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The Kansas Past-

“According to the best archaeological and geological evidence available, Paleolithic, mammoth-hunting families moved into northwestern North America sometime around the end of the Paleolithic (and, some believe, as late as 10,000 BC) by various means. Around 7,000 BC, these Asian immigrants entered into North America reaching Kansas. Once in Kansas, it is believed that these settlers never abandoned Kansas after this initial settlement and these were augmented by other peoples who entered Kansas at later times. These bands of newcomers encountered mammoths, camels, ground sloths, and horses. As these species had never faced sophisticated big-game hunters before, the result was the ‘Pleistocene overkill’ the rapid and systematic decimation of nearly all the species of large ice-age mammals in North America by 8,000 BC. In a sense, the hunters who pursued the mammoths may have represented the first of north Great plains cycle of boom and bust, relentlessly exploiting the resources until it has been depleted or destroyed.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Kansas

The Kansas Present-

“The prosperity of the State of Kansas is absolutely dependent upon the prosperity of our cities. Over 80% of Kansans live in an incorporated city.”  “The mission of the League shall be to unify, strengthen, and advocate for the interests of Kansas municipalities to advance the general welfare and promote the quality of life of the people who live within our cities.” http://www.lkm.org/publications/2010-municipal-policy.pdf

The Kansas Future-

LKM supports the constitutional home rule authority of Kansas cities. Self governance by locally elected officials must be preserved in order to ensure that local issues and problems are handled at the level of government closest to the citizens that they represent.

• Annexation. The ability of cities to grow is inherent to the ultimate success of annexation powers as they are currently established in state statute. We oppose any change which limits the authority of cities to grow through annexation.

• Eminent Domain. Eminent domain is a fundamental municipal power. The authority to acquire property through condemnation proceedings is critical for public improvement projects. Further, the use of eminent domain for economic development has long been recognized as a public use of this authority. We support increased flexibility for local governments to use eminent domain for economic development purposes, including blight remediation, without seeking legislative approval.” http://www.lkm.org/publications/2010-municipal-policy.pdf

 Dues paying membership in the League of Kansas Municipalities ranges from 141 to 500 cities depending on which LKM document you read.  With 2009 Income from dues at $784,358 http://www.lkm.org/aboutlkm/2010Feb4BdPacket.pdf  the top ten populated cities in Kansas (based on 2010 dues) account for 41.6% of the income as shown on the table below. 

CITY POP DUES
Wichita 366,046 $73,748.03
Overland Park 171,231 $54,318.23
Kansas City 142,562 $34,237.61
Topeka 123,446 $29,369.66
Olathe 119,993 $34,107.22
Lawrence 90,520 $25,438.54
Shawnee 60,954 $19,980.27
Manhattan 52,284 $17,079.84
Lenexa 46,822 $20,789.19
Salina 46,483 $17,000
Total Top Ten 1,220,341 $326,068.59

 Population based on 2008 Census estimates http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?-ds_name=PEP_2008_EST&-mt_name=PEP_2008_EST_GCTT1R_ST9S&-geo_id=04000US20&-format=ST-9&-tree_id=806&-context=gct

LKM is a VERY strong and well managed Lobbyist in Topeka protecting and strengthening their dues paying members interests.  It’s worth repeating from an earlier posting, these dues paying members pay their dues with TAX DOLLARS!  LKM is a tax funded lobbyist.  How many local community programs are not funded in lieu of union dues?

Take a look at the LKM Leadership for 2008-2009 below and how the ENTIRE Kansas State Senate Republican Leadership and other Republican Senators supported the LKM position against annexation reform.

( State Senators that did not vote to support annexation reform 2008/2009 legislation.)

