Thursday, October 11, 2018

Opinion: The Trump Factor

By Martin Hawver

We have less than a month to figure out whether the Topeka rally by President Donald Trump will see if his endorsement of GOP gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Kris Kobach is going to move the tight race in Kobach’s favor.
Martin Hawver
Martin Hawver
Similarly, we’re going to see whether his endorsement moves the tight race for 2nd District Congress to Republican Steve Watkins, who has virtually no government experience—or even experience at voting—to the relatively little-known Republican.
While a presidential visit to the state is always front-page news, Trump had his issue Saturday which was celebration of the Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the newest, and perhaps tipping-point on life issues, nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The question, of course, is will that matter to Kansas voters next month?
At the rally, Trump talked a little about general issues, the ones that rile the Kansas Legislature each session, like taxes and spending and illegal immigration. But nothing specific that would bring Kansas notoriety as a national leader or strong supporter of Trump policies on those issues. But…it’s not going to be difficult for candidates for governor and congressional seats to raise those issues to show that if they are elected, well, the president is on their side for whatever political and legislative advantage that might yield them and their constituents.
There weren’t many legislative candidates visible at the rally. Trump didn’t identify any by name, and searches of the 10,000-Republican crowd at the event didn’t turn up any legislative candidate who made it into the same photo frame as Trump.  It is those state legislators who, if Kobach defeats Democratic challenger Laura Kelly, will tip Kansas government next session either in favor of Kobach or away from Kobach in floor votes or in considering vetoes.
The rally, though, probably had a positive effect on conservative Republicans trying to move some of those moderate GOP candidates toward conservative policy.  There are going to be those House candidates who point to conservative party leadership, and their degree of support for that conservatism may jiggle the Legislature’s votes on state issues ranging from tax cuts to school finance to expansion of Medicaid (KanCare) to voting rights.
And there are going to be moderate Republicans who vote along with Democrats on key state issues who will be able to portray themselves as important brakes on conservative moves that would dramatically alter Kansas’ responsibility to care for the poor, the ill, the roads, the students from grade school through college.
Which side wins and which side of the GOP uses the Trump appearance to its best advantage in the general election are keys for candidates who are selling themselves to voters who are pro-Trump or anti-Trump. Democrats, seeing the GOP reaction to the presidential visit, may find ways to translate that into voter support for not taking that conservative tack in the upcoming Legislature.
Remember, when Trump carried Kansas in 2016 with 56.6% of the vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 36%, that was before Trump actually had taken the wheel of the federal government. His tough trade policies that appeared for a time likely to make Kansas farmers just watch their crops and livestock they produced rather than seeing them sell at good prices, now are being shifted to what might become economic boons for those farmers. And restricting immigration, a key to Kansas productivity because those immigrants comprise a significant share of the state’s workforce, might just become another of those policy moves that may shift to help the state’s economy.
Kansans have a month to decide, or predict, what effect Trump has had on the state—and even their Kansas House districts. And then vote for or against it.
Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Steve Watkins Endorsed by National Federation of Independent Business

Topeka, KS - Steve Watkins, U.S. Army veteran and Republican nominee for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, has earned an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business, which is dedicated to electing small business advocates to Congress.
Steve Watkins (Gazette File Photo)
“I am truly honored to have my candidacy for Congress endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, an organization that consistently stands up for the needs of our nation's small businesses,” said Steve Watkins. “As someone who has found both success and failure in the small business world, I know how tough it can be to start and grow a business and I will be a dedicated advocate for those who keep our local communities growing.”
"Steve Watkins has a deep understanding of the small business climate in our state,” said NFIB’s Kansas State Director Daniel Murray. “He knows the issues that concern our members, and we are confident that he will be a strong advocate for small business in the United States House of Representatives. On behalf of small business owners in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District, we are proud to endorse Steve Watkins for election to the U.S. House.”
This endorsement adds to four others earned by Steve Watkins in recent weeks, including the National Right to Life Committee, Kansans for Life, National Rifle Association, and an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

