Daily Archives: Feb. 5, 2014

Poll has Brownback ahead; Davis called ‘credible’

davis,paul“Is Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at risk of losing re-election in a state Mitt Romney carried with 60 percent?” asked Stu Rothenberg’s blog for Roll Call, concluding that polling and fundraising are making House Minority Leader Paul Davis (in photo), D-Lawrence, look “like a credible contender. He has quickly consolidated the Democratic base while Brownback still has some work to do in rallying Republicans.” Even though a new GOP poll finds Brownback ahead of Davis by 42 to 31 percent, the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating of the race has been changed from “Safe Republican” to “Republican Favored.”

Open thread (Feb. 5)

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Medical society not expecting Medicaid to expand soon

healthcaregovA top legislative priority of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County is the expansion of Medicaid, but society officials aren’t expecting the Legislature to approve that this session – though they are more hopeful about next year. Society president Donna Sweet, a professor of medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and director of internal medicine education at Via Christi Health, told The Eagle editorial board that business models show that allowing the federal Medicaid expansion would be good for the state. She also raised concerns about Kansans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid under Kansas’ current rules but don’t earn enough to qualify for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But Jon Rosell, the society’s executive director, doesn’t think the Legislature will act on expansion this year, in part because it’s an election year.