Kansas blogs

Kansas blogger prone to exaggeration

Jason Croucher, writing in the Kansas Jackass blog, says that we're spending trillions on the Iraq war and little domestically. Is this really the case? A running tally of the cost of the war from CostOfWar.com is at about $605 billion. That's in line with other estimates. It's true the war is going to continue to cost a lot for some time, and the cost may well exceed $1 trillion at some time in the future, but that's a lot different from saying "all those trillions spent in Iraq." Then there's this from Croucher: "Ah, but then, suddenly, the federal…
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We really don’t know what Kansas taxes should be — except lower

Today's edition of the Kansas Jackass blog has a post written by Jason Croucher that criticizes Americans For Prosperity because the group doesn't like taxes. That's not quite accurate, as Croucher himself says he doesn't like paying taxes. Instead, the post seems to argue that we have to pay taxes because they're there, and we don't know whether they're too high, and anyway, we can't identify and agree on what is waste, so let's just pay. Something like this, anyway. But there are a few problems with this post that deserve discussion. He likens paying his cable television bill to…
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Kansas budget drama unnecessary

Kansas news reports and blogs are still trying to decide who won last week's showdown between Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Republican legislative leaders. GOP message lost in drama provides an example. But as reported on this blog (Sebelius’ Proposed Cuts Not Likely Enough, Kansas Governor Not Facing Reality of Budget Crisis) and in other places, this crisis was solely of the Governor's own making. Her budget proposal for fiscal year 2009 from January met the legal requirement she faced, but came nowhere near facing the economic reality. Had she proposed a reasonable budget in January, this crisis -- such…
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Kansas voter data difficult to use

At the Kansas Meadowlark, Earl Glynn has an article that illustrates some of the difficulties that researches face when working with voter data. I haven't done nearly as much of this as Earl has, but I can tell you there have been times when I've been quite frustrated with voter data that I've received. I've had to spend time manipulating data in order to get it into useful formats. The Meadowlark story is Comparing Voter Registration to Nov. ‘08 Ballots in Allen County. Too Difficult?
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Kansas Jackass spotted at Kansas days

Through several methods, including excessive tweeting and plain old gumshoe work, the identity of the anonymous blogger Kansas Jackass was deduced. One tweet by the Jackass told me that the blogger would be entering the event hall at Kansas Days in a few minutes. I waited by the door and had a conversation with the Jackass.
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What impact do Kansas voters have on judges?

Recently a Kansas blog covered a political event and wrote this in a post titled Defending America Summit Brought out the Wingnuts: Stephen Ware, Professor at the University of Kansas Law School: "What’s unusual about Kansas is about how little the people’s wishes matter. There are no checks and balances in the judicial selection process." ********. It's called a retention voted [sic]. Don't like Justice Dan Biles? Vote him out in a year. And, hey, aren't all professors supposed to be crazy liberals? I asked Mr. Ware about the value of retention votes in giving a voice to the people.…
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And the basis for your criticism is?

A blogger in Kansas has an issue with a talk given by Jonah Goldberg at Americans For Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Wichita. As it turns out, the basis for the criticism is ..., well, let the speaker himself explain. See the post titled Well-Named.
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Top 100 libertarian blogs. I’m in.

Sarah Scrafford has produced a very useful list: The Top 100 Libertarian Blogs. I'm happy to report that my blog, The Voice For Liberty in Wichita, made the cut. This list is divided into categories, which should make it easier to find just the right blog for your interests. Thank you to Sarah Scrafford and Kelly Sonora for this useful service.
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Wichita and Kansas General Election Coverage

My page of coverage of the general election for Wichita and the surrounding area is available. Click here to view it. I don't think I have all the candidate websites listed yet, so if I'm missing any, please send it to me though the contact page. I'd prefer an email message rather than a comment.
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