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Links between Koch brothers and Brownback explored; Libertarians hopeful; Evolution downplayed in SBOE races


Two of the richest people in the country -- Charles and David Koch -- have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback. Reporters with the Kansas City Star provide the analysis of the donations and the Koch brothers' vision of de-regulation and what it could mean to Kansas if Brownback defeats Democrat Tom Holland in the November election. http://www.kansas.com/2010/09/19/1500526/democrats-criticize-brownbacks.html

Libertarians say their message is taking hold as more and more voters express dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats. http://www.wibw.com/localnews/headlines/103173179.html

Funding for public schools -- not the knockdown drag out fights over evolution from previous years -- appears to be the main issue in State Board of Education races. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/sep...


Robert Schehrer 7 years, 9 months ago

Get ready for more sales tax and reduced taxes on corporations. The Koch brothers have already successfully lobbied to have personal property taxes on all business property and Kansas estate taxes eliminated along with a reduction in coporate franchise tax. Look for more of the same with a conservative governor. They are not about a reduction in spending, just a change to who has to pay the tax.

Paula Kissinger 7 years, 9 months ago

"Links between Koch brothers and Browback explored;"

The man is going to be your next governor...have some respect and spell his name correctly, please.

wmathews 7 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for catching that! I edited the post so Sam Brownback's name is correctly spelled.

pace 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes, respect the guy, it is yellowback, no sad sack, no it's rich man's babydoll.

kshiker 7 years, 9 months ago

In terms of balance, it might be useful to examine the support that Senator Holland's past campaigns have received from labor unions. For example, his 2008 campaign for the State Senate was almost entirely bankrolled by labor unions (even many from outside Kansas). Coupled with his campaign for Governor, I am relatively sure it would be easy to identify "hundreds of thousands of dollars" flowing from labor unions to his campaign. They are a special interest group just like corporations.

pace 7 years, 9 months ago

yeh the koch brother corporation is just like a labor union but will a real tiny membership. ,.lol

Mike Ford 7 years, 9 months ago

remember the 60 minutes story, "what wouldn't Bob Dole do for Big Oil?" some time ago... I wanted to use it to show how the Kochs under-reported oil production on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma and ripped off the Osages criminally. I wrote a letter to the editor the week the Dole Center was dedicated some time ago. Guess who censored my letter...not the LJW.....

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