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The Coffee Shop / Area hotels
« on: August 18, 2015, 12:14:28 AM »
The wife and I are thinking about making a trip out to Elk County.  Are there any motels left out there?  We plan on splitting time between Grenola and Burden, so maybe Cowley county?

The Coffee Shop / Polite request
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:27:36 PM »
Can we keep the political posts to the politics section?

Politics / Kansas Republicans hate the constitution
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:24:28 PM »
The Kansas government is attempting to circumvent the system of checks and balances by cutting off funding to the state Supreme Court.

Politics / Rand Paul telling it like it is
« on: May 27, 2015, 12:18:25 PM »
Calls out republicans for their hypocrisy.



Politics / How are those tax cuts for the wealthy working out?
« on: April 25, 2015, 01:38:09 PM »
Kansas decided to elect Brownback and a bunch of rich corporate welfare republicans to state government.  Hows that going for you?  Lower taxes for the rich, higher taxes for the poor, less government services.  Still happy with your republican party?

Politics / Kansas' budget problems touching cherished highway system
« on: February 07, 2015, 12:34:16 PM »
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won't solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs — its state-of-the-art highway system.

Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature this past week worked out plans for closing a $344 million deficit and allowing the state to pay its bills on time into the summer. The plans included cuts to predictable targets, such as education spending and public pension contributions, but also diverted money from highway projects, which are especially prized by the governor's rural supporters.

The extent of the cutbacks brought home the impact of the income tax reductions that Brownback, an outspoken fiscal conservative, has pushed through since taking office in 2011.

Even a few of the Legislature's most austerity minded members were taken aback by the blow to the highway program, which comes as other states are considering new ways of ramping up infrastructure investment — some by raising taxes.

"When I send out surveys and say, 'What are the roles of government?' — and this is not just my district — roads are generally at the top of the list," said Sen. Forrest Knox, a southeast Kansas Republican who's among the Legislature's most conservative members.

Many of Brownback's allies have supported the cuts he's made to cover the revenue lost from his tax measures, which dropped the top rate for individuals by 29 percent and exempted 191,000 business owners altogether. Brownback has argued that lower taxes would attract more businesses to Kansas and benefit the economy.

But revenues have fallen short of expectations, and Kansas' credit ratings were downgraded last year.

Brownback this week proposed cutting spending on public schools and state universities by $45 million, prompting education supporters to warn about potential hikes in tuition and losses in summer school programs and classes for at-risk students.

"It is time to quit living in fantasyland," said state Rep. Don Hineman, a moderate Republican from a western Kansas county who said it's time for the governor to admit his tax cutting experiment hasn't worked.

Brownback, said state Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, is "in a state of denial."

Critics worried about potential cutbacks to roads last year, when Brownback was seeking re-election. He argued throughout his campaign that Kansas could have low income taxes and high-quality services, including its highways, which are among the nation's best.

The idea of diverting $158 million for other uses touched a nerve in rural areas that are Brownback's political stronghold.

Residents of the area northwest of Topeka have been waiting for the upgrading of a 60-year-old bridge linking the small towns of Willard and Rossville, where school buses are being rerouted because of concerns about the structure's weight limit.

Some fear the antiquated steel-pin design bridge may become unusable.

"We can't stand by and lose our bridge," said Sarene McCrory, owner of the Grounded Coffee House in Rossville. "It's too vital for the community." She said she's gathering signatures on a letter to present to the Legislature.

The Department of Transportation says that big highway widening projects scheduled through 2019 will continue but that smaller jobs will be delayed.

Rep. J.R. Claeys, a conservative Republican from Salina who's chairman of a budget subcommittee on transportation, said managing the delays will be highly sensitive.

"We're going to be smart about this," he said.

Brownback continues to defend his tax cuts and contends that diverting money from highway projects was helped solve immediate budget problems.

"If you've got a better idea, great. Let's hear it," he said this week. "Criticism, fine, but come up with your ideas."

Kansas has stayed ahead of most other states on roads thanks to 25 years' worth of investments in large programs.

Many rural communities see good roads and bridges as essential to their economic survival.

In Russell County, farmer Morris Krug said he's worried about a planned $38 million upgrade of a 16-mile stretch of highway in the area.

Highway funds, he said, "should not be tampered with. They were put there to build roads in this state and no governor has the right to draw on those to balance his budget."

How are those tax cuts working for Elk County?

Politics / Republican Party wants fewer debates, easier questions
« on: May 09, 2014, 11:39:32 AM »

Also means less information for voters.  All you ever get to see is the scripted moments.  You know what happens if EVERYTHING is clean and packaged?  You get the same old people who have been running the federal government into the ground.

Politics / How about them apples
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:52:22 PM »
So awhile back, I posted about our "greatest ally" spying on us.  Several people here on this forum dismissed it as normal behavior.  "Whats a little spying among friends?" they said.  So when I saw this article, I thought of you guys.  Keep in mind, this is a country that has driven us to two wars, and is attempting to put us in another.  This is a foreign country that has been the top recipient of U.S. foreign aid every year for the last 50 years.  This country is a dark spot on our international reputation.  For decades, this foreign country has had the biggest lobby in Washington, they've gotten away with bribing our elected officials.  And now, this.....

"Newsweek said a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing last January called the testimony "very sobering ... alarming ... even terrifying", and quoted another as saying the behavior was "damaging."

"No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do," said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, according to Newsweek."

"After denying for over a decade that Pollard was its paid agent, Israel apologized and promised not to spy on U.S. soil again. Since then, more Israeli spies have been arrested and convicted by U.S. courts. "

Politics / Bought and Paid for
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:55:03 AM »
So, reading the thread about this whole newspaper thing.  And trying to keep up with the Elk Konnected mess, it seems like there are a number of people who have some issue with private "NGO's" attempting to exert undue influence on politicians. 

My question is this:  Why are you stopping at your county commissioners?  This sort of undue influence has been going on for a long long time, especially at the national level.  About the time I stopped posting here, Elk County helped elect Mike Pompeo.  He was in a crowded field of conservatives, but Pompeo was the big business candidate and raised the most money.

Pompeo is a Californian who's mother is from Kansas, went to Harvard Law, served in the military, and then joined a Kansas think tank.  Hopefully we all know what think tanks are.

Half of Pompeo's money comes from rich people.  The other half comes from big business and PACs.  Almost all of his campaign funds comes from outside the district. 

Will you hold your congressman to the same standard you hold your county government?

The Coffee Shop / Greetings from California
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:53:03 PM »
Hope everyone is doing well.  I'm missing Elk county and just wanted to stop and say hi...

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