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Davis running against Brownback … and Obama

January 26, 2014

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— Likely Democratic Party candidate for governor Paul Davis will be running against incumbent Republican Sam Brownback in the November election, but it may seem like Davis is also running against President Barack Obama.

So far, Brownback's team has been more than happy to remind Kansans that Davis has been an Obama supporter in the last two presidential elections.

"There are only so many Kansans willing to vote for a guy who doubled down on the Obama agenda as an Obama delegate in 2008 and 2012," Brownback's campaign spokesman David Kensinger said recently.

The Davis campaign's strategy is to focus on Brownback. Davis has said that Brownback's push to lower income tax rates and eliminate income taxes for many business owners has shifted the tax burden onto low and moderate-income Kansans.

"Kansans won’t be surprised to see Sam Brownback attempt to make his re-election a referendum on what’s going on in Washington, D.C. because his own experiment on the people of Kansas is failing," said Haley Pollock, a spokeswoman for the Davis campaign.

Trying to link Davis to Obama would seem like a no-brainer in the Republican playbook.

In 2012, Obama collected 38 percent of the vote in Kansas. In recent weeks, the troubled rollout of the website for Obamacare has dominated headlines.

"He (Davis) owns the Obama agenda," said Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker. "His past choices define him and his campaign," he said.

"The Obama connection is a problem for Davis, especially among core Republican voters," said Chapman Rackaway, a political science professor at Fort Hays State University.

Davis must woo Republican voters to have a shot at defeating Brownback in November. In Kansas, 45 percent of registered voters are Republican, 30 percent are unaffiliated and 25 percent are Democrats.

Rackaway said linking Davis to Obama will probably be done during the campaign mostly by third-party advocacy groups, such as Americans for Prosperity.

"I imagine a staffer with AFP or a similar group is poring over photo morgues as we speak looking for pictures of the two together," Rackaway said.

Being tagged as a friend of Obama's has been political poison in recent Kansas elections, including the 2012 Republican Party primary when Brownback's conservative allies defeated a number of moderate Republican senators.

For his part, Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, has maintained that he is the moderate candidate who has worked with Republicans and Democrats on major policy initiatives.

His campaign treasurer is Republican William Kassebaum and Davis has pledged to run a bi-partisan administration.

In October, a SurveyUSA poll found that 58 percent of Kansans disapproved of the job Brownback was doing, while 35 percent approved. When the poll asked individuals' personal opinion of Brownback, 22 percent were favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, while the remaining were either neutral or had no opinion.

Rackaway said Republicans tying Davis to Obama may signal that Brownback sees Davis as a threat. But Rackaway said he thinks the Brownback campaign will focus on the message of lowering tax rates.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Paul Davis is beyond any reasonable doubt the best choice for Republicans,Democrats,Green Party thinkers and women for sure. And any voter who wishes a return to a fiscal responsible style of government.

In the first place Sam ALEC Brownback is from Washington D.C. which puts him completely out of touch with Kansas in a huge way.

The ALEC Brownback strategy is to stay away from the many ALEC Brownback failures and we must remember Obama is NOT running for state governor.

Sam ALEC Brownback is wrecking medical insurance opportunities for Kansas as well as wrecking public education opportunities.

Paul Davis is beyond any reasonable doubt the best choice for Republicans,Democrats,Green Party thinkers and women for sure. And any voter who wishes a return to a fiscal responsible style of government.

Vote the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket = Fiscal Responsibility

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback Approved Worker's taxes to be siphoned off by their bosses http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0

Where is the $47 million tax dollars that belong to Kansas taxpayers?

My congratulations to workers in 16 states – from Kansas to Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare. This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves! Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Sam Brownback is definitely a committed follower to the ALEC philosophy. And is definitely committed to Koch campaign dollars no matter how these dollars get laundered.

United States of ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

ALEC Right Wing Party is posing as the republican party which is fraudulent representation of the GOP.

Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation.

ALEC helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote bills which:

• gut environmental laws

• create a regressive tax system

• eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

• undermine universal and affordable health care

• privatize public education

• chip away at voting rights.

