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  • This Is What's the Matter With Kansas

    09/30/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 23 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 29, 2014 | John B. Judis
    The midterm elections of 2010 were good for Republicans nearly everywhere, but amid the national Tea Party insurgency, it was easy to overlook the revolution that was brewing in Kansas. That year, the GOP won every federal and statewide office. Sam Brownback, a genial U.S. senator best known for his ardent social conservatism, captured the governor’s mansion with nearly double the votes of his Democratic opponent. And having conquered Kansas so convincingly, he was determined not to squander the opportunity. His administration, he declared, would be a “real live experiment” that would prove, once and for all, that the way...
  • Greg Orman, a political enigma, faces growing scrutiny in Kansas Senate race

    09/29/2014 7:53:21 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Phillip Rucker
    Greg Orman, the upstart Senate candidate threatening to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Pat Roberts in Kansas, says it’s liberating to run as an independent: “I can go to Washington as a problem solver, not a partisan.” But not having a party also liberates Orman from taking positions — especially on controversial issues that might alienate partisans. Greenlight the Keystone XL pipeline? Orman said he doesn’t have enough information to say yes or no. What about gun control? He said gun restrictions should be “strengthened” but would not specify whether he backs an assault-weapons ban. And on the biggest question of...
  • Bleeding Kansas

    09/29/2014 6:39:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 29, 2014 | Richard A. Baehr
    Republicans are scrambling to save a seat that they thought was in the bag. Republican chances to win control of the Senate in the 2014 midterms, requiring a pickup of six seats, have taken a blow. Kansas, a state no one considered anything other than a safe hold for the party a few months ago, now appears to be slipping away. After a contentious primary resulting in a victory for the 78-year incumbent Pat Roberts over tea party challenger Milton Wolf, things have gone steadily south for Roberts. Wolf refused to close ranks and endorse Roberts. A self-funded independent, 45-year-old...
  • Doug Robinson For Kansas House

    09/27/2014 1:22:56 PM PDT · by Persevero · 8 replies
    self ^ | 9-27-14 | self
    A good old friend of mine is a viable candidate for the House in Kansas. I'd like to direct fellow FReepers to him and his Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/DougForKansasHouse - I've known him since the 1980s - he's the real deal and worthy of your vote and support.
  • Stingy Republican Lawmakers

    09/26/2014 7:08:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    WSJ ^ | Allysia Finley
    One perk of sitting on the Senate Banking Committee, as Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby has for three decades, is that its regulated industries provide a deep-pocketed donor base. But to adapt scripture, to whom much is given, much should be required. Mr. Shelby has amassed $17.8 million in his war chest, according to his campaign committee's second-quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission. His committee has spent about $179,000 this cycle, which includes $4,400 at the Senate Gift Shop and $1,000 at Chick-fil-A. That's a lot of cole slaw and chicken nuggets. The Senate baron has also rung up $10,400...
  • Pat Roberts: 'I Will Always Fight Amnesty'

    09/26/2014 7:03:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) declared his opposition to granting amnesty for illegal immigrants and contrasted this with his Independent opponent’s support for amnesty on Friday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” “[Orman] says he that wants to grant citizenship to all illegal aliens if they pay a small fine and promise to obey the law, these people have already broken the law. I have fought amnesty every time I will always fight amnesty, that’s a big difference in our debate" he said. Roberts added that he would “absolutely not” support increasing guest workers in the United States.
  • VIRUS PROBED IN PARALYSIS CASES IN 9 COLORADO KIDS

    09/26/2014 3:46:03 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 75 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ - enterovirus 68 - was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear. The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. Health officials don't know whether the virus...
  • Sen. Jerry Moran has much at stake in Pat Roberts’ Senate race in Kansas