LKM 2008 Leadership
President  Jack Rowlett, Jr.,  Councilmember , Paola

Vice President  Carl Gerlach, Mayor, Overland Park (Senate VP  John Vratil’s District)  (Senator Tim Owens’ District) (Senator Julia Lynn’s District)
Directors

Carolyn Armstrong   City Manager, Colby
Carl Brewer   Mayor, Wichita Current Gaming Efforts (Ass’t Maj Whip Senator Jean Curtis Schodorf’s District)
Bill Bunten   Mayor, Topeka  (Senate Ass’t Maj Leader Vicki Schmidt’s District)
Brenda Chance   City Clerk, Phillipsburg

Donald DeHaven Mayor, Sedgwick Current Gaming Efforts (Senator Les Donovan’s District)
Tom Glinstra   City Attorney, Olathe (Senator Julia Lynn’s District)
Sue Grosdidier   Councilmember, Mission
Virgil Horn   Mayor, Coffeyville  (Senator Dwayne Umbarger District)
Jim Sherer   Commissioner, Dodge City Current Gaming Efforts

Bruce Snead   Commissioner, Manhattan  (Senator Roger Reitz District)
Les Wilhite   Councilmember, Yates Center  (Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt District)
Ed Wiltse   Councilmember, Ulysses  (Senate President Stephen Morris District)

 LKM 2009 Leadership
President  Carl Gerlach  Mayor, Overland Park (Senate VP  John Vratil’s District)  (Senator Tim Owens’ District)  (Senator Julia Lynn’s District)
Vice President  Carl Brewer  Mayor, Wichita Current Gaming Efforts (Ass’t Maj Whip Senator Jean Curtis Schodorf’s District)
Directors
Carolyn Armtrong  City Manager, Colby
Bill Bunten  Mayor, Topeka (Senate Ass’t Maj Leader Vicki Schmidt’s District)
Brenda Chance  City Clerk, Phillipsburg
Donald DeHaven  Mayor, Sedgwick Current Gaming Efforts (Senator Les Donovan’s District)
Tom Glinstra   City Attorney, Olathe  (Senator Julia Lynn’s District)
Sue Grosdidier   Councilmember, Mission (Senator Terrie Huntington’s District)
Ted Hunter  Councilmember, Osawatomie
Jim Sherer   Commissioner, Dodge City Current Gaming Efforts
Bruce Snead   Commissioner, Manhattan (Senator Roger Reitz District)
Terry Somers   Mayor, Mount Hope Current Gaming Efforts
Les Wilhite   Councilmember, Yates Center (Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt District)

Now compare the Leadership Body shown here and the table above listing who pays for the LKM.  There are a few cities and even fewer agendas steering Kansas’ future.  Apparently 80% of Kansans living in cities is not enough, “relentlessly exploiting the resources until it has been depleted or destroyed.”

When Kansas loses our diversity, what do we do?  Knock down the oldest buildings and plant new farms?

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/feb/25/kansas-cities-lobbying-and-organizational-group-as/ 

www.NOlathe.com       kdunwoody2@aol.com      Ken Dunwoody

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Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission

Campaign Finance Data

Itemized Contributions for
The Senate

 

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ADKINS, DAVID

07/13/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 ADKINS, DAVID 09/09/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 499.99 ADKINS, DAVID Subtotal for Candidate 999.99


ALLEN, BARBARA

07/08/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 ALLEN, BARBARA 07/26/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 ALLEN, BARBARA 09/07/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 ALLEN, BARBARA 09/14/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 ALLEN, BARBARA 10/18/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 ALLEN, BARBARA 12/05/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 ALLEN, BARBARA 12/09/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 ALLEN, BARBARA Subtotal for Candidate 2600.00


APPLE, PAT

10/24/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 APPLE, PAT 10/29/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 APPLE, PAT Subtotal for Candidate 600.00


BARONE, JIM

08/02/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 BARONE, JIM 10/19/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 BARONE, JIM 10/23/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 BARONE, JIM 10/24/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 BARONE, JIM 12/13/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 BARONE, JIM Subtotal for Candidate 1800.00


BECKER, RICH

06/06/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 BECKER, RICH 07/29/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 BECKER, RICH Subtotal for Candidate 750.00


BETTS JR, DONALD

06/17/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BETTS JR, DONALD 06/18/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 BETTS JR, DONALD 09/29/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BETTS JR, DONALD Subtotal for Candidate 2000.00


BISHOP, ELIZABETH

07/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BISHOP, ELIZABETH Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


BOYER, ROB

07/28/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BOYER, ROB Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


