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March 21, 2012

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt


Mr. Attorney General,

Please accept this as a signed complaint regarding Johnson County Board of County Commissioners refusal to supply documents as a result of a legal KORA request dated March 18, 2012 viewed here Clarion KORA Request and the response dated March 20, 2012 viewed here Clarion KORA Response . 

I respectfully request that this complaint remain in control of your office and not forwarded to the Office of Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.  Sitting County Commissioners violated the County’s Home Rule Charter by endorsing Mr. Howe during the 2008 campaign  Section 2.07. PROHIBITIONS. No Commission member shall directly interfere with the conduct of any agency or any department, or any part thereof, including the appointment or removal of employees, except at the express direction of the Commission or as otherwise provided by this Charter. 

As the District Attorney, I have met with him personally or with immediate Staff on two occasions submitting two complaints on the conduct of one or more of the Commissioners.  With multiple follow-ups on my part, now more than two years later there has been no decision rendered by the DA Office and consistent with this recent report on “Transparency” http://www.stateintegrity.org/

The County Cites KSA 45-217g “”Public record” means any recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, which is made, maintained or kept by or is in the possession of any public agency including, but not limited to, an agreement in settlement of litigation involving the Kansas public employees retirement system and the investment of moneys of the fund. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/statute/045_000_0000_chapter/045_002_0000_article/045_002_0017_section/045_002_0017_k/

Before dissecting the County’s response, allow me to provide some history:

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners selectfully formed a committee to create a 20 year plan and then hired a facilitator at $194,685 to direct the committee to a pre-determined conclusion (that’s what facilitators do).  That brings us to the basis of this submitted Complaint.

Johnson County tax payers provided $194,685 which included access to non-public information on and with Clarion. Prior directions from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office http://ag.ks.gov/docs/publications/kansas-open-records-act-(kora)-guidelines.PDF?sfvrsn=2

  • Computer data is a “record.”  State ex rel. Stephan v. Harder, 230  Kan. 573, 582 (1982) (considering prior records statute). A.G.  Opins. No. 87-137, 88-152, 89-106, and 94-104

  • Albeit temporary (although printable and saved), when accessing “Client” information the County is in “possession” of material that should be Public.

The lawfully executed KORA request dated March 18, 2012 attempted to make public information that was paid for by The County but only accessible to a few.

Respectfully Submitted,

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                           GOD
Henpecked Acres                                        
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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Earlier this week The Kansas Chamber of Commerce targeted three State Senators from Johnson County for defeat in 2012. By name Senators Vratil, Owens and Huntington for not supporting the Kansas business community. A fairly bold step to fund Republican campaigns to defeat other republicans.

If you live in Johnson County, you know that Overland Park is the political power house and often attempts to control Topeka.  I should have said “has been”. Thangs aira changin round heer.

Recently managed by Mary Birch, controlled by Dick Bond and Ed Eilert, let’s look at how these Overland Park Chamber folks measure the performance of the County’s State Senators.  The chart below measures Senator votes aligned with the 2011 Overland Park Chamber’s position.  The higher the percentage the more aligned with the Overland Park Chamber.  I’ll be dog-gone!  It’s the same three, Vratil, Owens and Huntington.  Imagine that! http://www.opchamber.org/upload/file/2011-Voting-Record.pdf 

Maybe it’s not such a good thing to be part of the Bond, Eilert, Vratil, Birch and Rose alliance any more?

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                                                            GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                                         
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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3 Johnson County State Senators on Kansas Chamber Political Hit List

January 10, 2012 – Leave a Response

Three Johnson County Republican Kansas state senators, John Vratil of Leawood, Tim Owens of Overland Park and Terrie Huntington of Fairway are on the list for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce list of incumbents to be defeated.
That list also includes Senate President Steve Morris. Vratil is the Vice Chairman of the Senate.

According to the AP, The Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee is targeting eight incumbent state senators in Republican primaries this year, and one of the group’s officials said Tuesday the PAC raised more than $163,000 last year to help finance its efforts.

The Chamber PAC’s targets include Senate President Morris, of Hugoton. Republican conservatives have been upset with Morris and other senators over a host of issues, including taxes.

Jeff Glendening, the chamber’s vice president for political affairs, said the group hopes to replace the incumbents with “free market” challengers.

The chamber’s efforts are significant because the Senate represents the last major stronghold in state government for moderate Republicans. Gov. Sam Brownback has said he will stay out of primaries. His fellow conservatives believe ousting several incumbent senators will clear the last significant obstacles to anti-tax, small-government policies.

The Chamber PAC expected to file a report Tuesday with the secretary of state’s office detailing its activities for 2011. But Glendening confirmed details ahead of the filing, saying the report will show that the PAC raised more than $163,000 and spent about $112,000 last year, including maximum $1,000 contributions for challengers to eight incumbent GOP senators.

Glendening said the chamber is concerned about a lack of growth in the number of private sector jobs in Kansas and believes policies backed by Senate leaders are a major factor. All eight incumbents being targeted voted in 2010 to increase the state’s sales tax to help balance the budget.

“The strategy of Senate leadership clearly hasn’t worked, and it’s time for private sector growth in Kansas,” Glendening said in an interview.

Morris said he and other GOP senators have tried to take a balanced approach to dealing with the state’s past budget problems. He said the targeted senators have supported pro-business policies, such as phasing out the state’s corporate franchise tax, essentially a fee for the privilege of doing business in Kansas.

“You hear a lot of discussion about the rancor within the Republican Party, and to me, the most prominent reason for that rancor is these divisive primaries,” Morris said.

Glendening said the other incumbent GOP senators whose challengers received maximum contributions from the Chamber PAC are Pete Brungardt, of Salina; Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick; Vicki Schmidt, of Topeka; Jean Schodorf, of Wichita.

Vratil is Senate vice president, and McGinn is chairwoman of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. The other five also hold Senate chairmanships.


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Planned Parenthood’s Shreddergate scandal

Posted: October 26, 2011
5:58 pm Eastern

© 2011

For the first time in its inglorious history, Planned Parenthood is facing criminal charges. These originated with a case former Johnson County, Kan., District Attorney Phill Kline filed in 2007, charging Planned Parenthood’s suburban Kansas City clinic with, among other things, 23 felonies for falsifying copies of abortion reports.The pre-trial hearing on this case, now being managed by current Johnson County DA Steve Howe, was to have taken place this past Monday. That was not to be.

Last Friday, Howe’s office asked for – and was granted – a postponement after learning that the key records had been shredded years ago by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

This shredding took place in 2005 when the KDHE was under the aegis of then-governor and now Obama Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. At the time, Kansas reigned unchallenged as the nation’s late-term abortion capital.

The Kansas City Star has rushed to the defense of Planned Parenthood. This has surprised no one. In 2006, Planned Parenthood had honored the Star with its top editorial honor, the “Maggie,” for its work in defeating Kline’s bid to be re-elected Kansas attorney general.

In one single paragraph, Star apologist Barbara Shelly managed to make more mistakes than some columnists make in a lifetime. Writes Shelly, the editorial page editor: “It turns out the documents being sought, which Planned Parenthood submitted to the clinic in 2003, were shredded in 2005 as part of an approved protocol used by the department for years. The records were long gone when Kline filed charges in 2007.”

For starters, Planned Parenthood did not submit these records to “the clinic.” Rather, its clinic submitted these records as required to the KDHE, which reported to Sebelius.

Yes, these records were shredded in 2005, but by this time they were already key evidence in a criminal investigation against Planned Parenthood. The Sebelius administration knew this.

In 2003, Kline, then attorney general, sought to obtain records from two Sebelius-controlled agencies, Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), which receives reports of child sexual abuse, and KDHE, which receives compliance reports regarding abortions.

According to Kline, Sebelius closely monitored his investigation into the enforcement of Kansas laws regarding child rape and late-term abortion violations as these were major campaign issues in 2002 and would likely be again in 2006.

When Kline’s attorneys approached SRS for help in its investigation, the agency balked. When a judge reviewed Kline’s case, he found reasonable cause to believe SRS records contained evidence of criminal activity, and he subpoenaed the records. The Sebelius administration fought the subpoenas.

By the summer of 2004, Kline finally received what he needed from SRS. The records showed that during a time when 166 abortions were performed on children under 14 in Kansas, only two of the cases had been reported to SRS as evidence of child sexual abuse. All 166 of them should have been.

