Here’s a new one: When asked by reporters how much the purge he helped lead of moderate Republicans from the Kansas Senate in 2012 is now hurting him politically, Gov. Sam Brownback blamed the conflict on the courts.
The Wall Street Journal did an article and photo gallery this week on the 10-month-old Mars candy factory in Topeka, a $270 million plant with 200 employees and “two production lines that can produce 8 million miniature Snickers candy bars and 39 million peanut M&M’s every day.” The coverage of the company’s first new chocolate factory in the U.S. in 35 years is worthy of a footnote for Wichitans, who are about to vote on a citywide sales tax that would support economic development.
The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is truly a great pitcher. But was it just my biased imagination, or did he seem to get the call every time the ball was anywhere near the strike zone? Whatever the case, Kansas City had a great season and postseason.
Though the northeast K-96 bypass isn’t a toll road, Wichita commuters owe a debt of gratitude daily to the decision of Wichitans Charles Koch and George Ablah to donate the 10 miles of right of way, about $4.5 million worth of land, that made it possible.
A campaign to remove two Kansas Supreme Court justices in an upcoming retention election has grave implications not just for Kansas but for our nation. That’s because merit retention elections ask voters to decide whether to retain justices based on integrity and qualifications, not politics. And if these elections for a state’s highest court become politicized, our protections under the Constitution – of equal justice for all – are placed at risk.
U.S. Supreme Court justices will be forced to confront increasing evidence their 2013 decision invalidating a key section of the Voting Rights Act opened the way for Republican governors and legislatures to pass laws making voting more difficult for minorities in the name of curbing nonexistent voter fraud.
Fool Kansans once, shame on you. Try to fool us three times, and you must be shameless. But that’s what Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and the Brownback campaign attempted in moving the same $500,000 loan in and out of the campaign multiple times.
Securing the border is a good intention, but how about securing the state? It would be easier to find and remove the tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in Kansas than to try to get the federal government to secure the border.
You can send out surveys and have meetings and all that, but if you do not listen then it is a waste of time. The sales tax was written by city officials for what they wanted and then put on the ballot as one item instead of four.
Politics doesn’t have to be inefficient and ugly. People choose to make it that way because some handsomely benefit from doing so. And they benefit because the rest of us validate their work through our votes or decisions not to vote; the ugliest, most expensive campaign almost always wins.
In 2009, I spent an afternoon talking with Malala Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin, in an outdoor garden in Mingora, the capital of the Swat district of Pakistan, which had just been freed from months of Taliban control. I thought of that conversation when Malala, now 17, was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month.