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By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• “I want Republicans and independents to be an active part of my campaign and an active part of my administration should I be elected.” — Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis in a statement this week.
Davis, the House Democratic leader, was touting support from key Republicans, including former House Speaker Wendell Lady. In a bright-red GOP state, calling for Rs to play a significant role in his administration is wise. Davis demonstrated Wednesday that his campaign will be one to watch with more than $1 million raised in 2013. After expenses, the campaign said it had $770,611 in cash on hand. The campaign is a long one, but Davis is off to a solid start.
• “These endeavors didn’t just make us a better country. They reaffirmed that we are a great country.” — President Barack Obama on Wednesday commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
Obama went on to say that the nation’s work is far from over as too many children are still born into poverty. He’s right, but given deficits and national debts, the nation’s willingness to step up the war on poverty is virtually non-existent, and the president knows it.
• “The American people are still asking the question: Where are the jobs?” — House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday.
Boehner has a point. While the U.S. jobless rate has been dropping — it now stands at 7.0 percent — those numbers have always struck us as sketchy because they don’t include so-called “missing workers,” or folks who have given up looking for a job. The unemployment measure counts those still actively seeking work.
• “The outcome of that decision could resonate nationwide.” — David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, and Wade Henderson, president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, writing in The New York Times this week about the impending Kansas Supreme Court decision on school funding.
Sciarra and Henderson contend that if the court rules against increased funding for public schools, that could signal a turn toward education cuts nationwide. The two point out that school-funding lawsuits are pending in 45 states and that many of these lawsuits have resulted in increased funding. “As Kansas goes, so may go the nation,” they wrote.
• “Because Tim Huelskamp made it his mission to be a gadfly, he's been kicked off the agriculture and budget committees by his own party, leaving Kansas for the first time in a century without a representative on the ag committee.” — former Manhattan, Kan., Mayor Jim Sherow talking about his interest in challenging 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, in November.
Sherow has formed an exploratory committee, so he’s serious. But whether he would have much of a chance in a rock-solid GOP district like the 1st is a huge question. Huelskamp is controversial, no question. Other members of the state’s congressional delegation keep him at arm’s length, no question. But we wonder whether voters would go so far as to boot out a maverick who’s fought big spending in Washington.