Week in review: Medicaid, trolling and comment crackdowns


By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — It’s Friday, so we’ll cut to the chase: it’s time to wind down the week and wrap-up the headlines you may have missed.

You know the drill.

Video: Brownback states plainly why Medicaid expansion hurts Kansas

To say Gov. Sam Brownback has been a political punching bag for standing against the push for Medicaid expansion would be an understatement. But in a recent interview with the Daily Signal, a project of the Heritage Foundation, the governor laid out the argument against expansion in his own words. In a nutshell: Why should we trust the federal government, with its horrendous track record of managing money, to keep its promise and shoulder the cost of an expanded Medicaid program in Kansas? Hear the argument in plain English.

Rep. Pompeo trolls EPA’s Gina McCarthy in Reddit AMA

Hot on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decree to reduce power plant emissions by 30 percent before 2030, administrator Gina McCarthy took to the web — specifically, Reddit — to drum up support. It backfired spectacularly, in more ways than one. But perhaps the most amazing aspect of it was a troll of epic proportions launched by Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo. Have we piqued your interest yet? Good, check out the details here.

Roeland Park council may rescind public comment experiment

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Local government meetings have long been a forum for aggravated citizens to express their displeasure in decisions exercised by local elected officials. And council members in Roeland Park agree this is beneficial, but also say it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. After a trial run where citizens were allowed to comment at an expanded number of meetings, city officials are having second thoughts. here.

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