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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Five reasons you should vote Brownback out of office today

Five reasons you should vote Brownback out of office today.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM

GTFO.
  • GTFO.

His Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, is up, slightly, in most polls, which means there is a reasonable chance that today could be the beginning of the end of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's political career. For Kansas citizens who are not millionaires, this would be tremendous news. But it's far from a sure thing. For folks west of State Line heading out to the polls today, here are a few things to remember about Brownback's four years as the top decision maker (besides Koch Industries) in the Sunflower State. 

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  • Five reasons you should vote Brownback out of office today.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Star: Paul Davis losing ground to Brownback, widening lead over Brownback

The Star: Paul Davis losing ground to Brownback, widening lead over Brownback.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Choose your own reality.
  • Choose your own reality.

The race for the governor's office in Kansas is neck-and-neck, polls show. Some days, Democratic challenger Paul Davis is ahead. Other days, sitting Gov. Sam Brownback is ahead. Who's ahead today? Log on, tune in, find out! It's a great time for horse-race journalism! 

In such a fast-paced campaign, the favorite can change in a matter of minutes — 40 minutes, if we're going by the stories on the homepage of The Kansas City Star. A piece by the Star's Statehouse reporter, Brad Cooper, posted at 1:25 p.m. today, reports that Davis is widening his lead over Brownback. He's up 7 points on Brownback, according to the Rasmussen poll the story cites. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Congressman Billy Long is sick and tired of political ads, says Billy Long in new political ad

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Billy Long, riddler.
  • Billy Long, riddler.
Billy Long, a gigantic floating head U.S. Congressman from Springfield, Missouri, suspected of representing the 7th District of Missouri, even though nobody can seem to find him, is damn fed up with all these campaign ads on the airwaves. They're everywhere this time of year! Real Americans don't need to hear about how Billy Long didn't sign a single bill passed into law last year. Or about all that money he spends on meals. Not important! Stop attacking the man and let him get back to Ebola scaremongering and complaining about Obamacare

Long says as much in his new...campaign ad? "Fed up with all these political ads? Probably as fed up as you are with Obama's agenda," begins Billy Long's campaign ad about campaign ads. 

"I'm Billy Long, and I voted 56 times to repeal or defund Obamacare," Long brags, in his campaign ad. 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kevin Yoder sure has taken a lot of money from Kansas City's payday-loans crowd

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The payday party's candidate.
  • The payday party's candidate.
Last week, I posted a short item about a humorous campaign ad by Democrat Kelly Kultala, who is running against Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder in the race to represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It was a relatively innocuous post — essentially a link to a video that makes fun of Yoder for getting busted skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee during a fact-finding trip to Israel. CBS News, Politico, the Star, the UK's Daily Mail and several other media outlets also covered the video.

For whatever reason, though, it generated several online comments from readers outraged about how The Pitch is a bunch of dangerous liberal communists. One, from an (anonymous) reader named "Walter," went as follows:
They [The Pitch] are nothing more that a liberal attack dog. Whether it is a stupid article that has nothing to do with policy and the politicians involved or very misinformed articles about the payday loan industry, which it is clear that the author hasn't [sic] ax to grind, it is nothing more than a local National Inquirer....
Walter's sick burn on me and my employer got me thinking about his apparent dual advocacy for Kevin Yoder and Kansas City's notoriously shady payday-loan industry. Perhaps there is some kind of connection between the two? Well. 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another poll shows Sam Brownback trails Paul Davis

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Paul Davis continues to surge in polls
  • Paul Davis continues to surge in polls
It's difficult to imagine a more troubling campaign year for Gov. Sam Brownback.

State finances look more grim with each passing month, two credit rating agencies have downgraded the Kansas bond ratings on the account of the eroding state balance sheet, an FBI probe has targeted one of Brownback's closest associates, and roughly 100 current and former Republican officeholders annoyed with the governor have thrown their support behind Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

Those realities and other problems besetting the Brownback administration have turned what a year ago seemed like a glide path for re-election into a real possibility of the former senator's losing a GOP-heavy state to a Democrat from Lawrence.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Streetcar loses on Tuesday, and other election news

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Russ Johnson didn't get his way on Tuesday
  • Russ Johnson didn't get his way on Tuesday
Kansas City, Missouri, Councilman Russ Johnson took to Twitter earlier this week to thump his chest about his accomplishments ahead of Tuesday's election.

"I have a solid 11 year record building all modes of transportation," Johnson proclaimed on Monday.

Like many things Johnson says, that pronouncement was a lot of hot air. Johnson is on his way out as a Northland councilman. In eight years of public office, he seemed more interested in goings-on south of the Missouri River than in his mostly Platte County district.

And that solid record of his? Johnson pushed three significant fixed-rail transit proposals during his time in office, and two of the larger ones were thwarted by voters — one went down in 2008, and another lost at the polls on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama is coming to Kansas City next week

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM

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President Barack Obama will make a stop in Kansas City next week.

The Kansas City Star reports that Obama will give a speech about the economy on Wednesday, July 30. But the president arrives in town a little early, getting here on Tuesday. So he'll be hanging out for a couple of days in KC.

Keep an eye out for Obama at Oklahoma Joe's because we all know that's the best place to spot famous people — and what better way to stimulate the local economy. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A raft of Kansas Republicans announce their endorsement of Democrat Paul Davis for governor

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Republicans like Paul Davis, too.
  • Republicans like Paul Davis, too.
Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis last month told The Pitch to look out for a wave of what he called unprecedented Republican support for his bid to replace Sam Brownback as Kansas governor. 

That prediction came true on Tuesday when more than 100 Republican officeholders, past and present, were part of a press conference in Topeka to announce their support for Davis and their opposition to another Brownback term.

The Kansas GOPers who lent their name to Davis' campaign endorsements run the gamut from school-board members to former U.S. attorneys to small-town mayors. Mostly, they're former Kansas House and Senate members, some of whom were driven from office by Brownback's political support groups.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sam Brownback trailing Democrat Paul Davis in new governor's race poll

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Davis chances looking up.
  • Davis' chances looking up.
How bad of a job can a Republican in Kansas do and still get re-elected? That's the subtext of the upcoming governor's race in the Sunflower State, which is all but certain to pit incumbent Republican Sam Brownback against Democrat challenger Paul Davis.

When Davis announced his candidacy last year, his odds looked grim. But given the ongoing avalanche of damning information about Brownback's "grand experiment" in the state, it's starting to look like Davis might actually be able to pull it off. And poll numbers released yesterday back that up.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kansas City won't get the Republican National Convention in 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

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All the hoopla is over.

Kansas City made videos, assembled a youth marching band, spruced up downtown, had Mayor Sly James dance on an airport tarmac, had Dick Cheney spend a night in town, covered up the Totally Nude sign, raised millions in private funds and spent public money, all to impress Republicans. But it wasn't enough to convince GOP leaders to pick Kansas City as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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