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National Republicans air ads for Brownback

August 7, 2014

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— The Republican Governors Association released an ad in Kansas Thursday on behalf of Gov. Sam Brownback that attempts to tie his Democratic opponent, Rep. Paul Davis, of Lawrence, to President Barack Obama.

The ads began appearing on the same day the Brownback campaign sent out fundraising emails warning GOP voters that the Democratic Governors Association was throwing its support behind Davis, a statement which seemed to come as a surprise to the Davis campaign.

In the latest TV ad, an announcer mentions Obama and Obamacare seven times in 30 seconds, while mentioning Davis' name four times. The ad describes Davis as a "liberal Lawrence legislator" who was an Obama delegate at both the 2008 and 2012 Democratic national conventions.

"Don't delegate Kansas to an Obama liberal," the ad says.

A disclaimer on the ad says it was paid for by the Republican Governors Association.

The Brownback campaign emails warning of a similar effort underway by national Democrats went out the same day.

"Today the Democratic Governor’s Association, a far-left group in Washington designed to defeat Republican Governors, just made a big announcement," the email said. "They’re throwing everything they have into Kansas, and we have to fight back."

Danny Kanner, a spokesman for the DGA, said Brownback's email referred to a fundraising email that the DGA sent out immediately after Tuesday's primaries, saying Brownback had weak support within his own party and that Davis has a good chance of winning.

"It’s happening, Friends – we’re on the verge of WINNING deep-red Kansas," the email said.

The Democrats' email went out Tuesday night after Brownback, the incumbent governor who previously spent 15 years in the U.S. Senate, received 63 percent of the vote in a Republican primary against a virtually unknown opponent who had raised and spent less than $14,000.

Tying Davis to the Obama administration has been a consistent theme in Brownback's campaign speeches in recent days, largely because Obama's approval ratings have fallen sharply. The most recent Gallup daily tracking poll showed his job approval rating at 41 percent nationally.

During his primary victory speech Tuesday night, and at a GOP rally in Topeka the next day, Brownback repeatedly referred to Davis as an "Obama-style liberal."

Davis' campaign spokesman Chris Pumpelly said he is not worried about the tactic.

"It's clear that Sam Brownback is in trouble and the RGA knows it," Pumpelly said. "With the recent credit agency downgrades and his weak primary performance, outside groups and Brownback are going to do everything they can to distract voters."

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Steve Jacob 4 months, 3 weeks ago

From altustimes.com today

"Gross Receipts to the Treasury in July were the highest of any July in Oklahoma history, providing another indication of the state’s expanding economy, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced today at a State Capitol news conference.

The healthy performance of the Oklahoma economy in July pushed 12-month collections further into record territory, as has been the case for 12 of the past 13 months. Growth in monthly collections from personal income and corporate income taxes was especially robust, accounting for more than 50 percent of the increase in July."

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Davis = Obama Brownback = Brownback

Either way we're screwed.

I am voting Libertarian. If they get 5 percent of the vote they can hold primaries.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Please do. Encourage your friends to do the same. Libertarians are fantastic spoilers for tea party candidates.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, that may be true, but I am certainly not going to vote for Brownback So, if my vote causes him to lose so what. But if my vote helps another party gain a larger voice in Kansas then all the better.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I can't argue with either of those statements. I'd love Kansas to have more than a two party system. Actually, I'd love them to ditch parties and vote on issues, but that's never going to happen.

Philipp Wannemaker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Anyone who is voting libertarian is determined to be a totally meaningless voice in our way of government. Total stupidity does not lead to meaningful change..

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Philipp why do you feel the need to be rude? The current two party system has failed us. We need new voices and ideas if change is going to happen.

Greg Cooper 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I believe that the two party system has fallen victim to a third party. It's not the system but the participants who are the fly in the ointment.

Carol Bowen 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Brownback campaigned for governor against Obama six years ago. He had no Kansas issues then, and it doesn't sound like he has Kansas in mind, now. What about draught recovery, management of water resources, economy, ...?

John Middleton 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Obama ignored McCain and ran against Bush with success... Brownback should use the same tactic by running against Obama, given o's low approval ratings. Tie Davis directly to Obama, make them one in the same. Benghazi, IRS scandal, lack of control of the borders, NSA... tie it all to Obavis.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Brownback ran against Obama in his first election as did all the other statewide GOP candidates. It was successful as not one democrat won.

