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Name: Rick
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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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Common rightwingers! You can't be this stupid!!

kohack for govnor? Please, please review;



Roughly four months after Jeff Colyer became Kansas' governor, nearly half of likely Republican primary voters have no opinion about him, according to a new poll.

Colyer, an Overland Park plastic surgeon who succeeded Sam Brownback as the state’s top executive in late January, held a lead within the margin of error over Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a poll of Republican candidates that was conducted this week by Remington Research Group, a GOP polling firm based in Kansas City.

But nearly a third of Republican voters — a plurality of 30 percent — were undecided about which candidate should be the GOP nominee for governor when the party holds its primary in August.

Colyer found support from 29 percent of the poll’s respondents, while Kobach drew 27 percent. Colyer’s lead falls within the margin of error of plus or minus 2.58 percentage points.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article211363209.html#storylink=cpy


If your in aircraft in kansas your economic situation might be...should be better than the ag community that
has suffered low prices and lousy weather...drought etc. The article imho doesn't really pinpoint why kansas
seems to be such an anomaly...It may be we were an exception to other states problems and are now just
catching up. I love kansas...raised here back in the early 50s..in n. central ks. Hate to read about these sad
statistics in that area...

Stressful living conditions in Kansas are contributing to a dramatic increase in the mortality rate among middle-aged whites and concentration of the phenomenon in regions marked by prolonged economic insecurity and lower educational achievement, new research said Friday.

Death rates of U.S. residents have generally been on decline during the past century with minority populations suffering higher mortality due to socioeconomic inequities of employment, education and housing. On a national level, the recently documented rise in deaths among whites ages 25 to 64 has drawn scrutiny of researchers, including a deep dive into Kansas.

“What we found is that it is happening in Kansas,” said Steven Woolf, a physician at Virginia Commonwealth University and the study’s lead researcher. “Since the 1990s, mortality rates have been increasing significantly in that age group primarily from what we call stress-related conditions.”

He said a 112 percent rise between 1995 and 2014 in Kansas’ death rate within the 25-64 age category likely resulted from people adopting unhealthy coping behaviors and being at greater risk of lethal substance abuse and suicide.

In terms of the change in Kansas, here are key numbers over the two-decade period studied: drug overdose, 585 percent increase; alcohol poisoning from binge drinking, 440 percent increase; alcoholic liver disease, 54 percent increase; and suicide, 52 percent increase.

Another way to examine the trend is to compare the mortality rate among 100,000 whites in Kansas from 1995 to 1999 against the rate for 2010 to 2014. In that sense, the rate for drug overdoses shifted from 2.2 percent in the early period to 15.1 percent in the more recent period. Alcoholic liver disease escalated from 4.1 percent to 6.4 percent, while suicide broadened from 15.4 percent to 23.3 percent.

The Kansas project, a collaboration of the Kansas Health Institute and Sunflower Foundation, left to future researchers questions of precisely why middle-aged whites in particular had been disproportionately affected. Still, Woolf offered a reasoned theory of the culprit.

“The areas that are more severely impacted are those that have been going for a long period of time at the bottom of the economic ladder,” Woolf said. “I can’t prove A leads to B, but it seems highly plausible.”

He said the largest relative increase in mortality associated with stress conditions in Kansas between 1995 and 2014 occurred in regions with lower household incomes, greater poverty and income inequality and a higher proportion of single-parent households.

The largest transformation of mortality among middle-aged whites -- 147 percent --- occurred in north-central Kansas. The escalation in east central Kansas, including Topeka and Kansas City, Kan., was 115 percent. Northeastern Kansas’ rate expanded by 112 percent.

“Frustration and hopelessness over these conditions would be expected to increase anxiety and depression,” the report said. “Over time, chronic stress, despair and the pain they produce can induce harmful coping behaviors.”

The report also said: “These upstream conditions are not solved by doctors and addiction specialists, but by policies that create the social and economic conditions necessary for each person, family and community to be healthy and survive -- including strong schools, affordable housing, transportation options and more.”

In 2016, the Commonwealth Fund’s analysis of data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed rising death rates among middle-aged whites was associated with the nation’s stalled progress in fighting leading causes of death -- respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease. That work also pointed to suicide and substance abuse as culprits for working-age adults from 1968 to 2014.

That report followed the assessment of two Princeton University researchers who pointed to a “mortality gap” related to a rising death rate for non-Hispanic, white Americans ages 45 to 54 since 1999, despite several previous decades of decline.

'I guess the love is gone': Ex-FBI director Comey responds to Rudy Giuliani's suggestion that he

Source: Washington Post

Former FBI director James B. Comey on Tuesday responded to Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani’s recent broadsides against him, saying that his view of the former U.S. attorney whose work once inspired him had “changed over time,” and Giuliani seemed to feel the same way.

“I guess the love is gone,” Comey joked. “I used to be one of his star prosecutors. It appears I’m not anymore.”

