Archive for Friday, September 17, 2010

Debate between Congressional candidates Moore, Yoder centers on taxes

September 17, 2010


— Congressional candidates Stephene Moore and Kevin Yoder sparred over tax policy during a Friday afternoon debate in their 3rd district race.

“I think the government is spending too much money, and it has too much money,” said Yoder, a Republican state representative from Overland Park. “I don’t think raising taxes is going to get us out of the economic slump.”

Yoder mentioned U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s name several times trying to tie Moore to the anti-incumbent theme forecast as part of the November mid-term election. But Moore, a Democrat who is running to replace her retiring husband, Rep. Dennis Moore, said Yoder’s budget that didn’t pass last session would have still required local governments to increase taxes.

“His own Republican colleagues voted that down and said that would most likely have raised taxes, your personal property taxes,” Moore said. “That is not working in our future. That is not what we want.”

The two candidates along with Libertarian Party candidate Jasmin Talbert, of Overland Park, spoke to about 170 people at a forum sponsored by the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce at the Reardon Center. The 3rd district includes eastern Lawrence, as well as Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

During the debate, Moore said she would support extending the Bush tax cuts for 12 to 18 months. Yoder said they also should be extended.

Moore also indicated she would support the cap-and-trade bill due to the state’s wind energy potential.

“This is a huge opportunity for Kansas to have good paying jobs right here in Kansas,” she said.

But Yoder called it a tax increase.

“This is the type of legislation, the very thing that is hurting job creation in this country,” he said.

Moore said she was disappointed Yoder mentioned Pelosi so many times during the debate.

“People are sick and tired of this fighting in Washington,” she said. “They want people with real-life experience, not another career politician.”

Yoder said Moore would support similar policies as Pelosi if she were elected.

Moore’s campaign also stressed some of Yoder’s past votes in Topeka when he supported a 2003 sales and income tax increase that failed and a 2002 sales and excise tax increase.

Yoder said he had cast “hundreds of votes” during his legislative tenure and stressed his focus on cutting state spending last session as the House Appropriations Committee chairman. A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans eventually mustered enough votes to pass a sales tax increase instead of Yoder’s proposed budget.

“I’ve made a lot of votes,” Yoder said. “I oppose increasing taxes in Washington.”

Moore didn’t directly answer a forum question about whether she would support higher taxes to reduce the federal deficit.

“The first thing we need to do is quit making (the deficit) worse,” she said.


Itsalwayssunny 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder did a great job in the debate. Moore on the other hand was very kryptic in her responses, especially when it came to the "death"tax she is not ready to have the best interests of the 3rddistrict and yoder is. Clear choice on this one YODER all the way !

IndusRiver 7 years, 9 months ago

The goal is to weed out all of the entrenched, career politicians in all of the states, anyway.

Support the TEA Party.

Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

Rarely does anyone expose their own hypocrisy so succinctly.

Entrenched, career politicians ... Kevin Yoder ... Entrenched, career politicians ... Kevin Yoder ... Are you listening to what you're saying? There are dots - connect them.

Another example that the Tea Party is about nothing but giving cover to angry Republicans without a clue. Republicans who (apparently safely) rely on the clueless.

IndusRiver 7 years, 9 months ago

Maybe I should have written that to say "I" support the TEA Party and those whose views come closest to theirs.

IndusRiver 7 years, 9 months ago

For years the Moore's have backed the ugliest growth of pro-Socialist cancer in East Lawrence.

There is new meaning to the word "retirement." Retirement means Flee Prosecution. Barbara Huppee of the housing authority is retiring also.

Just an extremely interesting set of dates.

Itsalwayssunny 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder is the future of politics he has cut more money as the appropriation committee chair in the history of kansas. He has more experience as a politician then moore oh and do you really want another moore. P.S tea party really ? are you kidding me ?

Phillbert 7 years, 9 months ago

None of Yoder's budgets ever passed so he hasn't actually cut a dime in spending.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

"the first thing we need to do is quit adding to the deficit ..." lol, nice to see she's in favor of repealing Mr. Obama's health insurance debacle her husband supported, lol!!!

Moore said she was disappointed Yoder mentioned Pelosi so many times during the debate.

