Ron Highland, Kansas House Representative for the 51st District will be our speaker for Topeka 912 Thursday, Sept. 3rd.
McFarland’s Restaurant (lower level meeting room)
4133 SW Gage Center Dr., Topeka, KS 66604
5:30 PM – Meet & Greet
6:00 PM – Kansas State House Representative Ron Highland
The Manhattan, St George, Topeka, and Wamego areas have been his home for 30 years. He is a Republican Precinct Committeeman and served as Chairman of the Wabaunsee County Republican Party for six years. He currently is Chairman of the House Education Committee, and on the Appropriations Committee and Tax Committee. He has also served on the Energy and Environment Committee, and the Education Budget Committee. He worked in Veterinary private practice, principally with large animals, and taught at KSU while receiving a PhD in Veterinary Pharmacology/Physiology. After a career in Research and Development of new animal drugs, he retired from Bayer Animal Health.
He feels called back into the service of his country out of concern for our Representative Republic, and the sovereignty of Kansas.
The Committee’s he has Chaired and served on have in the past considered, and will in the future be considering, very important issues for the State of Kansas. So this should be an interesting meeting as he explains his thoughts about what has happened, and what he thinks will happen, in the State Legislature.
Hope you can make it! Steve Ashcraft
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Republican Debates Thursday August 6 on Fox 9PM ET
Less than a week before a bushel of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls square off for the first time in two Fox News debates, billionaire businessman Donald Trump is holding firm to his primary lead — while his lower-polling rivals battle for visibility in hopes of making the cut for the prime-time stage.
Trump, seemingly reveling in his role as instigator and bipartisan punching bag, opened up a 7-point lead over the rest of the field in the most recent national poll. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also are polling consistently well.
Rather, the 11th-hour dash is among those in the middle and back of the pack, competing for the last of 10 slots in the prime-time event at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
The Aug. 6 debate is hosted by Fox News, in conjunction with Facebook and the Ohio Republican Party.
The 9 p.m. ET stage will be open to the top 10 candidates in recent national polls. With 17 total candidates now in the race – former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore was the latest, announcing his bid Thursday – not everyone will make the cut.
Those who don’t can qualify for an earlier debate, at 5 p.m. Fox News has eased the criteria for that debate, and candidates will no longer have to reach at least 1 percent in the polls to make the stage, though there are other criteria.
“There’s too many, and so there is going to be a culling of the herd,” said Mark Jones, political science fellow at the Baker Institute at Houston’s Rice University.
With national poll placement dictating who gets prime-time, the candidates on the margin are doing their best to boost their visibility, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Perry challenged poll-leader Trump to a pull-up contest after a week of pummeling the billionaire real estate tycoon for his comments on Mexican illegal immigrants and Sen. John McCain.
Meanwhile, Christie declared war on marijuana this week, promising Coloradans they had better enjoy legalized pot today because he will enforce federal laws against it when he is in the White House.
Speaking with Fox News on Thursday, the Garden State guv said “we’re very confident we’ll be at the 9:00 debate.”
After spending the last several months going after Bush – now third in the RealClearPolitics poll average, behind Walker – Christie is competing these days more with Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Christie clocked in at 3 percent in the same RCP average, right behind Kasich, putting them on the tail end of the top 10.
Potentially outside the margin, but fighting to get in, are Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham are further behind. Each, though, has been trying to take on Trump in recent weeks, with the latter putting out a viral video of himself destroying a cell phone – a response to Trump giving out his number during the McCain flap (Graham had lashed out at Trump for questioning his friend McCain’s heroism, triggering Trump’s ire).
“I think the top eight candidates are comfortable where they are,” said Jones. “[The others] are pushing the envelope with the goal of rising above the dust that was created when you have 17 candidates running.”
Not making the prime-time cut isn’t the end of the road by any means, and there’s still plenty of time before the Iowa caucuses.
“I don’t think being left out of the debate is a death knell,” said Steve Deace, who hosts a conservative radio talk show in the Hawkeye State. However, he said, “it can hurt from a momentum standpoint, in that it is a spotlight you are not getting.”
“It will be a huge spotlight and I think for someone who is underfunded and under-organized who is impressive when they are in front of people, like Bobby Jindal, this is the spotlight they are going to need.”
Perhaps an indication of how comfortable the GOP front-runner feels right now, Trump is in Scotland and attended the Women’s British Open at one of his resorts – though he still talked campaign shop with reporters Thursday.