BROWN, RANDY

09/02/2004 RUFFIN, CHRISTOPHER 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 07/13/2004 RUFFIN, COURTNEY 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 07/06/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 07/26/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 08/31/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 750.00 BROWN, RANDY 07/12/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL JR 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 08/31/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL JR 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 07/06/2004 RUFFIN, VICTORIA 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 08/31/2004 RUFFIN-STEIN, MICHELLE 500.00 BROWN, RANDY 07/13/2004 RUFFIN-STEIN, MICHELLE LYNNE 500.00 BROWN, RANDY Subtotal for Candidate 5250.00


BRUCE, TERRY

07/16/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 750.00 BRUCE, TERRY 08/05/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 BRUCE, TERRY 10/15/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 750.00 BRUCE, TERRY 11/01/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 BRUCE, TERRY 11/19/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 BRUCE, TERRY Subtotal for Candidate 2400.00


BRUNGARDT, PETE

10/20/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 BRUNGARDT, PETE 11/13/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 BRUNGARDT, PETE 12/02/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 BRUNGARDT, PETE 12/23/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 BRUNGARDT, PETE 12/26/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 BRUNGARDT, PETE Subtotal for Candidate 1550.00


BUHLER, MARK

09/02/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 BUHLER, MARK 11/25/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 BUHLER, MARK Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


CARMODY, TIM

12/21/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 150.00 CARMODY, TIM Subtotal for Candidate 150.00


CARPENTER, WILL

08/02/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 CARPENTER, WILL Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


CHESBRO, VERN

07/28/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 CHESBRO, VERN Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


CORBIN, DAVID R

08/02/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 CORBIN, DAVID R 10/30/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 CORBIN, DAVID R 11/09/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 CORBIN, DAVID R 07/17/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 CORBIN, DAVID R 12/28/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 CORBIN, DAVID R 12/29/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 CORBIN, DAVID R Subtotal for Candidate 2000.00


DEVRIES, PETER

07/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 DEVRIES, PETER Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


DONOVAN, LES

08/23/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 DONOVAN, LES 12/19/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 DONOVAN, LES Subtotal for Candidate 750.00


EMLER, JAY

12/26/2001 RUFFIN COMPANY 250.00 EMLER, JAY 07/28/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 EMLER, JAY 10/23/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 EMLER, JAY 07/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 EMLER, JAY 09/21/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 EMLER, JAY 11/26/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 EMLER, JAY 12/15/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 EMLER, JAY Subtotal for Candidate 2600.00


FELECIANO JR., PAUL

10/21/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 FELECIANO JR., PAUL 12/23/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 FELECIANO JR., PAUL Subtotal for Candidate 750.00


FRANCISCO, MARCI

07/25/2008 RUFFIN COMPANY 300.00 FRANCISCO, MARCI 09/19/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 FRANCISCO, MARCI 10/24/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 FRANCISCO, MARCI Subtotal for Candidate 900.00


FRANK, KITTY

08/11/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 FRANK, KITTY Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


FRIEDEN, PAMELA

07/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 750.00 FRIEDEN, PAMELA Subtotal for Candidate 750.00


GIBBENS, MIKE

10/20/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 GIBBENS, MIKE 10/30/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 GIBBENS, MIKE Subtotal for Candidate 1000.00


GILSTRAP, MARK

07/29/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 GILSTRAP, MARK 08/20/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 GILSTRAP, MARK 09/21/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 GILSTRAP, MARK 11/26/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 GILSTRAP, MARK 11/26/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 GILSTRAP, MARK 11/30/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 GILSTRAP, MARK 12/20/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 GILSTRAP, MARK Subtotal for Candidate 2350.00


GOOCH, U.L. RIP

08/04/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 1000.00 GOOCH, U.L. RIP 10/25/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 GOOCH, U.L. RIP Subtotal for Candidate 1500.00


GOODWIN, GRETA

08/03/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 GOODWIN, GRETA Subtotal for Candidate 1000.00


HALEY, DAVID

12/31/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 150.00 HALEY, DAVID 10/19/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HALEY, DAVID 12/08/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 HALEY, DAVID 12/15/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 200.00 HALEY, DAVID 12/30/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 HALEY, DAVID Subtotal for Candidate 1400.00


