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Eagle editorial: Right to vote in Kansas has an asterisk

July 31 at 5:07 p.m.

Register to vote and you can vote, right? Not in Kansas anymore.

  • Eagle editorial: Kansas has mixed results on caring for kids

    The always thought-provoking Kids Count Data Book counts even more in this election year, considering Gov. Sam Brownback’s stated 2010 campaign goals of reducing child poverty and improving fourth-graders’ reading. Kansas’ mixed results overall show the recession’s effects and leave a lot of work to do.

  • Eagle editorial: Legislative candidates playing dumb on budget

    It is unclear whether some candidates running for the Legislature are playing dumb about the state’s budget problems or whether they really are clueless. Either way, it’s not encouraging.

  • Eagle editorial: Court has serious job

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision overturning the death sentences for Reginald and Jonathan Carr was a tough reminder that the justices’ job is not to be popular but to hold lower courts accountable – a responsibility at its most serious when the issue before the high court is whether the state should end somebody’s life.

  • Kansas views on job growth, GOP split, health compact, Koch program, gun law, Scott Morgan

    Job growth – Kansas has had one of the nation’s poorest rates of employment growth during Gov. Sam Brownback’s time in office, including since the first tax cuts took effect in 2013. The new Bureau of Labor Statistics report reveals that Kansas – like eight other states – had fewer jobs at the end of June than it did seven months ago.

  • Endorsements: U.S. Senate, U.S. House

    The following are The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations in the contested primaries for U.S. Senate and U.S. House. We offer these recommendations as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates.

  • Endorsements: Governor, secretary of state, insurance commissioner

    The following are The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations in the contested primaries for governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner. We offer these recommendations as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates.

  • Endorsements: Sedgwick County Commission, District Court

    The following are The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations in the contested races for Sedgwick County Commission and District Court. We offer these recommendations as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates.

  • Eagle editorial: Brown loved Wichita

    As a columnist and editorial writer, Randy Brown kept his sentences short and his sentiments blunt. Whether in print, on TV or on stage as the host of Gridiron, he was a big personality who said whatever needed saying with punch and swagger.

  • Endorsements: Kansas House

    The following are The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations in the contested area races for Kansas House. We offer these recommendations as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates.

  • Eagle editorial: Measles’ scary comeback

    Sedgwick County and Kansas are seeing scary evidence of the continuing necessity of childhood vaccinations, even against diseases that seem lost to the past. As of Tuesday the county has had 11 confirmed cases of measles among 580 nationwide in 20 states this year – of a disease that the U.S. thought it had licked 14 years ago.

  • Eagle editorial: Judicial survey aids voters

    Asking attorneys what they think may be an imperfect means of assessing judicial performance in Sedgwick County, but the biennial survey conducted by the Wichita Bar Association and The Eagle provides important guidance for voters and good feedback for judges.

  • Kansas views on Davis GOP endorsers, voting barriers, school lunches

    Davis endorsers – More than 100 traditional Kansas legislators and their GOP allies came out for the Democratic ticket for governor. Whether this unprecedented step by seasoned Kansas politicians will have the effect they desire remains to be seen.

  • Eagle editorial: Are city and county doing enough on jobs?

    The proposed budgets unveiled last week at City Hall and Sedgwick County are laudably aimed at pushing through lean times without raising property tax mill levies. But is there more that local leaders should be doing to help the economy – that thing they all say they want to do when they run for office? If so, it’s time.

  • Eagle editorial: Prairie chicken plan misguided

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for the state to raise and release lesser prairie chickens didn’t help his argument that Kansas should be trusted to protect the threatened species. It’s hard to be taken seriously when scientists are laughing.

  • Eagle editorial: Nice work on KPERS

    With a big assist from Wall Street, a decisive reform begun two years ago by state legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback is on track to improve the funding stability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System long term.

  • Eagle editorial: Future of free world at stake?

    Kansas has been getting a lot of attention for its plunging revenues amid a sea of states with surpluses, but who knew that “the future of the free world is at stake” in its gubernatorial election?

  • Eagle editorial: Voting ‘cure is worse’

    In signing off Friday on Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s galling plan to let some Kansans vote in some races and not others on Aug. 5, a judge concluded that “the cure is worse than the disease.” That’s an apt description of the law that Kobach sold as a remedy for voter fraud but that has created a barrier to voting for 19,500 Kansans.

  • Kansas views on budget shortfall, election, teacher licensing, Wefald Hall

    Budget shortfall – If the state meets its revenue projections through the end of the current fiscal year, which runs through June 30, 2015, it will end the year with about $25 million in the bank, based on projected expenditures. Meeting the revenue projections is not impossible, but it appears unlikely at this point. And by November, the state and political candidates should have a good idea whether the 2015 Legislature will have to take action on a budget remedy. Candidates should let the voters know before Election Day what they plan to do if it appears the budget is going to need some remedial action.

  • Eagle editorial: Preserve the state’s water supply

    Though it’s only a discussion draft and doesn’t include cost estimates, a Kansas “water vision” plan unveiled earlier this month is a valuable step toward preserving our state’s water supply.

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