It is Brownback's only chance this election as he cannot run on his record. He has betrayed Kansans with his failed policies AND his failure to admit to their failure and reverse course. He has governed with a heavy and mean hand. People do not like him and rightfully so.

Question is who do they like less, Brownback or Obama.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Last poll I saw, Brownback had even lower approval ratings than Obama did. ... In Kansas.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Why is this organization of who knows what it represents spending money in Kansas? I say take this right wing campaign money and stick it. The office is in Washington D.C.

Voting Libertarian supports Brownback because Koch's are libertarians and they want all workers to work for less money union or not. Libertarians are not fiscally responsible nor fiscally conservative in any way ….. how do we know this?

Look at how the The Republican Governors Association a rt wing PAC is blowing money. What exactly does the The Republican Governors Association represent? I is likely just another rt wing PAC hiding behind the word republican.

Look at how Freedom Works a rt wing PAC blows money.

Look at how Kansas Club for Growth a Right Wong PAC blows money.

Look at how the Koch boys blow money.

Look at how ALEC a rt wing PAC blows money. Lavish spenders.

Look at how the state Chamber of Commerce a rt wing PAC blows money.

USA libertarians are reckless spenders in campaigns and in office.

Look at the massive lies they spread about our fine state. Brownback and associates lied about his republican adversaries during the primary election period.

And Brownback never addresses the issues. Paul Davis is not running on Obama coattails and never has….. Sam Brownback is a liar.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Exposing the Brownback Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Our nation spends about $500 billion in local, state and federal funds on public schools from kindergarten through high school. Most Americans view this as a wise investment in our nation's future. Throughout the 20th century the U.S. was the clear leader in public education. We created the most vibrant economy the world has ever known. The record speaks for itself -- public education is a great investment.

But there are people who look at our investment in public education, and they see a treasure chest. Their first thought is, how can they tap into those funds for their own private gain? If just one percent of education spending were diverted to private profit, it would mean $5 billion a year in someone's pockets. And that's just counting K-12; higher education is already a huge for-profit sector.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/exposing-alecs-agenda-to-_b_3223651.html

http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

Brownback has made the largest cuts to OUR public schools in state history. Public education is a best bang for the tax buck.

Dave Trabert 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Claims of efforts to raid public education funding for private gain are simply baseless. KPI is deeply engaged on education reform efforts and there has never been even a hint of the nonsense perpetrated by Mr. Heckler.

He is also wrong about their having been cuts in school funding over the last few years. Here are the numbers from KSDE:

Recorded as state funding, which does not include all state funding: 2010 $2.868 billion 2011 $2.962 billion 2012 $3.184 billion 2013 $3.198 billion 2014 $3.235 billion (est)

And now total spending per KSDE:

2010 $5,590 billion 2011 $5.587 billion 2012 $5.771 billion 2013 $5.853 billion 2014 $5.911 billion

And even if there is no increase in what is recorded as Local and Federal aid, total expenditures will exceed $6 billion this year, with per-student funding at $13,260.

Bob Reinsch 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Break it down Dave. How much is being allocated towards retirement funds? How much is being allocated to facilities? How much is actually being allocated towards real education, and not infrastructure? It's easy to lump everything all together and call it "education" spending, but on a per student basis, this picture is nowhere near as rosy as you frame it.

Kathleen Ammel 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Average spending on a per student basis is almost $12,000 per year. It is up to the local school boards where that money is allocated. We need to hold them accountable if the money is funding retirement or building unneeded facilities.

Dave Trabert 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The Kansas Supreme Court says all funding, including KPERS, counts toward determining adequacy. You seem to disagree with the Court. What is your definition of 'real education'? School districts call infrastructure part of education when they want to promote a bond issue. School districts wouldn't think of not having a retirement plan because it is part of employee compensation.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

They're not simply baseless. They're simply KPI's agenda. Education "reform" that involves voucher systems and taxpayer funded scholarships for private school tuition is exactly that. Privatizing public education means moving public money into private hands.

Dave Trabert 4 months, 3 weeks ago

No, James, they are baseless. You might want to believe differently but the only people talking about tapping into education funds "for their own private gain" are people like you.

