Kansas senator refuses to address hearing for medical marijuana bill

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas WatchBlog, Marijuana, News, Politics  /  No Comments

UP IN SMOKE: State Sen. David Haley, who authored legislation to establish medical marijuana regulations in Kansas, says the bill has been intentionally blocked by Senate President Susan Wagle and Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, chair of the Senate's Public Health and Welfare Committee.

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — After blockading medical marijuana legislation last year, Kansas state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said she was bombarded through social media with obscene comments and hardcore pornography.

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Chicken conservation plan likened to mafia extortion

By   /  January 24, 2014  /  Colorado, Environment, Kansas, Kansas WatchBlog, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

CRYING FOWL: Proponents of a bill to nullify federal action with regard to the lesser prairie-chicken argue that reclassification by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would damage the Kansas economy and weigh heavy costs on rural consumers.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — A decision pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have huge ramifications for rural Kansans living in the western third of the state.
In limbo is the question of whether the lesser prairie-chicken should be listed as a “threatened” species under provisions of the 1973 Endangered Species [...]

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KS Judiciary outpaces Legislature in technological transparency

By   /  January 15, 2014  /  Kansas, Kansas WatchBlog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

COUNTDOWN: The Kansas Supreme Court is entering its second year of streaming judicial proceedings live online, which can be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection.

In terms of online accessibility and openness, the Kansas Legislature and state Supreme Court are practically polar opposites.

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Ghost busted: KS Dem blasted for anonymous Twitter account

By   /  May 17, 2013  /  Kansas WatchBlog, WatchBlog  /  2 Comments

WHO YA GONNA CALL: The new look of @JohnBrownsGhost Twitter account late Thursday after a CJOnline report revealed Tyler Longpine was the person behind the account.

By Earl Glynn │ for Kansas Watchdog
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the anonymous @JohnBrownsGhost’s twitter account was no longer anonymous.
Tweets Thursday evening took note of this change:
2013-05-16 18:29 @TheKansasRino: So @JohnBrownsGhost cover has been blown. Such a shame, I rather enjoyed that account.
2013-05-16 18:33 @manspeaker: Way to ruin the #ksleg feed Tim Carpenter. @JohnBrownsGhost was the [...]

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Warning shot: Holder declares KS gun law unconstitutional

By   /  May 2, 2013  /  Kansas WatchBlog, WatchBlog  /  42 Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is ordering the state Department of Public Instruction to use authority it doesn't have to force private voucher schools to comply with disability regulations meant for public entities, according to the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t mince words in a recent letter to Gov. Sam Brownback regarding the state’s latest move to protect Kansans’ Second Amendment rights.
State law, Holder wrote, will in no way stop federal law enforcement agents from enforcing all federal firearms laws and regulations, declaring [...]

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