KC Star editorial on Hodge & open meetings at JCCC in The Kansas Publisher, monthly publication for Kansas newspaper industry – Nov 2009

Link: http://kspress.com/sites/default/files/kspub1104.pdf

PDF – November 2009 – Kansas Publisher

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Wichita Eagle – Anti-Thompson ad inflammatory and false, says professor who moderated debate

Link to original article: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article143553074.html




APRIL 08, 2017 5:17 PM

A nationally funded Republican ad attacking Democratic congressional candidate James Thompson is inflammatory and untrue, according to the university professor who moderated the debate on which the ad was based. Continue reading

Kansas City Star, A focus on taxes versus a focus on social issues

October 26, 2016

PDF link – A focus on taxes versus a focus on social issues

Link to original article – http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article109045442.html

Focus on taxes challenges a focus on social issues
Special to The Star
OCTOBER 25, 2016 8:00 AM
For Benjamin Hodge, challenger in the Third District race for the Johnson County Commission, the campaign boils down to taxes and spending. Taxes
are too high, he says, and spending is out of control.
For Steve Klika, who has represented the area since 2013, quality-of-life issues like support for education, public safety and social issues take the front
Voters in the southeastern corner of the county, which includes southern Overland Park and Stilwell, will decide Nov. 8 which candidate to send to a
four-year term overseeing county government.
Hodge, who has been politically active in the county helping fiscal conservatives get elected, said via email that property and sales tax rates are his
primary reason for running.
“The current group of county commissioners is either uninterested or incapable of budgeting and they will continue to increase taxes in the coming
years,” he said.
With population growth expanding the tax base and land values increasing faster than inflation, the county can lower tax rates and still get the same
amount of revenue, he said, promising never to vote for a tax increase “until we’ve exhausted all options at cutting waste.”
He cited favorable ratings he got when he was in the Kansas Legislature from Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the
Kansas Taxpayers Association.
Hodge also favors a requirement to put all property tax increases, regardless of size, to a public vote. Such a requirement recently passed the Kansas
Legislature and will take effect on the next budget cycle.
He said if elected, he would support laws that require a vote before land is taken through eminent domain or annexation. Continue reading

The Kansas Citian – Kansas Politics, Follow the Money

Link – http://thekansascitian.blogspot.com/2012/08/kansas-politics-follow-money.html

PDF – Kansas Citian – 8-1-2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kansas Politics, Follow the Money

When it comes to Kansas politics, one organization is outspending, and outmaneuvering their competition.  No, we aren’t talking about Koch Industries or their owners the Koch brothers, we’re talking about the Kansas National Education Association.

Over the last two reporting periods the KNEA has raised over $660,000.  Of that, an amazing $628,000 of it came through unreported donations.  The KNEA claims these funds represent voluntary contributions by its members to its PAC.

With the money it raises the KNEA PAC maximizes its direct contributions to candidates it supports, i.e. Democrats and “moderate” Republicans, and sends out mailers on their behalf.  Left over funds, and there are many, are then funneled into an array of other PACs who use the money to contribute directly to candidates the KNEA supports, to indirect advertisements supporting those candidates, and on to other PACs who do the same.  Some of the PACs the KNEA PAC pays for include: the Senate Republican Leadership Committee (SRLC) – $25,000, Kansas Jobs PAC – $50,000, various state and federal Democrat PACs,  Keeping the Kansas Promise PAC, Legislative Victory Funds 1, 2, and 3, Working Kansas Alliance, and approximately 30 regional teachers union PACs like the KNEA-SM PAC.

The Kansas Jobs PAC received $181,000 in contributions.  The KNEA directly contributed $50,000 to the PAC and another $25,000 indirectly through the SRLC, who donated $100,000 in total to the organization.  The remaining funds for the Kansas Jobs PAC came from the Teamsters union, a carpenters union, and the Kansas Quality Mental Health Services PAC.

The Kansas Jobs PAC then donated $40,000 of the money they received to the Kansas Values PAC, an organization setup by Ryan Wright, executive director of the Kansas Values Institute.  The rest went to direct and indirect contributions to the candidates the KNEA supports.

The Senate Republican Leadership Committee was created by Steve Morris, Kansas Senate president.  As previously mentioned it gave $100,000 to the Kansas Jobs PAC.  It’s second largest contributor is the KNEA, followed closely by the Kansas Contractors Association and the Kansas Quality Mental Health Services PAC.  Are you starting to see a pattern here?

In addition to the large contribution the SRLC made to the Kansas Jobs PAC, it donated $70,000 to the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority PAC, an organization run by Andy Wollen.  Kansas Quality Mental Health Services PAC and the United Transportation Union kicked in the remainder of KTRMs donations.

