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Visualization: Kansas 2020 presidential election

Visualization: Kansas 2020 presidential election

An interactive visualization of the 2020 general election for president in Kansas, at the precinct level. Professor Brian Amos of Wichita State University has published precinct-level returns for the Kansas 2020 general election for the presidential and senatorial contests. I present the presidential returns in an interactive visualization. Precincts are colored by Biden vote percentage, with values less than 50 percent colored red. As you hover over a precinct, a table of data should appear. There is a filter for the total number of votes cast in a precinct. I recommend setting it to start with one, as there are some precincts like DL01 in Sedgwick County which is the zoo and has no voters. So instead of appearing red in a misleading way, it will appear white. If you do notice anyone v...
End this now. Nominate Sarah Lopez.
Sedgwick county government

End this now. Nominate Sarah Lopez.

Sedgwick County Republicans have a chance to do the decent thing and avoid the spectacle of a rump county commissioner. Rump: a small or inferior remnant or offshoot especially: a group (such as a parliament) carrying on in the name of the original body after the departure or expulsion of a large number of its members (from Oxford languages) Now that the vote canvass is complete in Sedgwick County, Sarah Lopez has won the seat for Sedgwick County Commissioner, District 2. The vote count is 17,041 for Lopez and 16,777 for the incumbent Michael O'Donnell, a margin of 264 votes. O'Donnell is within his rights to ask for (and pay for) a recount, but that is unlikely to change the outcome of the election based on recent experience. In the August 2018 primary election in a different commissi...
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Herman Cain, RIP

Today we learned that Herman Cain has died at the age of 74. He had been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a statement on his website. He was an interesting man. In 2010, as he was rising in national prominence, I interviewed him in his hotel suite in Las Vegas. He ran for president in 2012. For my interview, click on Herman Cain: Conservatives should dream, be united, informed, inspired.
From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates
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From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives District 85. The primary election is August 4, 2020. The winner will run against the Democratic Party nominee, with the general election on November 3, 2020. District 85 is parts of northeast Wichita, the city of Benton, and parts of Bel Aire and Kechi. Here is a link to a map. The candidates are Michael Capps and Patrick Penn. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on June 26, 2020. Shownotes: Map of district 85. Michael Capps on Facebook Patrick Penn on Facebook
From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates
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From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Candidates for Sedgwick County Commissioner District 3. The primary election is August 4, 2020. The winner will run against the Democratic Party nominee, with the general election on November 3, 2020. District 3 is Wichita and Sedgwick County extending beyond, including the towns of Mount Hope, Andale, Goddard, Garden Plain, Cheney, and Viola. Here is a link to a map. The candidates are David Dennis and Hunter Larkin. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on June 19, 2020. Shownotes: Map of district 3. David Dennis campaign website: vote4daviddennis.com Hunter Larkin campaign website: electhunterlarkin.com
From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates
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From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Candidates for Sedgwick County Commissioner District 2. The primary election is August 4, 2020. The winner will run against the Democratic Party nominee, with the general election on November 3, 2020. District 2 is south and southwest Wichita, and Sedgwick County extending beyond. Here is a link to a map. The candidates are Kathleen Garrison, Cindy Miles, and Michael O'Donnell. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on June 12, 2020. Shownotes: Map of district 2. Kathleen Garrison campaign website: kathleen4commissioner.com Cindy Miles campaign website: electcindymiles.com Michael O'Donnell campaign website: www.michaelforkansas.com
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Candidate lists for August 2020 primary election

Here are easy-to-use spreadsheets holding candidates for the August 2020 primary election. These are presented as Google Docs spreadsheets. Click here for candidates for Kansas state and federal offices. Click here for candidates in Sedgwick County.
All Kansas Republicans should have a voice
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All Kansas Republicans should have a voice

A presidential nominating caucus or primary would allow Trump skeptics in Kansas to have their say. It could provide a safety valve, a way to release the pressure that builds up from being told they are traitors to not only their party but to the country as well. In September, leaders of the Kansas Republican Party decided to deny giving rank-and-file party members a voice in choosing its presidential nominee for 2020. In a release, the state party said : "The Kansas Republican Party will not organize a Caucus for the 2020 election because President Trump is an elected incumbent from the Republican Party." The release gave a reason: "Every time an elected incumbent Republican has run for re-election, except in 1912, the Kansas Republican Party state convention adopted a resolution instr...
Electoral College math
United States government

Electoral College math

In the Electoral College, residents of different states have widely varying influence. When thinking about the desirability of the Electoral College for electing a president, the arithmetic should be considered. I have performed a few calculations, gathering state populations and the number of Electoral College votes. Here are the two extremes: In Wyoming, there are 192,579 people for each Electoral College vote (577,737 / 3). In Texas, the number is 755,312. That's a difference of 3.92, which is a lot, I would say. For Kansas, the number is 485,251. The average value for a state (weighting all states equally) is 513,088, although the population of the country divided by 538 is 608,118. (I include the District of Columbia, as it has EC votes.) I present these calculations in an intera...
Checking a Jeff Longwell for Mayor political ad
Wichita city government