To verify that Planned Parenthood performed some or all of these abortions, Kline needed the information in the KDHE reports. These were created by statute for the purpose of aiding law enforcement.

The reports are not medical records. Nor do they contain patient names. They are, however, coded in such a way that, with KDHE’s assistance, investigators could identify the clinic that performed a given abortion.

In late May 2004, District Court Judge Richard Anderson, a Democrat, subpoenaed the KDHE compliance reports, and KDHE resisted vigorously. In June, Anderson denied KDHE’s motion to quash the subpoena and ordered that copies of the records be produced.

In late June 2004, KDHE produced copies of the subpoenaed records. Only a Star reporter could believe that these same records were innocently and routinely shredded in 2005.

In July 2004, Kline received an unwelcome surprise when the Washington-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) sued him as a way of challenging Kansas’s mandatory reporting laws.

Kline has long wondered how CRR knew enough to file suit. The subpoenas ordered by the court were to be kept secret. He believes that Sebelius, in violation of court order, tipped CRR off. The timing of the suit certainly raises that possibility.

Encouraged by the CRR lawsuit, KDHE quickly filed a new motion for a stay of the subpoenas and a return of the file copies that Kline had secured. Judge Anderson denied KDHE’s motion.

At this point, the Sebelius administration had to be worried. The evidence Kline had gathered could potentially cost Planned Parenthood, a key political ally, $350 million a year in federal funding if convicted of failure to report child rape.

Kline’s investigators isolated the codes of the two abortion clinic that were performing abortions on girls 14 and under. When they requested the coding information to identify the clinics, KDHE again refused to cooperate.

And again Judge Anderson had to intervene to force KDHE to do its job. The clinics in question, to no one’s great surprise, proved to be George Tiller’s in Wichita and Planned Parenthood’s in Johnson County.

In October 2004, Anderson found probable cause that the records at both clinics contained evidence of crimes and promptly subpoenaed individual case files. Predictably, the clinics filed a motion to quash, which was denied.

Now the clinics and the Sebelius administration knew Kline’s office was zeroing in on some inconvenient truths. And so the clinics took their fight to the Sebelius-friendly Kansas Supreme Court. This move initiated some of the most bizarre legal shenanigans of any criminal case ever, but that is a story for another day.

It was at the height of this tense legal battle that the KDHE under Sebelius started to destroy the original documents, and it did so without any notification to the court or to investigators.

This would not have been a problem in itself if the copies KDHE had originally produced for Kline, already validated for court use, were available, but they are not.

When Kline left office in January 2007, he gave those copies to Judge Anderson for safekeeping. Paul Morrison, Kline’s successor as AG, promptly requested the copies from Anderson.

Sebelius had persuaded Morrison, the Republican Johnson County DA, to switch parties and run against Kline. With nearly 2 million in indirect backing from Tiller and the enthusiastic support of the Star, Morrison won.  (NOlathe note: Within one year Morrison resigned following a number of documented ethical and legal charges including the illegal use of FBI data files to investigate political foes and an adulterous affair with a staff member in Johnson County.)

What Sebelius did not expect was that the Republican precinct captains of Johnson County would elect Kline to complete Morrison’s term as DA in Planned Parenthood’s home. As DA, Kline was able to make his own copies of the KDHE records and take them back to Johnson County.

No sooner did Kline do that than Morrison asked Judge Anderson to order Kline to return those copies. Anderson refused, telling Morrison that Kline’s evidence against Planned Parenthood was strong.

Morrison responded by holding an improbable press conference at which he announced that Planned Parenthood had done nothing wrong. He then joined Planned Parenthood in secret lawsuits suing both Kline and Anderson.

In May 2007 – a month after Judge Anderson told Morrison’s office, “There is evidence of crimes in the records that need to be evaluated” – Planned Parenthood held a gala fundraiser in Kansas City to celebrate Sebelius’s birthday.

Now back in Johnson County, Kline had the opportunity to review the KDHE records. In doing so, he realized that Planned Parenthood had apparently falsified copies of the records it sent to KDHE.

Prior to filing the charges, Kline had to show the evidence to Anderson. Anderson had the Topeka PD document expert check the records and promptly found probable cause. In October 2007, Kline charged Planned Parenthood with committing 107 criminal acts, including the 23 felonies of manufacturing documents.

