Taker nation – Sprawling Sumner County in southern Kansas – rich with agriculture, older residents and wide-open spaces – took in federal benefits in 2010 that were 40 to 50 percent more, on average, than county residents paid in federal taxes. Yet the benefits rarely get mentioned. It’s the critical disconnect in the national debate that must change. The rallying cry against big government has been decades-long, making it difficult for today’s hyperpartisan politicians to honestly broker budget agreements fairly addressing current and future demands.
Kansas City Star
AFP – Americans for Prosperity’s presence in local city elections this spring is both curious and alarming. Curious because it raises questions about the organization’s motivation for pumping money into a city election in a small western Kansas town of Ulysses, and alarming because the group’s flawed approach to voter education might well bring to the local level the division and manipulated truths that dominate AFP’s efforts at the national and state levels.
Gun permits – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is blatantly flouting the law and needs to be held to the same standards as individuals and other agencies – agencies that supposedly serve all Kansas residents. The issue at hand involves the office’s processing of applications from residents seeking permits to carry concealed handguns. Kansas statutes provide that applications are to be processed within 90 days – not whenever you get around to it. Ninety days. That’s not happening. Worse, the office has taken few steps to address the problem it’s encountering. Apparently ignoring the law is an option if you’re the state’s top law enforcement official.
KU mandate – The Kansas Legislature took it upon itself this year to give guidance to the facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 199, which would require the school to create the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center. The center is neither science nor economic development. It is nothing more than an unfunded mandate from social conservatives.
Hays Daily News
Both ways – Radical Republicans in Topeka want it both ways. They get elected with talk of individual freedom and small government. Then they use the power of government to interfere in our lives and communities. Some of us are beginning to wonder how long they can keep up this incredible effort to have it both ways – at our expense.
Winfield Daily Courier
Bioscience lab – Getting a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility built in Manhattan has been a slow and rocky process – Manhattan was selected in 2008 as the preferred site for a laboratory to replace the outdated one on Plum Island, N.Y. The journey still is far from over, but the inclusion of $714 million for construction of the facility in President Obama’s proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year offers promise. There is no reason to further delay funding for a project that is so important to the country’s security.
GOP address – There he goes again. In the weekly Republican address delivered April 6, Gov. Sam Brownback again trotted out his Kansas rags-to-riches story. By listening to Brownback, most people would infer that when he took office the state was broke. Which is what he wants you to think, even though it’s not true, and he knows it.