Dr. Elizabeth Ann Sanders, a member of the Johnson County League of Women voters, asked the candidates in State Board of Education District 2 candidate forum: “Using the moderate-conservative continuum, how would you characterize … the majority of your political views, and please explain that characterization.” In Kansas, the furthest left you can be politically [...]
The Johnson County League of Women Voters (LWV) along with the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) hosted a forum recently for August primary candidates, which can now be viewed online. A recent Meadowlark article asked about the “tilt” in the panel discussions because the LWV is mostly a left-leaning group and is confusing “non-partisan” with [...]
The left-leaning Kansas City Star is confused about the political affiliation of Steve Baru, who is a candidate for State Senate District 37 against Jeff Colyer in the August Republican primary election. Recently the Star’s Prime Buzz blog asked about Baru: Republican or Democrat: You make the call. The Star‘s confusion isn’t surprising since Baru [...]
The Johnson County League of Women Voters is confused about the words “non-partisan” and “not political” and their concern for transparency in their candidate forums. (See the candidate forums online, or on local cable TV channels.) The JoCo LWV and Johnson County Community College sponsored these recent candidate forums. The League is a completely political [...]
The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission publishes a list of “Top 20″ Kansas Political Action Committees (PACs) every year, but this list is computed only using PAC contributions to candidates. Why are PACs that raise a lot of money, spend a lot of money, or have a lot money in the bank not in the “Top [...]
The KNEA recently sent out its “Educator Voter’s Guide” for the August primary election that is “for Kansas NEA Members Only.” Apparently, this piece was sent out by KNEA as its “KNEA News” instead of being a publication of its KNEA Political Action Committee.
Last week Jesse Waters from The O’Reilly Factor confronted Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on the streets of Philadelphia.
On Monday the National Institute on Money in State Politics issued a report “No Small Change: Unitemized Contributions Add Little to Campaign Coffers”. This report said state-level candidate, party and ballot measure committees are reporting a small percentage of donations as unitemized lump sums. But what about unitemized contributions to Political Action Committees? In the [...]
On Monday a fundraising event was held by “The WISH List” in New York City to benefit Lynn Jenkins. On Aug. 5 Jenkins is opposing Jim Ryun in the Republican primary in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District.
On a recent trip to explore Kansas “open records” at several state government offices in Topeka, I encountered these boxes stored in a public hallway in an unidentified state government building.