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  • Brownback's budget 1/26/2015

    Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposes the current K-12 education funding formula be repealed by July 1. The formula has been in place since the early 1 ...

  • Committee meetings begin 1/26/2015

    I am again serving on the Federal and State Education and Agricultural Resources committees. At our first Education Committee meeting, we had the oppo ...

  • Excitement starts at Capitol 1/26/2015

    As I have been recovering from a few surgeries, my office staff and the Senate leaders have kept me informed of the activities taking place and the bi ...

  • What's happening with oil prices? 1/26/2015

    In response to a dramatic increase in U.S. oil production, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided to dump low-cost oil into the ...

  • Synthetic biology, brave new world 1/26/2015

    We're familiar with the notion new discoveries can create problems as well as solve them. When atomic science enabled us to generate huge amounts of ...

  • Today's fierce urgency is voter mobilization 1/25/2015

    Having begun in August, the continuous protests in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since Dr. K ...

  • Duke, Muslims and politics of intimidation 1/25/2015

    What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly recently when Duke University suddenly canceled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim c ...

  • Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk 1/23/2015

    Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: Environmentalists oppose the pipeline because o ...

  • Social Darwinist 'Christianity' -- Chapter 3 1/23/2015

    "Ayn Rand's followers and Christian rightists, based on a mutual attraction to aggressive free enterprise often find themselves on the same side of is ...

  • Restate of the union 1/22/2015

    President Barack Obama sure is consistent. His State of the Union address sounded like his other speeches: What I've done is great. America is in a mu ...

  • France needs our First Amendment 1/22/2015

    Sometimes we do not appreciate what we have until we see the troublesome effects of not having it. France has a "head scarf" ban that discriminates ag ...

  • Brownback, the budget and schools 1/20/2015

    Gov. Sam Brownback's first last-gubernatorial-term budget is out, and in some respects, it's clever and it's probably close to what he would have like ...

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