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Kansas Hands Out “Extraordinary Need” School Money
August 24, 2015

. (AP) – Several school districts in Kansas get less than half the emergency aid they were seeking under measures a state panel approved.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) 38 districts, including some of the state’s largest, were vying for $12.3 million in emergency funds that had been allotted by lawmakers for this purpose last March. The districts had submitted requests for aid totaling $15.07 million.

The State Finance Council, which includes Gov. Sam Brownback and eight legislative leaders, granted about $2 million total to 13 school districts experiencing considerable growth in student enrollment this year.

The panel granted another $4 million to 22 districts that lost local revenue for this school year because of declines in the valuation of oil and gas properties. Most of those districts are in western Kansas.

Challenger to Kansas Vote Audit Not Optomistic
August 23, 2015

(AP) – A Kansas mathematician who is suing county and state officials for the right to audit the 2014 election results says she’s not optimistic she’ll win her case.

Beth Clarkson is a Wichita State University mathematician who says her calculations from the November election showed suspect patterns. The Wichita Eagle ( reports she is suing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the Sedgwick County election commissioner for access to the ballots.

Kobach says two state statutes prevent the county from releasing ballots for Clarkson to audit.

Clarkson filed an unsuccessful suit in 2012 and told supporters in an Aug. 19 newsletter that several lawyers have told her she would lose this case, too.

She says that despite her doubts about her lawsuit’s chances, she remains committed to pursuing the audit.

Kansas ‘DemoFest’ in Turmoil
August 23, 2015

(AP) – The resignation of the Kansas Democratic Party’s chairman has thrown the party’s mid-year convention into flux.

The “DemoFest” convention began Friday in Wichita just hours after the resignation of Larry Meeker. He stepped down amid a backlash over comments he made about rebranding the state party’s message to emphasize it is more conservative than the national party.

The Lawrence Journal-World ( reports that the situation was further complicated by the fact that party officials had neglected to send out formal notices that the party’s state committee would be meeting during the convention. Because of that, the committee is prevented under party bylaws from taking any action to name a new chairperson this weekend.

Instead, the committee will meet Oct. 3 in Salina to select a new chairperson.

Kansas Lost Federal Money After Planned Parenthood Cuts
August 23, 2015

(AP) – Kansas has lost the federal planning money it stripped from Planned Parenthood and another unaffiliated clinic since winning its legal fight to defund the organization.

The federal government reduced its Title X funding to the state by about the $370,000 annually in Title X money that two Planned Parenthood facilities in Wichita and Hays and an unaffiliated clinic in Dodge City had been receiving.

Medical providers say that means low-income patients are finding it harder to access birth control, cancer screenings and other reproductive health care services..

Patients in Ellis and Ford counties where clinics closed still have no Title X medical provider there to serve poor families.

Kansas also cut the amount of family planning funding that Sedgwick County Health Department had previously received.

Politico: McCaskill Says Missouri Intern Dress Vode Idea is Blamining The Victims
August 18, 2015


Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is not happy about reports that lawmakers in her state considered instituting a dress code for interns after a summer of sexual assault allegations.

“Such a recommendation reeks of a desire to avoid holding fully accountable those who would prey upon young women and men seeking to begin honorable careers in public service,” McCaskill said in letters to state Reps. Bill Kidd and Nick King. According to McCaskill’s office they were the two who recommended the dress code.

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“Is your recommendation meant to suggest that the ability of adult men and women who have been elected to govern the state of Missouri to control themselves is contingent on the attire of the teenagers and young adults working in their offices? Is your recommendation meant to suggest that if an intern wears suggestive clothing, she or he will share partial responsibility for any potential sexual harassment or assault?” McCaskill asked.

The discussion came about after recommendations to review intern policy were released Monday evening by a task force. The task force itself was a response to two resignations since May. 

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