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Community Defense Act – SB 514

April 28, 2010 | . | Posted in Vote Tracker

Text of SB 514

Currently, small towns in Kansas are left to fend for themselves when a sexually oriented business decides to move in and set up shop wherever and however they like.  If these towns attempt to place constitutional regulations upon sexually oriented businesses, such as where they may locate or how late they may operate, communities can find themselves slapped with high-dollar lawsuits that they cannot afford.  The Community Defense Act would prevent sexually oriented businesses – adult bookstores, video stores, arcades, nightclubs, theaters, etc. – from being built within 1,000 feet of churches, schools, playgrounds, and homes.   It would also require them to close at midnight.  These and other mild regulations found in the bill would help protect Kansas communities from the well documented secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses, which include increased crime, decreased property values, prostitution, drug trafficking, and overall blight.


04/28/2010 Senate failed 20-20
03/24/2010 House passed 106-16

Vote Tallies:

04/28/2010 Senate failed 20-20

Yeas 20, Nays 20. (21 needed for approval)

Yeas: Abrams, Apple, Barnett, Brownlee, Colyer, Donovan, Holland, Huelskamp, Kelsey, Lynn, Masterson, McGinn, Morris, Ostmeyer, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Pyle, Schmidt D, Schodorf, Wagle.

Nays: Bruce, Brungardt, Emler, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hensley, Huntington, Kelly, Kultala, Lee, Marshall, Owens, Reitz, Schmidt V, Steineger, Taddiken, Teichman, Umbarger, Vratil.

03/24/2010 House passed 106-16

Yeas 106; Nays 16; Absent or not voting: 3. (63 needed for approval)

Yeas: Aurand, Ballard, Barnes, Benlon, Bethell, Bollier, Bowers, Brookens, A. Brown, T. Brown, Brunk, Burgess, Burroughs, Carlin, Carlson, Colloton, Craft, Crum, Davis,DeGraaf, Dillmore, Donohoe, Faber, Feuerborn, Furtado, D. Gatewood, S. Gatewood, George, Goico, Gordon, Goyle, Grange, Grant, Hawk, Hayzlett, Henry, Hermanson, Hill, Hineman, C. Holmes, M. Holmes, Horst, Huebert, Jack, Kelley, Kerschen, Kiegerl, King, Kinzer, Kleeb, Knox, Landwehr, Light, Loganbill, Long, Lukert, Maloney, Mast, McLeland, Meier, Merrick, Morrison, Moxley, Myers, Neighbor, O’Brien, O’Neal, Olson, Otto, Palmer, Patton, Pauls, Peck, Phelps, Pottorff, Powell, Prescott, Proehl, Quigley, Rhoades, Roth, Schroeder, Schwab, Schwartz, Seiwert, Shultz, Siegfreid, Slattery, Sloan, Spalding, Suellentrop, D. Svaty, Swanson, Swenson, Tafanelli, Talia, Trimmer, Vickrey, Ward, Wetta, Whitham, Williams, B. Wolf, K. Wolf, Worley, Yoder.

Nays: Crow, Finney, Flaharty, Frownfelter, Garcia, Henderson, Kuether, Lane, Mah, McCray-Miller, Menghini, Peterson, Rardin, Ruiz, Tietze, Winn.

Absent or not voting: Fund, Johnson, Neufeld.


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Peter Lewis (businessman)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peter B. Lewis (born 1933) is the Cleveland, Ohio-area based chairman of Progressive Insurance Companies. Lewis currently resides in Coconut Grove, Florida.


Lewis attended Cleveland Heights High School and, in 1955, graduated from Princeton University.


In 1965 Lewis became Progressive’s chief executive officer after joining as an underwriting trainee in 1955. (His father, Joe Lewis, who died in 1955, co-founded Progressive with Jack Green in 1937.) In the 1960s Progressive had 100 employees and $6 million in revenues. As of 2005, Progressive had grown to 27,000 employees with sales of $13.4 billion and become the third largest auto insurance company in the United States.  In 2000 Lewis retired as CEO of Progressive, though he remains as Chairman of the Board.

In 1987, Lewis and Alfred Lerner (1933-2002), owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of MBNA America Bank, attempted a takeover of the Cleveland Trust Bank of Cleveland, Ohio. Though the takeover attempt was unsuccessful, it was profitable for both Lewis and Lerner.

