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Kansas Representative Ryckman,
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Five years ago when aggressive Kansas school funding caught our attention, we literally spent hundreds of hours researching, compiling and sharing historical data. Not used by anyone then and likely not used again. Illegal immigration is still an ugly subject to discuss openly. But we will try again in support of the time we have already spent.
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For your use, information and ideas.
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When we looked at the raw data available for Kansas schools, one could easily conclude that we are paying for student needs that don’t exist on paper in the legislative requests. A great deal of money is provided by Districts K-12 for required learning in languages other than English. One ELL (English Language Learner) per District requires native language employee/educator to provide the equivalent for all classes/subjects K-12 with no requirement the ELL student ever become educated in English. Kansas records show over 100 different languages taught for K-12. https://nolathe.net/2010/12/23/how-to-spend-271573451-that-you-dont-have/
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Also of interest, Kansas does not refer to providing an education to children of illegal immigrants. In Kansas we educate children of “Migrant Workers”. https://nolathe.net/2010/12/26/kansas-education-dollars-and-the-grapes-of-wrath/
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This also requires the School District to provide free breakfasts, free lunches, free healthcare, free before school care, free after school care, free Summer daycare, etc. https://nolathe.net/2010/12/26/kansas-education-dollars-and-the-grapes-of-wrath/
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And we pay to make sure the migrant workers know about this information. http://ksmigrant.org/
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Over-all impact on school funding observation: 2001-2009 Kansas student population DECREASED by 2.8% but funding INCREASED by 155.9% /nolathe.net/2010/12/28/the-kansas-oopps-moment-and-five-year-penalty/
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Please do not deny that Kansas is a “sanctuary State“.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                           GOD
Henpecked Acres                                     
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

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Concerned Kansas Citizens,

My name is Renee Slinkard and I got your name off of the immigration enforcement petition that I had on my website a few years ago that you signed. I presented that petition in the Committee hearings in Topeka. In just a few months I and with some help throughout Kansas submitted over 1,000 signatures. The problem was that in the Committee hearings you do not know how the representatives voted on the bills. So, to resolve this issue, Representative Rubin (best known as Judge Rubin) will be submitting an amendment on Tuesday that will provide for us to see how our representative’s vote. It is called “Record a Vote”. Also, he will submit a amendment to stop bundling bills and to stop having midnight sessions. All 3 of these amendments are important to the people of Kansas as there should be transparency in our legislative process. So, when there is an important bill such as immigration enforcement or reversing instate tuition on illegal aliens, or common core, we know how our Representative voted. Please Read Below. Your presence is very important; if you can’t be there please call and urge your Representative to vote in favor of “Record a Vote”, No Bundled Bills, and no late night sessions. Let our voices be heard!

The session is now open in Topeka and I will be sending you information on important issues, especially immigration, since you signed the petition I know you are with me on this important issue and want security, jobs, and no taxpayer dollars going toward illegal aliens.

Thank you

Renee

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Below is a change of date from Monday to Tuesday. Please read about what is going on in our Legislature.

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Subject: Re: URGENT ALERT! RECORD ALL VOTES MOVES TO TUESDAY!

I think they heard we had a ton of people coming on Monday and changed it to Tuesday. Please get out the message. I will send you more information later and call when I get a chance.

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On Jan 23, 2015, at 6:02 PM, “4slink” <4slink@embarqmail.com> wrote:

What happened to Monday?

Would you like to know how your KS House Representative Votes?

There will be a Kansas House Vote at 11:00 am on TUESDAY January 27th to determine if your State Representative will be required to record his vote on legislation that greatly affects you. This is one of the most important issues regarding the moral and ethical behavior of those we elect to public office.

Right now the Rules of the Kansas House do not require an elected Representative to record their votes on legislation to raise your taxes, give benefits to large corporations and regulate your life.

Be there in person or send someone. Meet at the door of the House Chamber by 10:30 am.

If you simply cannot make it in person you must call your legislator to let them know you support Record All Votes today and Monday!

11:00 am TUESDAY January 27, 2015

Kansas House Chamber

Capitol Building

6425 SW 6th Avenue · Topeka, KS 66615

Topeka, Kansas

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  1. New and “more feed efficient” cluckers produce more eggs per pound of feed.
  2. New and “more water efficient” cluckers produce more eggs per gallon of water consumed.
  3. New and “more feed and water efficient” cluckers produce less poop per egg produced.
  4. New and “more poop efficient” cluckers produce less methane gas.
  5. New and “Araucana efficient” cluckers produce Easter green eggs.