The question the Star should be asking now is this: Where are the validated KDHE records Morrison received from Judge Anderson? Right now, no one is saying. Were they, too, “routinely” shredded?

The copies of the copies that Kline kept in the Johnson County DA’s office can be used in court, but establishing their chain of custody is difficult and time-consuming. This is what Johnson County DA Howe must do to move the case forward.

Planned Parenthood is sitting on this $350 million Shreddergate powder keg. It remains to be seen what Sebelius and friends can do other than duck for cover.


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Just as did Governor Sebelius (now Secretary Sebelius), Commissioner Praeger appointed Jeff Ellis to top position in implementing ObamaCare.  So who did Jeff contribute to in 2010 elections?  Commissioner Praeger is onboard with the Democrat’s agenda.

10/07/2010 ELLIS, JEFFREY & CAROL                     250.00   SIX, STEPHEN N

09/10/2010 ELLIS, JEFFERY                                    500.00   BIGGS, CHRISTOPHER

09/18/2010 ELLIS, CAROL                                      250.00   HOLLAND, TOM
10/08/2010 ELLIS, JEFFREY                                    500.00   HOLLAND, TOM

http://www.spencerfane.com/Attorney/JeffreyO-Ellis.htm   “Co-Chair, Kansas Health Information Exchange Commission, Appointed by Governor Sebelius, 2007-2008″

http://www.khi.org/news/2011/may/11/health-exchange-board-urges-legislature-pass-hit-b/  “If the bill goes unpassed, the effect would be “profound,” said Jeff Ellis, the Kansas City attorney who helped write and lobby for the bill.”

http://wellcommons.com/groups/khi-news-service/2011/aug/25/effort-to-educate-public-and-lawmakers-o/  “Ellis after the meeting said he thought the group members might come around to the idea once they’ve got something closer to a fully-fleshed exchange plan to take to the Legislature.”

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                                               GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                          
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
kdunwoody2@aol.com www.NOlathe.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely


Literal meaning.


Lord ActonThis arose as a quotation by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887:

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

Another English politician with no shortage of names – William Pitt, the Elder, The Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778, is sometimes wrongly attributed as the source. He did say something similar, in a speech to the UK House of Lords in 1770:

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”


Cowardly Pop-Up Firm Gives Pro-Romney PAC $1 Million, Disappears

By Thursday, August 04, 2011 

An enigmatic firm called W Spann LLC donated $1 million to a pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC before dissolving. This is the state of political participation today: lots of artifice and very little courage.

A Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney received $1 million from a secretive firm that dissolve itself soon after making the massive donation.

The firm, W Spann LLC, was incorporated in March by Casey Cameron, a Boston lawyer who concentrates on “high net worth individuals,” according to NBC News’ Michael Isikoff.

Six weeks later, W Spann sent $1 million of undisclosed, anonymous dollars to the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future and within a few weeks, the company had closed up shop, leaving little trace.

What is known of W Spann, however, suggests an interstate network of back room deals: though W Spann incorporated in Delaware, its offices were allegedly in a Midtown Manhattan office, but that office has no record of such a tenant; meanwhile, the lawyer behind W Spann, Casey Cameron, works for Boston-based Ropes & Gray’s Private Client Group, a firm that has long represented Bain Capital, the company founded and once run by — you guessed it, Mitt Romney.

None of the related parties would comment on the tangled web.

It appears there are some schemes at work here, and the Federal Election Commission’s former general counsel, Lawrence Noble, told NBC that W Spann’s brief existence “could raise a ‘serious’ legal issue.”

“There is a real issue of it being just a subterfuge,” he said.

Isikoff elaborates: “Campaign finance experts say the use of an opaque company like W Spann to donate large sums of money into a political campaign shows how post-Watergate disclosure laws are now being increasingly circumvented.”

With the rise of the so-called Super PACs and Supreme Court’s pro-corporation ruling in the ‘Citizens United’ case, which opened the flood gates for endless and undisclosed corporate campaign donations, political parties, persons and causes are awash in more money than ever in American history.

It’s not just conservatives and Republicans like Romney who garner these shadowy donations, either. Democratic voters have gotten in the action, and recently launched two independent groups, Majority PAC and American Bridge 21st Century, while two former White House aids established Priorities USA to help Obama.

