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Details of head-to-head poll between Brownback, Davis reveal interesting splits

Scott Rothschild

A poll one year before the 2014 gubernatorial election may not be that significant, but the SurveyUSA poll released last week that shows a close race between Democratic challenger Paul Davis and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has some interesting highlights. Overall, the poll shows Davis, the House minority leader from ...

Campaign themes in gubernatorial race echo 1996

Scott Rothschild

The old adage that the more things change the more they stay the same is certainly true in politics. The likely election contest featuring the Democratic team of Paul Davis and Jill Docking running against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has already produced themes that sound ...

Brownback, Roberts, Moran have high disapproval ratings, according to new poll

Scott Rothschild

A new SurveyUSA [poll][1]finds that Kansas' Republican political leaders have high job disapproval ratings. Fifty-eight percent of Kansans disapproved of the job Gov. Sam Brownback was doing while 35 percent approved. U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran had 53 percent and 50 percent disapproval ratings while 35 percent and ...

Davis campaign for governor releases video

Scott Rothschild

Paul Davis' campaign for governor has released a 5-minute video in which Davis and his family talk about Davis' values and how he has met personal challenges and adversity. Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, is the presumptive Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in 2014. He faces ...

Tea Party activist Wolf says Roberts too late in calling for Sebelius to resign

Scott Rothschild

The campaign of Dr. Milton Wolf, the Tea Party activist challenging U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., says Roberts' call for the resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was "too little, too late." Wolf's campaign said Roberts should apologize for voting to confirm Sebelius as President Barack ...

Former governors Carlin, Graves join campaign to reduce national debt

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Former Kansas governors John Carlin and Bill Graves have joined a non-partisan group seeking legislation to reduce the national debt. Carlin, a Democrat, and Graves, a Republican, have become members of the Governors Fiscal Leadership Council, which includes 41 former governors. The council is part of the Campaign ...

Current federal government shutdown similar to 2009 showdown in Kansas

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Republicans refuse to vote for an almost routine provision to fund government unless a Democratic chief executive approves their demands. Sound familiar? That's what happened in Kansas in 2009 between then-House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, and then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat. Led by O'Neal, Republican legislative leaders, including ...

Brownback, Davis differ on meaning of economic figures

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration says recent state tax collection figures are positive, but his presumptive Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, has a different view. Davis says the plummeting tax revenues and increasing unemployment rate are signs that Kansas is lagging because of Brownback's policies. "Gov. Brownback's `real live experiment' is not ...

Davis, Schodorf gain support from Kansas AFL-CIO

Scott Rothschild

The Kansas State AFL-CIO executive board has endorsed two Democrats, Paul Davis for governor and Jean Schodorf for secretary of state, in the 2014 election. Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, is the presumptive Democratic nominee to take on Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican. Schodorf, a former Republican state ...

Government shutdown produces automated calls from Democratic Party group targeting Jenkins, Yoder

Scott Rothschild

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday launched automated phone calls in the 2nd congressional district blaming U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, for helping shut down the federal government. The campaign asks Kansans to call Jenkins to tell her to end the shutdown. The call says: "While you were sleeping, ...

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