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Kansas Democrats upbeat about governor’s race

Associated Press - March 8, 2014 10:22 pm

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.

Bob Bowser

March 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

HOw can democrats POSSIBLY see the court’s ruling as a plus for THEIR side. IF their candidate is honest in supporting this decision then he MUST campaign on a platform of HIGHER taxes for Kansas.
Good luck with that… he’ll probably lie about that part.

Dave Thomas

March 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

Why shouldn’t Davis lie about raising taxes? After all, Governor Brownback lied when he said he lowered the sales tax when actually he worked to raise it. He lied when he said he saved the State when it was nearly broke when actually is was a collation of moderate Republicans and Democrats who did this. Maybe the lies of Davis and Brownback will offset each other.

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