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GREAT BEND, Kan. - I wanted to wait to post this article until after campaign season. Now is a good time.

I am a firm believer that those who chase "glass ambulances" (personal injury attorneys) should not cast stones, so when an attorney here in Great Bend sent out a nasty-gram attacking my father and deceased grandfather (Korean War Veteran), I was shocked. Who attacks a deceased veteran?

What surprised me even more was the reason he attacked them. Mr. Richard Friedeman attacked my family members for being involved in a union. I never thought I would live to see the day when hard working American's were looked down upon.

books-line-drawing.gifOLATHE, Kan. - As the Brownback administration prepares to do battle with the citizens of Kansas, it's time to look again at the arguments that corporations and religious conservatives will be using to promote school vouchers and other privatization schemes.

In her now-aging-but-still-relevant article, Why The Right Hates Public Education, Barbara Miner lists the following as a few reasons:

  • Education is a multibillion dollar market, and the private sector is eager to get its hands on those dollars.
  • Conservatives are devoted to the free market and believe that private is inherently superior to public.
  • Shrinking public education furthers the Republican Party goal of drastically reducing the public sector.
  • Privatization undermines teacher unions, a key base of support for the Democratic Party.
  • Privatization rhetoric can be used to woo African American and Latino voters to the Republican Party.
  • I'd like to offer a few additional reasons that corporate and right-wing religious interests have in killing public education ...

    SamBrownbackWorld

    sam-brownback.jpgWICHITA, Kan. - Sen. Sam Brownback will take on the title of Gov. Sam Brownback in January when he becomes the new governor of Kansas. He joins ninety-two Republicans, many of them replacing liberal Democrats or moderate Republicans, in the Kansas Legislature as the Kansas manifestation of the massive right-wing takeover of America that occurred in the Nov. 2, 2010, election. Many liberals have already bemoaned this rightward shift in the Kansas political landscape, which except for the short-lived two-L Phill Kline aberration in the early 2000s, has tended to fit into the moderate to liberal spectrum.

    People laud Brownback for his stand against human trafficking around the world and against genocide in Darfur. Who can argue with Brownback's stand on these issues, stands that certainly have relevance in foreign countries? What about his stands on human rights in America? Let's just say unless you're a zygote that might be useful in stem cell research or a fetus that is causing grief for the woman that is carrying it, fuggedabuotit, as they say in Soprano-land. For you see, in SamBrownbackWorld, the only good woman is the woman who has her babies for the sake of the country, specifically to keep Social Security out of deficit territory.

    kris-kobach.jpgEMPORIA, Kan. - The California Supreme Court ruled today that it is constitutional for the State of California to offer in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants who have successfully attended high school and would otherwise qualify. (Here's the link.)

    What's the connection to Kansas you may ask? Kris Kobach, the recently elected Kansas Secretary of State, staked his entire (only slightly less than literally) campaign on his supposed expertise as a "constitutional lawyer." Moreover, Kobach touted his involvement and support to various political organizations around the country in "fighting" against illegal immigrants in general and especially against states offering in-state tuition benefits. He's also against the proposed federal DREAM Act which would provide similar treatment.

    Mr. Kobach is not a mere bystander in this case. He filed an amicus brief on behalf of the opponents of the California law.

    The Red-headed Stepchild of Politics


    GREAT BEND, Kan. - The federal government is a punching bag for the frustrations that Americans have with politics.

    The federal government is blamed whenever anything goes wrong in our country; it is the red-headed stepchild of America.

    On the flip side whenever anything goes wrong, American's look to big brother for help and a bailout. We can complain as much as we want about the federal government being around, but in the end we also complain when the federal government is not around.

    Natural disasters, insufficient funds, stopping terrorism, are all things we expect from our federal government; especially in this state, as Kansas has a sparse population and less of a tax base than other areas.

    Last year in the state of Kansas Medicaid services were cut by up to 10 percent. As a state we had to depend on the federal government to help us out and ensure seniors' services. So much for the federal government wanting to kill Grandma with death panels; the federal government helped out Grandma in our state.

    Kansas Election Results 2010

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    TOPEKA, Kan. - With all precincts now reporting, we have vote totals for the November 2nd general election, supplied to the Kansas Free Press by the Secretary of State. 

    These tallies are exactly the same as those collected from county election officers on election night. Although these numbers are considered 'unofficial' and will not be 'official' until the state canvass later this week, the results are not likely to change.

    To review the details of individual races, see our full page of election results here.

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