Dave Trabert 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Again, James, you are simply wrong. I didn't reply with 'ad hominem' because your comment was a false statement about others' motives, not a personal attack on me. We do support tax credit scholarships for low income students but we have never recommended universal vouchers. We do support public charter schools that are not controlled by local school districts but we have declared many times that we support restricting the operation of those public charters to universities, trade schools, community colleges and other non-profit entities.

That last part about 'neener neener' is an ad hominem.

Dave Trabert 4 months, 3 weeks ago

That was written by an outside scholar in a review of a broad range of options. My comment was about what KPI recommends, and we do not recommend universal vouchers.

James Howlette 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It's published with the KPI logo as an official KPI document and nowhere contains the disclaimer that the recommendations made by the authors were not those of KPI. In fact, it offered KPI's guarantee that the information was accurate (for whatever that's worth.)

Why do you have to be so dishonest Dave?

And why get stuck on this particular point? Do you think that, even if you're successfully able to walk back KPI's call for universal vouchers and pretend that you're only trying for the foot-in-the-door option of vouchers for disadvantaged students that you're not still transferring public education money into private and potentially for-profit hands? You're actively working towards school privatization. Own it.

James Howlette 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I then quoted specific items from an official KPI piece that proved Dave was either mistaken or deliberately dishonest in his assertion that KPI never recommended universal vouchers, not that it matters, since it's obvious that the only next step recommendations are just meant to make it easier to go the full Friedman, which is the KPI plan. Or, you know, allowing private interests to profit from public education spending. "Education entrepreneurs" as the document put it.

James Howlette 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting. Either the site is glitchy, or someone is feeling a little sensitive about those poll results. Inconsistent moderation is baaaaaaack.

FTR, I explained why privatization schemes including vouchers, tax-break funded scholarships, and charters are, in fact, syphoning public money into private hands.

Sheldon Weisgrau 4 months, 2 weeks ago

@Dave Trabert: don't you have anything better to do than spend your time responding to comments on newspaper sites? It smacks of insecurity and desperation.

James Howlette 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I wonder how he itemizes his campaign time, his lobby time, and his "education" time when he sends the Kochs the bill.

In all seriousness, I've never seen him with this level of desperation before. I'm betting the internal numbers look far worse than the external poll data we've seen, and he's just trying his best to crush opposition in the Davis hometown.

Bob Forer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

he is paid big bucks by the Koch boys to produce his propaganda.

Philipp Wannemaker 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Dave is doing exactly what the Koch brothers pay him to, Lie constantly with no ethics getting in the way.

Lane Signal 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownie's agenda includes defunding schools and based on what I'm seeing, the funding is getting scarce, but the far right (read "Koch/ALEC") agenda includes undermining public education and dis-empowering its teachers as well. The removal of teacher tenure, the drug testing of teachers, the hostility toward Common Core, are all part of a plan to make public education less effective and discourage motivated, intelligent young people from choosing public teacher as a career in Kansas. The argument to privatize schools does not carry much weight unless public schools can't educate. So the far right's long game is to slowly make schools less and less effective, not only by stealing as much money as they can from school funds, but also by creating a hostile work environment for teachers and loading down the system in more ridiculous bureaucratic nonsense. Don't expect someone who wants to do away with public education to improve public education. Brownie wants to burn it down.

James Howlette 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You have to make public schools less effective if you believe that only the fictional Galts of the world can make it better through the magic of faux free market incentives.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Koch money has been backing Sam Brownback the politician since day one.

John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

Phillip Chappuie 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I think most people regardless of party line have become somewhat immune to the tired old tied to Obama crap. An Obama style liberal? I think Kansans will more likely tune into the State's credit rating dropped again, tax revenues tanking, infrastructure falling apart and the highway fund robbed repeatedly, no magic job growth, no magic population expansion, alienation of teachers and state workers. Only the narrowest of narrow minded will fall for the Obama connection.

Richard Payton 4 months, 3 weeks ago

This article mentioned Obama's approval ratings falling but failed to mention Brownback's approval ratings? I believe the current Governor's ratings are below the President of the United States. Could this be verified?

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Here my issue. Davis will tell us he isn't Obama. He will tell us he isn't Brownback.

When will he tell us who he is? When will he tell us what he has done and what he will do?