HELGERSON, HENRY

10/26/2000 RUFFIN CHRISTOPHER 1000.00 HELGERSON, HENRY 10/26/2000 RUFFIN JR. PHIL 1000.00 HELGERSON, HENRY 10/26/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 1000.00 HELGERSON, HENRY 07/20/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HELGERSON, HENRY 10/14/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 HELGERSON, HENRY 12/16/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 HELGERSON, HENRY 10/26/2000 RUFFIN-STEIN MICHELLE 1000.00 HELGERSON, HENRY Subtotal for Candidate 5750.00


HENSLEY, ANTHONY

10/25/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 10/27/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 07/12/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 09/18/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 10/18/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 10/29/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 10/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 12/21/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY 07/05/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL (REFUNDED $1,000 8/4/08) 1000.00 HENSLEY, ANTHONY Subtotal for Candidate 5500.00


HOLLAND II, G. THOMAS

07/18/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HOLLAND II, G. THOMAS Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


HORGAN, PATTY

07/30/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 HORGAN, PATTY Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


JACKSON, DAVE

11/25/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 JACKSON, DAVE 12/02/2002 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 JACKSON, DAVE Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


JENKINS, LYNN

07/27/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 JENKINS, LYNN 10/17/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 JENKINS, LYNN 12/20/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 150.00 JENKINS, LYNN Subtotal for Candidate 900.00


JOHNSTON, DOUGLAS

07/26/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 JOHNSTON, DOUGLAS 12/22/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 150.00 JOHNSTON, DOUGLAS Subtotal for Candidate 650.00


KAUTZ, TOM

09/22/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 KAUTZ, TOM Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


KELLY, LAURA

07/25/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 KELLY, LAURA 09/19/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 KELLY, LAURA 10/24/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 KELLY, LAURA Subtotal for Candidate 900.00


KNIGHT, BOB

07/13/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 KNIGHT, BOB Subtotal for Candidate 1000.00


LEDOUX, TRENT

07/23/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 LEDOUX, TRENT Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


LEE, JANIS K.

10/29/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 LEE, JANIS K. 07/18/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 400.00 LEE, JANIS K. 09/14/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 LEE, JANIS K. 09/19/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 LEE, JANIS K. 11/21/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 LEE, JANIS K. 12/16/2002 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 LEE, JANIS K. 12/27/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 LEE, JANIS K. Subtotal for Candidate 2750.00


MANGAN, STEPHEN

07/28/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 MANGAN, STEPHEN Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


MARSH, GENE

07/25/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 MARSH, GENE Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


MARSHALL, ROBERT D

07/26/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 MARSHALL, ROBERT D Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


MEAD, LAURA

08/21/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 MEAD, LAURA Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


MORRIS, STEVE

10/16/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 MORRIS, STEVE 12/04/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 MORRIS, STEVE 07/11/2006 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 MORRIS, STEVE 09/16/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 MORRIS, STEVE 10/24/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 MORRIS, STEVE 10/27/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 MORRIS, STEVE 12/21/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 MORRIS, STEVE Subtotal for Candidate 3500.00


O’CONNOR, KAY

12/05/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 O’CONNOR, KAY Subtotal for Candidate 250.00


OLEEN, LANA

10/24/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 OLEEN, LANA Subtotal for Candidate 250.00


OWENS, THOMAS (TIM)

07/25/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 OWENS, THOMAS (TIM) Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


PEREZ, SHALA

07/18/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 PEREZ, SHALA Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


PETTY, MARGE

10/20/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 PETTY, MARGE 10/28/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 PETTY, MARGE Subtotal for Candidate 750.00


PINE, ROGER

09/27/2007 RUFFIN ENTERPRISES 300.00 PINE, ROGER 10/18/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 PINE, ROGER 11/04/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 PINE, ROGER Subtotal for Candidate 1100.00


PRAEGER, SANDY

07/28/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 PRAEGER, SANDY 10/20/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 PRAEGER, SANDY 11/12/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 PRAEGER, SANDY Subtotal for Candidate 1250.00


RASURE, DAN

07/23/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 RASURE, DAN Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


