Kansas (GOP Club)

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  • Republican Wins Kansas Election Seen As Trump Test

    04/11/2017 8:32:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 11, 2017 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Republican Ron Estes defeated his Democratic rival in a high-profile special congressional election in Kansas Tuesday that had been seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump. But the narrower-than-expected outcome may worry Republicans across the country as they try to decipher how much Trump's low approval ratings might hurt his party's candidates. Trump and former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who vacated the seat to become CIA director, had both won the district by nearly 30 percentage points in November. But Estes appears to have dramatically underperformed that margin, with early returns showing him leading Democrat James Thompson by just about...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Leader Fred Phelps a Democrat

    03/19/2014 12:58:04 PM PDT · by celmak · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Bois
    The founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, notorious for leading hateful protests against gay rights, is actually a Democrat with long history of endorsing Democratic candidates. On Tuesday, Politico provided some background on Phelps' political history, most of which saw him endorsing Democrat candidates and running for office a number of times as a Democrat. In the 1990's, Phelps ran in three Kansas Democratic primaries for Governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving only 15% of the vote. He also ran for Senator in 1992, receiving 31% of the vote, and for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997....
  • Kobach calls Trump's stance on election results 'reasonable' (KS Sec'y of State)

    10/20/2016 4:52:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Progress ^ | October 20, 2016 | John Hanna, Associated Press Political Writer
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top election official said Thursday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was justified in refusing to promise now that he'll accept the election results, even as the state party chief and a GOP senator on the ballot urged candidates to do so. Secretary of State Kris Kobach called criticism of Trump over his refusal during Wednesday night's presidential debate to commit to accepting the results "rather amusing." He said no candidate should concede if the race is close and there are questions about the count, citing the 2000 contest in Florida, decided by fewer than...
  • Dole says GOPers should fall in line behind Trump, pushes Gingrich for VP

    05/28/2016 7:52:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | May 28, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    Bob Dole encouraged fellow Republicans Saturday to back Donald Trump and suggested the presumptive GOP nominee select Newt Gingrich as his running mate. In an interview with CNN's Ana Cabrera, Dole -- the 1996 Republican nominee who said he spoke with Trump last week -- also suggested Trump apologize to Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez for disparaging comments he's made about them in the past. "I have been a Republican all my life," said Dole, who endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at one point during the 2016 primary fight but has since backed Trump....
  • Democrat legislators want leader of Hispanic commission to resign (For endorsing Trump)

    03/20/2016 5:36:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WIBW-TV ^ | March 14, 2016 | Greg Palmer
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Governor Sam Brownback has been asked to request the resignation of the leader of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission. WIBW Radio reports the commission's director, Adrienne Foster, is being asked to resign because of comments she made to the Kansas City Star, apparently supporting Donald Trump's candidacy for President. Three Democrat lawmakers, Louis Ruiz of Kansas City, John Alcala of Topeka and Ponka-We Victors of Wichita, sent a letter to the Governor's Office expressing displeasure over Foster's support of Trump. The letter states that Foster has diminished her position within the organization. They also...
  • Poll: Trump holds slim lead over Cruz in Kansas

    03/04/2016 8:58:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | March 4, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Donald Trump holds a 6-point lead over his Republican rivals on the eve of the Kansas caucuses, according to a new poll released Friday. Trump is supported by 35 percent of likely GOP caucusgoers, followed by Ted Cruz, at 29 percent, Marco Rubio, at 17 percent, and John Kasich at 13 percent in the Trafalgar Group poll. Public polling in the state has been infrequent. The Trafalgar poll is only the second survey included in the RealClearPolitics index of Kansas polls. Cruz has 43 percent support among self-identified conservative Republicans, followed by Trump, at 30 percent, and Rubio, at 16...
  • Bob Dole really, really doesn’t like Ted Cruz

    12/08/2015 3:42:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 8, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    On MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" Tuesday, the veteran anchor sat down with former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole to talk, ostensibly, about the current state of his party and the rise of Donald Trump. But the Kansas Republican had something else on his mind. And that something else was how much he dislikes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In a question about what Dole makes of Trump, the former Senate leader quickly turned matters to Cruz. "He's not traditional Republican conservative," Dole said of the Texan. "Achievements are shutting down the government twice, and calling the...
  • Will Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas jump from GOP leadership to the ‘Cruz caucus’?

