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Conservatives appear to be taking control of state Senate

August 7, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback, the billionaire Koch brothers, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Kansans for Life combined to help defeat a slew of moderate Republican Senate candidates on Tuesday.

Conservative Republicans appeared ready to take over control of the Kansas Senate.

Fueled by huge donations from Wichita-based Koch Industries, and Wichita oilman David Murfin, the Kansas Chamber PAC reported spending nearly $650,000 on conservative candidates in the last 3 1/2 weeks of the campaign.

And that amount didn't include mailers sent out by Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity, which doesn't have to report expenditures on its political activity because it is a tax-exempt "social welfare" organization.

Moderates received support from teachers, bi-partisan unions and gaming interests.

Incumbent moderates Senate President Steve Morris of Hugoton, Tim Owens of Overland Park, Roger Reitz of Manhattan, Bob Marshall of Fort Scott, Dwayne Umbarger of Thayer, Pete Brungardt of Salina, Dick Kelsey of Goddard, Jean Schodorf of Wichita and Ruth Teichman of Stafford were defeated Tuesday. Two more conservatives won seats held by moderates who are retiring.

The wins by conservatives are likely to overturn a bi-partisan coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate that has been able to thwart some of Brownback's agenda.

The bipartisan coalition in the Senate had prevented conservatives from lessening labor unions' political influence, remaking appellate courts and establishing a 401(k)-style pension plan for new public employees.

Having conservatives in charge of the Senate could mean more restrictions on abortion, anti-labor legislation and a "religious preservation" bill that critics said would have allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

Sorry about the repetitive posting...some weird stuff happening...

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Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

(cont) Finally, as you mention, the conservatives are better organized. The alliance of the economic libertarians, the pro-lifers, and the gunners seems unlikely on the surface, but it seems to be working. They identified a common enemy and frankly destroyed it. A lot of things came together for them this time. Still they cannot count on that in the future.

How do the moderates overcome this? Well, how do the Chiefs win the Super Bowl this year? I don't know. Maybe they can't. Maybe the conservatives will screw up epically and give them an in. Maybe moderates have to approach moderation differently. But unless they are willing to face these facts and attempt to do something about them - rather than just reviling the evil Koch Konspiracy - moderates won't even make the playoffs in the future.

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Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

None2: "Are you aware of what exactly they failed on?"

I can't say in every instance, but I can lay out a few factors that influenced the outcome, some more or less depending on the race.

The first is redistricting. I'll use the 13th Senate as an example because the same two guys faced off in the last 2 elections: incumbent moderate Bob Marshall and conservative challenger Jake LaTurner. For the record, Marshall won by 10 in 2008 and lost by 15 this year. The big deal in that district is that Marshall is well-known and loved in Bourbon County but not known well in nearby Crawford, where LaTurner is better known. Redistricting cut Bourbon in half, putting more of it in Caryn Tyson's district, so while Marshall still won Bourbon handily, it was no longer enough to overcome his Crawford deficit. Anywhere the incumbent inherits territory in which he has not previously been elected erodes his advantage. He also inherits some "Throw the bums out" people who have no vested interest in him, because he's not their bum.

Second is demographics: moderates tend to be older than conservatives. In some cases, a lot older. Your average Mainstream Coalition meeting looks like a Gray Panthers rally, while a KFL meeting looks like a day at Worlds of Fun. Over time, that erodes the base of the moderates. I hate to say this, but many of them campaign like old people - they have lost the fire that got them elected in the first place.

Third is money. Until this race, moderates usually enjoyed a huge funding advantage. This went all the way back to the 80s in Johnson County and the 90s elsewhere. Conservatives have overcome that deficit, which has eroded another moderate advantage.

That plays in because of #4: moderates really are out of step with their party. Back in the 90s, Nancy Brown and Audrey Langworthy and Jan Meyers really did represent a large number of Kansas - and esp, JoCo - Republicans. Today they simply do not. Moderates have been able to overcome that in the past because of advantages in #1 and #3. But competitive financing and new districts combined to wipe them out.

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Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

None2: "Are you aware of what exactly they failed on?"

I can't in every instance, but I can lay out a few factors that influenced the outcome, some more or less depending on the race.

