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State House of Representatives races: Kansas House District 45

November 2, 2008

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Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

The House District 45 race features a veteran lawmaker, Republican Tom Sloan, facing a political newcomer, Democrat John Wilson.

And the main issue in the campaign has been the proposed construction of two 700-megawatt coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Sloan repeatedly supported the project during the past legislative session. Wilson says he would have voted against it.

"I'm disappointed with Tom Sloan's vote on that, and there are quite a few people disappointed with that as well," Wilson said.

Wilson said the state needs to focus on a more long-term energy policy. He also criticized the Legislature for spending so much time on the coal plants and so little on health care reform.

Sloan, a seven-term incumbent, said he voted for the coal project because coal is a crucial part of the power mix in Kansas, and the legislation also included provisions to increase renewable energy.

In announcing his re-election bid, Sloan said that he wanted to continue working on renewable energy, sustainable water resources, public safety and health-care delivery - "because I believe that developing responsible, progressive public policies is critically important to the progress of our region and the state."

On the coal project, the city of Lawrence officially opposed it, and many of the environmentalists who opposed the proposal live in Douglas County. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration rejected the project based on its annual emission of 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, blamed by many for climate change.

Attempts by supporters of the project to overturn the administrative rejection were vetoed by Sebelius.

Wilson graduated from Kansas University in 2006 and is national youth mobilization manager for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a nonprofit group that focuses on reducing obesity in children.

Sloan is a self-employed strategic planning facilitator.

The district covers much of western Lawrence and northwestern Douglas County.

Comments

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

"cat lady" and dinges seem to be unable to understand that Sloan's "constituency" has consistently been energy corporations, not the residents of Lawrence and the rest of his district. I don't know how I might be more clear than to demonstrate that this is not a recent development, but has been the case, election after election, legislative session after legislative session for his entire political career.The tool of the industry has a coveted seat on the House Energy committee. Rather than looking for the best deal for Kansans, he's been looking to assure the best deal for the utilities, for Colorado and for Wyoming mining. He has a seat on Technology as well. He's in the position to ignore science and promote corporate profits and tax breaks.

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

In 2002, Heeeeerrrreee's Johnny!BP NORTH AMERICA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $500 08/12/2002 EXXONMOBIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $400 11/20/2002 KS PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOC Oil & Gas $250 07/09/2002NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSOC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $250 08/10/2002 PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES USA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $250 07/15/2002 QUIKTRIP CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $250 07/26/2002 ANADARKO PETROLEUM Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 12/02/2001 VESS OIL CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 07/26/2002 WILLIAMS COMPANIES Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 10/14/2002 EL PASO ENERGY Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $150 12/17/2002 PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES USA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $150 12/02/2001 BP NORTH AMERICA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 10/21/2002

catlady008 6 years, 1 month ago

Give me a break Kropotkin -- sdinges is right, who cares about 10-year old contributions. And Sunflower is far from "big energy" -- they are a co-op... meaning "cooperative" -- member owned, just like The Merc. And if you would get off your high horse for a moment you might take notice that the Lawrence Energy Center is the 7th biggest polluter in the county... yep, the one right north of town... and the Holcomb plant, thanks to the work of Sloan and others, would have been the cleanest in the country, giving us affordable energy, the structure necessary to increase our wind energy capacity, and the first generation of clean coal (which Obama advocates for regularly). So why don't you clean up your own back yard first before you start throwing stones at other folks. Wilson moved back here one day before the filing date, his main number is still an Oklahoma area code (HA! he even had the nerve to list that as his campaign contact number... c'mon, does he really think we are that stupid??). He is letting the party and Bluestem do all of his ugly, negative campaigning -- their mail consists of outright, absolute misrepresentations of the facts and reality. And I haven't met anyone yet who can verify he actually campaigned door-to-door, seems he paid other to do his lit drops for him (guess he is too good to "talk to the people"). Gutter-level politics is rather common in Oklahoma -- guess that is what Wilson wants to bring to Kanasas -- his brand of "Kansas values" certainly aren't mine.

