In contrast to Gov. Sam Brownback’s massive tax cuts and subsequent devastation to the Kansas economy.

h/t to John Darnielle

The issue is whether a child with epilepsy can bring her service dog to the public pool.

Well, of course she can. What got me ticked was the City’s response to KSN-TV, linked after the story:

"Unfortunately, this is just the latest complaint in a very long list of complaints by Ms. Meyer against our local school administration, school personnel, law enforcement officers, city employees, multiple youth and Ms. Meyer’s neighbors."

Which I read as this kid’s participation is opposed pretty much everywhere. Like many Moms of disabled kids, I expect Ms. Meyer is taking heat for making people do inconvenient things. Like allowing a service dog at the city pool.

Alan LaPolice pops one on Tim Huelskamp

"If we start treating each other with respect, we can find common goals and then work at achieving them.  My opponent in this race has worked entirely in the opposite direction.  He has, in fact, created the hostile and divisive atmosphere in Washington, both in his house and in his own party.  This is tragic.  His absence alone will be a step in the right direction."

Background: Alan LaPolice is a Republican challenger to Tim Huelskamp’s seat in the House of Representatives for the First District of Kansas.

"The commission’s new decision came after they endured strong criticism Tuesday for voting last week to reject a $6,064 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for intrauterine devices, or IUDs."

Previous story:
“Commissioner John Price said during a meeting Tuesday he opposes the use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which the $6,064 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment would fund. Price says he’s not against birth control but that he considers IUDs an abortion issue.
“He said he thinks it’s “murder” to take the money.”

"Commissioner John Price said during a meeting Tuesday he opposes the use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which the $6,064 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment would fund. Price says he’s not against birth control but that he considers IUDs an abortion issue.

"He said he thinks it’s "murder" to take the money."

I changed my party affiliation to Republican and now my stomach hurts.

"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s national campaign against illegal immigration suffered setbacks Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases on two cities’ ordinances that sought to require proof of citizenship to rent housing.

"Kobach had assisted in the writing and legal defenses of laws passed by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas, and the Pennsylvania coal country town of Hazleton, about 80 miles northeast of the state capital of Harrisburg.

"Both cities had sought to levy fines against landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and to require prospective tenants to get a city renting permit by proving they were legally in the United States."

There was a bill introduced in the legislature this session prohibiting outside employment of certain elected officials (SB 14, probably dead in committee). Here, it’s short but thorough:

AN ACT concerning certain state officers and employees; restricting outside employment.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) No state officer or employee shall be employed in any capacity or receive any compensation for any work which involves at least 10 hours per week performed by such state officer or employee other than such state officer’s or employee’s official duties.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the term “state officer or
employee” includes the following:
(1) The governor;
(2) the attorney general;
(3) the secretary of state;
(4) the commissioner of insurance;
(5) the state treasurer;
(6) each person appointed to the governor’s cabinet;
(7) the public information officer and the chief attorney
appointed for the:
(A) Department of administration;
(B) department for aging and disability services;
(C) department of agriculture;
(D) department of commerce;
(E) department of corrections;
(F) department of health and environment;
(G) department for children and families;
(H) department of transportation;
(I) Kansas department of wildlife, parks and tourism; and
(J) juvenile justice authority;
(8) the personal secretary and one special assistant to the:
(A) Secretary of administration;
(B) secretary for aging and disability services;
(C) secretary of agriculture;
(D) secretary of commerce;
(E) secretary of corrections;
(F) secretary of health and environment;
(G) secretary for children and families;
(H) secretary of transportation;
(I) secretary of wildlife, parks and tourism; and
(J) commissioner of juvenile justice.
(c) Any person who violates this act shall be deemed to be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.



Fucking child abuser must be recalled and voted out. Tell her how you feel:

I’m really surprised how few people care that they’re trying to legalize physically abusing children in Kansas. Maybe you missed this earlier?

up to 10 forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of maintaining authority over the child, acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a resultHB 2699

This died in committee earlier this week. Not to defend it at all, there are some misconceptions about it (that don’t make it any better…) First, schools in Kansas (and 19 other states) can already spank kids; local school boards decide whether they want it in their district. Second, it’s not a bill that introduces spanking. It actually removes corporal punishment from existing assault law, marking a clear line between behaviours that would or would not be legal. Third, it is reiterated that parental consent is required before a spanking can be …um… administered by schools or other care providers.

I personally agree that a clear line of demarcation between “forceful parental discipline” and child abuse might be helpful to creating a uniform standard in identifying a child in need of care. But I also think this is a scapegoat for people who don’t want to provide the community supports required to enable parents to be good parents. Living wages might be a good start.

ETA: edited out some editing wack

And does it by referencing a 19th century standard. In case you were wondering just how far back the GOP wants to take us.

Kansas Senate Bill 304 titled The Municipal Communication’s Network and Private Telecommunications Investment Safeguards Act was introduced by a lobbyist from the cable TV industry.

The goal of the legislation is to limit out of existence community efforts to provide broadband service to local residents, usually in areas under-served by commercial access. More specifically, it will block expansion of Google Fiber.

Modeled on ALEC legislation, the bill limits local control in opposition to small-government ideology. Members of the Committee on Commerce have all been supported by telecom companies.