July 30, 2004
Greetings to the newcomers and newshounds, the curious and confounded, the Record-addicts and rebels alike to your “Election Week” Sharp Record (VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD). For the former, click above to check out previous editions of your 17th District e-newsletter, pictures of the campaign and my work for you, and to learn more about your State Representative, Stephanie Sharp. You should have received a mailing from me today with your voting location on it – take the card to the polls with you!
For the latter, welcome back and you know the drill (VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD )…
The last minute attacks have begun, just as I warned (my opponent has not signed the Kansas Governmental Ethics “Fair Campaign Pledge”)… Read on for the Sharp Record’s version of “Ad Watch”. VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD (Do you sense a trend?)
Kansas Republican Assembly
FINAL TV debate on Sunday!
Inside Kansas Politics radio show
When you open your mail today, you might see a mailing about a gentleman named Marty Metz. Yes, that is my opponent. Previously, I have refused to use my time and energy to put my opponent’s name out there, but his card just talks about “his opponent”, because he knows his claims are farfetched, and he would get called on it if he said who his opponent was! So, when you receive it, you’ll know he’s talking about me.
Claim #1: Because I do not have seven (7) children (who all attend private school), I do not have “Real Life Experience”.
The facts are TRUE. I do not have seven children and apparently the life I have been experiencing is all a very dull independent film.
Claim #2: I voted against an education bill that would have increased local control and added $289 tax free per pupil.
The facts are FALSE. This is the bill I mentioned in my education position paper last week – the $82 million plan that stole money from the transportation plan. PLUS! Someone needs to understand how school funding works in Kansas… The bill would not have been tax-free – the local control portion is raised through property taxes. Schools opposed this bill, teachers opposed it, and most of all, parents opposed it. None of that is mentioned – So, representing YOU is now a negative? I don’t think so.
Claim #3: Supposedly, I don’t pay taxes. Somehow this is tied to me being a former lobbyist.
This statement is FALSE. Do lobbyists not pay taxes? Man, I missed the boat on that one (where’s my refund check!). This is my favorite - I was a “Washington lobbyist”. The lobbyist part is true anyway, but funny he doesn’t mention who I lobbied for… I was the Kansas lobbyist for the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients, survivors, their caregivers, families, and friends. Sounds like a pretty dubious bunch, huh? My paternal grandparents, my father, and an aunt have all died of cancer, and my maternal grandparents and two mentors are survivors. I am proud of the fact that to this day, I wake up thinking “what can I do today to get us one step closer to curing this scourge”. I refuse to apologize for that.
Claim #4: I vote with the Democrats.
The facts are FALSE. Ninety-nine percent of our bills have a vote of 120 to something (there are 125 in the House), so yes, EVERY Republican will have a large percentage of votes with Democrats. Plus, he states 85% voting with the Democrats, when the number is actually 83%. So much for working together and bipartisanship? What the Kansas City Star-referenced article conveniently omitted was that I voted with Republicans 88% of the time!
ü Just to warn you – my opponent in 2002 issued an automated phone call to the district the Monday before the election, claiming similar points about me, so I expect something underhanded on Monday, you should too.
VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD
Kansas Republican Assembly
Recently, you may have received a drop on your front porch from the Kansas Republican Assembly. This organization IS NOT the Kansas Republican Party, IS NOT affiliated with the Kansas Republican Party, and IS NOT recognized by the Republican National Committee. Please contact me if you have questions, comments, or concerns. VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD.
Last Debate Showing Sunday afternoon!
Make an educated decision in this election…
My opponent charges I voted against education this year… It’s pretty apparent he didn’t understand the votes – see for yourself in our debate!
Channels: Everest 17, Time Warner 17, Comcast 22
Sunday, August 1st, 2:00 pm
Inside KS Politics
This week on Inside Kansas Politics – Secretary of State, Ron Thornburgh and Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt will discuss the upcoming election on Tuesday, the vote by the Kansas Republican Committee to open future primaries to Unaffiliated voters, campaign finance reports, and other election stuff!
Last week’s 3rd Congressional District Forum – WAS GREAT! It was so nice to have an “Attack-Free Zone” in that race. All three candidates did well and refrained from attacking the others. Make sure to get out and VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD, vote for the person you trust!
Where’s Waldo (Rep. Sharp)? July 23rd – July 31st, 2004
- VOTE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD
- Greystone Estates
- Colony Woods
- Lenexa community events…
Question of the Week!
Last week’s question: A famous talk-show guest turned host, turned author and diet specialist is a Kansan. What is his/her name, where did s/he graduate high school, and what sport did s/he play?
Answer and Winner: Katy Crow of Lenexa is this week’s winner. Dr. Phil McGraw, of the popular straight-talk show “Dr. Phil”. He was a football player at Shawnee Mission North.
New Question: No question this week… Instead, funnel your energy into calling FIVE friends on TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD, to make sure they voted!
As always, I would love your comments and questions about anything included here, or about anything in state government! If I can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to drop me a line!
Rep. Stephanie Sharp
17th District, KS House
Serving Lenexa and Shawnee