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Name: Rick
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Hometown: Kansas
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Member since: Sat Apr 15, 2017, 11:57 AM
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Retired aerospace engineer. Bike when I can, I have a specialized tricross and a hardrock. Read sci-fi.

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And again...

screw waggley..Boot licking winger...Amazing how these conservatives never let a chance to
give the undeserving tax breaks....


OVERLAND PARK -- Gov. Laura Kelly peppered the first town hall of her administration Saturday with unfavorable critiques of Republican legislative leaders who advanced a bill slashing tax revenue, opposed Medicaid expansion and engaged in political theatrics to erode support for a Cabinet nominee.

Kelly chose the moderate-voter stronghold of Johnson County to share with a friendly crowd of 400 people her insights and those of five House Democrats on major issues and political undercurrents of the 2019 legislative session. Republican lawmakers were invited to participate, Kelly said, but none accepted.

The governor declined during and after the forum at Johnson County Community College to declare whether she would veto Senate Bill 22, a move her Democratic allies in the House and Senate expect to occur in a matter of days.

Senate President Susan Waggley, R-Wichita, championed the bill because it promised $500 million in tax relief over three years by protecting Kansas families and thwarting “new barriers that suffocate job creation.” The bill favored multinational corporations in Kansas eager to avoid state taxes when repatriating foreign income. The bill would enable wealthy individual Kansans to itemize deductions on state taxes and claim the new higher standard deduction on federal taxes.

The bill on the governor’s desk also lowered the state’s sales tax on food by 1 percentage point and broadened application of a state sales tax on internet transactions.

Kelly said the tax legislation was a flashback to the “self-inflicted” budget crisis spawned in 2012 when Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill eliminating state income taxes on 330,000 business owners and aggressively dropped personal income tax rates. Brownback’s cornerstone tax policy compressed state revenue by $700 million in the first year of implementation and ended up starving state agencies and the economy, she said.

“We did this in 2012. We’ve been through this,” said Kelly, who added the Brownback tax program was largely repealed two years ago

Its gonna be a war...

Getting the full report out to the people...


Attorney General William Barr is not sending the "principal conclusions" of special counsel Robert Mueller's report to lawmakers Saturday, multiple congressional sources and a DOJ official tell CNN.
Barr's submission to Congress and the public is being eagerly anticipated on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, with lawmakers and the White House waiting to learn more about Mueller's findings.
But the waiting game will continue for at least one more day now, after Mueller submitted his report to Barr on Friday.
Barr announced on Friday evening that Mueller had submitted his confidential report and that the 22-month special counsel investigation had concluded.

The end of the investigation also means that no more indictments are coming from the special counsel, according to a Justice Department official, which Republican allies of President Donald Trump say is a sign that the President will be vindicated by the Mueller report.
But a battle is brewing between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats over Mueller's report. Democrats say the public needs to see Mueller's full report for itself — and not a summarized version from Barr — and they are demanding that Mueller's underlying evidence is provided to Capitol Hill.

House Democrats are holding a caucus-wide call Saturday afternoon to discuss the next steps for the House, which has its own sprawling set of Democratic-led investigations into Trump's administration, finances and business already underway.

Screw waggler...

Don't like her...never have...

And, she is accused of conflicts of interest over bingo, both in Topeka, and back home in Wichita, by her opponent Roberta Feist.

The first salvo fired by Feist in Wagle's direction had "bingo" written all over it.

"The public deserves to know how they're being represented in Topeka," Feist said last week. "During a year when budgets were tight and programs were being reduced, my opponent could not put the public's agenda ahead of her own."

Feist's campaign manager, Scott Schneider, charges Wagle with manipulating the legislative process for her own gain. "The public deserves to know the true Susan Wagle," he says.


Senate President Susan Wagle denounced Monday the Democratic governor’s pick for the Kansas Court of Appeals by highlighting the nominee’s politically charged social media posts on gun violence and abortion as well as repeated criticism of President Donald Trump.

Wagle, a Republican, said Twitter posts by District Court Judge Jeffry Jack, the majority of which touched on political issues and personalities, made him unsuitable for the appellate bench. He has no chance of being confirmed by a Senate composed of 28 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent, she said.


on edit...added comment by Roberta..

JUst...Wow! Move over Charlie Finley!


-The Atlantic League will feature a radar system dubbed TrackMan to help home-plate umpires call balls and strikes during the 2019 season as part of an agreement with Major League Baseball.

-Other ideas being evaluated include banning the infield shift and a three-batter minimum for pitchers.

-Other changes include mound visits being eliminated aside from pitching changes and injuries, increasing the size of the bases by three inches and reducing the time between innings by 30 seconds, per Passan.

