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In the Nethical land of Noz where a State Legislator has no requirement to reside within Noz to be elected, why should us Nomes be surprised at this:

  1. In the land of Noz, Legislators write laws that require City, County and School Board Nomes to “RESIDE” in the Nome District they represent. In the land of Noz, Legislators only need ”RESIDENCE” on the one day they apply for office. Noz Apartments rent $400/month on a month to month basis.
  2. Now it is confirmed that Noz Legislators may work as a full time Salary Non-Exempt Nemployee of a Nome School District ($90,000/year plus benefits) and create legislation that benefits the Nome School District the Nomes have to pay for. Actually the Nomes are paying for the school salary/benefits, the legislative salary/benefits and additional taxing that this creates.

Not to fear though, Noz’ Senate has an “Nethics and Nelections Committee”. But it is controlled by the same Nethical non-Nomes that enjoy this Nonsense. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/committees/ctte_s_ethics_electns_1/


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2012 has as much importance to the land of Noz as to this GREAT Nation. Question and VOTE with boldness.

“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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Unfortunately a simple Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) request has become nothing short of a word game.  There is nothing “open” about Kansas Government in most cases.  Before we share our most recent discoveries about the implementation of PraegerCare, allow us to refresh your memories on information posted on September 2, 2011 as http://nolathe.net/2011/09/02/kansas-insurance-commissioner-praeger-admits-obamacare-grant-fraud/ .  The “PROJECT ABSTRACT” and “Budget” information immediately below was supplied as part of the Federal Grant Application submitted to former Kansas Governor and now Obama puppet Secretary Sebelius.

The PROJECT ABSTRACT stipulates this funding will be spent from October 1, 2010 through September 31, 2011. Page 19 of 35 clearly states that $750,000 will be awarded by contract and in what area of interest.

Page 22 of 35 further identifies the time frame in which these contracts will be awarded during the one year ending September 31, 2011.

It is worth noting again, that the ‘go to work every day because I need a job’ employee of the State have always extended the most courteous and helpful attitudes in my search for documents and I personally thank them for their service to this GREAT State and Nation.  Also of note, at least two of my requests had considerable delays because the folks with the information were “out of town”.  DC?

Here’s the latest.  In total disregard to the Grant Application protocols, without bidding and just weeks following the notification of Grant award, these documents were executed:  Larger pdf view $661,900

Details of this $661,900 Purchase Order can be viewed in the three pages as 33100-107

This LOVE FEST was consummated with a nine page Contract Number 09530 

This latest information was all ordained and approved on January 31, 2011 and became functioning and active the following day February 1, 2011.  Call me a novice or as Eilert says “the crazy old guy”, but I find it very hard to believe this was conceived, developed, legally scoured and both parties agreed to in just a few weeks following the Grant Acceptance.  So were the Grant Protocols established in the application ever really intended to be followed?  Was the Grant application a deception also, to the Federal Government?  Is that a crime?

I do not know why, but one of my treats in life is when paying a retail bill the cost is a whole number like $16.  Statistically that should happen on average once every hundred times and I know that but still find it odd.  With that said, I find this a bit odd

Another $20,000.00 for “Incidental Expenses”, isn’t that like a perky petty cash deal?

Somehow the words PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL fail to adequately describe Kansas Insurance Commissioner Praeger.  She ran with a “R” after her name so in a State like Kansas received much support, cash and promotion from the State Republicans “Clean Sweep” campaign which is equally at fault.  Kansans would have been better off if she had ran, to California or Massachusetts.

For the Topeka literate folks, is the accounting number 33100 assigned to the Insurance Department or a project administered by same?

“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
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Since 2006 the House has attempted to over turn the 2004 statute requiring that illegal aliens residing in Kansas be allowed to pay in-state tuition to Kansas Universities. Since 2009 Senate REPUBLICAN Leadership has blocked the House Bill from the Senate floor. This current session HB-2006 was again blocked in committee. What was the in-tuition of JoCo Republican Senators on repealing in-state tuition in 2008? http://nolathe.net/2011/04/17/intuition-of-johnson-county-republican-senators/ 






Sen. Terrie Huntington (House)




Sen. Thomas Owens (House)




Sen. Julia Lynn




Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook


No Office Held


Sen. John Vratil




Sen. Robert Olson (House)




Sen. Raymond Merrick (House)



