Daily Archives: Jan. 2, 2014

Good for regents for revisiting social-media policy

twitterGood for Kansas Board of Regents chairman Fred Logan for calling for the creation of a work group of representatives from each state university to review the regents’ new social-media policy. The policy, which gives the chief executive at each university the authority to suspend or fire any faculty or staff member who improperly uses social media, has been roundly criticized by campus faculty and administrators and by national education groups. It’s both too vague and too severe. Logan wants the work group to present any proposed changes to the policy by April. It would have been better and easier if the regents had formed this group before passing the misguided policy.

Open thread (Jan. 2)

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Fewer Republicans believe in evolution

evolutionThe purging of moderates from the GOP might explain why the percentage of Republicans who believe in evolution has decreased sharply. In 2009, 54 percent of Republicans believed that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” but now only 43 percent believe that, according to polling by the Pew Research Center. In contrast, 67 percent of Democrats believe in evolution, up 3 percentage points since 2009. Sixty percent of U.S. adults believe that humans have evolved over time, about the same as in 2009.

Is Roberts’ conservatism a ‘foxhole conversion’?

rightturnonlySen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was recently ranked as the fifth most conservative member of the Senate by Heritage Action for America. So how could some tea party groups consider him not conservative enough? The Madison Project, which is headed by former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun, attributed Roberts’ current ranking to an election-year foxhole conversion, the Washington Times reported. Roberts was ranked much lower on Heritage Action’s 2012 list, before he was facing a primary challenge for 2014. His 65 percent rating for 2012 was the lowest of the Kansas delegation. But other conservatives warn that tea party groups are undermining their credibility by trying to paint Roberts as some liberal.