Tag Archives: Kansas

Dems Rush To Capitalize On Kansas Abortion Vote

Roll Call reports: Democrats seeking to retain control of Congress are doubling down on the need for abortion rights after Kansas voters resoundedly defeated a ballot measure that would have made it easier for state lawmakers to restrict the procedure. “What was done in Kansas shows you how much people in this country value reproductive rights and freedoms,” Democratic National …

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Kultist Kris Kobach Wins GOP Kansas AG Primary

Talking Points Memo reports: Anti-immigration hardliner, voter fraud alarmist and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach finally broke his losing streak on Tuesday night, winning the Republican primary for Kansas attorney general. Kobach defeated Kansas state Sen. Kellie Warren (R), his top rival, by a little over four points. Kobach’s victory follows a string of failed bids for Kansas …

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QAnon Nutbag Loses Kansas Sec Of State Primary

PBS NewsHour reports: The top state elections official in Kansas beat back a far-right challenger who promoted conspiracy theories in one of several primaries Tuesday featuring candidates for secretary of state who have expressed skepticism of elections or promoted lies about the 2020 presidential election. Mike Brown, a construction contractor and former county commissioner in the Kansas City area had …

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Kansans Decisively Vote To Protect Abortion Rights

The Associated Press reports: Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions or ban the procedure outright. It was the first test of voter sentiment after the U.S. …

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Lying KS Abortion Vote Texts Traced To Ex-GOP Rep

The Washington Post reports: The text messages arrived on Monday, the day before Kansans were set to vote on an amendment that would excise abortion protections from their state constitution. The text claimed that approving that measure, which could allow the Republican-controlled legislature to outlaw abortion, would safeguard “choice.” The gambit was all the more alarming to abortion rights advocates …

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Kansans Get Lying Texts About Today’s Abortion Vote

The Kansas City Star reports: An anonymous group is sending a misleading text to Kansas voters telling them to “vote yes” in order to protect choice. “Women in KS are losing their choice on reproductive rights. Voting YES on the amendment will give women a choice. Vote YES to protect women’s health.” The message went to voters across the state, …

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Heat Wave Kills Thousands Of Cattle In Kansas [VIDEO]

NPR reports: Intense heat that baked Kansas over the weekend is being blamed for killing thousands of cattle — a toll documented in striking images on social media. In widely seen video footage, rows of carcasses are shown lined up along the edge of a farm field. State officials are blaming a heat wave that sent temperatures higher than 100 …

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20 Kansas Reps Belong To Far-Right Facebook Groups

The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports: A think tank found 20 state lawmakers, or 12% of the Legislature, were members of Facebook groups deemed to be “far-right,” including ones spreading COVID-19 misinformation and raising concerns about the integrity of the 2020 election. Some groups began as a coalition of members pushing back on restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic but appear to have …

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Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Pro-GOP House Map

The Associated Press reports: Kansas’ highest court on Wednesday upheld a Republican redistricting law that makes it harder for the only Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation to win reelection in a big victory for the GOP. The state Supreme Court declined for now to declare that overly partisan gerrymandering violates the Kansas Constitution. The ruling sets district boundaries less …

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KS Town Leaders Ban “Adult Co-Living” Arrangements

The Kansas City Star reports: On Monday, a Johnson County city unanimously voted to ban a living arrangement aimed at helping tenants decrease the amount of rent they pay. The Shawnee City Council voted 8-0 to ban co-living, which has gained popularity in recent years as rent and home prices have soared. The new ordinance defines a co-living group as …

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KS Reps Push Blanket Exemption For Childhood Vaxxes

The Kansas Reflector reports: Rep. Tatum Lee and Sen. Mark Steffen heartily embraced anti-vax activists Monday at the Capitol ahead of the Legislature’s consideration of limited-government policy tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential overrides of a cluster of vetoes issued by Gov. Laura Kelly. Lee, a Ness City Republican not averse to criticizing GOP leadership, lauded the group affiliated …

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Kansas Judge Strikes Down Racist US House Map

The Kansas News Service reports: A Wyandotte County judge struck down the state’s new congressional map, clearing the way for the Kansas Supreme Court to weigh in on how far politicians can go in gerrymandering political boundaries. District Court Judge Bill Klapper ruled the map — drawn by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature — violates the rights of residents in Lawrence …

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Dem Kansas Gov Vetoes Anti-Trans, Anti-Teachers Bills

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a proposal on Friday that would have banned transgender athletes from girls sports and another that would have required schools to let parents challenge classroom curriculum — a measure she has called a “teacher demoralization act.” The bills reflect the political trap GOP lawmakers are trying to set for Kelly, …

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KS Rep’s Letter Threatens Doctors: Use Horse Paste

The Kansas Reflector reports: Kansas Sen. Mark Steffen bragged about the attention he received for sending a threatening letter to doctors encouraging the use of ivermectin for early treatment of COVID-19 based on a law the Legislature didn’t pass. In a Facebook post from his personal account, Steffen said he sent the letter — dated March 31 and written on …

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KS Advances Blanket Exemption For Childhood Vaxxes

The Hill reports: Conservative Republican lawmakers on Thursday revived a proposal to weaken Kansas’s vaccination requirements for children enrolling in school and day care and to make it easier for people to get potentially dangerous treatments for COVID-19. The Senate health committee approved a bill that would allow parents to get a no-questions-asked religious exemption from requirements to vaccinate their …

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Missouri Book Ban Advocate Charged With Molestation

Kansas City’s ABC News affiliate reports: A Gladstone man, who recently spoke in support of banning books from North Kansas City School District libraries that depicted sexual acts, is facing a felony charge of second-degree child molestation and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree domestic assault. Ryan Utterback, 29, is also facing a misdemeanor charge of furnishing pornographic material or attempting …

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Kansas Man Charged With Threat To Assassinate Biden

The Daily Beast reports: A Kansas man claiming he had been told by God to travel to Washington, D.C., to “lop off the head of the serpent in the heart of the nation” has been charged with threatening to assassinate President Joe Biden via a “fatal head wound,” according to a criminal complaint first obtained by The Daily Beast. On …

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KS Bill Requires Pharmacists To Provide Horse Paste

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports: Ivermectin is used to treat parasitic worms, especially in livestock. Hydroxychloroquine, sometimes abbreviated as HCQ, is a malaria drug that is also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Neither drug has proven to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19. But that hasn’t stopped the Kansas Senate from advancing a bill making it …

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Kansas GOP Map Gerrymanders “Woke” University Town Into Pro-Trump District That Is Five Hours Away By Car

The Associated Press reports: The Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are close to passing a congressional redistricting plan that marries an eastern Kansas community proud of its “woke” politics to Trump-loving small towns and farms five hours west by car on the expansive and stark plains. Democratic legislators and some local officials see the worst kind of gerrymandering in …

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KS Pair Gets Two Years Probation Each On Riot Charges

Law & Crime reports: A pair of Kansas retirees who admitted to unlawfully entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 have been sentenced to two years of probation and 60 hours of community service. Esther Schwemmer, 56, and her friend Jennifer Parks, 61, entered the building after the barricades had been overturned and the windows and doors had been broken. Prosecutors …

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