Stop ultra-conservatives from controlling Johnson County's future
The Kansas City Star
Kansas voters are deciding today whether they want to follow Gov. Sam Brownback’s ultra-conservative leadership - or stay with a little bit more moderate path - in the state Senate.
The future of Johnson County is in the balance, to a degree, because the moderates who generally represent this area soon could be outvoted in Topeka in the Senate. (The House is already a rubberstamp for Brownback.)
Brownback and his supporters have been pushing hard - with outsized contributions from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC - for ultra-conservative Republicans to defeat more moderate Republicans in today’s Senate primaries.
Johnson County’s excellent school system, for instance, will fall under more fiscal pressure and face more cutbacks if Brownback and his allies decide to cut educational funding.
And the poor and needy? They will face more problems as the ultra-conservatives don’t support Medicaid expansion and continue to ramp back on social services.
Among the key battles today in Johnson County’s Republican state Senate primaries (including The Star’s recommendations):
District 7: Kay Wolf of Prairie Village over David Harvey of Mission Hills.
District 8: Incumbent Thomas C. (Tim) Owens of Overland Park over Jim Denning.
District 10: Tom Wertz of Lake Quivira over incumbent Mary Pilcher-Cook.
District 11: Pat Colloton, of Leawood over Jeff Melcher of Leawood.
District 21: Joe Beveridge over Greg A. Smith of Overland Park.
District 37: Incumbent Sen. Pat Apple of Louisburg over Charlotte O’Hara of Overland Park and Daniel Campbell of Paola.
The Star’s full Senate recommendations are here.