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JoCo Republicans Line Up With Roberts
October 24, 2014

Despite a split inside the Kansas Republican Party in the Governor’s race, a number of Johnson County Republicans of various stripes are backing GOP incumbent Pat Roberts.
More than 60 Johnson County Republicans signed a letter supporting Roberts.
The letter starts off, “We represent Kansas voters from all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of occupations and sometimes distinctly different places on the political spectrum”.
The letter says sometimes the election process “distorts “records “in favor of the hype of close elections,”.
It continues, “Although we may not agree with him on a particular vote or a particular issue, we know his vote is his bond,” the letterstates.
It is signed by former Congresswoman Jan Meyers, eight state senators; and other Johnson County republicans
Text:
Dear Voters:

We represent Kansas voters from all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of occupations and sometimes distinctly different places on the political spectrum. We know about disagreements. We know about the election process and how it sometimes distorts the strong and positive record of good public servants in favor of the hype of close elections and hoopla of people supposedly turning away from proven elected leaders.

Frankly, that’s happened to our friend Pat Roberts. We know Pat as a friend, a hard worker, and an advocate for our farms and businesses, our schools and our freedoms.

We know Pat grew up in Kansas. He’s visited more counties more times than probably any public servant in Kansas history. Pat’s been in every corner of Kansas, many times. He knows Johnson County and Johnson City.

We know he’s fought for our country as a United States Marine, and he’s fought for good government, limits on federal intrusion into state and local matters, our safety and security, and a sound future for all Kansans.

We know he’s worked with Senators from across America, regardless of party, for solutions where bi-partisanship is necessary and possible.

Yes, Pat Roberts has a record of public service. He’s put his vote on the record thousands of times. And though we may not always agree with him on a particular vote or a particular issue, we know his vote is his bond. Every vote is made with thought and conviction, and input from Kansans like you and me.

We’ve seen too many attacks and distortions of Pat’s record and his roots and integrity, and far too little about his good work for Kansas. That work includes strong and effective advocacy for the KU Cancer Center (researching and fighting cancer), the National Bio-Agriculture Defense Facility (NBAF), which is the key part of the Animal Health Corridor, road and bridge funding that is fair to Kansas and Johnson County, efficient use of defense dollars in Kansas communities, and a reputation for outstanding constituent service helping Kansans solve issues with the Veterans Administration, State Department and IRS.

As we look forward to the next Congress, Pat will likely serve as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. Both are key positions where Senator Roberts will be well positioned to deliver needed reforms for Kansas farmers, small businesses and taxpayers.

We have reviewed Pat’s record and are excited to support him for re-election. The United States Senate is not a place for on-the-job training and the challenges our country will face over the next six years are too daunting to simply take a chance because of frustration with the current leadership in Washington

Pat Roberts has Kansas roots, lives Kansas values and votes Kansas principles. Contrary to what you may have heard or read, Pat’s friends and voters are still around, throughout Johnson County and Kansas. We will not remain silent in this very important election.

Do your own research and do your own thinking about a contrasting record of service and accomplishment, and we think you’ll join us in voting for Pat Roberts.

Respectfully,

Congresswoman Jan Meyers

Senators

Molly Baumgardner

Mary Pilcher Cook

Jim & Marearl Denning

Julia Lynn

Jeff Melcher

Robert Olsen

Greg Smith

Kay Wolf

Representatives

Rob Bruchman

Larry Campbell

Stephanie Clayton

Erin Davis

Willie Dove

Keith Esau

Amanda Grosserode

Brett Hildabrand

Mike Kiegerl

Lance Kinzer

Marvin Kleeb

Jerry Lunn

Craig McPherson

Charles Mecheers

Kelly Meigs

Ray Merrick

John Rubin

Ron Rykman, Jr.

