Category Archives: Kansas blogs

New Kansas blog: Cold Friday

I’ve noticed a new conservative blog in Kansas, Cold Friday. It describes its goal as “to provide thoughtful opinions on current events and the moral issues of the day.”

The founder is J. Christopher Pryor of Topeka. He has been published with the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog, The Remnant, and Catholic Family News among others. He has a J.D., M.B.A. and B.A. in Philosophy. Pryor writes predominantly on issues of antisemitism, philosophy, current events and his hobbies of science and ham radio.

To view the blog, click on coldfriday.org.

Welcome back, Gidget

Gidget stepped away for a few months, but happily she is back writing about Kansas politics at Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe).

Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe)
Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe)
One of the great things about the internet is it gives people an outlet for their writing and opinions that they probably would not have otherwise. I’d like to introduce you to someone whose writing I think you’d like to read. Well, I can’t really introduce you to her, because I don’t know who she is. On her blog she (?) goes by the name Gidget. It’s titled Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe) at insideksgop.blogspot.com.

Gidget writes anonymously, although I’m pretty sure she’s female and lives in or near Johnson County, as many of her articles concern local politics there. Being anonymous has its good and bad aspects. For one thing, most people who try to be anonymous on the internet and achieve any level of notoriety are usually exposed, eventually.

Being anonymous means there is less accountability for what you write, so people may not give your writing as much weight as they should. But anonymity gives the freedom for some people to write things that need to be said, and that’s what Gidget does very well. For example, last year she reminded readers that Bob Dole is known as the “Tax Collector for the Welfare State.” Not so much in Kansas, where he has stature just shy of sainthood. And that’s the point. If you criticize Bob Dole for the things he did that deserve criticism, you’re likely to be ostracized from the Kansas Republican Party. I can tell you, there are attack dogs.

The sometimes nasty nature of politics lead Gidget to write this earlier this year: “I have taken a much needed break from all things political during this campaign season. I know it’s bad timing, but my tender soul can only deal with so much back-biting and garbage slinging, and the 2012 primaries sent me to a dark place.” (Guess who’s back from Outer Space?)

I was sad to see that Gidget didn’t post anything for some months. But as the August primary approached, she rejoined the conversation. Here’s what she wrote about the United States Senate primary between Republicans Pat Roberts and Milton Wolf:

Sigh. This race is the most disgusting and vile thing I’ve witnessed since, well, Moran-Tiahrt. From the outside, it appears that everyone involved in the Roberts/Wolf fiasco has lost all of their senses. (Gidget’s predictions — Roberts vs. Wolf)

Later in the same article she wrote:

Finally, I am appalled, truly, sincerely appalled, that Wolf is now being investigated by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for photos and comments he made on Facebook years ago.

Had he not run for office, his career would not be threatened. It’s that simple. Whatever you think of Wolf (and I really don’t think much of him), he doesn’t deserve to have his professional career ruined due to a Facebook post. He just doesn’t.

And it smacks of Roberts calling in a political favor. There is exactly one member of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts who is not a doctor or medical professional. That person is a political activist, appointed by Brownback, and a vocal Roberts supporter. Did she have anything to do with the Wolf investigation? She says no, and I’m inclined to take people at their word.

However, often in politics, as in real life, perception is reality. And the timely investigation of Wolf stinks. Badly. This is why good people don’t run for office.

Gidget is absolutely correct. When people consider whether they want to subject themselves to the type of attacks that the Roberts campaign launched, many people will decide not to run.

Here’s another example from the same article of Gidget writing the things that need to be said, and which party insiders don’t say:

I sincerely wish Roberts would have done the right thing a year ago — and that is decide against running for a fourth Senate term. We would have better candidates to choose from had he done so, and it’s been obvious for quite some time the direction in which the political winds were blowing. Kansans (and many around the country) had had enough of long-term federal legislators in Washington.

I contend that had Roberts really, truly cared about Kansas, the state GOP and the country, he would’ve bowed out this year. He’s a nice man, but his ego may be out-of-hand if he truly believes he’s one of only two people in the state of Kansas who can fairly, accurately and reasonably represent the Sunflower State in the U.S. Senate.