    09/26/2014 5:22:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Lindsey Wise
    He’s not up for re-election, but U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran has much riding on the Senate race raging in Kansas. Moran’s fellow Republican senator from the state, Pat Roberts, is locked in a pitched battle for his political life. Most polls show incumbent Roberts trailing independent challenger Greg Orman. Moran doesn’t face voters again until 2016, but as the party leader in charge of the GOP’s national effort to win control of the U.S. Senate, he badly needs a Roberts victory. Republicans must pick up six seats in November to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats. Analysts say...
  • Sarah Palin says Greg Orman trying to 'snooker' Kansas voters (VIDEO)

    09/26/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    kansas.com ^ | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Kansas Republicans on Thursday to unite behind U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, alleging his independent opponent is trying to “snooker” voters in what has become a surprisingly close race. Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, donned an apron and flipped pancakes alongside Roberts, once considered a near lock for re-election but now facing a tough battle....
  • Sources: Milton Wolf weighs Greg Orman endorsement

    09/26/2014 4:58:33 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/26/2014 | MANU RAJU and ALEX ISENSTADT
    Milton Wolf, the tea party candidate who battled Sen. Pat Roberts in a bitter Republican primary fight, is considering some political payback: Endorsing Kansas independent Greg Orman, sources said Thursday night. But there’s a big catch: To win Wolf’s endorsement, Orman must first agree to caucus with the Senate GOP if he were to defeat Roberts in the general election. The two men were scheduled to meet Friday afternoon at Orman’s house in Olathe, Kansas., just outside of Kansas City, according to two people familiar with the matter. One person said Orman’s team sought the meeting but there was no...
  • State OKs sale of sex toys online to recoup tax losses

    09/26/2014 4:24:50 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 3 replies
    Topeka Constitution-Journal ^ | 9/24/14 | Tim Carpenter
    Kansas state government is on the verge of a financial windfall with the auctioning of thousands of sex toys seized by the revenue department for nonpayment of income, withholding and sales taxes, an official said Wednesday. Online shoppers for adult DVDs, novelty items, clothing and other products can participate in a bonanza shopping experience resulting from the four-county raid on a Kansas company known as United Outlets LLC. Owner Larry Minkoff, who was doing business under the Bang label, apparently resisted requests from the Kansas Department of Revenue for payment of $163,986 in state taxes. It is unclear how much...
  • Signed Documents Released: Roberts asserts Virginia as home of principal residence.

    09/25/2014 6:18:25 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 45 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | September 24, 2014 | Tim Carpenter
    U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts put a signature to documents associated with the mortgage on a Virginia residence that identify the Fairfax County home as “principal residence” of the three-term incumbent Republican. The re-election campaign of the Kansan has been awash in controversy about whether his ownership of a duplex in Dodge City, which is rented out, and his payment of about $300 a month for a room in a Dodge City supporter's home satisfied legal requirements for public office. On Wednesday, records surfaced that Roberts signed a Deed of Trust in 1997 and 2003 for property owned in Alexandria, Va.,...
  • Pat Roberts asserts Va. home 'principal residence' in documents

    09/25/2014 3:47:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 68 replies
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | September 24, 2014 | Tim Carpenter
    U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts put a signature to documents associated with the mortgage on a Virginia residence that identify the Fairfax County home as “principal residence” of the three-term incumbent Republican. The re-election campaign of the Kansan has been awash in controversy about whether his ownership of a duplex in Dodge City, which is rented out, and his payment of about $300 a month for a room in a Dodge City supporter's home satisfied legal requirements for public office. On Wednesday, records surfaced that Roberts signed a Deed of Trust in 1997 and 2003 for property owned in Alexandria, Va.,...
  • Sarah Palin urges conservatives to rally around Pat Roberts

