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Republicans criticize incorrect mailers in two legislative races; Democrats apologize

October 26, 2012

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— The Kansas Republican Party slammed Democrats for sending out campaign mailers in two legislative races that falsely state two GOP legislators voted for a bill when they voted against it. Democrats said they made a mistake and issued an apology on Friday.

The mailers cited votes in favor of the state budget bill in 2011, which included record school cuts. But the two legislators — Jana Goodman of Leavenworth and Joseph Scapa of Wichita — voted against that specific bill. Earlier in the 2011 session, Goodman and Scapa voted for a bill that would have cut schools even more.

"Despite having internal protocols to ensure that misstatements of facts such as these do not occur, the KDP failed to catch this," said Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon. "We will offer our apology publicly and are issuing this release to set the voting records of Reps. Scapa and Goodman straight," she said.

Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker criticized the state Democratic Party.

"Spin and opinions are one thing, but flat out lying about a Representative's past votes on a specific bill is contemptible and smacks of desperation." said Barker.

Wagnon said that when the mistake was discovered she immediately called Goodman and Scapa to apologize.

Goodman faces Democrat Melanie Meier and Scapa faces Democrat Patricia Sloop in the Nov. 6 election.

Comments

KNUCKLEDRAGGER 1 year, 5 months ago

Asking for an apology is laughable coming from the KS GOP. Look at the lies, Bold Faced, Flat out Lies coming from the KS Chamber, Americans for Prosperity - All working in lockstep together with the Gov and the State Party .

They ran off their own moderate GOP members with lies , What makes you think they will hold back on the poor Democrats ?

A power grab folks

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 5 months ago

the disreputable and unaccountable US military with its massive per soldier expenditure rate proves that just throwing more money at the military doesn't work.

cutting funds to the war department is not anti-military or anti-soldier.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

the disreputable and unacredited KCMO school district with its massive per student expenditure rate proves that just throwing more money at schools doesn't work.

cutting funds to schools is not anti school or anti ed.

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Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

Of course the Democrats are frantic to help Holland and will do anything, even send a mailer saying that senior citizens are stupid. He is the only politician left on their bench. The great Sibileus legacy has come to this.

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auntmimi210 1 year, 5 months ago

One mailer I received that I questioned was also from the Dem party, against Anthony Brown. It says Brown "wants to privatize our state's Medicaid system, turning Medicaid into a voucher system. With Brown's plan, our seniors will pay more for Medicaid, get less, and risk their security in their later years". .... Shouldn't that be MediCARE? Except for what's called a spend-down (kind of like a deductible), to my knowledge no one "pays" for their Medicaid coverage. It's a needs-based medical assistance program. Medicare, on the other hand, last I knew, is only available to people over 65 (62?) and those who have been disabled at least 18 months. ... So am I missing something, or is that mailer incorrect also?

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Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

His client base is going to be a lot smaller come January. Thankfully.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 5 months ago

"The mailers cited votes in favor of the state budget bill in 2011, which included record school cuts. But the two legislators — Jana Goodman of Leavenworth and Joseph Scapa of Wichita — voted against that specific bill. Earlier in the 2011 session, Goodman and Scapa voted for a bill that would have cut schools even more."

So earlier in the session they wanted to cut schools funding even more, so they voted against the bill that didn't cut school funding enough?

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Armstrong 1 year, 5 months ago

Kind of let down here Rothy. If R's had done this your article would have been 3 times as long and the conspiracy theories would be off the chart. Oh well at least you put it in print, changing your political view maybe ?

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jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Look at the article.

Although they were wrong about this particular bill, the politicians in question did in fact vote to cut education funding, which was the point of the mailer.

It was a small error, but their main point is still correct.

Don't miss the forest for the trees, please.

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Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

If they don't send out a correction mailer with proof that it's going to the original mailing list, then it's obvious that this was intentional. I can't believe Rothschild is giving Wagnon a pass on this....Just kidding, of course she wrote the article for him.

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Katara 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, this is refreshing to see an actual apology. None of this "I'm sorry you're mad at me" crap that somehow passes for an apology lately.

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situveux1 1 year, 5 months ago

Look at the lack of comments... move along folks, nothing to see here...

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classclown 1 year, 5 months ago

Agnostic it almost looks as if you're fingering Chad Lawhorn as he seems to be the common denominator in all of those.

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's a good look at the "Republican" way of doing things, courtesy of snap_pop_no_crackle.

First off... decide which candidate you really want to slander. Dig up some obscene, unverifiable tidbit of gossip on the internet. (If you have connections in the spam/credit card fraud/internet fraud underworld, they might come in handy.) Get a bunch of postcards printed up. Hire a couple of local yokels with about 2.9 brain cells between them to do all the dirty work. Let the yokels twiddle their thumbs and go for a ride through the local media sluice bucket:

"Printer connects local man to controversial Schauner postcard"

"Plumber linked to campaign postcard"

Now, once the yokels have been put through the wringer, you have some time...

"Election postcard still being investigated"

... and if you play your cards right... by the time the truth comes out... nobody will much care anymore.

"Campaign finance reports reveal postcard’s backer" http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/jan/12/campaign_finance_reports_reveal_postcards_backer/?politics

"Charges not likely in political postcard"

Sure, they found out who financed the card... but which yokel actually put the cards in the mail ?? Since they can't pinpoint which one--or even both--Tweedledee and Tweedledum get another round of sour mash and corn squeezin's.

Behold the Ram In Nylon!!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

The Chicago Way is spreading.

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consumer1 1 year, 5 months ago

LJW you truley are a left wing rag.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

What good does an apology do? The right thing to do would be to send out a mailer asap correcting the mistake.

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kusp8 1 year, 5 months ago

Wait.....you can't just apologize. That's not what we do in politics. First you have to deny you sent out the mailers. Second you have to acknowledge you may sent out the mailers but haven't seen them so you can't comment. Third on a Friday afternoon, closer to 3 or 4 PM, release a half-hearted apology the mailers were inaccurate whilst also slamming the Republicans for something else, hence it evens out.

Sarcasm.

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