Archive for the ‘Kansas Politics’ Category

Jason Perky Leaving Kansas Dems
February 27, 2015

(AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is putting an end to the rumors: He will not make another run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Akin’s 2012 Senate bid was undermined when he remarked in a TV interview that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy from what he called “legitimate rape.” The St. Louis County Republican, who served six terms in the House, was soundly defeated by Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the general election.

Akin recently made comments to a Washington, D.C., publication perceived by some as hints that he would challenge Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in the August 2016 primary, but Akin released a one-sentence statement Thursday that left no room for interpretation.

“In response to various questions: I will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016,” Akin said in the statement. Messages seeking further comment were not returned.

Akin, 67, told The Hill, a Washington newspaper, on Wednesday that “there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have been pushed out of the Republican Party.” He said the Tea Party “is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.”

Blunt said during a conference call this week that he would not answer questions about the Senate race. He is expected to run for re-election but has not indicated when a formal announcement will be made.

Secretary of State Jason Kander, a 33-year-old Democrat, announced last week that he will run for Blunt’s Senate seat.

‘Full’ Beer Bill to Kansas House
February 23, 2015

(AP) – A Kansas House committee has approved a bill to allow grocery stores to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer starting in July 2018.
The measure endorsed Monday by the Commerce Labor and Economic Development Committee also would allow convenience stores to sell full-strength beer in July 2018.
The committee’s 10-7 vote sends the bill to the full House for debate.
Groceries and convenience stores currently can sell what’s known as cereal malt beverage, or weak beer.
Only liquor stores can sell other packaged alcoholic beverages.
Grocery and convenience store chains have been pushing for a change for years, and supporters argue it would make the market freer.
But critics say such a change will destroy small businesses and make it harder to prevent alcohol sales to underage buyers.

Kansas Lawmakers to Return to ” Full Beer” Frbate
February 21, 2015

(AP) – Kansas legislators are considering a proposal to permit grocery stores to sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor starting in July 2018.

The bill up for debate Monday in the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee also would permit convenience stores to sell full-strength beer starting in July 2018.

Groceries and convenience stores now can sell weaker beer known as cereal malt beverage. Only liquor stores can sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor.

The measure is backed by grocery and convenience store chains. Many liquor store owners oppose it, fearing they’ll be run out of business.

It would cap the number of retail liquor store licenses and allow store owners to transfer theirs to grocery stores in the same county starting in July 2018.

Kansas Considers Expanding ‘ Opt- In’ Sex Education
February 17, 2015

AP) – Schools would be barred from giving sex education lessons to students without their parents’ consent under a bill before the Kansas Legislature.

The House Education Committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday that would require school districts to share any sexual education materials with parents and obtain their written consent before teaching it to their children. Several parents and teachers testified in favor of the bill, saying that while some districts have already instituted similar policies, many districts do not properly inform parents about potentially inappropriate material in curriculums.

Opponents included two pastors and a priest, who testified the bill would deprive children of information important to their health.

An identical bill was endorsed by the committee last year, but did not pass beyond the House floor.

Kobach Says Texas Ruling Validates Immigration Stance
February 17, 2015

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(AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that a federal court ruling that blocks an executive order on immigration vindicates his efforts.

A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked executive orders Tuesday that would have protected as many as 5 million people who entered the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Kansas is one of 26 states that have challenged the orders as unconstitutional.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday called the ruling a preliminary victory in the case. He said the ruling will boost his state-level efforts to deny benefits to people in the U.S. illegally.

Irene Caubillo, president of advocacy group El Centro, said she expected the ruling to be appealed and her organization would continue to aid those in the country illegally to gain legal status

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