    09/25/2014 11:33:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 140 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL A. MEMOLI
    When Pat Roberts faced a conservative primary challenge this summer, he did what most Republican senators have learned to do: turn hard right. Now, facing an unexpectedly strong independent challenge, Roberts is doubling down. On Thursday, the three-term Kansas senator turned to tea party darling Sarah Palin to rally voters behind his flagging campaign. The former Alaska governor praised Roberts for standing with Sen. Ted Cruz a year ago during his marathon floor speech against President Obama's healthcare law, which preceded a strategy that resulted in a government shutdown. "He [was] one of the few senators fulfilling campaign promises, doing...
  • In Kansas, longtime GOP Sen. Pat Roberts faces doubts as he scrambles to hold seat

    09/25/2014 9:22:26 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2014 | Phillip Rucker
    Shirley Deege is a proud Republican. For as long as she can remember, the nurse has been voting for Pat Roberts — in the 1980s, when he represented a vast patchwork of dusty plains hamlets in the House; in 1996, when he first ran for the Senate; and every six years after that. “Looking back over my life, I’m wondering, ‘What major things has he done for Kansas?’ I’m coming up empty,” said Deege, 53, as she sipped coffee while waiting for Roberts to arrive at the county fairgrounds in Kinsley this week. “He’s spent so much time in Washington,”...
  • Sarah Palin: Independent Senate hopeful trying to ‘snooker’ Kansas voters

    09/25/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/25/2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Sarah Palin stumped for GOP Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas Thursday morning, calling him a true conservative and hoping to give him an edge over an independent challenger. “He is a conservative and he is what America needs,” the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee said.
  • (Kansas) AG Schmidt: Fight over Lesser Prairie Chicken to be settled in Tulsa ( OK )

    09/24/2014 7:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    KSN TV ^ | September 23, 2014
    Kansas – A federal judge has decided a lawsuit challenging increased federal regulation of economic activity and land use in the area that is habitat for the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be litigated in Oklahoma and not transferred to Washington, D.C., Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The decision yesterday by U.S. District Judge James H. Payne is the second time in the last two months that the federal judiciary has rejected an attempt by the federal government to move the litigation from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. “This is good news for Kansas,” Schmidt said. “It means our case...
  • Nate Silver has Greg Orman favored to win Kansas Senate Seat

    09/24/2014 6:41:09 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 79 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 24, 2014 | Steve Kraske
    Nate Silver has made a name for himself getting his presidential forecasts spot-on perfect. So when he speaks about U.S. Senate races, people listen. His latest thinking on Kansas’ much-talked-about Senate race? Independent Greg Orman has a 61 percent chance of beating Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. His expected winning margin is 3 percentage points. Silver bases his predictions on all manner of polls and political data. Despite his prediction in the Kansas race, Silver says Republicans have a 58.5 percent chance of winning a majority. And Democrats have a 41.5 percent chance of keeping their majority. That goes against conventional...
  • GOP’s scorched-earth Kansas plan

    09/23/2014 3:42:39 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffee
    Control of the Senate is potentially at stake in Kansas, and the GOP is beginning to double down. With a two-man race now looking all but certain, national Republicans are planning a scorched-earth offensive to frame Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) independent opponent, Greg Orman, as a shady businessman. Their first volley this weekend: reports that Orman represented Rajat Gupta — the former Goldman Sachs board member who incurred criminal and civil fines of more than $18 million and was jailed earlier this year for securities fraud — on a two-person board of a Cayman Islands private equity partnership. Kansas Republicans...
  • GOP’s scorched-earth Kansas plan

    09/23/2014 9:10:56 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 30 replies
    Control of the Senate is potentially at stake in Kansas, and the GOP is beginning to double down. With a two-man race now looking all but certain, national Republicans are planning a scorched-earth offensive to frame Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) independent opponent, Greg Orman, as a shady businessman. Their first volley this weekend: reports that Orman represented Rajat Gupta — the former Goldman Sachs board member who incurred criminal and civil fines of more than $18 million and was jailed earlier this year for securities fraud — on a two-person board of a Cayman Islands private equity partnership. Kansas Republicans...
  • Candidate’s 1998 Strip Club Visit Stirs Kansas Governor’s Race

