Kansas state government

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A simple step for transparency in Kansas government

A simple step for transparency in Kansas government

There exists a simple and inexpensive way for the Kansas Legislature to make its proceedings more readily available. Proceedings of the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives are broadcast on the internet. That’s good. But the broadcasts are carried only live. There is no archive of recordings. Citizens must listen live, or figure out some way to record the audio. It's possible, but beyond what most people are willing to do. And given the unpredictable schedule of the legislature, you can't simply set a timer to start at a certain time each day. There is a desire by some for…
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Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle spoke to members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club on Friday December 18, 2015. She addressed challenges the legislature will face when the session starts in January. Todd Johnson, Chair of the Sedgwick County Republican Party, introduced Senator Wagle. This is an audio presentation.
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Kansas school reform

Kansas school reform

A Wichita economist and attorney offers advice to a committee of the Kansas Legislature on reforming Kansas schools for student achievement. This week saw the third meeting of the 2015 Special Committee on K-12 Student Success for the Kansas Legislature. Of special interest was the short testimony of Robert Litan, a Wichita economist and attorney. His testimony summarized some of the important problems with Kansas public schools and points to ways that Kansas can move forward in providing education to schoolchildren. His written testimony may be viewed here. In arguing for starting with a “clean sheet” instead of merely tweaking…
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Kansas Legislature and Elections: 2016 Preview

Kansas Legislature and Elections: 2016 Preview

Natalie Bright and Marlee Carpenter of Bright and Carpenter Consulting briefed members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club on the results of the 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature, and what to look for in next year's session and elections. December 4, 2015. The accompanying visual presentation may be viewed here.
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