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Saturday 12/08/2018
Fighting for our ‘core principles’
Posted: December 08, 2018

With a Democrat as the next governor of Kansas and a Republican-controlled Legislature, this would seem to be an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation in the Kansas Statehouse ... right after Kris Kobach tears up his NRA membership card.

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The back and forth governorship
Posted: December 08, 2018

“Take me back, take me way, way, way back…

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Saturday 12/01/2018
Semrad is PALS Person of Month
Posted: December 01, 2018

By Patti Findley

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Friday 11/16/2018
Defining what’s ‘normal’ in Kansas
Posted: November 16, 2018

It’s become common to refer to the current political climate as the “new normal.”

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Saturday 11/10/2018
Rural, urban divide is no mystery in election returns
Posted: November 10, 2018

Kris Kobach will not be the next governor of Kansas.

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Voters choose Kelly, reject brash partisan politics
Posted: November 10, 2018

Shock and awe! Kansas voters nailed the coffin shut this week on the discredited Brownback era. They chose a bipartisan path forward by electing Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly as governor and soundly rejected her opponent, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

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Saturday 10/06/2018
Writer says 2nd District race for U.S. Congress is important to Kansas
Posted: October 06, 2018

The 2nd District seat in U.S. Congress is one of the most important choices to affect Kansas and the nation. Today, Congress (the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate) is held in the majority by the GOP. Many people are frustrated with the gridlock that exists in dialogue, some factual and authenticated as true, some false and some strong-armed manipulation has weakened programs and services that greatly challenge the needs and desires of the American people. We are alarmed by the rhetoric of the GOP executive branch and results in our country being laughed at by many nations. We are also being catapulted into a quick appointment of a Supreme Court justice (GOP stacked) when the wheels of justice turn slowly and methodically following protocol and deliberation and the law. The “checks and balances” provided through the Constitution are being ignored by this majority.

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Kennett named PALS Person of the Month
Posted: October 06, 2018

 

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If Trump doesn’t motivate Kansas Democrats, what will?
Posted: October 06, 2018

President Donald Trump campaigns in Kansas today. This should provoke Democrats into action.

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Saturday 09/15/2018
Sears is PALS Person of the Month
Posted: September 15, 2018

 

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LaPolice not the ‘joke’ in the Big First
Posted: September 15, 2018

Politics is a funny business. It’s not meant to be because politicians, by their nature, aren’t intentionally funny.

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Saturday 09/01/2018
Silence comes at a steep cost
Posted: September 01, 2018

If you’re part of an endangered species in Kansas known as moderate Republicans, it’s OK to walk the walk, just don’t talk the talk.

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Trump places rule of law on the ballot
Posted: September 01, 2018

Will the “Trump effect” carry Kris Kobach and Republican congressional candidates to victory this November?

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Friday 06/29/2018
If you don’t care, maybe you should
Posted: June 29, 2018

Actions have always spoken louder than words.

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Friday 06/22/2018
'The times they are a-changing'
Posted: June 22, 2018

Despite the great success of female candidates across the country this year, 2018 may become even more the political year of youth. This rosy possibility confronts the hard historical reality of low interest, low voting turnout and general cynicism toward politics among the young.

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Friday 06/15/2018
A winning proposition
Posted: June 15, 2018

In communities across Kansas, farmers’ markets continue to offer homegrown and homemade products. Everything from freshly picked fruits and vegetables to mouthwatering baked goods, fresh eggs, beef, lamb, pork, colorful flower arrangements and assorted bedding plants.

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New thinking on suicide prevention
Posted: June 15, 2018

Nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide each year —an increase of nearly 25 percent since 1999.  No wonder the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it a public health crisis. The problem is even worse in Kansas:  Up 45 percent in the same time frame. The issue is in today’s headlines due to recent celebrity deaths, including fashion designer Kate Spade, who was from Kansas City.

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Biggest threat to democracy might be loss of local newspapers
Posted: June 15, 2018

If you’re reading this column in your local newspaper, congratulations! Just by skimming your eyeballs over this page, whether it’s in print or online, you’re doing a vital service for your hometown, and for democracy as a whole. (Go ahead and take the rest of the day off.)

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Friday 06/08/2018
Some parting advice from a 20-year Kansan
Posted: June 08, 2018

 This is it. The end. I’m not going to be around anymore to nag you about low birth rates, shrinking populations out west and the inevitability of change and its costs and responsibilities. No more scoffing at ridiculous claims about the sanctity of free enterprise without government interference while watching lobbyists, entrepreneurs and local boosters line up every year in Topeka to get the Legislature to expand, maintain, or create another avenue for private benefit at public expense.