Obituary: Brenda Sue Rice

Funeral services for Brenda Sue Rice, 72, rural Baldwin, will be at 10 am Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Dave Olmstead officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Brenda died Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at her home, surrounded by family.
Brenda Sue Rice Obituary
Brenda Sue Rice
She was born April 7, 1946, in Lafayette, Georgia, the daughter of Temple T. and Irene Hales Hale. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964. She began working at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, and later worked for ServiceMaster as an Environmental Services Manager. She enjoyed home decorating and cooking, and watching HGTV and various cooking shows. But most important to Brenda was her family.
She married Frank Molby in 1964. They divorced in 1976. She married Dan Morrow in 1977. They divorced in 1985. She married Virgil ‘Bear’ Rice in 1987. He preceded her in death in 2009. She was also preceded in death by four siblings, Geneva, Jeanette, BettyJo, and Sonny. She is survived by three children, Sean Molby and wife Christy, Grain Valley, Mo., Daniel Morrow, North Kansas City, Mo., and Shawna Vandebuerie and husband Luc, Baldwin City; a brother, Oscar Dee Hale and wife Donna, Burlingame; a sister, Frances Bates, Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Carol Hale, Overbrook; and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Brenda Rice Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Boil Water Advisory Continues for Franklin County Rural Water District 6, Franklin County

KDHE Press Release

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a boil water advisory for Franklin County Rural Water District (RWD) 6, in Franklin County on Sept. 29. Laboratory testing samples collected from the system indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination, however, due to the discoloration of the water, Franklin County RWD 6 will remain under a boil water advisory. 
Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
The advisory took effect on Sept. 29, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a water line break.
Regardless of whether the public water supplier or KDHE announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.
If you have questions, please contact the water system or you may contact KDHE at 785-296-5795.

Restaurants and other food establishments that have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety & lodging program at or call 785-564-6767.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Alice Cooper new Album Released August 31

by Kevin Surbaugh  contributor to

I have a confession or better yet an admission. When I grew up in the 70's and 80's I was not a fan of Alice Cooper. However, in the 90's something happened that changed all that. Alice Cooper changed. He recognized his weakness' in faith and accepted the God of his youth. The God his dad used to preach about all those years ago. His band quit and he hired a new band and released that first album that I fell in love with, The Last Temptation. That was 1994. Now twenty-four years later, I had the chance to have a listen and review his latest album, A Paranormal Evening at The Olympia Paris.
This album follows last years (2017) the release of the studio album Paranormal (Cooper's first in six years), which was the best chart-performing album by Alice Cooper in decades. That album had the American rock legend taking his exciting live show all over the world, accompanied by "the best band he has ever had." That tour ended in Paris on December 7, 2017, in Paris at the "world-renowned Olympia Theater, where this album was recorded.
This live album is a 90-minute release featuring classics such as “Poison,” “School’s Out,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” gems like “Pain,” and newer numbers like (Paranormal single) “Paranoiac Personality.”
The album captures a rock 'n' roll show at its peak and is one of the best live releases by Alice Cooper, featuring his longtime band guitarists Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel in front of an excited audience, says the promotional media release.

Awesome Music with a Message

The music still has that sarcasm, that his fans have come to love, but there is a message.  It may not be, the overt in your face message that Stryper and other Christian bands do. However, for a band that isn't thought to be Christian at all, the message is there and can be seen for those that take time to actually listen to the lyrics.   In my effort to write this, I listened and then listened again to each song.  Sometimes, three or four times. In the first song, Brutal Planet, Cooper sings about how horrible this world is.  His lyrics include the words:
Right here we stoned the prophets, Built idols out of mud, Right here we fed the lions, Christian flesh and Christian blood, Down here is where we hung ya Upon an ugly cross, Over there we filled the ovens Right here the holocaust.
Granted it is not as good, in my humble opinion, as "Lost in America", my favorite Alice Cooper song, but it is still a fantastic song. I could certainly have it as the first song to be added to my cell phone's music player.  Other songs on the album included, which was released on earMusic and on two CD set or two (colored) LP set:

Compact Disc Set

  1. 1. Brutal Planet
  2. 2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  3. Under My Wheels
  4. Department of Youth
  5. Pain
  6. Billion Dollar Babies
  7. The World Needs Guts
  8. Woman of Mass Distraction
  9. Poison 10. Halo of Flies
  1. Feed My Frankenstein
  2. Cold Ethyl
  3. Only Women Bleed
  4. Paranoiac Personality
  5. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  6. Killer/I Love the Dead themes
  7. I'm Eighteen
  8. School's Out

