Senator Bob Dole could be both ruthless and partisan. Yet he knew when the time had come to sit down, compromise, and make good policy. Will freshman Senator Roger Marshall follow in Dole’s footsteps? It is too soon to tell, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
Bizarre proposals in state legislatures are nothing new. But typically, we rely on gatekeeping–the work of committees, leadership, and other branches of government to prevent bad ideas from becoming law. Unfortunately, our current climate of extreme partisanship is undermining gatekeeping. More and more of these bad ideas are becoming law, wrote Burdett Loomis in last week’s column.
Will the “Trans ban” hurt the state economically? Maybe, but it’s not the strongest argument against a bad bill, argued Michael Smith in last week’s column.
“Ballot harvesting” is a political scare term that simply means returning someone else’s absentee ballot for them. When should helping other be a crime? Patrick Miller posed this question in last week’s column.
A bill is moving through the Kansas Legislature that is intended to help at-risk students by funding private education. Unfortunately, it contains so little oversight that it may end up hurting the very students it is intended to help, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
It is time we get out of our comfort zones and have political conversations with those who disagree with us, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
The Kansas Legislature has its priorities all upside-down, wrote Burdett Loomis in last week’s column.
There is plenty of blame to go around for the slow processing and data hacks related to the Kansas Department of Labor, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.
School choice is all the rage in the Kansas Legislature right now. But one bill currently under consideration is fraught with unintended consequences, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
Patrick Miller has emphasized in several columns that the claims of voter fraud in the 2020 elections are unsubstantiated. He has drawn his critics, but their claims lack evidence, he wrote in last week’s column.