 Non-partison County Commissioners that support funding for illegal immigrants remain Eilert, Allen, Lindstrom, Peterson, Hayden, Osterhaus and Ashcraft. http://nolathe.net/2011/08/13/which-side-do-you-stand-on-commissioners/ 
“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
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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At the soul sole discretion of Kansas Insurance Commissioner Praeger and under the tutelage of Secretary Sebelius, at least two groups/committees where formed early 2011 in Kansas to develop how to initiate the implementation of ObamaCare for all 50 states as previously posted.  The “Steering Committee” 48 designees can be found here http://www.ksinsurance.org/hbexplan/files/group_info/SteeringCommittee_member.pdf and the “Governance, Legal & Legislative Working Group” 54 designees can be found  http://www.ksinsurance.org/hbexplan/files/group_info/GovernanceLegalLegislative_member.pdf

Our first observation is that a group above 20 is by it’s very nature dis-functional yet these two critically important groups total 102 folks as if either designed to fail or to achieve a desired outcome.  We took the liberty to sort the names of designees and whom they represent to get a more meaningful look.  First we removed the four State elected individuals (highlighted in pink) from the “Steering Committee” population reducing that number to 44.  The yellow highlights identify where the same individual sits on both groups and the blue highlights identify where the same organization represented sits on both groups.

With the absence of the four politicians we have 98 remaining.  Of that, 20 positions (20.4%) are the same named individual and 36 more (36.7%) are also identified to the same group of representation.  These were hand picked by Insurance Commissioner Praeger and 57.1% are duplicates with the same agendas.  Yes, Jeff Ellis which formed a new consulting firm just weeks prior, not only sits on both groups but Chairs the Governance Group  You must note the virtual absence of both Health Care Providers and Health Care Recipients in either group.  The insurance companies, the law firms representing insurance companies and consultants have by far the control of the outcome.

We conclude first that Commissioner Praeger is incompetent as a Project Manager.  Second Commissioner Praeger pre-determined the outcome and filled positions predominately with like minded people.  Bubba in Tumbleweed Kansas never had a chance.  Oh by the way, Commissioner Praeger is a Republican.

“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
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Immediately following the formation of the 2011 Johnson County Home Rule Charter Commission this was the posted address   CCM-CharterCommissionGroup@jocogov.org  to contact the Commissioners in whole.  Shortly after the first Public Hearing (March 29, 2011 and without a video recording) my access to this address became either disabled or blocked.  Since that date my individually addressed inquiries have remained unanswered.

Today September 4, 2011 this is a Public Notice in absence of one published by the Johnson County Home Rule Charter Commission:  (Of course I have no authority to do that, I just wanted to show that on August 15, 2011 The Commission has scheduled another Public Hearing for September 27, 2011 absent of any publically approved minutes to identify an agenda, topics to discuss or even Committees formed for future discussion.)

Meeting Date









3/07/2011 PDF PDF
3/21/2011 PDF PDF
3/29/2001 Public Hearing PDF PDF (Transcript)
4/04/2011 PDF PDF
4/18/2011 PDF PDF
5/02/2011 PDF PDF
5/16/2011 PDF PDF
6/06/2011 PDF PDF
6/20/2011 PDF PDF
7/04/2011 CANCELLED  
7/18/2011 PDF PDF
8/01/2011 PDF PDF
8/15/2011 PDF PDF
9/27/2011 Public Hearing PDF PDF

So now there is a Public Hearing for what?  Re-record what we said before? Act ignorantly before the Committees we don’t know of?  Not show up cuz we did not know?

Bernard.Bianchino@jocogov.org, Bob.Davis@jocogov.org, Bob.Wilhelm@jocogov.org, Chris.Iliff@jocogov.org, Clay.Barker@jocogov.org, Connie.Shidler@jocogov.org, Dwight.Sutherland@jocogov.org, Eric.Jenkins@jocogov.org, Frank.Taylor@jocogov.org, Glenn.Bonar@jocogov.org, Greg.Wolf@jocogov.org, Jean.Wise@jocogov.org, Jeffrey.Melcher@jocogov.org, Jim.O’Connell@jocogov.org, Melanie.Bacon@jocogov.org, Michael.Copeland@jocogov.org, Michael.Pirner@jocogov.org, Mike.Boehm@jocogov.org, Rick.Boeshaar@jocogov.org, Tracey.Osborne@jocogov.org

I encourage the readers to contact the above and ask for the agenda for the next Public Hearing scheduled for September 27,2011.