The first is redistricting. I'll use the 13th Senate as an example because the same two guys faced off in the last 2 elections: incumbent moderate Bob Marshall, and conservative challenger Jake LaTurner. for the record, Marshall won by 10 in 2008 and lost by 15 this year. The big deal in that district is that Marshall is well-known and loved in Bourbon County but not known well in nearby Crawford, where LaTurner is better known. Redistricting cut Bourbon in half, putting more of it in Caryn Tyson's district, so while Marshall still won Bourbon handily, it was no longer enough to overcome his Crawford deficit. Anywhere the incumbent inherits territory in which he has not previously been elected erodes his advantage.

Second is demographics: moderates tend to be older than conservatives. In some cases, a lot older. Your average Mainstream Coalition meeting looks like a Gray Panthers rally, while a KFL meeting looks like a day at Worlds of Fun. Over time, that erodes the base of the moderates. I hate ot say this, but many of them campaign like old people - they have lost the fire that got them elected in the first place.

Third is money. Until this race, moderates usually enjoyed a huge funding advantage. This went all the way back to the 80s in Johnson County and the 90s elsewhere. Conservatives have overcome that deficit, which has eroded another moderate advantage.

That plays in because of #4: moderates really are out of step with their party. Back in the 90s, Nancy Brown and Audrey Langworthy and Jan Meyers really did represent a large number of Kansas - and esp, JoCo - Republicans. Today they simply do not. Moderates have been able to overcome that in the past because of advantages in #1 and #3. But competitive financing and new districts combined to wipe them out.

Finally, as you mention, the conservatives are better organized. The alliance of the economic libertarians, the pro-lifers, and the gunners seems unlikely on the surface, but it seems to be working. They have identified a common enemy and frankly destroyed it. A lot of things came together for them this time. Still they cannot count on that in the future.

How do the moderates overcome this? How do the Vikings win the Super Bowl this year? I don't know. Maybe they can't. Maybe the conservatives will screw up epically and give them an in. Maybe they have to approach moderation differently. But unless they are willing to face these facts and attempt to do something about them - rather than just reviling the evil Koch Konspiracy - moderates won't even make the playoffs in the future.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 8 months ago

When this" experiment" is over , The GOP will own the outcome Lock, Stock, and Barrel.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 8 months ago

Somebody needs to go hose off their pitbulls. And when they're done hosing them....

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 8 months ago

Interesting times.

Will the moderate GOP continue to support a party that has purged them like bosnian muslims from Sarajevo?

Or will the moderate GOP and the democrats align to defeat these warmed over right wing populist anarchists?

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Gandalf 1 year, 8 months ago

Perhaps a better headline would have been ... Democrats poised to take over Kansas Senate and House.

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Jim Phillips 1 year, 8 months ago

The whiners are out in full force because "entitlements" might go away. Let's face it, It's Bush's fault! Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

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Larry Sturm 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like corruption to me buying the vote.

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Larry Sturm 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like corruption to me buying the vote.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

Sag loves him some Reagan, who in turn loved the Taliban- they were his type of people.

Reagan meeting with the Taliban.

Reagan meeting with the Taliban. by Roland Gunslinger

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DaBellaDaBall 1 year, 8 months ago

Golly, I wonder what you self-righteous ultra right-wingers pray for? My bet is your prayers go something like this:

"Dear Lord, please stop government from spending my money on the sick, the elderly and the poor. Please don't spend my money on education for children, improving the state's infra-structure, or keeping the environment clean and safe. It’s my money and I earned it. Nobody helped me. I have guns and don't need the police department. I have enough money to build a new house if mine burns to the ground, so I don't need the fire department. I have a big 4WD truck, so I don't need improvements to roads and highways. My money is for me, although I do like to share it with Governor Brownshirt and I will help the Koch brothers when the EPA tries to force their communist ideas on them. And most importantly, please smite anyone to the left of me. Please Lord, I pray for your kind and loving help. Amen."

Friggin' hypocrites. God-fearing on the surface; fascist atheistic pukes by deed.

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lucky_guy 1 year, 8 months ago

Did anyone who voted think the turnout was 12%? Although it has been shown that there is not voter fraud we can't be sure about vote counter fraud. 12% seems a little low.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 8 months ago

I guess the Republican confidence level must be pretty high to permit such a "cleansing" of the party to take place. Good thing you got all those "communists" out of there. Didn't need their kind of help and dedication to this nation anyway. What's a bit of collateral damage when we're talking right and wrong?

Probably better go after the Log Cabin Republicans, too, since they seem to admire old Honest Abe a bit too much. And anyone else who seems a bit sketchy, too, since this is really the time to prove our point about whose America this nation really is.

