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Kansas Revenue Report 1% Off
August 29, 2014

(AP) – A new report says Kansas collected $4 million less in taxes than expected in August.

The Department of Revenue said Friday the state took in $421 million in taxes, about 1 percent below the official forecast of $425 million.

The department called revenues flat but said there are signs of economic growth in the figures. Corporate income tax collections exceeded expectations for the month.

The state saw a slight surplus in tax collections in July. Since the current fiscal year began July 1, the state has collected about $829 million in revenues, against projections of nearly $832 million. The difference is about $2.4 million, or 0.3 percent.

The numbers are likely to renew a political debate over massive income tax cuts enacted at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s urging.

Ted Cruz Hires KC Consultant Jeff Roe for Possible 2016 Bid
August 29, 2014

Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016.

The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help Cruz and his staff keep up with the growing political demands on Cruz since he arrived in the Senate in 2013 and achieved fame — or notoriety, depending on one’s view.

Joel Mowbray, a consultant for a foreign policy think tank, has been volunteering for the political operation and “will end up playing a role” on the paid political staff, the adviser said. Nick Muzin, a former top House Republican Conference aide that now works in Cruz’s congressional office as a deputy chief of staff, will be working on coalitions building and outreach for Cruz’s political operation.

Jason Miller, who’s advised prominent conservatives like Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has been brought on to “to put together a more robust communications operation,” the adviser said, while longtime GOP presidential campaign hand and Axiom Strategies founder Jeff Roe has been brought on board to build out the political organization. Lauren Lofstron will work on fundraising. Those three hires were first reported by the Washington Examiner.


Kansas Waits on Key Budget Numbers
August 29, 2014

(AP) – Kansas officials are awaiting word on whether the state’s tax collections in August met expectations.

The state Department of Revenue’s report Friday afternoon was expected to renew a political debate over massive income tax cuts enacted at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s urging. Brownback says the tax cuts are stimulating economic growth, but critics contend the reductions are wrecking the state’s finances.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff is projecting that the state will face a $238 million budget shortfall by July 2016, even if tax collections meet the state’s official projections between now and then.

Kansas collected about $4 million more in taxes in July than anticipated, but tax collections in April, May and June fell a total of $334 million short of expectations.

Recount in Close KC Race
August 27, 2014

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced there will be a recount in Kansas City’s 27th District Democratic primary.
Incumbent Bonnaye Mims finished with 1,433 votes.
Challenger India Williams. got 1,421votes, a difference of .42%.
Challenger Williams asked for the recount according to the Secretary of State’s office.

SurveyUSA Poll With Davis Lead Disputed by Brownback Campaign
August 27, 2014

Kansas’ incumbent Governor Sam Brownback’s campaign is disputing a new poll that shows the sitting governor trailing his Democratic opponent.
A new poll from SurveyUSA shows democrat Paul Davis with an 8 point lead over Brownback, 48-40%.
The mid-August poll was a done by an automated telephone survey.
Brownback’s Communications Director, john Milburn challenged the poll.
“SurveyUSA has a history of inaccurate polling and this latest release from the organizaton is more of the same,” Milburn said in a statement.
The Brownback campaign released what Milburn says is an internal campaign poll with different results.
That survey has the incumbent Republican leading Davis 43-42.
The memo that accompanied the poll says Democrat Paul Davis is “still largely unknown to voters”.
The Brownback poll says part of the Davis strength is that he has consolidated the democratic voter base faster than the Brownback campaign. The memo says the Brownback GOP consolidation effort is now underway.
The Survey USA poll showed Davis holding 91% of the Democratic vote while the Brownback campaign had 70% of the Kansas Republican base vote.
Wednesday morning, Davis’s campaign retweeted a 2010 Brownback statement about how “thrilled” the Brownback operations was with a big lead in a 2010 SurveyUSA poll.


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