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Anti-tax group targets state representative

October 20, 2004

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— An anti-tax political action committee that helped defeat a handful of moderate Republicans in the primary has targeted for defeat state Rep. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin.

The Kansas Club for Growth mailed campaign literature that blasted Holland for supporting a $155 million tax increase for public schools during the last legislative session.

"I'm fighting to properly fund classrooms in Kansas, and here come the out-of-state interest groups," Holland said.

The Club for Growth is based in Washington, D.C., and recently started a Kansas chapter under the guidance of David Kensinger, a political consultant and former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

Holland faces Republican Rich Lorenzo in the Nov. 2 general election.

Lorenzo said he was glad the Kansas Club for Growth was working against his opponent. But he said he had no communication with the group and disagreed with the group's absolute opposition to tax increases.

Lorenzo said he would consider a tax increase for schools "only as a last resort" and if the school finance formula was overhauled.

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