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

Jerry Falwell was a goat fornicator.

Flamers waste oxygen.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

There's every possibility that there be a line of busses heading out of Lawrence filled up with disappointed progressives leaving the state come November. (from a source)

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Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

Professor Seamus: "The question is how much was spent on each candidate's behalf, not how much the candidate him/her self spent. "

Sometimes that's the question and sometimes it's not. For example: "State Sen. Jean Schordof was a pretty typical victim... Schordof outraised [Wichita city councilman Michael] O'Donnell, $115,000 to $72,000, but the Kansas Chamber PAC spent $36,000 to help the challenger, more than eight times as much as a teacher's union spent to help Schordof. So O'Donnell won, and won easy -- 2,745 votes to 1,897 votes, in a district that's home to around 70,000 people." (from a source) http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/08/08/the_great_kansas_republican_purge_of_2012.html

So the moderate raised $115k to the conservative's $72k. The Kansas Chamber gave the conservative $36k, bringing his total to $108k, still less than the moderate. Even with incumbency, a few thousand dollars from the teachers' unions, and doubtless more than a couple of crossover Democrats who voted her way in the primary, the moderate incumbent was still able to garner barely 40% of the vote.

It was not outside money that made this race uneven. In fact, it allowed the race to be decided on some issue other than money. It must have been quite an issue, too. Luckily the opponents of all these new senate candidates have until November to figure out what it might be.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Far right conservatives have every reason to gloat today. Much like a 10 year old that just successfully lit his own house on fire.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

" What a pity, such nice cheeks too. If only they were brains."

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scaramouchepart2 1 year, 8 months ago

Bloefeld once did not lazer Kansas because no one would notice. He was right. Kansas can lazer itself and still no one will notice.

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jackbinkelman 1 year, 8 months ago

The sad part of this whole discussion is while Democrats look out for the well being of all Kansan's, republicans included..The far right wing republicans not only do not look out for those on the left they do not look out for the majority of those on the right, but the majority of the right choose not to see it.

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Jayhawk1963 1 year, 8 months ago

A "bi-partisan" union ??? What a joke !!! Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, little Scottie.

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Stuart Evans 1 year, 8 months ago

hooray for our own little theocratic state! Maybe someday we can live just like the Saudis.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

This site is so busy with the whiners complaining it is difficult to log on. If y'all had kept the voting booths this busy maybe you'd have less to complain about.

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mycatsrightorwrong 1 year, 8 months ago

Just some questions for the TEA Party people b/c i'm honestly curious... What's the goal? No taxes or fewer taxes, no gov't or less gov't? Is it private schools, private police forces, only nice roads for the rich. If someone doesn't have the skills for a good job, they just shouldn't be able to afford certain things.?. have the poor have had it too good for too long? When does a state tax bill stop being tyranny... when it gets down from $5k to $2k? Stop forcing people to fund projects as a community, like parks, libraries, or projects like Legends in KCK? I guess basically, do you want to shrink government or destroy it, & if its just shrink, do you know how much, or have you thought about that?

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Jayhawk1963 1 year, 8 months ago

I love it !!! Any election that makes the lunatic left whine, cry and complain in great news. You don't like it; then move to CA or NY or better yet France ! Native Kansans have put up with you parasites long enough. It's truly gratifying to see little Scottie squirm and pout.

And, guess what, your messiah, the Obamanation, is going down, hard, in November !!! Thank God for the Koch brothers, Americans For Prosperity and all the other PATRIOTS !

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Biker 1 year, 8 months ago

Stop the hate! Just because someone has a difficult viewpoint than you doesn't mean they are wrong, evil or ignorant. Surely KS is progressive enough to tolerate more than one point of view.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

I've got some sad news for the Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Fox News fan Ma and Pa 55 year old country bumpkins that keep voting for these buffoons. Your lifestyle, your community your very way of life depends on gub'ment money. Once the Kochs and their buddies get their tax breaks and run off with the treasury, you'll have served your purpose and you'll be tossed to the curb like a load of yesterday's garbage. Do you enjoy being a tool?

