The following are The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations for the Nov. 4 general election. We offer these recommendations as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates and issues.
Here’s a new one: When asked by reporters how much the purge he helped lead of moderate Republicans from the Kansas Senate in 2012 is now hurting him politically, Gov. Sam Brownback blamed the conflict on the courts.
The Wall Street Journal did an article and photo gallery this week on the 10-month-old Mars candy factory in Topeka, a $270 million plant with 200 employees and “two production lines that can produce 8 million miniature Snickers candy bars and 39 million peanut M&M’s every day.” The coverage of the company’s first new chocolate factory in the U.S. in 35 years is worthy of a footnote for Wichitans, who are about to vote on a citywide sales tax that would support economic development.
The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is truly a great pitcher. But was it just my biased imagination, or did he seem to get the call every time the ball was anywhere near the strike zone? Whatever the case, Kansas City had a great season and postseason.
Nationally, the Republican Party is toning down its anti-immigration rhetoric, realizing it needs to attract Hispanic voters if it wants to win elections. But the Kansas Republican Party apparently never got that message – or it just doesn’t care.
The Wichita City Council placed the funding of critical infrastructure projects in jeopardy by bundling them with the controversial jobs development fund. If the voters vote “no,” the members of the council can blame only themselves.
Though the northeast K-96 bypass isn’t a toll road, Wichita commuters owe a debt of gratitude daily to the decision of Wichitans Charles Koch and George Ablah to donate the 10 miles of right of way, about $4.5 million worth of land, that made it possible.
A campaign to remove two Kansas Supreme Court justices in an upcoming retention election has grave implications not just for Kansas but for our nation. That’s because merit retention elections ask voters to decide whether to retain justices based on integrity and qualifications, not politics. And if these elections for a state’s highest court become politicized, our protections under the Constitution – of equal justice for all – are placed at risk.
Gov. Sam Brownback said this week “that one of the key functions of governor is picking judges.” He’s right. But he has given Kansans further reason to doubt his ability to handle that responsibility with his use of the Carr brothers case in an appalling campaign ad and his extraordinary call for two Kansas Supreme Court justices to be ousted.
When I hear some moderate Republicans say that they are going to vote for Democrat Paul Davis for governor, independent Greg Orman for U.S. Senate and Democrat Jean Schodorf for secretary of state, I wonder if they fully understand the collateral damage of this decision.
U.S. Supreme Court justices will be forced to confront increasing evidence their 2013 decision invalidating a key section of the Voting Rights Act opened the way for Republican governors and legislatures to pass laws making voting more difficult for minorities in the name of curbing nonexistent voter fraud.