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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, 109th House District State Representative February 6, 2015 Senate Bill 4: Fixing the 2015 Budget In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned that House Appropriations committee was working on the Governor’s budget revisions for the 2015 fiscal year to address the $278.7 million shortfall. The bill was amended and passed out of Appropriations […]

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Vaccines, science and the limits of freedom »

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Alarm over the current measles outbreak that began mid-December in Disneyland, California — more than 100 cases in 14 states reported in January — has renewed debate about laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia mandating that students be vaccinated for certain diseases before entering school. At issue are the religious and […]

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Bailed-out banker lectures about fairness »

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker.

Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He’s fed up with the populist attitude that’s sweeping the country. He’s not going to take it anymore. That’s why he recently bleated to reporters that “banks are under assault.” Well, not every bank. He was talking about JPMorgan Chase — America’s largest Wall Street empire, which Dimon heads. Government regulators, […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: ‘Can’t anybody play this game?’ »

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The hits just keep on coming. Or not. As legendary baseball manager and Kansas City native Casey Stengel put it, watching his hapless New York Mets, “Been in this game one hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ‘em I never knew existed before.” He could have been talking about our Topeka pols. […]

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Stop fowl play in western Kansas »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Voluntary conservation plans are talked about in coffee shops, schools, after church, in meeting rooms and just about every place else in Kansas. Landowners, farmers, ranchers, home owners and builders see such measures as a way to protect land, wildlife and valuable water resources but also as a way to keep them in business. Talk […]

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REVIEW: ‘Project Almanac’ should travel back to the drawing board »

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“Project Almanac” is yet another “found footage” movie with a bunch of teens and one defining supernatural element. In this case, a group of high school students discover and construct a portable time machine. Regardless of how worn out the “found footage” style is, I think it can still be made to work with strong […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State 109th Dist. Representative TOPEKA–January 30, 2015 Appropriation Committee: Governor’s Revisions for FY 2015 On Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, the Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Governor’s revised recommendations for fiscal year 2015. A revision was resubmitted to the committee due to some of the transfers not included […]

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HAWVER: Some clarity on Kansas state budget crisis »

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This state budget mess got clearer last week. Revenues to the state were some $47 million less than expected for the month of January, and are now $59 million less than the estimate on which the governor has based his $280 million-and-change emergency budget-patching bill: Which means that the $280 million shortfall that he engineered […]

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Extension offers regional estate planning workshops »

Linda Beech

What are the issues that families need to discuss when they begin to talk about estate planning? What process do they use? Why do they need to do it? How do they get started? These are just a few of the topics which will be covered in two regional “Preserving the Family with Estate Planning” […]

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EXPLORING KAN. OUTDOORS: Concealed carry with no permit? »

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Any of you who get legislative updates from the NRA or the Kansas Rifle Association (KSRA) have read by now about a new proposed constitutional amendment here in Kansas, that, if passed will allow concealed weapons to be carried with no permit. The way the proposal stands now, nothing at all will be required; no […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Martian by Andy Weir »

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“The Martian” by Andy Weir Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: The Myth of the Monolith »

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Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” features an obsidian monolith, a single unified entity that brings change in its wake. The word monolith has been overused in Kansas lately, especially related to Sam Brownback’s takeover of state government since 2010. Last week, we saw the first cracks in monolithic government and that […]

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Characterization of Humane Society 100% wrong »

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Your recent column on the Humane Society of the United States caught my eye because I grew up hunting, fishing and trapping in Kansas fields and rivers (“Just who is the Humane Society of the United States?,” 1/18). As a hunter and also a member of The HSUS, I can tell you that Steve Gilliland’s […]

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