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5 things to know after Tuesday’s Kansas elections

November 7, 2012

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HE'LL ALWAYS HAVE KANSAS

He may have lost the night, but at least Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can say he laid claim to Kansas. Romney pulled about 60 percent of the vote in the Sunflower State, reversing any Democratic momentum from President Barack Obama's relatively strong showing in the state in 2008.

EASY WINS FOR INCUMBENTS

There was no drama in the U.S. House races, where all four Kansas incumbents coasted to re-election. Two-term Rep. Lynn Jenkins had the most spirited challenge in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas but defeated Topeka minister Tobias Schlingensiepen.

HOW'S BROWNBACK DOING?

His name wasn't anywhere on the ballot, but the night was as much about Gov. Sam Brownback and his agenda for the state as anything else. A slew of state Senate races would determine his control of that chamber. According to voters surveyed in exit polls, more than half said they approved of the former U.S. senator and the job he's doing in Kansas. Men more favorably viewed the job being done by Brownback than women.

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THIS ...

Late Tuesday afternoon as Kansans prepared for an evening of election watching, state officials and university economists issued a new financial forecast predicting the state will collect nearly $705 million less in revenues during the fiscal year that begins in July 2013 than it will during this fiscal year, as massive income tax cuts enacted this year take effect. Legislative researchers immediately projected a budget shortfall of $328 million, raising questions about one of Brownback's key initiatives in his first term — even as business leaders push the governor for even deeper tax cuts.

DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCES FAIL

Voters in two Kansas communities turned back proposals to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. In Salina, about 54 percent of voters Tuesday supported repeal of an anti-discrimination ordinance approved by the City Commission in June. And in Hutchinson, voters turned down a local proposal banning discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals in housing, employment and public accommodations.

Comments

ssteve1 1 year, 5 months ago

"You may have missed this..."

No I didn't!
If the the state will collect nearly $705 million less in revenues during the fiscal year and a shortfall of 328 million exists..., then we are still fat by $373 million!!!!!

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Scut Farkus 1 year, 5 months ago

2 more years and I will be retired and looking at Kansas in my rear view mirror. This state is going to fall hard.

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Ray Parker 1 year, 5 months ago

James Phillip Edwards, 63, of Kansas City, who drugged children with sleeping-pill-laced ice cream so he could create child porn, has plans to lead a “pro-pedophile” movement from federal prison during his 245-year sentence, claiming that laws banning voluntary sex with children are unjust and discriminatory. Edwards videotaped his assaults on 13 girls over a four-year period and recorded his research on drugging them in a document titled “How to Molest Young Girls,” which investigators found on his computer. Authorities also recovered a document called “Pedo Handbook.” Pedophiles, polygamists, polyamorists, incenstors, and zoophiles are awaiting their turn to demand an end to discrimination against their preferred perversions, and to demand their right to marry. Democrats will gladly add them to their platform, along with the other endorsed deviancies. There is no guard rail around the abyss at the bottom of the slippery slope, folks.

No Perverts

No Perverts by parkay

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average 1 year, 5 months ago

On the slightly sadder note, I live within a two-hour drive of 33,341 people who would vote for Jack Wu.

I'm reasonably party loyal. But, if I don't know a candidate at all, I leave the blessed line blank. I've done it before, I'll do it again.

I don't know a single die-hard Republican who knew the slightest thing about Jack Wu who voted for him--- yet, again, he got 33,341 votes!

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TongiJayhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

I believe the people have spoken and we have reached critical mass. The tide has been moving this way for sometime and after last nights numbers it's official, . There are now more folks that like to give away other peoples money and those that like to receive it. Demographics will strengthen this divide and conservatives are going to remain on the losing end (Nationally) going forward. Our version of Socialism will eventual fail, when we run out of other peoples money (ie successful wage earner, Chinese). Then we are Greece, but with no one to bail us out. Any guesses how long this will take?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

At risk of a Godwin, If Romney were Hitler, Brownback would be Himmler. Romney was a buffoon. Brownback is a cold, calculated, soulless snake. I could respect Romney's Mormonism. He at least seemed to sincerely believe in his religion. Brownback's faux "Christianity" is only there for expediency and he adroitly exploits it for image. He is the epitome of the "religious right"; willing to sacrifice the poor, needy and sick, those very people that Christ charged his disciples to protect and care for, on the altar of his self righteousness, greed for power and ambition.
And by the way, women across the nation had a great deal to do with stopping Romney in his tracks and his views weren't so much radical as flip floppy and confusing. They get a whiff of Brownback's feelings about women and you'll be lucky if he isn't just outright steam rolled.

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bd 1 year, 5 months ago

See what Obama did! Dow is down 300 points! They don't have much faith in him also!

Tea anyone????

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kernal 1 year, 5 months ago

Brownback may be able to continue his political career thanks to the elderly Republican Kansans who will continue to vote a straight Republican ticket, regardless of the caliber of the candidate, because that is what they have always done and feel most comfortable with. This per my father who did exactly that yesterday. Once they die off, the politcal landscape may change. Will be interesting to see what it looks like in ten to fifteen years.

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somedude20 1 year, 5 months ago

There will be a number of wack jobs running for President in 4 years but rest assured that there is no chance that Brownback will win, maybe Kansas loves him, the rest of the World, not so much!

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50YearResident 1 year, 5 months ago

Wait and see, Brownback is going to run for President in 2016. That has been his agenda from the beginning of his running for Kansas Govenor. Kansas was only a stepping stone for Sam. More Govenors are elected President than Senators.

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James Nelson 1 year, 5 months ago

They didn't poll me and I am a white, male Kansan. Sam Brownback will go down in Kansas history books as the most fiscally irresponsible governor in the state's history. The greed and selfishness shown on behalf of his campaign contributors has no equal in American politics.

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Michael Sizemore 1 year, 5 months ago

Kansas - As bigoted as you think. Nice job Salina and Hutch. Fortunately, Kansas voters are irrelevant to the national picture.

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