Checking a Jeff Longwell for Mayor political ad

An ad from the Jeff Longwell for Mayor Committee contains a false claim. An advertisement advocating the re-election of Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell contains a claim about economic development that is false. The ad appears in the October 20, 2019 print edition of the Wichita Eagle. Under the heading "Let's Set the Record Straight," we find this item: "Multiple large scale business development projects like the Cargill Downtown Headquarters which created 850+ jobs." It's the use of the word "create" that is false. It's wrong because Cargill's headquarters was located in downtown Wichita at the time it announced it would build a new headquarters in another part of downtown Wichita. [2. Cargill to keep headquarters in Wichita, but new site still unknown. Wichita Eagle. Available at https:...
The Making of the Wichita Mayor 2019
Wichita city government

The Making of the Wichita Mayor 2019

The Making of the Wichita Mayor 2019 By Karl Peterjohn There are eight major lessons for Wichita voters when they cast their ballots on or before November 5, 2019, concerning the revelations of favoritism involving the mayor, apparently a majority of the city council, and a number of Wichita businesses and businessmen concerning a proposed massive city water plant contract that is close to half a billion dollars. The Wichita Eagle’s detailed reporting on this proposed contract, Mayor Longwell’s role deserves scrutiny at several different levels. Let me begin with full disclosure. Both Mayor Longwell and I are registered Republicans, and also GOP precinct committeemen in our respective west Wichita precincts. The mayor is now one of the most prominent Republican mayors in the entire cou...
From Pachyderm: Wichita school board candidates
Wichita and Kansas schools

From Pachyderm: Wichita school board candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club this week: Candidates for the board of USD 259, the Wichita public school district. This was recorded October 4, 2019. In board district 3, incumbent Ernestine Krehbiel is running unopposed, so this event did not include that district. In board district 4, the candidates are James W. Kilpatrick, Jr. and Stan Reeser (incumbent). For the at-large board district, which covers the entire school district, the candidates are Sheril Logan (incumbent) and Joseph Shepard. Of note, the boundaries of the Wichita school district are not the same as the City of Wichita boundaries. Substantial parts of the city lie in other districts such as the Maize, Goddard, Andover, and Derby school districts, while the Wichita school district includes all or parts of Bel Aire, Ke...
From Pachyderm: Wichita mayoral candidates
Wichita city government

From Pachyderm: Wichita mayoral candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club this week: Wichita mayoral candidates Jeff Longwell and Brandon Whipple. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on September 27, 2019. Todd Johnson is the moderator. Shownotes Jeff Longwell campaign web site: www.jefflongwellformayor.com Brandon Whipple campaign web site: www.votewhipple.com
Kansas Republicans buck longtime conservative voices
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Kansas Republicans buck longtime conservative voices

In deciding to forego a presidential caucus or primary, Kansas Republicans act contrary to mainstream conservative thought. After several states (including Kansas) decided to cancel or not schedule primary elections or caucuses, two noted conservative publications criticized these decisions. From the editors of National Review, founded by William F. Buckley: The president says he has nothing to do with these decisions, but also that holding primaries he is sure to win would be a waste of money. The susceptibility of this argument to abuse by a ruler ought to preclude its being made. The vast majority of Republicans approve of what Trump has done on taxes, judges, regulation, and most other issues, though they also support electoral competition. Trump would be likely to win the primaries...
From Pachyderm: Wichita City Council Candidates
Wichita city government

From Pachyderm: Wichita City Council Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club this week: Wichita city council candidates from districts 4 and 5. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on September 20, 2019. Todd Johnson is the moderator. Shownotes Jeff Blubaugh on Facebook Beckie Jenek campaign website Christopher Parisho on Facebook Bryan Frye on Facebook Mike Magness on LinkedIn Maps of Wichita city council districts
Wichita mayoral debate
Wichita city government

Wichita mayoral debate

Details of the Wichita baseball stadium land deal were an issue at the first Wichita mayoral debate. The Wichita first mayoral debate of the general election season between Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Brandon Whipple was characterized by the Wichita Eagle headline, "Wichita mayor candidates accuse each other of lying in first debate." But I noticed a story told by the mayor that sounds like a good deal, but deserves scrutiny. It has to do with the four acres of land sold for $1 per acre to the owners of the new Wichita baseball team. The controversy is that the fact of the sale was not known by the public until shortly before the council was asked to approve the deal. As reported by the Wichita Eagle: The City Council sold four acres of public land for $1 an acre in a deal where som...
Kansas Republicans should have their say
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Kansas Republicans should have their say

Kansas Republicans should insist on having a voice in choosing the next Republican presidential nominee. The Kansas Republican Party has decided to deny giving rank-and-file party members a voice in choosing its presidential nominee for next year. In a release, the party says : "The Kansas Republican Party will not organize a Caucus for the 2020 election because President Trump is an elected incumbent from the Republican Party." The release gives a reason: "Every time an elected incumbent Republican has run for re-election, except in 1912, the Kansas Republican Party state convention adopted a resolution instructing all delegates to vote for the elected incumbent. This has been the same standard for the Kansas Republican Party dating back to President Lincoln’s reelection " This reason...
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