By Elaine Donnelly
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A new law in Kansas that criminalizes the enforcement of federal gun controls in the state is unconstitutional, according to Attorney General Eric H. Holder.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a requirement that those who receive welfare and jobless benefits are subject to drug testing.
Long clouded by ethical concerns, medical treatments and research based on stem cells taken from adults or the umbilical cords of newborns — but not human embryos — are getting renewed support from lawmakers and religious leaders.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not have been invited to speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference — but his name has made CPAC's presidential straw poll as one of the 23 listed hopefuls to be the GOP's nominee in 2016.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to eliminate the individual income tax is a strong step toward improving Kansas' economic competitiveness and returning tax dollars to state residents and businesses ("State income taxes in peril," Commentary, Thursday).
Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Sam Brownback of Kansas have all recently publicly stated their desire to eliminate their states' income taxes.
Kansas lawmakers, led by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, introduced a bill Wednesday that would eventually end the state's income tax.
Dozens of states have slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, driven by the recession's toll on revenue and, in some cases, a new zeal to shrink government.
As Roe v. Wade turns 40, right-to-life activists are riding a wave of success in Kansas — where new restrictions on abortions just won a legal challenge — and are pushing the Republican-dominated state to approve more laws.
Washington has given up on fundamental tax reform. That leaves it up to the states to experiment with better ways of funding government operations.
Republican governors elected in 2010's tea party wave have generally made good on pledges to cut taxes and limit spending, according to the latest fiscal report card released Tuesday by the Cato Institute think tank, which graded the states' executives on their boldness is reining in government expansion.
Rep. Paul Ryan could be Mitt Romney's olive branch to voters who want to see illegal immigrants gain legal status, with the Wisconsin Republican having repeatedly backed legalization efforts and cast himself in the mold of former President George W. Bush, who fought a battle with his own party on the issue.
A seven-term congressman, Paul Ryan is well-known — and well-regarded — in Washington circles as an articulate and passionate advocate of fiscal responsibility and limited government. But for many Americans, the 42-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker, named this weekend as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, is a relative unknown.
Kansas conservatives are claiming total victory in the state's Republican civil war after a string of defeats for moderate Senate candidates in state legislative primaries Tuesday.
Conservative Republicans who have been working to push more liberal party members out of state legislatures in a large section of the country have scored big victories in Kansas, where a state Senate that has been an obstacle to fiscal and social policy changes is likely to have a solid conservative majority next year.
"This is not a partisan issue in Kansas," he wrote. "The people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will. It is my hope that upon further review, you will see their right to do so."
Mr. Brownback goes on to write that the legislation was passed on wide and bipartisan votes in the Kansas House of Representatives and the Kansas Senate (96-24 and 35-4, respectively), and that the Democratic minority leader in each chamber supported it.