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Government & Politics
4:23 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Make Room Seniors, Rural Schools are in the Same Boat

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The trials of senior citizens trying to balance increased expenses with fixed incomes are frequently in the news, and rural schools are in the same boat.  Educational District budgets are strained, and the Affordable Health Care Act requires public employers, like schools, to meet new health coverage requirements. 

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Government & Politics
8:01 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies

Third-generation Oklahoma farmer Scott Neufeld says crop insurance is important to his family's business.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:40 am

The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.

The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.

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Government & Politics
12:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Constitutional Showdown Looming Over Kansas and Texas

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle
Credit Dion Lefler/The Wichita Eagle

State legislatures are constitutionally mandated to provide adequate funding for schools.  Courts in both Kansas and Texas recently ruled this directive is not being met. 

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10:41 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Colorado County Commissioners Join in Action to Create North Colorado

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In many high plains states, the divide between rural and suburban populations is as distinct as the difference between paved streets and dirt roads. Weld County Commissioners are uniting with other counties in northeastern Colorado to take steps to become a new state.
If North Colorado became the 51st state today, it would be: " The 42nd largest state with 14,105,020 square miles " The 51st most populous state with 316,051 residents Greeley, population 95,357, would be the largest city and likely the state capital.
1:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Kansas Concealed-Carry Permits on Target to Double This Year

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Gun control- words that can spark passionate discussion across the country, and on the High Plains. Oklahoma issued a record number of conceal-carry permits in 2013. Texas concealed-carry law allows license holders to carry an unlimited number of concealed handguns. Nucla recently became Colorado's first community to approve an ordinance requiring heads of households to have guns and ammunition. Gun control is in the spotlight, and in Kansas, the number of permit applications is on the rise.
Kansas is on track to process more than twice as many concealed-carry license applications as it did last year, and Sedgwick County is on pace to hit 5,000 applications this year. The state had taken 22,124 applications through the first 10 months of the fiscal year, which started in July.
3:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Joys of No Income Tax, the Agonies of Other Kinds

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said, “Look out, Texas. Here comes Kansas,” when he revealed his plan to phase out state income tax, but the Texas experience shows that if you rob Peter, you might have to pay Paul.
When Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana wanted to sell his plan to replace his state's income tax with a higher sales tax, he pointed to Texas as both the problem and the solution. Too many Louisiana residents are moving to Texas, because that is where the jobs are, he said.
10:33 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Will Perry Run Again? And if So, for What?

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Will Rick Perry's name be missing from Texas ballots for the first time in 25 years? It seems to be anybody's guess, say Texas insiders.
Outside a 2008 meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Grapevine, Tex., a reporter asked Gov. Rick Perry if he was running for re-election. It was a far-fetched notion at the time.
Harvest Public Media story
1:02 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan

Grover Norquist

An unlikely coalition of business and social interests tried last year to get the legislature to establish a state program that would help ag businesses hire undocumented workers and let them legally stay in the state. Conservative lightning rod Grover Norquist – more known for his anti-tax crusades than his immigration beliefs – endorsed the plan during a speech in Topeka this week. He likened current U-S immigration law to the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit enacted in the 70s. Norquist says most people broke that law, too.

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1:05 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Balance the Kansas budget yourself

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Kansas faces a $234 million budget deficit. How would you resolve the problem? Cut taxes or raise them? Increase spending or downsize government? The Kansas Health Institute has created the Budget Puzzle as a tool that allows you to fashion your own version of the next state budget. Give it a try.
Kansas faces a very challenging budget picture next year. Policymakers must resolve a large imbalance between revenue and expenditures, but how? Should they raise revenue or cut spending? Would maintaining a 6.3 percent sales tax rate solve the problem? What about cutting education funding?
Harvest Public Media story
5:38 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Farmers frustrated by farm bill extension

Grant Wood's American Gothic, 1930, Oil on Beaverboard

Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start the new year with a new farm bill, the all-important legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.

As House and Senate negotiators worked feverishly at the turn of the year to come to a fiscal cliff deal, word leaked that the Agriculture Committees had finally come to an agreement on a long-awaited new farm bill. But the final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October.

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HS graduation rates
5:05 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

High School report card: TX 88%, KS 83%, CO 74%, OK no report

Sharon Springs KS High School graduation, May 2012

The U.S.

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HPPR election coverage
1:05 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Continuous Election Night Coverage on HPPR

Tune to HPPR for continuous election coverage on its FM stations and web stream from 7pm-2am CT.  Coverage may extend past 2am if the presidential race remains undecided.  

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6:37 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Texas state-level office returns

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HPPR political coverage
9:39 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Continuous Election Night Coverage from HPPR

HPPR will provide continuous election night coverage from 7pm-2am CT on November 6, immediately following the usual broadcast of All Things Considered.  In the event that the presidential race remains undecided and results are still coming in, coverage may extend past 2am.  NPR News will provide coverage from a national perspective and HPPR staff will report results of congressional and state-level positions and issues within the High Plains region.  In addition to providing coverage on all of its broadcast stations

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It's All Politics
2:30 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 7:14 pm

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Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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HPPR political coverage
3:27 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Live coverage of the final presidential debate on HPPR

HPPR will provide live coverage of the final presidential debate on all of its broadcast stations and web stream on Monday, October 22, starting at 8 pm CT.

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It's All Politics
3:16 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Live Blog: Obama & Romney's Town Hall Debate

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:23 am

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In a town hall-style debate that saw the candidates constantly challenge each other on issues ranging from the economy to the handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney got up close and personal at times Tuesday night.

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HPPR political coverage
9:07 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Live coverage of the second presidential debate on HPPR

HPPR will provide live coverage of the second presidential debate on all of its broadcast stations and its web stream on Tuesday, October 16, starting at 8 pm CT.  HPPR.org will feature a live chat hosted by NPR's Frank James as well as live blogging from NPR’s It’s All Politics blog.

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It's All Politics
3:12 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Live Blog: Biden Vs. Ryan In The Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan during Thursday's debate.
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Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 7:54 am

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Vice President Biden and his Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, had a lively debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., this evening — one marked by Biden's aggressive challenges to many of the Republican vice presidential nominee's claims and Ryan's oft-repeated message that the Obama-Biden administration's policies aren't working.

The discussion was steered by ABC News' Martha Raddatz. It's the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.

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HPPR political coverage
12:16 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Listen now to the final presidential debate

HPPR is currently carrying coverage of the final presidential debate on all of its broadcast stations and web stream. Listen now and follow the Live Chat and NPR All Politics Liveblogging, just below.

with NPR's Frank James
11:04 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Presidential debate live chat

Thursday at 8 pm CT
8:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Live coverage of the vice-presidential debate on HPPR

HPPR will provide live coverage of the vice-presidential debate on Thursday, October 11, starting at 8 pm CT from the Centre College in Danville, KY.  The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each.

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5:52 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Kansas governor positions budget cutting

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Kansas governor Sam Brownback is raising concerns about the national and global economy to justify state budget cut planning, deflecting concern over the impact of large tax reductions approved last year.
Gov. Sam Brownback's administration already has developed talking points to deflect anticipated criticism of the newly enacted massive income tax cuts should Kansas face significant budget problems next year. Critics said their fears about the aggressiveness of the cuts were confirmed by the conservative Republican governor's budget director in July, when he told state agencies to draft proposals for slicing up to 10 percent of their spending.