Scott Schwab

Bill Sutton

James Todd

Mayors
Mike Boehm

Mike Copeland

Peggy Dunn

Carl Gerlach

Kansas Young Republican Chairman

Brandon Kenig

Johnson County Young Republicans

Anna Dulwicz

Eric Foss

John Nelson

Jim Thornton

Chad Tomme

Johnson Countians

Dave Anderson

Michael Ashcraft

Shannon Barks

Bob & Sally Bibb

Mary Birch

Brian Brown

Mike Brown

Karin Brownlee

Frank Denning

Shane & Teresa Jones

Michael Kahn

Carol Lehman

Mick Lerner

David Lindstrom

Fred Logan

Greg Musil

Bob Stephan

Ernie & Susan Straub

John Toplikar

Harry Wigner

George. Brett In Kevin Yoder Campaign Spot
October 24, 2014

Brown back Not Wortied By Missed Budget Predictions
October 23, 2014

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he is not worried that the state is not meeting some of his budget projections.
The state has missed two of three monthly predictions since the fiscal year 2015 started in July. The projections were also off during some of the months earlier in the calendar year.
The tax receipts for September were off by 1.6%.
‘That’s right in the ballpark,” said Governor Brownback during a campaign stop in Kansas City, Kansas Thursday.
An assessment from the state’s non-partisan legislative research department, however says the September numbers hold more impact than a conventional monthly report.
“The month’s receipts include the first estimated payment of individual income taxes for the fiscal year. As such, September receipt balances are more of an indicator on the state’s economic activity than
only one month’s receipts,” accordng to the report.
The point of concern for some experts seems to be that the state income tax collections were off by more than 9% from the estimate.
The Governor countered says that the corporate tax receipts and the payroll tax numbers were up.
The state’s economy and the Brownback tax cuts enacted in his first term are major issues in the re-election campaign.
The state could be almost 240 million dollars short of expected funds in the coming year.
Brownback’s opponent, democrat Paul Davis says the Governor’s economic plans are not working. Davis says, if elected, he would freeze the Brownback tax cuts at the current levels
Davis and other critics say the state’s budget troubles may get worse in a second Brownback administration leading to more state program cuts.
The Governor has said repeatedly he has handled larger budget problems that the current situation

Graves Endorses Roberts
October 22, 2014

(AP)–Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is likely to face questions during a televised debate about a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new Kansas voters enacted at his urging.

Kobach makes his second televised joint appearance with Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf on Wednesday night from the studio of Topeka public television station KTWU.

Kobach is seeking a second four-year term. He successfully pushed the Legislature to enact a 2013 law that requires new voters to provide election officials a birth certificate, passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship.

Schodorf voted for the policy as a state senator but says Kobach has poorly administered it.

Kobach contends the requirement prevents voter fraud. But the voter registrations of thousands of Kansas residents are on hold because they haven’t yet complied.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article3220543.html#storylink=cpy

Kobach & Schodorf Debate on Topeka Public TV Tonight
October 22, 2014

(AP)–Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is likely to face questions during a televised debate about a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new Kansas voters enacted at his urging.

Kobach makes his second televised joint appearance with Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf on Wednesday night from the studio of Topeka public television station KTWU.

Kobach is seeking a second four-year term. He successfully pushed the Legislature to enact a 2013 law that requires new voters to provide election officials a birth certificate, passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship.

Schodorf voted for the policy as a state senator but says Kobach has poorly administered it.

Kobach contends the requirement prevents voter fraud. But the voter registrations of thousands of Kansas residents are on hold because they haven’t yet complied.
Because the broadcast of the debate conflicts with Game 2 of the World Series, it will be available for viewing later:

It will be recorded and available for online viewing at:

http://watch.ktwu.org/

It will be rebroadcast at these times:

KTWUHD (11.1, KTWU’s primary channel)
10/22/14 @ 10pm
10/26/14 @ 2pm
11/3/14 @ 8pm

KTWU ENHANCE (11.3)
10/26/14 @ 8pm
10/28/14 @ 7pm

KCPT (Kansas City Public Television)
10/24/14 @ 8pm

KPTS (Wichita)
10/23/14 @ 8pm

SHPTV (Bunker Hill, all of western Kansas)
10/31/14 @ 7pm
11/2/14 @ 11:30am
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article3220543.html#storylink=cpy

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