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.
With state income tax targeted for elimination and property taxes rising in many counties as a predictable consequence of state budget cuts, local and state governments now appear to be elbowing one another to see which can raise sales tax first. The only certainty is that taxpayers will end up getting bruised.
In 2014, Kansans should not have to be under the dome in Topeka to watch their Legislature work. So they should champion passage of a new bill that would require Internet-accessible audio and video broadcasts of legislative committee meetings and full House and Senate sessions.
It’s another sign of the success of the Wichita State University men’s basketball team that fans are upset they can’t watch more games on TV. And who can blame them?
After having endured legislators threats to ignore any Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the state must increase school funding, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss essentially issued an ultimatum of his own during Wednesdays State of the Judiciary address.
Despite its minimal hours and service, Wichita Transit helps many who ride its buses not only get around but get by. Their need should be paramount as elected officials decide what to do about Wichita Transit, including whether to pursue sustainable funding past 2014 as part of a broader plan to raise the sales tax.
How disappointing that in a 2,866-word State of the State address quoting the Kansas Constitution’s statement that “all political power is inherent in the people,” Gov. Sam Brownback failed to speak up for the 20,000 people in Kansas whose voter registrations are stalled. At least the U.S. Election Assistance Commission mentioned them in its ruling Friday.
Last summer’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington enriched contemporary understanding of the vision and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. regarding racial equality. But the civil rights leader had a lot more to say about and to the world around him.
State budget – Take a look at Kansas, where everything is fine, just fine. Just don’t look too closely, lest you notice the cracks in the foundation. That about summarizes Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address last week, and the budget his administration presented.
The 2013 Legislature did the heavy lifting of passing a two-year budget, and the Kansas Supreme Court has yet to issue its potentially budget-busting school-finance decision. So Gov. Sam Brownback had little to offer regarding the state’s finances last week beyond some budget revisions.
Unlikely as it seems that conservative Kansas will join anything-goes Colorado in decriminalizing pot, Kansas advocates of medicinal marijuana are due committee hearings and a full debate at the Statehouse.
It may sound simple, but a new campaign encouraging Kansans not to drink soft drinks on Sundays is part of an important effort to create healthy choices and reduce medical costs.
In his State of the State address Wednesday night, Gov. Sam Brownback perhaps inadvertently reflected the bind in which Kansas finds itself. “Today we are growing and moving forward,” he said. The problem is that his tax reforms, coupled with the suspense over the school-finance decision, are blocking the view ahead.
Lt. Ken Landwehr saw Wichita at its very worst as the Wichita Police Department’s homicide unit commander for two decades. How lucky for Wichita that Landwehr gave his hometown his very best, leading investigations that brought justice for hundreds of victims’ families.