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Kansas Experiment Blows Up Laboratory of Democracy

When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory,” he surely wasn’t imagining anything quite like Brownbackistan.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Michelle Obama: Segregation Persists 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

First lady Michelle Obama commemorated the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling on race-based school segregation with a sobering speech Friday to graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kan.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Kansas Debates How Much Time Its Senators Actually Have to Spend There

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Monday was allowed to keep his job despite a challenge brought by tea party activists claiming he spends so much time out of Kansas, he wouldn’t even qualify for in-state tuition if he went back to school.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning Given Go-Ahead to Legally Change Her Name

Wednesday was an “exciting day” for Chelsea Manning, who was granted the right to a legal name change by a judge in Kansas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Press Once Again Declines to Call White Terrorism in Kansas, Nevada, White Terrorism

We had the horrible day-before-Passover attack on two Jewish community facilities outside Kansas City, Kan., allegedly committed by a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, which left three people dead.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Thank You, Fred Phelps, for Everything

Now that the godfather of the hyper-homophobic Westboro Baptist Church is dead, it’s time to thank him for his years of service to the gay rights movement.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


Anti-Gay Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. Dies at 84

Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church known for outrageous and hate-filled protests, has died.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Did Arizona Just Do a Kansas?

Kansas and Arizona seem to be in a competition for which state can pass the most anti-gay legislation; the government wants to create a national database to track license plate locations; and a photo captures how the Civil Rights Act lost Democrats the white working-class vote. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



Dorothy, Don’t Go Home! Kansas Could Be Worse Than Russia for LGBT Folk

The Kansas House of Representatives passed an anti-gay segregation bill this week; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could start a revolution if he ran as a Green Party presidential candidate; meanwhile, a new “Medici” is funding a journalistic endeavor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Two States Start ‘Separate but Equal’ Voting Systems

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and a separate ruling tossing out Arizona’s “proof of citizenship” law, Arizona and Kansas have adopted separate voter registration systems for federal and state/local elections, the latter requiring proof of citizenship. Look at it as Jim Crow 2.0.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Governors Would Help the Rich Pick Your Pockets

A slew of Republican governors are taking advantage of an “improving economy and a gradual rebound in revenues” to aggressively push for cuts to personal and corporate income taxes, and propose to make up the difference by raising sales taxes.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


Jeffrey Ross Roasts Westboro Baptist Church

Actor Russell Brand stirred some controversy when he invited members of Westboro Baptist Church onto his television program “Brand X.” But comedian Jeffrey Ross did him one better when he went to the actual church in Topeka, Kan., to roast members of the hate group to their faces for his Comedy Central show “The Burn.”

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



Reid’s Romney Source, Maddow Demands AP Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings including Mitt Romney’s new campaign strategy and a key Obama campaign adviser makes his VP prediction.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s New Square Deal

President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Teenager Refuses Orders to Apologize to Conservative Governor

Emma Sullivan, 18, says she will not write an apology to Sam Brownback after telling her roughly 65 followers on Twitter that the Kansas governor sucks. Sullivan has gained thousands of additional followers since her high school principal ordered her to apologize to Brownback.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Obama Brings Magical Economic Thinking to Nation’s Heartland

President Barack Obama didn’t exactly have the numbers on his side Thursday when he told voters in Kansas City, Mo., that, economically speaking, “we’re headed in the right direction.”

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Abortion Doctor’s Killer Found Guilty

After just 37 minutes of deliberation, a Kansas jury found Scott Roeder, the man who admitted killing abortion doctor George Tiller, guilty of first-degree murder, rejecting his defense that the killing was justified to stop the death of the unborn.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Chairman Bernanke Explains It All

On Sunday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke met the media, or at least PBS “NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer, along with some concerned citizens of Kansas City, Mo., to discuss how the Fed has dealt with the ongoing economic catastrophe over the past few months.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Reuters

Tiller’s Clinic to Close

Was the murder of Kansas doctor George Tiller an act of terrorism? In a move sparked by fear, Tiller’s family has decided to close the clinic, one of the few remaining places in the U.S. that performed late-term abortions.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Domestic Terrorism by Any Standard

If right-wing broadcasters don’t want to be blamed when someone murders a person they have demonized repeatedly—as in the case of George Tiller, the doctor shot dead in his Wichita, Kan., church last Sunday—then they ought to moderate their rhetoric.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


O’Reilly: ‘If I Could Get My Hands on Tiller ... ’

Back in 2006, here’s what Bill O’Reilly had to say about the recently murdered Dr. George Tiller: “[I]f I could get my hands on Tiller—well, you know. Can’t be vigilantes. Can’t do that. It’s just a figure of speech. But despicable? Oh, my God. It doesn’t get worse. Does it get worse? No.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die

He was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through enforcement of existing laws.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


Kansas Residents React to Dr. Tiller’s Death

To show public response other than the gleeful, hateful crap some right-wingers are spewing on Dr. George Tiller only hours after his assassination, here is how residents of Kansas—where the victim was from—are reacting to the abortion doctor’s murder during a Sunday church service.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE



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Abortion Doctor Murdered in Church

Dr. George Tiller was volunteering at his Kansas church Sunday when a gunman shot him dead. Republicans in Congress recently made a villain of Tiller when they stalled the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Posted on May 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Taps Sebelius for Top Health Post

Let’s try this again, shall we? Tom Daschle didn’t make the cut, but President Obama has a new contender for secretary of health and human services. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who may be vulnerable to attacks on the abortion issue, faces a potentially challenging confirmation process.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Will Stop Campaigning for Two Days

Barack Obama will spend Thursday and Friday off the campaign trail in order to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. Obama was raised in part by his grandparents, and has credited his grandmother with teaching him “values straight from the Kansas heartland.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


Huckabee supporters
AP photo / Orlin Wagner

Huckabee Hangs On

If one thing is clear after last week’s Super Tuesday craziness, it’s that candidates who seemed to score big want to claim victory as a foregone conclusion, while others who didn’t show quite as strongly—like Mike Huckabee, for example—want to challenge the finality of the results.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008 READ MORE


Phill Kline
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Kansas Abortion Doctor Gets Scrooged

A prominent Kansas abortion provider has been charged with 30 misdemeanor violations of state law by the outgoing state attorney general. Dr. George Tiller and his supporters believe that Attorney General Phill Kline (above), who lost the November election and has only three weeks left in office, issued the charges as a farewell act of malice.
Update: A judge dismissed all charges only hours after they were filed (h/t: Frank in comments).

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


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