Steve Kraske used his Saturday column in the Kansas City Star to highlight a week of bad news for the administration of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
First came the revelation that the FBI was looking into whether some of the governor’s advisors may have traded access to the administration in exchange for well-compensated lobbying jobs after they left.
A few days later, Moody’s downgraded the state’s bond rating, citing Kansas’s limp recovery from the Great Recession — a problem that many economists blame on Brownback’s extensive tax cuts, which wiped out millions and millions in state revenue.
The news would seem to be a major stumbling block for Brownback in his campaign for reelection. But in a state as red as Kansas, Democratic challenger Paul Davis is still widely seen as a significant underdog.
In a state with so much Republican control, do you think it’s possible that Brownback could lose in November? What would have to happen between now and election day for Brownback to ensure victory? What would have to happen between now and election day for Davis to win? What do you think is most likely to happen in the election?