Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kansas Democrats suffer major political damage

November 3, 2010


— The Republican wave was no more evident than in the Kansas House, and that could mean a big lurch to the right in state government.

Before Tuesday's election, the GOP held a 76-49 advantage in the House. Now, it has a 92-33 advantage. That success goes along with a Republican sweep of statewide races from governor on down.

“It was not a pretty night for Democrats,” House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said Wednesday.

It was history-making election.

The last time the House Republican margin was so lopsided was in 1954 when the GOP held a 105-20 advantage. And the last time Republicans swept the statewide races was 1964.

The Democratic losses in the House means the end of a bi-partisan majority of Democrats and moderate Republicans that has fought for school funding, and passed a 1-cent state sales tax increase earlier this year to fend off what supporters said would have been devastating cuts to education, social services and public safety.

“It's gone,” Davis said of the bi-partisan group.

“The face of state government has changed significantly with this election,” Davis said. “You are going to see some very different things coming out of the Legislature. You have a very significant conservative majority in the House,” he said.

Davis said he believes there will be much more force behind attempts to put additional restrictions on abortion, make it more difficult to get a divorce, and prohibit domestic partner registries such as the one Lawrence has. All these issues have been in play during the past few years.

Republican Gov.-elect Sam Brownback emphasized fiscal issues during his campaign, proposing a “Road Map for Kansas,” which focused on improving the economy and student academic performance.

In his victory speech, Brownback continued that theme, saying, “We campaigned on the Roadmap. We won on the Roadmap. We will govern on the Roadmap.”

But Brownback and Attorney General-elect Derek Schmidt have called for repeal of federal health care reform, and Brownback and Secretary of State-elect Kris Kobach have called for photo ID to vote and proof of citizenship to register to vote.

In addition, Davis said abortion opponents know they have a friend in the governor's office and will expect movement on their issue.

Kansans For Life put out a news release that said Brownback “will welcome, and sign, the many pro-life bills,” that had been vetoed by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. And Kansans for Life said the Republican victories in the House further strengthened its hand.

“While he (Brownback) may not be actively promoting those kinds of issues, they are going to land on his desk. I expect he will sign most of those provisions,” Davis said.

Brownback has said he wants to impose a state spending freeze, while overhauling the school finance system, which accounts for more than half of state spending, and state tax policies.

He now has a larger majority to help him. The GOP advantage in the Senate was already 31-9.

Republican gains in the Kansas House occurred statewide.

In Johnson County, voters ousted five of six Democratic incumbents.

Republicans also picked up open districts that had long been held by Democrats, and toppled other incumbents across Kansas.

Davis said the Democratic losses were the result of Republicans making the elections a referendum on President Barack Obama.

“Republicans were very successful in executing a campaign strategy that clearly played well with the electorate,” Davis said. Davis said he doesn’t think the election results showed voter unhappiness with the sales tax increase.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, which worked to defeat legislators who supported the state sales tax increase, hailed the results of the election.

“As we work to grow the Kansas economy by promoting job growth and retention, we are looking forward to a new era in Kansas government, lead by Gov. Sam Brownback and bolstered by a more pro-business Legislature,” said Kent Beisner, chief executive office of the Kansas Chamber.

State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, a Democrat, who lost in his election bid against Republican Ron Estes, said Kansas Democrats are a resilient bunch.

“I’m going to predict that we’ll be back,” he said.


Bob Hechlor 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes and we got a governor who is beholden to the Koch Industries who underwrote his campaign and will not come to collect their coal fired plant that we don't need, but taxpayers will have to subsidize. He will also start wasting more time on abortion issues, which will not help our unemployment problems, which will lead to more abortions, which can then take place in the back alleys where they used to get done before it became legal. So, not only do we go back 50 years, we continue to lose ground in the world at large, wasting time due to the dark age mentality that exists in this forlorn state and others around here. Wonder if Kansans will ever connect the dots instead of just hyperfocusing on a few of them.


Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 5 months ago

The Tea Partiers just elected in those who wish to take more personal freedoms away from you.

I thought the Tea Party were Constitutionalists and were in favor of the freedoms it provides?


notajayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

"What could possibly be different this time from every other time Republicans have been in office over the last forty years?"

Nothing, hopefully.


gccs14r 3 years, 5 months ago

It's crazy to do the same thing (elect Republicans) over and over and expect different results. What could possibly be different this time from every other time Republicans have been in office over the last forty years? You'd have better odds betting on Lucy to actually hold the football for Charlie Brown.


mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 months ago

These weren't all republicans voting for republicans; these we fed up people voting against who was in power and doing a bad job. (I have no doubt there were even cases of 'democrats' voting against their own party.)

Republicans can go ahead an celebrate for now; but there is some very serious work ahead. All of us can, and should expect a lot out of each one of these newly elected officials.

The people have given you another chance republicans; you better live up to it our you're right back out the door come the next election. Don't blow it.


Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 5 months ago

Business never had it as good as they had it over the last 8 years.

The real fun will now begin, as rank and file businesses across Kansas end up crushed by local property tax burdens while the major corporations who direct the Kansas Chamber and Americans for Prosperity laugh all the way to the bank.

Personally, I'm excited. In another paper I seriously read an AFP lackey saying Kansas needed to catch up to Oklahoma.

