Paul Davis

Governor vote in Sedgwick County, November 4, 2014

Here’s a map I created of the vote percentage Governor Sam Brownback received by precinct. To use an interactive version of this map, click here. On the interactive map you may zoom and scroll, and you may click on a precinct for more information about the votes for that precinct.
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Kansas school claims, numbers don’t match

Kansas school claims, numbers don’t match

Kansas school spending advocates make claims of exploding class sizes that aren't reflected in enrollment and employment data. On Facebook, an activist makes a claim that, if accurate, is alarming: I walked with Paul Davis yesterday. I introduced him to Mrs. Scrutin. She teaches 4th grade at Mill Creek Elementary, here in Lenexa. She has seen class sizes explode from 16, to 23, now for the 2014-2015 school year 30. I gathered data from the Kansas State Department of Education and created an interactive visualization. (I'm not making the visualization available just yet, as there are some data consistency issues…
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Kansas school spending, contrary to Paul Davis

Claims about school spending made by a Kansas Democratic Party leader don't quite align with facts. It is commonplace for liberal Kansas politicians and newspaper editorial pages to complain about severely cut spending on schools in Kansas. A recent example is Paul Davis in the Wichita Eagle. Nearby is a chart of Kansas school spending (click it for a larger version). It's adjusted for inflation. Spending is not as high as it was at its peak, but Davis' claim of students who "have experienced severe budget cuts" don't match the facts. Now, it's possible that Davis may want readers to…
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After Gannon, will Kansas public school spending boosters still love courts and constitutions?

After Gannon, will Kansas public school spending boosters still love courts and constitutions?

Will Kansas Progressives' expressed love for courts and constitutions hold up in light of the school finance decision? In January Paul Davis, a prominent Kansas Democrat and candidate for governor, tweeted "With the school ruling due any day now, will Brownback comply w/the court order or try & rewrite the KS constitution?" These words were followed by a link to Davis' website that copies an article from the New York Times. (That article has its own host of problems, explained in New York Times on Kansas schools, again and More about the New York Times on Kansas school finance.) This…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: For whose benefit are elections, school employment, wind power, unions, unemployment

WichitaLiberty.TV: For whose benefit are elections, school employment, wind power, unions, unemployment

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: The controversy over the timing of city and school board elections provides an insight into government. Then: Can a candidate for governor’s claims about Kansas school employment be believed? Wind power is expensive electricity, very expensive. A Wichita auto dealer pushes back against union protests. Finally, what is the real rate of unemployment in America? Episode 36, broadcast March 23, 2014. View below, or click here to view at YouTube.
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