    09/22/2014 11:26:18 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 21, 2014 | Mitch Smith
    The Democratic candidate for governor in Kansas found himself on the defensive this weekend after acknowledging that he was caught up in a police raid of a strip club years ago. The candidate, Paul Davis, said he was not arrested or charged in the incident and accused Republicans of “a desperate smear campaign.” “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mr. Davis said Saturday during a meeting with campaign workers. “Nobody has ever accused me of any wrongdoing.” Recent polling shows Mr. Davis ahead of the Republican incumbent, Sam Brownback, in the governor’s race, a lead based...
  • Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    09/22/2014 11:16:01 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2014 | Editorial Board
    GOV. SAM BROWNBACK of Kansas says he has come to regret characterizing his policy agenda as a “real live experiment” that would test the efficacy of deep tax cuts to spur jobs and economic growth. In fact, Mr. Brownback’s choice of words was apt. Few if any governors have undertaken such an extreme trial-by-revenue-deprivation in a state so clearly lacking the economic means to withstand it. Now, as the damaging social and budgetary impacts of his slash-and-burn fiscal measures have become apparent, Mr. Brownback, a conservative Republican seeking reelection this fall in a state where every statewide elected official is...
  • In US, huge grain crops spell headache for farmers

    09/22/2014 5:36:25 AM PDT · by redgolum · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 21, 2014 | Juliette Michel
    New York (AFP) - US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market. "It is not an exact science but when we look at the fields, it looks like it is going to be a big crop," said John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in Champaign, Illinois, a Midwest farm belt state.
  • GOP Hall of Famer Dole to stump for incumbent Sen. Roberts in home state Kansas

    09/20/2014 10:40:24 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The campaign for incumbent Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts is reaching into the GOP hall of fame to try to win a tight race and help the party take control of the Senate -- bringing 91-year-old Bob Dole on the trail.The former 1996 GOP presidential nominee and Senate majority leader from Kansas will also purportedly participate in a TV ad for Roberts, as first reported by ABC News. The 78-year-old Roberts, seeking a fourth term, is involved in one of the toughest and most unusual races of the midterm cycle.
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Democrats Pin Senate Hopes on a Kansan

    09/20/2014 8:38:01 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    The Senate race in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The state’s Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible. And a 45-year-old investor from suburban Kansas City may hold the key to control of the Senate in January. At the beginning of the year, no one thought that Kansas — which has sent only Republicans to the Senate since 1938 — would be critical in determining the balance of the Senate....
  • Will Dems go all-out to beat Sen. Pat Roberts now?

    09/19/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/19/14 | Kyle Cheney and Manu raju
    Democrats won a key legal battle in the Kansas Senate race Thursday, but now the party faces a wrenching choice: Spend precious dollars to try and unseat Republican Pat Roberts in a solidly red state, or sit on the sidelines and pass up a chance to steal a seat — and potentially the Senate majority — from Republicans. The ruling removed the Democratic candidate from the ballot, clearing the way for a showdown between Roberts and independent Greg Orman and, at least on paper, increasing the likelihood that the longtime senator can be beaten. A smattering of recent polls shows...
  • KS Supreme Court: Chad Taylor's Name Will Not Appear On Ballot

    09/18/2014 3:21:10 PM PDT · by lacrew · 18 replies
    WIBW ^ | 9-18-14 | AP
    The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot
  • Can Sam Brownback Survive?

    09/18/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Even before his election as governor in 2010, liberal observers were warning about Sam Brownback. In October of that year, the New York Times warned that the mere prospect of Brownback’s ascent was “redefining” the Republican party. That’s certainly been his goal. Operating on the assumption that change in the states drives change in Washington, Brownback has, over the past four years, slashed income taxes, privatized Medicaid, expanded gun rights, and taken on the state’s teachers’ unions. Those reforms may have made him a hero to conservatives, but they have also made him a major target this election cycle. For...
  • Kansas Senate Candidate Greg Orman Would be “Just Another Pro-Abortion Democrat”