Lewis’s approach to business is often unorthodox. For instance, Progressive’s headquarters, designed by Bialosky + Partners Architects and built in 1994, includes a health club and a contemporary art collection. Lewis credits these and other unorthodox factors for helping create an environment in which creative thinking thrives—the kind of creative thinking that Lewis says makes a more profitable business.


With an estimated net worth in excess of a billion dollars, Lewis frequently donates money to charities and political groups. He is a patron of the arts and supports many artistic pursuits. Lewis’s personal and corporate contemporary art collection is well known—the corporate collection is displayed at Progressive Insurance offices. Lewis has made donations to:

Lewis is a trustee of Princeton University, former chairman of the board of directors at the Guggenheim Museum (resigned January 19, 2005), and serves on the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Although Lewis often gives substantial gifts to artistic and educational organizations, he also has a reputation for — often forcefully — insisting that such organizations be financially accountable and financially sound; as of late 2004, Lewis has said he will no longer give to Case or Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood due to poor leadership and management.  He has said that those funds might instead be diverted to Cleveland State University.

Lewis is an advocate of taxing and regulating the use and sale of marijuana and is one of the main financial backers of the recent, partially successful, campaign to legalize the use of marijuana for medical use in the U.S. In January 2000, Mr. Lewis was arrested and charged in New Zealand for possession of marijuana. Lewis pleaded guilty to three charges and paid a substantial fine, though under New Zealand law he was not required to serve time in jail or prison. According to his lawyer, Marie Dyhrberg, Lewis used the marijuana on the advice of his doctor for pain relief after the partial amputation of his leg in 1998.


  1. ^ http://www.progressive.com/progressive-insurance/history.aspx
  2. ^ http://weatherhead.case.edu/about/facilities/lewis/
  3. ^ “Eccentric billionaire has high profile at home” by Josie Clarke, The New Zealand Herald, August 31, 2000

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From the Associated Press  May 5, 2010

TOPEKA — The 26-14 vote Wednesday by which the Senate failed to override Gov. Mark Parkinson’s veto of a bill rewriting state laws restricting late-term abortions.

A “yes” vote was to override the veto and enact the bill into law. A “no” vote was to sustain the veto.

A two-thirds majority, or 27 of 40 votes, was required to override the veto.

Of the 31 Republicans, 25 voted “yes” and 6 voted “no.”

Of the 9 Democrats, 1 voted “yes” and 8 voted “no.”


Steve Abrams, Arkansas City. Pat Apple, Louisburg. Jim Barnett, Emporia. Karin Brownlee, Olathe. Terry Bruce, Hutchinson. Jeff Colyer, Overland Park. Les Donovan, Wichita. Jay Emler, Lindsborg. Tim Huelskamp, Fowler. Dick Kelsey, Goddard. Julia Lynn, Olathe. Bob Marshall, Fort Scott. Ty Masterson, Andover. Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick. Steve Morris, Hugoton. Ralph Ostmeyer, Grinnell. Tim Owens, Overland Park. Mike Petersen, Wichita. Mary Pilcher-Cook, Shawnee. Dennis Pyle, Hiawatha. Roger Reitz, Manhattan. Derek Schmidt, Independence. Mark Taddiken, Clifton. Dwayne Umbarger, Thayer. Susan Wagle, Wichita.


Pete Brungardt, Salina. Terrie Huntington, Fairway. Vicki Schmidt, Topeka. Jean Schodorf, Wichita. Ruth Teichman, Stafford. John Vratil, Leawood.


Janis Lee, Kensington.


Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Wichita. Marci Francisco, Lawrence. David Haley, Kansas City. Anthony Hensley, Topeka. Tom Holland, Baldwin City. Laura Kelly, Topeka. Kelly Kultala, Kansas City. Chris Steineger, Kansas City.

Read more: http://blogs.kansas.com/gov/2010/05/05/how-kansas-senators-voted-on-abortion-override-attempt/#ixzz16mKIWmv0

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The Climate Cash Cow

 Posted 11/19/2010 06:59 PM ET

Hoaxes: A high-ranking member of the U.N.’s Panel on Climate Change admits the group’s primary goal is the redistribution of wealth and not environmental protection or saving the Earth.

