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Avoiding the truth about Kansas school spending, Tuesday edition

Once again we see the Kansas public school establishment dodging the facts about Kansas school spending. An example from yesterday was provided by Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader Paul Davis on his Facebook page. Here's what he posted: Rep. Davis, it's not the governor that makes claims regarding the level of school spending in Kansas. The Kansas State Department of Education compiles and reports spending numbers. For those who can't navigate the KSDE website to find spending numbers, I've provided them here, and also at the end of this article. From this table we can see that after peaking…
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Kansas school supporters should look more closely

Those such as Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader Paul Davis who uncritically tout Kansas schools as among the best in the nation are harming both students and taxpayers when they fail to recognize why Kansas performs well compared to other states. Davis recently posted on his Facebook page a quote from Geary County schools superintendent Ronald Walker: "Kansas has always performed academically in the top 10 of all states. As bills are introduced in the current Legislature without the input of educators, the state is in jeopardy of losing ground." Kansas does perform well compared to other states on…
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Joseph and Titus went to New York, so I substituted

Thursday I was guest host on the Joseph Ashby Show. If you haven't been aware of this, Joseph's son Titus -- just two years old -- has the amazing ability to shoot a basketball. Recently Joseph put together a video of Titus and his accomplishments and posted it to YouTube. As of this writing the video has been viewed 4,914,950 times, and that's just since it was premiered on Sunday. (Click here to view the video.) As a result, Titus has been receiving quite a bit of media attention. Thursday the entire Ashby family appeared on the NBC Today Show…
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Wichita forgivable loan action raises and illustrates issues

Today the Wichita City Council decided to grant a forgivable loan of $48,000 to The Golf Warehouse. This subsidy was promoted by the city as necessary to properly incentivize the applicant company to expand its operations in Wichita rather than Indiana, where the company has other operations and had also received an offer of subsidy. For more information, see Forgivable loan a test for new Wichita City Council members. In presenting the item to the council, Allen Bell, Wichita's Director of Urban Development said the forgivable loan was a "deal-closing" device intended to "win a competition with other locations." Further…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Sunday October 24, 2010

Surprise endorsement from Wichita Eagle. Today the Wichita Eagle endorsed Republican Mike Pompeo over Democrat Raj Goyle in the race for the Kansas fourth Congressional district. Surprising. Still, the Eagle editorial board can't help reveal its preference for big, expansive government by taking a few digs at Pompeo, describing his free-market, limited government views as "overly idealistic at times." Continuing, the Eagle wrote "For example, he believes that there wouldn't be a need for farm subsidies or economic development incentives if there were lower tax rates and a friendlier and more stable regulatory environment. That's not the real world." The…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 21, 2010

Honest journalist too much for NPR. Juan Williams has been fired by National Public Radio. His offense: He spoke in a not-politically-correct way about Muslims. On Monday's O'Reilly Factor Williams said: "But when I get on a plane -- I got to tell you -- if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous." According to Williams, NPR said this is a bigoted remark that "crossed the line." Across all forms of media, this is sure to be a big…
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Sedgwick County updates agenda information system

Recently Sedgwick County implemented a new system for making its commission agendas and accompanying background material available online. Previously, only the agenda itself was available online. Agendas contain just a brief description of each item to be handled at meetings. If citizens wanted more information about an item, they had to travel to the courthouse to obtain a printed copy of the agenda report. This document, which might be several hundred pages in length, contains detailed information about each item. It's the type of information that citizens need if they are to be informed about the matters the commission will…
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Articles of Interest

Global warming alarmist James Hansen, inflation, Facebook, paygo deception. The Man Who Cried Doom NASA's James Hansen is the least-muzzled climate alarmist in America NASA's James Hansen was one of the first to warn of the "impending doom" of global warming. How has his message fared over the last 20 years? Here's what other scientists have said about Hansen: "Hansen's testimony in 1988 was 'a huge embarrassment' to NASA, and he remains skeptical of Hansen's predictions. ... describes Hansen's belief in a man-made global-warming catastrophe as 'almost religious' and says he 'never understood how [Hansen] got such a strong voice'…
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Articles of Interest

Capitalism, CFL bulbs, green indoctrination, bailout constitutionality, Facebook, Twitter 'The Road to Serfdom' revisited: Markets display uncertainty over future of capitalism itself (Scott S. Powell in the Washington Times) Discussion of how government interventionism in the economy is not helping. "President Eisenhower called it 'creeping socialism.' Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek called it 'The Road to Serfdom.'" Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don’t Work? (New York Times) Many customers are not happy with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Short life for the expensive bulbs is a common irritation. 'Green Hell' Coming Soon to a Life Like Yours (Human…
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Wichita City Arts tech studio proposed

Randy Roebuck, in a presentation at the Wichita city council workshop, promoted the idea of a "digital oasis" in Wichita. It would be a place where people can go to get free help with technologies such as cell phones and computers. He told of how an Apple Genius Bar does things like this. Council member Jim Skelton asked who runs an Apple Genius Bar? Apple Computer Corporation, of course. Later council member Paul Gray continued with questions based on Skelton's. Why not an Apple Genius Bar in Wichita? Why is the city competing with private business? City officials insist they…
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