KanCare If President Obamas signature health care law, with all its reported problems, has earned the moniker Obamacare, then Kansas experimental Medicaid insurance system, with all its reported problems, similarly should bear the nickname SamCare.
The Judge Riddel Boys Ranch in Sedgwick County doesnt lack for champions of its cost-effective approach to juvenile justice. But it wont keep its doors open without buy-in from the Brownback administration and sustainable funding via the Legislature.
State lawmakers should have better things to do than to stick their noses in other people’s divorces. And if they don’t, maybe it’s time to cut the session short and go home.
When he campaigned for Sedgwick County District Attorney, Marc Bennett said that he wouldn’t oppose allowing the public to see probable-cause documents that are used to justify search warrants or arrests. Yet there he was in Topeka on Wednesday testifying against a bill to do that.
Last week’s winter storm was unusual for its timing and low follow-up temperatures. But the city’s response raised the legitimate question of whether City Hall’s job-cutting and outsourcing have gone so far that citizens can no longer expect timely snow removal from even the most-used arterials.
It’s been an open secret in Kansas that Pat Roberts doesn’t really live in Dodge City, where he owns a property leased to tenants. But the state’s senior senator invited criticism with his recent residency switch to a house owned by campaign donors.
Though officially “concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage,” House Bill 2453 sure looks like a license for governmental employees as well as businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples. Kansas doesn’t need such mean-spirited legislation, which even opponents note is only meaningful if the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is repealed or overturned.
Gun law Last year, the Legislature passed and Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law declaring Kansas exempt from federal gun regulations. Its blatantly unconstitutional, but nevertheless on the books. This year, the Legislature has moved seamlessly from defiance to tyranny.
Prisons have always doubled as mental hospitals. But to their credit, local and state authorities increasingly recognize that treating mental illness behind bars not only helps inmates but curbs recidivism and serves public safety.
Whether the issue is climate change, oral health, wildlife protection or otherwise, the state’s citizen legislators should take care not to govern like know-it-alls but to let scientific evidence and consensus be their guide.
Contrary to what Kasey Knowles and others think, there is nothing “un-American” about people singing about our country’s beauty in languages other than English.
Five of the six members of the Kansas delegation just voted against a farm bill – a stunning abdication of leadership in a state in which agriculture is 25 percent of the economy.
If President Obama believes in his own “all-of-the-above energy strategy,” he will stop stalling and let the Keystone XL pipeline proceed – and pick another, worthier battle in his efforts to address climate change.
The president might be the main show in the made-for-the-media production that is the State of the Union night, but Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, was a sideshow. Worse yet, he seems to relish being the sideshow, no matter how much ridicule comes with it.
Wichita can take pride in the public and private local efforts to counter homelessness, a challenge given welcome attention in Mayor Carl Brewer’s State of the City address last week. With the area’s economic recovery still lagging the state’s and nation’s, this is no time to weaken the commitment to aiding those who lack shelter.
Delayed and denied payments from KanCare’s private insurance companies have gotten so bad that some service providers aren’t accepting Medicaid patients from certain companies.
How can Gov. Sam Brownback say he increased school funding when school districts point to funding cuts? It’s because Brownback is counting money that school districts can’t spend on educating children.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was wise to keep his 2014 State of the City address concise and businesslike. There is no competing with a Wichita State University mens basketball game or President Obamas State of the Union address.
Nearly every state but Kansas considers probable-cause documents to be open records. As a result, the public in those states can learn the legal basis for a search or arrest warrant.
Voting barriers The quagmire of legal and practical uncertainty that currently engulfs voter registration in Kansas has the potential to undermine the integrity of upcoming elections and even the legal validity of those election results.