Barbara Shelly

Gov. Sam Brownback: Kansas is great, full speed ahead on ruinous tax cuts

Tonight Gov. Sam Brownback told the people of Kansas exactly how the next four years are going to go. His way. Despite the $700 million hole in the state’s budget, he will continue his quest to drive Kansas’ income tax to zero, a defiant governor declared in his State of the State speech. He brazenly and falsely blamed education spending for causing the shortfall, spelling trouble for schools, families and teachers.

Barbara Shelly

Blogger Raif Badawi is brutally silenced in Saudi Arabia

This is the time to cherish free speech and the right to express ideas. And while you do so, spare a thought — and a prayer, if so inclined — for Raif Badawi. The 31-year-old writer has been locked up in a Saudi Arabian prison since 2012 because he dared to create a blog and question the role of religion in state affairs. Last Friday, he was flogged 50 times in a public square, a ritual that is to be repeated weekly.

Barbara Shelly

Will Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback ever get real?

When Kansas revenues began coming in far below projections, Gov. Sam Brownback blamed it on the federal government. When he received fewer votes than he should have in the Republican primary, he blamed it on President Barack Obama. Whatever. But it does strain credulity to blame a $700 million budget hole on a crisis of the family.

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