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‘This Week in Kansas’ new to KAKE Television

Update: KAKE now has a webpage for this show. It contains announcements of the topics for each show and video of recent episodes. Click on This Week in Kansas. Also, broadcast time has moved to 10:00 am. At the end of May, a Kansas broadcasting institution came to an end: Kansas Week, produced by KPTS public television in Wichita. KAKE Television (channel 10) in Wichita immediately started a similar show titled This Week in Kansas, with the same Tim Brown as host. The Topeka Capital-Journal's Ric Anderson, a frequent guest on the show, provides more detail below. I was a…
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Candidates for Congress to debate in El Dorado

The candidates for the Republican Party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas will participate in a forum this Friday in El Dorado. The event is sponsored by the Great American Forum. The date is Friday, April 23 at 7:00 pm, at the El Dorado Senior Center, 210 E. 2nd Avenue, El Dorado, KS. Questions may be submitted in advance my email at [email protected] For more information, contact Ben Sauceda at 316-640-2065 or GreatAmeri[email protected]
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Tour of Register of Deeds office offered

Americans for Prosperity-Kansas, Wichita Chapter, will hold an informational tour of the Sedgwick County Register of Deeds Office on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 11:30 am in the lobby of the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 525 N. Main in Wichita. The tour of the office will be presented by the Register of Deeds, Mr. Bill Meek. Then from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm, participants may have lunch at the Sedgwick Court House Cafeteria, located in the basement of the Sedgwick County Court house. Attendees will need to pay for their own meal. Optional RSVP to John Todd, Wichita AFP volunteer…
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To Kansas school spending advocates, criticism comes fast and loose

As the debate over the funding of Kansas public schools goes on, sometimes facts get lost in the shuffle, and school spending advocates sometimes invent "facts" in order to score political points by criticizing those working to bring inconvenient facts to light. Besides spending advocates, journalists can get caught up in this. In a recent news story in the Hays Daily News, the paper reported a claim made by Linda Kenne, Victoria USD 432 superintendent. Here it is: One particular corporation seems to drive the efforts. Kenne said, "Koch Industries' address is the same as the Kansas Policy Institute." "Do…
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In Central-Northeast Wichita, government is cause of problem, not solution

From the November 2007 archives. Since then, the Wichita schools have a new superintendent, and Kansas has raised its minimum wage. An article in The Wichita Eagle “Plan offers hope for city's troubled heart” (November 14, 2007) reports on the development of a plan named New Communities Initiative, its goal being the revitalizing of a depressed neighborhood in Wichita. The saddest thing in this article is the realization that there is consideration of a plan for large-scale government intervention to solve problems that are, to a large extent, caused by government itself. The article laments low high school graduation rates…
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Rep. Steve Brunk to address Pachyderms

Please note: Effective October 2, 2009, the location of Wichita Pachyderm Club meetings has changed. The new location is the Wichita Petroleum Club. This Friday, the Wichita Pachyderm Club presents Kansas State Representative Steve Brunk, Republican from Bel Aire, as the speaker. His topics will include proposed House Concurrent Resolution 5019, the REAL (Revenue Expenditure and Assessment Limitations) Act -- a state constitutional amendment dealing with revenue, expenditures, assessment, and limited government, the need to restructure the budget, and property tax reform. All are welcome to attend Pachyderm club meetings. Lunch is $10. It's a delicious buffet lunch including salad,…
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DeBoer plan for Wichita downtown redevelopment largely realized

The following is a lightly edited version of an insightful comment left on this site by an unknown writer, the "Wichitator." Since many readers don't read comments, I've promoted this to a post. Hundreds of millions have already been spent for downtown redevelopment and what do we have to show for it? In contrast, look at the benign neglect the city has had on the thriving east and west sides of town where projects on Maize and Webb roads have prospered despite heavy property taxes. Over 20 years ago the current downtown developer of the languishing East Bank (WaterWalk) project,…
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Marcussen organ a Wichita treasure

The Great Marcussen Organ in Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University. This is how it looks from my usual seat, A2, right on the front row. One of the most important -- but most underappreciated, in my opinion -- cultural assets in Wichita is the Marcussen organ at Wichita State University and Wiedemann Recital Hall, which houses the organ. It's not only the organ and recital hall, but the people who have been in charge of WSU's organ program and the Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, which brings in accomplished concert organists from around the world for a series of five or…
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Wichita tea party highlights

Here's some video from the Wichita tea party held on Independence Day in 2009. Joseph Ashby is the speaker. Update: See more of Joseph's speech by clicking on his YouTube channel.
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