---waaah! hubby denny moore sure did vote in lockstep with Nancy pelosi. btw, nancy pelosi sure likes to mention god a lot, and her prayers a lot. wonder what god she means?

just sad, denny moore retired to spend more time with his family. but apparently his spouse isn't that family?

getreal 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder the career politician who will do or say whatever is necessary to get elected. First, he was a Democrat and then a spot opened in JoCo where he could run as a Republican, so he became one. Moved there and rented an apartment just a few weeks before filing for office. He was on board with the moderates and he voted to raise numerous taxes. He wanted to be in leadership, but conservatives controlled the leadership positions in the house. so he abandoned his moderate friends and views and jumped on the political career bandwagon.. Need kids simply rent some for your commercials and postcards? Are these the values and morals we need in congress? I don't think so. This young man has never worked in the private sector all he has done is live off taxpayer dollars.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder did a great job in the debate by telling people what they want to hear and ignoring his own record.

Face it - Kevin Yoder proposed one of the largest tax increases in state history and then voted for it as a member of the legislature.

In a state like Kansas, it is forever mystifying how so many people are willing to vote for all hat, no cattle just because of the R after their name.

Moderateguy 7 years, 9 months ago

Thanks George for the complete lack of coverage of the Libertarian candidate. Typical. Take a look at their positions folks. A reasoned approach to issues might just surprise you. If we can just get 5% of the votes this coming election, we are well on our way to breaking up the two party insanity.

aequitas 7 years, 9 months ago

Yoder never passed a budget while Appropriations Chairman, and couldn't even get the support of his fellow party members. Wanted to cut education and raise local taxes. Having met him it seems like he is more interested in being a politician than a public servant.

Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

So, Yoder, having never had a real job in his life, having made a mess in Topeka, wants to go to Washington, adopt policies that will cause the State of Kansas to fire numerous state employees (mostly teachers) and/or raise millions in taxes?

Wants to "Stop Borrowing Against Future Generations" but presents no plan that claims more ambition than to borrow less and even then flunks that modest promise by insisting to add $4,000 billion in additional borrowing to keep Paris Hilton in her luxurious lifestyle.

Will work to avoid Social Security "bankruptcy" but rules out raising the retirement age, raising taxes or cutting benefits. (Think magic pixie-dust.)

Will provide resources to the military to protect America since doubling the Pentagon's budget on borrowed Saudi money in the last decade isn't adequate.

Will ensure the more of the money we spend on education gets to the classrooms while defunding education so that Paris Hilton can get remedial education (in how compounding financial returns works).

Will expand the economy by removing barriers to growth such as regulation even though the current reduced economy (and most other modern disasters) are a direct consequence from the lack of effective regulation. (I guess you can't raise a million dollars in campaign money just relying on grassroots folks and corporations don't give money without expecting something in return.)

Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

So Moore - she's in favor of a few basic Democratic items, which anyone could have guessed or have confirmed by a quick visit to her campaign page.

Did she say anything else? Did the reporter not feel a need to note things she said? Her only interesting statement was pointing out that Yoder's budgetary acumen is based on assuming that 2 plus 1 equals 7, and then relying on massive layoffs and tax hikes when the truth is revealed? Interesting - damning even - but hardly an explanation or defense of her own positions.

If so, perhaps a write-in vote for 'none of the above'? If not, why does the article focus on Yoder including in the quotations from Moore?

Sounds less like a debate and more like dueling press releases.

Jimo 7 years, 9 months ago

Libertarian Party candidate Jasmin Talbert - since she seems to support almost everything the Tea Party stands for, why aren't they supporting her?

Given her views, I'm sure she'd disagree with Moore about everything but what I don't understand is biting her tongue while Yoder pretends to agree with her in general but whose entire career politician background proves that he'll back Tea Party principles only so long as it furthers his career.

Ms. Talbert, if you don't get angry at this and attack Yoder, you haven't a chance at even a respectful loss. I fear you've lost your own opportunity already. You don't defend your beliefs by laying down and pretending to be a mouse.

JasminTalbert 7 years, 9 months ago


I think there is enough anger in this country and among the voters that no one needs me to be reactive. The root of this anger has to do with general upset over too much elitism and statism in government. Yoder and Moore can attack each other all they want, but by not playing the same tired attack game and focusing instead on solutions, I'm trusting voters like you to recognize and empathize with my campaign and see the difference. Attacking isn't my platform; reducing the size of government, cutting government spending, and restoring the constitution is. The faith of voters in my solutions is all that is required. You all are smart. I trust you to recognize the difference without any hints from me.

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