Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

KPI responds to Kansas ‘obituary’

Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, wrote a response to an “obituary” that Hutchinson News columnist Jason Probst wrote on how Kansas died from extremism, fueled by groups such as KPI. On the contrary, Trabert argues, Kansas is returning to its freedom roots. “Kansas Policy Institute and a growing number of Kansans yearn for the same things that brought homesteaders to settle on the Plains and build our state – individual freedom and the opportunity to capture the entrepreneurial spirit,” Trabert wrote.

How settled is marriage issue in Kansas?

Gov. Sam Brownback may think same-sex marriage is a settled issue in Kansas eight years after nearly 70 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibited it and barred the state from recognizing civil unions. And 87 percent of those Kansans recently polled by SurveyUSA said their opinion on same-sex marriage hadn’t changed over the past couple of years. But the survey, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, also found that 60 percent of Kansans said same-sex couples should be able to share in the legal benefits of marriage. In addition, 42 percent said the U.S. Supreme Court should uphold lower courts’ rulings against California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

‘We’re all Shocker fans now’

Some of the state’s newspapers have joined The Wichita Eagle in celebrating the Wichita State University Shockers’ unexpected run to the Final Four. The Garden City Telegram urged all Kansans to get behind the Shockers, also calling for regular WSU games against the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. Dubbing WSU “the little Kansas team that could,” the Salina Journal editorialized: “With KU and K-State falling by the wayside – K-State a one-and-done and KU kicking away a huge lead against a frantic Michigan team in the Sweet 16 – we’re all Shocker fans now, or should be.” The Hays Daily News said: “The school with fewer than 15,000 students is more renowned for its bowling teams. The men and women pinstrikers have won 19 national titles since 1975. This year’s basketball team will change that reputation.”