As Kansans know, the senate primary was particularly nasty. It shouldn’t be that way, and it doesn’t have to be. But there are many people who put party and personality above principle, and the results are usually not pretty. These attacks can have lasting impact. Here’s what Gidget wrote shortly after the August primary (Leaving the GOP):

I am leaving the Kansas Republican Party. While I will continue to work for candidates I like, and continue to be a registered Republican — you don’t get a choice in most of the elections otherwise — I’m out.

My disillusion with the party can not be overstated, and I simply see no reason to stay.

This fall, I will be volunteering for the Libertarian candidate, Keen Umbehr. Do I agree whole-heartedly with Keen? No. In word only, my values more closely align with what Gov. Brownback says his values are. (His actions suggest otherwise.)

I can no longer spend my time or money for a party that actively works against the people — specifically the grassroots people.

I am fairly certain I’m not the only person who has had enough of it. There’s an extraordinarily unusual lack of decorum among what I would call the Establishment of the Kansas Republican Party.

Take, for example, Gavin Ellzey, vice chair of the Third District Republican Party. A few days ago, he locked down his Twitter account, but prior to that he made numerous posts about “offending Muslims with a .45,” “only attractive women need equality,” and posts essentially calling Milton Wolf a piece of sh!t.

This is what passes for respectful discourse in Kansas politics these days. I was disgusted by his tweets, but that’s just the most public tip of the iceberg.

There were widespread rumors of many candidates making threats to individuals if they didn’t get onboard and offer their full support.

While not a huge Wolf fan, I continue to be disturbed by the way he was treated by what I would call the Kansas Establishment. He was ostracized, called names and I heard that he was uninvited to county and state GOP events.

Every Republican candidate in Johnson County attended an election night party at the Marriott Hotel in Overland Park. Wolf’s party was across the street at a different hotel. Was he not invited to participate in the county party?

I am not for one minute saying that everyone in the Republican Party has to be in lock step. But party members should welcome new faces, new candidates and fresh ideas — even if they don’t personally support some of the new people or their ideas.

That’s acceptable. It is not acceptable to act like the Republican Party is a locked boys club, where only certain people need apply.

I’m sure the Kansas Republican Party is simply a microcosm of what goes on in other states, but I don’t have the heart for it anymore.

The things I heard people say last night at the Marriott, the things I saw and heard people say in social media over the course of this campaign, I am out.

I blame our current crop of Republican politicians for this discourse. A gentle word here and there from them about Reagan’s 11th Commandment would go a long way. But those words are left unsaid, and I have to assume it’s because our most of our Republican politicians think winning is more important than anything. It baffles me that these self-professed Christians appear to believe that the ends justify the means.

They don’t.

That’s Gidget writing at Kansas GOP Insider. It’s good stuff. Take a look.

In Kansas, Community Bridge Blog lies — in photographs

Falsely altered photograph of Kris Kobach posted on Community Bridge BlogFalsely altered photograph of Kris Kobach posted on Community Bridge Blog

In debates over public policy, words matter. But readers recognize that words represent the opinion of the writer, and as such can be incorrect, misinformed, or simply stating a preference that the reader may disagree with.

But photographs are different. When presented with a photograph purporting to convey a message, readers (viewers) don’t know if it is real or has been altered.

So when the Community Bridge Blog, a Manhattan-based project, uses a doctored photograph of Republican Kansas Secretary of State Candidate Kris Kobach, readers might be justifiably confused. Is the pasted-in message behind Kobach real, or false?

In this case the photograph is false. It’s a fake. These types of photographic alterations — thought to be funny or amusing by some, especially liberals — have no place in serious public discussion. Even if they’re a staple of MSNBC television commentators.

And when we wonder why good people are reluctant to run for public office, here’s a reason why: they’re likely to be subject to malicious and false attacks such as this.

The author of the post, Christopher E. Renner — at one time a “Linguistically/Culturally Diverse Populations’ Consultant and Teacher Trainer at the Midwest Equity Assistance Center, College of Education, Kansas State University” — ought to apologize to Kobach and the readers of the blog. That’s if he wants to be taken seriously.

