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State's GOP conservatives gain upper hand
Topeka-Capital Journal ^ | 8/8/2012 | Staff

Posted on 08/08/2012 5:53:53 AM PDT by KansasGirl

Conservative Republican challengers Tuesday either unseated or were leading most of the GOP moderates in the Kansas Senate, improving their chances of reshaping the Legislature and ending a check on the political right’s agenda.

The most prominent victim of the conservative surge appeared to be Senate President Steve Morris, the unofficial leader of the state’s moderatae Republicans. With one precinct yet to be counted in his southwestern Kansas race against state Rep. Larry Powell of Garden City, Morris — who had served in the Senate for 20 years — trailed by 300 votes as of midnight.

Final, unofficial results showed moderate state Sens. Tim Owens of Overland Park, Bob Marshall of Fort Scott, Roger Reitz of Manhattan, Pete Brungardt of Salina, Dwayne Umbarger of Thayer and Jean Schodorf of Wichita all losing to challengers — most of which had the backing of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the anti-tax, small-government group Americans for Prosperity.

An exception to the conservative-wing surge came in Topeka where incumbent Sen. Vicki Schmidt narrowly held off the challenge of conservative state Rep. Joe Patton.

(Excerpt) Read more at cjonline.com ...


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To: zerosix

That is not our problem. Mind control is our problem.

There is no doubt that depression slows the rate of movement but the average stay in one location is not changed that much.

And movement from the cities is driven as much by perceived relative prices as anything else, if not more.


21 posted on 08/08/2012 11:57:54 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: Bikkuri

“WHY don’t WE make some DEM moderates to swing the govt. back to the conservative side (I won’t say Repub now.. I think that party is TOO far gone..)”

Impossible. Democrat party platform is for gay marriage, socialized medicine, higher punitive taxes for upper income earners, and a Federal govt that spends 1/4 of our national wealth.

you cant ‘moderate’ the left.


22 posted on 08/08/2012 12:20:04 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: Grams A
You're not the only one that "misses the CC Plaza."

I live within walking distance and since the Nichols family (founders and developers of Kansas City, MO's Country Club Plaza, so named because it was originally the city dump that became surrounded by golf courses and country clubs) sold out to N.C. Highwoods Properties, has turned into one major chain mall with many chain eateries and bars - ugh! I don't bother walking there for there is little of interest to me as either a shopper or diner and drink and drown bars are not my scene.

When once, the cars blaring rap music were limited to one pass only through the Plaza, now has roving gangs shoving and jostling people as they enter and leave area shops.

This became a real scandal when two wives of KC Chief's executives were mugged in a parking lot and not too long ago, Sly James, KC Mayor, was forced to come to the aid of a passerby one weekend from a roving gang of "teens" (not-Amish.)

Sad, but that's what happens when the populace sinks to welfare recipients who continue to vote themselves more and more largess from the taxpayers and the elected supposed to be in charge of protecting the citizens, give way to "community involvement (read no guns, no cars, no motorcycles, just walking or biking making friends with the locals) to protection from such lawlessness.

Anything more than that is viewed as "police harassment" or "picking on minorities."

23 posted on 08/08/2012 1:05:54 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

“....a roving gang of “teens” (not-Amish.)....”
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aka “yutes”!


24 posted on 08/08/2012 1:56:31 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

Ah ha, you’ve heard of them no doubt.


25 posted on 08/08/2012 2:00:37 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

That makes me so sad to think that this has happened, too many things now exist in my memory only. Guess that’s one of the downsides from living so long and being able to live in so many different places.


26 posted on 08/08/2012 2:07:05 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: KansasGirl

“What the Hell Is the Matter With Kansas?”

Whatever it is, I hope it’s catching!


27 posted on 08/08/2012 2:26:26 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: WOSG

Lol.. ok, let me rephrase that... .. Why don’t we have some true Conservatives infiltrate them, like they have done for the last 7 decades(way before I was born, and a few years before my father was born), act and talk like them.. gain their trust... and take over.... just like they have done... :/ sounds evil.. and it is.. but we must get our position back (original founder’s intention of the Constitution, and the founding of our Country and the moral values that came with it)...