Money, they say, is the root of all evil. It’s also the motivating force behind what is left of the climate change movement after the devastating Climate-gate and IPCC scandals that saw the deliberate manipulation of scientific data to spur the world into taking draconian regulatory action.

Left for dead, global warm-mongers are busy planning their next move, which should occur at a climate conference in relatively balmy Cancun at month’s end. Certainly it should provide a more appropriate venue for discussing global warming than the site of the last failed climate conference — chilly Copenhagen.

Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change (say that twice), told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung last week: “The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War.” After all, redistributing global wealth is no small matter.

Edenhofer let the environmental cat out of the bag when he said “climate policy is redistributing the world’s wealth” and that “it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization.”

In his IPCC post, Edenhofer was a lead author of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. Based on anecdotal evidence, it contained unsubstantiated claims that the Himalayan glaciers would soon disappear and Bangladesh would be totally submerged.

Edenhofer claims “developed countries have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community” and so they must have their wealth expropriated and redistributed to the victims of their alleged crimes, the postage stamp countries of the world. He admits this “has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.”

It has everything to do with a different kind of green. U.N. warm-mongers are seeking to impose a global climate reparations tax on everything from airline flights and international shipping to fuel and financial transactions. At first, this punitive tax on progress is expected to net $100 billion annually, though that amount, like our energy costs, is expected to necessarily skyrocket.

We’ve seen such plans before. Just before Copenhagen, a group of “chicken littles” along with some gullible corporations ran an ad campaign titled “Hopenhagen.” It pushed a global wealth redistribution scheme based on the theory that Western nations, particularly the U.S., owe a “climate debt” for having initiated the Industrial Revolution and plundered the world’s fossil fuel resources in the name of unbridled capitalism.



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The Old Terrorist Surveillance Program

San Francisco- In a repudiation of the Bush administration’s now-defunct terrorist surveillance effort, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance” by the National Security Agency.

The judge’s 45-page ruling focused narrowly on the case involving the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, touching vaguely on the larger question of the program’s legality.

Nonetheless, Al-Haramain lawyer Jon Eisenberg said the ruling had larger implications.

“By virtue of finding what the Bush administration did to our clients was illegal, he found that the Terrorist Surveillance Program was unlawful,” Eisenberg said.  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36119748/ns/us_news-security// 


Read about Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Haramain_Foundation


 The New Terrorist Surveillance Program

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 Is this Dawn Kuhn? (Shawnee Council Pic)

                  Or is this Dawn Kuhn?  (KC Star Pic)


Or Is this Dawn Kuhn? http://www.shawneedispatch.com/chats/2008/mar/27/dawn_kuhn/  “One of the biggest problems with campaigns is that every vote we make can be turned into an unexplained and distorted soundbite.”

Or is this Dawn Kuhn?  “The Shawnee City Council is considering switching from written minutes of its meetings to audio recordings that the public can download.

The council on Monday asked city staff to study the audio recording option. That postponed until January further discussion on replacing detailed written minutes with a condensed written minutes at an expected annual savings of $17,000 in transcription costs.

The city’s Public Works and Safety Committee has recommended following the Kansas League of Municipalities’ recommendation to switch to condensed minutes. (Now Council Minutes are a Public Works and Safety Committee issue?  Communal paper cuts?)

Council members voted unanimously to table the recommendation, after a more than an hour of discussion. Councilwoman Dawn Kuhn cited cost-effectiveness as the primary reason to change.”  http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/12/2423133/shawnee-looks-at-audio-minutes.html#ixzz15sFiH6mz 

So far in 2010 there have been 22 City of Shawnee Council Meetings of which there were 7 (31.8%) where one or more member was absent at the beginning of the meeting.  http://cosweb.cityofshawnee.org/WEB/MINUTES.NSF/City%20Council%20Minutes%5C2010?OpenView  This does not account for leave earlies, part-time or watching ESPN.  Beyond this inconvenience of communicating with your employers, what about communicating with your peers who are ultimately and equally responsible and accountible for the contents in detail of every meeting?

If you are so eager to save $17,000 why not drop your UNION dues to the Kansas League of Municipalities of $19,980 paid in 2009?

Is this about campaigns or your responsibilities to your employers?  So Dawn, what’s the next step in audio minutes?  Press one for English?  E quanto custo las?

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.”  George Washington

Ken Dunwoody                                     
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