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KDP Chair Joan Wagnon's Statement on the Dismissal of Orel v. KDP

October 1, 2014

KDP CHAIR JOAN WAGNON

First I’d like to thank the court for expediting and providing a resolution to this case. The Kansas Democratic Party is grateful for dismissing this case, which was quite frankly an exercise in “political theater” as noted by Judge Franklin Theis.

Second, I would like to make a few general comments about the events and how they unfolded.

There was no reason for the Kansas Democratic Party to expect or believe that DA Taylor would not continue as a candidate.  DA Taylor’s withdrawal from the race was not requested by any member of the Kansas Democratic Party Executive Committee and came as a surprise on September 3rd.

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Kansas on the road to eliminating Medicare?

Kansas is the ninth state to sign on with the Health Care Compact Bill, granting these states the right to avoid federal health care regulations.The primary targets are Medicare and Medicaid, the tandem programs providing health benefits for all 65+ persons, disabled and low income. Currently, Congress will still need to authorize the Compact Bill in the next federal legislative session before it becomes law.

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KDP Chair Wagnon Responds To Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Campaign Visit

TOPEKA – Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, issued the following statement on recently indicted Gov. Rick Perry joining Gov. Sam Brownback for a high dollar fundraiser:

Sam Brownback has modeled his administration after recently indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry - and it shows.

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KDP Chair Wagnon Responds To Kansas Supreme Court Order Overruling Kris Kobach

TOPEKA – Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, responded to the Kansas Supreme Court order to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove Chad Taylor, former Kansas Democratic Party nominee for United States Senate, from the general election ballot:

I applaud the Kansas Supreme Court decision to follow the law and stop Kris Kobach from undermining Kansas democracy.  Kris Kobach has proven he cannot be trusted to fairly enforce the law. So long as Kris Kobach is Kansas Secretary of State, democracy is threatened.

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KDP Chair's Statement Concerning Taylor v. Kobach Oral Argument

TOPEKA – Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, issued a statement following the conclusion of oral arguments in the Taylor v. Kobach ballot challenge conducted this morning before the Kansas Supreme Court: 

It's clear that Kansans are demanding new leadership and an end to the partisan politics of Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach. The Kansas Democratic Party will continue to closely monitor this case as it proceeds through the court.

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KDP Chair Wagnon Responds To DA Taylor's Legal Challenge Of Sec. of State Kobach's Partisan Decision To Keep Taylor On Ballot

TOPEKA – Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, issued a statement in response to Topeka attorney Pedro Irigonegaray's filing on behalf of Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor in the Kansas Supreme Court:

We will watch closely as this legal challenge proceeds through the courts.  It is premature to comment on its merits, but one thing is clear: Kansans have no use for extremist politicians like Kris Kobach who continue to put partisan politics before what is best for Kansans.

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Chair Wagnon Releases Statement On Chad Taylor's Decision To Withdraw From US Senate Campaign

TOPEKA – Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon released a statement in response to Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's decision to withdraw his name as the Kansas Democratic Party nominee for United States Senate:

"We thank Chad Taylor for his service as a candidate and his continued service as the elected District Attorney of Shawnee County. It is clear that Kansans are ready for new leadership. We will be monitoring this race closely."

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Brownback, Christie Share Record Of Credit Downgrades, Open Investigations

Sam Brownback and Chris Christie have a great deal in common: both have caused credit rating downgrades, both are dealing with criminal investigations of their staff and associates, and both have put their own political agendas before what’s best for the people of Kansas and New Jersey.

Now outside special interests like Gov. Christie’s Republican Governors Association are doing all they can to defend Sam Brownback’s failed leadership. But in the end there’s no defending Brownback’s failed experiment, especially by Gov. Christie who has the exact same record.

The fact is Kansas is going broke under Gov. Sam Brownback and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the last person he should turn to for financial advice.

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Brownback Sneaks By No-Name, No-Money Primary Challenger

TOPEKA – Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon released the following statement on Governor Sam Brownback's anemic primary performance against his unknown and unfunded primary opponent Jennifer Winn:

"Tonight's results reflect the fact that voters know that Sam Brownback is not working for Kansas families," said Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair. "Kansans are holding Sam Brownback accountable for his attacks on Kansas schools, his broken promises on jobs, and his reckless tax experiment that is bankrupting our state."

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False surge — Brownback vulnerability shows in misleading campaign loans

When it comes to campaign funds, Gov. Sam Brownback's wingman has come in handy.

Twice, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has produced a sizable loan to improve the appearance of Brownback's campaign finance status and related support.

On Dec. 31, 2013, Colyer loaned the governor's campaign $500,000 just before a campaign finance filing deadline. Brownback and Colyer called the loan a commitment to a better future for Kansas children, and a way to help the governor take his message to voters.

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