Sam Brownback

Three of the candidates for Kansas governor have been painting very different pictures of the state budget and the state's economy.

Democrat Paul Davis, Republican Governor Sam Brownback and Libertarian Keen Umbehr met Friday at a debate in Johnson County to talk about taxes, among other topics.

Income tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback championed reduced the state budget last year.

Libertarian candidate, Keen Umbehr says the cuts weren't fair because they completely eliminated income taxes for thousands of Kansas business owners.

Kansas Democrats say that claims that their party's gubernatorial candidate is pro-school consolidation are false.

Governor Sam Brownback has attacked Democratic challenger Paul Davis on the issue based on remarks made by Davis' appointee to a school efficiency task force.

The appointee, former Republican state senator John Vratil, was interviewed in 2011 by The Topeka Capital-Journal for an article about rural Kansas population decline.

Sean Sandefur

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is on the campaign trail after last week’s primary election victory.  He visited Wichita on Tuesday afternoon to announce ideas for his potential second term. 

Governor Brownback took his turn to speak on the campus of the Wichita Area Technical College - Democratic Candidate Paul Davis campaigned there in late June.

Joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, Brownback outlined his plan to create 100,000 private sector jobs in Kansas. He says it starts with limited taxes on small businesses.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis has raised more in contributions this year than Republican Governor Sam Brownback, but Brownback is entering the fall campaign with more cash on hand.

Finance reports filed Monday show Davis raised more than $1.1 million dollars in cash contributions from January through July 24th.

Brownback’s total was about $744,000.

Governor Brownback's campaign also received a $500,000 loan on July 23 from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. He made a similar loan in December, only to see it paid back within days in early January.

Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

Sean Sandefur

Democrat Paul Davis, currently a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, is running against Gov. Sam Brownback in the upcoming November elections, Davis visited Wichita on Monday, KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

 

Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis met with supporters at a Mexican restaurant in Wichita on Monday evening. The event was nondescript. On Davis’ mind were the same issues that are on many Kansan minds: education, the economy and rising taxes - property taxes in particular. 

Governor Sam Brownback has signed 5 new bills into law this week.

House Bill 2210 - Prohibits residents from changing their party affiliation in an election year, from the date of the deadline for candidates to file for office in June through the certification of the results of the August Primary Election.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is opposing Governor Brownback's re-election as governor.

Commissioner Praeger has joined a new bipartisan group hoping to thwart Brownback's bid for a second term.

Praeger went public yesterday about her break with Brownback and other Kansas Republicans.

She's appearing in an online video criticizing the governor from the Reroute the Roadmap group.

The group's six sponsors include Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking.

Governor Sam Brownback wants to spend an extra $430 thousand dollars to hire more state inspectors. They'll oversee the accuracy of thousands of scales and product scanners.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Weights and Measures licenses private companies and technicians to install and service scales. State inspectors then "spot-check" a fraction of the work.

Brownback says it boosted compliance rates when he initiated the program more than 20 years ago as the state's agriculture secretary.

Kansas will increase payments from a trust fund to several counties that had sued over the annual disbursements.

Governor Sam Brownback's administration announced earlier this week that the state will increase payments from the Oil and Gas Depletion Fund to many counties.

Nearly half of the state's 105 counties, and all the counties in southwest Kansas, sued last fall.

They said they should have received twice as much money as the total sent to counties in October from the trust fund.

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