Kansas alternative media senate access discussed on WIBW

Kansas Watchdog reporting at Kansas Senate decides who is press and who is not may have caught the eye of Topeka radio talk show hosts Raubin Pierce and Megan Mosack, as they invited me to appear on their show today to talk about my inability to obtain press credentials at the Kansas Senate. Continue reading Kansas alternative media senate access discussed on WIBW

We really don’t know what Kansas taxes should be — except lower

Today’s edition of the Kansas Jackass blog has a post written by Jason Croucher that criticizes Americans For Prosperity because the group doesn’t like taxes.

That’s not quite accurate, as Croucher himself says he doesn’t like paying taxes. Instead, the post seems to argue that we have to pay taxes because they’re there, and we don’t know whether they’re too high, and anyway, we can’t identify and agree on what is waste, so let’s just pay. Something like this, anyway. But there are a few problems with this post that deserve discussion. Continue reading We really don’t know what Kansas taxes should be — except lower

Kansas budget drama unnecessary

Kansas news reports and blogs are still trying to decide who won last week’s showdown between Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Republican legislative leaders. GOP message lost in drama provides an example.

But as reported on this blog (Sebelius’ Proposed Cuts Not Likely Enough, Kansas Governor Not Facing Reality of Budget Crisis) and in other places, this crisis was solely of the Governor’s own making. Continue reading Kansas budget drama unnecessary

Kansas voter data difficult to use

At the Kansas Meadowlark, Earl Glynn has an article that illustrates some of the difficulties that researches face when working with voter data. I haven’t done nearly as much of this as Earl has, but I can tell you there have been times when I’ve been quite frustrated with voter data that I’ve received. I’ve had to spend time manipulating data in order to get it into useful formats.

The Meadowlark story is Comparing Voter Registration to Nov. ‘08 Ballots in Allen County. Too Difficult? Continue reading Kansas voter data difficult to use

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.” Continue reading What impact do Kansas voters have on judges?

Wichita and Kansas General Election Coverage

My page of coverage of the general election for Wichita and the surrounding area is available. Click here to view it. I don’t think I have all the candidate websites listed yet, so if I’m missing any, please send it to me though the contact page. I’d prefer an email message rather than a comment. Continue reading Wichita and Kansas General Election Coverage