The Topeka Capital-Journal joined Democratic Senate leader Anthony Hensley in:
- Promoting tax and spend policies that damage businesses
- Insulting a major business after it leaves town
- Stating clearly that they expect businesses to ask their approval and permission before making decisions
- Proposing anti-business “solutions” — picking winners and losers by taking money from most businesses, and giving “incentives” to a small number of businesses
- Sending a national message to any business owners that are considering moving to Kansas, that the capital city’s media and political leaders will insult them if they don’t “play by the rules” and instead try to run their private businesses in… private.
The Republican opponent to incumbent Anthony Hensley accurately pointed out that Hensley had for years damaged businesses through his votes, and now complains when a business (that Hensley’s wife once worked for) makes cost-cutting decisions and closes a plant in Topeka. However, the Republican opponent unfortunately joined the chorus and thought Hensley was correct to return the donation. Hensley returned this donation in the most loud, public way possible.
1. “Hensley to return Hallmark donation,” Topeka Capital-Journal, October 5, 2012 —http://cjonline.com/news/2012-10-05/hensley-return-hallmark-donation
2. “Hensley returning Hallmark donation,” Lawrence Journal-World (AP article), October 8, 2012 — http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/oct/08/hensley-returning-hallmark-donation/
3. “Hensley Returning Hallmark Donation Due to Topeka Plant Closure,” Kansas Public Radio (AP article), October 8, 2012 — http://kansaspublicradio.org/news/5102-hensley-returning-hallmark-donation-due-to-topeka-plant-closure
4. “Hallmark Exec’s Letter Says Topeka’s Location The Disadvantage,” WIBW, October 4, 2012 — http://www.wibw.com/home/localnews/headlines/Hallmark-Execs-Letter-Says-Topekas-Location-The-Disadvantage-172759881.html
4(a) Link to letter to editor —http://media.graytvinc.com/documents/Hallmark+Letter+ot+the+Editor.pdf
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