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Brownback killed the Kansas economy — and the state’s GOP-led legislature just tried to do it again

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Former Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS), who quit before his term was up, tried a grand experiment of trickle-down economics. His policy was such a failure that the S&P downgraded the state’s credit rating. But now it seems some Brownback loyalists are still fighting for tax-cuts as the state struggles to get back on track.

The Wichita Eagle reported Monday that new Gov. Laura Kelly (D-KS) vetoed the GOP’s efforts to cap revenue for the state and prevent Kansas from collecting roughly $500 million over the next three years.

Half of the revenue comes from rolling back some of the business income tax laws Brownback ushered in that allowed multinational corporations to bring profits overseas without taxing them.

“I refuse to endorse another round of fiscally reckless policies similar to those that left us in a mess my team is working so hard to clean up,” Kelly said. “The days of unbalanced budgets and mismanagement are over.”

Republicans are trying to paint the legislation as tax dollars that Kansans deserve to have back.

“Hardworking Kansans know how to best spend their money and more of it should stay in their own pockets. Governor Kelly clearly does not agree,” said state Senate President Susan Wagle.

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Kelly explained that she wants to keep the tax burden as low as possible but after years of reckless policies, the state must be sensible and cautious.

“We must be patient, thoughtful, and prudent as we evaluate tax policy,” she said.

State legislators say that they don’t believe there are enough votes to override Kelly’s veto.

Brownback now serves as President Donald Trump’s representative for so-called religious freedom.

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Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong

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Donald Trump thinks he's winning.

For months, Americans have grown accustomed to Trump in his cornered-rat mode, lashing out defensively and ruminating obsessively over the possibility of impeachment. But his tweets this week have been surprisingly cheerful, suffused with the buoyant spirits of a teenage bully who has successfully swirlied a nerd.

First, like an overexcited child on Christmas Eve who unwraps his presents too soon, Trump — overcome with the pleasures of racist sadism — tweeted on Monday night that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens."

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."

Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.

"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."

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