Here’s the text of Renner’s post, contained in What Every Kansan Needs to Know about Kris Kobach. While I believe Renner is largely incorrect in his opinion — and his writing could use some proofreading — his written opinions are just that. Readers can choose to agree or not.

The Republican’s nominee for the job of Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is a well know nativist extremist who makes a living by drafting anti-immigrant laws and, after they are adopted, trains officers to enforce them. If the laws are challenged, he goes to court to defend them. Quite the racket since the laws are always rule unconstitutional and in the mean time he lines his pockets with tax-payer dollars from the legal fees he racks up.

But altered photographs are different from words.

We won’t do that here

Recently someone left a comment that tried to associate a made-up name someone uses when commenting on this blog with that person’s actual name. I removed that comment.

For one, I don’t know if the charge made by the comment writer (themselves operating under an assumed name, or at least a name that gives little clue as to their identity) is true.

Second, at the Wichita Eagle editorial blog, identity-speculating and other behavior stemming from that has poisoned that forum to the point where many discussions degenerate into the worst forms of name-calling, and even death threats. I won’t let that happen here.

In Anaheim, I am the press

In Kansas, alternative media outlets like this blog can’t get the same level of access that traditional media has in the Kansas statehouse. My post Kansas alternative media shut out of legislative access gives details.

This week I in was in Anaheim, California on a fact-finding trip. As part of this, I asked to meet with a planner for the City of Anaheim. Shortly after we started our meeting, he asked to leave the room for a moment. When he came back, a media relations person for the city was with him, and stayed with us during our meeting.

This is not unusual, as many companies and governmental bodies have policies about their employees talking to the media.

But that’s it … in California — Anaheim, anyway — bloggers are treated as press. Not so in Kansas, though.

I’m using a different theme

Today I’ve made a switch in the theme this blog uses.

Last year, at about this time, I switched the underlying system this blog uses, changing from Drupal to WordPress. There isn’t really anything wrong with Drupal, but it does a lot more than what is needed for blogging. Also, I felt — and experience has confirmed — that Google treats a WordPress blog better than a Drupal blog. At least that has been my experience.

At the time I switched to WordPress, I selected the Cutline theme, created by Chris Pearson. It’s a great WordPress theme.

But as time goes on, a little change is good now and then. Pearson has created a new and very highly-regard theme called Thesis. It’s not free, as is Cutline. But after studying, I decided that I’d like to switch to Thesis. So I bought it, and you’re looking at its initial implementation.

The Thesis theme is highly customizable, but I haven’t done much of that yet. There’s also the chance that some things might not be working right now. I’d be interested in your impressions, and, of course, your feedback if something isn’t working as it should be.

Kansas Jackass spotted at Kansas days

Through several methods, including excessive tweeting and plain old gumshoe work, the identity of the anonymous blogger Kansas Jackass was deduced. One tweet by the Jackass told me that the blogger would be entering the event hall at Kansas Days in a few minutes. I waited by the door and had a conversation with the Jackass.

What impact do Kansas voters have on judges?

Recently a Kansas blog covered a political event and wrote this in a post titled Defending America Summit Brought out the Wingnuts:

Stephen Ware, Professor at the University of Kansas Law School:

“What’s unusual about Kansas is about how little the people’s wishes matter. There are no checks and balances in the judicial selection process.”

********. It’s called a retention voted [sic]. Don’t like Justice Dan Biles? Vote him out in a year. And, hey, aren’t all professors supposed to be crazy liberals?

I asked Mr. Ware about the value of retention votes in giving a voice to the people. As it turns out, he said, no Kansas Supreme Court justice has ever lost a retention vote, and only one lower court judge has. “This is consistent with the pattern around the country, in which judges hardly ever lose retention votes. That’s mostly because there’s no rival candidate to spark a real debate.”

So it appears that in Kansas, retention votes have not been a meaningful way for voters to engage in the process of choosing their judges. However, I will trust this blogger to educate us about crazy liberals.

