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Two Democrats to represent Baldwin City in Kansas Legislature



November 7, 2012

An incumbent won a hard-fought re-election fight to represent Baldwin City in the Kansas Senate, while the community will be represented by first-term Democrat in the Kansas House.

Senate District 3

Holland, D-Baldwin City, overcame state Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, in a hard-fought campaign for the 3rd Senate District that featured sharp contrasts on statewide and local issues.

Holland and Brown, both legislative veterans, tangled over school finance, tax cuts and safety issues along Kansas Highway 10.

A 2011 traffic fatality on K-10 spurred a move by local officials to get the state to install cable median barriers along certain sections of the road.

Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson said when the community sought help from the Legislature, Holland answered the request and Brown didn’t. “He basically left us high and dry,” Hopson said of Brown.

Brown struck back, saying he had worked “tirelessly” behind the scenes with the Brownback administration. He pointed to a July letter from Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King, who thanked Brown “for your ongoing concern to see this project through.” King was appointed secretary by Brownback in March.

On the issue of state school finance, Holland said the Brownback tax cuts that Brown voted for will decimate education funding in future years. But Brown has said the tax cuts will help boost the economy and put more money in the hands of Kansans.

Brown is among the group of conservative Republicans in the Legislature backed by groups affiliated with Brownback, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Koch brothers and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Meanwhile, Holland, who was unsuccessful as the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, was endorsed by the Kansas National Education Association, the MainStream Coalition, Kansas Citizens for Higher Education, Economic Lifelines and Independence Inc.

The district changed under the judicial redistricting order by gaining much of southeast Lawrence, which had been represented by Francisco. Brown decided to run for the 3rd Senate District after the 38th House District, which he had represented, was moved into Johnson County.

Brown said he was unsure about his political future. “I don’t think any doors have been shut,” he said.

House District 10

Democrat John Wilson, of Lawrence, defeated Republican Erica Anderson, of Baldwin City, in House District 10.

The district has been represented by state Rep. TeriLois Gregory, a Republican.

In redrawing the district boundaries, federal judges removed Franklin County precincts and made the district wholly in Douglas County.


Torch 5 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, over half the income tax collected by the state goes to education now. Why not more?

Between that and the fact that many middle-class families are spending up to 25 percent of their disposable income paying back student loans means we can enslave an entire generation just by continuing to propagate the fraud that is higher education. Ok, well, if you didn't borrow to send your child to school then you took money out of YOUR retirement - even better.

Let's not forget the raising of tuition every single year at two to three times the rate of inflation...all the while smiling and saying that a Humanities degree is worth every dime.

The Education Industry needs to be reigned in...because the next bubble is going to be student loans. Instead, we drink the same old Kool Aid and let the Univer$ities take us to the cleaners.

Did any of you know that KU charges full tuition for some lower-level classes that are being taught by students who don't even have a bachelor's yet? I don't mean taught by grad students. I mean high school-diploma bearing instructors @ $300 a credit-hour.

No...throwing more money at education is definitely the right answer. Don't hold them accountable. Don't make them streamline. That's for stupid private-sector people.

The War on Poverty began almost 40 years ago. We've poured billions and billions down that sink hole. How's that working out?


greyghost 5 years, 6 months ago

Brownback and the far right in this state are going to cut your income taxes--especially if you own your own business. There. Is that not what you wanted?

Having these two as our representatives will not even phase your life. I think the house is (R) by 92-33 and the senate is (R) by 32-8. You are in control. Oh, but the (R)'s have given the authority to the local school boards to fund the districts by way of increases in property taxes. Yeah! Just what you wanted from your REPUBLICAN TerriLois. Property taxes in Baldwin are really not too bad, right? TORCH? JESUS?

I'm not even going to get into how the whole property tax/school district funding legislation is one of the most racists policies in modern times .....


NanCrisp 5 years, 6 months ago

What about John Wilson??? Less than 50 words - at the very end - of this otherwise very long and detailed article. Hnmm...


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