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Conservatives trounced as Kansas voters shut down Gov. Brownback’s disastrous Tea Party ‘experiment’

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It’s taken six years, but it looks like Kansas voters have finally seen enough of Gov. Sam Brownback’s “real live experiment” in supply-side economics.

Under Brownback’s tenure, Kansas has lurched from one government funding crisis to another, mostly thanks to budget-busting tax cuts that are the governor’s signature policies.

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However, as The Wichita Eagle reports, several Brownback allies were soundly defeated in primary races on Tuesday.

In all, anti-Brownback Republicans won 10 out of 16 Senate primary contests against pro-Brownback incumbents, while Brownback allies lost seven primary contests against more moderate Republicans in the House.

Rep. Dan Hawkins, a pro-Brownback Republican who actually won his primary, declared the election to be “brutal, brutal, brutal” for Kansas conservatives. The state’s Democratic Party, meanwhile was happy just to have voters elect Republicans that are willing to properly fund the state’s schools.

“The earthquake you’re feeling isn’t fracking, it’s Brownback’s house of cards falling,” said Democratic staffer Tim Graham.

Republican Ed Berger defeated former Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce by running against Brownback’s cuts to higher education, and also slammed conservatives for swiping money from the state highway fund to fill budget gaps.

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None of this ensures that Kansas will be able to reverse the damage that Brownback has done, of course, but The Kansas City Star notes that it puts “GOP moderates and Democrats tantalizingly close to effective control of the state’s legislative agenda next year.”

In other words, Brownback’s days of getting a free pass are effectively over.


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Mike Pence’s office punishes CNN for refusing to air his portion of coronavirus briefing

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Vice President Mike Pence has kept the nation's top health officials from appearing on CNN since the network stopped carrying the daily coronavirus briefings in their entirety.

The vice president's office, which is responsible for booking those officials to deliver pandemic information, told CNN that Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci would not be permitted to appear on the network until it carries the briefings, including Pence's remarks, in full.

"When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air," a Pence spokesperson told CNN.

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‘Well-spoken cultist’: Bill Barr trashed for praising ‘statesmanlike’ Trump and urging an end to COVID-19 lockdowns

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During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday night, Attorney General Bill Barr praised President Trump's "statesman-like" effort at the "beginning" of the coronavirus epidemic where he "tried to bring people together" while "working with all the governors" -- a characterization that did not go over well with many of the President's critics on Twitter.

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The Supreme Court is poised to extend gun rights at the worst possible time

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” —Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

As the deadly COVID-19 contagion sweeps across the country, gun sales are surging, spurred in many regions by panic buying and purchases by first-time firearm owners. Fearful and insecure Americans are taking advantage of weak and ineffective gun-control laws and stocking up, as President Trump might say, “like never before.”

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