It’s all over but the voting in Kansas.
Except ... that’s not exactly true.
Sure, it’s Election Day and the future of Kansas is in the hands of voters, especially those in Johnson County. They have the chance to swing the balance of power in the Legislature by supporting moderate Republican House and Senate candidates in about a dozen contested races. It’s time to say goodbye to GOP ultraconservative incumbents who too often have backed Gov. Sam Brownback and his failed social and fiscal policies.
However, before people vote today, there’s still time to go on the internet and peruse social media to gather and spread positive (and negative) news about candidates.
In the last of my eight-part “Kansas countdown” series, I have included some links to recommendations and endorsements for the Legislature. They are from groups that share my hope for massive change in the Legislature but also from a couple rooting for the ruinous status quo.
First of all, though, here’s a particularly bothersome case of how an elected official has tried to badly mislead the public in recent days.
In the Leawood area, state Sen. Jeff Melcher’s dishonest ad is still posted on his website, the one where he said he was “supported” by the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts. But the districts have released explicit statements saying that’s untrue, and those stories have been well covered. (Blue Valley here; Shawnee Mission here.)
Melcher deserves to lose his 11th District seat to John Skubal, a respected and longtime Overland Park City Council member.
Now for the links to more information.
▪ The Kansas Chamber of Commerce (mostly pro-incumbents for Brownback)
▪ Kansas PTA (including valuable information on how incumbents voted on key issues in recent years)
▪ Kansans for Life (mostly pro-incumbents for Brownback)
Plenty of skeptics think that nothing is going to change on Tuesday. That moderates don’t vote in the primaries. That even though the Brownback economic plan is a disaster, people don’t really want drastic change in Topeka.
All or some of these contentions may be true.
And Kansans will indeed get the kind of Legislature they deserve.
I just hope it doesn’t include many of the incumbent GOP lawmakers who have gotten the Sunflower State into the crisis that now swirls around it almost daily.
Vote, people, vote.