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KPI conducts research on timely issues as determined by its board of directors. In addition, KPI will also conduct research consistent with its mission on a contractual or grant basis for individuals or groups, and will post or publish research conducted by others in which the board of directors finds particularly relevant to the issues facing Kansas. KPI research will focus not only on good policy analysis, but also on how to make it understood by a wider public.

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  • How Fossil Fuel Money Fueled Kansas Votes Against Wind Energy
    January 18, 2017

    Co-written by Creed Shepard   A 2009 Kansas law on Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) required electric companies to get 20% of their power from wind and other renewable sources by 2020.  Fossil fuel interests (FFIs) pushed for repeal from the beginning, led by Κoch Industries of Wichita.  They finally succeeded in 2015.  However the 2015 repeal was ...

  • How To Get Away With Murder Incitement Case file #2
    September 2, 2016

    Case file #2: Troy Newman (1966 –) and Operation Rescue The antiabortion movement uses the terms “mainstream” and “fringe” to distinguish its nonviolent wing from its overtly violent wing. Operation Rescue (OR), which is headquartered in Wichita, might be characterized as operating at the near-fringe or hard edge of the “mainstream.” Nevertheless, inclusion in the antiabortion ...

  • How To Get Away With Murder Incitement Case File #1
    May 26, 2016

    Case File #1: Dr. George Richard Tiller (August 8, 1941 –May 31, 2009) by David Burress May, 2016 This is the first in a series of case files presenting some of the raw facts, together with some immediate interpretations. I will leave it to the reader to draw any deeper conclusions. Case File #1: Dr. George Richard Tiller (August ...

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  • Financial Mechanisms for Universal Access to Healthcare in the US: A Critical Analysis
    May 7, 2012

    Introduction   Strong majorities of Americans have supported the principle that everyone ought to have access to needed health care services (i.e. Universal Access to Health Care, or UAHC herein) at least since polling began on the topic in the 1930s (Jacobs, 2008). Since that time significant progress has been made towards universal coverage. However, coalitions opposed ...

  • Nonprofits and Politics: Some Myths and FAQS
    May 7, 2012

    Introduction   Leaders of many nonprofits have fears based on misconceptions about tax laws and other laws that keep them from attempting to influence public policy. Their inaction works to the disadvantage of the country as a whole. This note addresses some of those misconceptions.   The main point of this FAQ is that your 501(c)(3) nonprofit can be ...

  • Economic Stimulus – Or More Tax and Spend?
    May 8, 2009

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Publications || Presentations || Position Papers KPI conducts research on timely issues as determined by its board of directors. In addition, KPI will also conduct research consistent with its mission on a contractual or grant basis for individuals or groups, and will post or publish research conducted by others in which the board of directors […]