This blogger also mentions (A few notes on the Governor’s budget) that the Kansas Senate’s President is Derek Schmidt. Call your office, Stephen Morris.

Kansas Blog Roundup for September 19, 2008

I think I say this almost every week, but I’m amazed at some of the blogs that people create just to showcase and report on their own personal interests. This week it’s Dave Knadler, who is a professional writer. His blog Dave’s Fiction Warehouse deals with books and writing and movies, and also his assorted adventures, which sound like fun.

And while I’m repeating myself, Douglas and Main by Bobby Rozzell remains a great spot to catch up on the good posts in Wichita-area blogs, and to learn of new blogs, too.

At Americans For Prosperity, Kansas chapter head Alan Cobb asks “What if Kansas threw a billion dollar party and nobody showed?” Yes, but it’s only $1.3 billion.

The Kansas Progress reports on a speech by Kansas Governor kathleen Sebelius in The accidental governor at her best. The KRA blog also comments on this in Sebelius: Republicans are racists.

The Flint Hills Center for Public Policy announces a showing in Wichita of Flunked, the movie–A story of failure. A formula for hope. Make your reservation at their site for the free showing. I’ve seen this movie, and it’s very good.

Kansas Liberty has these posts of note: Problems with gangs are explained in Across Kansas, in communities large and small, youth gangs a fact of life. Robert Redford weighs in on Kansas energy policy in The Sunflower Kid versus the coal plant.

The Kansas Trunkline reports on some earmark requests Governor Sebelius has made through second district congressperson Nancy Boyda. See Kathleen Sebelius Spinning on Earmark Requests. The governor’s campaign schedule is an issue in Apparently we are still on a weekend. Also of note: Dennis Moore and Nancy Boyda: Betraying Their Constituents on Energy Reform.

Stay Red Kansas also has complaints about governor Sebelius in Kathy: Give Your Paycheck Back! and What is KATHY DOING?

The Kansas Republican has concerns about her too, as expressed in the question Obama, Do You REALLY Want Sebelius Attacking Palin?

The Kansas Meadowlark is a little light this week but contributes Flying into a double rainbow. I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Meadowlark last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, catching up on news and learning more about blogging.

On Wichitopekington , Brent Wistrom reports on a new budget simulation game in Can you improve the federal budget? Here’s a game to test you.

What is the “triangle tax?” Find out in Questions about the Forever Triangle Tax.

No recent posts from The Joyful Cynic. Too bad, as I enjoy them.

There’s nothing new since August 25th at Boyda Bloc. What could be wrong? This was one of Kansas’ most active blogs with multiple authors and a lot of comments. I sent an email inquiring why.

Kansas Watch recalls some Kansas political history in When Debates Go Very, Very Bad: The 1984 KTWU-TV Kassebaum v. Maher (and Davey Crockett) Debate. There’s video coverage of contemporary news, too: Video: And Now for Something Completely Different–Good Evening from Kansas Watch for 9/17/08. I think I knew this, and this confirms: Amway Study Says Kansans a Little Less Stressed Than Average.

At Voice For Liberty in Wichita, the (sometimes) home of the Kansas Blog Roundup, there was no Roundup last week as I was attending the conference of the State Policy Network.

Wichita school issues are again a topic. The post Wichita School District: TIF Action Tests Accountability and Ethics sets the stage, and the result is that the district failed in a big way. (Reporting to come later.)

Wichita School Safe Rooms: At No Cost? The school district’s architect seems to think so.

The Wichita Eagle is pushing hard for the bond issue to pass. Mark McCormick’s Wichita School Bond Bias explains how the columnist won’t even consider any alternatives. Then, Is Richard Crowson Cartooning For or Against the Wichita School Bond Issue? This post might give you a hint as to how to answer that question: Wichita Eagle’s Richard Crowson: Cartoonist for the Teachers Union.

My friend Helen Cochran of Citizens for Better Education is doing a great job educating Wichita on the merits of opposing the Wichita school bond issue. The post Wichita School Bond Presentation by Helen Cochran comments on a speech she gave to a civic group. And, now that I have video production capability, you can see her speech here: Helen Cochran Speech on Wichita School Bond Issue. Helen used a little visual joke at the start, which I thought was hilarious, but wasn’t received all that well by the stodgy group she spoke to.