LP (colored) Set

  1. Brutal Planet
  2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  3. Under My Wheels
  4. Department of Youth
  5. Pain
  6. Billion Dollar Babies
  1. The World Needs Guts
  2. Woman of Mass Distraction
  3. Poison
  4. Halo of Flies
  1. Feed My Frankenstein
  2. Cold Ethyl
  3. Only Women Bleed
  4.  Paranoiac Personality
    1. Ballad of Dwight Fry
    2. Killer/I Love the Dead themes
    3. I'm Eighteen
    4. School's Out

    On Tour

    Overall, even though it is not my favorite, I would still give it four and a half stars out of five. As for Cooper, he is touring the country and has the following upcoming concerts.
    • 10/4 — Albany, NY — Palace Theater
    • 10/9 — Charlotte, NC — Ovens Auditorium
    • 10/10 — Atlanta, GA — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
    • 10/12 — Chattanooga, TN — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
    • 10/13 — Biloxi, MS — Beau Rivage
    • 10/14 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hill Lawn
    • 10/16 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
    • 10/17 — Park City, KS — Hartman Arena
    • 10/19 — Memphis, TN — Orpheum Theater
    • 10/20 — St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
    • 10/21 — Cedar Rapids, IA — Paramount Theater
    • 10/23 — Des Moines, IA — Des Moines Civic Center
    • 10/24 — Rockford, IL — Coronado Performing Arts Center

Saturday, September 29, 2018

President Trump Coming to Topeka

by Kevin Surbaugh, compiled from Press Releases

TOPEKA  - In a recent announcement, President Donald Trump announced he will visit Topeka, Kansas in support of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's campaign for governor. The October 6 event is free, but tickets are required.
Upon the announcement, Kobach said
"I'm honored and grateful that President Trump will be coming to Kansas on October 6. President Trump's success in cutting taxes at the national level unleashed economic growth, and I want to accomplish the same thing in Kansas by reducing our crushing tax burden. It has been a great privilege to work with President Trump's administration as a transition team member and informal adviser, and I look forward to working with him closely when I am Governor of Kansas."

 Steve Watkins, U.S. combat veteran, engineer, and Republican nominee for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, a statement in response to the upcoming rally at the Expocentre in  Topeka, saying,

“Regardless of your political stripes, it is always a true honor to have an opportunity to welcome the President of the United States to your hometown. President Trump recognizes that this upcoming election and the race for the Second District of Kansas, in particular, is critical to the future of our nation and the Great State of Kansas. While my liberal career politician opponent, Paul Davis, has proudly embraced Nancy Pelosi’s radical agenda and has in turn been showered with over $2 million in outside liberal interest group spending, conservatives like President Trump are supporting me. I look forward to meeting President Trump on October 6th and sharing with him my plans to help deliver lower taxes, enhanced border security, and higher paychecks for 2nd District Residents.”

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Number 1 Park Earns Home Sweep over Williams Baptist

Park University Sports Press Release

PARKVILLE, Missouri – The number one nationally ranked Park University women’s volleyball team made quick work of Williams Baptist (WBU) on Friday night inside the Breckon Sports Center, as they defeated the Eagles in straight sets, (25-13, 25-7, 25-9). 
The Pirates move to 16-0 on the season and extend their season-long set winning streak to a perfect, 48-0.

WBU falls to 3-16 overall and 2-4 in American Midwest Conference play, while the Pirates stay in first-place with its 4-0 AMC mark.

In the first set, Park held the Eagles to .061 hitting, as the Eagles had just six kills. Park hit .289 in that first set and Paula de Oliveira was stellar at the net with five kills and hit .444 in that first frame.

In the second, the No. 1 Pirates pieced together its best set of the night, as they hit .364 as a team, but defensively the Eagles hit just -.080 against the Park defense.

In the finale, the Pirates offense overpowered WBU by hitting, .433 and holding the Eagles to just .083 as a squad.

The Pirates had a balanced attack, as Salma Shahtout and Noura Meawad led the team in kills with seven each.

Two-time 2018 AMC Setter of the Week Danna Gomes had a team-high 26 assists in the victory and Celina Monteiro led the way with 12 digs.

