Lawmakers should pay no attention to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s remarks last week declaring the current justices less qualified than the federal judges of Kansas or the state justices of New Jersey and Maine.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to “block grant” school funding both ignores the courts and puts fewer dollars into the classroom. It’s not “a time-out in the school finance wars,” as Brownback claimed. It’s more like a diversionary tactic.
The so-called “Koch primary” began this weekend, as GOP presidential hopefuls are courting mega-donors at Charles and David Koch’s annual invitation-only gathering at a resort near Palm Springs, Calif.
How disturbing and insanely ridiculous it is that the state Senate may actually pass a bill that would allow any Kansan to legally carry a concealed gun without requiring a gun-safety training class and a state-issued permit.
The Learjet layoffs are further evidence of a continuing dismal economy in Wichita. Perhaps the number of jobs are increasing but the quality – which includes pay and benefits – is much lower. It adds up to citizens continuing to tighten their belts and only hoping this situation improves.
Last week’s State of the Judiciary address by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss was informational in tone, in striking contrast to the ongoing tension between the Kansas courts and the two other branches of state government over school finance, the death penalty, judicial selection and other issues.
Having begun in August, the continuous protests in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, like Columbus, Presidents and Veterans days, is a holiday where those of us in the private sector work and pay for the pensions of those in the public sector who are taking the day off.