Also, Helen has commissioned some political cartoons. View them here: Wichita School Bond Issue Cartoons are Funny

Finally, fundamental reform seems beyond the grasp of Wichita schools: Will Wichita Schools Consider Merit Pay?

Kansas Blog Roundup for September 5, 2008

In Kansas this week, blog coverage of local issues is a little light, partly due to the holiday, but also the Republican convention.

A local blog I’ve just become aware of (but has been around for a few years) is Book Nut. It covers, naturally, books. It’s always amazing to me to see the effort that people put into their blogs, especially ones like this that are hobbies. Douglas and Main remains the leading place to learn about Wichita-area blogs and their posts.

Kansas Liberty features KansasLiberty.com RNC journal report, a series of posts by Kansas Republican national delegate Maria Holiday. Other reporting from this site includes Education PACs gearing up for November, Western Kansas residents take energy price hikes in stride, and 200 judges evaluated – but not a single one recommended for ouster.

The Kansas Meadowlark contributes two posts covering Kansas politics and ethics. New ethics commissioner in Kansas. Updated political profile of Ethics Commission. provides useful political background on members of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. Then Do we need Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ethics reforms in Kansas? reports on how a few things Sarah Palin has done in Alaska could be helpful here in Kansas. Next week I will be attending a conference along with the Meadowlark, and I hope to learn more about conducting investigations like his.

Americans for Prosperity-Kansas reports on the Topeka Sales Tax Increase Proposal and why it is bad.

Kansas Progress reports on their progress in appearing well in Google searches in the post A thanks to readers. This blog now has a Facebook group.

At The Kansas Trunkline (The Official Blog of the Kansas Republican Party), blogger Christian Morgan posts from the Republican National Convention. KS GOP Political Director Corrie Kangas also contributes.

Stay Red Kansas reports on a new television advertisement by third district congressional candidate Nick Jordan. You can view the commercial. Also, news that Brownback Confirms Gov. Candidacy.

Over at The Kansas Republican, Custer contributes Convention Talk of New KS GOP Chair. Wild Bill posts Convention Day 1, but then nothing more.

The Wichita NAACP blog contributed the mini-debate post What YOU need to know about the Proposed School Bond Issue, in which I was pleased to be invited to participate.

Boyda Bloc has no new posts this week, which is unusual for this prolific and anonymous blogger (or group of bloggers).

At the Voice For Liberty in Wichita (home of the Kansas Blog Roundup) a few posts cover environmental issues: The Problem of Environmental Calculation, Wind Power: Why Special Tax Treatment?, Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet: Not an Example of Sarah Palin’s Transparent Government, and Kansas Electric Rates Increase Because of Wind Power Generation.

Education issues are covered in Carol Rupe, Kansas School Board Member, Speaks for the Wichita School Bond Issue and Kansas State SAT Scores Continue a Gradual Decline. Kansas National Education Association Candidate Questions starts a series of articles exposing the bias and misinformation present in the Kansas teachers union candidate questionnaire. George Fahnestock’s Wichita School Bond Issue Invitation!!! reports on a possible tell by a school bond spokesman. I interviewed Wichita school bond issue activist Helen Cochran in Mark McCormick’s Wichita School Bond Challenge: The Inside Story.

Local Wichita politics are covered in Wichita Smoking Ban Starts. Sharon Fearey is Excited. Also a useful Wichita resource is discovered in Web Map of Wichita.

Web Map of Wichita

An interesting site someone just showed to me is Web Map of Wichita, a useful collection of Wichita-oriented web sites presented in an unusual way. This comes from 2Wichita, a new site (at least to me) that appears to be a useful resource for learning about all sorts of websites in and around Wichita.

Also useful is from this same site wichitized googling — popular sites version, a Google custom search engine that returns results only from sites popular in Wichita. Related is wichitized googling — media scope, which searches Wichita media sites only.

I have a Google custom search engine too: Liberty Search, which searches sites friendly to liberty, capitalism, and free markets.