    12/19/2014 7:47:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 19, 2014 | Lindsay Wise, Washington Correspondent
    Jerry Moran of Kansas was one of only 11 Republican senators who teamed up this month with tea party favorite Ted Cruz on three votes intended to stall or defeat the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill — a failed but headline-grabbing maneuver that put him at odds with GOP leadership. Moran’s move raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill, especially given that he’d spent the past two years as part of that same leadership team and had voted in January in favor of the last trillion-dollar spending bill. So why did Moran buck the party line this time and align himself...
  • Kobach: Obama's Lawlessness Could Lead To 'Ethnic Cleansing' In America

    11/20/2014 6:11:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | November 20, 2014 | Ahiza Garcia
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) on Sunday warned that President Obama's executive actions and general "lawlessness" on immigration could lead to "ethnic cleansing." Kobach, a vocal advocate of the anti-immigrant movement, claimed during his radio talk show that there was a strategy to replace American voters with Hispanic ones who favored socialism. "The long term strategy of, first of all, replacing American voters with illegal aliens, recently legalized, who then become U.S. citizens," Kobach said. "There is still a decided bias in favor of bigger government not smaller government. So maybe this strategy of replacing American voters with...
  • Charles Pierce Live Blogging: Open All Night (Schadenfreude-alicious)

    11/06/2014 8:16:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Esquire Magazine's The Politics Blog ^ | November 4, 2014 | Charles P. Pierce
    1:30AM -- I think it was contemplating the fact that both Sam Brownback and Paul LePage both may have survived as governors that was the last straw for me tonight. Brownback has wrecked his state. Even Kansas Republicans believe that. LePage is a local embarrassment who became a national embarrassment in the final days before the election. Even Maine Republicans believe that. But Brownback will go back to wrecking his state, and LePage will go back to embarrassing his because of an attitude that Republicans, and the conservative movement that has powered the party, have cultivated carefully over the last...
  • K-State football coach Bill Snyder endorses Pat Roberts

    10/30/2014 8:26:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a new television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications. Roberts’ campaign launched the statewide spot just five days before the election, which has Roberts locked in a tough contest with independent candidate Greg Orman, a 45-year-old Olathe businessman and co-founder of a private equity firm. Snyder is highly respected throughout the state and college football and has largely remained aloof from politics....
  • In Georgia, Democrats’ last hope for preventing GOP takeover is collapsing

    10/29/2014 11:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 29, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The polls this cycle have been cruel to Democrats. A number of surveys have given the president’s party undue hope that they could pull off the impossible on Election Day and retain control of the U.S. Senate. But, like Lucy van Pelt ripping the set football away from a rushing Charlie Brown at the very last minute, Democrats have been robbed of that intoxicating hope just as the buzz was getting good. After abandoning the party’s nominee as determined by the voters, Democrats were thrilled by the prospect that ruby red Kansas might elect a Democrat masquerading as an independent...
  • Tea party PAC plans announcement with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts

    10/13/2014 7:43:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | October 13, 2014 | Suzanne Perez Tobias
    A national tea party group will hold a news conference in Wichita on Monday with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, but leaders stopped short of saying whether the group plans to endorse the Republican incumbent. “It will be an announcement,” said Taylor Budowich, executive director of the Tea Party Express, a California-based group that describes itself as the nation’s largest tea party political action committee. The news conference, set for 11 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Republican party headquarters in west Wichita, will be attended by Roberts and local tea party leaders and activists, Budowich said. Earlier this year the group...
  • Republicans Just Got Some Really Bad News In One Of The Reddest Of Red States

    10/06/2014 10:17:19 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 58 replies
    AP ^ | October 5, 2014 11:34 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    A few weeks after the national Republican Party moved in to revamp the campaign and begin an ad blitz aimed at saving incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts' job, a new poll shows him facing more of an uphill battle than ever against independent businessman Greg Orman.
  • Can Sarah Palin save Pat Roberts in tight Kansas Senate race?