    09/17/2014 5:53:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Lifenews.com ^ | 9/16/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A new poll today in Kansas shows independent Senate candidate Greg Orman faring well against pro-life Sen. Pat Roberts, who has a long and extensive pro-life voting record in Congress. One national pro-life group says Kansas voters who don’t know much about Orman need to be aware that, though he is an independent, he would be just another pro-abortion Democrat working with Harry Reid to stop pro-life legislation in the Senate.
  • GOP’s new partisan hit man: You may not know Kris Kobach — but you should

    09/17/2014 2:51:55 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Salon ^ | Heather Digby Parton
    Following up on my post on Friday about the long illustrious history of conservative vote suppression it’s interesting that one of the nation’s foremost activists in the field should be in the spotlight going into the November election. Indeed, he’s right in the middle of one of the most interesting races in the country. I’m referring to Kris Kobach, the Republican Kansas secretary of state who was sued last week by the former Democratic candidate for the Senate who dropped out of the race in favor of an independent. (SNIP) He also said that he might have “shrugg(ed) my shoulders...
  • Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis

    09/16/2014 11:42:35 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 9 replies
    Election Law Blog ^ | September 16, 2014 | Rick Hasen
    Oral argument in the Kansas Supreme Court has now completed in the case of Kobach v. Taylor, on the question whether Taylor’s name can be removed from the Kansas U.S. Senate ballot. The issue is especially important with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts now trailing independent Greg Orman in recent polling and with the fate of the Senate potentially hanging in the balance. While it is always hazardous to predict outcomes from oral argument (because Justices sometimes ask rhetorical questions or minds change after argument), I think it is likely the Justices will quickly issue an order removing Taylor’s name...
  • Poll: Greg Orman leads Pat Roberts in Kansas

    09/16/2014 7:20:09 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/16/2014 | Kyle Cheney
    Independent Greg Orman has opened up a lead in his effort to unseat Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, according to a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Orman leads Roberts 41-34, with Democrat Chad Taylor — who announced plans to end his campaign earlier this month — capturing 6 percent of the vote. Libertarian Randall Batson earned 4 percent support in the poll, which was first provided to the Huffington Post. The automated phone and online survey of 1,328 likely voters was taken between Sept. 11 and Sept. 14. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.7 percentage points....
  • Milton Wolf should bring his tea party followers into Pat Roberts’ camp

    09/14/2014 5:48:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 77 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 9/13/14 | Steve Rose
    If Milton Wolf endorsed Pat Roberts after Wolf’s defeat in the Kansas Republican primary for U.S. Senate, I missed it. And if he has, it is the best kept secret in Kansas. I’ve checked everywhere on the web, and it isn’t there. I called Wolf to confirm, but I did not get a response. So, I think it is safe to assume the tea party challenger has decided, at least for now, not to endorse the victor. This is too bad because Wolf — who amazingly carried 41 percent of the statewide vote against 48 percent for longtime incumbent Roberts...
  • Kansas Supreme Court Will Hear Dem Senate Candidate’s Challenge to Withdraw from Race

    09/11/2014 3:21:11 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 69 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 11, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Kansas Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor’s effort to get his name taken off this fall’s ballot will be heard in the state’s supreme court, according to reports, the latest twist in a suddenly fast-changing race thought to be a shoo-in for Republicans. Last week, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor will have to remain on the ballot since he did not demonstrate that he was incapable of serving if elected, a requirement under state statutes. Taylor went on to file a lawsuit against Kobach, claiming an election official helped him prepare the necessary documents to withdraw from...
  • Kris Kobach moves to shift Chad Taylor ballot lawsuit from Kansas Supreme Court

