KC Monitor column – GOP’s D.C. Opportunity: Put Money, Time Into School Choice

link: http://kcmonitor.com/columnists/kansas-report/gop%E2%80%99s-d-c-opportunity-put-money-time-into-school-choice-1389

GOP’s D.C. Opportunity: Put Money, Time Into School Choice Continue reading

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Hodge letter, CJ Online – Letter: School choice can work

http://cjonline.com/stories/122708/opi_371454673.shtml

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008
By The Capital-Journal
In a difficult period of economic correction, there is no better time for leaders in Kansas to finally embrace a movement that will create tremendous economic growth, lower taxes, diversify the community and provide hope and opportunity in the inner city. Continue reading

Hodge’s column in The Citizen about the Johnson County Charter Commission and pro-life legislation

link to original article

JoCo Char­ter Com­mis­sion forms

Thir­teen peo­ple may dra­mat­i­cally shape a county of 550,000 res­i­dents in the com­ing months. Thir­teen is a major­ity of 25, the num­ber of peo­ple on the John­son County Char­ter Com­mis­sion, which begins to meet in February. Continue reading

Press release – Audio: Hodge on KMBZ 980 with Darla Jaye to discuss JCCC; Read Byrnes v. JCCC court ruling

Benjamin Hodge
Kansas GOP Delegate, 2009-’10
Kansas Representative, 2007-’08
JCCC Trustee, 2005-’09
Web site: BenjaminHodge.com
Phone: (913) 259-4236
Email: contact@benjaminhodge.com

Monday, January 24, 2011

US District Judge Eric Melgren: “I don’t know that what
they [the students] did was disruptive. I think the college’s
reaction was disruptive.”

Read the transcript of the ruling of the court

Also: KMBZ 980’s Darla Jaye recently interviewed Benjamin Hodge.
You can listen to the audio on YouTube. Continue reading

Hodge endorsed for JCCC Board by Bob Montgomery, State Representative and At-Large Olathe City Councilman

Benjamin Hodge
Kansas GOP Delegate, 2009-’10
Kansas Representative, 2007-’08
JCCC Trustee, 2005-’09
Web site: BenjaminHodge.com
Phone: (913) 259-4236
Email: contact@benjaminhodge.com

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hodge endorsed for JCCC Board by Bob Montgomery, State Representative and At-Large Olathe City Councilman Continue reading

Hodge letter to the Star – Property taxes are about to go up all over Johnson County

Printed in the Kansas City Star.

JoCo taxes, spending

Property taxes are about to go up all over Johnson County

Local politicians wouldn’t tell you this. And you won’t discover this tax increase through the mainstream media. While newsrooms are generally sympathetic to moral relativism, reporters do provide philosophical immunity to the perceived necessity of continual government growth, elevating the idea to the status of an absolute truth. Continue reading

Hodge letter to the editor, KC Star – Kudos for Virginia Krebs

The following appeared in the Kansas City Star as a letter to the editor:

Kudos for Virginia Krebs

I’d like to thank Virginia Krebs for her decades of work at Johnson County Community College (10/4, Local, “College trustee steps down”). She’s a kind woman who is dedicated to providing to Kansans opportunity through education. Continue reading

Hodge letter to the editor – Possible tax hike at JCCC

Readers write about possible Johnson County tax increase, Kiki Beggs
Kansas City Star – Saturday, November 29, 2008

Possible tax hike

Another tax increase alert is issued for Johnson County — where local governments refuse to distinguish between “wants” and “needs,” where it seems that everybody but the taxpayer has a taxpayer-funded lobbyist, and where the total tax burden is already at an all-time high. Continue reading

Letter to the editor, by Hodge: School choice can work, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: School choice can work
The Capital-Journal
Published Saturday, December 27, 2008

In a difficult period of economic correction, there is no better time for leaders in Kansas to finally embrace a movement that will create tremendous economic growth, lower taxes, diversify the community and provide hope and opportunity in the inner city. Continue reading

Open meetings laws and JCCC: a review of the last two weeks – Hodge at Red County

Source: http://www.redcounty.com/johnson/2009/03/open-meetings-laws-and-jccc-a/

Open meetings laws and JCCC: a review of the last two weeks
Posted by: Benjamin Hodge | 03/12/2009 4:00 AM

To review, after being asked for JCCC budget-related information by Kansas City Star reporter Jim Sullinger, I decided to provide the most recent information I had. It had been handed to me in a closed session dedicated mainly to personnel issues, but Sullinger and I agreed that the budget information was entirely non-sensitive (meaning it contained no employee names, etc). Four to five sheets of paper listed about 50 ways to balance the budget at JCCC. They were ideas — not formal proposals — merely considerations of possible cuts. They were not prioritized in any order of importance. At any rate, most people at the college already knew that most ideas were “on the table.” Shortly after I provided it to Sullinger, he reported a summary of the information on The Star’s Prime Buzz blog. Continue reading

Competition would lead to better schools — letter by Hodge in Gardner News

Competition would lead to better schools

By Benjamin Hodge

In a difficult period of economic correction, there is no better time for Johnson County’s leaders to finally embrace a movement that will create tremendous economic growth, lower taxes, diversify the community, and provide hope and opportunity in the inner city. Continue reading

Judicial Selection Reform Needed in Sunflower State – KC Monitor column

Judicial Selection Reform Needed in Sunflower State

The KC Monitor
03.03.11 | By: 

“The basic issue here is democ­racy, where we have equal vot­ing rights for all citizens.”

— Stephen Ware, Pro­fes­sor of Law, Uni­ver­sity of Kansas

Ware is not refer­ring to an emerg­ing democ­racy in a far-off nation. Rather, he’s talk­ing about the lack of a democ­racy in his home state of Kansas, where judges are cho­sen secretly by an elite, unac­count­able group of peo­ple. In fact, the judi­cial selec­tion method used in Kansas is less account­able, less demo­c­ra­tic than in any other state. Continue reading