By Travis Perry | | Aug 15, 2014 10:11 AM
In many ways, the government is a bit of a necessary evil. But just because we need it around doesn’t mean it’s an all-knowing, benevolent force for good. Curious what governmental foibles have cropped up in the Sunflower State? Take a look back at our week in review for a recap.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 15, 2014 5:00 AM | 72
Lenexa resident Tim Mahony feels like he has a target on his back, and public officials are taking aim. Mahony didn’t expose a hive of public corruption or unearth an embarrassing foible by municipal leaders. No, he made the apparent mistake of contacting his local government too much.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 12, 2014 5:00 AM
The Securities Exchange Commission has levied fraud charges against the State of Kansas for actions taken under the administration of Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 08, 2014 9:00 AM
If there’s one thing you can say about Kansas, it’s that during election season there’s never a dull moment. So if you’re feeling bored, recap the week’s exciting stories to see what slipped through your newsfeed.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 07, 2014 5:00 AM | 76
Just call Tuesdays’ primary election the revolution that wasn’t. “It was an almost revolution,” said Chapman Rackaway, political science professor at Fort Hays State University. “We had a threat of an earthquake, even if the ground didn’t quite shake.”
By Travis Perry | | Aug 06, 2014 12:38 PM | 52
Kansas caught another whack to its wallet Wednesday after national fiscal hawk Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s credit rating from AA+ to AA. But as the political spin began to ramp up within minutes of the announcement, S&P credit analyst David Hitchcock made one thing abundantly clear: Kansas has a spending problem.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 05, 2014 5:00 AM | 44
When it comes to wielding the power of campaign contributions, state law gives Kansas political candidates a fair amount of wiggle room. Statute permits those vying for public office to use political funds for any “legitimate” campaign purpose or expense associated with holding their elected position. As you can imagine, that leaves a gray area about a mile wide.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 01, 2014 11:34 AM
Yes, we know, the primary election hasn’t even hit and you’re already drowning in campaign literature. But take heart! At least it’s August, which means in only a few arduous months the political grandstanding that is campaigning for public office will soon be over. Until then, turn down the volume on that attack ad and recap the week.
By Travis Perry | | Aug 01, 2014 5:00 AM | 143
The superintendent of Kansas’ ninth-largest school district says he welcomes scrutiny in the wake of a four-day, roughly $105,000 education conference for 61 district staff at Disney World in June.
By Travis Perry | | Jul 30, 2014 1:34 PM | 23
On the home front, Kansas’ elected officials talk a big game about self-reliance and prudent fiscal governance, but last year more than a third of all dollars doled out by the Sunflower State came direct from the woefully-indebted federal government. Should Kansas put its money where its mouth is and lessen its leaning on Uncle Sam’s wallet? State Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, says yes – to a point, at least.