"I will tell the people what's going on at the statehouse. I'm going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene. ... If businesses don't have to pay taxes, the burden should not be on those trying to feed themselves." - The Valley Falls Vindicator & Oskaloosa Independent, March 3, 2016.

Across Kansas the top 1% are looting and on-the-loose, pitting us against each other. Communities in Jefferson County need to democratically prepare themselves for food and energy autonomy.

- MICHAEL CADDELL, Publisher

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Oskaloosa Independent, Valley Falls Vindicator newspapers, Feb. 1, 2017

Our newly elected 47th District House Rep. Ron Ellis claims,
according to your Jan. 12, 2017 article, that he is among those “anxious to begin solving the problems” coming from the statehouse.

He can begin by announcing his opposition to HB 2011 which will substantially increase campaign contribution limits and allow for more unfair rigging of the election system in Kansas.

It is a rigged and corrupt system he is all too familiar with, being part of it, even before being elected to office. He used it quite ably against me during the 2016 campaign.

According to campaign papers filed with the Kansas Ethics Committee he received at least 34 campaign donations from lobbying groups, political action committees, front groups for bankers, insurance companies, polluting carbon based energy companies, WalMart and the Kansas Republican Party. 


Many of these contributions were at the $500.00 limit which if HB 2011 is passed will double.

He spent $2520.28 of those donated funds reimbursing the “KSGOP, P. O. Box 4157, Topeka, Ks. 66604” for the rotten, unfair postcards sent out against me. 

His records identify only 5 individual donors from the district, none more than $100 each.

Rep. Ron Ellis claimed during the campaign he was such a “moderate” he could be a Democrat if it wasn’t for the abortion issue.

I suggest he’s part of the corrupting “rigged” campaign system both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump railed against during the same campaign period.

Michael Caddell
North Jefferson County

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