"I will tell the people what's going on at the statehouse. I'm going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene. ... If businesses don't have to pay taxes, the burden should not be on those trying to feed themselves." - The Valley Falls Vindicator & Oskaloosa Independent, March 3, 2016.

Across Kansas the top 1% are looting and on-the-loose, pitting us against each other. Communities in Jefferson County need to democratically prepare themselves for food and energy autonomy.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ellen Brown: THE WAR ON THE POST OFFICE @ Truthdig

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The gangsters in the statehouse for the Kansas plutocrats would have you forget our history.
Better watch out!

The U.S. banking establishment has been at war with the post office since at least 1910, when the Postal Savings Bank Act established a public savings alternative to a private banking system that had crashed the economy in the Bank Panic of 1907. The American Bankers Association was quick to respond, forming a Special Committee on Postal Savings Legislation to block any extension of the new service. According to a September 2017 article in The Journal of Social History titled “ ‘Banks of the People’: The Life and Death of the U.S. Postal Savings System,” the banking fraternity would maintain its enmity toward the government savings bank for the next 50 years.
As far back as the late 19th century, support for postal savings had united a nationwide coalition of workers and farmers who believed that government policy should prioritize their welfare over private business interests.

Read more at Truthdig.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Coming Soon Worldwide: The Real Wichita Shock from Brownbackistan



"I shouldn't be scared to get my education."
— Student protester at Lawrence's Free State High School
Kansas' Earthquake Problem Is Getting Better, But Some Say The State Still Isn't Doing Enough
"I would have never thought, in my life, that I'd be selling earthquake insurance."

It's not what you'd expect to hear from an insurance agent in Anthony, Kansas. Earthquakes in the region were once a rare occurrence. Now they happen regularly, and some Kansans believe wastewater injection wells are to blame. Still, the debate about what's causing the earthquakes, and how to prevent more, rages on. Read the full story.
Students Across Kansas Stage Walkouts Over Guns
The mid-morning walkouts took students to the streets, to the Kansas Statehouse and circling around their schools to mark the one-month anniversary of the nation’s latest mass shooting. Read the full story.
Kansas Lawmakers Consider Legalizing CBD, And Keeping Kratom Legal
A Kansas House committee on Thursday recommended the legalization of CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis extract widely used to control seizures and pain. It also voted to remove kratom from the state's updated list of illegal drugs. Read the full story.
If Sports Betting Becomes Legal In Kansas, MLB Wants A Cut Of The Profits
Currently, federal law bans most states from allowing legalized sports gambling. That soon could change with a bill introduced this week to allow sports betting through the Kansas Lottery. But MLB wants a say in the rules, and a cut of the winnings. Read the full story.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Gang Busting Tax Bill (HB 2618) appears today before the Committee of Taxation, Rep. Tim Hodge, North Newton, Dist. 72, (Part 1)

Listen to the live audio stream today at 3:30pm (CDT) as Rep. Tim Hodge seeks to get HB 2618 through the Committee on Taxation. 
Click here for the link!

Read below why this bill is important.

Letter to the Editor

Submitted to the Oskaloosa Independent & Valley Falls Vindicator,
March 11, 2018

Suggesting the bothersome fact, as I and others have for more than 2 years, that nearly 12,000 Kansans make more than $358,000/yr. and 1,200 have an average income of $7,000,000.00, declare a cause for celebration this St. Patrick's Day, 2018.

The fairy airs of our local leprechauns who fancy themselves of the ruling classes based on reported incomes in Jefferson County displays that few, if any, make such an enormous amount of money, and their facade of all-knowing authority melts like foam in a strong lager.

House Bill 2618 appeared this week before the Committee of Taxation, sponsored by Rep. Tim Hodge, North Newton, Ks. of the 72nd District declaring a 10% state income tax rate upon those making more than $500,000.00 a year. A dragon slayer has made a fleeting appearance before the statehouse gangsters of plutocracy and this Kansan deserves a hat tip and a toast from those celebrating this Irish holiday.

According to supporting research, Hodge provided to the committee by none other than the Chief Budget Officer of the Department of Revenue Larry Campbell an additional $310,000,000.00 would be provided to the 2019 annual budget, more than repairing the damages done in the years since the plutocratic gangsters took over the government.

Witness how our Rep. Ron Ellis defends, as a slave to the aristocratic impulses of partisan tyrants, his membership in committees that blackmail his votes in the well of the House.

He needs to be lending his legislative talent to Rep. Hodge shielding the likes of Rep. Hodge, North Newton, Ks. else next November Election Day 2018 the voters will prove, as the Great Bard wrote, "base is the slave that begs."

Mike Caddell

North Jefferson County, Kansas

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MAINSTREAM COALITION, March 5, 2018 "On Transparency in the Kansas Statehouse" (Video)


This from the Mainstream Coalition's latest newsletter:
"One transparency bill has made it, so far, through the committee gauntlet in the Kansas Legislature. That bill is HB 2562, creating the Kansas Transparency Act and would require audio and video of all public meetings at the Statehouse be recorded and archived and made available to the public. Right now, nobody is allowed to even take a picture of the large vote recording board in the House or Senate chambers. MainStream supports this bill.
Contact your KS Senator and Representative asking them to support HB 2562, requiring audio and video of meetings."Contact your KS Senator and Representative asking them to support HB 2562, requiring audio and video of meetings."

My commentary as posted on their Facebook entry for the video embedded below.

Rigged witness lists, unrecorded votes, secretive "at the rail" committee meetings, anonymous (lobby created) sponsors these hallmark the "lawmaking" activities of a gangster plutocracy.

Welcome to #Brownbackistan, another "sh*thole" state government, coming soon to all of the United States of America.  "Free State" Kansas should lead the way.

I propose developing a grassroots campaign in all Kansas House of Representative districts seeking all candidates (and incumbent lawmakers) their sponsorship(s) in drafting and placing before the Rules Committee:

A law creating a #GovernorsQuestionTime modeled on the United Kingdom's House of Commons "Prime Minister's Question Time".

When passed, the proven consequences from centuries as practiced in England will be:

Enacted by law; the sitting governor and his/her cabinet of appointed advisors must appear into the well, before all members of the House of Representatives.  That these meetings be held regular and weekly appointed times while said Kansas House of Representatives is in session, and a public record of the said meeting where said Governor are viewed answering questions from both the opposition, his/her supporters thus revealing through open democratic debate their differences to enlighten the public.

Below the complete video detailing the appalling situation in #DarkKansas as revealed in detail through the experiences of journalists, lawmakers and citizens who observe in Topeka the statehouse creating the plutocratic gangsters' laws.