Daily Archives: Dec. 27, 2012

Top Kansas stories heavy on politics

Politics and public policy dominated the top stories of the year in Kansas, according to a survey of Associated Press member newspaper editors and broadcast news directors. The state’s tax cuts and the conservative takeover of the Kansas Senate were named the No. 1 and No. 2 news stories of 2012, while KanCare, the state’s reform of Medicaid, came in at No. 3. Other state government issues in the top 10 were Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s continued crusades against voter fraud and illegal immigration (No. 6), the state’s bungled rollout of a new computer system for handling driver’s licenses (No. 9) and the Legislature’s failure to draw new political boundaries (No. 10). Other top stories included the heat wave and drought (No. 4), Kansas State University’s football season (No. 5), Boeing Co. pulling out of Wichita (No. 7) and the University of Kansas playing for the men’s national basketball title (No. 8).

Lawmakers need training on open-meetings law

Good for some legislative leaders for scheduling training sessions on the Kansas Open Meetings Act. An investigation into meetings that Gov. Sam Brownback hosted early this year for GOP lawmakers revealed that many lawmakers lacked knowledge about what is and isn’t allowed by KOMA. To their credit, the House Republicans have scheduled a training session on KOMA with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office on Jan. 17, and Senate Democrats have tentatively scheduled training on Jan. 15, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. House Democrats and Senate Republicans also should get training.

Thomas to be keynote speaker for Kansas chamber

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the keynote speaker for its 2013 annual dinner will be syndicated columnist and author Cal Thomas, whose commentaries have appeared in The Eagle since 1989. The dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, with Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the University of Kansas School of Business, as master of ceremonies. “For years I have admired Cal Thomas’ thoughtful and challenging literary contributions to American political dialogue,” said Kansas chamber president Mike O’Neal. “We’re excited to bring such a leader to Kansas during the opening weeks of the 2013 legislative session.” For more information, go to www.kansaschamber.org.