The Biggest Political Issues Concerning Kansas

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There are a lot of issues facing Kansas in both our local and national elections. We have tried to include some of the biggest issues facing the state, according to some of our local politicians. We understand there is a lot to know when it comes to making an informed vote, but we have tried to make it easier for you this voting season. Here are some issues that are important Kansas this voting season, so discover where candidates stand on these issues to better understand how their policies will directly effect you and our state.

Job Creation – Kansas has consistently ranked last for job creation since 1998. This is a significant statistic and means the tax payers must foot the bill for public sector jobs that are not being created by the free market. Job creation is predicated on creating more things that people want, especially things for people that live beyond our state borders.

  • Creating exporting industries is always an important topic to consider, especially on a national level. Trying to increase domestic trade, and increase our exportation to other countries is the recipe for a strong economy. Our manufacturing industry that creates parts for the automotive industry, plumbing industry, aviation industry and more creates positive income streams for Kansas. A friend of mines plumbing company in Tempe Arizona, constantly purchases replacement parts that are shipped from Kansas. That means fresh money is coming into the state of Kansas, increasing the amount of money in our local economy.
  • Job creation makes also makes Privatization a topic concerning Kansas voters since privatization can make those public sector jobs less burdensome on taxpayers. With private companies improving upon inefficiencies, and bidding to do the same work for cheaper. Their are side effects to everything however, so make sure you do your homework when it comes to privatization and where you stand.
  • Kansas is rich in natural resources, so one option is to develop extraction industries that are focused on selling these resources to neighboring states and countries. Some of Kansas’ most abundant resources ares petroleum and natural gas which can result in massive income streams for the state. Industries like petroleum allow us to sell to markets outside the state, and bring more money into our local economy. This can be beneficial towards our local economy, but we must understand the environmental effects that come with it. Common practices for extracting natural gas involve fracking which consists of extremely harmful chemicals and poses potential health risks to communities and the environment. Make sure you understand all aspects of fracking both positive and negative for this years elections.

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Heading to the Polls

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Voting season is among us and polls are opening soon to determine the next president of the United States. Regardless if you are a republican or a democrat, it is important that you educate yourself on the nominees. The tension between the two nominees this year has obviously raised some of the most controversy in history, but it’s still important to educate yourself on their opposing views.

Vote for your party – Nominees are becoming more dynamic and do not always solely represent the ideals of the party. So do not necessarily vote based on party, there is a lot more to learn about the candidates than their specific party affiliation. Parties are constantly evolving as well, and the current parties don’t necessarily represent the ideals of the classic GOP or libertarian party.

Times are changing – campaign contributions and corporate influence into politics are becoming increasingly prevalent. Just as congress is being affected by the revolving door (private corporations hiring retired congressmen to increase their influence in congress) presidential nominees are influenced by campaign contributions. These campaign contributions make it hard for presidents to ignore the needs of large corporations or interests groups during their presidency that donated millions of dollars during their campaigning. This gives large interest groups a lot more favoritism than the general public, who combined donate only a fraction the amount of large corporations.  Although there is not yet an alternative to campaign contributions, it is wise to better understand where the candidates get their donations, and where they owe their favors.

Though some of this more than most want to consider when voting, the process of making an educated decision is harder than you think. And always remember that if you do not feel that the republican or democratic nominee meet your needs than you can vote alternatively for someone else. Some will tell you that this is throwing away your vote, but in reality making a decision you soon regret is worse.

Kansas Polls

Voter Registration Ends: 10/18/2016

Early Voting: 10/19/2016

Last Day for Early Voting: 11/7/2016

General Election: 11/8/2016

 

*Make sure you bring a current form of identification when going to the polls!


How About Them Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs showed their heart this week when they took on the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. The Chiefs got off to a bad start trailing the Chargers by 21 points, but it’s how you finish that matters in Football. The Chiefs pulled together a solid fourth quarter and ended up beating the Chargers in over time (33-27). Analyst said that this game was a “microcosm” of last season, where the Chiefs started poorly (1-5) and ended the season with 11 straight wins taking them into the playoffs.

We certainly witnessed the contrast of what this team can be here in game one. Either extremely unorganized, or a well lubed football winning machine. I think fans and coaches are hoping to see the latter as we move forward this season, but no matter what, we know the adversity these guys are capable of overcoming.

 

 

 


Fall Is Coming

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Fall is just around the corner and we have a lot to look forward to here in Pleasanton. Beyond our beautiful change of seasons, there is also a lot of seasonal events that will get the whole family excited.