Reed66050 6 years, 1 month ago

I want to correct some information that has been posted on this blog by "Catlady". The information posted about John Wilson by this individual is simply false. Catlady says "Wilson moved back here one day before the filing date". John has actually lived in Lawrence for more than 5 years and has strong ties to the area.Catlady says "He is letting the party and Bluestem do all of his ugly, negative campaigning..." John has nothing to do with these ads and John has spoken out against such tactics. When asked about this on a radio program on Friday, he explained that he was not responsible for these ads. Although John encouraged everyone to speak their voice, he insisted that the discussion be focused around the issues.Catlady states, "I haven't met anyone yet who can verify he actually campaigned door-to-door, seems he paid other to do his lit drops for him" Well, now you know someone, I have seen him going door to door, actually I have walked with him. He personally has not paid anyone to do his walking for him...what you are referring to are efforts made by volunteers and paid canvassers on behalf of the Democratic Party, not John exclusively.I have personally worked with John at a non profit focused on reducing childhood obesity and seen his leadership first hand. The fact that Catlady questions his values only proves that she has never met him. John is not only endorsed by Gov. Sebelius, but by the Kansas National Education Assn., Kansas Families for Public Education, the Lawrence Education Assn., the Sierra Club and several other respected organizations.Please know the facts before you post!It's time for change in Douglas County! Get out and vote.

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, LD,I checked on "cat lady." She's posted for two weeks, 3x, twice vile attacks on Wilson, but implies (by claiming Tom Sloan came knocking at her door) she lives in Lawrence. After Wilson did an interactive LJW call/write-in session on the on 10/22, "cat lady" posted to label him, without any apparent basis in fact, a "liar." (Quite ironic, coming from a presumed Sarah Palinocchio supporter.) But in her post, she gives herself away. Referring to the local power plant, she suggests LJW readers clean up their "own backyard," not "our backyard." That's not a slip of the tongue or fingers. It's tantamount to admitting if Tom knocked on her door he likely didn't do it in the 45th District.She also lies saying Wilson's phone # is from "Oklahoma." Nope. His hard line number is at his Lawrence home. I looked it up and called him there, though he was just leaving.Wilson may own a cell phone with an Oklahoma area code, of course. I work with many people living out of state for years who retained their original numbers from where they first subscribed. She claims Wilson only moved back to Kansas a day before the filing deadline. That's a lie. She knows it. He returned to Lawrence where he worked and graduated, where his parents attended college and were married in the university chapel. Still another irony: I'm guessing cat lady is voting for a U.S. Senator who hasn't lived in Kansas for decades, but has a "home" address in a strip mall in Dodge City.So why would "cat lady" be lying? I'm guessing she's paid to. "If it walks like a duck, flies like a duck and quacks like a duck..." Who might pay her? Likely suspects might include "Americans for Prosperity," a Koch Brothers front, or the sleazoids at the Kansas Republican Party, folks like Kris Van Meteren. If she's "living in the 45th," I expect it's probably at a top end motel in Lawrence, while she works on the Sloan campaign.Lastly, there's no such thing in reality as the oxymoronic "clean coal." Numerous conversations I've had with industry executives from two states in the last four months confirm that. The technology doesn't exist, nor is it even anticipated. The feds have wasted billions on pork that produced insignificant results in reducing power plant CO2 emissions. For instance, Senator Ted Stevens, convicted of seven felony corruption charges this week, took care of one Alaskan contributor family to get hundreds of millions for a "clean coal" plant. It, like many others paid for by taxpayers, isn't producing a single kilowatt of energy and is unsuitable for retrofit. We absolutely need to drastically reduce out dependence on this damaging fuel. Here in Kansas have one of America's richest resources, wind energy. Sloan consistently voted against such production and in doing so, against an industry, wind energy development, manufacture and siting, that could rescue us from the inevitable demise of our state's agricultural sector.