Comey’s comments came during a wide-ranging conversation with reporter Carol D. Leonnig at a Washington Post Live event. He was responding to comments Giuliani had made on various television appearances, including the assertion that one reason President Trump might not agree to an interview with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is that the special counsel is more likely to believe Comey’s version of events than Trump’s.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/i-guess-the-love-is-gone-ex-fbi-director-comey-responds-to-rudy-giulianis-suggestion-that-he-might-have-lied/2018/05/08/1994ad04-52be-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html?utm_term=.b3c00883e37c

Sincere apology's if this is a dup...

Pay up you worthless turd...

And running for the kansaas governorship..As screwed up as the voters
in the state are, this clown might actually get elected. Kobitch wants to
return to a "screw the taxpayers" platform...more trickle down. Wonder
if the farmers in western ks would fall for it...again. The question on
who pays these attorney fees is up in the air..could be kobacky or
it could be the taxpayers....

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking for more than $50,000 in compensation for hours spent fighting Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach over issues that led to his contempt of court finding.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ordered Kobach’s office to pay for attorney fees and expenses when she ruled last month that Kobach ignored her orders after she blocked enforcement of the state’s voter registration law. Kobach has filed a notice with the court saying he intends to appeal her decision.

Kobach failed to follow through on a promise to Robinson that counties would send postcards notifying people they could vote, even if they failed to show proof of citizenship when they registered. He continued to fight the notion that postcards were necessary until the day of his contempt hearing, which followed a trial in which he struggled to prove claims of widespread voter fraud.

In a filing on Monday, the ACLU said the court should award $51,646.16 for 133.5 hours attorneys spent on the contempt motion and related correspondence, as well as 19.41 hours from paralegals. Those hours, the ACLU said, were exacerbated by Kobach’s repeated refusals to cooperate.

“Indeed, the hours expended prosecuting this motion were largely due to defendant’s unnecessary recalcitrance, which is exactly why this court found it appropriate to hold defendant responsible for plaintiffs’ fees,” the ACLU said.

From September 2016 to March 2018, the ACLU “had to investigate, monitor, and work to resolve” issues of Kobach not complying with the temporary injunction in the case. Kobach’s “willful defiance of this court’s authority” required unnecessary proceedings, the ACLU said. Work by attorneys is detailed and dated, action-by-action, with related costs.

Kobach told Breitbart the counties should be blamed for failing to follow orders, even though his contempt hearing revealed his office never notified them of the need to send postcards.

“The notice of appeal has already been filed,” said his spokesman, Moriah Day. “The position of the office is that the fees were erroneously awarded and therefore the disposition of this issue will not be known until the appeal is completed.”

In making its request, ACLU shows how many hours various attorneys spent and how much they charge for an hourly rate, ranging from $110 per hour for a paralegal to $450 per hour for the top attorneys on the case. Even if the rates exceed the Kansas City market, the ACLU argues, they are justified because voting rights litigation is highly specialized.

During recent debate over the state’s budget, Republicans in the Kansas House endorsed a proposal from Rep. Russ Jennings, R-Lakin, to ban the use of state funds to pay for fees related to Kobach’s contempt finding. The measure passed with overwhelming support, 103-16, but was stripped during negotiations with the Senate. The legislation was problematic because it is Kobach’s office that is responsible for paying the fine.

“We made our point,” said Rep. Troy Waymaster, a Republican from Bunker Hill and the House budget chairman. “Would we have liked to kept it in? Yes. We decided to go ahead and let that go.”

Federal judge finds Kris Kobach in contempt of court in voting rights case Read more here: http://w

Source: Kansas City Star


A federal judge on Wednesday found Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court in a case involving Kansas voting laws, her latest rebuke of the Republican candidate for governor.

Kobach is considered a GOP frontrunner despite his constant court battles involving voter fraud and strict voting requirements that he has pushed while in office as the state's top election official.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kan., referred repeatedly to Kobach as acting “disingenuously.”

She chastised him for failing to treat the voters affected by the ongoing court case the same as all other registered voters in accordance with a previous court order.

“The term ‘register’ is not ambiguous, nor should there have been any question that these voters were to be treated just like any other registered voter,” Robinson said in her order.

Instead of a fine in the contempt matter, Robinson ordered Kobach to pay attorneys fees for the plaintiffs in the case.

“The Court is troubled by Defendant’s failure to take responsibility for violating this Court’s orders, and for failing to ensure compliance over an issue that he explicitly represented to the Court had been accomplished,” Robinson wrote.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article209268109.html#storylink=cpy

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article209268109.html

An oddball...
Unfit for government at any level....better off riding a plow
in the Kansas fields...

Kobach tears into Colyer at GOP debate, but Colyer resists urge to 'scream and shout'

Need an example of a kansaas political moron? K. kobach is such an example..
No explanation of the accusations...just kiddy, childish rants. Krissy has the
mindset of a person that has had a head injury from an accident...The only
reason I can think of for his psycho babble...Then again maybe all rightwingers
have similiar trauma from being dropped on their heads at birth..

