Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently announced his opposition to any kind of relief packages for states, advising instead that states pursue the route of declaring bankruptcy. Since current federal law, for good reason, prohibits states from declaring bankruptcy, McConnell likewise voiced his support for altering the law itself.
The Kansas City Star newspaper recently asked 95 Republican members of the Kansas House and Senate where they stood on the upcoming race for governor of Kansas, and they got some surprising news. The paper discovered that barely half of poll respondents said they would support Kris Kobach, the Trump-loving narrow winner of the recent GOP primary.
Remember, this is a poll of REPUBLICANS who are currently ELECTED OFFICIALS in Kansas. Just 58 percent of them said the controversial Kobach would get their backing.
For a party’s nominee to have such weak support among leaders of his own party with just eight weeks until the election is unheard of, and should send shockwaves throughout the Kansas political world.
The paper reported that a good number of those asked for their opinions did not respond, and also that there appeared to be an open revolt against Kobach from the affluent suburbs of Kansas City.
Clearly Kobach may in trouble given this lukewarm support from members of his own party. The unthinkable may happen: a Democrat could possibly be elected as governor of Kansas.
On the Democratic side, 94 percent of those in the Legislature
There’s something that happens in red states where Republicans take over state government and run it like a business. What happens is that instead of respecting its citizens, the state government tries to screw over people like any for-profit enterprise does to its customers — if it can get away with it. (See Flint, Michigan for an example of this phenomenon.)
And in GOP-dominated Kansas, the state government found out about contaminated water that people were drinking in the Wichita area in 2011, but didn’t tell them until recently.
Where is Erin Brockovich when you need her?
No matter what happens, this is a good night for Democrats in Kansas and across the country.
"We have the ability to help people who truly need it the most. We have the ability to make a decision today that will save lives — potentially thousands.
It seems completely illogical that the state can argue that a reduction in education funding was necessitated by the downturn in the economy and the state's diminishing resources and at the same time cut taxes further.
In a state Mitt Romney won by 22 points, Clinton and Trump are in a tight race.
While Republicans slash education, transportation, and social services, Republicans use a taxpayer-funded aircraft for personal pleasure.
'If Governor Brownback won't reconsider any of the tax cuts, he will have to figure out for himself how to balance the budget."
The Kansas bill creates private school savings and funding programs by diverting public education funding to private and religious schools
Donald Trump knows CPAC is not Trump country so he's going to Kansas, if he can find something he can't spell on a map
Ohio’s John Kasich and Sam Brownback of Kansas are just the latest Republicans to use abortion to distract their residents from bad policies
Only 18 percent of Kansans are satisfied with Governor Sam Brownback, despite electing him twice to be their governor.
A former Kansas state employee has filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit targeting Kansas' Secretary of State and assistant secretary of state, Eric Rucker. The lawsuit alleges that the employee's dismissal was founded on her refusal to attend bible and prayer services in Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office.
After a record-setting tax hike on the poor and middle class and truly Draconian social service cuts, the state is so broke that Brownback and Republicans had to resort to issuing a certificate of indebtedness to prevent the state from complete financial demise.
Not only have the wheels started to come off democracy everywhere Republicanism reaches, but they have sold the damn wheels.
Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law that eliminates the state's entire judicial system if the Supreme Court rules against an 'administrative law' Brownback's Republicans passed to neuter the judiciary and end the state government's separation of powers.
With the state budget forecast to have a 400 million dollar shortfall, Kansas Republicans are finally acknowledging that the massive GOP tax cuts approved under Governor Sam Brownback have not generated the revenue Republican lawmakers promised. The right-wing Kansas Legislature is now contemplating the unthinkable — raising taxes to plug the budget hole.
The legislature which passed drastic tax cuts in 2012 is now scrambling to find ways to undo the damage their shortsighted approach has inflicted upon the state’s economy and its services. Republicans are acknowledging that they can no longer cut their way to growth, having already taken the budget ax to state pensions, public schools, and government programs.
Republican Senator Les Donovan (Wichita) admitted the failure of the GOP’s tax cuts, stating:
We hoped they would just be a magic lantern and everybody would react to it. But, eh, it’s hard to get a company to uproot their business when they’re established and move to another place just because of this difference in tax policy.
Kansas has received its share of attention for its epic trickle down failure typical of conservative economics, and it is duly warranted. However, the governor of Kansas has not been tapped by the Koch brothers as their preferred Republican presidential candidate for 2016. That distinction goes to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has his state's financial demise keeping pace with Kansas for the top Republican economic failure.
Kansas' religious Republicans are so intent on proving they will go to any length to protect a fetus that they passed legislation for the National Right To Life movement outlawing a medical procedure to ban abortions at 14 weeks after fertilization.