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5 Things to Love About Fall In Kansas:

  1. Pumpkin Patches – Pumpkin patches are a great way to get the family out of the house and enjoying something that only fall can offer, pumpkins! Whether you are using the pumpkins for cooking, carving or simply decorating your home with, you’ll have a lot of fun picking them out.
  2. Corn Mazes – Corn mazes are fun for people of all ages and can be great for a family outing, or a date night with a loved one. Get lost in some Kansas’ largest corn fields and get in the spirit for halloween.
  3. Haunted Houses – Another great way to get into the spirit of Halloween is to check out some of thenations best Haunted Houses here in Kansas. With haunted houses throughout the state you have a ton of options to choose from.
  4. Football – Let’s not forget about America’s favorite sport, football. The season kicks off today Thursday September 8th, and Kansas City has their first game this Sunday against San Diego. There is nothing like football, and the smell of fall in the air.
  5. Change of Seasons – There is nothing quite like the change of seasons here in Kansas, and the contrast of colors in the trees and the smell in the air. From time to time we will also get some fog in the air that simply magnifies the majesty of our great state.

Enjoy all that Kansas has to offer this fall and make sure to get out and enjoy the festivities.


Start a Business in Pleasanton Kansas

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Like we have stated before, Pleasanton Kansas is a great place to start a business. With a supportive base of local customers and a large tourist community that comes to Pleasanton every year to enjoy the beautiful weather and views, Pleasanton offers a lot of opportunity to start a thriving business. If you are an entrepreneur, here are some good ideas for potential businesses to start here in Pleasanton. Obviously local businesses are a great way to boost the local economy, especially if they are providing services to visiting tourists, since that means new money in our local economy.  In this post we would like to give you some good ideas for businesses that can leverage the tourist economy, and provide a great income opportunity for yourself. Some of these ideas are our own, and some were provided by a new local limousine business here in Pleasanton. The company originated in Phoenix Arizona, but similarly wants to take advantage of the tourist economy here in Pleasanton, and surrounding cities, by offering chauffeur services to visitors exploring the area, you can check them out currently at phxlimoservice.com.

Limousine service is a great example of a potential business idea that can thrive here in Pleasanton, since it caters to visitors who are on vacation, and looking to spend money to further enjoy their vacation. By offering limousine and sedan rides, tourists can explore our beautiful town in style, and by someone who knows the area well. Here are some other good businesses that we would love to see spring up over the next few years to help bolster our local economy and provide a great income to local residents.  Read more


Pleasanton Public Water

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There has been a lot of speculation and concern since the 2004 televised incident addressing Pleasanton’s city water supply. Since that time there have been efforts by city officials to improve the quality of the cities drinking water including updating the purifying equipment, but some locals still question the quality. Cancer and gull bladder removal are extremely prevalent here in Pleasanton and there is reason to question the quality of the cities public services, being that there is not a lot of oversight by state officials. Bill Anderson who at which point in 2004 was falsifying public information regarding the quality of the water at the plant has been replaced, which is a step in the right direction. However speculation still lures over the honesty of Pleasanton’s public service workers, and some are still fighting for justice regarding the past scandals. Read more


There’s No Place Like Home

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There’s no place like home…There’s no place like home…There’s no place like home…

Dorthy didn’t say these memorable words for no reason in the 1939 fantasy and adventure film The Wizard of OZ. There truly is no place like home, and the residents of Pleasanton understand this with the bottom of their hearts. Despite the adventure and fantasy that is beyond Pleasanton and beyond Kansas, there is a wholesome and genuine spirit to our home here in Pleasanton. Like we’ve stated previously, people genuinely care about each others well being and success, and the betterment of one anthers lives. Beyond our terrific local law enforcement that operates with the upmost respect and care. The general public is also heavily invested in everyones well being and operates on a buddy system that has made Pleasanton one of the safest places to live in Kansas. Beyond safety, citizens are also highly involved in one another’s success. Pleasanton citizens are committed to supporting local businesses, and our local chamber of commerce, and other business alliances have helped bolster our local economy over the years. Our beautiful landscape here in Pleasanton also supports a thriving tourists economy with many coming to visit and enjoy our beautiful vantage points, and relax at one of our many bed and breakfasts.

Pleasanton also supports many outdoor adventurists with plenty of fishing, hiking and biking all within a few square miles. There are also many great opportunities to golf around Pleasanton with Sugar Valley Lakes Homes Association, Deer Trace Golf Links, Butler Country Club, and Fort Scott Country Club all within 20 miles of Pleasanton. Due to our moderate year round temperature, you will also find people enjoying the outdoors year round. During winter, many locals will partake in snowshoeing, and many will travel outside the city limits to enjoy snowmobiling.

There is a lot to enjoy about Pleasanton and we encourage prospective home buyers and tourists a like to come see for yourself what Pleasanton has to offer.


Why Choose Pleasanton Kansas

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Pleasanton Kansas is a great place to raise a family, start a business and enjoy your life. As a small town of roughly 12,000 people we are tight knit community and support each others success and safety. With many local amenities and year around moderate weather, there is a lot to love above Pleasanton. Many retirees love the slow pace of Pleasanton and the moderate temperature throughout the year. Locals also enjoy the beautiful sunsets and small bodies of water in the area to rest and read a book. For visitors, there are countless bed and breakfasts that offer beautiful views of Pleasanton and great amenities.

Come see why many people have put our small town on their bucket list.