Preliminary Local Election Results
Posted: 06 November 2012 07:23 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Did you rock the vote? Are the results going the way you expected?

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Posted: 07 November 2012 05:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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So many of these races, including the Presidential election, were difficult to call.  Locally, I believe the results indicate the ‘masses’ are not lock-step with Brownback and his far right-wing agenda.  Kansas IS Republican and leans conservative.  However, it appears the people are beginning to understand “R” does not mean just conservative and “D” does not mean “Devil’s own”.  There was significantly more money spent on some of the far right campaigns.  The dollars spent campaigning did not dictate success.

Locally and nationally, we need to pull together as Americans!  I fear that will not happen.  Karl Rove blew a gasket on Faux last night.  Dick Morris, this morning, is suggesting the Republicans in Congress need to work even harder to make certain the gridlock continues.  I hate to think of the hate Limbaugh and Beck will spew this morning.  None of that does the Country any good.

In Manhattan, we found that self-professed fiscal conservative commissioners can be swayed by the social elite.  We saw the impact a “shadow government” wields in our community.  But, the results are how the people voted and we need to pull together.  Was the success of the sales tax a mandate to hand more dollars to the Chamber?  Or, was the success the rural areas begging for infrastructure improvements and the “city dwellers” wanting tax relief.  The Chamber spent tons of money on this campaign.  They will expect a return on their investment. 

City Commission elections and School Board elections are on the horizon.  Yes, we will probably begin to see campaign signs and ads again right after the first of the year.  April will see more heated contests in our fair City.  There will be much to talk about on local discussion boards as candidates for the Spring election are announced.

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Posted: 07 November 2012 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I supported the sales tax and am happy that is passed.  The tax proposal was the best that could be crafted and served the best interest of the City and County.  The vote this time was– a clear majority vote in favor.  This indicates that maybe the wording of the tax did pull together folks in the County and City.  Everyone got some positives from the tax referendum.  The County gets the roads fixed, the smaller cities get some funds, City of Manhattan property owners get some tax relief,  and the remainder will go to Infrastructure and/or Economic Development as determined by the Commission.  Not one dime is being handed to the Chamber.  Your elected officials, not the Chamber have the votes that will allocate funds between infrastructure and future Economic Development.  The majority of the money spent on the Campaign (both for and against) was from PACs, not the Chamber, County or City.  .

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