AG Derek Schmidt speaks out against legality of new Kansas tax policy

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt spoke out against the legality of the Kansas online sales tax policy that will go into effect on Tuesday.

Out-of-state and online businesses were told that starting Oct. 1, they need to collect Kansas state and local sales taxes anytime someone from Kansas makes a purchase.

On Monday, Attorney General Derek Schmidt declared that Governor Laura Kelly lacks the legal authority to impose such a rule.

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new legal attack on death penalty

TOPEKA — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty.

Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state’s courts can enforce the broad guarantees of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the Bill of Rights in the Kansas Constitution. The lawyers contend the convicted killers cannot be executed because capital punishment violates their “inalienable” right to life.

New Alabama law permits Christian church to establish its own police force

Creeping Christian theocracy: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed a bill into law allowing  a fundamentalist Christian church to establish its own police force.

Say “Hello” to the American Taliban.

Associated Press reports:

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses.

The law approved two weeks ago allows the Birmingham-based church to set-up a private law enforcement department to make arrests when crimes are committed on its properties.

A wind farm bill dies; the challenges continue

When word that House Bill 2273 had been introduced in the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications committee last month, it took some people by surprise. News arrived by the grapevine.

“We got word that it had been filed late Wednesday evening when (the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative) notified our county health officer on a routine matter,” said Reno County Counselor Joe O’Sullivan. “The time limit to submit written testimony was Friday at noon.”

Opinion: Confirming Judge Kavanaugh will do lasting damage

An Open Letter to Senators Moran and Roberts:

As a professor of constitutional law, I normally strive to be nonpartisan and avoid taking positions on Supreme Court nominations. I will make an exception in this case. Each of you recently announced that you will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Please reconsider. Confirming Judge Kavanaugh will do lasting damage to the Supreme Court’s legitimacy as a nonpartisan and impartial arbiter of the law. Without that legitimacy, the Court cannot uphold the rule of law.

University of Kansas law professor explains who may be next if Rosenstein leaves after Trump meeting

As President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepare to meet on Thursday, a University of Kansas law professor goes over what would happen if a vacancy occurs in his position.

“Rod Rosenstein’s position is one that ordinarily requires a nomination by the President and then approval or confirmation by the Senate,” said Richard Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas.

While the job is vacant, someone still has to mind the store, and there is law for that.

Orman’s ballot spot in jeopardy from legal challenge to signatures

Legal experts say independent candidate for governor Greg Orman faces at least a potential threat to lose his spot on the ballot in Kansas’ general election.

An objection filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office on Monday targets the signatures Orman gathered for ballot access. The letter was filed on behalf of William Lawrence, the chief of staff for Democratic state Senate leader Anthony Hensley.

Elena Kagan is up to something

So far this term, Justice Elena Kagan has crossed ideological lines at least three times to join the Supreme Court’s conservatives. On June 21, Kagan authored the majority opinion in Lucia v. SEC, a huge case that threatens to erode the political independence of multiple federal agencies. Kagan took the lead in authoring an opinion that prompted a sharp dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who accused her colleague of making legal and factual errors.

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