Late, Late Night FDL: Miracles Out Of Nowhere

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 10:00 pm

Kansas – Miracles Out Of Nowhere

Today, Kansas announced an upcoming documentary and retrospective CD, ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere’…

 

#UnKoch Campus! Students Coordinate National Protest Against Corporate Influence

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 6:54 pm

As students in Michigan, Kansas and Virginia attempt to pin down evasive administrators to review grant contracts cut between billionaire Charles Koch and their universities, one campus is working to tie these regional movements together. Photos from across the U.S. are posted below.

Florida State University (FSU) students affiliated with the group FSU Progress coordinated various student groups at 20 campuses across the U.S. to push back against corporate donors who use money to weave their interests into the mission of universities: educating students.

Brownback Turns Harder to the Right, as if That Were Possible

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 9:15 am

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court not to take up the various appeals courts’ rulings on marriage equality cases has forced Sam Brownback into a corner. He’s in a big fight for reelection, with moderate Republicans bailing on the ultra-conservative GOP in Kansas. He faced a choice between two electoral strategies: (1) tone down the rightwing rhetoric, and reach out to the disaffected GOP moderates, or (2) write off the moderate vote and focus on ginning up the far right to boost their turnout numbers in November.

Brownback has gone with #2. Hard. And it’s not a pretty sight . . .

Polling Improves for Sen. Pat Roberts

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 3:20 pm

Kansas seems to be returning to its red roots. For a while it looked like Incumbent Kansas Senator Pat Roberts was going to lose to Independent Greg Orman; but as we get closer to the election, Roberts has seen his polling start to turn around.

More Troubles in Kansas for the Wizards of Oz

By: Saturday September 20, 2014 9:15 am

The November 2014 election campaign in Kansas wasn’t supposed to work like this. Four years ago, Sam Brownback swept into the governor’s mansion, Kris Kobach became secretary of state, and the GOP in Topeka began to enact a sweeping agenda made up of every item on every conservative’s wish list. Two years ago, when a number of Republican state senators blocked a few of the most extreme items on that list, conservatives primaried them out of the legislature. But today, Brownback, Kobach, and Senator Pat Roberts are in deep, deep electoral trouble. These Wizards of Oz have only one campaign strategy open to them, and it’s not one that has a lot of success in Kansas . . .

Alaskans Turn Against Both Parties as Local Democrats Embrace an Independent Candidate

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 12:00 pm

The number of Alaskans who identify with either major party has reached a new low. From Gallup: Alaska: Self-Reported Party Identification This is particularly interesting in light of the fact that recently Democrats in the state abandoned their own bid for governor to instead back an independent Bill Walker. That move turned what should of [...]

Another Dem Drops Out to Help an Independent, This Time in Kansas Senate Race

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 7:50 am

In a remarkable turn of events, Kansas Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor announced he was dropping out of the race Wednesday. This move gives independent candidate Greg Orman a clear path to unseating the unpopular incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

This major shakeup puts the Kansas race in play.

Aunt Who Witnessed Fatal Police Shooting in Kansas Recounts What Led to Death of Mentally Ill Teen

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 3:15 pm

In Kansas, Ottawa police shot and killed Joseph Jennings, an 18-year-old who was mentally ill, on August 23. At least two officers on the scene were well aware that he suffered from seizures and had responded to a call one day ago to take him to the hospital to pump his stomach after he tried to overdose on drugs and kill himself. Still, the police responded with a heavy-handedness that resulted in Jennings’ death.

Brandy Smith was Joseph Jennings’ aunt. While he was her nephew, she raised him like a son. And she was at the scene while police officers surrounded him.

Chickens Coming Home to Roost in Kansas

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 9:00 am

Just weeks ahead of the Kansas primary, embattled incumbent Senator Pat Roberts has a come-to-Jesus phone conversation with embattled Governor Sam Brownback . . .

Double Drought in Kansas Brings Tears to Brownback

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 10:30 am

The numbers don’t look good, either in the rain gauges around the state or the state balance sheets in Topeka.

Poor Sam Brownback.

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