Tag Archives: Kansas

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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Hometown Paper Shreds Pompeo’s Weight Loss Claims

From the editorial board of the Kansas City Star: We asked weight loss experts, and people who have lost large amounts of weight themselves, whether it’s possible to lose 90 pounds in six months simply by eating better and hitting a humble home gym for half an hour five or six times a week. Their response? Absolutely not, almost certainly …

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Ohio Summons National Guard To Help Hospitals

The Associated Press reports: Ohio today became the latest state to summon the National Guard to help overwhelmed medical facilities. Experts in Nebraska warned that its hospitals soon may need to ration care. Medical officials in Kansas and Missouri are delaying surgeries, turning away transfers and desperately trying to hire traveling nurses, as cases double and triple in an eerie …

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Wichita City Council Approves LGBTQ Rights Ordinance

The Kansas City Star reports: After four months of delays, Wichita City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance Tuesday aimed at banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance, with Jeff Blubaugh voting against. The council also rejected a carve out that would have allowed religious groups to fire or refuse to hire …

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Five Cultists Turn Out At KS Capitol Rally For Rioters

The Kansas Reflector reports: A handful of people showed up at the Kansas statehouse to make a case Saturday that federal prosecutors were unfair to hundreds of Jan. 6 insurrectionists who breached the national Capitol building while contesting the election loss of President Donald Trump. Ian Camacho, who organized the gathering on behalf of Look Ahead America, said the objective …

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KS To Pay ACLU $1.9M Over Kobach’s Racist Voter Law

The Kansas Reflector reports: The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay the American Civil Liberties Union and other attorneys $1.9 million in fees and expenses for a five-year legal battle over an unconstitutional restriction on voter registrations. The high-profile lawsuit was filed 2016 in response to former Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s signature law, which required residents to …

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Anti-Gay GOP Kansas State Rep Avoids Jail After Kicking Student In The Balls Because God Told Him To [VIDEO]

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel can’t use personal social media and must apologize to his teenage victims, a judge ordered Monday, capping four months of court proceedings after he allegedly kicked a student in the groin while substitute teaching in Wellsville southwest of Kansas City. The Republican lawmaker was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence and …

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Ex-GOP State Rep Who Pushed “In God We Trust” Bill Charged With 19 Felony Counts Of COVID Relief Fraud

The Wichita Eagle reports: Former Kansas Rep. Michael Capps was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on 19 counts of COVID-19 relief fraud and money laundering. The indictment follows a Wichita Eagle investigation into the federal aid Capps’ businesses and a nonprofit under his control received from the Small Business Administration, the state of Kansas and Sedgwick County. An …

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VIRAL VIDEO: QAnon Nut Threatens Local Officials

Kansas City’s CBS News affiliate reports: Kansas’ most populous county on Thursday imposed a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in hopes of checking the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. The Johnson County Commission voted 5-2 for a mask requirement for schools from kindergarten through the sixth grade. The commission faced criticism both from health care providers …

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Third Christian Summer Camp Sees COVID Outbreak

Wichita’s ABC News affiliate reports: With 13 COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks and 23 overall, an AGK Ministries summer camp has been declared a cluster by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The KDHE and the Butler County Health Department are investigating the church camp that took place from June 21 to June 25 at the Wheat …

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Kansas GOP State Rep Told Police He Was Acting Under God’s Instruction When He Kicked Student In The Balls

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel said “God works in mysterious ways” when confronted by law enforcement officers over a bruise he allegedly gave a student while he was substitute teaching in April, according to a newly-released court document. The Wellsville Republican faces three misdemeanor battery charges involving two approximately 16-year-old victims from an April 28 incident …

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Kansas GOP Fails To Override Veto Of Trans Sports Ban

The Associated Press reports: Conservative Republican legislators in Kansas failed Monday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s school sports. The Senate’s vote to override Kelly was 26-14, leaving backers of the measure one short of the necessary two-thirds majority and blocking an attempt in the House. Idaho enacted …

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Kansas GOP State Rep Arrested For Battery On Student After Anti-Gay Classroom Rants About God [VIDEO]

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery on Thursday after getting into a physical altercation with a student while substitute teaching in Wellsville. On Wednesday, Samsel, R-Wellsville, was substitute teaching at the Wellsville school district’s secondary school. Throughout the day, high school students began recording videos of the lawmaker talking …

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Dem Kansas Governor Vetoes Anti-Trans Youth Bill

Topeka’s ABC News affiliate reports: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday she has vetoed a proposed ban on transgender athletes from playing on school sports teams for girls and women. The bill was originally approved by the Republican-controlled House and Senate in early April. “This legislation sends a devastating message that Kansas is not welcoming to all children and their …

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Kansas GOP Leader Booted From Post After DUI Arrest

The Wichita Eagle reports: Kansas Senate Republicans ousted Sen. Gene Suellentrop as majority leader Friday — the first major political penalty paid by the Wichita Republican after he was charged with leading police on a drunken wrong-way chase down Interstate 70. The extraordinary vote by the GOP caucus marked an all-out attempt by senators to separate themselves from Suellentrop, who …

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KS GOP Leader Called Cop “Donut Boy” During Arrest

Topeka’s ABC News reports: After his arrest at 12:49 a.m. on March 16, the officer’s report reveals that the Senate Majority Leader commented “All for going the wrong way” and referred to him as “donut boy” while in the intoxilyzer room. Suellentrop, 69, refused a breathalyzer test, however, Judge Penny Moylan signed a search warrant for a blood sample. At …

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Felony Charge For Kansas GOP Leader After DUI Arrest

ABC News reports: One of the Kansas Legislature’s most powerful lawmakers was charged Friday with driving under the influence and a felony offense for trying to elude law enforcement while speeding the wrong way on highways in Topeka. Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop faces five criminal charges, including the felony count, the misdemeanor DUI count and a misdemeanor count of …

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Paper Questions “Special Treatment” Given Top Kansas Republican After Arrest For DUI And Fleeing The Police

From the editorial board of the Kansas City Star: It was bad enough that Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was arrested just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday, after police stopped an SUV that they said had been speeding the wrong way on Interstate 70. But now, The Star has reported that the Kansas Highway Patrol had to attempt a …

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Top KS Republican Jailed For DUI And Fleeing Police

The Kansas City Star reports: Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was booked into the Shawnee County Jail early Tuesday, accused of driving under the influence, attempting to flee or evade a law enforcement officer, speeding and improperly crossing a divided highway. The Wichita Republican was booked at 3:55 a.m., according to online jail records. A bond amount of $1,000 is …

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KS Mayor Quits After Death Threats From Covidiots

NBC News reports: A Republican mayor in western Kansas announced in a letter to city officials and on social media Tuesday that she is resigning, effective immediately, because of threats she has received after she publicly supported a mask mandate. Mayor Joyce Warshaw of Dodge City said she was concerned about her safety after being met with aggression, including threats …

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