Politics

WichitaLiberty.TV: Richard Ranzau and Renee Duxler

WichitaLiberty.TV: Richard Ranzau and Renee Duxler

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau explains the current problems with corruption in the county. Then, Renee Duxler tells us why she’s running for Sedgwick County Commission. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 215, broadcast October 28, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website for Richard Ranzau: www.voteranzau.org Campaign website for Renee Duxler: www.reneeduxler.com
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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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WichitaLiberty.TV: United States Representative Ron Estes

WichitaLiberty.TV: United States Representative Ron Estes

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Republican candidate for Congress Representative Ron Estes explains why he should continue to be our representative in the United States House of Representatives. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 214, broadcast October 21, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website: estesforcongress.com Representative Ron Estes Congressional Office: estes.house.gov Map of Kansas district 4 from U.S.Census Bureau
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Political civility in our age of thuggery

Political civility in our age of thuggery

Following, from Karl Peterjohn, an account of why the Wichita Pachyderm Club is a valuable civic institution. The candidate mentioned in the article is Renee Duxler, running for Sedgwick County Commission District 1 (map is here). On her Facebook page she wrote "Proving once again that Democrats and Republicans can share ideas and thoughtful discussion within the same spaces ... this gal 'infiltrated' the Wichita Pachyderm Club for a great presentation by Kyle Bauer, of KFRM radio, on the history and future of agriculture here in Kansas. They were very gracious and welcoming, and I enjoyed the experience immensely. Let’s…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Candidate for Congress James Thompson

WichitaLiberty.TV: Candidate for Congress James Thompson

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Democratic Party candidate for Congress James Thompson explains why he should be our next representative in the United States House of Representatives. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 213, broadcast October 14, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website: www.votejamesthompson.com Map of Kansas district 4 from U.S. Census Bureau
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach

WichitaLiberty.TV: Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Republican Party candidate for Kansas governor and current Secretary of State Kris Kobach joins Bob and Karl to explain why he should be our next governor. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 211, broadcast September 30, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website: kriskobach.com
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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: Sedgwick County and Wichita issues

WichitaLiberty.TV: Sedgwick County and Wichita issues

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: The end of a Sedgwick County Commission election, the Wichita Eagle editorializes on school spending and more taxes, and Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell seems misinformed on the Wichita economy. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 207, broadcast August 26, 2018. Shownotes The Wichita Eagle reports there will be a recount: Ranzau and Nicks commission race headed to a recount as Ranzau clings to narrow lead. The Wichita Eagle reports on the result of the recount: (cue sound of crickets) Article: Wichita school spending, according to the Wichita Eagle: A recent editorial…
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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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Ranked-choice voting in Kansas

Ranked-choice voting in Kansas

A look at ranked-choice voting and how it might have worked in the Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary election in August 2018. Most elections in America utilize plurality voting. Wikipedia explains: "Plurality voting is an electoral system in which each voter is allowed to vote for only one candidate, and the candidate who polls the most among their counterparts (a plurality) is elected. In a system based on single-member districts, it may be called first-past-the-post (FPTP), single-choice voting, simple plurality or relative/simple majority." [1. Wikipedia. Plurality voting. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plurality_voting.] Consider the recent primary election for the Republican party nomination for…
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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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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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