    09/11/2014 7:59:47 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 13 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | September 11, 2014 | John Hanna
    The legal battle over Democrats’ efforts to get their nominee off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas heated up Wednesday, with a prominent party attorney from Washington helping and Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach moving again to thwart the attempt. Some Democrats last week nudged nominee Chad Taylor out of the race with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, but Kobach has refused to remove Taylor’s name from the Nov. 4 ballot. Kobach, a conservative Republican who’s backing Roberts, said Taylor failed to comply with a state election law that limits when party nominees can withdraw. Taylor...
  • Greg Orman supports Amnesty for illegal immigrants

    09/10/2014 3:09:36 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    "I think if you're undocumented and you are here, you should have to register with ICE, you should have to pay a small fine or perform community service as an acknowledgement that you've broken the law. Then you should have to hold down a job, pay taxes, obey our laws. And if you do all those things, I think you should be able to continue to live here and work here."
  • New KSN poll shows Roberts and Orman tied for U.S. Senate

    09/09/2014 5:03:44 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 8, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate, Chad Taylor, withdrawing last week from the race has created an interesting dynamic going forward, in the race to represent the state of Kansas on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill. The latest KSN News Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA exclusively for KSN-TV, released Monday indicates that, if the race for the U.S. Senate were held today, September 8, and Chad Taylor’s name remained on the ballot, Independent Greg Orman and incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts are effectively tied. Orman would get 37 percent of the vote, while Sen. Roberts would get...
  • Senate Update A Fresh Look at the Changed Race in Kansas

    09/09/2014 10:10:55 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 48 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 8, 2014 | Harry Enten and Walt Hickey
    The biggest poll of the day came in Kansas, where SurveyUSA found independent candidate Greg Orman ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts 37 percent to 36 percent. Notably, Democrat Chad Taylor, who has dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot, pulled in 10 percent. Roberts’s support has barely budged, but Orman’s backing has almost doubled. Importantly, SurveyUSA informed voters that Taylor no longer appeared to want to run. That means Orman may not gain much more ground in the polls when voters realize on their own that Taylor ceased his campaign. Orman has more upside with the...
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • Turmoil Heats Up Battle in Two Key Senate Races

    09/07/2014 8:54:19 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 6, 2014 | Charles Babington
    Labor Day week ought to start clarifying the partisan battle to control the Senate, but if anything, the picture just got muddier and the map bigger. An afterthought all year, conservative Kansas is suddenly abuzz. An independent candidate drove the Democrat from the race and positioned himself to consolidate discontent with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Washington-based GOP strategists are rushing to help Roberts, who's accused of sleepwalking through the race in the deeply Republican state. If Kansas brought welcome news to Democrats, Alaska did not. First-term Sen. Mark Begich initially was seen as running a smart campaign with excellent...
  • Claire McCaskill: Kris Kobach ‘finger on the scales’

    09/05/2014 8:14:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Friday accused Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach of “putting his finger on the scales” by disallowing Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor to withdraw from the ballot. McCaskill, an out-of-state Democrat, has come under scrutiny for a conversation she had with Taylor that shortly preceded his decision to attempt to drop out of the Kansas Senate race. Several reports have suggested that McCaskill urged Taylor to withdraw from the ballot, allowing Democrats to rally around independent Greg Orman to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Orman has a lead over Roberts in a head-to-head race,...
  • Roberts’ speaks about re-election team overhaul, Taylor issue

    09/05/2014 4:45:07 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Ashley Arnold and Brittany Glas
    Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race that’s suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. The campaign overhaul comes after Roberts’ bruising primary fight and the stunning attempt by his Democratic challenger this week to cancel his candidacy in the face of a strong bid by an independent candidate. Roberts confirmed Friday that Leroy Towns – who the three-term Senator once described as his “alter ego” – has stepped down as executive campaign manager,...
  • Upheaval in Kansas Senate as election official rules Dem can´t withdraw

    09/04/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/4/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) has denied Democrat Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the Kansas Senate ballot. His Thursday decision means Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will face three candidates on the ballot this fall — Taylor, independent Greg Orman and libertarian Randall Batson — boosting the vulnerable senator’s reelection prospects. Now, Taylor could siphon off enough anti-Roberts votes from Orman, who’s been surging in the race and is now seen by Democrats as their best shot to take Roberts down, to deliver the senator an opening for a win. Kobach told reporters that, after evaluating state
  • Kansas official: Democrat stays on ballot

