoed, but the Kansas City Star is also enabling the cover-up. On July 7, 2020, Kelly issued executive order 20-53...