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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:49 pm

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis and running mate Jill Docking opened their joint campaign Tuesday by striving to define Sam Brownback as a governor who betrayed public education, advanced tax cuts for the wealthy and preferred dominant one-party rule.Democrats appear eager to tap into public anxiety about weakened state spending on K-12 public schools. They also pointed to the two-year cut to higher education signed by Brownback after the governor convinced university officials to silence criticism of a sales tax hike in exchange for his lobbying against university reductions. In the end, he prevailed on the sales tax but authorized 3 percent reductions at universities because "things get traded here and there."Davis and Docking also attacked the GOP governor for supply-side economic policies that seek to stimulate job growth by driving down income tax rates. The largest benefactor of Brownback era tax adjustments, Davis said, were wealthy Kansans.Instead of slashing education and reforming income tax policy, Docking said, state lawmakers should invest in education to produce a well-engineered work force and concentrate on reducing property taxes. In 2013, Brownback ignored Democrats' call for property tax relief and convinced the Legislature to set the state's sales tax at 6.1 percent rather than allow it to fall as scheduled to 5.7 percent on July 1.[/break1]com/news/2013-10-22/davis-picks-docking-running-mate-democratic-ticket]http://cjonline.com/news/2013-10-22/dav ... tic-ticketDavis and Docking will be huge underdogs despite Brownback being a Teabagger that needs to be shown the door, then kicked out.



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Post by SPen » Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:08 am

Typically the Democratic candidate in Kansas would only have about a 2.5% chance to take this race, but Brownback is so unpopular that I can't help but think that maybe the Democratic nominee will have a 10% chance instead.



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Post by Kriselda Gray » Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:02 pm

Yeah, we have a tendency to not field very strong Democratic gubernatorial candidates. I remember a few years back that's Fred Phelps – he of Westboro Baptist church infamy – actually try to run for governor on the Democratic ticket, because the Democrats didn't have anyone else running at the time. I hate that this state is so deep red. Hopefully, the GOP will implode and we can actually have some sane people running this state.


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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Thank doG for Lawrence; the city where Bob Dole often said he got his biggest applause and fewest votes of any town in Kansas.



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Post by SPen » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:26 am

A new SurveyUSA poll finds the Democratic ticket of Paul Davis/Jill Docking leading the Republican ticket of Brownback/Jeff Colyer 43% to 39%.





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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:32 am

[link]Political Wire,http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/ ... ansas.html[/link]





Brownback Vulnerable in Kansas





A new [link]Public Policy Polling survey,http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... ction.html[/link] in Kansas finds Gov. Sam Brownback (R) trailing challenger Paul Davis (D) in his re-election race by two points, 42% to 40%.





Key finding: "Only 33% of voters in the state approve of the job Brownback is doing, compared to 51% who disapprove."


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Post by SPen » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:55 pm

With Paul Davis this race is winnable, but it's pretty much the flipside of the GOP in the Illinois Governor's race. Pat Quinn is unpopular but the undecideds and partisan lean of the state are in his favor, meaning he'll probably just get by. Unfortunately I see the same for Brownback in Kansas. The only difference is that Davis is a stronger challenger than anyone the GOP has put forward in Illinois, so maybe he can pull off a major upset.



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Post by Dolly » Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:35 pm

GOP moderates revolt in KansasModerate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states.Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back.A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of middle-of-the-road Republicans from the legislature early in his tenure.In a rare and surprising act of political defiance on Tuesday, more than 100 Republicans, including current and former officeholders, endorsed Brownback’s opponent, statehouse Democratic leader Paul Davis. Polls show the challenger with a surprisingly strong shot at taking out Brownback in November. [/break1]politico.com/story/2014/07/kansas-2014-election-sam-brownback-108952.html?hp=t1]http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/k ... html?hp=t1


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Post by mimi » Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:52 pm

August 07, 2014





Brownback Blames Obama for Poor Showing


Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) offered a theory to KSHB-TV when asked why significant numbers of Republican primary voters cast ballots against incumbents on Tuesday.





Brownback won, but his little-known primary opponent Jennifer Winn (R) received 37% of the vote.





