Pitch profiles Peterson’s quest to unseat Eilert. Pitch reporter Steve Vockrodt delves into former Fairway mayor Ed Peterson’s campaign for Johnson County chair in a lengthy piece in the issue that will hit stands today. In the piece, incumbent Ed Eilert says the biggest difference between himself and Peterson is “his first choice has always been to raise taxes.” Peterson, on the other hand, characterizes his philosophy as focused on providing quality services to residents. “My belief is, we need to do the government services well, and I think our residents expect to do them well,” Peterson said. “Where Ed and I probably differ is, he thinks the approach needs to be on how much you’re spending. My focus is on, are you doing it as well as it needs to be done.” [Johnson County’s Ed Peterson wants to unseat Ed Eilert — The Pitch]
Bill banning city restrictions on guns moves forward in Kansas Senate. The Kansas Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill that would negate city ordinances that place restrictions on how guns are carried. Prairie Village and Leawood both have such ordinances on the books. The bill is expected to come up for a final vote in the Senate today. If passed, it would then move on to the House. The bills faces opposition from interests who say local governments should have the ability to make laws to protect public safety in their communities. “I hear the howls whenever Congress passes laws that change things here in Kansas, but that’s exactly how local governments see the (Gov. Sam) Brownback Administration and the Legislature,” said Douglas County Commissioner Mike Gaughan to the Lawrence Journal-World. “Every time we turn around there’s another budget cut or bill from Topeka undermining the local control cities and counties have traditionally had in Kansas.” [Kansas Senate advances bill voiding local gun rules — Lawrence Journal-World]
Lancer lax debuts with strong showing. SM East’s boys lacrosse team got its 2014 season off to a promising start Tuesday with a 15-3 victory over Olathe South. The Lancers are defending back-to-back Lacrosse Association of Kansas City titles this year after defeating Pembroke Hill in the championship game last year.
Report from economic advisors undermines claims about Kansas economy strength. The Kansas City Star’s Yael Abouhalkah used his column this week to draw attention to a report from the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors that appears to damage positive claims about the state’s economic performance since the tax cuts Gov. Brownback signed into law: “First, it comes from the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. That’s not a group anyone can claim is out to undermine or attack the governor. Instead, it looks at the facts, as it should, in several areas. In fact, Brownback is the chairman of the group. Second, it paints an unvarnished truth that should be a great concern to all Kansans who care about the state’s future. And it’s a truth that Democrats are likely to pounce on as they run against Brownback and other Republicans in the Legislature this fall. [Ignore Sam Brownback’s hype: His own advisors concede Kansas economy is falling behind — Kansas City Star]