And both sides of the gay marriage debate — for and against — have fought court battles to keep their donor lists secret, all in the name of free speech, the same the same justification the Supreme Court used in ‘Citizens United.’

Those arguments don’t always work — a Minnesota judge ruled against both pro-gay and anti-gay marriage groups — but those arguments are part of an ever-growing trend in American politics: the decline of political courage.

The beauty of the United States is that we have the freedom to express our beliefs, whether it be via speech, religion or assembly, all of which takes a lot of guts. If you feel passionately about an issue or hold a deep conviction, you should muster the gumption to speak out about it, to make your voice heard and put yourself on the line. That gumption appears to be a thing of the past.

The rise of Super PACs, endless corporate donors, “astroturf” grassroots groups, and battles to protect opinionated people’s positions erodes that courage, particularly among conservatives.

It’s a sad testament to an overwhelming sense of entitlement many feel here in the United States; we’re willing to enjoy the freedoms our forefathers won, but are forfeiting the same temerity, mettle and nerve that made this country so great in the first place.

We want the nation to be run our way, but lack the backbone to stand up and say it ourselves — we just have clandestine corporate lawyers do it for us, lest our name be attached to the principles we want to uphold.

That’s not political participation. That’s cowardice.

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What’s more important, a candidate with a “R” after the name or a Platform with a “R” before it’s name?



Some fear GOP could fracture

Loren Stanton lorenstanton@npgco.com 913-385-6068POSTED: 10:00 am CDT July 5, 2011UPDATED: 12:00 am CDT July 10, 2011

Sun Illustration by Chuck Kurtz
Is there a split in Kansas’ Republican Party? Some say yes.

For years now there has been a clear power struggle within the Kansas Republican Party, but some major party figures say something about that tussle has changed. 

The rift between conservatives and moderates, they maintain, is widening into a chasm that could have significant implications for the party and the state. 

“I see Kansas Republicans being more divided than in years past,” said Senate Majority Leader John Vratil of Leawood. “There now are three elements in the party. There are the moderates, the conservatives and what I call the radicals. These radicals are a new group, and they have forced conservatives to move even farther to the right.”

With Sam Brownback in the governor’s chair and many others on the right holding legislative seats, conservative forces in the Capitol are stronger than ever.

But many aligned with that side of the party want more. They seek decisive legislative majorities that could push an aggressive conservative agenda.

And if getting there means working for the ouster of more moderate GOP senators, then so be it.

Vratil is one of three such targeted senators from Johnson County, and he is being frank about what is happening and what it could mean. 

“This has a chance to destroy the Kansas Republican Party as an effective political entity,” Vratil said. “Even Bob Dole would be considered a RINO by (their) standards. He has told me that.”

One Johnson County-based conservative political group called Union of Patriots recently held what it called a RINO (Republican In Name Only) Retirement Dinner. Its intent was to rally support for defeating Vratil and fellow Johnson County moderates Sens. Tim Owens and Terrie Huntington. 

While there long have been conservative Republicans who rise up to challenge moderates, Vratil sees a key difference this time. Some sitting Republican legislators are openly endorsing efforts to challenge fellow GOP incumbents.

“That really has divided the party, and it’s something we’ve never seen before,” Vratil said. 

Steve Shute, co-chairman of Union of Patriots, confirmed that several incumbent legislators attended that RINO dinner. 

The grassroots organization has no links to the Republican Party, and Shute said its primary aim has nothing to do with partisanship. Instead, “We are looking to stamp out corruption,” Shute said.

And, he added, Union of Patriots will oppose policymakers or candidates from any party or ideology whom the group sees as corrupt.

It just so happens that the only targets of the recent dinner were three moderates (or, in Shute’s estimation, liberals) who have helped thwart some conservative initiatives.

The type of corruption Shute alludes to does not involve taking bribes or doing anything else illegal. He rates as corruption such things as Owens bottling up a bill in committee that would overhaul how judges are selected. It is Vratil failing to excuse himself from debate and votes on education issues even though his law firm has represented school district interests. It is both of them “looking the other way” when state agencies engage in practices the group sees as improper or wasteful. 

Vratil clearly believes the kind of internal divide evidenced by the RINO dinner – coupled with what he sees as a radical conservative agenda – could prove detrimental to the party. Kansas voters, he maintains, still are predominantly moderate and they will not accept a Legislature that leans too far either right or left. 

