Archive for Thursday, May 29, 2014

Davis files to run against Brownback

May 29, 2014, 1:21 p.m. Updated May 29, 2014, 1:46 p.m.


— Democrat Paul Davis on Thursday filed to run for governor along with his lieutenant governor running mate Jill Docking.

Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, and Docking, a Wichita businesswoman, make up the presumed Democratic ticket to challenge Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer in the November election.

"People are ready for a change in direction in the governor's office and Jill Docking and I are ready to provide that," Davis said.

Davis has long been a critic of Brownback's cut in the income tax rates and elimination of income taxes for some business owners, saying the cuts will reduce the amount of revenue available for schools and other essential state services, while also benefitting mostly wealthy taxpayers. Recently, Moody's Investor Services downgraded the Kansas credit rating over concerns about the state's long-term financial health, and state revenues in April dropped sharply from previous estimates.

"It is becoming very clear that the Brownback tax plan just isn't working," Davis said. Brownback has said the tax cuts will help grow the economy and attract businesses.

When he filed to run two weeks ago, Brownback touted the tax cuts and noted that the state's jobless rate had fallen to 4.8 percent in April.

Davis said during the course of the campaign, he will propose initiatives that will help the economy.

"We are going to be having a number of proposals that we will be rolling out during the course of the campaign about how we can not only get our fiscal house in order but also really do meaningful things to help the economy get to the point where it should be right now," Davis said.

On Thursday, Brownback tried to link Davis to President Barack Obama, a Democrat who received 38 percent of the vote in Kansas in 2012, and Obama's health care reform, called the Affordable Care Act, but often referred to as Obamacare.

Brownback said of Davis, "He is an Obama-style Democrat. Kansans will recognize the sharp contrast between my policies as a Reagan Republican, reducing taxes and increasing family income, and those of a liberal Democrat who supports increased taxes and federal intrusion including support for Obamacare."

Chris Pumpelly, campaign spokesman for Davis, said Brownback was trying to district voters' attention from Brownback's "dismal record."

Brownback faces a Republican primary challenge from Wichita landscaping business owner Jennifer Winn. The deadline for candidates to file for the Aug. 5 primary is Monday.


Scott Quenette 3 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunately most of outstate Kansas is going to just get hypnotized and vote for Brownback when he starts waving his Bible all over the place.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, Scott, you might be right. Mr. Davis is hands-down the superior candidate for the office, however we are faced with the entrenched mentality of the western part of the state and his re-election is a possibility. A progressive Kansas is doomed by it's rural mentality.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

But Brownback is neither a republican nor a believer in the bible. He lies wayyyyyyy too often.

Must be a libertarian smearing the GOP name. Must be prepared for a ton of misinformation and lies about Paul Davis.




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Seth Peterson 3 years, 9 months ago

"On Thursday, Brownback tried to link Davis to President Barack Obama."

So he's a moderate with critical thinking skills? Good, we need more of those.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 9 months ago

All Republicans will try to blame Obama for ANYTHING, the Affordable Care Act, Pollution, gun violence, abortion, thunderstorms, dandilions, ANYTHING!! Get used to it.

Kansas has a chance to redeem itself now, with a reasonable choice. I doubt it, however, that the hicks and rubes west of Topeka will notice. They worship the Koch Regime.

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