Bush, though, is back on the stump stateside on Friday, with plans to address the National Urban League, along with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Walker and Christie are campaigning in Iowa Friday, as is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Kasich is in New Hampshire.
For all the buzz and attention surrounding Trump, there is now pressure on him to perform.
“He is clearly the man of the hour from a buzz standpoint,” Deace said. “I think with one or two exceptions, the goal of the others is to get him to go from zany to crazy, to self-immolate.”
But that might be difficult, considering he’s weathered a string of controversies over his blunt remarks since entering the race. The worst thing that can happen is for Trump to pull his punches and wimp out, Deace said. “His entire campaign is based on him being a blunt instrument he can get back at Washington with. If he dulls those edges, that would be the death knell for him.”
Deace said the others, though, have something to gain by not going for the bait.
“It will be interesting to see how Scott Walker performs in this environment. I think we have to see if this [debate] diminishes his stature or he is able to craft an everyman persona who is a nice contrast to the bigger personalities,” he said. On the other hand, “I think Ben Carson has a much more reserved, laid-back way of communicating than the rest of these candidates. Will he bore people, or be seen as the adult in the room?”
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McFarland’s Restaurant (lower level meeting room)
4133 SW Gage Center Dr., Topeka, KS 66604
Thursday, July 2, 2015
5:30 PM Meet & Greet
6:00 PM KS House Rep. Ken Corbet
Ken Corbet, Kansas House Representative for the 54th District will be our speaker
for Topeka 912 this Thursday, July 2nd. Ken’s roots run deep in Kansas; his family came from Ireland and settled near Dover, Kansas in 1863. His family still owns and operates this property today, which is home to Ravenwood Lodge. Ken and his wife, Bev, along with their son, Kenny, have operated this family business for over 28 years.
Representative Corbet serves on several House Committees, including:
Utilities and Telecommunications
Energy and Environment
Commerce, Labor and Economic Development, and Taxation
Ken is a member of Governor Brownback’s Council on Travel and Tourism and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Kansas State University of Agriculture.
Ken is a very strong Conservative who will always fight for more efficiencies and targeted budget cuts to fill at least part of the State budget needs.
He will explain the things that went right, and wrong, in this year’s Legislature.
We also will get an Update and “viewing” of the rifles that KANSARMS is making!
This should be a very interesting & informative meeting.
See you Thursday,
For more information, go to kslegislature.org, Bills and Laws, Reports, Laws: Bill Number
SB 11 School finance; special ed. state aid; transportation of pupils; budget calculation; use of unencumbered funds. Can now use motor vehicle related revenue. And requires the Department of Ed to annually publish the following expenditures for each school district on a per pupil basis:(1) total expenditures; (2) capital outlay expenditures; (3) bond and interest expenditures: and (4) all other expenditures not included in (2) or (3).
SB 21 & 171 Amendments relating to school district funds, enacting the uniform financial accounting and reporting act
H Sub for Sub SB111 Special education funding; fund flexibility on expenditures of unencumbered balances in school funds for general operating expenses.
HB 2015 extends base state aid per pupil (BSAPP) at $4,433 or less or an amount not exceeding 30% of its general fund budget, ever which is greater. Property Tax levy of 20-mill remains.
In Conference Committee
SB sub for HB 2140 Kansas Reads to Succeed Act Which says National Assessment for Education Progress scores show 29% of 4th graders in Ks read below the ‘basics” level and the National Center for Education statistics states that 40 states are higher the Kansas on 4th grade reading. Bill would focus on developing intervention starting in first and second grade instead of third grade in schools having higher that statewide average of students who are scoring at the lowest achievement standard of the most recent state wide assessment.
Defunding attempts failed at the last minute. Perhaps next year.
SB 14 Creates a fund for Kansas newborn screening program
H Sub for SB36 licensing of abortion clinics by department of health and environment.
H Sub SB 62 Concerning medical care facilities: relating to abortion; Sterilization.
SB 142 Abortion; concerning civil actions related to abortion. Amends the wrongful death stature to include ‘unborn child’ with the definition of a ‘person’ for purposes of the wrongful death of an ‘unborn child’ caused by the wrongful act or omission of another. “Unborn child’ is defined as a living individual organism of the species homo sapiens, in utero, at any state of gestation from fertilization to birth.