Ronnie Metsker, chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party, does not see things in such dire terms. 

Metsker said that while he always emphasizes party unity, there is no escaping the fact that the GOP has diverse points of view in Johnson County that sometimes will clash.

“My challenge as county party chairman is to bring people together. With that in mind, we were able to win 33 of the 35 (legislative) contests we had candidates in last time. So when there is talk that the party is fractured and that Republicans are divided, no. No,” Metsker said. “I don’t know that we have a fracture, but I think we are having a family discussion.”

At the same time, he acknowledged that all the election successes might be adding to tensions within the party. 

“Once you have won everything it seems the only place to go is to shoot at one another, and we’re probably experiencing that right now,” Metsker said. 

The stakes candidates will be shooting for in the next election are high as far as control of the Legislature is concerned. A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans kept some parts of the conservative legislative agenda from being implemented in this year’s session, but it would not take much to alter the dynamic.

According to Vratil’s math, if two Senate seats shift from moderates to conservatives, the balance of power also will shift. 

“The Senate serves as a very good backstop for rational commonsense thinking,” Vratil said. Take away those two votes, and the backstop disappears, he said. 

Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas GOP and also a Leawood resident, agrees with Metsker. He believes that once the dust of the primaries settles, party unity will be restored regardless which candidate emerges victorious. 

“We all will be dedicated to supporting the winner. We’ll pull behind all with an R behind their names,” Barker said. “At their core almost all Republican candidates have similar core beliefs.”  (NOlathe Note: Maybe the R in front of The Party Platform is more important than the R after a candidate’s name?)

But Sen. Owens of Overland Park, another of the so-called RINOs, also believes the rhetoric and tactics now being employed by some on the right will be damaging.

“If they continue in the right-wing hard-core Republican belief of things and display an angry and vicious approach to things, it will backfire on them,” Owens said. “People are going to get tired of that and want us to get back to rationality.” 

Recently, Owens called a press conference to refute an inaccurate accusation lodged against him by a conservative blogger.

The blog entry maintained that Owens had lied about having received three Bronze Stars while serving in Vietnam as a colonel in an infantry intelligence unit. Owens produced the medals and certificates proving they were his. The blogger ultimately apologized. 

While no one in the party structure had anything to do with that incident, Owens said such things happen when the political climate is so divisive. 

Even some Democrats are sympathizing with their beleaguered moderate Republican colleagues.

Senator Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said he agrees with Vratil that a more conservative push would lead to policies most Kansans would oppose. Of course, Democratic legislators must rely on forming a coalition with Republican moderates if they hope to achieve their goals. 

“We have a mainly moderate majority in the Senate. Our role is not to push an agenda that is right or left, but to prevent things (from either extreme) from becoming law,” Hensley said. 

The U.S. Congress, Hensley believes, could take a lesson from Kansas senators in how to form an effective bipartisan coalition. If the next election shifts the Senate to a conservative majority, however, Hensley fears that example of cooperation will be lost.


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Senator Terrie Huntington

Republican — 7th District

Senator Terrie Huntington (R-Fairway)
6264 Glenfield Drive
Fairway, KS 66205

Senate District Seven (7)
Area: Northeast Johnson County, Kansas.
Home City: Mission Hills, KS
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: BA, University of Kansas
Professional Experiences: Retired Marketing Communications

Legislative Committees:
Ethics and Elections (Senate Committee)
KPERS Select (Senate Committee)
Local Government (Senate Committee)
Public Health and Welfare (Senate Committee)
Transportation (Senate Committee)
Ways and Means (Senate Committee)

Capitol Website: Click Here Emails: Terrie.Huntington@senate.ks.gov

Capitol Address
State Office Building, Room 235-E
Topeka, KS 66612-1588

Fax: 913-677-1774

Latest Scoring of Sen. Huntington Fiscal/Tax Policy

Americans for Prosperity – Kansas Chapter’s position, Senator Huntington received a rating of 12. A score of 100 is considered perfect and above 75 is considered a friend of the taxpayer. With this score Senator Huntington is considered one of the most liberal Senators in Kansas within either party.
Increasing Minimum Wage SB 160 — Votes Yes — Bill Passed – House (104 – 21) Requires employers to cover the difference if tipped employees do not make enough in tips combined with a minimum wage of $2.13 an hour to equal $7.25 an hour (Sec.1). Allows employers to pay new employees who are under 20 years old a wage of $4.25 an hour for their first 90 days of employment (Sec. 1).

