Kansas Supreme Court

WichitaLiberty.TV: Ben Jones on the death penalty in Kansas

WichitaLiberty.TV: Ben Jones on the death penalty in Kansas

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Ben Jones of Equal Justice USA and Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty explains issues surrounding the death penalty. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 144, broadcast March 26, 2017. Shownotes Equal Justice USA Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty Kansas HB 2167, Abolishing the death penalty and creating the crime of aggravated murder. Op-ed from exoneree Floyd Bledsoe Op-ed from murder victim's family member Celeste Dixon Kansas Rep. Bill Sutton on cost of the death penalty
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WichitaLiberty.TV: James Franko of Kansas Policy Institute

WichitaLiberty.TV: James Franko of Kansas Policy Institute

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: James Franko of Kansas Policy Institute joins Bob Weeks and Karl Peterjohn to discuss education in Kansas and the state budget. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 141, broadcast March 5, 2017. Shownotes Kansas Policy Institute The Sentinel Urban Preparatory Academy
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Decoding the Kansas teachers union

Decoding the Kansas teachers union

Explaining to Kansans what the teachers union really means in its public communications. After the November 2016 election, the Kansas National Education Association -- our state's teachers union -- wants to explain to Kansas the meaning of the results. But it takes a seasoned eye to recognize the subterfuge the union uses to advance its interests. The message from the union may be read at It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Following, quotes from the union missive and interpretation. "But at KNEA, we are focusing on what the 2016 election means for public education."…
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Did the Kansas Supreme Court read these cases?

Did the Kansas Supreme Court read these cases?

The merit system of judicial selection in Kansas has sprung a leak, finds the United States Supreme Court. One of the purported benefits of the merit system of judicial selection in Kansas is that it produces quality jurists who rule on the law, not on their personal beliefs or ideologies. But a recent case shows otherwise. Following, a selection of dialog between Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:[1. Oral arguments in Kansas v. Gleason and Kansas v. Carr, October 7, 2015. http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2015/14-452_b18j.pdf.] JUSTICE SCALIA: Did the Kansas Supreme Court read these cases? MR.…
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Kansas Democrats: They don’t add it up — or they don’t tell us

Kansas Democrats: They don’t add it up — or they don’t tell us

Kansas Democrats (and some Republicans) are campaigning on some very expensive programs, and they're aren't adding it up for us. A sampling of campaign literature from Kansas Democratic candidates in south and west Wichita for the Kansas Legislature[1. Photographs of a number of pieces may be viewed in this folder at Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskMJfGNc.] reveals several common threads: Few will identify themselves as Democrats. Eliminating the LLC loophole is popular. Eliminating or reducing sales tax on food is popular. Eliminating the 2015 sales tax increase is popular. Fully funding schools is popular. None of these show the cost of these ideas,…
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Kansas school fund balances

Kansas school fund balances

Kansas school fund balances rose significantly this year, in both absolute dollars and dollars per pupil. Kansans might wonder why schools did not spend some of these funds to offset cuts they have contended were necessary. The interactive visualization holds data for each district since 2008. As Kansans debate school funding, as the Kansas Supreme Court considers ordering more school spending, and as school spending boosters insist that school spending has been slashed, a fact remains constant: Kansas schools don't spend all the money they've been given. Fund balances grew in many years, and rose rapidly this year. Fund balances…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Radio host Andy Hooser

WichitaLiberty.TV: Radio host Andy Hooser

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Radio show host Andy Hooser visits the KGPT studios to talk about upcoming elections in Kansas and the presidential campaign. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 130, broadcast October 16, 2016. Hooser's radio show is The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser. Its Facebook page is here, and the podcast is here.
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Selecting judges in Kansas

Selecting judges in Kansas

Appellate court judges make new law, and Kansas has the most elitist and least democratic supreme court selection system in the country. What is the substantive difference between these two systems? A) A state's chief executive appoints a person to be a judge on the state's highest court. Then the state's senate confirms or rejects. B) A nation's chief executive appoints a person to be a judge on the nation's highest court. Then the nation's senate confirms or rejects. Perhaps there is a difference that I'm not smart enough to see. I'm open to persuasion. Until then, I agree with…
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School choice and funding

School choice and funding

Opponents of school choice programs argue the programs harm traditional public schools, both financially and in their ability to serve their remaining students. Evidence does not support this position. The prevalent argument is that charter schools and other school choice programs drain funds from public schools. That is, if a public school student chooses to attend a charter or private school, and if the money follows the student to the other school, the public school district loses money that it otherwise would have received. Therefore, the public school district is worse off, and so too are its students. A rebuttal…
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