SB 199 KU Med Center Now Midwest center for adult stem cell therapy
HB 2035 Omnibus Abortion amendments. The term “fetus” in the law is changed to “unborn child” and revised definitions of “Viability”, “abortion” and “partial birth abortion” are included. A new definition of “human being” is added. A civil cause of action is created regarding late-term abortions, partial birth abortions, and parental consent. The Attorney General, district attorney and county attorneys are authorized to prosecute criminal offenses.
HB 2218 New restrictions on “pain-capable child” after 22 weeks or more unless the physician believes that the pregnant woman might receive irreversible physical impairment or death.
HB 2253 KS Pro-life protection act: Recognizes that life begins at fertilization for purposes of public policy decisions. Presents state discrimination against pro-life entities. Restricts taxpayer funding for abortion. Defunds abortion training at the state university medical school Keeps abortion businesses out of public school sex-education. Codifies informed consent topics already used by the state health department. Strengthens medical and community support for Down Syndrome and other conditions.
SB152 & HB 2491 permit a person with a concealed carry license to carry concealed handgun while lawfully hunting, fishing, or harvesting
HB 2278 Creates a penalty enhancement for the theft or burglary of a firearm valued at less than $25,000 to a severity level.
Also still in committee, S Sub for HB 2052 Concealed Carry Expansion allowing possession of firearm in certain public building, provided the individual holds a concealed carry permit.
SB 211 allows pharmacists to dispense prescribed drugs three months worth at time if not a controlled substance or a psychotherapeutic drug
Sexual Crimes & Other Crimes
Sub for SB159 Requires as condition of probation that the defendant be subject to search
SB 280 amends KS Sexual predator act to require the predator to be notify (1) of the nature and purpose of evaluation and 2) that the evaluation is not now confidential.
Sub for SB 307 Statute of limitations for sexually violent crimes when the victim is a child & adds a more speedy trail statutes
S Sub for Hb2034 Crimes of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of a child, selling sexual relations,
HB 2151 amends “breach of privacy” to include any method that does or threatens a person nude or not, crime is now severity level 4, person felony.
HB 2227 Allowing for the issuance of arrest warrants based on DNA profiles
HB 2252 Eliminating the stature of limitations for prosecutions of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy
HB 2465 Authorizing sentencing court to order lifetime electronic monitoring for certain sex offenders.
HB 2534 ‘Caylee’s law’ criminalizes the failure to report the death or disappearance of a child
HB 2468 Requiring defense attorneys to produce reports and allow inspection prior to criminal trial
HB 2217 Creating the crime of female genital mutilation, and setting the penalty to severity level 3, a person felony
HB 2019 Court of appeals judges will now be appointment by governor & confirmation by the Senate. In pass they were appointed by a group of lawyers
SB 103 Elections, absentee voting by military and others; ballots. It allows overseas voters to vote a full ballot at all elections; apply for, receive and return their ballots by electronic means; and vote a write –in ballot, if needed
SB 125 Elections; candidate filing deadline change.
H Sub for SB129 Elections, voter photographic identification requirements: election date changes: voters registration records
HB 2067 Voter must photographic identification requirements to vote.
Protection of our rights
Sub SB79 Anti-Sharia law concerning protection of our rights as granted under the constitution. Protects us and our courts from any foreign juristic laws that does not follow the Constitution.
H SUB for SB83 cuts taxes & save $10.5 million in FY2014 Gen Fund receipts
S sub HB 2117 Tax reduction for individuals to 3% or 4.9% 2013. Top two were 6.25% & 6.45% Increased standard deduction for single head of house- hold & joint married to $9,000, but several tax credits were repealed.
Sub 84 2014 & 2015 =Income tax 2.5% & 3.5% down .5% /1.4% 2013
SB 78 sales tax decrease from 6.3% to 6.15%
HB 2234 Contracted to combine the Ks Turnpike Authority and the KDOT in an effort to save some $30 million
Many higher # bills were used to combine several departments to save more money
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Topeka 912 encourages you to contact your Kansas legislators and ask them to defund and stop Common Core in Kansas. This year’s session is almost over so It is important to call, email and write to voice opposition to implementing Common Core curriculum in Kansas schools. A phone call is generally more effective than an email. The following four legislators need to hear your opinion on why Common Core is a bad idea for Kansas, but contacting your Senator and Congressman (if they’re not two of these four) is also needed. Common Core is too expensive, too restrictive, and too invasive to be allowed into our State.
Not familiar with Common Core? Check out these links.
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