Week in review: Cash, credit and incumbency


By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — If there’s one thing you can say about Kansas, it’s that during election season there’s never a dull moment. So if you’re feeling bored, recap the week’s exciting stories to see what slipped through your newsfeed.

They bought what?! Top 5 ridiculous Kansas campaign cash purchases

First, let’s be clear: State law gives political candidates a wide berth when it comes to discretionary spending of campaign donations. That being said, it won’t stop us from shining a spotlight on some of the more, uh, noteworthy purchases made by those seeking public office in the Sunflower State. Curious what’s going on? There’s only one way to find out.

S&P knocks Kansas’ credit rating for failure to reel in spending

It’s an argument fiscal hawks have been broadcasting for a while now that Kansas only got half the job done by passing landmark tax reform in the past few years; to complete matters, the state needs to get its spending in check accordingly. Now, that has come back to bite us. here.

Kansas primary reflects growing anti-incumbency sentiment


How about a little analysis with your post-primary results? It’s one thing to look at the raw numbers, but it’s another to delve into the themes and trends driving voters to, and at, the polls. While office holders unilaterally won the day, political observers say that could change in coming years. Check it out.

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