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Kansas Republicans feel a persistent pull toward the right
Kansas City Star ^ | January 31, 2014 | Dave Helling and Steve Kraske

Posted on 02/02/2014 9:16:52 AM PST by centurion316

It looks like the Kansas congressional delegation is moving to the right.

It won’t be easy. Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins, Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp, Republicans all, are already thought to comprise the most conservative delegation in the nation.

But observers from both parties said last week that the potential of tea party primary challenges, coupled with ambition and conviction, may have led the four to conclude it’s impossible to be too conservative in 2014 Kansas.

“That’s exactly what they think,” said Bob Beatty, political science professor at Washburn University in Topeka. “In Kansas, there’s less and less fighting between moderates and conservatives. Now it’s between conservatives and other conservatives.”

That dynamic has been evident for months on the Senate side, where incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts is responding to tea party challenger Milton Wolf with increasingly conservative statements and votes.

But over the last 10 days of January, conservative state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth said he would challenge Jenkins in the 2nd District Republican primary, in and around Topeka. And former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, also a fixture on the party’s right, refused to rule out a GOP primary challenge to Pompeo in the 4th District in Wichita.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: elections; gop; kansas; kansascitystar; kcstar; kcstarcom
Flaming liberals Dave Helling and Steve Kraske just can't understand why Kansas voters won't follow their advice to follow the Yellow Brick Road to their version of a socialist nirvana. Why can't we be more like San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Detroit? Why indeed.

I will vote for both Wolf and Fitzgerald in the primary and will lend them other support. Roberts and Jenkins will get my vote if they survive the primary, but they do not have my endorsement and they need to be told that Kansas Conservatives do not want someone in Washington who pays lip service to conservative principles while embracing the Republican leadership bent on acting like mini Democrats.

1 posted on 02/02/2014 9:16:52 AM PST by centurion316
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To: centurion316

I guess the Democrats can’t move too far to the left either from what I’m seeing these days.


2 posted on 02/02/2014 9:21:17 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: centurion316

You can’t be too thin, too rich or too conservative. :-)


3 posted on 02/02/2014 9:24:35 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: headstamp 2

“I guess the Democrats can’t move too far to the left either from what I’m seeing these days.”

That’s a good thing! Let them double down on Communism. It will help assure their losses make 2010 look like a Sunday School Picnic.


4 posted on 02/02/2014 9:27:13 AM PST by vette6387
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To: centurion316

I do love my state. Wish that Johnson, Wyandotte, and Douglas counties were more conservative. sigh. At least we got rid of Owens.


5 posted on 02/02/2014 9:29:03 AM PST by Mercat
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To: centurion316

Hmmm.... I wonder how many articles the Red Star has published bemoaning the extreme leftwardness of Massachusetts’ all-demoncrap delegation. Which I believe fell from 12-0 to 11-0 after redistricting.


6 posted on 02/02/2014 9:29:25 AM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: centurion316

I stopped buying and reading “The Red Star”. Or “The Falling Star” back in 2008. I am surprised they are still publishing the commie paper.


7 posted on 02/02/2014 9:32:24 AM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: centurion316

That “persistent pull toward the right” is an anchor line, not a tug boat.


8 posted on 02/02/2014 9:33:21 AM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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9 posted on 02/02/2014 9:37:35 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: centurion316

Libs should look at it from the science they claim to believe in. Objects at rest tend to stay that way until acted upon by a force. Large, massive objects like the political right wing (even those that may have forgotten it for a while) take a huge amount of force to redirect or set in motion.

But once set in motion, massive objects are damn hard to stop. Like say, a wrecking ball. They tend to blow right through the thing they are set against.

It just took enough pain to make people forget their fear. Not that they all have yet. But pain is a good reminder. It clears the mind. Focuses a person. And the libs are intent to inflict as much as they can before the wrecking ball hits.

It will just hit them harder. We really should thank them.


10 posted on 02/02/2014 9:39:12 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: ncfool

The Kansas City Star is just another McClatchy rag fast on it’s way to becoming a weekly coupon clipper.


11 posted on 02/02/2014 9:41:52 AM PST by centurion316
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To: centurion316

Let’s hope much of the Midwest (and beyond?) turns as deeply (Republican) red as Kansas seems to be.


12 posted on 02/02/2014 9:44:06 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: Norm Lenhart

One advantage that Kansas has over many other conservative regions is that they have always been Republican since Free State days when the Democrats were sending people across the river to stuff the ballot boxes in Kickapoo (sound familiar).

Therefore, among the great conservative middle class, they don’t have a family tradition of voting Democrat. It’s a hard habit to break, as the South has demonstrated. But, Kansas is pointing the way for the upper midwest and our conservative friends in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota have reason for hope.


13 posted on 02/02/2014 9:48:07 AM PST by centurion316
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To: centurion316

We need the same thing in Oklahoma. The rats are trying stealth maneuvers to make that the next Colorado.


14 posted on 02/02/2014 9:56:32 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: centurion316

It is indeed. My grandparents were lifelong Dems. Upstate NY. Their core values and beliefs were 100% hardcore right wing conservative. But they always voted for the Dem because they always voted for the Dem. I never understood it.

Finlay, my grandmother woke up and Voted against that human garbage in her last years. Once she felt enough pain, her eyes were opened. She wasn’t dumb. Just largely apolitical all her life. And that “We always” mentality is as you say, held by many.


