Kansas Republicans

End this now. Nominate Sarah Lopez.

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.…
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All Kansas Republicans should have a voice

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…
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Kansas Republicans buck longtime conservative voices

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…
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From Pachyderm: Representative Roger Marshall

From Pachyderm: Representative Roger Marshall

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club this week: Dr. Roger Marshall, United States Representative for the first district of Kansas. He recently declared his intent to run for the United States Senate in 2020. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on September 13, 2019. The recording starts shortly after Marshall started speaking. Shownotes Roger Marshall Congressional Office Kansans for Marshall
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Kansas Republicans should have their say

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…
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From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives. Appearing, in initial speaking order, were: Steven Kelly, 72nd District (map of district) Cheryl Helmer, 79th District (map) J.C. Moore, 93rd District (map) Susan Humphries, 99th District (map) This was recorded on October 19, 2018.
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From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Kansas House of Representatives candidates. This was recorded on September 28, 2018. Appearing were: David Robbins, District 83 (map of district) Renee Erickson, District 87 (map) Paul Waggoner, District 104 (map)
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From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission candidates

From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Candidates for Sedgwick County Commission. Appearing, in order of their initial appearance, were: Richard Ranzau, District 4. Pete Meitzner, District 1. Jim Howell, District 5. This was recorded September 7, 2018. Shownotes Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2018. The last day to register to vote is October 16. In district 1, the candidates are Republican Pete Meitzner (campaign website peforsedgwickcounty.com) and Democrat Renee Duxler (www.reneeduxler.com). A map of the district is here. In district 4, the candidates are the Republican incumbent Richard Ranzau (www.voteranzau.org) and Democrat Lacey Cruse (www.laceycruse.com). A map of the…
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From Pachyderm: Kansas House of Representatives Candidates

From Pachyderm: Kansas House of Representatives Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Kansas House of Representatives Candidates. These are Republican candidates appearing on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot. This was recorded on August 24, 2018. Candidates were, in order of initial appearance: Blake Carpenter, 81st District Emil Bergquist, 91st District Leo Delperdang, 94th District Ron Howard, 98th District
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results, part two

WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results, part two

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Hosts Karl Peterjohn and Bob Weeks continue reporting on some of the results of the August 7, 2018 primary election in Kansas. View below, or click here to view on YouTube. Episode 206, broadcast August 19, 2018. Since this episode was recorded, the Sedgwick County Commission District 4 Republican primary manual recount was completed. There were no discrepancies between the results reported after the canvass and the results from the recount. The result is Hugh Nicks 3,438 votes, and Richard Ranzau 3,513 votes.
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results

WichitaLiberty.TV: Primary election results

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Hosts Karl Peterjohn and Bob Weeks report on some of the results of the August 7, 2018 primary election in Kansas. View here, or click below to view on YouTube. Episode 205, broadcast August 11, 2018.
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Taxers prefer Hugh Nicks for Sedgwick County Commission

Taxers prefer Hugh Nicks for Sedgwick County Commission

Those who supported higher sales taxes in Wichita also support one Sedgwick County Commission District 4 Republican candidate exclusively. In 2014 the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, managed a campaign to persuade voters to institute a sales tax in the City of Wichita. The sales tax was to be one cent per dollar for five years, estimated to raise about $400 million in total. Of that, $250 million was to pay for enhancing the ASR water supply project, $80 million for job creation, and lesser amounts for bus transit and street…
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Wichita Chamber PAC spends heavily for Hugh Nicks

Wichita Chamber PAC spends heavily for Hugh Nicks

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC dedicates a large portion of its spending on placing its crony in office. In the contest for Sedgwick County Commission District 4, the Wichita Chamber of Commerce is spending heavily on one candidate. Through its political action committee, the Chamber has spent $45,148 on political candidates through August 1 of this year. (There could be more spending before the August 7 primary. We don't know.) Of that, $36,665 was spent in favor of one candidate, Hugh Nicks. (The Chamber PAC's finance report designates these expenditures as in favor of Nicks.) That's 81.2 percent…
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From Pachyderm: Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives

From Pachyderm: Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives districts 74, 75, and 80. This was recorded on August 3, 2018. Candidates invited included: Kansas House District 74: Stephen Owens and incumbent Don Schroeder (Did not attend) Kansas House District 75: Will Carpenter and incumbent Mary Martha Good (Did not attend) Kansas House District 80: Incumbent Anita Judd-Jenkins (Did not attend) and Bill Rhiley Here are maps of the districts: District 74 District 75 District 80
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Joseph Ashby on Kansas elections

WichitaLiberty.TV: Joseph Ashby on Kansas elections

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Wichita talk radio pioneer Joseph Ashby shares his thoughts on the upcoming Kansas primary election. We cover the Secretary of State, Governor, and Sedgwick County Commission. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 204, broadcast August 4, 2018. Shownotes Joseph's video on Kris Kobach for Governor Joseph's video on Richard Ranzau for Sedgwick County Commission District 4
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Wichita Chamber PAC spending on Hugh Nicks

Wichita Chamber PAC spending on Hugh Nicks

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC dedicates a large portion of its spending on placing its crony in office. There is an updated version of this containing data from new reports. Click here. In the contest for Sedgwick County Commission District 4, the Wichita Chamber of Commerce is spending heavily on one candidate. Through its political action committee, the Chamber has spent $39,925 on political candidates through July 26 of this year. (There could be more spending before the August 7 primary. We don't know.) Of that, $31,442 was spent in favor of one candidate, Hugh Nicks. (The Chamber…
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Hugh Nicks on character and respect in Sedgwick County

Hugh Nicks on character and respect in Sedgwick County

In the campaign for a Sedgwick County Commission position, character is an issue. On his Facebook campaign page for Sedgwick County Commission, candidate Hugh Nicks wrote: "This election is about numerous issues, with jobs being #1. But quality of character is a strong second." [1. Nicks For County Commission Facebook page, July 27, 2018. Available at https://www.facebook.com/NicksForCountyCommission/posts/2027095350699179.] A value that Hugh Nicks promotes on his campaign website and in printed material is "Debate respectfully." [2. http://www.nicks4commissioner.com/, viewed August 1, 2018.] It's richly ironic that Nicks makes character an issue, because his campaigning is rife with outright lies and logic-twisting distortions…
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Hugh Nicks: Misinformed, or lying?

Hugh Nicks: Misinformed, or lying?

Analysis of criticism by Hugh Nicks, a candidate for Sedgwick County Commission, demonstrates that the candidate is either misinformed or lying. On his Facebook page, Sedgwick County Commission candidate Hugh Nicks accuses Richard Ranzau of "Voting against our community's children and babies." As evidence, Nicks supplies a link to an article in the Wichita Eagle. [1. Nicks For County Commission Facebook page, July 20, 2018. Available at https://www.facebook.com/NicksForCountyCommission/photos/a.1633354576739927.1073741832.1591968844211834/2011959645546083/.] What's notable about this claim is this paragraph from the article Nicks uses as evidence: In 2015, Ranzau and other commissioners voted to cut the federal Women, Infants and Children program grant…
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From Pachyderm: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates

From Pachyderm: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates. While the Secretary of State might be considered merely a bureaucratic record-keeping position, current Secretary Kris Kobach has elevated its prominence. It has also been a breeding ground for gubernatorial candidates, including Kobach, Ron Thornburgh, and Bill Graves. This was recorded July 27, 2018. Candidates appearing in this forum are: Randy Duncan: www.kansansforduncan.com Keith Esau: keithesau.com Craig McCullah: www.mccullahforkansas.com Scott Schwab: scottschwab.com Dennis Taylor: www.dennistaylorforks.com
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