Kansas Blog Roundup for August 29, 2008

Kansas bloggers were hard at work again this week, covering a wide variety of topics.

A Wichita blog that’s been around for a while but has recently undergone a change in direction is Wichita Art Directory. This blog contains wonderful images of the works of many Wichita artists. Also useful is an extensive list of links to mostly art-related websites in Wichita.

Wichita’s “Boondoggler” at Wichita 259 Truth continues to churn out great work. Last week he (she?) noticed that Wichita school bond celebrity spokesperson George Fahnestock doesn’t live in the Wichita school district. This week two new posts appear. One, Snouts in the Trough for the Kids, takes a look at the sponsors of the “Vote Yes for Kids” bond kickoff party. While noting that the Wichita Eagle complains about lack of knowledge of who is behind the bond issue campaigns on both sides, through a little sleuthing the Boondoggler tells us a lot. Isn’t this what newspapers used to do?

Then, in The Curious Case of College Hill, the Boondoggler wonders if “… [USD 259’s] commitment to smaller class sizes only extends to certain schools and kids that live in certain neighborhoods.”

Kansas Liberty reports on a study released by the Kansas Legislative Post Audit Committee and wonders Was $1.3 billion in economic development incentives worth it? Also from this site: State SAT scores continue a gradual decline.

A story this week in Kansas was the Jim Slattery campaign’s inadvertent sending of an email before it was complete. The incomplete email contained “placeholder” quotes containing a vulgar insult to Sendator Pat Roberts. Not a substantive issue, I’d say, but sort of funny. The Kansas Republican Assembly blog provides coverage in Slattery tells public what he really thinks about Pat Roberts. Stay Red Kansas contributes on this matter with Slattery for Senate: Oops!

Also at the KRA is another post in their series covering close elections and the role of voter fraud: How voter fraud stopped the Holcomb power plants.

The Kansas Meadowlark has no new posts this week. I spoke to the Meadowlark recently, and he’s taking a little time off for vacation.

The Kansas Trunkline provides some coverage of Governor Kathleen Sebelius and sidekick Mark Parkinson at the Democratic convention in Denver: Sebelius: Still Ignoring Kansas, Interesting Tid-Bit, Sebelius True Colors on Display as She Gives a Speech Full of Partisan Rhetoric, What Planet is Sebelius On?, and Sebelius: Out of Touch and Out of Rhythm.

Stay Red Kansas is posting again, this week contributing Kathy is SO Not Cut Out for Prime Time.

On the plus side, it appears that she can dance, as noticed in Kathleen Sebelius, Denver’s Dancing Queen.

The Kenig Konnection wonders What’s in a label? (Conservative, Moderate, Liberal). “I find it revealing that in Kansas, according to our local news media, there is no such thing as a ‘liberal’ Democrat.”

At Neighborhood Watch Watch, the post Anonymous Cowards comments on a new policy by the Topeka Capital-Journal regarding verification of letter-writers.

At The Kansas Federalist Currie Myers writes about Catholic in Name Only.

The anonymous blogger Doo Dah Blue writes that an anti-gang graffiti project in Wichita may be unconstitutional because it involves a religious theme. See Flagrant violations of the Constitution. I wonder how this blogger feels about prayers, invocations, and/or moments of silence before meetings of the city council, county commission, school board, Kansas legislature, United States Congress, etc?

Over at the corner of Douglas and Main blog collector Bobby Rozzell continues to provide a valuable resource for keeping up with Wichita blogs.

Although the term “unintended consequences” is not used, that’s the point of the post Downtown push makes homeless more homeless?

The Americans For Prosperity Blog for Kansas announces the hiring of Susan Estes as field director for western Kansas. I had the pleasure of meeting Susan this week, and I think she’ll be a great addition to AFP. She replaces Rodger Woods, who will soon be serving us overseas. Please be safe, Rodger.

