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All Kansas Republicans should have a voice

All Kansas Republicans should have a voice

A presidential nominating caucus or primary would allow Trump skeptics in Kansas to have their say. It could provide a safety valve, a way to release the pressure that builds up from being told they are traitors to not only their party but to the country as well. In September, leaders of the Kansas Republican Party decided to deny giving rank-and-file party members a voice in choosing its presidential nominee for 2020. In a release, the state party said : "The Kansas Republican Party will not organize a Caucus for the 2020 election because President Trump is an elected incumbent…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results, part two

WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results, part two

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Hosts Karl Peterjohn and Bob Weeks continue reporting on some of the results of the August 7, 2018 primary election in Kansas. View below, or click here to view on YouTube. Episode 206, broadcast August 19, 2018. Since this episode was recorded, the Sedgwick County Commission District 4 Republican primary manual recount was completed. There were no discrepancies between the results reported after the canvass and the results from the recount. The result is Hugh Nicks 3,438 votes, and Richard Ranzau 3,513 votes.
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results

WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Hosts Karl Peterjohn and Bob Weeks report on some of the results of the August 7, 2018 primary election in Kansas. View here, or click below to view on YouTube. Episode 205, broadcast August 11, 2018.
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From Pachyderm: Can Wichita Elect a Governor?

From Pachyderm: Can Wichita Elect a Governor?

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Dr. Russell Arben Fox, who is Professor of Political Science at Friends University. His topic was “Can Wichita Elect a Governor? Musings on the Kansas Political Landscape.” This is an audio presentation. The accompanying slides are available here. Recorded on March 9, 2018 before a live audience at the Wichita Pachyderm Club.
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Year in Review: 2016

Year in Review: 2016

Here are highlights from Voice for Liberty for 2016. Was it a good year for the principles of individual liberty, limited government, economic freedom, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas? Also be sure to view the programs on WichitaLiberty.TV for guests like journalist, novelist, and blogger Bud Norman; Radio talk show host Joseph Ashby; David Bobb, President of Bill of Rights Institute; Heritage Foundation trade expert Bryan Riley; Radio talk show host Andy Hooser; Keen Umbehr; John Chisholm on entrepreneurship; James Rosebush, author of "True Reagan," Jonathan Williams of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); Gidget Southway, or Danedri Herbert;…
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Decoding Duane Goossen

Decoding Duane Goossen

The writing of Duane Goossen, a former Kansas budget director, requires decoding and explanation. This time, his vehicle is "Rise Up, Kansas." Duane Goossen was Kansas budget director from 1998 to 2010.[11. Goossen, Duane. Kansas Budget Blog. http://www.kansasbudget.com/.] He is critical of the administration of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and recent sessions of the Kansas Legislature. It's useful to examine his writings so that Kansans may become aware of the ramifications of his recommendations, and how during his years as budget director he was unable to adhere to the principles he now advocates. Following, some language from his recent article…
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How would higher Kansas taxes help?

How would higher Kansas taxes help?

Candidates in Kansas who promise more spending ought to explain just how higher taxes will -- purportedly -- help the Kansas economy. Are low taxes important to an economy, especially a state economy? When the Tax Foundation looked at the issue, it concluded this: "In this review of the literature, I find twenty-six such studies going back to 1983, and all but three of those studies, and every study in the last fifteen years, find a negative effect of taxes on growth."[1. McBride, William. What Is the Evidence on Taxes and Growth? Tax Foundation, 2012. http://taxfoundation.org/article/what-evidence-taxes-and-growth.] Many of these studies…
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Kansas Democrats: They don’t add it up — or they don’t tell us

Kansas Democrats: They don’t add it up — or they don’t tell us

Kansas Democrats (and some Republicans) are campaigning on some very expensive programs, and they're aren't adding it up for us. A sampling of campaign literature from Kansas Democratic candidates in south and west Wichita for the Kansas Legislature[1. Photographs of a number of pieces may be viewed in this folder at Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskMJfGNc.] reveals several common threads: Few will identify themselves as Democrats. Eliminating the LLC loophole is popular. Eliminating or reducing sales tax on food is popular. Eliminating the 2015 sales tax increase is popular. Fully funding schools is popular. None of these show the cost of these ideas,…
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Kansas Supreme Court judicial selection

Kansas Supreme Court judicial selection

Kansas progressives and Democrats oppose a judicial selection system that is used by U.S. Presidents, both Democrats and Republicans. What is the substantive difference between these two systems? A) A state's chief executive appoints a person to be a judge on the state's highest court. Then the state's senate confirms or rejects. B) A nation's chief executive appoints a person to be a judge on the nation's highest court. Then the nation's senate confirms or rejects. Perhaps there is a difference that I'm not smart enough to see. I'm open to persuasion. Until then, I agree with KU Law Professor…
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Kansas Democratic Party income tax reckoning