-In addition, the second half of the season will see a drastic modification as the distance from the pitching rubber to the plate will be increase by two feet to 62'6".

-Along with reducing the specialized nature of some relief pitchers with the three-batter minimum, eliminating the shift by forcing two infielders to play on each side of the second-base bag should help increase offense.

What do you get from using peptide 2 (GHRP-2)?

If lance can't get away with it, you probably can't either..moron...


The Boston Red Sox will be without Steven Wright for half of the 2019 season after MLB levied an 80-game suspension against the pitcher, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Wednesday afternoon.

Feinsand disclosed that Wright tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug called growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2), which violates the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

When is it time to get a hearing aid?

I'm continually having to ask people to repeat what they say...The volume seems ok, but the words
are unclear...

Where's stumpy?

There was the "bulls#$t" speech it made at that winger convention..concerning the 81 people being asked to provide documents about cheetoz..

But nothing from it about all its fellow rightwing buddies organizing to stop the emergency funding...

You'll know you've got a winner when...

The democratic candidate talks about reversing all the obama legislation the traitor killed...especially health care...

Decent state radar maps...

Put your zip code where the "97006" (beaverton or.) is located in the string
on the url header...And enter...Should get a weather radar map...


Eye candy?? Kansas says ya gotta pay for it...

Stupid fucking wingers...Have to make everything so g$##damn complicated..This won't keep kids from looking at porn..Its not going to stop the pervys from producing child pornography...You can't legislate...responsibility..The dumb ass rightwingers just can't get that through their heads...

Kansas lawmaker wants to block online access to porn, charge residents fee to see it.


Legislation before Kansas lawmakers would require new phones and computers to block access to pornography, a move that would control what Kansans see online.

But consumers 18 or older could have access for a $20 fee, the bill says.

The bill takes aim at child pornography, prostitution and human trafficking, but would effectively require new phones and computers to stop consumers from accessing any material considered obscene. Similar bills have been introduced in other states across the country.

The legislation applies to all devices and services that help people get online, regardless of who is accessing the internet.

Critics of the Kansas bill immediately raised concerns that it would be unconstitutional. The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Randy Garber, R-Sabetha, said it is an effort to stop human trafficking and pornography.

“Because I think if we put some controls on what people can see, young people, that will keep them protected and away from possible human trafficking,” Garber said.

The bill requires anyone selling products or services in Kansas “that make content accessible on the internet” to provide technology that blocks obscene content. Companies would be required to maintain a website or telephone line that consumers can use to report obscene content that isn’t being blocked and content that isn’t obscene but is being blocked.

The blocking technology can be turned off if consumers prove they are 18 or older, receive a written warning of the potential danger of deactivation and pay a $20 deactivation fee.

The money collected from the fee will go to a fund controlled by the attorney general to help combat human trafficking.

Garber said he agrees that it should be up to parents to control access to pornographic material, adding that parents can pay $20 if they want their children to have access to it.

“I think it is up to parents ultimately. The problem is parents can’t be with their kids, when they give them a cell phone, 24 hours a day. So the parents might say ‘I don’t want you looking at that stuff.’ Well, if we have a filter on there, they won’t be able to look at it, and if the parents want it removed, they can have it removed,” Garber said.

Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, said he thinks the legislation would likely be unconstitutional. He said the bill would censor communications over the internet.

“I understand folks are concerned about the effects of pornography, particularly on children. There is software that’s available that parents can put on their internet connections to deal with this problem,” Carmichael said. “But I would be very concerned about legislation that provides for monitoring of internet traffic, either by private companies or the government.”

He compared it to the expectation of privacy people have when talking over the phone. If the government wants to listen to or restrict what is said over the phone, it must be done based on probable cause and a warrant, he said.

“As well intentioned as the bill might be, I would not trade my right to privacy for a mandatory restriction of allegedly pornographic communications that can be dealt with on an individual basis by parents,” Carmichael said.

Garber’s legislation defines obscenity using the existing definitions in state law. According to Kansas law, obscenity includes “patently offensive representations or descriptions” of sex, masturbation and sadomasochistic abuse, among acts. It must also, when taken as a whole, lack serious literary, educational, artistic, political or scientific value.

Garber said similar bills have been introduced in several states. The proposals are being pushed by a group called the Special Forces of Liberty.

At least 27 states have Internet filtering laws that apply to publicly funded schools or libraries, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most apply to internet use at school districts and public libraries.

A 2017 Daily Beast investigation found that a man in his 40s, Chris Seiver, was behind the broader proposal. Sevier once tried to legally marry his computer as a protest over gay marriage. In 2013, he also sued Apple for not automatically blocking porn, saying easy access to pornography caused him to become addicted and ruined his marriage.

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