ROMAN, PETE

07/28/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 ROMAN, PETE Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


SCHMIDT, DEREK

07/27/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 10/17/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 09/28/2006 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 09/29/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 10/24/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 11/10/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 12/05/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK 12/15/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 SCHMIDT, DEREK Subtotal for Candidate 3550.00


SCHMIDT, VICKI

12/23/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 SCHMIDT, VICKI 12/27/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 SCHMIDT, VICKI Subtotal for Candidate 600.00


SCHODORF, JEAN

10/26/2000 RUFFIN HOLDINGS INCORPORATED 500.00 SCHODORF, JEAN 10/26/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 SCHODORF, JEAN 07/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 SCHODORF, JEAN 11/01/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 SCHODORF, JEAN 12/19/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 SCHODORF, JEAN 12/20/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 SCHODORF, JEAN Subtotal for Candidate 2150.00


STEINEGER, CHRIS

10/25/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 12/29/1998 RUFFIN PHIL 100.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 06/26/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 09/11/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 09/11/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 10/22/2002 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 10/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 1000.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 12/05/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS 09/19/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL (REFUNDED $100 12/31/07) 300.00 STEINEGER, CHRIS Subtotal for Candidate 4200.00


STEPHENS, HARRY

10/19/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 STEPHENS, HARRY 12/24/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 STEPHENS, HARRY Subtotal for Candidate 750.00


TADDIKEN, MARK

07/28/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 TADDIKEN, MARK 11/29/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 TADDIKEN, MARK 12/12/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 TADDIKEN, MARK Subtotal for Candidate 900.00


TEICHMAN, RUTH

07/28/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 08/01/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 400.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 09/05/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 10/15/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 10/20/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 11/25/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 12/26/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH 12/27/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 TEICHMAN, RUTH Subtotal for Candidate 2750.00


THIMESCH, DANIEL

10/20/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 THIMESCH, DANIEL Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


UMBARGER, DWAYNE

12/11/2006 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 UMBARGER, DWAYNE 12/19/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 UMBARGER, DWAYNE 12/31/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 UMBARGER, DWAYNE 09/19/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL (REFUNDED $300 6/27/2008) 500.00 UMBARGER, DWAYNE Subtotal for Candidate 1550.00


VRATIL, JOHN L

08/21/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 10/05/1999 RUFFIN PHIL 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 10/20/2000 RUFFIN PHIL 250.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 06/06/2006 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 09/19/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 10/01/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 11/28/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 12/05/2001 RUFFIN, PHIL 250.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 12/12/2002 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 10/15/2007 RUFFIN, PHIL (REFUNDED $500 6/30/08) 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L 09/12/2003 RUFFIN, PHIL (REFUNDED $500 7-13-04) 500.00 VRATIL, JOHN L Subtotal for Candidate 4750.00


WALTER, JULIE GOVERT

09/14/2004 RUFFIN, PHIL 300.00 WALTER, JULIE GOVERT Subtotal for Candidate 300.00


WEILAND, GALEN

07/17/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 WEILAND, GALEN Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


WEINHOLD, CAROLYN

07/29/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 WEINHOLD, CAROLYN Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


WIMMER, RON

07/23/2008 RUFFIN, PHIL 500.00 WIMMER, RON Subtotal for Candidate 500.00


WYSONG, DAVID

12/12/2005 RUFFIN, PHIL (REFUNDED $300 3-14-06)              300.00 WYSONG, DAVID
          Subtotal for Candidate    300.00

YEP!

kdunwoody2@aol.com       www.NOlathe.com      Ken Dunwoody

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Question: During the 2008 election cycle, how much money did Mr. Phil Ruffin donate to Kansas State Senators?           

 Please meet Mr. Phil Ruffin http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/54/H6MZ.html a self made billionaire and well respected entrepreneur from Wichita, Kansas.  A significant portion of his business involves the gaming industry in Nevada and Kansas.  Well within the law, below documents Mr. Ruffin’s campaign contributions to the elected Kansas Senators during just the most recent election cycle.  Clicking on the underlined reference will take you to the actual Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission documents.