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Bob Hechlor 1 year, 8 months ago

The article left out numerous other problems with the Brownbackian agenda. Schools will take out science again and put in Brownbackian, Kochian Christianity, mental health and social service cuts will be preserved due to not allowing the health care reform money to come into the state. Coal fired plants and pipelines and gas wells will be going strong, which will further endaner climate change and additionally weaken our water supply and add to our health problems. Corporate welfare will be at an all time high, so the billionaires will grow fatter on our commonwealth, while the rest of us go begging. Americans and Kansans better wake up. Our democracy has been trashed and the more power we hand over to the corporations and the billionaires, the more they will make us pay for it. Better wake up soon or the options continue to get worse. Doom and gloom, you say. Yes, and it is real.

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

Did I miss another crackpot assault?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 8 months ago

This is heart breaking.
As of this moment, I know at least 14 people (including their children) who are putting themselves in the position to leave within the next two years. I just want to get my family out. After that, that s**stain of a state can go down the toilet for all I care. It hurts deeply to say this, but I am no longer a Kansan.
My family may eventually have to move to the Pacific Northwest. Here's hoping that, if it becomes necessary, OR, WA, western MT, western ID and northern CA will see their way clear to secede from the union. A rather prophetic novel was written in 1975 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecotopia) about that very event. Given that Brownback and his party and his backers are hell bent on creating Gilead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hand...), It may be my family's only hope.
Oh and by the way, if such an event were to occur, guess who lives there and in all likelihood would not only join the new state but would willingly finance it's economy? That's right, the second richest person in the entire world.

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Centerville 1 year, 8 months ago

The moderates started begging to be primaried when they voted for that stupid sales tax two years ago. I mean, talk about "la-la-la-I-can't-hear-you".

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cobaltblue 1 year, 8 months ago

Chickens voting for Col. Sanders.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

12% turnout? Don't blame me, I voted.

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question4u 1 year, 8 months ago

Clearly some in Kansas are happy with an extreme right-wing agenda, and they will get to experience firsthand the effects that it will produce on the state. They may or may not still be happy in the future, but it will be the future that they have created and there can be no scapegoats. Sam Brownback owns the "experiment" that is projected to create a multi-billion-dollar state deficit in five years, but every voter who has endorsed Brownback's radical agenda owns shares in that experiment too.

Will the state prosper through drastic cuts to education, highways, public safety, health and social services? Will it thrive by alienating Hispanics, minorities, homosexuals, non-Christians, and many women? Will it flourish by eliminating state support for the arts, public television and radio, and cultural concerns? Will its national (and international) reputation for right-wing extremism bring it benefits?

If quality of life is unimportant to you and the only factor that matters is economic, there are some unequivocal measures in place to determine the consequences of the "experiment": the poverty index, unemployment rate, deficit, etc.

If things work out well economically, then moderates and liberals can decry the effects of the experiment on education, public safety, and quality of life issues but they will have to admit that those who cared only about economic issues were justified in the path that they chose. If things don't pan out economically, no blame can be placed on Democrats or even moderate Republicans. If the experiment doesn't act like a "shot of adrenaline to the heart"; if businesses don't flock to the state; if employers don't start hiring new employees in droves; if the projected deficit does materialize, then only the worst kind of hypocrite will try to justify the huge risks that Kansas is taking with its future.

It's now time for the extreme right wing to put up or shut up. We'll see who prospers from the "experiment" that no Kansas state government has ever considered viable before. We'll see whether inexperienced state representatives and senators are indeed the wisest.

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untransformation_NOW 1 year, 8 months ago

"The sheep have lined up for the slaughter and won't know what hit them until it is too late."

Ummm, that happened 3 years and 9 months ago.

That's Obama with Bill Ayers in case you're wondering....

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 8 months ago

Moderates like myself should remember these words from Barry Goldwater: "Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them." "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?" "I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism." " "I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass."

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm sure that ALEC is crafting our world for us right now. There is nothing to stop the conservative juggernaut now. The sheep have lined up for the slaughter and won't know what hit them until it is too late. Screw Canada. I'm gearing for revolution. Once the crops are all consumed the locusts will move on and we will need to rebuild.

PS. Ronald Reagan was on of the most lying presidents to ever sit in the chair. A manic paranoid man that saw communist bears behind every tree. He ran up the deficit more than anyone ever did to protect us from an enemy that could barely feed it's own army. Oh, and the billions of dollars spent on the star wars missile shield, it still doesn't work right.

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Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

"Fueled by huge donations from Wichita-based Koch Industries, and Wichita oilman David Murfin, the Kansas Chamber PAC reported spending nearly $650,000 on conservative candidates in the last 3 1/2 weeks of the campaign." This, of course, makes it sound like a bought-and-paid-for election. those poor moderates never had a chance.

