Archive for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

5 things to know after Tuesday’s Kansas elections

November 7, 2012



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Michael Sizemore 3 years ago

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

James Nelson 3 years 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.

50YearResident 3 years 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.

jhawkinsf 3 years ago

If Brownback runs for President, he'll be far less successful than Rick Perry. Brownback is a buffoon, but even he has to know his chances are zero.

FlintHawk 3 years ago

" . . . even he has to know his chances are zero."

Ahh. . . . I seriously doubt that is possible, given what we've seen over the past 12+ months. I like his delusion, however. The State he's wrecking will be rid of him.

somebodynew 3 years ago

Well, hopefully the rest of the country won't be as stupid as a lot of the voters in Kansas. Plus, everyone will have seen how bad he has been by then. Of course he will still have the R behind his name, so who knows ??

somedude20 3 years 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!

FlintHawk 3 years ago

The scary thing is that he isn't even on the radar screen of "the rest of the World." That could be a problem because his handlers can present whatever picture they think will win to the national electorate. Every time I complain about him to friends and family out-of-state, I have to remind them of the context: governor of Kansas, buddy of Kochs et al. Kobach seems to have a lot more visibility. (Most of my friends and family are native Kansans, btw.)

kernal 3 years 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.

bd 3 years ago

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

Tea anyone????

koman 3 years ago

Didn't see the newly released economic forecast for Europe? Didn't see the the news on Germany's economy slowing down? Ever get information anywhere but faux noise? btw, you boy Rove removed any remaining doubt that he is complete idiot last night. So you've got that.

jafs 3 years ago

The stock market went down partly due to fears of continuing gridlock in Congress - thanks to the R for that.

And, also partly due to the situation in Greece.

deec 3 years ago

The article I read said banks and energy industries led the drop. Perhaps the banksters are afraid they may be finally held accountable for crashing the economy in 2008. The new limited rules governing them won't be immediately repealed, but will be implemented instead. The president may get serious about climate change and limit carbon production . If these things happen, they are good for humanity, but they may cut down on those record quarterly profits every quarter.

jafs 3 years ago

Good points.

Of course if they're right, then the market drop is in fact a reaction to Obama's re-election and his policies.

Cait McKnelly 3 years 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.

TongiJayhawk 3 years 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?

jafs 3 years ago

The other way to look at it is that white folks and older folks are on the losing end of the demographic shift that's occurring.

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

I suggest you go Google what the current situation is in China. Much of the news coming out of that country is that their labor force is in rebellion, wanting a "bigger piece of the pie", i.e. a living wage. In fact, there's a lot of similarities between a Chinese factory worker and a Walmart employee.

average 3 years 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!

Steve Stucky 3 years 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!!!!!

Cait McKnelly 3 years ago

Keep thinking that way, stevie, while all around you things fail; your schools, your highways, flood control, drought assistance. National and international employers will continue to pass the state up because there isn't enough infrastructure to support their employees (well, unless they're bribed, the way Mars was). Entrepreneurship and startups are just about nonexistent in Kansas with the possible exception of Johnson County, which relies as much, or more, on it's proximity to KCMO as it does to being in Kansas. There isn't a single international airport within the boundaries of the state. (They call it "Fly Over Kansas" for a reason.) The population flight and "brain drain" will continue and in 10 years your electoral votes will go from 6 to 5, making the state even more irrelevant on the national scene.
Go ahead. Refuse to invest in your own state. Then Kansas can be just like North Dakota or Mississippi; miles and miles of worthless land you couldn't sell for a song.

jafs 3 years ago

I think you misunderstand that.

A "shortfall" means that we have less money than we need to pay for things.

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