                                                 KANSAS STATE SENATE

Majority Party: Republican

Senate Republican Leadership Committee- 7/28/08  for  $50,000
 
President-  Stephen Morris   10/28/08  for  $1,000  and 1/12/09  for $1,000 

Vice President-  John Vratil  7/1/08  for  $1,000 

Majority Leader-  Derek Schmidt   1/10/09  for   $1,000

Assistant Majority Leader-  Vicki Schmidt  (previous election cycles)

Assistant Majority Whip-  Jean Schodorf   7/31/08  for  $300 and 10/27/08 for$300
                               
Minority Party-  Democrat

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee   10/31/08  for  $50,000

Minority Leader-  Anthony Hensley   7/27/08 for $1,000  and 1/10/09  for $1,000

Assistant Minority Leader-  Janis Lee  10/27/08   for $400

Minority Whip-  Laura Kelly   7/31/08   for   $300 

Minority Caucus Chairperson-  Tom Holland   7/31/08  for $500 

                        Other Senators receiving contributions from Mr. Ruffin

                              Jay Elmer  Rep.  #35  $300
                              Marci Francisco  Dem.  #02   $300  and  $300
                              Bob Marshall  Rep.  #13   $500
                              Chris Steinger  Dem.  #06   $1,000
                              Dwayne Umbarger  Rep.  #14   $500

God Bless the American entrepeneur.  But if you want to gamble, be a Kansas farmer and grow wheat.

kdunwoody2@aol.com       www.NOlathe.com    Ken Dunwoody

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Now just imagine for a moment that I am a Kansas State Senator and I make my living repairing watches.  My employer “Bubba’s Watch Repair” starts up a web site to advertise the business to make more money.  Now I am just a watch repair person but also a state senator, how should Bubba present me for potential clients?  Am I Ken the “repairman” or Ken the “Senator”?  But what if I were an attorney, at the largest law firm west of the Mississippi?

“Senator Vratil is the senior litigator in the Kansas office and has extensive litigation experience in matters involving securities, property taxation, contracts, employment claims, secured transactions, real estate, zoning and school law. He currently serves as a Kansas State Senator from the 11th Senate District.”  Taken from http://www.lathropgage.com/jvratil/ Glad we got that clear.  Wait a minute (keeping with the watch repair theme) who am I hiring?  An attorney or a Senator or even better both? 

My twin brother Kent is a school district administrator interviewing for a job with the Blue Valley School District.  He’s moving here from Sacramento (dropped on his head at birth) and asked who the attorney of record was for Blue Valley School District.  This was my response:

Dear Kent-  It looks like Senator John Vratil.  Lathrop & Gage is his employer and lists Blue Valley School District as a client  http://www.lathropgage.com/aboutus/clients/ .  Can’t say anything about his lawyer skills but who cares, he’s a Senator!!  Just for you though this is what I found……           http://ksag.washburnlaw.edu/opinions/2007/2007-035.htm

Here’s the best part Kent.  Senator Vratil is the Kansas Senate Vice President http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-senate/senateLeadership.do, Vice Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee!!  http://www.kslegislature.org/commsched/senate/scommittees.pdf  He’s got it locked in dude!  You’d be a fool not to move.  Here’s just a sample where he testified with the Blue Valley School District in support of a bill http://www.kslegislature.org/committeeminutes/2000/senate/SnAssTax2-2-00.pdf and this one http://www.kslegislature.org/committeeminutes/07-08/senate/sed/20070129sEducation.pdf

I could go on and on.  But listen if this Blue Valley thing doesn’t work out, try the Shawnee Mission School District or several others in Kansas.  Go on the net and look.  Senator Vratil makes no attempt to hide it.  He even attends The Final Four Tourneys (in San Antonio, Texas) with campaign funds and no body here cares.  If this were a lake he’s the “stud duck”.  Nationally Senator Vratil can help you out there also going to http://www.lathropgage.com/aboutus/offices/office.aspx?office=b44c6fa8-73c9-4284-afd4-19191d06b55c

kdunwoody2@aol.com     www.NOlathe.com      Ken Dunwoody

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The League of Kansas Municipalities (LKM) functions just like any other dues paying union.  And like most other unions it’s ability to function within it’s intended purpose have long since been lost.  This post is an introduction to this “Cities’ Union”.  Future posts will show how just a few large cities control the entire state’s agenda, how the leadership in manipulated to drive that agenda and it’s influence with the Kansas State Legislature.  This while LKM celebrates it’s Centennial in 2010.

