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allen-schmidt.jpgHAYS, Kan. - This week marked the end of one era and the beginning of another era for the Democratic Party in western Kansas.

Committee members who represent the precincts of the 36th Senatorial District convened at Professor's Banquet and Catering Center in Hays on Wednesday night to elect a replacement for former Senator Janis Lee, who resigned in late January upon her confirmation to the Tax Appeals Court. After 23 years of service in the Senate, Lee's wisdom and experience cannot be immediately replaced. Committee members elected a Hays man, Allen Schmidt -- dairy farmer, retired military officer, and medical services consultant -- to fulfill the remainder of the term Lee was re-elected to serve in 2008.

A Modest Proposal

WICHITA, Kan. - Ah, those tight state budgets. What to do? The days of big federal dollars pouring into state coffers are gone as the national debt continues to climb. How can we alter this economic conundrum and come up with something more appetizing than cutting education and the arts? I would like to make a modest proposal to that end.

In his new book Pendulum Swing, political scientist Larry J. Sabato, has presented shocking information about campaign spending. The 2010 midterm elections were the most expensive EVER! The figure is staggering; $4 billion spent with about $564 million coming from outside sources and $2 million from congressional campaign committees.

In the race to buy the most expensive candidates, why not make political campaign contributions part of the effort to pay off the national debt? Don't think of this as a tax but as a charitable contribution to the country.

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