During the week before and after Easter 2015, you will receive a $5 credit for your old clucker towards the $15 purchase of a new more efficient clucker. Since 2009 most of our transactions have involved government loans and grants through County agencies, contacts available upon request.  Your old clucker will be humanely destroyed and sold to China in the form of current demand.

Reservations filling fast.  Great investment (nest egg).  Help get the word out by proudly displaying a bumper sticker.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                            GOD
Henpecked Acres                          One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

 

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Kansas Legislature pulls rug out from under Johnson County landfill plan

June  3, 2013

By KAREN DILLON

The Kansas City Star

        Thanks to the Kansas Legislature, Johnson County finds itself with a surprising hitch in its plan to extend the life of its major landfill.

      And thanks to legislators, it looks as if Wyandotte County residents won’t have to separate their yard waste from their trash after all. At least not for  a while.

More than a year ago, the Johnson County Commission  planned to require yard waste to be separated from any trash being dumped in Deffenbaugh Industries’ Shawnee landfill. That applied to private haulers and anyone else, including residents living outside of Johnson County whose trash goes to the landfill.

But in late May, the state Legislature put the skids on the county’s law.

The Legislature, in the waning days of its session, quietly passed a bill that prohibits any city or county, such as Johnson County, from passing laws that affect  the laws of another local government regarding solid-waste disposal.

“This was a bill developed in response to Johnson County’s waste ban,” said Bill Bider, director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s waste management division. “This bill now says you can’t do what Johnson County did. They can only regulate their own people.”

Reaction was quick — possibly setting up a legal fight.

Johnson County had worked out a delicate agreement with Wyandotte County requiring those residents to separate yard waste. The commission had even given Wyandotte residents a year-and-a-half extension despite heavy criticism.

D-day was July 1, but the date has been canceled, said Mike Taylor, a spokesman for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

“I can tell you we won’t be implementing a yard-waste ban come July 1st,” Taylor said. “We have five brand new members of the commission, and it’s an issue that none of them have had time to get up to speed or talk about. I told my boss this is going to take a pretty extensive communications campaign because it is a massive change for our residents.”

Johnson County officials were surprised when they learned the agreement had been broken and said Wyandotte officials had not yet contacted them.

“We have not been notified of anything to change that,” said Lougene Marsh, Johnson County health director. “It would be imprudent to comment at this juncture.”

Marsh said she had been advised by county attorneys that there was nothing in the state law that affected current agreements.

“Our understanding was there was nothing in the language of the law that made it retroactive,” she said. “If there are arguments to be made to the contrary, then those will have to be made.”

A Deffenbaugh official said he also was surprised by Wyandotte County’s announcement but said they would be speaking.

“I’m … confident we will arrive at a solution that all parties can embrace,” said Tom Coffman, senior vice president.

Johnson County and Kansas have lagged the nation in recycling and yard-waste bans. For example, Missouri has banned yard waste from all landfills for decades.

Johnson County officials first began talking about banning yard waste from the Deffenbaugh landfill almost seven years ago.

The landfill in Shawnee is regional with trash and yard waste coming to it from not only Johnson and Wyandotte but also Miami, Leavenworth, Osage, Atchison and Jefferson counties.

At the time the commission was developing the ban, citizens were told that the landfill was going to have to close in 2027 because it would be full. (Eventually the public learned  the landfill would be open until at least 2043, creating more mistrust among Johnson County residents about the genesis of the ban.)

Residents also raised concerns about having to pay an increase in their waste bill.

The county’s ban was delayed a couple years and then finally implemented in January 2012.

Just before the ban was implemented, Wyandotte County officials said they did not plan to follow it. Officials said their contract with Deffenbaugh did not require yard waste to be separated. After haggling, Wyandotte agreed to join the ban when its contract ended this July.

The controversy again erupted over the ban last summer after the program was well underway in Johnson County, when The Star learned that Deffenbaugh was still putting yard waste in the landfill.

Deffenbaugh was turning the yard waste into compost and then using it to layer the trash in the landfill.

“We are aware (Deffenbaugh) is doing it,” Marsh said this week. “There is nothing in our current code to prohibit their use of compost that way.”

Some Johnson County residents questioned why they had to pay Deffenbaugh to pick up the separated yard waste if it was still being put in the landfill.

