There was a time when Johnson County Democrats raised money in the shadow of the Republican machine.
A decade ago, at the advent of Gov. Sam Brownback's administration and the rise of the tea party, Democrats scrapped up what they could.
The year Brownback was elected governor, in 2010, Johnson County Democrats raised about $11,000. The county Republican Party? A little more than $100,000.
"Ten years ago when we came in, we were all fighting Obama and a high unemployment rate," said Marearl Denning, who was the county party's secretary at the time. "Republicans pretty much . . .