The KTRM took that money and produced a number of mailings supporting various candidates, it also spent $8,000 on “consulting” fees with Ryan Wright, founder of the Kansas Values PAC.

The campaign contribution limit for a single donor is $1,000 per period, with current reporting periods being 2011 and the first of 2012 through the primary.  By the time money has filtered through from the KNEA PAC to the smaller packs like the Kansas Values PACs, that money has gone to upwards of $10,000 ($1,000 per period per PAC connected to the KNEA) in direct campaign contributions and tens of thousands in indirect support.

When Democrats say the Citizens United SCOTUS decision will some how result in companies buying elections, what they really mean is it might result in other interests being able to amass enough funds to counteract the KNEA and other Democrat PACs overwhelming influence on the election process.

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Erick Erickson in Human Events – KTRM and Ryan Wright claim Tony Perkins and Jim Ryun are connected to Ku Klux Klan

Link:  http://humanevents.com/2008/08/05/stop-whitey-and-the-jews/

PDF – Erick Erickson – Human Events, 8-5-2008

Stop Whitey and the Jews

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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Kansas State Representative on Glendale Case

Link: https://www.thefire.org/kansas-state-representative-on-glendale-case/


Kansas State Representative on Glendale Case

By May 18, 2007

As the public’s outrage over Glendale Community College Professor Walter Kehowski’s plight continues, Kansas State Representative Benjamin Hodge joins the call for the school district to reinstate Kehowski in a statement released yesterday.

Hodge, a trustee of Kansas’s Johnson County Community College, wrote:

As the Daily News Record indicated, this is not an isolated incident. It is no secret that one of the least diverse places in Western culture, and that one of the places least tolerant to a diversity of ideas, is the American government college campus. Under the guise of ‘speech codes,’ faculty members have created environments that are intolerant to ‘unacceptable’ speech. College board members and college presidents allow ‘positive feedback’ to occur on campuses, but criticisms can quickly become ‘unacceptable behavior.’

The first amendment should apply equally to “unpopular” speech as it does to “popular” speech. I have witnessed enough of this personally at JCCC, in a “red state” like Kansas, that I can only imagine the climates created by college administrators in other states. I applaud FIRE for providing assistance to Professor Kehowski.

Academic freedom is a meaningless concept without the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of conscience guaranteed under the first amendment. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have not died fighting for our freedoms, so that leftist government faculty can use the taxpayer’s money to create their own Utopias where our nation’s laws are ignored, and where “contrary opinions” are censored. I fully support the concept of tenure—but what is the point of tenure if PhDs do not respond to one thought with another thought, but rather engage in prior restraint of the unwelcomed speaker?

Unless there are additional details about which I am unaware and that are highly significant, with regard to Professor Kehowski’s situation, I ask Maricopa to immediately re-instate Professor Kehowski as a tenured professor. Furthermore, if Kehowski does not regain his job, I will object to any working relationship that Johnson County Community College has with MCCCD, and I will object to JCCC belonging to any larger educational group that recognizes MCCCD as a credible academic institution.

We applaud you, Representative Hodge. As we advocate for the rights of students and faculty all over the country, we are always excited to hear from others who enthusiastically support individual rights on campus. Even more commendable is an individual who is willing to publicly denounce a school system and refuse professional affiliation with an institution that fails to adequately fulfill its constitutional obligations to its students and faculty.

PDF – FIRE – Kansas State Representative on Glendale Case

Ballotpedia – Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2006

Link: https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2006

Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 1, 2006 and a general election on November 7, 2006.

Section 4 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution states, “During the time that any person is a candidate for nomination or election to the legislature and during the term of each legislator, such candidate or legislator shall be and remain a qualified elector who resides in his or her district.”

List of candidates
District 1
August 1 Democratic primary:Doug Gatewood
August 1 GOP primary:No candidates filed for election.
November 7 General election candidates:Doug Gatewood

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Lawrence Journal-World, April 2015: “Douglas County clerk thinks spring elections for local government may soon move to fall”

Link: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/apr/08/county-clerk-believes-spring-elections-city-school/

Douglas County clerk thinks spring elections for local government may soon move to fall

By Chad Lawhorn
April 8, 2015, 5:15 p.m. Updated April 8, 2015, 10:19 p.m.

Spring elections of city commissioners and school board members — like the one held Tuesday — soon may fall out of fashion as state legislators prepare to vote on a bill that would move the races to November.

“I would be really surprised if we had another spring election,” Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. Continue reading

Topeka Capital-Journal, April 2015: “Kansas legislators moving toward changing local elections”

Link: http://cjonline.com/news/2015-04-08/kansas-legislators-moving-toward-changing-local-elections

Kansas legislators moving toward changing local elections
Legislators say moving city and school board elections to fall will boost voter turnout

Posted: April 8, 2015 – 8:12pm

By John Hanna
AP Political Writer
Republican legislators in Kansas are moving to shift city and local school board elections to the fall of even-numbered years, saying the change will boost voter turnout.

