KS Week in review: Omissions and muzzles

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

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In many ways, the government is a bit of a necessary evil. But just because we need it around doesn’t mean it’s an all-knowing, benevolent force for good. Curious what governmental foibles have cropped up in the Sunflower State? Take a look back at our week in review for a recap.

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Town muzzles resident in response to mounting complaints

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Kansas, Local Government, News  /  No Comments

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Lenexa resident Tim Mahony feels like he has a target on his back, and public officials are taking aim.

Mahony didn’t expose a hive of public corruption or unearth an embarrassing foible by municipal leaders. No, he made the apparent mistake of contacting his local government too much.

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SEC charges Kansas with fraud for Parkinson-era omissions

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Finances, Fraud, Kansas, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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The Securities Exchange Commission has levied fraud charges against the State of Kansas for actions taken under the administration of Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson.

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Week in review: Cash, credit and incumbency

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

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If there’s one thing you can say about Kansas, it’s that during election season there’s never a dull moment. So if you’re feeling bored, recap the week’s exciting stories to see what slipped through your newsfeed.

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Kansas primary reflects growing anti-incumbency sentiment

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Elections, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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Just call Tuesdays’ primary election the revolution that wasn’t.

“It was an almost revolution,” said Chapman Rackaway, political science professor at Fort Hays State University. “We had a threat of an earthquake, even if the ground didn’t quite shake.”

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S&P knocks Kansas’ credit rating for failure to reel in spending

By   /  August 6, 2014  /  Finances, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

TRIM IT: S&P analyst David Hitchcock says Kansas failed to balance tax cuts with necessary spending reductions.

Kansas caught another whack to its wallet Wednesday after national fiscal hawk Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s credit rating from AA+ to AA.

But as the political spin began to ramp up within minutes of the announcement, S&P credit analyst David Hitchcock made one thing abundantly clear: Kansas has a spending problem.

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