28 posted on 08/08/2012 3:59:07 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: Grams A

I see a ridiculous number of California license plates out here in West Texas....former Kansan also as my name would indicate. Really miss Kansas a lot (especially the scenery with it so brown and dry out here but even KS is awful this summer as well)....very proud of this primary!


29 posted on 08/08/2012 9:01:59 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Kanzan

Eh its better to have a moderate politically pledged to support you than a democrat politically pledged to appose you.

Take the gains you have with the rest of the State and let them run your state’s political activity. Let the moderates help you where they will, as the democrats will fight you everywhere.


30 posted on 08/08/2012 9:49:49 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: rwfromkansas

Have gotten into the habit of checking out license plates when I drive into the city. Tonight, of the 6 that I could see, 4 were from states other than Texas - even saw one from New York last week.

People who have only driven through Kansas have nothing much positive to say about it. But there is something special about the waving wheat and listening to the corn grow that they probably wouldn’t appreciate anyway. Lived there for 45 years. Awesome place to raise a family.

At least parts of Texas aren’t as dry this year as last year. Lived and worked in Lubbock one summer and it was so hot and not a drop of rain.

Farmers in Kansas are really hurting. But politically they are really getting it together. Lots of folks up there worked very hard this election year and they have a right to be proud of their efforts. I know many are so glad Selibus is gone. Dorothy should have banished her to some place other than D.C. though.


31 posted on 08/08/2012 10:13:02 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

I’m in Midland so pretty much just like Lubbock here unfortunately, though we have had some rain this summer luckily.


32 posted on 08/08/2012 11:10:26 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: rwfromkansas

We drove from Houston to Colorado at Christmas and then back two weeks later. Thought we would never get out of Texas. I was shocked at how much Lubbock has grown. Didn’t know we had a huge wind farm in that part of the state either.

Used to work in the grain industry and my area was from Gruver, Texas, through Happy, Texas and down to Lubbock. Not much out there but cows and wind. First tumbleweed I ever saw was bigger than my car.

We spend a lot of weekend time in the Hill Country and love it. There is so many different parts to Texas that most people never take the time to see. Friends from the east coast are really impressed with how good our roads are and the fact that we have quite a lot of trees in part of the state.


33 posted on 08/08/2012 11:35:34 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Bigun

TX defeated only one liberal Republican state senator in the primary runoff. The others either were not running this year or had already survived first primary challengers.


34 posted on 08/10/2012 4:29:22 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Theodore R.
TX defeated only one liberal Republican state senator in the primary runoff. The others either were not running this year or had already survived first primary challengers.

Several other weren't on the ballot at all as they chose to retire rather than face re-election and MANY rino r's were defeated in the house.

The Texas legislature will be a HUGELY more conservative body next session as a result.

35 posted on 08/10/2012 5:49:14 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: WOSG

Sadly, I agree.. they have their mindset set already.. What will it take to get back (at least) half of what we were (supposed to be) short of a true civil war? :/

We all have ideas, but does anyone have a real answer?


36 posted on 08/10/2012 9:45:12 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: Bigun

“The Texas legislature will be a HUGELY more conservative body next session as a result. “

I should hope so.
2011 session was a big disappointment given the large GOP majority that was gained. Straus is to be faulted, but I dont think he’ll be knocked off even with some of his pals gone.


37 posted on 08/10/2012 5:59:47 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: WOSG

Strauss certainly won’t be knocked off if WE don’t, en mass, let our reps know that voting for him as speaker will be frowned upon in a BIG way.


38 posted on 08/10/2012 6:06:52 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Monorprise

Good counsel, when it comes to the rank and file moderate Republicans in Kansas - they understand what we’re up against. The problem was (and I stress WAS) the moderates in the Senate who were hell-bent on helping the Democrats, no matter what the issue.


39 posted on 08/11/2012 12:20:19 PM PDT by Kanzan
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