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KDOT Lettings: December 2020

There is a total of 30 projects in the December lettings, most of which are maintenance projects.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on January 7, 2021. The approved bids announced on January 7 will be noted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: January 2021

The inauguration of President-elect Biden is not the only thing scheduled for January 20. It will also be the scheduled day for the monthly KDOT lettings. Included in the January lettings are several bridge replacements and signage upgrades, as well as a new roundabout in Kansas City.

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KDOT lettings: October 2020

There are quite a few projects up for bids at the KDOT October letting, including a couple of reconstruction projects, plenty of overlays, and quite a few county bridge projects.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in releases on November 5 and December 10. The approved bids announced on November 5 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on December 10 will be noted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: November 2020

The November highway lettings mainly consist of maintenance projects, along with a couple of bridge replacements.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on December 10. The approved bids announced on November 5 will be noted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: September, 2020

Time for the September lettings, and we’ve got a major project included.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on October 7 and November 5. The approved bids announced on October 7 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on November 5 will be noted in blue.

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General Election 2020

I share who I voted for of my own free will. No incentive or consideration has been made to share my voting selections.

I made it out to the polling place for the 2020 general election at about 11:30. I was ballot number 181.

President: I cannot stand Donald Trump. In 2016, I couldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, either, and went third-party. (knowing full well that Trump was likely to take Kansas, which he did) I had no qualms about voting for Joe Biden this year. Trump is still likely to take Kansas.

US Senate: Clarance Oveur… I mean, Pat Roberts… is retiring. I went with Republican Roger Marshall over Democrat Barbara Bollier. Had Kris Kobach won the primary, Bollier would have gotten my nod. Although Bollier had the fundraising advantage leading into the General, Marshall will likely carry his home territory in the 1st Congressional district. (The ‘Big First’ has also moved Bob Dole, Roberts, and our other current Senator, Jerry Moran) The Balance will likely be in Shawnee and Sedgwick Counties.

US House, District 2: I voted for Jake LaTurner. Although I think Michelle De La Isla will fare well in Shawnee and Douglas Counties, I doubt that her credentials as the current Mayor of Topeka will fare well in the rural districts.

Kansas House, District 47: I expect the incumbent, Republican Ron Ellis, to easily carry the house district.

Kansas Senate, District 2: Even though she is a Democrat, I told Marci Francisco that I would not vote against her unless I was her opponent. I did not run for the Republican nomination for this seat, and neither did anyone else.

Everything else: The State Board of Education seat, currently held by Democrat Ann Mah, was unopposed, as were all of the county and township races. Five Court of Appeals seats, along with one Supreme Court seat and one District Magistrate seat, were up for uncontested retention.

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KDOT Lettings: August 2020

The KDOT August lettings consist primarily of maintenance projects, including three state highway signage projects and a major collector signage project. The main replacement/widening project is on K-33 in Wellsville.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on September 14 and October 7. The approved bids announced on September 14 will be noted in red. The approved bids announced on October 7 will be noted in blue.

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Labor Day weekend railfanning

For me, Labor Day weekend would not be one without me going out and taking pictures of something railroad related. This year, I decided to head out to Camden, Missouri on the joint BNSF Marceline Sub and Norfolk Southern Kansas City District. I was last here on Labor Day weekend in 2018.

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Primary Ballot not Counted due to USPS SNAFU

Because my family had to quarantine for two weeks leading to the Primary, my mother and I both applied for and received advanced ballots.

After filling out and signing out ballots, I dropped them off together at the drop box at the Downtown Lawrence post office on August 1.

The ballots should have gone from Lawrence to the Shawnee Mission sorting facility, then to Oskaloosa for delivery to the Jefferson County Clerk.

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GOP Primary 2020

For this year’s primary election, I did not go to the polling place on Tuesday. Because of a COVID-related quarantine, I elected to receive a mail-in advance ballot. I mailed the ballot in on August 1st.

There were only two contested races on my primary ballot. Both of the contested races were won by my preferred candidate.