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Proposed infrastructure laws jeopardize freedom to assemble
Posted: June 08, 2018

Rightly or wrongly, certain First Amendment issues tend to dominate the national conversation more than others. Bring up President Trump’s tweets criticizing the news media, college campus protests of controversial speakers, or the possibility of the government regulating Facebook and you’re bound to inspire a rousing and possibly heated discussion. Mention that state laws protecting critical infrastructure might actually erode the right to assemble and you’re more likely get blank stares and a hasty topic change. After all, it’s an issue that combines the freedom of assembly, which barely anyone knows about, with state and local law, which barely anyone cares about. Throw in the word “infrastructure,” and it’s practically anti-clickbait.

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Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays
Posted: June 08, 2018

The next time you take a few minutes out of the sun, dust off one of those old family albums. You know the ones that date back to the ‘30s, ‘40s and even the late ‘50s.

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Friday 06/01/2018
PALS fundraiser set June 8, 9 at Wesley UMC
Posted: June 01, 2018

Before I share some of the May news from PALS, I’d like to mention a concern that comes up this time of year.  It seems like every year we hear of more deaths of children and pets from being left in cars.  I haven’t heard of any local children being left in hot cars, but I’ve sure seen way too many dogs panting in cars with the windows barely lowered. 

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Why teachers didn’t strike in Kansas
Posted: June 01, 2018

As state legislators grappled with a new Kansas school-funding plan this spring, in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado and recently North Carolina, strikes, walkouts and statewide teacher rallies closed schools.

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Friday 04/27/2018
Avery, Graves showed a courtesy of manner and speech
Posted: April 27, 2018

I first met former Gov. Bill Avery in December 2003.  He served Kansas in Congress and then as governor in the mid-1960s.  His start in Kansas politics came in the early 1950s when, as a young farmer, he was a leader of the “Stop the Big Dam Foolishness” campaign to thwart flood control dams on the Kansas River’s tributaries in north-central Kansas.  In the midst of those efforts, motivated by rural concerns over prime farm land taken for flood control through eminent domain, spring floods tore through the area and Bill changed his mind.  I greatly admired Bill’s willingness to change his mind, based on the facts.  Ultimately, that mental quality cost him his job as governor.  As governor he recognized deeply embedded problems in Kansas’s antiquated tax policies.  He acted to make the system more efficient and less subject to tax avoidance tactics.  The voters rewarded him with defeat, but he expressed no remorse and loved every moment he spent as governor.  He told me, “Nobody remembers who their congressman was, but everybody knows the governor.”

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Republicans need a tax cut ‘fix’
Posted: April 27, 2018

When it comes to tax cuts, ultraconservatives can’t help themselves. It’s an addiction.

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Friday 04/13/2018
Kansas politics: What we know right now
Posted: April 13, 2018

Early this past Sunday morning, at the last minute, Kansas legislators passed a school funding bill of more than $500 million.  The Supreme Court must still rule on its constitutionality, but the frantic maneuvering of last week allows Kansans to understand a lot about state politics as we head toward the end of the session and the 2018 elections.

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Friday 04/06/2018
Fenton named PALS person of month
Posted: April 06, 2018

 

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Forget strategic voting: Democrats need good candidates
Posted: April 06, 2018

This year confronts Kansas Democrats with something new: a primary challenge in the governor’s race. Former Govs. John Carlin and Kathleen Sebelius are split — Carlin backs former state Rep. Josh Svaty while Sebelius prefers state Sen. Laura Kelly. House Minority Leader Jim Ward and former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer are also credible candidates. What to do?

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Friday 03/23/2018
GOP lawmakers are busy making holes
Posted: March 23, 2018

 Like moths, miners and marksmen, our Republican Legislature has been busy making holes this session.  Voters should be paying attention.  One hole cost about $200,000 to buy a tool that legislators could use to bury the idea that spending more money was necessary for public K-12 education.  Instead it appears that their contract led to findings that homegrown critical analyses, past studies and the Kansas Supreme Court have all in one way and another discovered the same thing Dr. Taylor found — Kansas doesn’t spend enough to get the outcome its politicians rhetorically demand because of the requirements they perennially reject.  In digging the analytic hole, legislators have been buried under a mountain of reality.

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Public education is not a GOP priority
Posted: March 23, 2018

It’s frequently said that a good, experienced trial attorney will never ask a question of a witness to which he does not already know the answer.

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Saturday 03/10/2018
Kushner’s ethical blind spot hurts U.S.
Posted: March 10, 2018

FACT A-1: A few months after the 2016 election, Charles Kushner, father of presidential son-in-law and key advisor Jared Kushner, asked Qatar’s minister of finance to help bail the Kushner family real estate company out of a disastrous $1.8 billion investment in 666 Fifth Avenue, New York City. The minister declined.