“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
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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House Leadership Supports Governor’s Decision to Return “Early Innovator” Grant

Topeka – Kansas House Leadership today applauded Gov. Brownback’s decision to return federal “Innovator Grant” funds. “We have been working closely with the Governor’s Office and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Praeger’s office on this issue and are grateful for their efforts and expertise. Federal mandates tie the hands of the Kansas Legislature on too many issues,” said House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R-Hutchinson). “With strings attached, an unknown ultimate price tag and an unworkable timeline, the ‘early innovator’ grant involves unreasonable risk. The Governor made the right decision. We must continue to focus on health solutions that meet the needs of Kansans.”

Half a dozen states received “early innovator” grants which are tied to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By returning the $31.5 million, Kansas joins Oklahoma as the second state to return the federal grant.

“I support the Governor’s decision to return the ‘early innovator’ grant to the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid (R-Olathe). “If the State chose to spend these funds, we would have to adhere to a strict timeline, which prevents legislative oversight, for implementing a health exchange in Kansas. When the questions of our elected leaders cannot be answered because the rules and regulations surrounding this program remain incomplete, circumventing the legislature should not be an option.”

Said Speaker Pro Tem Jene Vickrey (R-Louisburg), “The ‘early innovator’ grant program is one more example of the federal government trying to control states through financial incentives by pushing a ‘one size fits all’ Washington solution to healthcare in Kansas. I appreciate Governor Brownback’s rejection of this Washington solution to healthcare and allowing Kansans to develop a Kansas solution.”

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Perry Reaffirms Support for Texas DREAM Act

By Bryan Llenas

Published July 26, 2011

Fox News Latino

Texas Governor and potential 2012 Presidential nominee Rick Perry still supports his state’s DREAM Act ten years after it was passed despite strong Republican opposition – but he maintains he does not support the act at the federal level.In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Perry reiterated his long-standing support for his state’s bipartisan passing of the 2001 DREAM Act.

The state act allows for in-state tuition for undocumented students who have lived in the state for three years and have either obtained a GED or graduated from state public or accredited private schools. In contrast, the federal DREAM Act goes a step further by potentially providing a pathway to citizenship to some undocumented immigrants who show good moral character and either go to a four year college or join the military.

Texas’ longest serving governor has tried to walk a fine line between appealing to Texas’ growing Hispanic population – now 36.8 percent- and right wing groups that have demanded tougher stances on illegal immigration and voter identification laws. The scrutiny is only expected to intensify if Perry chooses to enter the Republican primary, where conservative voters will expect a tough-line immigration policy.

“It is very dangerous for American citizens to have a President who turns a blind eye to what’s going on on the border,” he said to the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday.

Perry has gone as far as rejecting Arizona’s controversial SB1070 immigration law, hailing it as a bill that was not right for Texas – a state with a history of rejecting harsh anti-immigrant policies.

“I fully recognize and support a state’s right and obligation to protect its citizens, ” Perry said in a written statement to the Associated Press. “But I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas.”

Perry calls the federal government’s plan to secure the borders “an abject failure” which forced Texas to essentially do the job he believes is intended for Washington.

Although Perry has still not officially announced a run for President, the governor has recently made appearances at Latino events, including most notably last month’s address to the National Association of Latino Elected Appointed Officials.

A poll released Tuesday from the American Research Group has Perry at the top of the pack of Republican presidential candidates in Florida, another key- and heavily Latino state.

This article contains some reporting from the Associated Press.
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2011/07/26/rick-perry-still-supports-texas-dream-act/#ixzz1TGPNVuOW

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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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Gov. Rick Perry’s Remarks to the Border Summit

* Note: Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Wednesday, August 22, 2001

“As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions. We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.”

“President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it. An open border means poverty has given way to opportunity, and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity. It means we have addressed pollution concerns, made substantial progress in stopping the spread of disease, and rid our crossings of illicit drug smuggling activity. Clearly we have a long way to go in addressing those issues. At the same time we must continue to deepen our economic ties, expanding opportunities for Mexican and U.S. companies to do business on both sides of the border. The outlook is promising, even if the road to prosperity is a long one. We share a bond as neighbors, and we find our culture north of the Rio Grande to be increasingly defined by the strong traits of people of Hispanic descent. Texas has long enjoyed a unique identity, an identity forged by an independent spirit, and the convergence of many different peoples. We must welcome change in the 21st Century as we have in every century before it.”


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