Philipp Wannemaker 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Think if you will visit his web site, you will see some, if not most of what he believes in. But the main reason most GOP people will vote for him is simply he's not Brownback who so proudly gave us his great failed experiment.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Why don't you ask him? He lives in Lawrence. He's been a rep for years. I've had conversations with him. I'm sure you could too.

Ralph Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Fred, Do something so your name shows.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 months, 3 weeks ago

And the problem is???? Davis is a Demonrat.....Obama is a Demonrat.............

Well, according the Rush Limbots in Kansas and the country in general. This failed sports broadcaster has stirred up more hatred and dissention than any other source these days and created his own political party in the GOP. The party of NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

The train wreck in the Kansas Government with all the stupid and destructive moves that the current "governor" has created is beginning to sink in to many Kansans. There has to be a change. Our credit rating has been damaged, our national image is a joke to many people, the notion of "flyover Kansas" and "bleeding Kansas" has been enhanced by the elected representatives of the state.

It is way past time for a change and the Democrats need a chance to change the direction of the Kansas government and the lurching into oblivion.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Brownback Tax Cuts Now Full Blown Disaster for Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/30/5056283/brownbacks-tax-cuts-now-full-blown.html#storylink=cpy

Who are the Fiscal Conservatives? Democrats it appears.

With Missouri revenues down and special-interest tax breaks looming, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is responsibly playing the fiscal conservative.

He recently vetoed or froze almost $800 million of state spending, challenging Republican lawmakers to sustain his vetoes of the costly tax breaks they awarded this year to selected companies and industries. If that happens, Nixon will restore much of the frozen funds.

Meanwhile, Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback appears far less worried about that state’s fiscal situation — even though it’s far more dire than Missouri’s.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article670437.html#storylink=cpy

Ralph Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It's always interesting to read tracts from Trabert's KPI policy vault, especially since he's a member of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. Hence, it's useless to argue sensibly with him as he will always toe the ALEC party line.

Here's a bit of basic information about the KPI from Sourcewatch KPI Info at Sourcewatch. I would have given the link to another common source, but the Wiki info on the KPI reads like an advertisement.

IMHO Kansas is intentionally not funding public schools adequately (proven in court as I recall), hence funding does need to increase. Granted, The Guv may tout that his failed administration is funding schools more every year, but that funding is coming from property taxes and school board levies, not from the state government. The intent was to allow local governments to enact local options for funding schools. This works fine for affluent areas (e.g., Johnson County), but not the inner city or Western Kansas; neither of those places have anything to tax. Further, the funding per student is designed to provide the same floor for all students across the state - it clearly does not do this.

Now, to the article above. The Republican National Governors Conference is paying for The Guv to air attack ads against Davis / Docking. In these he tries to tie Davis to President Obama calling him an "Obama Liberal." They even include The Guv's ad hominem attack from his "victory" speech in which he called Davis a "Lawrence Liberal", when they say Davis is a "liberal Lawrence legislator." Ask yourself for whom you would rather vote, a Koch/ALEC-driven man who obviously does not care about you regardless of your vote, or a man who cares about and will work for the entire state, regardless of your vote. I know which candidate will get my vote.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The Republican National Governors Conference is likely a bogus organization not necessarily representing republican governors across the board but looks important. This is a typical pattern in right wing politics and has been for about 34 years.

Sam Brownback team will lie excessively about any candidate that would be challenging Sam Brownback.

Kobach and Lynn Jenkins will be doing the same. This type of campaigning avoids the issues and is well organized to function in local, state and national political campaigns.

This firm, named Aegis Strategic, is run by a former top executive at Charles and David Koch's flagship advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity.

Aegis says it can manage every aspect of a campaign, including advertising, direct mail, social media, and fundraising.

The consulting firm Aegis Strategic has been designed to handpick local, state, and federal candidates who share the views of Koch/ALEC political empire..

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

Richard Heckler 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Sam Brownback's reckless tax dollar management and his choice to defund public education are well documented which have caught the attention of not only local news media but national sources as well.

Sam Brownback will come out with a truck load of distortions about Paul Davis between now and election day which is a dishonest campaign.

Paul Davis is not a "Lawrence Liberal" not by any stretch. Paul Davis is a moderate fiscal conservative socially responsible democrat which makes him the fiscal responsible candidate.

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