Kathleen Sebelius

Earthjustice in Kansas: The Press Release

I've recently learned that the radical environmentalist group Earthjustice played a role in the rejection of a coal-fired power plant in Kansas. I didn't learn that from any Kansas news source, but only from Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, and only then long after the permit for the plant was denied. See Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius at Earthjustice. Now I see Earthjustice's press release Kansas Rejects Massive Sunflower Coal-Fired Power Plant. What did Earthjustice do in Kansas, and how did they do it? These are things Kansans need to know. To that end, I've filed a request under the Kansas Open…
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Earthjustice in Kansas: What is Their Agenda?

Yesterday I posted Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius at Earthjustice, about Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius speaking at a event hosted by Earthjustice, a group that I believe has a radical environmentalist agenda. Just what is the agenda of the group? Do they have the interests of Kansas in mind, or something else? I asked a few blogger friends if they knew anything about Earthjustice and its agenda. Here's what I received from one, which I believe correctly tells us what this group is really about: I find this organization to be rather scary. From their president's vision: But, we are not…
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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius at Earthjustice

On June 26, 2008, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius spoke at an event hosted by Earthjustice (motto: "Because the earth needs a good lawyer"). By the next day, Earthjustice already had a self-congratulatory professionally-produced video available at Earthjustice & Kansas Governor Talk Clean Energy. Evidently, Earthjustice, previously known as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, was involved in the events leading up to the denial of the permit for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation's Holcomb Station coal-fired electricity generating plant expansion. Now, I read the Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital-Journal, and Lawrence Journal-World regularly, and until last week, I had never heard mention…
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Socialism And Big Government Expand In Kansas

By Karl Peterjohn, Kansas Taxpayers Network State owned and operated casinos are constitutional and permissible in Kansas. The extremely activist and left-wing Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled June 27 that state owned and operated casinos were legal in Kansas. For many statehouse observers this wasn’t a surprise. The Kansas Supreme Court is dominated by liberal Democrats with three of its seven members having been appointed by Governor Sebelius. Since there has never been any statewide votes by Kansans authorizing a change in the Kansas Constitution to authorize state owned casinos. The Kansas top court has ruled that under the provisions…
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Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group: Good for Kansas?

Yesterday's Wichita Eagle editorial by Randy Scholfield (Climate group could help state) supports Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius and her hand-picked Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group (KEEP). Together with an earlier article in the same newspaper (Climate group to assist state on energy plan, June 22, 2008), Kansans have plenty to be worried about as our governor seeks to burnish her national reputation as a green governor as she makes plans for her post-gubernatorial career. The Wall Street Journal got it just right in a recent editorial The 'No, Nothing' Democrats: "Ms. Sebelius is a Democratic wunderkind and her…
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The Energy Policy Goals of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

The Kansas Meadowlark gets it just right in this quote from a recent article: "Unfortunately Sebelius' energy policy is more about winning elections than solving long-term energy problems." Most Kansans realize that Kathleen Sebelius' national ambitions are more important to her than the good governance of the State of Kansas. Her policy switch on the desirability of coal-fired power plants in Kansas helps her nationally, but hurts us here in Kansas. The Meadowlark's full story is here: GPACE PAC/Sebelius only want unreliable energy sources for Kansas?
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Kansas Under Kathleen Sebelius: Poverty Grows Quickly

Denis Boyles dissects the 2007 Kansas Economic Report and discovers something growing quickly in Kansas under its governor Kathleen Sebelius: poor children. He quotes the report as follows: The number of Kansans estimated to be living below the poverty threshold in 2004 totaled 297,733, or more than 11.0 percent of the total population. From 2000 to 2004, Kansas poverty increased 26.6 percent while poverty in the U.S. went up 17.3 percent. From 2000 to 2004, the number of people in Kansas living below the poverty level increased more rapidly than the state’s population as a whole, with a 26.6 percent…
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It’s Nice to be a Friend of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

The Kansas Meadowlark again stirs up controversy in reporting on the travel of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. The "rates" charged for flying an aircraft like this are, in my opinion, totally misleading. The rate may reflect the actual variable costs involved for the time the plane is in the air. I believe, however, that the rates do not account for the fixed cost of owning an asset worth some $4 million. Read the article here: Friend of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius? Did you get to fly the State of Kansas Executive Aircraft with Kathleen to the NCAA basketball tournament in San…
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Open records in Kansas

Recently I was recruited to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Project. Its purpose is to “find out whether America's governors properly archive the e-mail that comes into and goes out of their offices, and are able to provide copies of those e-mails when members of the public request them.” I believe that open records and meetings are important, both to news media and citizens, so I agreed to take part in the project. On February 7, 2008 I mailed (by postal mail) my request for the records of interest, which are emails sent and received by the office of Kansas…
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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius scores low again

In the Cato Institute's Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors for 2006, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius earns the grade of "D." She earned the same grade on their previous survey. Fortunately, Kansas may not be in the bad condition that the low grade of our governor might indicate. That's because the Cato methodology includes governors' policy recommendations as well as actual results. Had all of Governor Sebelius's recommendations and desires made it into law, we in Kansas would very well be in trouble. How did Governor Sebelius fare so poorly? According to the report: “Governors who have cut taxes…
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