Archive for May 16th, 2009

Kansas Liberty on Ray Merrick’s victory for freedom: Bill limiting cities’ annexation power arrives on Parkinson’s desk

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Kansas Liberty:

A bill that would limit the authority of cities to annex unincorporated land was a partial victory for property rights, but the bill sponsor said the measure was just a start and that he would seek additional limitations next year.

The bill was approved by the Kansas House and Senate and is now awaiting a signature or a veto from Gov. Mark Parkinson, who’s been mum about his intentions toward the legislation.

House Majority Leader Ray Merrick was the chief sponsor of the proposal, Senate Bill 51. He represents a largely unincorporated area of Johnson County, part of which was annexed by Overland Park after a prolonged battle with residents, many of whom vigorously opposed becoming part of the city.

Overland Park had initially sought to annex about 15 square miles. That request was pared to about eight square miles by the Board of Johnson County Commissioners. The decision to allow the partial annexation is now the subject of a court battle that is scheduled to resume this summer.

Dr. Rand Paul is in for Kentucky US Senate race

Saturday, May 16th, 2009


Paul made the announcement Thursday night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show.

Paul had said previously that he would not throw his hat in the ring if Bunning decided to run for reelection. Bunning – seen as one of the weakest Republicans in the 2010 race – has said that he will run again, but Paul said he doesn’t necessarily trust that the two-term Kentucky senator will follow through.

“I think the problem is that every time a reporter asks Jim Bunning, are you running, their follow up question is, Jim, are you really running,” Paul said. He said Bunning has done some “unusual things” and said, “What I hate to see is a politician who might go all the way up to the deadline and pull their papers out an hour before and then you have one candidate and there’s no real primary.”