    09/04/2014 2:09:37 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | September 4, 2014 | KYLE CHENEY and MANU RAJU
    In a boost for Republicans and Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, the Democrat who attempted Wednesday to drop out of the three-way Senate race must remain on the ballot, the state’s top election official ruled Thursday. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican who endorsed Roberts during the primary, argued that Democratic nominee Chad Taylor failed to declare that he would be unable to perform the job if elected, a requirement of Kansas law. Taylor’s withdrawal letter cited that law but didn’t explicitly reference any reason for his decision. “The law is quite clear on this,” said Kobach. “Those words...
  • Kobach: Democrat Chad Taylor’s name will remain on ballot for U.S. Senate.

    09/04/2014 2:00:54 PM PDT · by sunmars · 41 replies
    Democrat Chad Taylor must stay on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Kansas, Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday afternoon. Kobach said Taylor submitted a letter Wednesday to withdraw from the race but did not declare he was incapable of serving, which is also required. The Kansas Republican Party had questioned whether Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney, could withdraw. Kansas law means “we now have no choice” but to put Taylor’s name on the ballot, Kobach told reporters at an afternoon news conference. “The law is the law.” Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article1504835.html#storylink=cpy
  • Orman Campaign for Senate Deceives Voters Claims Endorsements of Kansans It Does Not Have

    09/04/2014 11:42:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    TOPEKA, KS -- Greg Orman’s deceptive campaign hit another low Wednesday by announcing a bogus list of Kansas endorsements—some of which are current and long-time supporters of Pat Roberts. In a Topeka press conference, Orman claimed support from Traditional Republicans for Common Sense. Yet, on that list are former Third District U.S. Represenative Jan Meyers, former State Sen. Bob Marshall of Ft. Scott, and former Kansas Rep. John Golden of Goodland, all of whom are strong supporters of Senator Roberts. Roberts’ executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said it is likely there are many others on the list who do not...
  • The man who could upend the midterms

    09/04/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/4/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Greg Orman could upend the battle for the Senate and Kansas politics at once. But until Wednesday, few had heard of the businessman running for Senate as an independent — or regarded him as anything more than a potential spoiler in a close race. If Orman, 45, is able to unseat veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts — as at least one poll has indicated he could after Wednesday’s withdrawal by Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, provided the contest remains a two-man race — he could be a decisive vote for whichever party ends up controlling the Senate. Here are a few...
  • Senate candidate Greg Orman receives endorsements from former Republican lawmakers

    09/04/2014 9:07:41 AM PDT · by fayco9 · 8 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 09/03/2014 | Bryan Lowry
    TOPEKA More than 70 former Republican lawmakers announced their support for the independent candidate for U.S. Senate over incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday. Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, which is made up of moderate Republicans who have served in the Kansas Legislature, chose to endorse Greg Orman over Roberts and Democrat Chad Taylor. “Our members know leadership because they’ve been leadership,” said Jim Yonally, the group’s chairman and a former state representative from Overland Park. “Our members have been there. They’ve been on the frontline. They’ve had to make the tough decisions.” The group sees Orman as...
  • Legal questions complicate Dem's exit from Kansas Senate race

    09/04/2014 8:34:52 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 03, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Despite filing papers with the Kansas secretary of State withdrawing from the Senate race late Wednesday, Democrat Chad Taylor may be stuck on the ballot this fall. Two election law statutes have raised questions about whether Taylor gave sufficient cause to remove himself from the ballot, and, if so, whether Democrats must ultimately choose a candidate to replace him. Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker told The Hill that Taylor is now back on the secretary of State’s list of general election candidates, while a legal team analyzes the statutes. One statute declares that, except under specific circumstances, “no...