Brownback Answers Holder’s Gun Rights Letter
May 3, 2013

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is citing the Us Constitution and the Kansas Bill of Rights in responding to US attorney General Eric Holder’s letter to him.
Thursday, Holder warned Brownback the state’s new law, protecting the Second Amendment, is unconstitutional.
Holder warned the Department of Justice might take the state to court.
Brownback fired back Friday.
He says the US Constitution’s ninth amendment and tenth amendment, plus the state’s own Bill of Rights protects the new law.
The fourth item In the Kansas Bill of Rights states, “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose;”.
The ninth and tenth federal amendments reserve certain rights to states.
Brownback wrote Holder, “The people of Kansas are likewise committed to defending the sovereignty”, of the state.
The Governor also noted that the Second Amendment Protection Bill was passed easily by both chambers of the legislature and that some Democratic leaders voted for it.
“This is not a partisan issue in Kansas,” Brownback wrote.

Candidiate Criticizes Catholics at Catholic Candidate Screening
October 16, 2012

Midwest Democracy project from KC Star:
Kansas Republican candidate Steve Fitzgerald knew he was speaking to a Democratic and Catholic audience when he told them they could not be good Christians and also support their party’s platform on same-sex marriage.
But he says he doesn’t understand the flap that ensued and ended up being recounted in The Huffington Post.
“I can’t believe this is getting attention,” said Fitzgerald of Leavenworth, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Kelly Kultala of Kansas City, Kan., for the 5th District seat in the Kansas Senate. “Here I am on a Monday night in Kansas, in the basement of a church speaking to 25 people, and what I’m saying is not new. I’m not even close to the only one who has said this. It’s no big deal.”
It’s a big deal to Kultala, who describes herself as “a cradle Catholic” who says she grew up with the Democratic ethos of compassion and tolerance. The event was a candidate screening Oct. 8 by the Polish American Club at the St. Joseph-St. Benedict Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kan.
“I said to the crowd that someone is not allowed to come into our house and disrespect our Democratic Party, and my job as your senator is not to tell you what your morals should be,” said Kultala, who received the club’s endorsement.
Fitzgerald said he believes it is important for the country to have two political parties. “I call on you to fix the Democrat Party or leave it,” he said he told the club.
The Democratic Party’s platform supports same-sex marriage. Kultala said she and the party are tolerant of many different types of families. She said the issue is moot in Kansas, which in 2009 overwhelmingly supported a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

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Huelskamp Tensions With Boehner May threaten NBAF Money
April 23, 2012

Wichita Eagle via KC Star:
A split between Kansas’ U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is complicating efforts to redraw the state’s congressional districts to ensure the new map doesn’t threaten funding for a federal bioterrorism lab in Manhattan, the president of the state Senate said Friday.

A spokeswoman for Huelskamp said there is no split with the speaker that would threaten the funding for the lab.

Kansas Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, told a Wichita Republican club that the Legislature will have to keep Manhattan in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District, rather than including it in Huelskamp’s sprawling western-Kansas 1st District.

He said conflict between Huelskamp and Boehner could threaten efforts to get funding for the National Bio and Agro -Defense Facility, also known as NBAF. The $650 million national laboratory has been planned as a center to research and counter possible biological terrorism directed against the nation’s food supply.

“Not to get into too many details, there’s a pretty good-sized conflict between the U.S. speaker of the House and our congressman from the 1st District,” Morris told the Wichita Pachyderm Club. “He’s (Huelskamp) told people that if Manhattan and Riley County stay in the 1st District (as was proposed in some early redistricting maps), funding could be a problem for NBAF. That’s out there, so we’re dealing with that.”

Construction of the lab on property near Kansas State University was scheduled for this year, but it’s on hold because its $50 million funding was reduced to $10 million in President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal. The administration has directed the Department of Homeland Security to re-evaluate the project.

Asked by a Pachyderm member to elaborate on problems between Boehner and Huelskamp, Morris said, “Well, I don’t know how much I should say.

“There’s a major conflict between the speaker and the congressman and I think his thought is if Manhattan’s represented by that congressman, funding will not show up. That’s sort of the bottom line.”

Huelskamp spokeswoman Karen Steward said Huelskamp “has an open dialogue with the speaker and the rest of House leadership.”

Kansas Caucus Is Today
March 10, 2012

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are hoping familiarity breeds votes.
Both men campaign in Kansas in advance of Saturday’s Kansas Caucus that starts at 10am Saturday morning.
For three hours sundown Saturday morning, 10am to 1pm, Kansas Republicans can go to designated caucus sites to cast their vote for the party’s presidential nominee,
Santorum has predicted he’ll win the Sunflower State and the lion’s share of it’s 40 delegates.
Ron Paul is hoping personal appeals at several Johnson County caucus locations at Shawnee Mission High Schools. Paul has yet to win a state in the no
Minting race. He had hoped his dedicated cadre of followers would produce caucus wins in several states.
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich scheduled, then cancelled several Kansas campaign stops. his bid for the White House now seems to rest of strong performances in the Mississippi and Alabama primaries next week.
front runner Mitt Romney has not campaign in the state. He, too, is campaigning in the south.
The Kansas Caucus process is pretty simple. Registered Republicans show up at designated caucus sites. At 10 this morning the meeting opens up. There will be some organizing chores.
Candidates, or their surrogates, get a chance to present a speech of at least five minutes, a cording to party rules.
The order of speeches was determined by the state GOP. The order of speakers will be the same at each caucus site throughout the state.
Once that is finished, the caucus voting starts.
Kansan Republicans fill out a ballot for their preferred candidate and vote that is is.
Caucus voters can also cast an uncommitted vote.
The voted will be tallied by local organizers and then reported to Topeka.
An announcement of the results is expected late this afternoon or in the early evening,
Here is a link to Kansas GOP Caucus locations throughout Kansas:

Click to access Caucus-Locations-7.pdf

Johnson County Sun Newspaper Shutting Down
August 17, 2011

From Bottom Line Communications:

A proud era of community newspapering has come to an end as the Johnson County Sun newspaper has closed its doors after more than 60 years, sources have told Bottom Line.

The publication is owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company and its NPG Newspapers Inc, group based in St. Joseph, MO.

The Kansas City Star updated this story and says 20 employees were laid off.

Reportedly, the only other publication currently under the Sun Publication banner, the Nursing News, will continue to operate.

The final edition will be produced this week. A reliable source told Bottom Line that staffers were informed of the decision to close this morning in a meeting.

The newspaper was started by Stan and Shirley Rose as “The Prairie Scout” community newspaper in 1950 from their living room in Prairie Village. It later evolved into the Johnson County Sun and celebrated its 60th anniversary in October 2010.

The Rose’s son, Steve, sold the paper in 1998, but continued to write a weekly column for the paper for 40 years until November 2010. He now writes a column for the Kansas City Star.

As recently as last year the newspaper tried to get paid additional paid subscribers for its print edition and many customers transitioned to its on-line edition.

Sources say just few years ago the circulation at the Sun was over 100,000. However, recently its print edition circulation was down to 37,000, according to a reliable source.

BLC quotes long-time Sun editore Steve Rose,” it’s like a death in the family”.