Christofascist Kansas Takeover Near Complete
Posted in the Coffeyville Forum
#1 Oct 30, 2012
TOPEKA Critics of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback sense that races this fall for the Kansas Legislature represent their last chance to slow the state's march to the right.
Democrats have attempted to make legislative contests a referendum on the conservative governor, massive income tax cuts he signed into law earlier this year and resulting forecasts of future budget problems. Brownback's allies are looking to win commanding majorities for GOP conservatives.
The GOP right is all but certain to control both chambers after this year's elections, but conservatives are hoping for a two-thirds majority in the Senate that would make it easier for them to pursue changes in the Kansas Constitution on topics such as health care and the selection of appellate court judges.
The political calculus is straightforward heading into the Nov. 6 election. If Republicans retain or expand their majorities 32-8 in the Senate and 92-33 in the House conservatives would be in control. If Democrats pick up seats, there's a better chance that they and a dwindling band of GOP moderates still can check some of Brownback's ambitions.
"They want to be able to change the constitution at the governor's whim," said Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, who's now in one of the most-watched races in the state. "They want to have full control."
#2 Nov 14, 2012
In Kansas, the waters stilled the Sunflower State remained deep crimson, perhaps the most conservative state in the nation.
Republican domination of Kansas politics grew on Election Day when the party increased its hold on the Kansas Legislature. All statewide offices are held by Republicans, as are all four congressional seats.
And the party, led by Gov. Sam Brownback, is expected to use its increasing dominance to approve more changes in tax policy and judicial selection, as well as cultural issues like abortion and school choice.
The conservative wing of the Republican Party has spent the last 20 years seeking control of all three branches of state government, said Joe Aistrup, political science professor at Kansas State University.They have now succeeded. They will govern from the right.
Republican representatives in Kansas, he said, will not be dissuaded by the Democratic trends in other states. If anything, he said, Republicans are likely to increase pressure for a conservative agenda.
More broadly, Kobach says Kansans who disagree with the states tilt are free to leave.
Americans can vote with their feet, he said,and choose a state that reflects their values and the way of life theyd like to enjoy.
If a person wants to live in a San Francisco lifestyle, they can go there. If they want to live a Kansas lifestyle, they can come here.
#3 Nov 14, 2012
With his looks, Kobach would do well in San Francisco.
#4 Nov 15, 2012
Yeah, Kobach just leads you to a bad place.
#5 Jan 28, 2013
Much like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, Governor Sam Brownback is busy turning Kansas into a right-wing paradise, with low wages, few public services, and reactionary social policy. Since 2010, when conservative Republicansincluding Brownbacktook full control of the state, Kansas has passed strict new anti-abortion laws as well as large cuts to education and mental healthcare services. And last year, Brownback signed a bill that cuts state income taxes by roughly $3.7 billion over five years, and collapses the states current three-bracket tax system into two brackets: 4.9 percent and 3 percent.
The American Prospect That tax cut took effect this month, and as the New York Times reports, its the largest reduction in Kansas history. Its also only the beginning; this week, Kansas Republicans introduced a bill that would pare taxes further, and eventually eliminate the states individual income tax.
As with Jindals proposal in Louisiana, this would deprive the state of needed revenue; existing tax cuts are already expected cost nearly $850 million in the coming year. Additional cuts will balloon those costs, and force further reductions to state services. Indeed, the Times notes that, to pay for those tax cuts, Kansas Republicans have proposed higher sales taxes and repeal of working-class tax credits:
Mr. Brownback proposed to help cover the cost of those cuts by keeping in place a sales tax increase that was scheduled to expire this year and by eliminating the mortgage interest deduction.[ ]
The bill included the repeal of tax credits for food, rental housing and child care that benefited low-income residents. Because of those repeals, the poorest 20 percent of Kansans will spend an additional 1.3 percent of their incomes, an average of $148 per year, on taxes, according to a report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
As for the top 1 percent of Kansans? Their tax burden will decrease by $21,087 a year, or a little less than the state poverty line for a two-person household.
#6 Jan 29, 2013
This is typical Republican nonsense. The poor get crapped on, the rich get coddled. Trickle down doesn't work. Brownback is a disaster for Kansas.
#7 Jan 29, 2013
I have lived in Kansas for ten years and my wife has lived here for about 25 years. We both agree that Brownback is one of the worst things to happen to this state.
He's screwed up the budget, making it worse than it was despite slashing basic programs, while also failing to draw much in the way of new business which was supposed to help offset the ill advised tax cuts.
One of the few things I hold against Obama is that he took away Sebelius and we turned around and picked this dumbo to run things.
#8 Jan 29, 2013
I miss Sebelius too. We're so screwed here in KS. He's gutted schools, social services, mental health services, to name a few. He eliminated funding for the arts, entirely. He's planning to raise taxes on homeowners. He's totally effed the state budget, all the while promising that we're going to thank him for it later when all these big businesses decide to come to the state and save us all. He's a Koch Brothers puppet, anyway.
#9 Feb 6, 2013
I have a special name for Brownback, it is Talibrown!
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