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

Gerald Kerr 1 year, 3 months ago

Do you folks think mr. Davis who supported the insufferably arrogant and foolish President would be a good fit for Governor? Brownback is a good governor who sticks to his guns.

Look people don't have money to support progressive agendas on state and federal levels. Progressives and their secular Keynesian schemes have damn near destroyed the country and state. Public sector spending does not create wealth needed to run a nation. It creates good jobs for a few who feel compelled to order other folks about. But real jobs are not created.

Look what 80 years of political and cultural leadership in the Davis mold has done for this country. We are a mess because of fools who think they can order up pie in the sky and have the 'productive' folks pay for it. The rulers and their bureaucrats and cartels get rich and secure in the process while the average citizens is beaten up with regulations and taxes.

Say no to Davis and his failed system of big government for the rulers and bureaucrats and big chains for the citizens.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Which corporation do you support as the best candidate for governor, Gerald?

When you vote for Brownback, you vote for corporations to run our government. Just curious which corporation makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to think of their influence on Kansas government.

Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

MerriAnnie, and Davis has not and will not accept donations from corporations?

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Brock, accepting donations from corporations is one thing - letting them set your agenda is another.

However, if Republicans will give up accepting money from corporations, i'd be overjoyed to implore Davis to do the same, and I bet he would. Our Supreme Court made a huge mistake that is hurting this country immeasurably.

For now all we citizens can demand from our politicians is that they don't sell their position to the highest bidder. It's happening, and with Brownback it is clear as a bell to anybody who has eyes that see. Don't be fooled into thinking it's going to be okay for this state.

William Weissbeck 1 year, 3 months ago

FDR and that damn New Deal - we've been soft every since. Well at least you didn't go all the way back and blame Andrew Jackson.

Brian Hall 1 year, 3 months ago

If I were Davis, I would just remind Brownback and his campaign that Obama isn't running for Kansas governor, has very little to do with our state and if Brownback wanted to battle Obama so much then he should've stayed in Washington.

John Middleton 1 year, 3 months ago

Obama didn't want to deal with Brownback, he was too busy campaigning against Bush...

Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

How do you think every democrat incumbents included lost their statewide races last election? Kansas doesn't support Obama and will vote against candidates that support his policies.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

You guys are into the most mind-boggling self-delusion. Brownback has shown his true colors ever since he went into office. I read a lot of comments from Kansans, and I've seen the polls. The man is in trouble with Kansans, even many of those who voted for him.

Remember when your guys were so sure Romney was going to win.. considering all the vote blocking and other shenanigans to keep citizens from voting? Well, that was a big shock to you guys, wasn't it?

I think you're in for another shock.

Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

I didn't Romney would win nor do I think Brownback is a lock. I just look at the issues based on facts and not party affiliation.

I am ,most likely, voting for the Libertarian candidate Definitely not a Brownback fan.

Greg DiVilbiss 1 year, 3 months ago

It will be an issue for Paul Davis and he is going to have to come up with a strategy to deal with it. You can say that Obama is not running for Kansas Governor but that is not the way many voters think.

Paul on the one hand, will have to keep the Democratic supporters happy, with Lawrence being out of step with the rest of the State in terms of taxation, views on Obama and social issues. Keeping Democrats in line and happy, at the same time wooing moderate Republicans is going to be quite the challenge. Kathleen Sibelius was able to do this by seeming to be a centrist in her first election against a conservative candidate. However she abandoned that centrist view during her second term making many Republicans think twice about supporting Democrats. The state has clearly moved further to the right and it will be interesting to see how Paul's campaign of common sense politics is accepted by the rank and file republicans in the rest of the State.

Will Paul be believed, will his attacks on Gov. Brownback be seen as an attack on Republicans? He has been very public regarding his beliefs on Facebook, will that history of posts come back to bite him? I think he has a real chance to get elected, however it will require a lot of things to fall into place correctly to make it happen....I can not wait until the campaigns really start to heat up to see how everyone positions themselves under the scrutiny of the opposition. Can Brownback say that his policies are working and they just need more time as Obama has done? Can Davis make Brownback seem out of step with most Kansas Republicans...we shall see.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Wait until all your previous Brownback voters get their taxes done, and then hear the news that he is actively trying to cut another tax deduction they ALL use - the Mortgage Interest deduction.