Meanwhile the Washington Post has some other numbers: "The targeted moderate incumbents outspent their conservative challengers, often by margins of 3-to-1 or more and received financial support from the state’s largest teachers’ union and labor groups normally aligned with Democrats." http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conservatives-win-big-in-kan-senate-primary-races/2012/08/08/bcd5fa4a-e12c-11e1-8d48-2b1243f34c85_story.html

In fairness to Mr. Rothschild, it probably is notable that Conservatives had significant backing, because for years they have fought moderate rainmakers with very little in the way of institutional financial support. That they could whup the moderates while still being outspend 3-1 is indicative more of elections that are no longer bought and paid for than by the opposite.

I did rather enjoy the phrase "bipartisan unions," however, which is about as accurate as saying the "bipartisan NRA."

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jjinks 1 year, 8 months ago

Conservatives for Kansas WooHoo. The best part is the libs are saying they are moving, can't get any better than that. Of course they are lying again just trying to get our hopes up.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 8 months ago

What's unfortunate is how the Republican party is apparently now the welcome home for any rag-tag band of misfit racists, homophobes, monotheists and other kooks. No matter how extreme your views, we'll use you in our fight against Obama and forced re-education by the liberals. We'll wrap that flag around you real tight to protect against what may be out there, just as long as you sign the party oath.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 8 months ago

Republicans may in fact NEED moderates come fall. I wonder if we'll remember that they could use a hand then....

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 8 months ago

Alright Brownback, let's change the tax system so it doesn't punish those who are successful. i.e. property taxes, which force senior citizens out of their homes because they can't afford the ever increasing tax. It costs the city no more for me to live and use the cities amenities then Joe Blow who lives in a less expensive home. Get it right please.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe those in rainbow speedos were out smooching on each other at the Chick-fil-a instead of voting.

Just a thought.

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Liberty275 1 year, 8 months ago

I thought the democrats were going to switch to republican and vote for the RINOs. Did that plan not work out?

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Timothy Eugene 1 year, 8 months ago

A little biased Scott? It is OK for Obama to spend a billion dollars to win an election, but if conservatives spend a couple million, suddenly it is a sin. Typical liberal, you stick your head in the sand and ignore the facts....we are a conservative state. I know you and your ilk would love to have us all walking around in rainbow speedos and killing babies, but it just isn't going to happen. The liberal left has gone too far trying to shove their agenda down the throat of the majority of people for far too long. This is an omen for November. Be prepared to whine again, because that is all this piece is....whining. The 2010 election was a warning......the 2012 elections will be a reckoning.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

And the shoutings and the micturitions of the disappointed progressives did ascend into the firmament. And it was amusing. (from a source)

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Michele Dillon 1 year, 8 months ago

My problem with Kansas is that you have to declare a party to vote in a Primary. That leaves an awful lot of voters off the table.

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msezdsit 1 year, 8 months ago

The country never swung to far to the left. It appears to you that it did because your perspective is so far to the right. The extremist right is fueled by money and lies and when they are outed, which is beginning to happen, the extremism will beget centralism and the extremist like you who view the world from radical right will be viewed as just that, radical right wing extremest.

Moderate:• (of a person, party, or policy); not radical or excessively right- or left-wing : a moderate reform program.

What will happen is that the republican party will realize what real "conservatism" is and they will move to take their party back in which case the republican party will return to moderation.

The republican party of Kansas has been hijacked by the radical right who now want to redefine themselves as "conservatives" which they clearly aren't. They are the party of "me first" and the party hate and lies.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

The silent majority has risen. It is time to demand people who can pay their own way, start paying their own way. Nothing is free, those who mooch take away from those who work. It is time to getting back to the principles of hard work and away from the entitlement system that has been entrenched into our society. If you want it, then get out and work for it.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 8 months ago

Extremism begets extremism. The country swung too far left with too many social programs, too many attacks on conservatives and their values so the result is a huge pushback.

This is a direct result of moving too far left punctuated by Obamacare.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 8 months ago

So many comments that most Kansans are this or they're not that. The problem is that most Kansans aren't voters. It's true now, it was true a decade ago and a decade before that. And a decade before that.

We're in the process of getting the government we deserve.

