Daily Archives: May 7, 2014

Washington-style politics and lobbying moved to Kansas

lobbyistThe FBI probe into the fundraising and lobbying activities of associates of Gov. Sam Brownback made the New York Times. An article this week said that the tactics used by current and former staff members “underline the degree to which Washington-style politics and lobbying have taken root in state capitals.” Or as former Kansas Senate President Steve Morris put it: “K Street has moved to Kansas.”

Open thread (May 7)

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Who is behind ‘Kansas Senior Consumer Alliance’?

turbinewindmillDuring the final days of the legislative session, some Kansans received a postcard from the “Kansas Senior Consumer Alliance” urging them to contact their state House members and tell them to repeal the renewable portfolio standard on energy. What is this group? Here’s one big clue: Its registered lobbyist is Alan Cobb of Americans for Prosperity. The Koch brothers-backed AFP put out those awful TV ads featuring unflattering photos of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that claimed that “it’s no coincidence that some Kansans have experienced 15 electricity rate hikes since the RPS passed.” The postcards made a similar false claim. Good for lawmakers (rather, 63 of them – and none of them Republicans from Wichita) for resisting such pressure and misinformation.