Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Opening in the Kansas Senate

There's going to be an opening in the Kansas Senate soon.

I am not sure who is leaving, but rumor has it one Senator is soon to be vaunted to a cherry appointment on the Kansas Corporation Commission.

The KCC has regulatory authority over energy companies operating in Kansas.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Yesterday's news

This is late. Patricia Lightner has entered the race for Johnson County Commission Chair.

She made it official last weekend, but for those keeping count, I mentioned it several months ago.

She will be a welcome addition to the Ed vs Ed Show. Added bonus: Her candidacy sparks an August primary.


Sometimes the wisest choice is just to shut.your.mouth.

Politicians are notoriously terrible at it, and Gov. Sam Brownback is no exception.

Our embarrassing Governor used his brief time on Fox News to bash Ted Cruz for not falling in line with the Establishment and for having the nerve to say what anyone who wasn't living in a box in the '90s has now figured out: Bob Dole really wasn't that great.  (See this, this, and this.)

Here's the 4-1-1.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ha. Ha. Hahahahaha

Gov. Brownback isn't ruling out a run for the Presidency, according to Fox News.

I put his chances of ascending to the top office in the land at right around 0 percent.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fitzgerald out

Steve Fitzgerald is NOT running for Congress. 

You'll recall he announced his campaign to replace Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins at the Kansas GOP Convention in Wichita last month.

The collective response was largely outrage, because how dare he run against a Republican incumbent, blah, blah, blah.

My response was largely, meh. Who cares? I always thought Jenkins' penchant for repeatedly standing next to the orangest man in Congress wasn't going to win her any favors, and Fitzgerald's short candidacy made my point.

I was kind of looking forward to the massive meltdowns from political insiders, but I'll still have plenty to chuckle about from the Roberts vs. Wolf campaign. (Today's latest meltdown involves comments Wolf made on Facebook in regards to pictures of x-rays of gunshot victims. The timing of the stories, on the heels of the New York Times' story about Roberts not living in Kansas, and not-so-great poll results, was questionable, but whatevs.)

Fitzgerald gives his reasons for not running in an email. Mostly, he says he is dropping out of the race because Congress restored cuts to veterans pensions. In his own words:

Things change:

     Large majorities of both parties in both houses voted to reverse the pension cuts and the President signed the bill last week. Frankly, this issue was a centerpiece of my campaign and it had been my intention to use it to support fund-raising from veterans nationwide. This unexpected reversal not only removed an important plank from my platform, it has severely reduced my ability to raise campaign funds.
     Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has also issued a statement, which is SHOWN BELOW and is on her website:
     In this, she states she does not support amnesty or a pathway to citizenship that will benefit those who came here illegally at the expense of those who followed the law. This is in clear opposition to the Speaker of the House. As the fifth ranking member of Republican Leadership in the House this is significant - even though the Congresswoman has a good voting record on illegal immigration - such public opposition (widely shared by other members of the caucus) makes unlikely any deal prior to the elections in November. This removes the other plank from my platform.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Brownback less popular than Obama?

In Kansas? I haven't conducted any polls, but if you believe PPP's latest poll results, you should pass around whatever you're smoking.

The PPP poll, released today, suggests that Gov. Sam Brownback trails Democratic challenger Paul Davis; That Brownback's approval ratings are 33 percent (compared to Obama's 34 percent and to Sebelius' 38 percent!!!! Say, what?) and that Davis would capture 23 percent of the Kansas GOP vote.

I'm simply not buying it. There are definite signs that the poll is dramatically skewed. For starters, the poll takers were 53 percent women and 47 percent men. Highly, highly unlikely.

And then there are just insane findings. See the Sebelius finding above. According to the PPP poll, her approval ratings are higher than the President's and the Governor's, yet she would lose dramatically if she were to run for U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, a highly conservative electorate thinks the Kansas Supreme Court should determine how Kansas schools are funded.

It's pretty obvious that the vast majority of this poll is so much wishful thinking on the part of Democrats. That said, the pollsters note a marked decline in Brownback's approval ratings since their last poll, back in October. 

It's pretty obvious that Brownback needs to step up his game, lest he win in an embarrassingly close race in very red Kansas.

Results of the poll are here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Inciting rage in...


Milton Wolf has a new ad out. The ad attacks Sen. Pat Roberts for not living in Kansas. YouTube won't allow me to embed, so you'll have to go to Breitbart to view it.