The only way that may not hurt him is if they stop talking about it until after he is elected in November, then push it through in December, which I'm betting they'll do.

In the meantime, I'm telling everyone I know in Kansan who has a mortgage that's what he's going to do - put it off until after they've voted for him again.

He's also trying to keep the "temporary" sales tax hike, and he cut out the Food Sales Tax Deduction. They'll see that this tax return.

They'll also find out, if they rent, that they can no longer get the Property Tax Refund that they paid in their rental payment. That now goes to the owner who didn't pay it. He passed it on in rent to the renters to pay.

That's another thing I'm telling everyone I do taxes for and everybody else I know in Kansas. We're getting the word out, my friend.

Yes, some people are so out-of-touch with things that it may go right over their heads, but we're working on getting the news out. And we have all the way through the April 15th and after to let people know.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 3 months ago

I think that Davis would be happy to be associated with President Obama. The President has been riviled, ridiculed and bashed for breathing, walking and even existing. In truth, the president's Affordable Care Act has done more for Americans than anything that the Republican bashers have even even attempted. Those bigots who are against anything that President Obama merely point out their foolishness and arrogance by always being on the opposite side of the lawfully elected Chief Executive and Commander in Chief.

Rave on, you decieved Koch Regime advocates! The rest of us, the reasonable segment of society can see right through your ranting and raving.

Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

"Paul on the one hand, will have to keep the Democratic supporters happy, with Lawrence being out of step with the rest of the State in terms of taxation,"

I disagree, Greg. Brownback is so far out on the right fringes, and has done such immense damage to the State that most, if not all Democrats would happily support a moderate Republican. Of course, Paul, as a Democrat, is, in their eyes, one notch better.

The reasonable prosepct of sending Brownback home is more than enough motivation for Democrats to get behind Paul. His record breaking fund raising efforts and the public support for his campaign by well known moderate republicans have energized the Democratic base. I can't see anything else Paul needs to do to "keep Democrat supporters happy and in line" other than continuing his fine efforts mounting a viable and energentic campaign.

Contrary to your assertions, I believe Brownback is the one who should be worried. The hardcore Republican base doesn't even come close to giving him enough votes to go over the top in Novemeber. He will need to convince moderate Republicans and independents that the course he has unequivocally chosen during his tenure as Kansas Governor is best for the good folks of Kansas. And based on his tepid approval rating of only 35 per cent amongst all Kansans, and the fact that only 22% of all Kansans have a positive opinion of "Brownback the person," he is in for the fight of his life.

Most Kansas are much too sophisticated to view this race as a referendum on Obama. On the contrary, this race will a referendum on the radically dangerous and far right policies of Brownback and his millionaire cronies.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

While I have no doubt there are a few Republicans in this state who'd rather have Brownback kick them in the rear for another 4 years, most Kansans are not that stupid.

Those who really can't bring themselves to vote for a Democrat will likely just stay home on election day. It's not unheard of.

Miranda Cruz 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah let's see. Obama has taken away your freedom and liberty to not purchase an expensive health insurance policy you can't afford. He lied and said if you like your existing plan you can keep it. And he is spying on every form of electronic communication by every American. Meanwhile, Brownback has allowed people to keep more of their own money. Yeah, Brownback is clearly the one doing all the damage and the real threat.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Which people have been allowed to keep more of their money, Miranda? Those who are financially secure? I do income tax for friends and relatives now that I'm retired. I just did one return for a lady who barely makes it every year. She is actually disabled but can't get accepted for disability so she does temporary work for anybody who'll hire and not immediately fire her for not being as able as they would like. She works hard but earns minimum wage. She just lost two major deductions this year so Brownback could reduce taxes on the Koch boys and other businesses and the wealthy.

Sorry but your comment doesn't hold water on any level.