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Windfalls, bets and bongs
Posted: March 10, 2018

Raising revenue is tough, especially in red states.

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Mosquitoes should concern pet owners
Posted: March 10, 2018

Spring is almost here and that means flowers, warmer weather, longer days and mosquitoes.  Already, mosquitoes have been seen and that should be a concern for any dog owner who doesn’t have their dog on year-round heartworm prevention.  

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Friday 03/02/2018
Kansas Democrats: Return of the lunch bucket party?
Posted: March 02, 2018

“Democrats are for the working man. Republicans are for the businessman.” In the 1950s, political scientists taking polls heard this again and again. Today, we would not make such comments specific to men, but there is more to this story than that. Democrats were once America’s working class, lunch bucket party. With the weakening of private-sector labor unions, many in the paycheck-to-paycheck crowd no longer back the Democrats. Some do not vote at all. Neither party seems to be their advocate. Democrats must restore this reputation as the worker’s party, because identity politics alone cannot win elections.

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Trump is a real American 'hero'
Posted: March 02, 2018

Republicans on Capitol Hill are still awestruck days after President Trump declared he would have run into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, without a gun in order to stop the student who killed 17 people.

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Saturday 02/24/2018
A new day in Kansas?
Posted: February 24, 2018

Sam Brownback has resigned his Kansas governorship. Jeff Colyer has moved up to take his place. Colyer is running for a full term of his own with a campaign website that proclaims “A New Day for Kansas,” in a clear attempt to indicate distance between himself and the departing Brownback. 

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Friday 02/16/2018
Examining Kobach’s chances in November
Posted: February 16, 2018

 As the contest to be Kansas’s next elected governor begins, the probability that the best known and disliked Kris Kobach will be the winner is stronger than probably 60 to 70 percent of Kansas voters would prefer.   Here’s how that Bizarro-World outcome could unfold.

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Politics the ‘adult’ way in Kansas
Posted: February 16, 2018

The field of candidates for governor of Kansas became a little less crowded when the candidacy of Angus Woolley ended before it could officially begin.

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Friday 02/09/2018
Fundraising is key to PALS’ success
Posted: February 09, 2018

By Patti Findley

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Independent Orman has an opening
Posted: February 09, 2018

Kansas entrepreneur Greg Orman formally launched his independent bid for governor recently and in doing so is challenging the two-party structure that has dominated U.S. politics for well over a century.

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Saturday 02/03/2018
2018: The secretary of state election
Posted: February 03, 2018

On Wednesday, Kansans got a new governor.

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Saturday 01/27/2018
Denial in the warming of the flat Earth
Posted: January 27, 2018

Second in a series on the environment and our role in the future of humanity.

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O’Malley for the Moderates
Posted: January 27, 2018

If you are a moderate or traditional Republican pining for the days of Govs. Bob Bennett, Mike Hayden and Bill Graves, then Ed O’Malley is your candidate. 

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Friday 01/19/2018
Fixing Kansas, step two
Posted: January 19, 2018

To release Kansas from the financially troubled Brownback years, state legislators first had to reverse the governor’s disastrous tax experiment.  That was step one, last year’s job.  Now they must move to step two:  properly fund public education. 

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Friday 12/29/2017
A tale of two Emporias
Posted: December 29, 2017

A century ago, William Allen White made Emporia famous because it embodied the can-do spirit of small town America.  The Veteran City has been in the news again lately, and now the messages are decidedly mixed.  Forbes calls it a “charming, walkable and bike-able town with 14 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places,” but according to The Onion, there is “no better place in America to get the hell out of and never look back.” What gives, Emporia?

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A sure way to cut your profits: Ignore experts
Posted: December 29, 2017

The holidays are in full swing, winter has somewhat set in, although it’s not very cold and let’s keep it that way. Although the days remain shorter, farmers and ranchers are busy planning the new year.

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Saturday 12/16/2017
Can’t kick Kansas around anymore
Posted: December 16, 2017

Hello United States.  Hello from Kansas.  It appears that Congress and the president are about to enact a Kansas-style income tax cut for the nation. Good luck with that.

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The Bill of Rights
Posted: December 16, 2017

Dec. 15 was the 226th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Bill of Rights.

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Friday 12/08/2017
Cross off Crosscheck
Posted: December 08, 2017

Next month the 2018 Kansas Legislature begins its annual session. It will face a host of major issues, starting with school finance and including constructing a new prison, funding KPERS, and addressing the endemic secrecy within state government, comprehensively documented by the Kansas City Star.

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Labette Community Guide 2018

Guide to Parsons and the surrounding towns in Labette County.

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