At the Voice For Liberty in Wichita, school district issues continue in the spotlight in Wichita School District: Don’t Give Up Your Tax and Revenue Base and Wichita School District Dodges TIF District Issue. A writer to the Wichita Eagle urges voters to pass the bond issue, but actually makes a case against it: A Flood of New Wichita Public School Students: The Other Story.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer thinks his opponents get too much media attention in Wichita Mayor and City Council Prefer to Work Out of Media Spotlight.

Then, transparency in government comes naturally to full-time government officials, but not so effortlessly for citizens, as explained in Being Open and Transparent: A Sedgwick County Commissioner’s View.

Kansas Blog Roundup for August 22, 2008

In Kansas this week, some blogs are quiet, but others pick up the slack with some worthwhile posts.

The Kansas Progress questions the actions of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority in Actions by liberal group denounced by state GOP.

The Kansas Republican Assembly blog has a two-part series of posts covering how Kansas has become the first state with government-owned casinos. The first post is How 73 voters brought state-owned casinos to Kansas, and the second part is How 50 voters brought state-owned casinos to Kansas. This is very interesting reading. Then, learn about Kansas’ liberal senate president (a Republican, believe it or not) in Morris in the NY Times: Coal Plants the “only major disagreement” he’s had with Sebelius. I don’t know who this reflects worse on: him or the governor.

The Kansas Trunkline notices news coverage of Senator Anthony Hensley’s Mail Problem. Then, another episode of Where in the World is Kathleen Sebelius Today?

The Kansas Meadowlark, much quieter this week than is usual for this Kansas investigative blogging powerhouse, contributes analysis of Kansas energy policy in Will we have electricity when the wind doesn’t blow when we’re old? Hopefully the Meadowlark is getting a well-deserved vacation or rest. Or maybe he’s busy on another investigation.

Stay Red Kansas remains silent.

Wichitopekington notices that a former Wichita city manager makes a little news in George Kolb emerges again… this time in Pat Salerno’s stomping grounds.

Kansas Liberty contributes an analysis of the source of some Kansas political money in Stowers money flows from Missouri into Kansas politics. Also of note is AG’s Office has issued 15,000 concealed carry permits. This website is making a valuable contribution to news coverage in Kansas.

At Blue Tide RisingBoyda Bloc, Lynn Jenkins-bashing is in full force.

Bobby Rozzell has a great idea for a local government leader in Everytime he passed a window they heard him say, “So far so good.” His “other” blog, Douglas and Main remains a fine site to keep up with Wichita blog happenings.

Wichita’s “Boondoggler” at Wichita 259 Truth contributes two fine pieces this week. The first, About FEMA Shelters raises important questions about the competence of Wichita school district officials when safeguarding Wichita schoolchildren.

The second, Fahnestock’s Motivation?, notes that the celebrity spokesperson for the Wichita public school bond issue doesn’t live in the district.

At Voice For Liberty in Wichita, the home of the Kansas Blog Roundup, two posts about Wichita “naysayers” appear: Wichita’s Naysayers Are Saying Yes to Liberty speaks to the foundation of why we (or at least me) say no. Then, Wichita’s Naysayers Shortchanged in Council’s Record wonders if we’re even heard in the official city proceedings.

On a personal note, Campaigning for my Precinct Race describes just that.

A Wichita journalist’s bias and lack of knowledge of tax increment financing, or TIF, districts is shown in Tiff over Wichita TIFs.

There’s some coverage of Wichita public school issues in The Things Wichita Eagle Columnist Mark McCormick Omits, Wichita School District: Where Do They Think the Funds Come From?, and Will George Fahnestock Vote For the Wichita School Bond Issue?, the last based on reporting by the Boondoggler.

Also coverage of climate change issues in Kansas in Kansas Climate Change Mitigation Will Be Costly and Kansas Can’t Do Much Locally To Counter Global Greenhouse Gas Emitters.

Kansas Blog Roundup for August 15, 2008

No overarching theme emerged this week in Kansas blogs. Follow-up from the August 5 Kansas primary and Wichita school board action proved popular with readers.

A new (to me, anyway) and interesting Kansas blog is Jewish Simplicity, which blogs about “… simplicity, frugality and sustainability from a Jewish perspective …” Douglas and Main is a great place to learn about new Wichita blogs.

