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INSIGHT KANSAS: Disengaged Democrats, GOP money or angry independents? »

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It seems every observer of politics has strongly held opinions regarding last week’s election results, but which ones hold up when compared with actual data? Claim 1: Democrats lost because wealthy Republicans “bought” the election: False. Democrats angrily claim that Wichita’s own Charles Koch, his brother David, and other GOP donors “bought” the election. However, […]

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In land of the free, why are schools afraid of freedom? »

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After listening to high school journalists last week, I am simultaneously hopeful and worried about the future of the First Amendment in America. The venue was the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., an annual event sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. On the up side, encountering […]

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Implications of Mall CID go far beyond Hays »

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By KENT STEWARD Hays City Commissioner I oppose the request from the owners of The Mall for a Community Improvement District to collect a 1 percent sales tax on site for up to 22 years to raise as much as $3.15 million for improvements to the facility. This is an important issue for our community, […]

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Getting personal with open-minded Democrats »

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Do you suppose the shellacking Democrats took following the results of the November 4th midterm elections changed any minds about which side one should be on? Of course, I am talking about Democrats, not Republicans who came out the big winners. One thing is for sure, all those liberal Dems that come out of the […]

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Art group: Thank you, Hays! »

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The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media national conference in Hays (Oct. 1 to 5) was a winner thanks to the warm hospitality we received from the local residents and nearby communities. There were 40 of us who came from coast-to-coast) to participate in workshops, open studios, a bus trip to Lucas and Victoria, and shared […]

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Shop wisely when you stock your shelves »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

While many shoppers are feeling the pinch of price increases, there’s a way today’s smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some estimates place this figure at 10 -15 percent. On the average food bill, this could mean a savings of $700 – $1,200 a year. Most shoppers, my wife is […]

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Roberts: Message from Kansas voters was loud and clear »

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On Election Day, the people of Kansas spoke loud and clear. Kansas stood up and said enough. Enough of the status quo, enough of the gridlock, enough of the president’s “pen and phone,” enough of the autocratic and unconstitutional march toward a bigger, more intrusive federal government. The same message was sent throughout the country […]

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DAVE SAYS: Teach her first, then comes responsibility »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My daughter is a freshman in college, but I didn’t save for her education. My parents said it was my job to pay for my college, and that’s what I’ve told her. She’s going to have about $12,000 in student loan debt after her first year, but how do I talk to her […]

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New start for veterans’ health care »

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In time for Veterans Day, approximately 6,000 veterans across the Big First District will begin receiving Veteran Choice Cards in their mailboxes thanks to bipartisan reforms I helped pass through Congress in August. This is the first set of Choice Cards being sent by the Veterans Administration to Veterans residing more than 40 miles from […]

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Trabert: Kansans deserve more than ‘sky is falling’ routine »

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Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, offered the following in response to Monday’s announcement from the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group: “The new revenue estimates will likely be used in some circles to promote fear of massive budget cuts, but the state budget can still be balanced without service reductions or tax increases. Implementing the […]

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Orman: The courage of staying positive »

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This is not a post-mortem piece on what went wrong or could have gone better. I am only going to express a few things about the Greg Orman campaign that I learned about the character of Kansas and the difficulty of mounting the first serious challenge by an Independent against an entrenched Republican Senator in […]

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Space-time travel: ‘Warcraft’ preview, ‘Interstellar’ review »

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Before diving into my review of the long-awaited “Interstellar,” I want to briefly discuss a journey of my own. This past weekend I was in Anaheim, California for BlizzCon; a two day convention that celebrates all things Blizzard Entertainment, the video game company that makes “World of Warcraft” and several other award-winning, best-selling video game […]

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Election over, Brownback’s legacy hangs in the balance »

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There are now enough Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate that newly re-elected Gov. Sam Brownback presumably can get about whatever he wants done. Now, that’s about as good as it gets for a governor who has his own very conservative ideas about where he wants the state to go policy-wise for the […]

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