Daily Archives: March 19, 2014

Lawmaker Huelskamp snarky about lawbreaking

huelskamp,timUPDATED: U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, shouldn’t have decided to raffle off NCAA tickets to campaign donors without understanding that state law, according to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, considers that an illegal lottery. And Huelskamp should have done better than this snarky response to Branson’s rebuke: “As a lifelong Kansas State fan, I refuse to be intimidated by a Lawrence attorney likely still reeling from the 31-10 football blowout this fall and the 85-82 overtime victory by the Wildcats just last month.” Huelskamp, who dropped the donation requirement Tuesday, later accused Branson of “prosecutorial misconduct”; the campaign said Branson told the media of his investigation before telling the campaign.

Open thread (March 19)

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About half of eligible Kansans picked insurance plan

healthcaregovpageAs of March 1, about 29,000 Kansans had selected a private insurance plan on the health care marketplace – not quite half of the 65,000 Kansans who are eligible, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An additional 10,000 Kansans who went on the marketplace were determined to be eligible for Medicaid. If Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature allowed a federal expansion of Medicaid, about 150,000 additional Kansans would qualify for health insurance.