A plan for scrapping the tradition of holding local elections on the first Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years emerged from negotiations between the House and Senate before voting this week in city and school board contests across the state. They would be on the same schedule as elections for county, state and congressional offices, and city and school board races would be listed first on the ballot. Continue reading

Dave Helling column in Kansas City Star, quoting Hodge about 2014 primary between Pat Roberts and Milton Wolf

Original link: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article1180590.html

Tea party, mainstream Republicans look for post-primary common ground
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[U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf spoke during a stop of the Tea Party Express in Olathe in April. Wolf lost to incumbent Pat Roberts on Tuesday.]

Lorie Medina is back home in Texas after a summer on the tea party trail — first in Mississippi, where GOP Sen. Thad Cochran was the target, then in Kansas for Milton Wolf’s campaign against Sen. Pat Roberts. Continue reading

Metro Voice op-ed by John Altevogt, quoting Benjamin Hodge on ObamaCare & Milton Wolf

Original link: http://metrovoicenews.com/milton-wolf-sheeps-clothing/

A Milton Wolf in sheep’s clothing?

March 28, 2014

U.S. Senate campaign of Tea Party candidate raises big concerns


By John Altevogt | Metro Voice

Twenty years ago Eudora insurance agent David Miller started the revolution that today dominates the Kansas political landscape.  He was joined by Tim Golba, Kansans for Life’s leader; Mike Welton, who organized the Christian Coalition in Kansas; and a youthful Kris Van Meteren who would later take the movement to another level by transforming the Kansas Republican Assembly into a dominant force.

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Topeka Capital-Journal – “Former lawmaker, Brownback appointee square off in tax dispute”

Former lawmaker, Brownback appointee square off in tax dispute
Changes to language on Olathe sales tax ballot issue may result in KOMA complaint

Posted: November 29, 2013 – 11:12am

By Andy Marso
Former legislator Benjamin Hodge says he is contemplating a Kansas Open Meetings Act complaint against the Olathe City Council and Mayor Michael Copeland, who also works for the Department of Commerce and Department of Labor.

Hodge says the Olathe council changed the language of a recent sales tax ballot measure without properly informing the public.

“They only just oh-so-barely actually voted on the final language,” Hodge said. “They made those changes the night before.”

Hodge, whose Kansans for State & Local Reform PAC opposed the ballot measure, said council members added three words that broaden the possible uses for the new sales tax revenue during a work session that Hodge called “a quasi-legal public meeting nobody attended.”

Tim Dannenberg, a spokesman for Copeland, says the changes were minimal and everything was done on the up-and-up. He also released a statement from Copeland emphasizing that citizens will be able to track the new tax revenues and ensure that they are all going to their stated purpose of road improvements.

“I regret that anyone would believe the revenue generated by the street maintenance tax will go to anything other than street maintenance projects,” Copeland said. “That is absolutely not the case, and this has been made abundantly clear by the Olathe City Council. This process will be transparent. All sales tax revenue and projects where it is used will be easy for our residents to track, and an outside committee (is) being formed for additional review and reporting. We strongly encourage anyone interested in this issue to closely track where street maintenance tax revenue is being spent throughout the life of the tax.” Continue reading

Aug 8, 2008 – KS GOP and Elected Officials Responds to Primary Attacks

PDF — KS GOP and Elected Officials Responds to Primary Attacks – Aug 8, 2008


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From: Corrie Kangas (ckangas@ksgop.org)
To: ckangas@ksgop.org
Date: Friday, August 8, 2008 5:20:15 PM
Subject: KS GOP and Elected Officials Responds to Primary Attacks
August 8, 2008
Fellow Republicans,
We have just come through a grueling primary season, and we are now gearing up to march together toward
victory in November. As is often the case, there were a number of hard-fought primaries around the state in
which Republicans said some negative things about each other.
However, there was one attack that was so out-of-line and so indefensible that it must be roundly and publicly
condemned by all Republicans in Kansas .
On August 1, the organization “Kansas Traditional Republican Majority,” (KTRM) issued a press release
entitled “Kline and Ryun Unmasked: Linked to Klu Klux Klan.” In that release, the KTRM made an absurd
attempt to link these two good men to the KKK through a series of implausible connections. Continue reading

Kansas Liberty – April 4, 2009, Legislature tries again for late-term abortion law reform

link http://kansasliberty.com/liberty-update-archive/2009/06apr/abortion-law-passes/

Kansas Liberty: 04 April 2009

WEEKEND REPORT: Bill would end partial birth abortion ‘mental health’ exceptions and stipulate precise reporting of late-term abortions. New KDHE report shows 90 percent come from out of state.

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