“That is in conflict with what we were told,” said Dennis Batliner, a resident who has opposed the ban.

With the new state law, it remains to be seen what will happen to the county’s yard-waste ban.

Some but not all the other counties and towns in the Deffenbaugh service area are following the ban.

To reach Karen Dillon, call 816-234-4430 or send email to  kdillon@kcstar.com.

    Copyright 2013 The Kansas City Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

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June 10, 2013 8:53 AM

State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations

Updated at 2:59 p.m. with comment from the State Department.

(CBS News) CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.

The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department’s security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide.

CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”

The memo also reveals details about an “underground drug ring” was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.

Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department’s internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller, “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases.”

In such cases, DSS agents told the Inspector General’s investigators that senior State Department officials told them to back off, a charge that Fedenisn says is “very” upsetting.

“We were very upset. We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went, was very disturbing,” she said.

In one specific and striking cover-up, State Department agents told the Inspector General they were told to stop investigating the case of a U.S. Ambassador who held a sensitive diplomatic post and was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park.

The State Department Inspector General’s memo refers to the 2011 investigation into an ambassador who “routinely ditched … his protective security detai” and inspectors suspect this was in order to “solicit sexual favors from prostitutes.”

Sources told CBS News that after the allegations surfaced, the ambassador was called to Washington, D.C. to meet with Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, but was permitted to return to his post.

Fedenisn says “hostile intelligence services” allow such behavior to continue. “I would be very surprised if some of those entities were not aware of the activities,” she said. “So yes, it presents a serious risk to the United States government.”

A draft of the Inspector General’s report on the performance of the DSS, obtained by CBS News, states, “Hindering such cases calls into question the integrity of the investigative process, can result in counterintelligence vulnerabilities and can allow criminal behavior to continue.”

John Miller spoke with Mike Pohelitz, a retired Senior Agent at the DSS who was involved in one of the cases listed in the Inspector General’s memo. Pohelitz said he was told to stop investigating one of the cases and that the order likely came from the upper ranks of the DSS.

“I got the information through my DS channel,” he told Miller. “But it had to come from somebody higher than DS, I’m sure.”

According to Fedenisn, when a high-ranking State Department security officials was shown a draft of their findings that investigations were being interfered with by State Department higher-ups, he said, “This is going to kill us.” In the final report however, all references to specific cases had been removed.

“I mean my heart really went out to the agents in that office, because they really want to do the right thing, they want to investigate the cases fully, correctly, accurately … and they can’t,” Fedenisn said.

Fedenisn, a DSS agent for 26 years, was a part of the team that prepared the draft report and is now a whistleblower who has taken her concerns to Congress.

Two hours after CBS News made inquiries to the State Department about these charges, investigators from the State Department’s Inspector General showed up at her door.

Speaking at a press briefing Monday, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said: “We hold all employees to the highest standards. We take allegations of misconduct seriously and we investigate thoroughly. All cases mentioned in the CBS report were thoroughly investigated or under investigation, and the — the department continues to take action. Finally, the department has responded to the recommendations in the OIG report regarding the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s of Investigations and counter-intelligence. Diplomatic Security has taken the further step of requesting additional review by outside experience law enforcement officers on top of the OIG inspection so that officers with law enforcement experience can make expert assessments about our current procedures.”

Psaki went on to say the “notion that we would not vigorously pursue criminal misconduct in a case, any case, is preposterous … ambassadors would be no exception.” Without speaking about specific cases, Psaki described any misconduct as “hardly endemic.”

A statement provided to CBS News by the Inspector General’s office said:

OIG does not comment on drafts of reports.

On its own initiative, OIG Office of Investigations has been conducting its own independent review of the allegations made. This is our standard procedure.

We staffed it independently and appropriately and they were people hired specific for this review at the end of 2012. They are on staff. We staffed it with the best people we can find at hand to do the job.

DS does not speak for us.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57588456/state-department-memo-reveals-possible-cover-ups-halted-investigations/

© 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Excerpts of a power point presentation by Dennis Hedke, a Consulting Geophysicist by profession,  Member of The Kansas House of Representatives and Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee.

The entire presentation may be viewed here: SunflowerClub-JCRP-4-18-2013

Click on image to enlarge.

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Entire presentation may be viewed here: SunflowerClub-JCRP-4-18-2013

Additional reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age

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