Greg DiVilbiss 1 year, 3 months ago

I am not asserting anything Bob, no predictions only commenting on what I see as issues in the election. I clearly state that Paul has a chance, however given the history of Republican support of Democrats in the State many republicans feel as if they were burned by false promises. Sibelius is a perfect example.

Paul while courting the Republicans will have to move way to the center. Now moderate Democrats will not have a problem with that, Many people thought Brownback did not stand a chance in the last election, yet look what happened. His name recognition alone will carry him a long way.

Educated voters will support the belief system that fits them, yet many voters do not look at the details of the voting records and vote more on sound bites.

Will Paul be able to convert those voters to his cause? It certainly has happened many times in the State. Kansas Republicans have always supported Democrats that they feel are worthy. However, in this election year you have a very large conservative legislature that were elected. They will be out in force to continue their agenda. What translates here in Lawrence, may not translate so well West of Topeka.

Phil Minkin 1 year, 3 months ago

If Davis is linked to Obama, then linking Brownback to the Koch Brothers, Sarah Pallin, Michelle Bachmann and Repugs who think the world is 7000 years old is certainly fair game.

Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback is linked to the Koch brothers everyday including during the last election.

Lets see Koch brothers have created thousands of jobs in Kansas and the nation. Obama spies on citizens and allies and kills innocents with drones.

Think I'd rather be tied to the Koch's.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Sam Brownback can easily be linked to the following because he was present and accounted for in the beltway at the time these activities commenced.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist = Grab Your Wallets! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many billions and millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT – Bailing Out Big banks. Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

--- RECKLESS GOP Tax cuts = THE GOP ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again. Bush Tax Cuts aka http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Reality check, Kansans!

""There are only so many Kansans willing to vote for a guy who doubled down on the Obama agenda as an Obama delegate in 2008 and 2012," Brownback's campaign spokesman David Kensinger said recently."

I'm sure every Democratic leader who has been elected in the past few years voted for Obama. Davis isn't special in that sense.

After all, most Democrats realized there was no good alternative to Obama.

Which, if you have your thinking caps on, means the Republican Party is what elected Obama. They presented us with no good alternatives at all. Pitiful.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

We should keep in mind that Obama is no longer running for any office, unlike the Koch boys.

Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

having been a regular reader of newsok.com I must say that parts of Kansas are sounding as intellectually challenged as Oklahoma and the Deep South. When W was voted out many GOP people retreated to their State's Rights roots and acted schizophrenic wanting to rule their own fiefdoms while still claiming to be part of this country and hoping that the national GOP could take over the federal government and say it's not working while these same republicans did everything possible to paralyze the federal government for the sake of state's rights. I grew up in Louisiana and returned to Mississippi every summer between 1974 and 1981. Those people wanted segregation, voter suppression, and deregulation of federal laws. The EPA rulings and the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act were new in the 1970's. I lived outside Lake Charles in the middle of what's now "Cancer Alley". Deals with the devil were made for all of those polluting petrochemical plants I saw as a child. Some people now want the same kind of unchecked proliferation as there was in Louisiana when I was a child. Some of these people are the Koch Industries people and their supporters. XL Pipeline and the Sunflower Coal Plant seem as environmentally and economically irresponsible as what I saw as a child in Louisiana as that state was assaulted by politicians advocating selling out then as people like Mr. Brownback and Mrs. Jenkins do now. I give President Obama respect because some people will think what they think in spite of things like facts and reality. I afford Mr. Davis the same respect. Will the bubble of misinformation and fibs ever be disabled in places like the rest of Kansas and Oklahoma and the Deep South? could these people handle the truth? probably not. It's easier just to create a bogeyman and reinforce irrational fear against state politicians.

Beator 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for clarifying why Davis abandoned Obama.

MerriAnnie Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

My fellow compatriot - I was also raised in New Orleans and Mississippi. I'm over 70 and remember it all. I remember my first picnic at Pontchartrain Beach, swimming for hours in that beautiful clean water. By the time I had children of my own swimming was forbidden in the lake. Too many chemicals and other pollution from businesses.