LiberalDude 6 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for posting those Kropotkin. Tom Sloan is a sell-out to big oil. I wish that he was in my district so that I could vote against him!

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

The big year! 2006! Sunflower tried to renew and expand expired permit to burn coal in KS for Colorado power. Who's your daddy, Tom?AQUILA Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KANSAS CITY, MO $500 12/19/2005 KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT Electric Utilities KANSAS CITY, MO $500 12/24/2005 EMPIRE DISTRICT ELECTRIC Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM JOPLIN, MO $300 10/07/2006 SUNFLOWER ELECTRIC POWER CORP Electric Utilities HAYS, KS $250 09/02/2006 MIDWEST ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM HAYS, KS $200 08/02/2006 ATMOS ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM DALLAS, TX $150 10/06/2006 ITC GREAT PLAINS Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM TOPEKA, KS $150 10/28/2006 WESTAR ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM LAWRENCE, KS $150 07/28/2006 KANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES Electric Utilities MEADE, KS $100 06/25/2006 KANSAS ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE Electric Utilities TOPEKA, KS $100 08/02/2006 BP NORTH AMERICAOil & Gas SLOAN, TOM WARRENVILLE, IL $300 10/19/2006 EXXONMOBIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM HOUSTON, TX $300 12/16/2005 EXXONMOBIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM AUSTIN, TX $300 11/06/2006 PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASS OF KS TOPEKA $250 07/10/2006 ZAREMBA, SCOTT Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM LAWRENCE, KS $250 09/30/2006 ZAREMBA, SCOTT Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM LAWRENCE, KS $250 02/15/2006 BP NORTH AMERICA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM OKLAHOMA CITY, OK $200 11/21/2005 EL PASO ENERGY Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM HOUSTON, TX $200 10/04/2006 NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSOC MCPHERSON, KS $200 07/23/2006 NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSOC MCPHERSON, KS $200 11/25/2005 OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM SACRAMENTO, CA $200 11/18/2005 COLT ENERGY Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM MISSION, KS $25 12/07/2005

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Let's not forget 2007. A few disclaimers, however, regarding previous years' contributions that I've posted. When utility and oil and gas execs and owners contribute personally, their corporate affiliations are not listed on the source I used: www.followthemoney.org Suffice it to say that these people have been extremely generous to Rep. Sloan. Veto overrides cost money, after all. Also note that special interests don't kick in their substantial dough until just before the election, hence all those "October surprises." Tom won't report this year's bounty and have it available on the Internet until it's too late for his "constituents" to find out. His true constituents know how much he got, because they gave it to him.NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSOC MCPHERSON, KS $250 12/28/2007 That is the single contribution reported for all of 2007 from any source, so he is 100% oil and gas as of the first of this year.

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Why did Sloan vote for the dirty coal plant, that would have fouled KS air and sucked its aquifer dry?1996 Campaign ContributionsKS ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY NETWORK-KEEN Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $500 09/16/1996 OXY USA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $500 11/04/1996 KS AMOCO Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $400 10/06/1996 MOBIL OIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $300 10/10/1996 PHILLIPS PETROLEUM SLOAN, TOM $300 12/21/1995 KOCH INDUSTRIES Oil & Gas SLOAN $250 11/05/1996 MESA PETROLEUM SLOAN, TOM $200 08/05/1996 PANHANDLE EASTERN CORP PAC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 08/30/1996 PHILLIPS PETROLEUM SLOAN, TOM $200 10/28/1996 TEXACO OF KANSAS SLOAN, TOM $200 10/21/1996 WESTERN RESOURCES EMPLOYEE PAC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $150 07/21/1996 COASTAL STATES MANAGEMENT CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 11/05/1996 KN ENERGY Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 10/28/1996 KS OIL MARKETERS ASSOC-165 CLUB SLOAN, TOM $100 10/28/1996 MESA PETROLEUM SLOAN, TOM $100 01/05/1996 WESTERN RESOURCES EMPLOYEE PAC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 09/18/1995 I won't even go into the money he got from their lobbyists.

