Kansas Principal Stands Up to Governor Brownback Over Student’s Free Speech Rights [not]

By: Friday November 25, 2011 12:40 pm

Shawnee Mission East (Kansas) high school principal Karl R. Krawitz bravely stood up to the office of Governor Sam Brownback over a visiting student’s joking tweet about the Governor. Brownback’s communications office, reviewing social media scrupulously for messages related to the obviously thin-skinned governor, took great offense to high school senior Emma Sullivan’s Monday tweet from the back of a student tour group as Brownback delivered an anodyne greeting about public service and civic engagement:

“Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot”

 

New Kansas Abortion Law Succeeds in Shutting Down Its First Clinic

By: Saturday June 25, 2011 9:03 am

The murder of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita in 2009 changed the landscape for women in the state of Kansas and the medical personnel who provide services to them. With Sam Brownback’s election as governor, the legislature rushed to take advantage of this new landscape, and by mid-May had passed new restrictions on abortion providers.

The specific rules and regulations were just announced, and they take effect July 1, leaving the three providers about a week to meet the new requirements. One has already announced that they won’t be able to do so.

Dorothy, you’re not in Kansas anymore. It’s looking more and more like Gilead.

Pressure Mounts For Moderate Republicans To Support the DREAM Act

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 1:15 pm

Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) is starting to feel the heat of pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters. Saturday, Univision aired a debate in which current Florida governor and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Crist came out in support of the DREAM Act. Thursday, Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and also a nominee for U.S. Senate, hand delivered a letter to LeMieux.

Reid: Energy Bill Pushed to Lame-Duck Session

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 6:00 pm

A narrow energy bill which Harry Reid scaled back from earlier, more grandiose ambitions is likely to be pushed back until after the midterm elections, said the Senate Majority Leader on a conference call today. However, he did offer renewed hope, for the first time in a while, that the bill could include a renewable energy standard, mandating a percentage of electricity to be generated from renewable sources.

What Can Brown Do for You? What Did Reid Do for Brown?

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 4:50 pm

Scott Brown changed his cloture vote from “No” on Wednesday to “Yes” on Thursday. What was he offered in return?

Consumer Financial Protection Faces Hurdles

By: Friday May 14, 2010 5:25 pm

If you were to ask me where Wall Street reform stands right now, I’d give it an incomplete. Well, actually I’d give it a C. There are some decent measures in the Senate bill, even a couple transformative ones, but overall some gaps in the regulatory structure remain, and the same financial oligarchs will have the ability to overrun the system, if in different ways.

Sanders, Feingold, DeMint, Brownback Oppose Dodd, Support “Audit the Fed”

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 11:45 am

Ryan Grim reports that a bipartisan group of Senators is backing an amendment that will restore the Grayson-Paul “audit the fed” language to the Senate Financial Reform bill after Chris Dodd gutted it.

FDA Letter Warns of Safety Concerns With Re-Importation of Prescription Drugs

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 1:00 pm

The FDA says the reimportation of drugs into this country from Canada and other developed nations would be “difficult to implement” and “resource-intensive,” and would involve “significant safety concerns.” Republicans have already cost Americans $20 billion or so just in the past couple years obstructing reimportation, which should be the law of the land already. You’d think the president would find an FDA commissioner who’d fix this.

Employee Free Choice: Beware of the Big Lie Bill

By: Thursday February 26, 2009 1:35 pm

Opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act in Congress made their Big Lie into a bill Wednesday, when Republicans John DeMint (S.C.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.) introduced the so-called Secret Ballot Protection Act.

Before we go further, let’s clear up the bill’s false implication right now:

The Employee Free Choice Act would not—repeat after me—would not, take away the secret ballot National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election process if workers seeking to form a union wanted to use it.

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