State Rep. Martin Lengthy, R-Ulysses, stated his spouse, Debbie Lengthy, met an out-of-state customer on the couple’s Company East Tavern in Ulysses in January and he or she instantly texted a photograph to her husband, who was in Topeka.
“I used to be visiting with a number of legislators on the time and so I shared the image of Beto O’Rourke with them,” Rep. Lengthy wrote in an e-mail response to The Information.
“The subsequent few days I additionally heard from different legislators who had seen Beto’s weblog. Everybody was considerably shocked he was in Ulysses, together with me,” Lengthy wrote.
O’Rourke is a former Texas Congressman who ran unsuccessfully towards U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018. O’Rourke has stated he’ll determine by the top of February if he’ll run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. O’Rourke often blogs and was touring by means of southwest Kansas in January. He wrote about locations he stayed, individuals he met, the museums he toured, and eating places he tried.
O’Rourke was nearly instantly acknowledged within the tavern, Rep. Lengthy stated, and he took the kidding in stride within the largely Republican metropolis.
“I used to be very impressed with each the best way residents in Ulysses embraced Mr. O’Rourke and in addition with the best way he embraced them,” Lengthy stated. “The problems individuals are involved about and the options talked about usually transcend political events,” he stated.
Lengthy stated he could be hesitant even to guess what O’Rourke’s likelihood is if he runs for President, “however I do know he made a connection in Ulysses, Kansas,” Lengthy stated.
Dodge Metropolis Neighborhood Faculty Trustee Terry Malone helps State Rep. Kristey Williams’ Home Invoice 2144 meant to extend public consciousness of spending by neighborhood schools.
“I consider there’s a want for extra transparency in all public establishments, particularly in neighborhood schools,” Malone wrote in a response. He doesn’t assume DCCC publishes sufficient particular details about expenditures.
“DCCC is wholly owned by the resident of Ford County and it could be higher in the event that they have been extra totally knowledgeable. After all, that is a matter the board may cope with however having a regulation to require monetary info could be the most effective resolution,” Malone wrote.
There are 19 neighborhood schools in Kansas, and Williams is an Augusta Republican whose constituents assist help Butler Neighborhood Faculty.
Enterprise and faculties
Seventy p.c of Kansas enterprise leaders stated in a ballot licensed by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce that extra funding must be going into Ok-12 lecture rooms. A majority — 64 p.c — assume the Kansas Supreme Courtroom overstepped its authority in its rulings relating to Ok-12 faculty funding. Additionally, 59 p.c stated it’s extra essential to enhance scholar efficiency than to extend faculty funding.
The Kansas Chamber launched the outcomes of the ballot of greater than 300 enterprise leaders and in addition offered them final week to the Home Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Financial Growth.
Home Invoice 2183, launched Thursday by means of the Home Schooling Committee, would add a brand new requirement for highschool commencement.
Beginning within the 2020-2021 faculty yr, all accredited excessive faculties must present a pc science course. College students must take the course and “satisfactorily move” it to be licensed as having accomplished course necessities for highschool.
The invoice outlined a pc science course as “a course of research of computer systems and algorithmic processes, together with the ideas, and software program designs, implementation and impression on society of computer systems and algorithmic processes.”
State Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Middle, requested the invoice on behalf of Cerner Company, which designs well being info know-how.
The Home Rural Revitalization Committee is slated to be briefed over three days this week on rural healthcare points, starting from psychological well being to rural hospitals to dental care.
Amongst these scheduled to testify are Dr. Robert Moser, the previous Kansas Division of Well being and Atmosphere secretary who beforehand was chief of workers of Greeley County Well being Providers; David Jordan, president of the United Methodist Well being Ministry Fund, Hutchinson; Dr. Jeremy Presley, Dodge Metropolis, who’s president of the Kansas Affiliation of Household Practitioners; and Chrysanne Grand, undertaking director of Greeley County Well being System.