Daily Archives: Jan. 7, 2014

2014 will answer some pressing questions for state

questionmark“Will Kathleen Sebelius continue to run the Department of Health and Human Services?” asked the Kansas City Star’s Dave Helling, in one of his “14 questions for 2014.” There were other pressing questions specific to Kansas, including: “Have the Kansas tax cuts worked? Gov. Sam Brownback promised more jobs and more residents if the Legislature slashed tax rates. A year later, the results are mixed, to say the least. A year from now the verdict will be in – on the tax policy, and on Brownback.” “Will the Kansas Supreme Court provoke a showdown with the Legislature over school funding?” “Will Pat Roberts run out of conservatives to whom he can pander?” And, “Can Kansas Democrats still be considered a major political party? They have a candidate for governor but have struggled to find well-qualified candidates for other important races.”

Open thread (Jan. 7)

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Roberts applauds rule change on school lunches

schoollunchSen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allowing flexibility on maximum caloric limits for meats and grains in school lunches. “This has been a battle for common sense in the cafeteria,” Roberts said in a statement. “These guidelines were leaving students hungry throughout the school day and athletic events.” USDA loosened daily and weekly portion limits in 2012. The new rules make that change permanent. “In the end we were able to convince USDA to listen to reason,” Roberts said.