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Letter: Kansas for sale?

June 24, 2014

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When Gov. Sam Brownback declared he would make Kansas a model of  “true” conservatism, did that imply a takeover by the infamous Koch brothers? I don’t believe anyone anticipated the eventual governance of Kansas by a plutocracy. It didn’t take long to make their true intentions known. Notice they are directing millions of dollars to influence primary outcomes, and much of that money will be devoted to defeating Republicans who dared defy them on the issue of wind energy. Simply put, they would prefer we got all our energy from coal, petroleum and gas — finite resources that added billions to their coffers. 

Sadly, Rep. Russ Jennings, R-Lakin, learned a hard lesson when he defied the Kochs and dared honor the wishes of his constituents. Farmers and ranchers he represented found wind energy to be profitable. Rep. Jennings was doing his job, but we all know that a good deed rarely goes unpunished. The Kochs will make an example of him by using every means possible to defeat him in the August primary.

It’s up to the voters. Are the people of Kansas for sale? We’ll find out in the August and November elections.

Comments

Scott Burkhart 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Ooooooooo. Those evil Koch brothers. Give it a little while and Richard Heckler will delve into his library of ALEC and Koch brother material and do a whiz bang, cut and paste job.

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Elizabeth Newman 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hope so...but then again I end up agreeing with Richard about 90% of the time. By the way, don't know if you've noticed, but Richard also is among the 90% of voters who would like to shove a little something up their wa wa peddles...if you get my music...

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Kansas already belongs to the Koch Regime. This is news???

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Bob Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

The national weather service is reporting a massive copy/paste storm approaching Douglas county.

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Elizabeth Newman 3 months, 3 weeks ago

LOL...i disagree...but that is hilarious!

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Fred Mertz 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Let's see......

The Kochs are trying to influence legislation and who gets elected and are using their own money to do it. No laws are being broken but they are evil.

Teachers unions try to influence legislation and who gets elected and use dues from members to do it, but according to the LTE writer and others they are not evil

Sure sounds like a double standard to me.

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Jim Slade 3 months, 4 weeks ago

A democratic republic means the will of the people.

The teachers unions represents thousands of constituents.

The Koch brothers are two people that represent themselves and no one else in the state.

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Sam Crow 3 months, 4 weeks ago

“..no one else in the state.”

Sorry Slade, but you are trying to transfer your own political beliefs on everyone else in the state.

I can assure you that there are hundreds of thousands of people in Kansas that are in support of the goals of the Koch groups. This includes reduced taxes, decreased government spending, less intrusive government regulations reaching into citizens lives, more efficient government, and reform of the failing public education system among other things.

Though the teacher unions have many members, many of those members do not align themselves with the political initiatives the group pushes.

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Fred Mertz 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Sam, your response to Slade is spot on.

I also do not see outrage at Soros, Bloomfield and Buffet.

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James Howlette 3 months, 3 weeks ago

If you don't see the outrage, you obviously don't read your own posts.

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Jim Slade 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thousands of people in Kansas are in support of making the Kochs richer and more powerful? Interesting. You'd think they'd be more interested in making themselves richer and not having their political might dampened by two individuals.

If a teacher does not like the political initiatives of their union, they are free to leave that union.

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James Howlette 3 months, 3 weeks ago

This also includes people with lifetime appointments who ironically complain about teacher tenure and union power. Yes, we know.

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Bob Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

This is a few months old, but still a good example of the outrage of the perpetually outraged. This time they are outraged that the Koch Foundation donated $100 million to a hospital. http://freebeacon.com/blog/koch-brother-donates-money-to-hospital-liberals-protest-not-a-parody/

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Philipp Wannemaker 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Just thinking, how can you sell something that in last 4 years has already been bought and paid for? The Kansas voters led by Sam Brownback have already closed the deal.

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Richard Heckler 3 months, 4 weeks ago

"will be devoted to defeating Republicans who dared defy them"

Now we know what happened to congressional republicans that once occupied congress. But no more the GOP is dead. What the nation has is an ALEC GOP with the primary mission of buying as many city,state and federal services as possible AND THE TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS THAT SUPPORT THESE SERVICES.

WHO'S RUNNING THE SHOW to be sure that the wrong people get elected?

The consulting firm Aegis Strategic plans to handpick local, state, and federal candidates who share the Koch Political Empire Agenda politics.

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

The ALEC GOP right wing party is posing as the republican party which is fraudulent representation of the GOP . Their primary objective is to have America as a one party nation and stealing the most successful government services as too many voters sit back and do nothing.

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.

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

  • wages war on women

• 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.

What Does ALEC Lobby For?

ALEC claims it “does not lobby in any state.” However, ALEC’s tactics and operations are strikingly similar to those of registered lobbyists with corporate benefactors.

Beyond distributing model legislation, ALEC provides its members with “issue alerts,” “talking points,” and “press release templates” expressing support or opposition to state legislation.

The organization tracks the status of its model bills in legislatures, and sends its employees to testify in support of its bills in state houses across the country.

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

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

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

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Richard Heckler 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Who Founded and Funds ALEC?

Who’s Behind ALEC?

How Does ALEC Work?

What Does ALEC Lobby For?

Undercutting Health Care Reform

Expansive Corporate Power and Zero Workers’ Rights

Tax Policy

Killing Public Education with Private School Vouchers

Voter ID and Election Laws

Obstructing Environmental Protection

Conclusion

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

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Bob Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Dude, I was starting to think something had happened to you!

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Kevin Elliott 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Absurd! Kansas is not for sale.

It has already been sold.

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Bob Smith 3 months, 4 weeks ago

The role of ALEC in the death of Edward III has never been investigated.

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Leslie Swearingen 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, Bob, I totally forgot! That is on my to do list. I am so all over that. Will get back to you with those results, maybe.

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James Howlette 3 months, 3 weeks ago

The lameness of repeating the same thing over and over and then complaining that someone else is posting the same thing over and over has never been fully investigated.

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James Howlette 3 months, 3 weeks ago

No. A pun is a wordplay involving a similar sounding word. Perhaps that's part of the problem. Your understanding of humor forms is lacking.

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Bob Smith 3 months, 3 weeks ago

"…to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively…" http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mocking Enlightened now, are we?

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James Howlette 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Very nice that you learned something today about the humor form you were attempting. Good effort. Eventually you might even learn how to be funny.

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Bob Smith 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, I'm crushed I tell you, crushed!

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James Howlette 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I see that the usual vapid comments have arrived. It's ok for the Kochs to have out-sized influence if it doesn't break any laws (that you can prove.) It's ok if some other group has a tiny amount of influence somewhere. It's ok if you agree with their points. Honestly, it's just not ok. It's not ok if it's Bloomberg. It's not ok if it's Koch. We the people should control the legislator, not the highest bidder.

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