    09/25/2014 6:54:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 25, 2014 | Linda Feldmann
    Sarah Palin appears in Kansas Thursday to stump for Sen. Pat Roberts, the most endangered Republican senator. She could be helpful, but there's irony in her pitch.Sarah Palin has come to the rescue. The Republicans’ 2008 vice presidential nominee – and big-time political lightning rod – took the stage Thursday in Kansas on behalf of the state’s endangered Republican senator, Pat Roberts. Three-term Senator Roberts is widely seen as the most vulnerable Republican senator in the November midterms. A loss would seriously harm the Republicans’ chances of retaking the Senate. Enter Ms. Palin. The former Alaska governor’s public favorability has...
  • Sarah Palin To Campaign for Pat Roberts in Kansas Amid Lingering Grassroots Anger

    09/24/2014 12:42:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 253 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 23, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Sarah Palin will campaign for incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) in Independence, Kansas on Thursday. Roberts is in need of help from the Tea Party favorite, as recent polls show he trails independent Greg Orman in this fall's general election. Last week, the Kansas State Supreme Court granted Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's request to be removed from the ballot, setting up a two-person race between Roberts and Orman. Roberts defeated Tea Party challenger Dr. Milton Wolf in the August 5 Republican primary by a relatively narrow margin of 47% to 41% in a bitterly personal contest that left many...
  • Vulnerable Kansas Senator: We Are Heading Toward 'National Socialism'

    09/23/2014 5:54:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 23, 2014 | Dylan Scott
    Incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who is facing an unexpectedly fierce challenge for re-election, warned Monday at a campaign stop that the United States is heading for "national socialism." It's not clear whether Roberts intended to make a reference to Nazism or simply meant to invoke the run of the mill looming specter of socialism. American Bridge, the liberal opposition research group that tracks Republican candidates, posted the video of Roberts's remarks at a Dodge City event. "There's a palpable fear among Kansans all across this state that the America that we love and cherish and honor will not be...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- Paul Davis 1990s Strip Club incident

    09/23/2014 1:09:29 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 7 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 09-23-2014 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson was an officer with the Montgomery County Drug Task force during the 1998 drug raid at the strip club where Paul Davis was rounded up in.
  • Ballot, Shmallot ... Roberts Is in Much Bigger Trouble

    09/05/2014 5:34:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Editor's Blog ^ | September 4, 2014 | Josh Marshall, editor and publisher
    Democrats are going to fight to keep their former Kansas senate candidate, Chad Taylor, off the ballot (an odd turn of events to put it mildly). This comes after Kris Kobach, Secretary of State, announced that Taylor must stay on ballot. Kobach is intensely political and is likely the most successful and outspoken voter suppression advocate in the country today. Rick Hasen says the law is not dispositive. But life's hard. Kobach's the Secretary State. He gets to make the decision, or at least he gets the first pass at it. A Court will likely have the final say over...
  • Author, broadcaster calls for 2016 presidential debate on poverty: Smiley spoke at KS Conference...

    07/18/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | July 18, 2014 | Ann Marie Bush
    Author and broadcaster Tavis Smiley during the Kansas Conference on Poverty on Friday spoke out about Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget and called for a 2016 presidential debate that would focus solely on poverty and income equality. “Budgets are moral documents,” Smiley told a crowd gathered in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. He said Brownback gave tax breaks to the “rich and lucky” and “cut K-12 education.” “The tax cuts are a good sound-bite politics but unsound policy,” Smiley said. He also said what Brownback has done to the state is “shameful.” Education is...