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Kansas governor: state can’t punish religious groups over same-sex marriage objections

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Kansas governor issues executive order aimed at protecting religious liberties in wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision.
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Once again we see a Republican politician pushing divisiveness for his own reasons. The Supreme Court order in no way would force a clergyperson to perform a gay marriage if it were against his faith. However, when it comes to that religiously affiliated hospital, there may be a legal battle in which the hospital will and should lose. In the meantime, a loving gay couple will not be able to share the trials and pain of illness or even death in the way that is one of the intended benefits marriage should provide. I will say this of Hell, anyone who would keep a loving spouse from being beside his/her dying loved one because of their sexual orientation deserves to roast there. And if Jesus reigns in Heaven as Christians believe, from what I know of his mythos, JC will be the first to kick their asses down the stairs.

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Kansas could put teachers in prison for assigning books prosecutors don’t like

Kansas could put teachers in prison for assigning books prosecutors don’t like | Upsetment | Scoop.it
State Senate passes measure allowing prosecution of teachers who distribute "harmful" literature
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God forbid that children should learn about the Gog-given gift of their sexuality except from  parents, who often don't discuss sex and whose attitudes of control are often at total odds with the adolescent child's impulses. I have two questions: Do American adults have any idea of how destructive the conservative position on sex education actually is? If they do, why do they keep voting these self-righteous idiots into office? Now if you want to know how to talk with kids about sex, you might listen to the podcast of this past Thursday's It Matters Radio when my guest was the outstanding sex educator, Al Vernacchio.

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How Brownback Is Relying On O-Care To Close Kansas' Huge Budget Hole

How Brownback Is Relying On O-Care To Close Kansas' Huge Budget Hole | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is calling all hands on deck to fix his state's huge self-imposed budget crisis, which nearly cost him re-election this year, and the staunch conservative is now receiving an assist from an unlikely source: Obamacare.

The state's well-documented budget troubles came after Brownback's dramatic reductions in taxes since taking office in 2011. With its revenue drying up and cash reserves depleted, Kansas is staring at a $280 million hole in its $6.4 billion FY 2015 bu
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In case you don't get it, what the guy is doing amounts to reducing possible services to the poor who are on medicaid to pay for his tax cuts to the rich. Okay, folks in Kansas, you voted for him, you live with him.

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Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over

Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. They're closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor's seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature -- which will almost certainly remain Republican.

In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely -- if not quite certain -- to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor.

An explanation offered by a GOP lawmaker in Kansas, where the bill was signed into law by Brownback last week, points to the motive.
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If I read this correctly, the GOP is saying no matter what the voters may want, we are going to make it difficult for them to get it. My response is to suggest that the GOP lawmakers at every level be voted out of office. We need a two party system, but two parties that are prepared to take part in our form of democratic process.

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Kansas Schools Fight Plays Out Against Backdrop of Debate on Judiciary

Kansas Schools Fight Plays Out Against Backdrop of Debate on Judiciary | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A state appellate court has suggested that it might block a school financing plan that lawmakers passed; Republican leaders say the court is overstepping its bounds.
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And Dorothy says, "Toto, thank God we're not in Kansas anymore." Clearly, the separation of powers is a concept beyond Mr. Brownback and his TEA Party minions. How dare the courts find an act of the legislature unconstitutional? Anybody remember the New Deal striking down the N.R.A.? No, well how about the current court fight over Obamacare. Time for the good people of Kansas to rethink their political choices.

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A Kansas Town Rallies for a Modest Lifeline: A Local Grocery Store

A Kansas Town Rallies for a Modest Lifeline: A Local Grocery Store | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Plains has struggled in ways familiar to many towns in the Midwest. A grocery store, some residents believe, would afford them more than just fresh food.
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If you read "Broody New Englander", you will get a strong sense of what small town life used to be — for good and for ill. That is one reason I worked so hard on writing both "The Stylite" and "Mothers' Teat", two of the pieces in the book.

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Kansas bond rating downgraded after tax cuts

Kansas bond rating downgraded after tax cuts | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Big tax cuts and no spending cuts means Kansas has to pay more to borrow.
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Anybody for a Republican government? Somehow they just don't get it, those tickle down and increased revenues from tax cut ideas just don't work in the real world. 

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