Noticias Falsas en un Mercado para la Verdad

Antes, al estar en le fila de la caja registradora de la tienda de comestibles, era fácil saber cuáles eran las publicaciones que vendían noticias falsas. Esas publicaciones, los tabloides, solían tener títulos llamativos, fotos grandes y chismes sobre los famosos. El periodismo real estaba reservado para los periódicos que uno tenía que doblar para poder leerlos correctamente. Pero ahora, las noticias falsas tienen un aspecto muy real. Amigos, no sean engañados. Pueden verse como noticias reales, pueden parecer como reportes auténticos, pero huelen a algo que usted podría pisar en el parque…Read more
A Memorial Service in Missy Taylor’s Memory

A Memorial Service in Missy Taylor’s Memory

Friday, June 16th  2:00pm Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church  11100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS Reception will follow Donations to Missy's memory may be made to Planned Parenthood, The Johnson County Democratic Party (specifically to defeat Kevin Yoder and the agenda of Sam Brownback and Donald Trump), and to the church. No flowers please - Missy had hay fever. -   OBITUARY 1/4/44 - 5/31/17 Mary Milligan Taylor was born in Columbus, OH, on a cold Jan. 4, 1944, to Charles and Jean Milligan. Her older brother George, had been prepared to accept "a little…Read more

What Does A Water Board Do?

In Johnson County, our water is provided by one of two utility companies, BPU and WaterOne. BPU serves 51,000 water customers in KCK, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Johnson Counties; while WaterOne serves 425,000 people in Johnson and parts of Wyandotte and Miami Counties. Both utilities are non-profit organizations run by a Board of Directors that is elected by residents in the service area. The Boards set policy by which the utilities are run. They are also responsible for selecting a General Manager who handles day to day operations and manages professional staff. BPU is…Read more

Stay informed!

Kansas State Legislative Website  Journals are where you can find recorded votes from the previous day Calendars are where you can find what legislators are working on today Find your State Representative  Free phone app TrackBill or LegiScan Kansas State House & Senate Leadership House Speaker Ron Ryckman (785) 296-2302 [email protected] House Majority Leader Don Hineman (785) 296-7662 [email protected] House Minority Leader Jim Ward (785) 296-7630 [email protected] President of Senate Leader Susan Wagle (785) 296-2419 [email protected] Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning (785) 296-2497 [email protected] Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (785) 296-3245 [email protected] US Congress House Website…Read more
The role of city councils

The role of city councils

City councils serve as the governing body for a city (aka municipality).  The specific organizational structure of municipal government varies, with the most common variations being council-mayor government (elected mayor with significant legislative/policy authorities) and council-manager government (elected council holds most legislative/policy powers of substance but hires a city manager to perform executive functions).  Hundreds of pages could be written about what municipal governments do, so I’ll focus on just a few examples of the most common challenges that face city councils. Land use. The issues that often gather the most attention relating…Read more
A Democrat in City Hall

A Democrat in City Hall

As a Democrat, you are probably aware of how Democratic policies are being enacted at the state and federal level. The issues are covered much more extensively and the politicians are inseparable from their respective parties. The ideologies that serve as the basis for our parties are far more prominently displayed in those arenas, but what policies do Democrats pursue at the local level? What issues confront our Democratic brethren while they serve on a city council or county commission? Law enforcement and criminal justice reform are issues that can be affected by…Read more

Bye, doormats

On May 30, the moderate Republican establishment demanded that Democrats vote for House Bill 2067, which Republicans insisted was their best offer. Democrats insisted a better tax bill was possible. They demanded one. A week later, they got it, but not before withstanding an avalanche of unfair ridicule from some moderate Republicans. Rep. Patty Markley attributed the Democratic opposition to HB 2067 to “egos,” alleging Democrats “want the session to implode so they can place blame on Republicans.” She compared Democratic holdouts to “alt-left … extremists.” Rep. Tom Cox, who sat out a…Read more

Faux News at a Market for Truth

Noticias Falsas en un Mercado para la Verdad By Anne Black Spotting fake news in the grocery store checkout aisle used to be simple. Tabloids featured sensational headlines, large photos, and celebrity-gossip-o-plenty. The real, hard-hitting journalism was reserved for the kind of newspapers you had to fold into quarters to properly read. But today, fake news looks so…newsy.  It looks so “real” that even calling it “fake” news seems like a slight.  Maybe we should call it “faux news.” Friends, don’t be fooled. It may look like news, sound like reporting, and feel…Read more

Local News Organizations Vigilant But Mostly Unaffected by Fake News

by Alex Waller The spread of fake news, while a considerable problem at the national level, has not yet greatly affected local news outlets. After interviewing reporters from Kansas City area television stations and a local radio station, the general consensus was that fake news is not yet a pervasive problem, but that increased diligence was necessary to maintain the quality of the journalism and reporting being done. Local media consider “news that is intentionally sensationalized, or that purposefully leaves out or misinterprets one side of a story” as fake news. Another likely…Read more
Why do some Brownback-Trump-Republicans get elected?

Why do some Brownback-Trump-Republicans get elected?

They walk in uncontested! How would you feel to see 70 places on the ballot this year where Republicans are the only ones that have a candidate filed? They just have to vote for themselves and they've claimed an elected seat at the table. Just like that, they are an incumbent that will be harder to unseat for the next go around. Even though this year all the races on the ballot are non-partisan, no (D) next to any Democratic candidates, those elected officials are actively voting on important issues that matter to us. How would their vote look like on issues…Read more