Commentary

Tue
01
Mar

Weekly Senate Report from Richard Wilborn

Sen. Richard Wilborn

Senate Highlights 

The Kansas Senate debated 31 bills over the course of Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week marked “Turnaround” which is the official halfway point for the 2016 Legislative Session.  By “Turnaround”, legislation, with a few exceptions, must have passed its chamber of origin or be removed for consideration for the remainder of the session. The Senate will have a few days off to allow staff to process the legislation that was passed and will resume work on Wednesday, March 2nd. 

 

Notable Legislation:

Law Enforcement Funding

Wed
24
Feb

Anything that sells cattletown history is worth marketing

by Linda Mowery-Denning

Editor/Publisher 

About 75 guests sat through a presentation Sunday afternoon on paranormal activity at Fort Harker, which is operated and mostly owned by the Ellsworth County Historical Society. Speakers at the society’s annual meeting in Ellsworth were members of a research team from Old School  Paranormal at Hays. The group was in Kanopolis in January with their cameras and video equipment to investigate the Fort Harker Guardhouse and the Junior and Commanding Officers’ Quarters and the depot on the guardhouse grounds.

 

Wed
24
Feb

Lawmakers: Do your job

by Jerry Marsh 
 
In public meetings at Wilson and Ellsworth on Feb. 13, I understood Rep. Steven Johnson to say that in order to get movement in the legislature to reverse the income tax exemptions on businesses income, business interests need to come forward and testify that the policy is not working; otherwise, the exemptions will likely remain in place. The more I thought about that the more it bothered me.

 

Wed
17
Feb

Walmart building continues to generate speculation

by Linda Mowery-Denning 

Checking out rumors. That’s one of the things we do here at the I-R. If they pan out, we print them with the information our staff has gathered. If they don’t pan out, we don’t print them. We don’t even post them on our Facebook page. For the past year or so, our staff has spent countless hours checking out rumors related to the former rest stop area on the northeast corner of the intersection of Kansas Highways 140 and 156. Because of that work, we were able to confirm that Walmart planned to build a Neighborhood Market there. Then, eight months later came the story of the store’s closing. The building now stands empty, but the rumors continue — including one that has Dillions/Kroger moving in and opening a grocery store.

 

Wed
17
Feb

Can Congress cooperate?

by Lee Hamilton 

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate appropriation bills rather than using omnibus bills, and letting committees lead on legislation rather than hoarding all power in the leadership offices.

 

Wed
10
Feb

Voters must show up

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites
 
Wed
10
Feb

ABOUT TAXES

Linda Mowery-Denning
Editor/Publisher
 
Wed
03
Feb

Pass the Tylenol and pray

By Jerry Marsh 

Thanks to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) for some numbers that readers will not find coming from the Brownback administration. I know, more numbers. Numbers build character, just ask any math teacher. I can refer you to some good ones.

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Wed
03
Feb

The mystery of Texas fever

When drovers trailed their wild longhorn cattle into Kansas, the dreaded cry of “Texas fever.” Could spread panic through the stock farms that were in their path. Also known as Spanish fever, the mysterious disease could lie dormant for years, as though it were merely the figment of a particularly cruel imagination.

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Wed
27
Jan

Taking candy from kids

Jerry Marsh
Political Bites
 

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