Travis Perry is an investigative reporter covering news and politics for Watchdog.org's Kansas bureau. Before joining the organization, Travis graduated cum laude from Washburn University and cut his teeth as news editor for the Osawatomie Graphic, where he received numerous awards from the Kansas Press Association.

Marijuana is law enforcement’s cash crop

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

SEEING GREEN: In the last 10 years, Kansas law enforcement have split $6.3 million reaped from drug tax stamp laws.

In Kansas, the War on Drugs is really just the war on marijuana.

At least, that’s the picture painted by the latest statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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Week in Review: Half truths, rust, progressive spending and party hopping

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

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It has been a tumultuous week on the Kansas political scene. From interesting endorsements to ridiculous government initiatives, it’s getting rough and rowdy out there, and it’s only going to keep ramping up through November. Until then, take a breather and take a peek at the past week in review.

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Republican endorsing Paul Davis swapped parties days before announcement

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

Cynthia Yulich

If this isn’t blatant flip-flopping, we don’t know what is.

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Merriam swaps standard disability sign for more progressive symbol

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Kansas, Local Government, News  /  No Comments

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The City of Merriam has adopted a more progressive and politically-correct disability access sign following a city council meeting Monday.

At the behest of councilman Al Frisby, as well as local activist and former Kansas City Star journalist Finn Bullers, city leaders approved spending around $1,400 to replace the municipality’s 40 disabled access signs spread across city parks, buildings and parking lots. They will also spend about $275 for a parking lot stencil.

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Republicans for Davis boast rusty, dusty legislative credentials

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  Kansas, News, Politics  /  No Comments

OLD AND BUSTED: While the list of 53 former state lawmakers backing Democrat Paul Davis for governor looks impressive, most haven't held public office in years.

Talk about out of touch.

Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis unveiled a list of 104 Kansas Republicans backing the Lawrence Democrat against incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Kansas think tank argues truth being twisted in deficit warnings

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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Words can be a tricky thing, with different meanings in different scenarios.

Take, for example, the word “deficit.” Now, nearly anyone can tell you what in means in reference to, say, the federal government. And most who know the basics of the Kansas Constitution will tell you the state is forbidden from running a fiscal deficit.

But you wouldn’t know that listening to the political chatter as of late.

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