In fact, it hasn't been but a few years ago, at the Mississippi border with Louisiana, people who had fished the Pearl River all their lives were being told that a paper plant upriver had knowingly dumped so many chemicals in the water that they were having to shut it down to fishing.

All those people who fished the Pearl River were rabid conservatives. They learned a hard lesson. But because they were conservatives, they were able to marshal the forces and get that problem stopped. A liberal could have tried, but his voice would not have been heard.

Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

thanks for being oblivious to the lessons of life that so few people acknowledge and maintaining the bubble I speak of. if some voters are so clueless to issues and so prone to believing repeated fibs over and over I guess they get the bad results and the rapture they hope for at the expense of the thinking people around them.

Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

Mrs, Smith, my late mother was born in Chalmette. She grew up all over southern and central Mississippi before moving to Overland Park, Kansas, attending Baker University and graduating from K State with bachelors and master degrees. She was a teacher/librarian for three decades including the last years of her life between Pensacola and Pascagoula, MS, where she died in a car accident in 2009. Her family were bubble people like the intellectually challenged people I speak of in Kansas and Oklahoma. When Katrina took their homes and left them in FEMA trailers feeling ignored and suing a certain Good Neighbor insurance company for two years they wondered why the federal government didn't help them and yet they voted for W and ignored his flyovers and general uncaring nature and voted for Mississippi politicians who cursed the federal government that caused integration and yet wanted the handout after every disaster. Half of this country operates on disconnect and uses their outdated and regressive views to maintain their fiefdoms. It's ironic that films like "August, Osage County" and TV series like "True Detective" portray this culture as bad as it is in Oklahoma and Louisiana and yet this segment of the population refuses to open their eyes to how their bad ways are mocked publicly. Like you I remember swimming at Pascagoula in Gulf waters I would go nowhere near now. I see the Petrochemical plant east of my grandparents rebuilt home along the coast in Pascagoula and I'm reminded of the industry that destroyed the clear water in my lifetime. President Obama went against Big Coal in West Virginia and cluelessness reigned supreme to the point where those people had to go a couple of weeks without potable water. They still don't get the point probably. The main reason the Kansas GOP plays the connection game between Mr. Davis and President Obama is because they have no new ideas. They are stuck in 1955 economically and 1925 culturally. Would any smart person keep having to bring up evolution and women's rights to rally people who can't be challenged to care?

Gerald Kerr 1 year, 3 months ago

Well, MerriAnnie asks what corporations would I like running the state. Non would be my answer. The question implies that Mr. Davis and the party he represents and the President he supported and supports is not much influenced by the corporate world. Google the list of contributors and the corporate and party hacks that have been exceedingly generous to the cause of ever bigger costlier and restrictive government at the state, local and national levels.

Democrats as the party most apt to build big government have become over the past 60 years the party of the Bigs. Big Labor, Big Law, Big Pharma, Big Green Energy, Big Labor, Big Public Education Cartel, Academia, Big Hollywood, Big Technology (Silicone Valley), Big Media, Big Wall Street, Big Publishing, Big Banks all love Big Government because it pays.

The Cartels of special interests and the government that serves and in turn is served by them mostly gravitate to Mr. Davis's party because they are a bit more likely to service their needs than the Republicans. 8 of the 10 richest counties in the U.S. vote democrat consistently. The Hamptons, Wall Street, Madison Avenue, Martha's Vinyard denizens, The Gold Coast, Hollywood, Silicone Valley, Hyde Park, Northern Virginia, University Towns, etc., are all democrat bastions. The wealthy love big government cause they get it to do so much for them as if their vast wealth is never enough.

Of Course republican politicians are apt to support and enrich themselves on big government. Some folks I know call these sorts of republicans Rhinos and want them voted out of office. You might hate Brownback because you're a secular progressive and he's not. Fair enough but don't hold to your blinders so tightly that you fail to see the damage democrats and Rhinos have done to our culture and our liberty. And don't delude yourself into believing that Republicans are the party of the rich elites when the democrats own that franchise as they bought it decades ago.

Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

I had a conversation with a good friend of mine from this area that lives in OKC now. He's disabled from his decades long pipeline work with no safety net. His wife is the sole provider. They live in a part of OKC that's overlooked. They struggle day to day. He should be a finger pointing clinging to the same ole story conservative in a neighborhood like Clint Eastwood is in Gran Torino but he's not. He's one of the few people who haven't been convinced to vote against their own common interest by siding with the GOP like people in the rest of Kansas do. This phenomenon is what the book, "What's the Matter with Kansas" is about. Small people like me and my friend are the ones who are affected by some of the GOP policies and at times I'm glad these policies are going away. When will the rest of Kansas wake up and realize the shell game being played by people who will wreck the economy, people's wellbeing, and the environment to maintain their point of view oblivious of reality and facts?

Gerald Kerr 1 year, 3 months ago

Mike, What are these detrimental GOP policies of which you speak? I don't doubt the Republican politicians have contributed to increase in size and cost and meddlesomeness of Government. We cannot afford anymore of their good ideas on our behalf. Democrats are twice as likely to expand government and regulation thus speeding our journey to serfdom.

We are broke. Do you understand that Mike? Meanwhile those of us who have worked hard and saved are losing our savings to hidden inflation. Do you understand our government hides the true inflation rate from us so we'll not squeal so loud? Measuring inflation as it was measured in 1980 would give us a current level of 9% or so.

In my town fully half of the downtown businesses are shuttered. Our property tax rate is through the roof and the school board is considering mill levy increase to "modernize the curriculum". In my county since 2001 spending and taxation for the JUCO has gone up 4 times faster than the median family income. The median family purchasing power hasn't gone up at all since 2001 yet these fools keep spending like there is no consequence for irresponsible behavior. Spend. spend. spend. tax. tax. tax.

The last democrat governor of Kansas has made a fine mess of things in DC. We can't afford another democrat, glib talking, big spending, job destroying, savings depleting sophist governor like Kathleen Sebelius who the fool Republicans lauded on her way to DC.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Mr Kerr your tax problem is a result of the right wing tax cuts that Supply Side Economics genius Arthur Laffer put forth whom I believe Sam Brownback imported from Florida.

When some tax cuts are brought on line other taxes go up to make up for lost revenue.

The consensus? Laffer seems to have forgotten, or ignored, some pretty basic concepts in economics. In other words, Laffer is getting laughed off the economic stage.

Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/08/09/arthur-laffers-anti-stimulus-curve-ball-is-a-foul/#ixzz2OG2JKGYS

Face it neither WOMEN nor Republicans nor Democrats nor the Middle class will ever be able to afford those posing as the Republican Party such as Sam Brownback.

Gerald Kerr 1 year, 3 months ago

Richard, My tax problem has nothing to do with Laffer and his curve. My tax problem and yours too is related to big bossy and expensive government. The public sector is paid for out of taxes and fees that citizens are frorced by law to pay. Public employees from teachers to accountants and nurses and janitors do very well financially. Bureau of labor statistics publishes data showing at state level folks working on public payroll earn 46% more than the folks in the private sector taxed to pay them. Fed employees earn at a 57% greater rate than the vast majority of taxpayers forced by law to pay their way.

No Richard straw man Laffer is a nice try on your part to avoid the enduring fact that government, state, local and federal is opressively expensive and by it's own data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forces ordinary citizens in private sector to pay and pay and pay way beyond there means to support the irresponsible bloat.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Sam Brownback is not a republican which makes him a fraud. He cannot run under his political party because he would definitely would be out….. if he were a truthful individual.

His political party looks kind of like this. The ALEC Rt Wing, Anti Women, Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party backed by ALEC Fascist Economic Terrorism.

Sam and his people will not support public education no matter what they say. The number of years in court against meeting the state constitution funding levels reveal his position. Sam Brownback is a law breaker.

Gerald Kerr 1 year, 3 months ago

Heckler,

Sam is a great Governor and should be reelected. I think he will be reelected. I'm sure he strongly supports public education which is effective and affordable. He shouldn't support nor should any us support an expensive union driven agenda aided and fronted by a gaggle of expensive administrators whose cartel status would make the guilds of old jealous.

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