The Republican presidential candidates want to cut taxes, but they don’t talk about that as much as previous candidates did. One reason is the Kansas budget debacle. The Kansas Legislature convenes this week to work out the latest budget shortfall.
Campaigns are still chasing donations and still spending millions on ads and mailers. Yet there’s evidence that money doesn’t always guarantee victory. And we’re not paying attention to the places where cash can make a difference.
Voters’ attention soon will turn to campaigns for legislators, governors and the U.S. House and Senate, and attempts will be made through advertising to tie those candidates with their parties’ presidential nominees. Such an approach can be misleading and unfair.
The relative civility of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders contrasts dramatically with the antics of Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Kansas City has its own recent experience with an unusually polite campaign.
Conservative groups criticized Sen. Jerry Moran after he suggested that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland should at least get a hearing this summer. One group went over the top — perhaps a sign of things to come.
It’s possible the Electoral College will face a major challenge this year. If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton became president without winning the popular vote, the outcry would be enormous. Such an outcome could revive attempts to reform the Electoral College.
After Kansas City, the chanting, the massive police presence, even the pepper spray could become a regular part of any Trump speech. The real estate tycoon has unleashed dark forces that won’t be corralled anytime soon.
Kansas City voters face a five-year renewal of the 1 percent earnings tax in April. It will probably pass, but not because of threats to city services or the potential for higher property and sales taxes. Kansas Citians like the e-tax because outsiders pay a chunk of it.
Ronald Reagan named Sen. Richard Schweiker as his running mate in 1976, even as Reagan trailed President Gerald Ford in pledged delegates. The pick was designed to slow Ford’s momentum, but Ford won the nomination.