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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Week in Review: Books, anger and food stamps

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments


The last few days have seen tempers flare as the heat has turned on local and state government officials. But it’s summer, what else would you expect?

Stay inside and beat the heat while catching up on our rundown of the week’s headlines.

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Kansas SNAPs streak of rising food stamp errors

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

SNAP'd: After several years of rising errors, Kansas has finally managed to get its SNAP payments under control.

Kansas flubbed more than $18.9 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Payments during FY2013.

But hey, look on the bright side, the state has finally managed to snap its streak of rising payment errors stretching back to 2010.

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Kansas Freedom Index strikes a nerve with some lawmakers

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

Rep. Ed Trimmer

The 2014 Freedom Index for Kansas legislators is out, and not everybody is keen to talk about their spot in the rankings.

Compiled by the Kansas Police Institute, the index has been a post-session retrospective staple since 2012. The index ranks state lawmakers according to votes on various pieces of legislation; positive points are awarded for moves supporting economic freedom, student-focused education, limited government and individual liberty, while negative points are awarded for opposing such principles.

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