Time to throw bums out of Legislature

An opinion from The Wichita Eagle: BY H. EDWARD FLENTJE “Kansas voters may be ready to throw the bums out in upcoming elections. Why? Because many Kansans see their state government as one big mess.” “Nearly three of every four Kansans recently surveyed gave poor marks to the performance of…

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No relief: Ultraconservatives endorse overreach from Statehouse.

From The Garden City Telegram: “In one breath, our state senator cited federal overreach as a problem. And it is.” “But then he called a state-mandated property-tax lid — Topeka telling cities and counties how to manage their budgets — a success story.” “The blatant hypocrisy from Sen. Larry Powell, R-Garden…

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Pillaging Kansas

From The Hays Daily News: “Gov. Sam Brownback made good Wednesday on the legislative directive to reduce state spending — slashing it by $97 million.” “Unwilling or unable to make cuts themselves, lawmakers left it up to the governor to bring expenses in line with diminished revenues. Prohibited by law…

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Session lacked give-and-take, debate

An Opinion from The Wichita Eagle: “The 73-day legislative session fell within the 75 that Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, predicted in December – a relief after last year’s record-breaking 114. But speed and any resulting legislation aren’t all that matter. So does the process, which seems to include less…

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Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy

From PRWatch: “Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government.” “With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave.” “In response, corporate interests and groups…

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