Constitutional Rights

2nd Amendment

National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Senator Huntington a grade of C. A+ is considered perfect.

Conceal and Carry
HB 2118 — Voted No — Conference Report Adopted – House (93 – 24)
The ability for Kansan’s to carry a concealed firearm if they have the training and become licensed to do so before hand. Huntington voted no on this important law and has consistently voted against 2nd Amendment Rights in Kansas.

Property Rights

Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment
HCR 5025 — Voted No — Amendment Rejected – House (81 – 43)
HCR 5025 proposes to amend Article 15 of the Kansas Constitution by adding a new section that would prohibit state or local governments from taking, by eminent domain, private real property, except for public use. Public use would be defined as possession, occupation, or enjoyment of the land by the public at large, or by public agencies, or to acquire real property to eliminate an immediate threat to public health or safety.

Life Issues

Kansans for Life assigned Senator Huntington a 20%. 100% is the highest score.

Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Law Amendments
SB 389 – Voted No — Bill Passed – House (84 – 40)
The bill would require the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to publish an annual report of child sexual abuse cases received by SRS from abortion providers. The name of the child and any other identifying information would be kept confidential and would not be included in the report. Huntington voted no which indicated support for late-term (3rd Trimester) abortions.

Abortion Regulations
HB 2218 — Voted No — Bill Passed – Senate (24 – 15)
Self Explanatory. Huntington voted no to not regulate the abortion industry.

Violence Against Unborn Children
HB 2062 – Voted No — Conference Report Adopted – House (97 – 27)
HB 2062 would amend the statute on criminal use of explosives; create a special application in sentencing for a third or subsequent conviction of burglary; enact Alexa’s Law dealing with crimes against unborn children; and amend the statute on immunity from prosecution or liability for use of force. In addition, the bill enacts new criminal provisions regarding controlled substances and paraphernalia, authorize creation of the Controlled Substances Monitoring Task Force, and expand the law regarding battery against a mental health employee. Huntington voted no against Alexa’s Law.

Amending Statutes Regulating Late-Term and Partial Birth Abortion
HB 2035 — Voted No — Bill Passed – Senate (24 – 15)
Huntington voted no on amending late term (3rd trimester) abortions.

Illegal Immigration

03/07/2006 Amend HB 2615 — Voted Yes — Amendment Adopted – House (63 – 58)Huntington voted to give in-state tuition assistance to illegal aliens.

Energy Independence

Allowing Coal Power Plants
HB 2014 — Voted No — Bill Passed – House (79 – 44)
HB 2014 would authorize the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority to establish and charge reasonable fees, rates, tariffs, or other charges for both the use of all facilities owned, financed, or administered by the Authority and for all services rendered by the Authority. The Kansas Corporation Commission indicates that the passage of HB 2014 would have no fiscal effect on agency operations. Huntington voted against passage of a bill that would have allowed for a new coal plant to be built in southwest Kansas.

Family Issues

For almost 40 years Federal and State Courts have upheld the constitutional right of lawmakers to regulate Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB’s) because of the “Negative Secondary Effects” these types of businesses have on communities. The leading negative secondary effects are increased crime, increased sexually transmitted diseases, general blight, decreased property values, increased drug trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking, etc… These effects are not engines of prosperity. SOB’s do not add value to communities but are costly and increasingly burdensome to taxpayers. Senator Huntington voted against SB 514 and in favor of sexually oriented businesses.

Huntington’s Top Campaign Contributors by Category
General Contractors — $2,250
Lawyers & Lobbyists — $1,425
Business Associations — $1,400
Health Professionals — $1,050
Public Sector Unions — $1,000
Insurance — $500
Printing & Publishing — $500
Republican Officials, Candidates & Former Members — $500
Recreation & Live Entertainment — $400
Home Builders — $300
Tobacco companies & tobacco product sales — $300
Agricultural Services & Products –$275
Real Estate — $250
Oil & Gas — $200
Food & Beverage — $150

*All sources available by contacting the Kansas Senate Watch

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