Brownback court packing agenda expands

The following column comes from House Democratic Leader Paul Davis: During the 2013 session, much attention has been given to the state’s judicial process.  Gov. Brownback has called for dismantling the current Nominating Commission for selecting Supreme Court justices and Court …

Newtown tragedy sheds light on dire state of Kansas mental health system

Like so many Americans, news of the Connecticut massacre stopped me in my tracks. As the body count of first graders increased that day, I called my wife to tell her I left work early. Then I picked up my daughter from daycare so I could hold her tight and count my blessings. As we mourn th…

Davis: When did bipartisanship become a dirty word?

The following column comes from House Democratic Leader Paul Davis: A recent statement by Governor Sam Brownback really caught my attention.  He announced his intention to work against moderate Republican state senators in the 2012 Primary Election because they worked with Democrats …

Slattery: Answer: Politics

Mike Slattery

Davis: Kansans in poverty are being left behind

By House Democratic Leader Paul DavisOctober 13, 2011 It’s been a tough year in Kansas. The economy is lagging, state unemployment spiked for the first time in two years and data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicated that more than 377,000 Kansans are living at or belo…

Kuether: Brownback forcing Kansans out in the cold

Since taking office, Governor Brownback has professed an intense dedication to economic recovery. He has stressed in press conferences, news releases and media interviews that his administration has never taken its ‘eye off the ball of job creation.’  However, if you pai…

Davis: For the people of Kansas, not the politicians

Written by House Democratic Leader Paul DavisAugust 31, 2011 Every ten years, the Kansas Legislature is required to redraw boundaries for all congressional, legislative, and State Board of Education districts. This  becomes necessary as populations shift significantly over the course o…

Kansas budget focuses on mere numbers without regard to harm

Written by House Democratic Leader Paul DavisJune 7, 2011 Last November the political landscape in Topeka changed dramatically. An influx of hard-right Republicans altered the power structure of the Legislature, along with the arrival of Sam Brownback, the most conservative governor in mod…

Davis & Hensley: Brownback deserves no credit for Hutchinson grant

Written by Rep. Paul Davis and Sen. Anthony HensleySeptember 21, 2009 At the height of political hypocrisy, Sen. Sam Brownback announced last week that Kansas has secured a $1.78 million grant to build a rail spur in Salt City Business Park.  This is terrific news for Hutchinson and ou…

New transportation plan critical to economic recovery

Davis: New transportation plan critical to economic recovery Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, two major transportation projects recently broke ground in Hutchinson and Overland Park.  These projects will create 5400 new jobs are just two of several infrastructure i…