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The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly changed the way we live our lives. Kansas now has 620 cases and 17 deaths at the time of this writing. Legislatures at both federal level and state level are trying desperately to keep up with health, safety, financial issues and wellbeing of Kansans.

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Governor Laura Kelly recently issued a statewide “stay home” order, which is an important part of the ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, she cited several reasons, including the need to prevent overburdening the health care system, and to buy more time to help secur…

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There has been a lot of criticism over the President’s use of the term “Chinese virus” and rightfully so. Names have not always been an accurate way of identifying ground zero for any disease. Health leaders have named this current virus COVID-19. You cannot call this coronavirus because tha…

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The Kansas Legislature moved quickly to pass a basic operational budget that would allow essential state government services to be funded. This “bare bones” budget spends $7.83 billion from the State General Fund. $65 million was approved to allow Kansas to assist businesses and fight the CO…

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More than 20 million K-12 students across the country are at home today due to COVID-19 virus control measures. While the virus didn’t arrive as rapidly in Kansas in as some other states, all public schools are now closed in the state.

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More than 20 million K-12 students across the country are at home today due to COVID-19 virus control measures. While the virus didn’t arrive as rapidly in Kansas in as some other states, all public schools are now closed in the state.

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Some years ago, I wrote a book titled “The Things That Matter Most.” It was a critique of the continuing impact the ‘60s generation has had on the country.

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The Kansas Legislature is trying to move quickly and pass a basic operational budget that would allow essential state government services to be funded. The House approved a resolution to extend the Governor’s state of emergency declaration to allow health officials the time to mitigate the s…

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There’s an old song by The O’Jays that seems especially apropos to this moment. The refrain goes: “Those lies done caught up with you this time.”

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Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prove otherwise.

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Income and sales tax collections by Kansas during February surpassed predictions. $63 million dollars more than predicted was collected. State tax collections have surpassed estimates in 32 of the 33 months since the 2017 legislature repealed previous tax cuts and increased income taxes. Ove…

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Those throw-away plastic bags are in the news. Recently a bill was passed by a state House committee that would, if signed into law, make it illegal for cities to limit or ban their use. Given that activists have been working for many months in cities like Lawrence, Salina, Wichita, and else…

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In democracies, majorities rule, right? The candidate with the most votes wins the election, and a majority vote in the legislature means that a bill is passed. 

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I have no idea what it was that had my oldest brother in such a tither and a tear on that Sunday morning way back there in the Sixties. Whatever it was, it had him rushing through the morning milking as if his shoes were on fire and his pants were a’catchin’.

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Kris Kobach eking out a narrow primary victory against divided opponents. A Democratic woman stressing moderate themes, health care, and good government, defeating Kobach in the general election. It happened in 2018, and it could happen again. 

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The Kansas House is starting to approve a few bills on the House floor. Most of the committee work has been informational in nature, with a few bills getting passed out of committee.

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Medicaid expansion is one of the most misrepresented topics that the legislature has taken up in years. The bill that I’m in favor of is Senate Bill 252. SB 252 does not include coverage of pregnant women. Pregnant women, up to 171 percent of the federal poverty level, are currently covered …

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“For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the re-emergence of the moderate wing of the party, led by charismatic new voices: former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.”

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It is amazing how the tone of the legislature changed in just a few days.

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