Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Johnson County Christmas Bureau looking to raise $10,000 for client meals. The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, which provides families in poverty with support during the holiday season, has put out a fundraising call ahead of its annual Holiday Shop, which will run Dec. 1-9. The organization is looking to raise $10,000 so it can purchase main meal proteins for its clients’ holiday meals. “Can drives through various schools and other organizations will help round out the three days of meals that will be given to the 10,000 to 12,000 low-income Johnson Countians that will shop for their families – free of charge – at this year’s Holiday Shop, held December 1-9,” reads the appeal. “However, funds to purchase a main meal protein for client’s baskets are not available.” You can make a donation through the organization’s website here.

Skubal says he’s perplexed by Brownback abdicating responsibility to Colyer. Overland Park Sen. John Skubal is among the lawmakers who are puzzled by Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to hand major gubernatorial powers, like nominating cabinet secretaries, to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer as Brownback awaits confirmation to his appointment in the Trump administration. “I would think that if he was incapacitated and couldn’t do his job, that would be one thing,” Skubal told the Kansas City Star. “But if he doesn’t want to do it, you would think he would resign.” [Stuck between jobs, Brownback puts Kansas in ‘strange and awkward situation’ — Kansas City Star]