Kansas Democratic Party income tax reckoning

A story told to generate sympathy for working mothers at the expense of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is based on arithmetic that is not plausible. In the response to the State of the State Address, Senator Anthony Hensley told a tale of woe. He said, according to the printed remarks "Take for example the single mother who works full time and lives within her means, but still struggles to provide for her family." That's someone we can empathize with. And, someone who is a key Democratic Party constituent. Here's the burden she faced under Brownback's tax plan, according to Hensley:…
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Kansas school employment: Mainstream media notices

Kansas school employment: Mainstream media notices

When two liberal newspapers in Kansas notice and report the lies told by a Democratic candidate for governor, we know there's a problem. (Okay, the Kansas City Star is really a Missouri newspaper, but covers Kansas too.) Peter Hancock wrote in the Lawrence Journal World: "Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, reportedly claimed again last week that school funding cuts under Gov. Sam Brownback's administration have led to 'thousands' of teacher layoffs, a claim that has already been shown to be greatly exaggerated." (Davis still exaggerating teacher layoff claims, March 12, 2013) On the same day…
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Kansas government grows faster than private sector

In Kansas, government has grown faster than the private sector. Milton Friedman explains why it's best to leave spending in the private sector. For gross domestic product in Kansas attributable to government, growth was 106.0 percent from 1997 to 2012. For the private sector, growth was 86.5 percent. The nearby chart (click for a larger version) shows Kansas (highlighted in blue) against the other states and regions. (If you'd like to use the interactive visualization of state GDP data, you may click here to open it in a new window.) Considering the government sector, Kansas did well, compared to other…
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Kansas gross domestic product

Since 1997, Kansas gross domestic product has grown 89.1 percent. The United States as a whole has grown 88.2 percent. Considering compound annual rate of growth for the same period, the rate for Kansas is 4.34 percent, and for the U.S. the rate is 4.31 percent. So the record for Kansas is right about in the middle of the states. Not good, but not bad either. Of note: Kansas Democrats have announced their speaker for their annual Washington Days celebration. It's Jennifer Granholm, who was governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In the nearby illustration (click it for larger…
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2013 year in review: Top 10 stories from the Sunflower State

2013 year in review: Top 10 stories from the Sunflower State By Travis Perry, Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. -- It’s over, done, finalized, finito. With the final days and hours of 2013 ticking to a close, we figured it’s a good time for reflection on what the last 12 months have brought the Sunflower State. So, without further delay, Kansas Watchdog presents its Top 10 stories of 2013. 1. Wayward welfare dollars An in-depth investigation into howKansans spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in government welfare money came to a shocking conclusion: a striking number of transactions appear to be going toward anything but…
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Kansas jobs: Who do we believe?

Earlier this week we saw that candidates for Kansas governor have released statements on recent job figures in Kansas. The news releases from Sam Brownback and Paul Davis appear to contain conflicting views of Kansas employment. But we saw that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has two monthly surveys that measure employment levels and trends. There's the Current Population Survey (CPS), also known as the household survey, and there is also the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, also known as the payroll or establishment survey. BLS explains: "These estimates differ because the surveys have distinct definitions of employment and distinct…
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Kansas Democrats on school spending

Kansas Democrats are circulating a graphic that, while probably superficially accurate, fails to present the larger picture of Kansas school spending. The chart claims that Kansas school funding is down 19 percent since 2008. This is after adjusting for inflation, which is a good thing to do when comparing amounts of money separated in time. The Democrats, however, make calculations based on the inflation rate in fiscal year 2014. Since fiscal year 2014 started just three weeks ago, we really don't have any idea what the rate of inflation will be. A larger problem, however, is that Kansas Democrats use…
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For Kansas progressives, it’s all about school spending, not performance

Once again, Kansans are subjected to a rant by Kansas House of Representatives Democratic Leader Paul Davis. On Facebook, he continually complains about the lack of funding for Kansas schools, recently writing "What do you think is more important: tax cuts for millionaires or funding for your local school?" Here are some concepts I wish Davis would explain to his Facebook fans. This might be good practice as he considers a run for the Kansas governorship. First, Kansas schools have increased employment. Second, Kansas schools don’t spend all the money they’ve been given, and the pile of unspent cash continues…
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Kansas school supporters should look more closely

Those such as Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader Paul Davis who uncritically tout Kansas schools as among the best in the nation are harming both students and taxpayers when they fail to recognize why Kansas performs well compared to other states. Davis recently posted on his Facebook page a quote from Geary County schools superintendent Ronald Walker: "Kansas has always performed academically in the top 10 of all states. As bills are introduced in the current Legislature without the input of educators, the state is in jeopardy of losing ground." Kansas does perform well compared to other states on…
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Kansas and Texas schools and low-income students

The Kansas school spending establishment is making the case that Kansas should not sink to the level of Texas in any area, especially schools. They point to various measures that, they say, show that Kansas schools are much better than Texas schools. They argue that we must increase school spending so that we don't fall to Texas' level. So if you were the parent of a low-income student, or a student who is a member of an ethnic minority group, in which state would you rather have your child attend school? The Kansas school spending establishment has an answer for…
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