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach repeatedly tore into Gov. Jeff Colyer when the GOP rivals shared a debate stage for the first time Friday night, accusing the new governor of living in a fantasy land and failing to uphold conservative principles.

Kobach mocked Colyer for thinking that a more than $500 million school finance bill, which he plans to sign, would put an end to the legal wrangling over school funding that has dominated the state’s politics for decades.

“If you pay a king’s ransom, which over 500 million bucks is a king’s ransom, you are not going to solve the problem,” Kobach said. “The next day another lawsuit will be filed demanding another ransom. You can’t live in a fantasy world where if we just keep paying, we just keep coughing up the money, then sooner or later everybody’s going to say there’s enough.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208693454.html#storylink=cpy

Pompeo could be the first secretary of state nominee to receive an unfavorable committee vote since


Always thought he was a little pompous..A military sort..which there is nothing wrong
with that as long as they leave the 10 hut attitude back at the barracks. When the two
Muslims..man and women, gunned down the rest home residents, pompeo ranted about
cells around the country. Claimed there were muslims around the country that had insight
into these attacks...a real xenophobic..

Washington (CNN)It's starting to look like Mike Pompeo might not get a favorable vote from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support his nomination as secretary of state, after three Democrats (and at least one Republican) on the panel have signaled they'll vote against the current CIA director.
Nominations can advance to full confirmation without a favorable recommendation from committee, but it is relatively uncommon.
But is this the first time? According to the Senate historian's office, there are no instances of a secretary of state nominee receiving an unfavorable committee vote since 1925.
Prior to the mid to late 1920s, nearly all executive Senate committee business was done in closed session, so there was no public record for these actions, the office added.



Exclusive: Inside the GOP plan to discredit Comey

Source: msn.com

President Donald Trump's allies are preparing an extensive campaign to fight back against James Comey'spublicity tour, trying to undermine the credibility of the former FBI director by reviving the blistering Democratic criticism of him before he was fired nearly a year ago.

The battle plan against Comey, obtained by CNN, calls for branding the nation's former top law enforcement official as "Lyin' Comey" through a website, digital advertising and talking points to be sent to Republicans across the country before his memoir is released next week. The White House signed off on the plan, which is being overseen by the Republican National Committee.

"Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing," Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to CNN. "If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we'll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility."

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/exclusive-inside-the-gop-plan-to-discredit-comey/ar-AAvNwwz

Does a rightwinger know the difference between lying and
the truth?

Kansaas gop trying to throw out the courts involvement in school budget finances..

The courts have been raggin on the kansaas govt for years it seems...Telling them they need to fix the schools. I don't know what all needs fixin but the problem is with the rightwing handjobs refusing to cooperate with the courts..fuckers should be held in contempt. What the gop bastards want to do is take the courts out of the debate completely...they don't like being told what to do. So they want the voters to agree to a constitutional amendment that lets the legislature take full responsibility for understanding the "needs" of the school system...and as far as the republican handjobs are concerned..money isn't the fix...

Kansas Senate to debate school finance after Wagle and Denning blame Ryckman for delay,,

Senate GOP leaders are planning to debate school finance Thursday after blasting House leadership and abandoning a plan to stall until passage of a constitutional amendment.

Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, denounced a five-year, $525 million House plan as fiscally irresponsible. A plan in the Senate would add $275 million to public schools.

Lawmakers face an April 30 deadline to present an adequate and equitable solution to the Kansas Supreme Court. Schools are asking for an initial $700 million increase, followed by a $400 million boost and eight years of $100 million additions.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution that would ask voters in November to revise the constitution and give the Legislature unilateral authority over funding for public schools. Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, decided not to bring the resolution before the full House this week, where there are 85 Republicans and 84 votes are needed.

Wagle and Denning had refused to debate a school funding plan until the constitutional amendment passed. In a joint statement, they said Ryckman asked them to delay while he gathered support for the amendment.

“It is unfortunate that he is unwilling to debate the amendment on the House floor, denying Kansans an opportunity to have a say on how their tax dollars are spent,” Wagle and Denning said. “After wasting two days at the speaker’s request, we will debate the Senate’s school finance plan.”

Jill McCabe, wife of fired FBI official, breaks silence: Trump attacks on family were 'nightmare'

Source: Nbc news..

Trump, the Washington Post reported in January, asked Andew McCabe, during an introductory meeting at the White House last year, whom he voted for in the 2016 race (McCabe reportedly responded that he didn't vote) and expressed anger at him over donations his wife had received during her 2015 race from a political action committee associated with then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Hillary Clinton.

Trump would go on to make repeated public references to the campaign donations, suggesting that the contributions were an attempt to influence the FBI’s investigation into Clinton's emails. And, as NBC News reported, even suggested to Andrew McCabe that he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser.

Jill McCabe, in her editorial, ripped Trump's insinuations as "fake and utterly absurd," pointing to the fact that the donations came before her husband became the FBI deputy director.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/jill-mccabe-wife-fired-fbi-official-breaks-silence-trump-attacks-n862286

Verbal assaults by trump..nothing new. Prick excels at childish
verbal assults..
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