Park had an impressive 12 service aces in the win while giving up zero. Gomes and Mackenzie Nunn each had three service aces to lead the Pirates

The Pirates will compete again inside the Breckon Sports Center on Saturday, September 29, as they take on Freed-Hardeman in another AMC match up at 1 p.m.


Williams Baptist (Ark.)13790
Park (Mo.)2525253
NAIA Women's Volleyball Box Score

BLM Announces Annual Adjustment to its Mineral Fee Cost-Recovery Schedule

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Effective October 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin using an updated fee schedule to recover costs incurred in processing certain actions related to oil, gas, coal, and solid minerals activities on public land. The fee schedule is adjusted regularly based on inflation and follows procedures established under the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The updated schedule appears in today’s Federal Register and will be posted to the BLM website at

The fees cover the BLM’s costs for processing such actions as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations, and reinstatements. Under this update, seventeen of the forty-eight fees subject to annual adjustment will remain unchanged, while thirty-one will increase.

Of the thirty-one fees that are increasing, eighteen will increase by $5 each and eight will increase by $10 each. The fee for adjudicating ten or fewer mineral patent claims will increase by $50 (from $1,555 to $1,605), and the fee for adjudicating more than 10 claims will increase by $105 (from $3,110 to $3,215).

The BLM is authorized to charge cost recovery fees under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The Office of Management and Budget has also directed federal agencies to recover costs for their services. The 2005 Cost Recovery Rule expressly projected that the BLM would annually adjust the fee schedule to account for inflation. The BLM updates the fee schedule each year based on changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Statue Celebrating Lifetime Achievements of Senator Bob Dole Unveiled at Washburn University

Washburn University Press Release

Topeka  – Today, Washburn University unveiled a bronze statue and celebrated the lifetime achievements of Senator Bob Dole. It was the first commissioned bronze statue of Dole ever created.

Washburn University President Jerry Farley said,
Photo couertesy of the Washburn University
Alumni Association and Foundation
“Senator Dole’s honorable career as a public servant embodies what we want Washburn students to reflect on while they are receiving their education. His career was built on service to others, to the country, and to the world, and what can be achieved when we focus on finding common ground. We are thankful for his leadership at Washburn and in the state of Kansas. We are honored to be able to celebrate his life with the dedication of this statue.”

The statue is a gift to Washburn University from John Pinegar, BA 1982, and the Doug and Kathleen, BBA 1984, Smith family and is located north of stately Carnegie Hall on Washburn’s campus.
Dole, BA ’52, JD ’52, H ’69, H ’85 said,
“Washburn provided me with a firm foundation to set my sights on great things. For my generation, which had won a war overseas, but then had to create a better future back home, Washburn gave us that new start through education.”

During the war, Dole suffered devastating injuries while trying to help a fellow soldier. He was later awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service. He has developed a worldwide reputation for public service, holding elected positions in the Kansas House of Representatives, as Russell County (Kan.) attorney and as U.S. congressman before spending nearly 30 years as U.S. senator. He was chair of the Republican National Committee, Senate Minority Leader and Senate Majority Leader, where he set a record as the longest-serving Republican leader. Dole was President Gerald Ford’s vice presidential running mate in 1976 and a Republican presidential candidate in both 1988 and 1996, earning the GOP nomination in 1996. He served as national chair of the World War II Memorial Campaign and has been a strong advocate for veterans and the disabled. In January, Dole was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor.
Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of laws in 1969 and an honorary doctor of civil law in 1985. He received the Washburn Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1966. The Washburn University School of Law honored him with the Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1981 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
The Washburn University School of Law houses the Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government, where a professorship was also established in his name. A special scholarship bearing his name is designated for law students with disabilities. He served 11 years as a trustee of the Washburn University Foundation and has served as trustee emeritus since 1998.
Dole currently serves as special counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of  Alston & Bird LLP, a leading national and international law firm.

Friday, September 21, 2018

NRA Endorses a Gubernatorial Candidate

Press Release

TOPEKA  - The National Rifle Association (NRA) today announced its endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for Governor. The NRA's Political Victory Fund praised Kobach's support for gun rights and his advocacy for America's hunting heritage. The organization urged all NRA members, gun owners, and sportsmen in Kansas to vote for Kobach in November.
In a statement, Kobach told the media,
"I am humbled and honored by the NRA's endorsement, I will always defend our Second Amendment rights."