              Article 16.–MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

      12-1610c.   League of Kansas municipalities; annual dues, expenses of attending meetings. Any city is authorized to pay the annual city dues in the league of Kansas municipalities and to pay the actual expenses of its officers or employees who are authorized by the city governing body to attend any meetings of such league.

              History:   L. 1947, ch. 122, § 1; L. 1978, ch. 62, § 1; July 1. 

 

Kdunwoody2@aol.com       www.NOlathe.com     Ken Dunwoody

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Kris Panos is The Legal Assistant to John Vratil, Esq  Lathrop and Gage Law Firm

Carol Benoit is Chief of Staff for Senator John Vratil   Senate Vice President

http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/Senate/2008ElecCycle/200601/S11JV_200601.pdf 

12/18/05    Kris Panos   10851 Mastin Blvd     Campaign Services     $200 

12/18/05    Carol Benoit         Topeka              Campaign Services     $100

http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/Senate/2008ElecCycle/200701/S11JV_200701.pdf 

12/19/06    Kris Panos   10851 Mastin Blvd     Campaign Services     $250 

12/19/06    Carol Benoit         Topeka              Campaign Services     $150 

http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/Senate/2008ElecCycle/200801/S11JV_200801.pdf

12/20/07    Kris Panos   10851 Mastin Blvd     Campaign Services     $250

12/20/07    Carol Benoit         Topeka              Campaign Services     $200

http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/Senate/2008ElecCycle/200901/S11JV_200901.pdf

 12/19/08    Kris Panos   10851 Mastin Blvd      Campaign Services     $250

 12/19/08    Carol Benoit         Topeka               Campaign Services     $250 

http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/Senate/2012ElecCycle/201001/S11JV_201001.pdf

12/21/09    Kris Panos   10851 Mastin Blvd     Campaign Services     $250

12/21/09    Carol Benoit         Topeka              Campaign Services     $250

NOlathe only looked at the five previous Christmas Holiday periods.

Kdunwoody2@aol.com     www.NOlathe.com

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One of several traditional conservative values is controlling illegal immigration.  The Kansas Senate recently voted on 5 bills shown below.  This post shows how both The Senate Republican Leadership and The Senate Democratic Leadership voted the same way and against traditional Kansas values. 

A Vote to adopt an amendment that sets penalties for businesses that employ undocumented immigrants and practitioners of employment identity fraud, prohibits unauthorized immigrants from receiving public benefits, and sets new requirements for driver’s license applicants.  Rejected 12 – 27

B Vote to adopt an amendment that makes undocumented immigrants ineligible for state or local public benefits in the state of Kansas.  Rejected 11 – 26

C Vote to adopt an amendment that removes state funding for law enforcement agencies that the attorney general finds are obstructing their officers from enforcing immigration law.  Rejected  14 – 24

D Vote to adopt an amendment that makes undocumented immigrants ineligible for state or local public benefits in the state of Kansas.  Rejected 12 – 26

E Vote to adopt an amendment that sets deadlines for when state employers must participate in E-Verify, and sets penalties for employers that fail to comply.  Rejected 11 – 27    

District Name Party A B C D E
11 Sen. John Vratil Republican N N N N N
15 Sen. Derek Schmidt Republican N N N N N
18 Sen. Laura Kelly Democratic N N N N N
19 Sen. Anthony Hensley Democratic N N NV N NV
20 Sen. Vicki Schmidt Republican N N N N N
25 Sen. Jean Kurtis Schodorf Republican N N N N N
36 Sen. Janis Lee Democratic N N N N N
39 Sen. Stephen Morris Republican N N N N N

Click on a Senator’s name and you can see how they voted on other bills.

Visit www.NOlathe.com for more informati0n  Ken Dunwoody   kdunwoody2@aol.com

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