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Bird by Bird | 05-17-2019

Left to their own devices, humans are pretty good at wiping out native animal species. Such has definitely been the case for the so-called “prairie chicken” – known elsewhere as a grouse - of northwest Kansas. Long considered a nuisance...

And The Winner – and Loser – Is | 08-31-2018

That Ron Estes is a real winner. Ron Estes is also a loser. Wait, what? Yes, as the Huffington Post reports , Ron Estes was both the winner and the loser in last month’s GOP primary to represent Kansas’s 4th Congressional District. So how...

Dropping Some Knowledge On Ya’ | 06-29-2018

As a public official, Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial hopeful Kris Kobach is not so competent; as a lawyer he’s even worse. Before you start frothing at the mouth, it wasn’t me that said it. As the Wichita Eagle reports , that...

Machine Gun Kris | 06-15-2018

For a guy who was never in the military, Kansas Secretary of State and current gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach sure likes to act like a human GI Joe. Although the tough-talking Kobach usually saves his most vitriolic nonsense for making never-proven...

We Needed A Law For This? | 05-18-2018

License, registration, sexual favors. Wait, what? Yep, believe it or not, until a few weeks ago there was nothing in Kansas law to prevent police from engaging in sexual activities with someone they pull over on the road or detain in a criminal investigation...

Not Kidding Around | 04-05-2018

Like it or not, fellow Baby Boomers, the young ‘uns are coming. As we noted here in February, a half dozen 16- and 17-year-olds are running for governor in Kansas . But heck, compared to 13-year-old Ethan Sonneborn, they’re already past their...

Who’s a Good Boy? | 02-16-2018

John Chiang isn’t the only gubernatorial candidate trying to stand out in a crowded field. The Kansas governor’s race has drawn at least 20 people and one dog. Wait, what? Yes, as the Hutchinson News reports , Angus P. Woolley wants his shot...

A Friend Indeed | 02-02-2018

Politics can make you want to gag sometimes. But if you really do get something caught in the old windpipe, it would be good to have Kansas Sen. Ed Berger around. As the Wichita Eagle reports , Berger recently performed the Heimlich maneuver on Sen. Dan...

Stay Classy, Kansas | 10-21-2016

Citing legal precedent is part and parcel to most any lawsuit. But one might think that a savvy legal beagle would avoid citing decisions more infamous than laudable. When it comes to Kansas Solicitor General Steven McAllister, one would be wrong. As...

Does This Mean Men Can Wear Mini-Skirts? | 02-04-2016

Speaking of the allure of the opposite sex...one Kansas lawmaker saw his own attempt to curtail such things blow up in his face last week. As Governing and the Kansas City Star report , Sen. Mitch Holmes has retracted rules he recently imposed on anyone...

Where Am I Again? | 01-15-2016

Critics often contend that politicos live in their own little world. Proof positive these days could be Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (for any number of reasons), who took to Twitter recently to congratulate Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon for signing...

Brain Dead in KS | 10-09-2015

It’s “Zombie Preparedness Month” in Kansas. While that might sound like a PSA warning of the latest brain dead shenanigans from Gov. Sam Brownback and his fellow Sunflower State lawmakers, it is not. As the Wichita Eagle reports, it...

Brownback Gets Schooled | 05-08-2015

By now you probably know that the tax cuts championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback have been a fiscal disaster for the Sunflower State, creating an $800 million budget deficit and blowing up the state credit rating. Things are so bad that at least eight...