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jim7 1 year, 8 months ago

Who ever said that you could not buy an election,only in Kansas where people are blind to what is really going on in the state capitol,

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Clearly4Kansas 1 year, 8 months ago

Jack - how can democrats rebuild your party? The democrat leadership in KS is more interested in re-registering democrats to help rinos than building up the democratic party. When it comes to building a democratic movement your leadship has disengaged. Democrats need immediate and drastic change.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

A single party dictating political policy has always historically turned into an unmitigated disaster. This is very troubling for the future of the state.

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verity 1 year, 8 months ago

This is an anonymous quote from another online news outlet, so I can't attribute it, but it pretty much says it all.

"The radical right have made their choice, and their choice is to support the person most likely to abandon sensible positions, stop working with anyone with even slightly different positions, and pander shamelessly to the most extreme contingencies within his party."

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Armstrong 1 year, 8 months ago

How can this be ? Rothy beating the R's up daily in the paper ( most days multiple articles). The usual suspects daily rants about how horrid the R's are. Yet still the moderates and D's got hammered. The blue dot is getting smaller as reality sets in. November should be brutal

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parrothead8 1 year, 8 months ago

And Kansas continues its descent into irrelevance.

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verity 1 year, 8 months ago

Those people are not conservative. Conservative means resistant to change, tending to maintain existing views. Those people want to take us back to the dark ages---reactionary would be a more descriptive word---where the wealthy ruled and controlled pretty much everything and most of the rest lived in poverty and had very few rights and you damn well better belong to the right religion. Church and state intermingled and both were exceedingly corrupt. Sound familiar?

We appear to be getting the best government money can buy. Taking back our power is not going to be easy---we have given it away by not paying attention and not voting. Money rules and the extreme appears to have more incentive to vote. One race in my district was won/lost by 11 votes. There is still the November election. It's not over yet.

The final results appear to be in and moderate Republican Carolyn McGinn has beat Gary Mason 55% to 45% in Senate District 31. He was supported by the entities listed above and lied shamelessly about McGinn's record. She called him on it.

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average 1 year, 8 months ago

The state and nation continue the walk to the right. Dole and Kassebaum were co-sponsors of a health insurance bill in 1994 that had state exchanges and an individual mandate. Now, even the Democrats in Kansas shy away from that position.

Any chance that, say, Schodorf and/or Abrams end up on a Democratic ticket in a couple of years? It's not like the Democrats have anyone with the tiniest name recognition to run. I'm betting most 'non-Brownback' people in Kansas can't name a single Kansas Democrat, and that includes most of the people who voted for Tom Holland. Their last several 'names' have been exiled 1990s-style-Republicans... probably room for some more.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 8 months ago

Kansas should have a conservative house and a conservative senate.

its population is certainly majority conservative. just a few pockets of liberal infection sprinkled around. [smirk]

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 8 months ago

YES!

sweep out the mooshy moderates.


Moderates received support from teachers, bi-partisan unions and gaming interests.

"moderates" should read "liberals" or "valueless."


and as to "thug" reffed by ranting liberal desperation above, we saw the union thuggery in Wisconsin, and Scott Walker still survived that.

we know the ChicagObama values of thuggery, throwing out race hate by your surrogates, all the while preaching civility.

look in the mirror.

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William Weissbeck 1 year, 8 months ago

You might as well call yourselves Robert Taft Republicans. It's no more accurate than calling yourself a Reagan Republican. For all his bluster, Reagan, like Goldwater, believed in good government, not no government, and most of all they avoided social issues. Goldwater was a classic Western Libertarian. The current crop of Kansas GOP has been infected by all the bad aspects of Carrie Nation, John Brown and Wm. Jennings Bryan. They are simply a radical plague of locusts. Once the crops disappear, so will the locusts, leaving desolation behind.

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Clearly4Kansas 1 year, 8 months ago

Just like the liberal newspaper editorials said - this election is a mandate on the Govenor - and Kansans spoke loud and clear. It sounds like the Reagan republicans will win around 28 seats, the rinos around 6 seats and the democrats 6 seats in November.

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msezdsit 1 year, 8 months ago

The coups d'état continues as kansas' free fall continues. This will all be reversed but the tragedy is how much more damage these selfish anti people right wing thugs will cause for the quality people of the state of Kansas. Time to fight back and take our state back from these thugs.

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deec 1 year, 8 months ago

The last sane one out, please turn off the lights.

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kernal 1 year, 8 months ago

I thought Kansans were smarter than this. Guess I was wrong.

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