Kansas Democrats were busy at this year’s Demofest. In addition to a great rally supporting our Kansas teachers, caucus meetings, and a banquet headlined by Paul Davis, Kansas Dems adopted a new state party platform focusing on Kansas education, working to brings jobs back to Kansas, and ensuring that all Kansans are treated with dignity and respect.
Paul Davis is a leader with a proven record of working across party lines to get things done for hardworking Kansas taxpayers. As Governor, Paul will work to end infighting and partisan gridlock in the State Capitol. He believes that by setting aside party differences and bringing people together, we can strengthen the economy, create jobs, and ensure that our children have access to a world class education.
Kansas has long had a tradition of strong public schools.
From the early beginnings in one room schoolhouses, to the award winning schools in neighborhoods across the state, Kansans take pride in our institutions.
That’s why Sam Brownback’s attack on our schools are so troubling. The largest single cut to our schools in state history, attacks our educators and misleading Kansans on his record of failed policies goes against everything we stand for.
A KSN News/SurveyUSA poll earlier this week showed independent Greg Orman, a venture capitalist, leading Mr. Roberts by a point after Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out of the race last week. Democratic leaders prodded Mr. Taylor to bow out to clear the field for Mr. Orman, who has surged in the polls and has a better shot of beating Mr. Roberts mano a mano.
"We will watch closely as this legal challenge proceeds through the courts. It is premature to comment on its merits, but one thing is clear: Kansans have no use for extremist politicians like Kris Kobach who continue to put partisan politics before what is best for Kansans.
Where was Kris Kobach Wednesday afternoon anyway? Chad Taylor had been trying to reach Kris Kobach all day. Where was he? Taylor went to the Kobach’s office at 4 o’clock, and Kris Kobach was nowhere to be found. Maybe he was out trying to get people to self-deport themselves. Maybe he was out trying to suppress voters’ rights. He surely wasn’t in his office working.
Kobach ignored multiple career employees of the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office who confirmed that the letter of withdrawal submitted by Chad Taylor was sufficient to remove his name from the ballot. In fact, these employees physically removed Chad Taylor’s name from the Kansas Secretary of State’s official list of candidates.
Kris Kobach continues to ignore what is best for Kansas to do what is best for Kris Kobach. Regardless of the outcome of this legal challenge, Kansans deserve a Secretary of State whose first priority is protecting our open and free elections, not bending the rules to serve his partisan political agenda.”
Jean Schodorf for Kansas Secretary of State
"There are over 18,000 people who are currently on the suspended voter list. Kobach has said that they are simply lazy procrastinators. I say that he is taking away our right to vote.
By creating a system that doesn’t include all Kansans in one of our most basic American rights, Kobach has said that not all of us are worth including. He has said that this system will protect us, but all it has done is prevented thousands of us from voting. In 2013, more than 1 in 4 of our friends, family, and neighbors were prevented from our right to vote. More than 1 in 4!
That is appalling.
People want a secretary of state who will focus on them, on Kansas. And that is what I will be.”
Governor Sam Brownback made the largest funding cut to Kansas schools in state history and declared it a “victory” for Kansas. He pushed through a tax experiment that caused our state’s credit rating to be downgraded. Kansas job growth is lagging our neighboring states and the nation. We ranked 45th last year in new business creation. Yet Governor Brownback wants to “hit the accelerator” on his agenda. We need to go in a new direction.
Democrat Chad Taylor has withdrawn as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. The Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed late Tuesday that Taylor, the Shawnee County prosecutor, had withdrawn from the race.