The defeat of election denier Mike Brown by incumbent Secretary of State Scott Schwab in last August’s primaries meant two steps forward for the Kansas GOP–but Brown’s recent election as party Chairperson means one step back, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
Fox: Time to Work on Rural Kansas’ Real Problems
Kansas is becoming increasingly urbanized, but rural legislators still have a lot of work to do. From declining enrollment in schools to agriculture and water, it’s time for rural legislators to put away the culture war stuff and focus on rural Kansas’ real issues, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
Fox: How Do We Deal With Political Disagreement
A recent dispute between Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall and the other KU Law faculty begs the question, how do we deal with personal and political conflict? Russell Fox pondered this question in last week’s column.
Fox: Expect the Unexpected on Election Week
It’s impossible to predict election results with certainty. Russell Fox explains this and also gives his take on this election cycle’s hottest races in Kansas, in last week’s pre-election column.
Fox: Why It Matters that ESU Laid Off Tenured Faculty
What is academic tenure? Why does it matter? What harm can come from laying off 33 mostly tenured faculty at Emporia State last week? Russell Fox answered these questions and more in last week’s column.
Fox: State Constitutions Should Not Be Amended Lightly
Kansans are not done voting on proposed amendments to the state constitution. Another vote is coming this November, and voters should exercise caution before making this decision, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
Fox: Is There a (Partially) Non-Partisan AG Candidate?
State attorneys general races have largely succumbed to today’s hyper-partisanship–but is GOP AG candidate Tony Mattivi an exception? Russell Fox reviews the evidence for and against this claim in his latest column.
Fox: Yard Signs Show Different Approaches
Yard signs play only a small role in motivating votes–but the different designs and placement strategies highlight the difference in strategies being used by the the “Vote Yes” and “Vote No” campaigns on the upcoming constitutional amendment, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
Fox: Medicaid Expansion Wouldn’t Divert Resources From Others
Lately, politicians opposed to Medicaid expansion have been suggesting that the cost would divert resources from other programs or even from existing patients. However, studies from other states show that this scare tactic isn’t true, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
Fox: Time to Take Home Rule Seriously
The Kansas Constitution grants home rule to each of Kansas’ 105 counties. Yet, from plastic bags in Wichita to Wyandotte County’s new Safe and Welcome ordinance, the Kansas Legislature seems to be encroaching on local governments’ decisions these days, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.