Monday, January 25, 2010
State Director Derrick Sontag says the group will send out an alert whenever a bill raising taxes is introduced in the House or Senate. Clicking on the alert will then allow recipients to send e-mails to legislators.
Sontag says the goal is to allow Kansans to contact their legislators quickly.
And taxes are on legislators' agenda this year. Gov. Mark Parkinson has proposed increasing sales and tobacco taxes to close a budget shortfall.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Some of the most likely candidates
- Retiring Secretary Ron Thornburgh who dropped out of the race for governor and would pull in some moderates for Brownback
- 3rd district candidate and former state Senator Nick Jordan - this would help avoid a nasty Republican primary in the 3rd and pull in some Kansas City votes for the Senator. Also would leave Yoder as the front runner for the 3rd who is a bit more moderate for the district that voted for Obama in 2008
- State Senator Jeff Colyer - also pulls in Kansas City votes and money for the senator, as well as experience in the health field. The two also served as White House fellows and are rumored to be close
Other possibilites could be Moran or Tiahrt if one of them decides to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination for Senate, Brownback's former chief of staff Rob Wasinger if he decided to get out of the crowded primary for the 1st district, Kris Kobach if he gets out of the SoS race - close with Brownback since serving as state party chair, or Jim Barnett if he were to drop out of the primary in the 1st - he's already got some statewide name ID after running for Gov against Sebelius.
According to the Cap Journal - State Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, said he will decide soon whether to seek the Democratic nomination. "Several people have approached me about running for governor," Holland said. "I'm actively considering it."
At year end, Holland reported raising $7,700 last year and currently has $12,900 COH. Holland won his senate seat in 2008 against incumbent Roger Pine. Although this was an impressive win in a year where Kansas only got more Red - winning on 48% of his own district doesn't exactly bode well for a statewide race against Brownback who will likely outspend him 10 to 1.
Favorite fact on his facebook page: Holland is a fan of 'ForwardKansas' - but really, who isn't??
Best of luck thought Tom - we're looking forward to the entertainment!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sam Brownback Raised $1,534,000 Cash on Hand $1,100,000
Stephen Six Raised $375,000 Cash on Hand $501,000
Derek Schmidt Raised $138,000 Cash on Hand $111,000
Sandy Praegar Raised $59,000 Cash on Hand $92,000
David Powell* Raised $16,000 Cash on Hand $2,000 *Primary Challenger
Secretary of State
Kris Kobach *Not yet online
Chris Biggs Raised $1,000 Cash on Hand $1,000
Dennis McKinney Raised $153,000 Cash on Hand $147,000
We're interested to see what's next for current Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh. Although he withdrew from the Governor's race, he still has over $130,000 in his campaign account. Perhaps he'll use it to help out some friends or perhaps he's holding on to it for his next move.
Keep checking back for more details on these finance reports and the federal finance reports that are due the 15th. Will Moran continue to outraise Tiahrt? Will anyone drop out of these crowded primaries in the 1st and 4th? Did Laura Kelly even raise $50,000? Stay tuned....
Parkinson likes taxes - who knew? Guess it's a good thing he left the party or we'd all be demanding he did.
Last night Governor Parkinson, in his State of the State, proposed a sales tax increase of 1 percent and a 55-cent per pack increase in cigarette taxes. We'll give it to him - he has a terrible job of attempting the balance the budget, now more than $300 million in the red. The sales tax hike would expire after three years unless lawmakers voted to continue it but the cigarette tax appears to be permanent.
Republican forces already appear to be lining up against the proposal but will the Governor be able to tug at the hearts of Moderates - vowing to save education funding and win votes?
“Raising taxes in a recession is exactly the wrong policy,” said Sen. Jeff Colyer, an Overland Park Republican.
Mike Maddox, chairman of the Kansas Chamber board: “If Kansas is going to experience a sustained economic recovery and growth, businesses will lead the way by growing jobs. Nothing will hinder the recovery and economic growth more than increasing the tax burden on our citizens.”
Monday, January 11, 2010
President Obama's approval rating on handling health care is at an all-time low, according to a new CBS News poll, something that is helping to drag down his overall approval rating.
Just 36 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Obama's handling of health care, according to the poll, conducted from Jan. 6 – 10. Fifty-four percent disapprove.
Barry, Barry - when will you give up on this government takeover of the health care system? The reason people are losing their health care is because they're losing their jobs! Lets focus on the economy and getting private industry to start booming again instead of government growth.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The fact Nebraska will never have to pay for Medicaid coverage in the future, sticking states such as Kansas with the bill, is downright criminal. Thankfully, Republican lawmakers here in Kansas are putting pressure on Democrat Attorney General Steve Six to join the other 13 state attorney generals that are objecting to such a deal.
Six is a relative unknown in Kansas politics. He was appointed by Queen Kathleen after their poster boy Paul Morrison was forced out after an infidelity scandal a few years back. What we do know about Six is that he's the typical Kansas Democrat that campaigns as not being a Democrat in order to get elected.
So where does he stand on letting Nebraska get this Medicaid deal? So far, only silence.
It's time Six takes a stand for or against the typical Washington corruption that Kansans are sick and tired of. So where are you Mr. Six? Kansans are waiting to hear where you stand.