Statehouse Live

Brownback says media not reporting good economic news. Here's why.

Peter Hancock

News outlets in Kansas are not reporting the good news about the Kansas economy, and if they did, voters might feel differently about the impact that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies have had on the state. That’s the message that Brownback himself has been delivering lately, in talks to various ...

Democrats tout poll showing Clinton up in 3rd District; Signs Yoder may be vulnerable

Peter Hancock

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released [polling results][1] Tuesday showing Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by double digits in the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, and that Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder is locked in a surprisingly close race with Democrat Jay Sidie. The poll was conducted Oct. 5-8, ...

Brownback highlights some positive news; provides some thoughts on K-12 funding, economy woes

Peter Hancock

When you’re enclosed in the Statehouse on a full-time basis, it’s easy to get consumed by it all, and it’s often hard to see a world beyond the partisanship, the budget shortfalls and whatever else that may constitute the Scandal of the Day. So in fairness, Gov. Sam Brownback may ...

Parties name slate of people who will cast Kansas' electoral college votes in presidential election

Peter Hancock

All three recognized political parties in Kansas have named their slate of people who will cast the state's six electoral votes in the event their presidential candidate wins Kansas in November. During presidential elections, a lot is written about electoral votes. And with the miracle of modern computer graphics, newspapers ...

New report shows state nearing budget deficit

Peter Hancock

A new analysis of the state's financial condition shows that if revenues hit the mark for the rest of this fiscal year, it will end the fiscal year on June 30 with only $5.6 million in its general fund. But as anyone who has watched the monthly revenue reports knows, ...

Wyoming Gov. Mead tops 'indifference' rating in new poll; Kansas governor least popular

Peter Hancock

The website Morning Consult published results of [a new 50-state poll][1] on Tuesday, once again ranking the nation's governors according to their approval rating. And yes, once again, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback came out as the least popular governor in America. But that's happened so many times in recent months, ...

In new digital ad, Holland 'takes aim' at Brownback's policies

Peter Hancock

Some people may have noticed that the use of firearms in political campaign ads has been on the rise the last few election cycles. In 2010, a Senate candidate in West Virginia ran an ad in which he [shot a hole through a climate change bill][1], making a metaphorical point ...

New 50-state polls show Trump ahead in Kansas but Clinton winning overall

Peter Hancock

Two recent 50-state polls show Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a big lead in Kansas but Democrat Hillary Clinton with a significant lead in electoral votes nationwide. But Trump’s numbers in Kansas are far below what previous GOP candidates have received here, while Clinton’s numbers are about average for ...

Kansas school funding and the definition of ‘classroom’ spending

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — As school officials, lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration open discussions about writing a new school finance formula, expect to hear a lot of discussion about “putting money in the classroom.” This has been a long-running debate whenever people talk about how much Kansas does or doesn’t spend ...

As Paul Davis stumps for fellow Democrats this year, speculation swirls about his plans for 2018

Peter Hancock

Former Rep. Paul Davis has been showing up a lot at political events throughout Kansas this summer. Just in recent weeks, he has spoken at events in Wichita and in southwest Kansas. He was with the Kansas delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. And he has ...

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