Kansas

Uber’s Kansas battle gets personal

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Kansas, Lobbying, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

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Uber’s threat to leave Kansas over a bill sitting on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk is also a personal fight for one of the company’s city managers.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking The Bank — When pension reform isn’t really pension reform

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Kansas, Maryland, News, Pensions, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Breaking The Bank is Watchdog.org’s weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it’s affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

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Pension bonds have been bad news, but Kansas is betting on them anyway

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Finances, Issues, Kansas, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Too risky. That’s how a former Wall Street gambler who became New Jersey governor described the idea of states taking on additional debt to pay off pension obligations.

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Watchdog Radio: What if we cancel the State of the Union?

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  National, News, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Get ready to give more of your money to the government.

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Police body cameras always on, but not necessarily recording

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Kansas, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Law enforcement at the University of Kansas is implementing new technological measures to record video of all police interactions with the public.

There’s just one small catch: Officers wearing the cameras also control what – and when – it records.

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Kansas cops have few reservations about acquiring military hardware

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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Video footage and photos depicting Ferguson, Mo., police acting more like soldiers on the battleground has catalyzed a national debate over the role of military hardware in local law enforcement. But while Kansas cops have received everything from grenade launchers to mine-resistant armored vehicles, few – if any – have an issue with it.

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