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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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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
(913)953-0387
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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https://nolathe.net/2010/11/12/iclei-funding-for-1998-1999/ 

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“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)953-0387
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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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
(913)953-0387
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.

http://20poundsofheadlines.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/3-johnson-county-state-senators-on-kansas-chamber-political-hit-list/

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View entire Vratil 2012 Complaint document filed here.

Robert J. Vancrum, Esq (aka Vancrum Law Firm LLC) contracted with USD #229 “to advocate for legislative positions of Blue Valley” for the contracted period from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.  (Contract dated August 10, 2010 attached, please note signed by Board Attorney John Vratil, Esq for Lathrop & Gage).  Correspondence with USD #229 confirms this ‘lobbyist’ contract with Robert J. Vancrum was not renewed in 2011 leaving that long held position vacant.  BobVancrumContractAugust2010

On June 30, 2011 the final day of Robert J. Vancrum’s Contract, the USD #229 voted on and approved a one year (July1, 2011 through June 30, 2012) Contract with John Vratil.  It is not unusual for USD #229 Board to have June 30 Fiscal Year End Meetings.  It is however extremely unusual that John Vratil’s Contract was hidden in the ‘Consent Agenda’, not discussed and was not part of the Fiscal purpose of this 4 minute Meeting.    BOEMeetingMinutes6.30.11      PersonnelReport6.30.11 

The signed one year (July1, 2011 through June 30, 2012) Contract with John Vratil. JohnVratilcontract

Throughout this Contract Senator John Vratil is referred to as an “employee” of USD #229.  In addition to the $90,000 annual salary and paid professional fees, John Vratil employee receives the same full benefits as any USD #229 employee during the 12 month Contract.

A pre-arranged unpaid ‘leave of absence’ is scheduled “from January 1 through March 31, 2012, for his service in the Kansas Legislature”.  However the Contract goes on to say that during this three month period Senator John Vratil is on call and will be compensated at $115.38 per hour as needed.  Admittedly by Contract, he remains a ‘Salaried Non-Exempt Employee’ of USD #229 and will be paid additional salary for services during this period, just the same as other ‘Salaried Non-Exempt Employees’ of USD #229 whose salary is paid over nine months.

In Summary:

     * Most USD #229 employees work nine months within any twelve month period and may choose to be paid their annual salary over nine months or twelve months while maintaining employment continuity and benefits, there is no separability of employment responsibilities.  Financially this is identical.

     * Whether paid in nine months or twelve months, the established USD #229 code of ethical conduct and moral standards must be maintained over the entire twelve months.

     * Senator John Vratil has legislative responsibilities before January 1 and after March 31 of the Contract period.

     * Senator John Vratil is “on call” between January 1 and March 31 of the Contract period.  John Vratil is a Salaried Non-Exempt employee by Contract with versatile hours the same as an English Teacher on Contract.

     * John Vratil employee USD #229 meets this definition: “Appointed lobbyists. Any person formally appointed as the primary representative of an organization or of another person to lobby on state- owned or leased property shall register as a lobbyist regardless of whether the person receives compensation for lobbying. Formal appointment as a primary representative may be indicated by election to a specific office or designation, including a specific post where the members of the organization or appointing person recognize such election or designation to include the right or duty to lobby as its primary representative on state-owned or leased property. ”  http://ethics.ks.gov/statsandregs/19-62-1.html

     * Kansas Ethics Commission definition of ‘Lobbying’ “Kansas law recognizes that the right of organized as well as unorganized interests to influence governmental policy is an integral part of the American and Kansas political process. Such efforts are based in large part on the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and association and the right to participate in one’s government. The thrust of existing legislation is not to hinder such activity but rather to ensure that it is carried out in view of the public.”  http://www.kansas.gov/ethics/Lobbying/

Conclusion and basis of complaint: Senator Vratil as an individual is employed by USD #229 as a Salaried Non-Exempt Employee before, during and following the 2012 Legislative Session.  Also of note, the ‘sine die’ adjournment extends well beyond March 31.   As such he is required to register as a “Lobbyist” when influencing government policy while on State owned or leased properties.

“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)953-0387
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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Lobbying

Kansas law recognizes that the right of organized as well as unorganized interests to influence governmental policy is an integral part of the American and Kansas political process. Such efforts are based in large part on the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and association and the right to participate in one’s government. The thrust of existing legislation is not to hinder such activity but rather to ensure that it is carried out in view of the public.

In this context, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission is charged, in part, with administering the state’s lobbying law, which provides for the registration and reporting of expenditures by lobbyists.

Who Must Register as a Lobbyist?
Any person to whom any of the following applies must register as a lobbyist:
Any person employed to a considerable degree to lobby;
Any person formally appointed to a specific position as the primary representative of an organization or other person to lobby in person on state property; or
Any person who spends $100 or more in a year for lobbying exclusive of personal travel and subsistence expenses.

When to Register
A lobbyist must register in any calendar year before engaging in lobbying. Such registration expires annually on December 31 of the year for which the lobbyist is registered. Any person who registers to lobby must pay a registration fee for each employer, client, or organization such lobbyist represents. Registration fees are as follows:
1. $35 if the lobbyist anticipates spending $1,000 or less for lobbying in a calendar year;
2. $300 if the lobbyist anticipates spending more than $1,000 for lobbying in a calendar year; and
3. $360 if registering as an employee of a lobbying group or firm.

All lobbyists under the purview of the Commission must file either an Affidavit of Exemption From Filing Lobbyist Employment and Expenditures Reports or the periodic Lobbyist Employment and Expenditures Reports.

The Commission’s staff enters expenditure data from the Lobbyist Employment and Expenditures Reports. Statistics and the recipient’s name are available to be viewed from this Internet site link to Expenditure Data.

http://www.kansas.gov/ethics/Lobbying/

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