Kansas Democrats upbeat about governor’s race
Associated Press - March 8, 2014 10:22 pm
The special election for the congressional seat formerly held by new CIA Director Mike Pompeo has added new urgency to pending court decisions in multiple federal lawsuits challenging restrictive voter registration requirements in Kansas.
Kansas Democrats feel upbeat about their chances of unseating Republican Gov. Sam Brownback this year as Democratic challenger Paul Davis makes school funding a major issue.
Several hundred Democratic officials and activists gathered Saturday for Washington Days, the party’s biggest annual meeting.
Caucus meetings and speeches Saturday came a day after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state’s school funding is unconstitutional. It directed lawmakers to improve aid to poor districts by July 1 and ordered more lower-court hearings on whether the state is spending enough money overall.
Prominent Democrats said the ruling validates Davis’ arguments that the state isn’t adequately funding schools.
But Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker disagreed. He said parts of the decision focuses on educational outcomes, rather than just raw spending.