Daily Archives: March 19, 2010

Governor to host Easter egg hunt March 27

eastereggsTOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson will be hosting the state’s annual Easter Egg hunt at Ceder Crest, his office announced Friday.

Here are the details for attending:

A free shuttle bus will be provided between the Security Benefit parking lot and Cedar Crest beginning at 9:00 a.m. The last bus to Cedar Crest will depart at 10:40 a.m.

In the event of rain, candy will be distributed downtown at 11:00 a.m. in the driveway between the Curtis Building and Curtis Parking Garage. The entrance is located on Jackson Street between 10th Street and 11th Street.

For more information please visit: http://governor.ks.gov/component/content/article/42-front-page-news/615-on-the-hunt

Strippers testify in Kansas House Fed and State against dance club bill

stripperTOPEKA – The legislative process is not always staid and boring.

Thursday afternoon, five exotic dancers appeared before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.

Before you start wondering just what is going on in Topeka – the ladies were there to testify against House Bill 2633.

The bill, termed the “Community Defense Act” and would regulate the hours, locations and configurations of adult businesses – such as shops catering in pornographic videos and books and, of course, strip clubs and cabarets where performers are mostly in the buff.

The dancers were protesting a provision in the measure that would restrict performers to a stage at least six feet from all patrons while they are sans-clothing.

You can imagine the problems that would present for retrieving tip – or performing more up close encounters.

In case you were wondering, committee chairman Rep. Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said all the women were appropriately attired when they testified before the committee.

Commissioner Kelly Parks confirms he is not running for re-election

A week after The Wichita Eagle publlished a story about Sedgwick County commissioner Kelly Parks deciding not to run for re-election, Parks confirmed his decision at a news conference today.

Parks hinted that he may run for state office but did not elaborate. He said he is taking a “never say never” attitude toward public office.

Elected in 2006, Parks, a Republican, touted that he has consistently voted against tax increases and to lower property taxes.

Parks is known for making offhand remarks that he refuses to elaborate on, such as saying in November during a commission discussion about ethics that he had turned some “stuff” over to the FBI.

Two candidates already have filed for Parks’ seat in the northern part of Sedgwick County, Democrat Sharon Fearey, a former Wichita City Council member, and Republican Lucy Burtnett, whom Parks defeated during the last election.

Read more about the story in Saturday’s Eagle.