Ah, Kansas... we wish we were Oklahoma!


lllwll 3 years, 5 months ago

I guess we blame it on Bush. Ha Ha Ha.

Where are you bashers today?


vanguard3 3 years, 5 months ago

IndusRiver, you make sense, from the observer's vantage point.


gccs14r 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh, and invest in a good gas mask. I'm sure Brownback is warming up his rubber stamp for that f'n power plant out west.


rockchalk1977 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't want to dance on their grave but...


obamarocks 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes, why do repuklicans hate kids?


macon47 3 years, 5 months ago


our city and county leaders know enough not to increase taxes

they just put if up for a vote and let the welfare pimps pass it worked twice for the mt bus and once for the library

no ones fault but our own


gccs14r 3 years, 5 months ago

At one time I had hopes that Kansans were waking up to the reality of Republican rule and would finally boot them out. I see that decades of underfunding education have instead led to a majority of Kansas voters who happily grab their ankles in the voting booth. I won't be surprised if some of the companies that recently announced plans to move to Kansas instead pull the plug and set up shop somewhere that doesn't hate children or the environment.


kubacker 3 years, 5 months ago

Can you hear me now?

I told all you leftists on this board it was going to be a political blood bath of epic proportions for the Obama Progressives/Marxists/Socialists on November 2nd.

Hey LJW all those articles you ran empahiziing that Kobach wrote the AZ immigration laws worked wonders for him and attracted thousands of new supporters to him.

Oh, by the way, any chance that amnesty in any form might be coming out of Congress is gone - snuffed out - Poof! My fondest hope is that illegal aliens will do some more big marches waving Mexican flags and making demands and Obama tries to do a backdoor amnesty (Presidential pardon, etc.), after which Obama and any elected person who defends him will get stomped in the 2012 elections.

News Flash for Leftists: The Arizona illegal immigrant laws will all become law in Kansas before the end of 2012.

It's Karma baby. Ain't life great? LMAO!!


IndusRiver 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott -

Each party runs the country into the ground so that the other party gets control and then they run the country into the ground so back to the other party it goes and on and on it goes.

Blame the Republicans for governing like idiots that gave the country back to the Dems and blame the Dems governing like idiots that gave the country back to the Republicans.

Not Socialism nor neoliberal economic policies are working so why do THEY stay stuck on stupid like they do? And why do WE stay stuck on stupid like we do?


Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

An estimated $4 billion was spent on the election. An estimated $3 billion went to the media. No wonder the media never checks campaign ads for truth.

As far as I'm concerned Washington D.C. democrats have been too busy compromising and trying to build bridges that have not been there to build for 30 years or more.

I'd say they shot themselves in the foot.

They could have moved forward in 3-5 different areas instead they worried about filibusters. And they kissed the butts of the medical insurance industry who then turned around and financed republican wins.

Republicans will not change and the country will only see more stonewalling against jobs and a strong economy,will waste a ton of time undoing Obamacare and try to keep the multi trillion dollar war going.

Oh yes keep a close eye on financial institutions because repubs have an established pattern of financial institutions being involved in fraud under their watch. Remember Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney. Big time negative impact on jobs,retirement funds and the overall economy.

As for our own local democrats we need about 500 of them in Washington D.C.!!!!


Shardwurm 3 years, 5 months ago

If there's only one Democrat left in the House after the next election would he/she still be the Minority Leader? Can you be a Leader when you're the only one left?


Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 5 months ago

I found it most interesting that after the takeover of the government by the Republican Terrorist Party that the History Channel chose to run a past program on the German-American Bund of the 1930's and the American Nazi Party. Something to think about and ponder on.


dlowell 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't know why anyone would celebrate this. We lost three excellent public servants last night in Chris Biggs, Steve Six, and Dennis McKinney. And we replaced them with an unqualified Attorney General with only politics on the brain, a Secretary of State that wants to expand the powers of his office to harass Hispanics, and another party politician for Treasurer.


beatrice 3 years, 5 months ago

Now, how could this go wrong?


KimJungUn 3 years, 5 months ago

Kansans, this is our celebration,

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate) Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

There's a party goin' on right here A celebration to last throughout the years So bring your good times, and your laughter too We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now

Celebration Let's all celebrate and have a good time Celebration We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It's time to come together It's up to you, what's your pleasure

Everyone around the world Come on!

Kansas! It's a celebration Kansas!

Celebrate good times, come on! It's a celebration Celebrate good times, come on! Let's celebrate

We're gonna have a good time tonight Let's celebrate, it's all right We're gonna have a good time tonight Let's celebrate, it's all right


We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion) Let's celebrate, it's all right We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion) Let's celebrate, it's all right

Kansans! Kansans!

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate) Celebrate good times, come on! It's a celebration! Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

Come on and celebrate, good times, tonight (Celebrate good times, come on!) 'Cause everything's gonna be all right Let's celebrate (Celebrate good times, come on) (Let's celebrate)...

(Kool and the Gang)


IndusRiver 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't want to hear it. Lawrence Dems have been given plenty of oppurtunity to listen, but they don't feel like they have to so I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT now.


macon47 3 years, 5 months ago





Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 5 months ago

Looks like the Dems are going to stand on the porch and bark!


Flap Doodle 3 years, 5 months ago

To borrow a phrase from the Campaigner in Chief, American voters went out and punished their enemies.


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