15 posted on 02/02/2014 9:58:40 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: centurion316

I often come away wondering about some of the minds that are out there.

Too Conservative... really?

Can someone tell me how you can observe the U. S. Constitution too stridently?

What would be the downside of that?

How much could it cost us to be fiscally and politically responsible?

How much could it cost us as a nation if we treated our citizens the way our Constitution says they should be treated?

Oh the horrors of me being able to speak my mind like the Left loves to do, without my government taking legal action.

Oh the horrors of me being able to fend off home invaders with my own weapons, when the police are ten minutes away.

Oh the horrors of my local and federal government officials being denied the right to knock down my front door and turn my home upside down on a whim. Of course that’s if they can actually get the address right, something we’ve seen proven over and over that they can do with certainty.

Oh the horrors of the poor being able to earn enough and keep it, to get off welfare.

Imagine a middle class that wasn’t having thousands of dollars stolen from them each year so it could be handed out to someone else.

How long has it been since Christians did anything to anyone in the village square? Imagine a society of people to do their best not to kill, lie, steal, rape, commit adultery, pillage, plunder, or treat their fellow man in any way other than by the golden rule. Sounds pretty scarey huh.

Christians don’t approve of homosexuality, but they don’t hate homosexuals. They don’t want to see them persecuted. They don’t want them harmed at all. Christians actually befriend homosexuals. They simply don’t want that lifestyle waved in front of children non-stop. How vile is that really?

Yes, being too Conservative scares the living daylights out of some people. So does going outside. For others, it’s facing life at all. There are psychologists out there to help people like this. Our friends on the Left heartily endorse their services. Folks on the right have God in their lives.

Too Conservative... really? If only society could evolve to this.

So Colorado’s politicians are moving right. Well, the movement has started already. Thank heaven...

Oops, how Conservative of me...


16 posted on 02/02/2014 10:04:25 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Oops, Kansas... heh heh heh. Sorry Dorothy...


17 posted on 02/02/2014 10:06:34 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne

All anathema to the likes of Helling and Kraske. They are socialists and recognize that socialism requires that government create a dependent society, agreeable to governance by their intellectual and social superiors. Once all power and wealth are controlled by the liberal elites, then society will be perfect. For them at least.


18 posted on 02/02/2014 10:12:48 AM PST by centurion316
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To: DoughtyOne

Your extremist views might get you deported from NY ;)


19 posted on 02/02/2014 10:21:19 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: centurion316
Flaming liberals Dave Helling and Steve Kraske...

They haven't had government deep enough in their wallets and they don't know they can be replaced by that person sleeping on a park bench.

20 posted on 02/02/2014 10:26:05 AM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: centurion316

Yep, sadly there are folks out there like that.

Why they couldn’t just move to a socialist/communist state and live in total bliss, I have never been able to figure out.


21 posted on 02/02/2014 10:30:08 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

If I ever go to New York, I’ll keep that in mind.

It’s about 2,347th on my list.

:^)


22 posted on 02/02/2014 10:31:49 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Typical. You KNOW there are liberals that need your tax dollars and yet, you deny them their DESERVED ‘revenue’.

See, this is why everyone hates us.....

;)


23 posted on 02/02/2014 10:41:19 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: centurion316

Lynn Jenkins is not a conservative.


24 posted on 02/02/2014 11:40:55 AM PST by navymom1
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To: Mercat

Love shopping in Lawrence (hate the politics) but haven’t been in the Raven bookstore since the owner and three patrons stood around the checkout counter for over 10 minutes bashing Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas. Enough is enough...


25 posted on 02/02/2014 11:43:48 AM PST by navymom1
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To: Georgia Girl 2
You can't be too thin, too rich or too conservative

Funny though...you can be too thin, too rich and...

.

...too ghastly liberal!!

26 posted on 02/02/2014 11:48:34 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: navymom1

I’ve never been in the Raven bookstore although we walk past it often. Mr. Mercat and I own a small farm in Douglas County and go out there (in nice weather) and get all hot, tired, dirty and sometimes bloody and go to the Freestate for dinner and a beer. We used to go over a lot when my MIL was alive but we have little reason to go now. There’s a very nice bookstore south a bit on Mass. Trying to think of the name. East side of the street. It is quietly Christian. I always try to buy stuff there if I’m in the neighborhood. Nice Christmas gifts.


27 posted on 02/02/2014 11:49:33 AM PST by Mercat
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To: centurion316

And the downside for us in Kansas is that if the most conservative guy in the primary loses we still get a guy that is more conservative than a lot of conservatives. Win-win.


28 posted on 02/02/2014 11:57:00 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: navymom1
Lynn Jenkins is not a conservative.

I'm afraid that you are right, she just plays one at election time.

29 posted on 02/02/2014 11:57:51 AM PST by centurion316
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To: Fightin Whitey

LOL!!!


30 posted on 02/02/2014 12:43:44 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: navymom1

It is hard to be a far right congresswomen. If your district includes the most liberal counties in Kansa and include the liberal universities like KU and KSU. Jenkins is doing a great job.


31 posted on 02/02/2014 3:13:46 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: ncfool

Your reply was basically her defense when I inquired as to her vote to end the Govt Shutdown. I have the luxury of sticking to conservatism and rewarding it with my vote.


32 posted on 02/02/2014 3:30:46 PM PST by navymom1
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