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Does this sound as though I'm repeating myself? 1998 Contributions from the energy industry to Tom Sloan:BP AMOCO Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM KS $500 10/13/1998 OCCIDENTAL OIL & GAS CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM CA $500 10/19/1998 KOCH INDUSTRIES Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM KS $400 10/25/1998 MOBIL OIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM TX $400 10/06/1998 ANADARKO PETROLEUM Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM TX $300 10/19/1998 KS ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY NETWORK-KEEN Oil & Gas KS $250 09/13/1998 PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES INC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM TX $250 07/27/1998 VESS OIL CORPORATION Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM KS $250 07/05/1998 KN ENERGY Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM CA $200 11/01/1998 KS OIL MARKETERS ASSOCIATION 165 CLUB Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 10/13/1998 WILLIAMS COMPANIES Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM OK $150 10/13/1998 COASTAL STATES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Oil & Gas CO $100 10/25/1998 PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES INC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM TX $100 11/07/1997 UNITED CITIES GASOil & Gas SLOAN, TOM TX $100 11/01/1998

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Sloan's 2000 campaign contributionsEXXONMOBIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $400 10/13/2000 KOCH INDUSTRIES Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $300 11/06/2000 OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $300 11/06/2000 BP AMOCO Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $250 10/31/2000 COASTAL STATES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 11/06/2000 KS PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOC Oil & Gas $200 10/13/2000QUIKTRIP CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $200 10/14/2000 COASTAL STATES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $150 12/27/1999 PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES USA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $150 12/20/1999 GREELEY GAS CO Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 11/08/2000 NORTHERN NATURAL GAS CO Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 12/20/1999 VESS OIL CORP Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 10/09/2000 WILLIAMS COMPANIES Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM $100 12/20/1999

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Who owns Tom Sloan? The envelope please...AQUILA Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM MO $500 11/27/2003 AQUILA Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM NE $500 09/12/2004 KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM MO $500 07/16/2004 KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM MO $250 10/20/2004 KANSAS GAS SERVICE Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KS $250 07/21/2004 SUNFLOWER ELECTRIC POWER CORP Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KS $250 07/11/2004 KANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KS $150 07/19/2004 WESTAR ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KS $150 09/15/2004 WESTAR ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KS $125 07/25/2004 KS ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVES Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM KS $100 09/15/2004 BP NORTH AMERICA Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM OK $300 10/07/2004 EXXONMOBIL Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM KS $300 12/03/2004 KS PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOC KS $250 07/11/2004 NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSOC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM KS $150 11/28/2003 NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSOC Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM KS $150 07/21/2004 OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM Oil & Gas SLOAN, TOM CA $150 08/02/2004

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

More on Sloan's 2002 campaign. It's not just the oil and gas industry of course:WESTAR ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $500 10/30/2002 WESTAR ENERGY Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $300 08/10/2002 AQUILA INC Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $250 07/26/2002 KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $250 10/17/2002 KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $250 08/02/2002 KANSAS GAS SERVICE Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $200 08/10/2002 AQUILA INC Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $150 12/27/2002 KANSAS CMTE FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION Electric Utilities $150 12/02/2001 KANSAS CMTE FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION Electric Utilities $150 10/30/2002 KANSAS CMTE FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION Electric Utilities $150 07/26/2002 EMPIRE DISTRICT ELECTRIC Electric Utilities SLOAN, TOM $100 07/28/2002

sdinges 6 years, 1 month ago

Wow, thanks for the spam. Next time, try summing up your statistics with a sentence and a link to the source, and stick to pertinent stats - not the ones that reference contributions that are more than ten years old. Honestly, the most recent year or two is all that is pertinent.

tvc 6 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Wilson visited me at my door. I appreciate him running, but I personally feel he is too young and inexperienced to vote for in this election.

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