Said Brownback: "I think a big part of it is Barack Obama. That a lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just, they want somebody to throw a brick."[/break1]com/archives/2014/08/07/brownback_blames_obama_for_poor_showing.html]http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/ ... owing.html





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Anyhoo...this is prolly Obama's fault as well:





Kansas charged with securities fraud





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The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said it would file charges against the state of Kansas, alleging that bond documents failed to disclose just how much of the state’s pension system was underfunded.snip, snip, snip.





It’s the latest blow to Kansas’s bond ratings, which have already been downgraded this year by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. Those downgrades had to do with projected budget deficits after a Brownback-supported tax cut left a projected $330 million hole in the state budget.[/break1]washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/08/12/kansas-charged-with-securities-fraud/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/gov ... ies-fraud/



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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:22 pm

The only Public Policy Polling poll result listed by Real Clear Politics had Davis +2. That, along with the Rasmussen Reports poll showing Davis +10, should scare Pope Samuel I.[/break1]photobucket.com/user/Joseph_Robidoux_III/media/Politics/2014%20Elections/2014%20Governor/Kansas/2014GovernorKS2014-08-14a_zpse6a92770.jpg.html]http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n63 ... a92770.jpg[/break1]photobucket.com/user/Joseph_Robidoux_III/media/Politics/2014%20Elections/2014%20Governor/Kansas/2014GovernorKS2014-08-14b_zpsa65958a1.jpg.html]http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n63 ... 5958a1.jpg[/break1]realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/governor/ks/kansas_governor_brownback_vs_davis-4146.html]http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... -4146.html



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Post by Suranis » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:30 am

Pretty interesting article talking about the ins and outs of the Gov race, and why The Governor is in trouble http://www.newrepublic.com/article/1195 ... ecome-hell Brownback’s agenda bore the imprint of three decades of right-wing agitation, particularly that of the anti-government radicals Charles and David Koch and their Wichita-based Koch Industries, the single largest contributors to Brownback’s campaigns. Brownback appointed accountant Steve Anderson, who had developed a model budget for the Kochs’ advocacy arm, Americans for Prosperity, as his budget director. Another Koch-linked group, the Kansas Policy Institute, supported his controversial tax proposals. As Brownback later explained to The Wall Street Journal, “My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, ‘See, we’ve got a different way, and it works.’” Brownback established an Office of the Repealer to take a scythe to regulations on business, he slashed spending on the poor by tightening welfare requirements, he rejected federal Medicaid subsidies and privatized the delivery of Medicaid, and he dissolved four state agencies and eliminated 2,000 state jobs. The heart of his program consisted of drastic tax cuts for the wealthy and eliminating taxes on income from profits for more than 100,000 Kansas businesses. No other state had gone this far. He was advised by the godfather of supply-side economics himself, the Reagan-era economist Arthur Laffer, who described the reforms as “a revolution in a cornfield.” ... By June of 2014, the results of Brownback’s economic reforms began to come in, and they weren’t pretty. During the first fiscal year that his plan was in operation, which ended in June, the tax cuts had produced a staggering loss in revenue—$687.9 million, or 10.84 percent. According to the nonpartisan Kansas Legislative Research Department, the state risks running deficits through fiscal year 2019. Moody’s downgraded the state’s credit rating from AA1 to AA2; Standard & Poor’s followed suit, which will increase the state’s borrowing costs and further enlarge its deficit. Brownback had also promised that his tax cuts would vault Kansas ahead of its higher-taxed neighbors in job growth, but that, too, failed to happen. In Kansas, jobs increased by 1.1 percent over the last year, compared with 3.3 percent in neighboring Colorado and 1.5 percent in Missouri. From November to May, Kansas had actually lost jobs, and the labor participation rate was lower than when Brownback took office. The cuts did not necessarily slow job growth, but they clearly did not accelerate it. And the effects of Brownback’s education cuts were also glaring—larger class sizes, rising fees for kindergarten, the elimination of arts programs, and laid-off janitors and librarians.This isnt representative of the article, but is the background. The article talks to moderate republican rebels, the gov and Davis, and about the political tradition in Kansas. Interesting reading


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