Daily Archives: April 30, 2013

Moran’s NRSC lagging on fundraising

The proof of Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran’s effectiveness as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee won’t be known until the midterm elections in November 2014. But it doesn’t reflect well on Moran that the NRSC raised $6.9 million in the first three months of the year, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $13.7 million. According to the Hill newspaper, the NRSC was slow to hire fundraising staff after Moran took over in November. “We’re confident we’ll have the resources needed to win in 2014,” NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougesen told the Hill.

Will Kansas be a model for nation or a warning?

Gov. Sam Brownback’s effort to turn Kansas into a “red-state model” was featured in a long report on National Public Radio last weekend. Brownback explained how he wants to put Kansas on a “glide path” to zero income taxes as a way to create growth and attract investment. But economist Brad DeLong warned that Brownback’s approach likely will produce “a relatively low-wage form of economic development” and result in social services that are “quite lousy.” Former Gov. Bill Graves also was interviewed and blamed Kansas’ sharp shift to the right on a well-funded effort to “suggest that less government is gonna be better for everyone.”