Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

SMNorth_FootballA chance to hear candidates for senator, county chair. The Johnson County Public Policy Council is hosting two candidate forums this month. The first, on October 8, is for the candidates for U.S. Senate. The event featuring Pat Roberts and Greg Orman will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and the forum from noon to 1:30 p.m. The second forum on October 21 runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park and features Ed Eilert and Patrician Lightner, candidates for Johnson County Chair. Both events cost $35 for the lunch and forum. Reservations can be made by contacting the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.

SM North falls to Olathe East. SM North’s football woes continued Friday as the Indians fell 31-14 to Olathe East. The loss puts SM North at 0-4 on the season, and moves their overall losing streak to 23. SM North’s quarterback Will Schneider added to his impressive stats, however, with a 70-yard touchdown pass that put the Indians on the board first Friday.

National press explores Brownback tax policy. In the lead up to the November election here in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback’s controversial tax cutting policies have been getting plenty of analysis from the national media, with pundits on both sides of the political spectrum weighing in on what they mean for the state. Last week, Free Enterprise Fund and Club for Growth co-founder Steve Moore favorably compared Kansas’ tax cuts with recent tax hikes in Illinois: “Mr. Brownback has also taken heat from critics at home and around the country for a claim that his tax cuts would be instant adrenaline for the Kansas economy. That may not have been a very smart thing to say, because the point of the tax cuts is to improve long term prospects for growth. Still, the Kansas economy has grown at about an average pace and clearly outperformed its tax hiking neighbor.” Earlier this month, SM East graduate and liberal commentator Thomas Frank cast a critical eye on the unintended consequences of the tax-cutting policy: “You’ve got tax cuts so severe they’ve brought on fiscal catastrophe and thrown the state’s school system into crisis. You’ve got bullying by state legislators against organizations that criticize Brownback’s healthcare plans, and hints of pay-to-play corruption just under the surface. And, of course you’ve got credit downgrades as all this becomes known to the outside world. The wrecking crew is in full swing in Kansas, and for once the people there seem to be ticked off about it.”