Kansas Chamber of Commerce

Money flows to Kansas elections

Kansas Watchdog, in its article Tracking the PACs -- big money flowing into crucial Senate contests, lays out the action of political action committees seeking to influence Kansas voters in the August primary election. The issue of third-party money involvement has been a concern to many, with Democrats and moderate Republicans railing against "special interest" money, frequently referring to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity. The claim is that these organizations are attempting to buy an election. Thanks to Earl Glynn's reporting in Kansas Watchdog, we see that both sides have PACs that funnel money to, or…
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Kansas senators seen as unfriendly to business

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has made campaign contributions to the primary election opponents of eight Republican members of the Kansas Senate that it sees as impediments to private sector job creation, according to reporting in the Lawrence Journal-World. According to its website, the Chamber PAC "supports and endorses incumbent state legislators and other candidates for state office who support the Kansas Chamber’s legislative agenda, promote the tenets of free enterprise and pledge to make Kansas a better place in which to do business." Following is the 2010 Kansas Senate roster with each senator's score on the…
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Local chambers of commerce: tax machines in disguise

The fact that the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce supports a tax increase reminded me of a piece in the Wall Street Journal by Stephen Moore that shows how very often, local chambers of commerce support principles of crony capitalism instead of pro-growth policies that support free enterprise and genuine capitalism. We may soon have a test of this in Wichita, where business leaders are tossing about ideas for various forms of tax increases. Again, I distinguish between "business leaders" and "capitalists." Fortunately, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is generally unwavering in its support of pro-growth, limited government principles. But…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday May 6, 2011

Wichita downtown sites draw little interest. Wichita Business Journal: "Interest from developers in eight city-owned “catalyst” sites in downtown Wichita was minimal -- unexpectedly so. 'I was a little bit surprised how light the response was,' says Scott Knebel, downtown revitalization manager for the city of Wichita." With the city soliciting informal proposals for eight sites, only two proposals were received. KPERS. It appears that the Kansas Legislature will pass a pension "reform" bill that does not include a shift to a defined-contribution plan for new employees. Instead, the tough decisions that need to be made about the Kansas Public…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday May 2, 2011

Shale gas to be topic in Wichita. This Friday (May 6) the Wichita Pachyderm Club features Malcolm C. Harris, Sr., Ph.D., Professor of Finance, Division of Business and Information Technology, Friends University, speaking on the topic: "Shale gas: Our energy future?" Harris also blogs at Mammon Among Friends. ... "Shale gas" refers to a relatively new method of extracting natural gas, as reported in the Wall Street Journal: "We've always known the potential of shale; we just didn't have the technology to get to it at a low enough cost. Now new techniques have driven down the price tag --…
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Kansas primary legislative elections 2010

Here's a look at the August 3, 2010 Kansas primary election contests that had the possibility of changing the character of the Kansas House of Representatives, and in one case, the Kansas Senate. A Kansas Chamber of Commerce endorsement is a reliable measure of a candidate's conservative credentials from a fiscal perspective. The Kansas Economic Freedom Index and AFP legislative scorecards provide additional insight into legislators and their voting records. Here are races where there may be a shift in the makeup of the House, sometimes depending on the results of the November general election. In Kansas House District 17…
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Kansas Chamber makes legislative endorsements

Yesterday the Kansas Chamber Political Action Committee, an arm of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, released its endorsements for the Kansas Legislature. In announcing its endorsements, Kansas Chamber Interim President and CEO Kent Beisner said "We are proud to endorse a group of candidates who demonstrate a pro-jobs approach to stimulating the Kansas economy and the personal leadership to form strong public policy. These individuals are committed to reducing government spending and growing jobs in Kansas.” The release also said that the Chamber PAC endorses exceptional lawmakers and candidates who support the tenets of free enterprise. The selection process focuses…
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Kansas Governor, Wichita Eagle: why ‘pigs’ at the trough?

When the Kansas Chamber of Commerce recently referred to the need to control Kansas government spending and taxes, a few politicians and newspaper editorial writers embellished what the Chamber actually said in order to make their own political points. Here's what the Kansas Chamber said in its press release dated May 8: "As of today, the legislature has failed to address the needs and wishes of the business community. It has instead catered to the needs of those at the government trough. The Kansas legislature has turned a deaf ear to the hard-working businessmen and women who have made the…
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