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In new ad, group backing Brownback praises governor for school bill but doesn't mention repeal of teacher tenure

David Kensinger is the Founding President of Kensinger & Associates Inc., a governmental affairs consulting firm in Topeka, KS. His firm specializes in legislative lobbying, grassroots advocacy and corporate and non-profit campaign management.

David Kensinger is a 1993 graduate of Williams College [Williamstown, MA], having completed one year of undergraduate study at Oxford University.

From 1994 to 1998, David worked for Sam Brownback in campaign and official roles, serving as Senator Brownback's campaign manager in his 1998 re-election.

From 1999 to 2001, David was the Executive Director of GOPAC, Inc. - the nation's premier training ground for Republican activists and candidates - working under GOPAC's chairman, U.S. Representative David Dreier [R-CA].

In 2001, David returned to Senator Brownback's office, this time as his Chief of Staff.
Kensinger & Associates was founded in 2004.

In 2008, David took a leave of absence from his firm to manage Senator Pat Roberts successful re-election campaign.

On Election Night; November 4, 2008 Senator Roberts said the following, "The true Machiavelli of Kansas, David Kensinger, our pitbull without lipstick, whose expertise in this new and very different world of political campaigns is unrivaled. David mounted the parapets, waved the flag, fired the first and last shots and led our troops to victory."

David next embraced the challenge of managing then Senator Sam Brownback’s successful campaign for Governor of Kansas. Governor Brownback chose David to serve as Chief of Staff for his administration.

April 19, 2014 at 8:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In new ad, group backing Brownback praises governor for school bill but doesn't mention repeal of teacher tenure

"Road Map Solutions Inc., led by Brownback's longtime political adviser David Kensinger, was running this weekend and cites the bill approved April 6 in the Legislature"

This dude David Kensinger gets around…..

April 19, 2014 at 8:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sebelius said to be weighing U.S. Senate bid

The sweeter deal would be if she could someday replace Susan Wagle.

April 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Needs/wants

The taxpayers voted for the library rehab….

The taxpayers wanted to vote on the New sewage treatment plant @ $105.5 million.

The voters wanted to vote on the tax dollar money hole Rock Chalk Park .

Taxpayers have asked for sidewalk rehabilitation and and additional shared use paths throughout
the community but of course the answer is always no. These two requests can be accomplished for wayyyyy less than Rock Chalk yet the commission chooses the more reckless choices consistently.

It is difficult to understand why government officials are so insecure about allowing voters to decide how OUR tax dollars are spent. Nice way to offend taxpayers. Most taxpayers are not impressed is my speculation.

April 19, 2014 at 7:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Koch goals

Presidential Elections Inequality: The Electoral College in the 21st Century

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The Electoral College is more than just an antiquated anachronism that can misfire and elect the candidate who loses the national vote; it has come to establish and entrench political inequality.

As proven definitively in FairVote's new reports The Shrinking Battleground and Who Picks the President?, the Electoral College system will, if not reformed, relegate two-thirds of Americans to the sidelines during presidential elections for years to come. Today, record-setting campaign resources are targeted at just a handful of states.

Voter mobilization money, advertising dollars, campaign energy, candidate visits and almost certainly policy decisions are all spent to sway voters in roughly a dozen states. That number of competitive states is far smaller -and more consistent election to election- than it was just two decades ago. The result is rapidly growing inequality in voter turnout, especially among young people. Racial fairness is undermined because these states are disproportionately white.

The American people have reliably supported a national popular vote for president, but public support has not led to change. Reform efforts have started and ended in Congress as Constitutional Amendments. Even in 1969, when more than 80% of House Members voted for direct election and backers included the NAACP, AFLI-CIO, Chamber of Commerce, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Senate opponents were able to kill direct elections with a filibuster.

The problems the Electoral College created in the 1960s were real, but nothing like what it does to democracy today. Still, reformers' despair about the potential to abolish the Electoral College has severely limited debate about what the Electoral College does to our modern democracy. To correct this failure, in 2005 FairVote established our Presidential Elections Reform program.

We have helped show that our talk of a national vote for president is not just an intellectual exercise. The program has helped develop a coalition of groups and individuals to support the National Popular Vote campaign designed to achieve a national popular vote for president through action in the states.

The program's major reports The Shrinking Battleground and Who Picks the President? have established with clarity and power that electing the president state by state rather than nationally hurts our democracy.

This publication collects these reports and other fact sheets and writings from the Presidential Elections Reform program. We believe it will be an essential resource for those seeking to base American democracy on every American having an equal and meaningful vote.

April 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Koch goals

Voter ID and Election Laws

ALEC is directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws. Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters --
including the elderly and the poor -- who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.

By suppressing the vote of such groups, ALEC’s model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote.

In addition, ALEC wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that would devastate campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections.

April 18, 2014 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center

Let's be sure it's a done deal and not election year rhetoric. Let's see the bond money materialize.
Let's see an approved site plan and let's see the construction underway.

Kansas voters prefer substance to election year rhetoric.

Surely some democrats deserve thanks as well.

April 18, 2014 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback's tax cuts

This GOP has been the reckless spending giants of the past 35 years. Supply Side economics represents borrow big and spend big.

Borrowing big to cover the cost of tax breaks is among the most reckless of spending ever in history. In other words, Arthur Laffer aka Mr Supply Side economics is getting laughed off the economic stage.

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April 18, 2014 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback's tax cuts

ALEC,TEA Party,current GOP, Sam Brownback, Koch Boys and Walton children have discovered common ground over the years.

Can we say Mussolini's ECONOMIC FASCISM - Yes we can.

April 18, 2014 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )