I must admit to a certain sympathy with the 2016 virtuecrats. But too many of the historyless young are howling for a never-never land of gain without pain. If they persist they may wake up Nov. 9 with a new president named Trump.
Republican primary voters have clear alternatives in most of the 52 contested primaries for state legislative races Tuesday, but many of the half million postcards inundating mailboxes this month are designed to hoodwink these voters.
The incumbents who have the power right now in the Legislature are allies of Gov. Sam Brownback, and that should hurt them with the public given Brownback’s low approval ratings. However, incumbent GOP House and Senate members hope to win with a few tricks up their sleeves.
Lacerating politics, terror fears, and fatal encounters with police followed by slayings of officers have made this a joyless summer for too many Americans. Perhaps that heightens the gratitude in south-central Kansas for acts of kindness and reasons to cheer.
Kansas started 2016 with the nation’s only perfect 50-year record of endorsing the Democratic Party’s eventual presidential nominee, according to a study by American University’s Kogod School of Business. But the Kansas streak ended this week when the Democratic National Convention awarded the nomination to Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
Hacked and leaked e-mails from the head of the Democratic National Committee to other high-level operatives within the organization show there was a concerted effort within the DNC to eliminate Bernie Sanders from the race.
While the Republican National Convention was avoiding any mention last week of Kansas’ “real live experiment,” Gov. Sam Brownback posed this question to the state’s convention delegation: “What hasn’t worked here?” Seriously? Does he not receive job and revenue reports?
On one hand we have a key state legislator making a highly questionable assertion that is insensitive, inflammatory and offers no chance of improving the problem. On the other we have an important Wichita public figure who has adopted a positive, constructive activity that offers a solution to that same problem.