County commissioners sworn in

On Monday, Jan. 12, Johnson County had a swearing-in ceremony for incoming Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) First District representative Ron Shaffer, AIA. Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty swore in Shaffer along with Chairman Ed Eilert, Fourth District Commissioner Jason Osterhaus and Fifth District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, all of whom were re-elected in November.

About Chairman Ed Eilert:
Chairman Ed Eilert was re-elected to a second term in November 2014. Prior to serving as Chairman he served as the Fourth District BOCC representative for four years. Chairman Eilert’s career in public service also includes 24 years as the mayor of Overland Park and four years as an Overland Park City Councilman. Continue reading

It’s time to rise up

‘Expand Kansas Medicaid’ rally Feb. 17, Topeka

Freelance writer/editor

A broad coalition of sunflower state disability advocates and supporters have joined forces to “Expand Medicaid in Kansas,” a Feb. 17 rally at 2 p.m. at the state Capitol rotunda in Topeka. Organizers hope to attract more than 100 supporters.

The goal is simple: Present a unified force of Kansas disability rights advocates and supporters to send Gov. Sam Brownback and state legislators a clear message that it is critical to expand Medicaid during this legislative session.

The group will meet just before 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the state Capitol. State legislators will give health care policy updates. KanCare recipients negatively affected by the state’s experimental, for-profit managed care initiative — including Finn Bullers of Kansas City who fought the state to have his caregiver hours restored — will address the rally. Continue reading

Voters need to send a clear message by voting for Calvin Hayden

He’s baa-aack!

It’s been almost four years to the day, Oct. 25, 2008, when then Johnson County District 6 Commissioner John Toplikar was video-taped removing and taking a political yard sign of his opponent Calvin Hayden who eventually unseated Toplikar. In April of 2009, Toplikar accepted a diversion agreement in which he was sentenced to 12 months probation and that the misdemeanor theft charge would be removed from his record dismissed if he stayed out of trouble during that time.

Since then, Toplikar, also a former State Representative, has virtually remained out of the public eye with the exception of filing to put his name on the ballot for County Commission Chair in 2010 and on the ballot this year to try and win back the 6th District Commission seat from Hayden. Continue reading

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