Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

State GOP announces new executive director

Cici Rojas

Cici Rojas

TOPEKA – Kansas City native Cici Rojas will be taking over executive director duties at for the Kansas Republican Party on April 1.

Currently, Rojas is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest Hispanic chamber.

“Her innovative work as CEO for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce combined with her vision and leadership will be major assets to the Kansas GOP going into the next election,” said Amanda Adkins, the new chair of the Kansas Republican Party in the announcement.

Rojas takes over for Christan Morgan, who resigned in February.

“What we do over the next year will lead to important gains for our state that will last for decades,” Rojas said. “I look forward to meeting grassroots and elected leaders in the near future and can’t wait to visit the 105 counties to talk with Republicans across the state.”

Her complete biography is available at the Kansas Republican Party’s website.

Augusta child care center issued emergency suspension by KDHE

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Thursday issued an emergency suspension order against the Belinda Rosenbaum Day Care Home in Augusta.

The department issues such orders, which are subject to appeal, when it is necessary to protect children in the facility from any potential threat to health or safety, the release said.

The day care is located at 1612 Cedar Lane, Augusta.

During a Feb. 25 visit an inspector from KDHE found three unsecured guns stored in areas where the children at the day care could reach them, the suspension order said. Two of the firearms were stored in a closet within reach of the children and a third was kept in a drawer in the master bedroom’s bed’s headboard along with the ammunition.

The inspector also found a 7-month-old infant sleeping on the bed. The order noted that the children at the day care, the eldest listed was 5 years old, were allowed full access to the house including where the guns were kept.

The children were also allowed to play outside unsupervised, the report said.

Senate committee considers alcohol related bills

TOPEKA – The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee could vote on three bills this morning that would impact how and where Kansas purchase alcohol.

The proposals are:

  • Senate Bill 213, which would expand the currently allowed beer gardens at special events to encompass larger areas and sell alcohol.

  • SB 212, which would allow wineries to ship directly to private residences.

  • SB 76, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full strength beer.

If the measures are approved, they will be sent to the full Senate for a debate.