This week, coverage of a statement by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer proved popular with Voice For Liberty in Wichita readers. A transcription of his remarks may be read in Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, August 12, 2008, and commentary is here: Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer Saves Us From Covered Wagons.

In Kansas, fallout from the August 5 primary election continues. The Kansas Progress provides analysis of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority and its efforts in the post Major GOP leaders denounce attack by new liberal group. A follow-up post is Views of state GOP toward left-wing group uncertain.

KTRM’s website appears to have been last updated in December, 2005.

Kansas Progress, which seems to be undergoing a commitment to more frequent posting, is seeking readers to sign up for its email updates. Visit here to sign up.

More coverage of Kansas Republican party politics can be found at the Kansas Republican Assembly blog in the post Kansas GOP denounces KTRM (kind of, sort of…). Kansas Liberty contributes a fine analysis in No major breakthroughs in Kansas’ right-left battle.

The Kansas Republican is frustrated and disappointed about all this, as expressed in Primary Synopsis/Frustrations (cont.). This blog contributes an interview in TKR’s Post-primary Interview with Greg Musil and Charlotte O’Hara, Co-Chairs of the Steve Howe for DA Campaign.

“Follow the money,” it is said, and that’s just what the Kansas Meadowlark excels at. Now campaigns in Kansas must file “last minute” reports, and the Meadowlark provides a summary and analysis in the post Summary of “Last Minute” PAC Contributions and Expenditures.

Also the Meadowlark reports on franking abuses by Kansas politicians at the state and federal level in Clerk of U.S. House hides franking records from average citizens.

Stay Red Kansas is quiet again. The Kansas Trunkline contributes Boyda Doesn’t Get It this week. The Kenig Konnection is mostly silent since the primary, contributing only one post.

The Kansas Federalist’s Currie Myers contributes analysis of a sales tax that passed in Johnson County to pay for public safety. Evidently the threat of increased property taxes was used to push the sales tax. We’ve had that in Sedgwick County, haven’t we? And since then, all the incumbent Sedgwick county commissioners who ran for re-election have been defeated.

In the post America’s Newspaper of Record, the Quiet Conservative makes the case for the National Enquirer.

The Wichita NAACP Blog reports on the commemoration of a fine moment in Wichita’s history in Celebrating 50 years since Dockum; Reflections on the 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

At Wichita 259 Truth, the Boondoggler wonders whether the Wichita school district’s bond issue priorities are taking into the schools that are failing to make adequate yearly progress: Bond Highlights BOE’s Misplaced Priorities.

At the Voice For Liberty in Wichita, coverage of Wichita schools and the proposed bond issue in How to Pass the Wichita School Bond Issue, Random Thoughts from a Wichita School Board Meeting, and Increasing the Wichita School Bond Issue: Why Was Courage Required?.

Somewhat related is a Wichita school board member’s taxpayer funds-grab as reported in Reverend Kevass Harding’s Wichita TIF District: A Bad Deal in Several Ways and Testimony Opposing Tax Increment Financing for the Ken Mar Redevelopment Project.

Follow Me on Twitter. I’ll follow you.

Some people have asked if I’m on Twitter, and the answer is yes. Here’s a link to my Twitter profile, from where you can choose to follow me.

I don’t use Twitter as much as a lot of people do. I don’t have a mobile device like a Blackberry. I have a regular old-fashioned cell phone. (Isn’t is funny to think of a plain cellular telephone as old-fashioned, even quaint?) So I just update from my computer.

What I mostly do on Twitter is to post titles and urls to new blog posts. There’s a problem, though. Often the title of the post plus the post’s url are over 140 characters long, the limit for Twitter. But, Twitter reduces long urls to short ones using tinyurl, and usually the title plus the short url are well within the 140 character limit. But, Twitter doesn’t know that, so it won’t accept the post. I’ve reported this to Twitter, and they’re thinking about it. Such are the issues of software engineering and programming.

Update: Why didn’t I think of his on my own? Just use tinyurl.com to create your own short urls. Even simpler, the Firefox addin “TinyURL Creator” makes this process quite simple.