Raj Goyle

Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday July 22, 2011

Republican populism. Timothy P. Carney writing in Washington Examiner: "President Obama, ignoring his own calls to leave rhetoric at the door, has relied on populist demagoguery throughout the debt-ceiling negotiations. But given the President's record of bailouts, his dedication to corporate-welfare handouts, and his calendar filled with $35,800-a-plate fundraisers, Republicans ought to take the populist cudgel from Obama and use it against Democrats." Carney recommends: "Instead of trying to defend themselves against Obama's misleading populism, Republicans ought to return fire with some sincere populism in this debt battle." Cost of space shuttle. It's a difficult question to answer, writes Carl…
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The Left’s ‘obsession with all things Koch’

Yesterday John H. Hinderaker of Powerline wrote another article about the political Left's obsession with Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries. It's a lengthy piece and worth reading, but because it is long, I will try to summarize. The Center for American Progress and its website ThinkProgress are fronts for the Obama Administration and are "lavishly funded by George Soros and several other left-wing billionaires." The Center for American Progress, through ThinkProgress, "has carried on a bizarre vendetta against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries." The Kochs are active in politics on the conservative/libertarian side. Having…
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Political attacks not all bad

"Dr. Mel Kahn, a political science professor at Wichita State University, gave a lecture Friday on why he believes negative campaigning is essential to democracy. Kahn said that a recent study shows that there are sometimes more lies in positive ads than in negative commercials, and as long as ads are based on evidence, they help people know what’s going on in a world full of political spin." The lecture was at the Wichita Pachyderm Club as covered by State of the State KS. Kahn also said that since accountability is important to democracy, he was pleased to see the…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday November 4, 2010

The future of politics is here, now. After noting how California reached way back to the past to elect a governor, Denis Boyles writes in National Review Online about the future, and how it's being made right here: "If you want to see the bright and shining politics of the future, you have to go to the country’s heartland, and specifically to Kansas, a place most Democrats only know from Thomas Frank’s liberal folklore. There, the election has yielded two new congressmen -- Mike Pompeo and the remarkable Tim Huelskamp -- who were not created by the Tea Party movement…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday November 2, 2010

Only conservative and Tea Party candidates cast as extreme. "Congressional Democrats and President Obama are facing voters’ wrath because of their extreme agenda over the past two years: government-run health care; massive unsupportable spending; a proposed 'cap-and-trade' tax on energy, higher income taxes, etc. But MRC analysts found 35 evening news stories which conveyed the Democratic spin point that conservative and Tea Party candidates are 'extreme,' 'fringe,' or 'out of the mainstream,' vs. ZERO stories conveying the charge that left-wing Democrats are 'out of the mainstream.'” Also, the label "liberal" is not used as often as is "conservative," and "ultra-liberal"…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday November 1, 2010

Pompeo supporter's sign causes stir. As reported by the Wichita Eagle's Dion Lefler, a billboard sign urging votes for Republican Mike Pompeo has Democrat Raj Goyle and his campaign crying foul and raising charges of racism. The Goyle campaign says it will file a complaint alleging violations of campaign finance laws. Meanwhile, Democrats don't care much for scrutiny. Not by me in a public place, anyway. See Democrats block me in Wichita. Kansas legislative candidates surveyed. Kansas Campaign for Liberty has surveyed candidates for the Kansas legislature and has made the results available at Kansas State Candidate Survey Results. The…
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Last-minute Kansas fourth district campaign finance

Analysis of late campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission finds Republican Mike Pompeo raising more money than rival Democrat Raj Goyle in the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas. The candidates filed reports covering the period October 1, 2010 through October 13, 2010. These reports showed Pompeo raising $153,535 and Goyle $92,491 during that time frame. Ending cash balances on this report were Pompeo with $500,939 and Goyle with $133,095. Since then, the candidates have filed several "48 hour notice" reports. The total of these reports through October 31 have Pompeo raising…
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Democrats block me in Wichita

This afternoon I attended a Democratic party rally at Old Town Square in Wichita. The featured speaker was candidate for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas Raj Goyle. I hadn't expected to be blocked, but that's what happened. Democrats blocking me in Wichita. "It's freedom, dude" was his explanation as to why he blocked me. Blocking is when someone who is considered an intruder or spy is prevented from taking photographs or video. Typically the people who might be blocked are "trackers," people that follow a candidate and record every word they can, hoping to record something…
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Pompeo increases lead over Goyle in Kansas fourth

Today KWCH Television and SurveyUSA released a poll surveying the candidates for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas. The results show Republican Mike Pompeo increasing his lead over challenger Raj Goyle, the Democratic Party nominee. Today's poll -- likely to be the last before Election Day -- shows Pompeo increasing his share of the vote from 53 percent to 54 percent, compared to the previous poll released by the same organization 21 days earlier. Goyle's share dropped from 40 percent to 38 percent. In this poll, the sampling error is 4.3 percent. Only two percent of the…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 28, 2010

Final fourth district forum. Last night's debate or forum between all four candidates running for the Kansas fourth Congressional district was the last such event before Election Day. Hosted by KSN Television and moderated by John Snyder, all four candidates appeared: Reform Party candidate Susan Ducey, Democrat Raj Goyle, Republican Mike Pompeo, and Libertarian Shawn Smith. Goyle used almost every question as an opportunity to launch an attack on Pompeo, particularly on the issue of outsourcing of jobs. No dummy -- he did go to Harvard law school, after all (so did Pompeo) -- Goyle used some clever and creative…
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Business can oppose incentives and use them

In the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, Democrat Raj Goyle criticizes leading opponent Republican Mike Pompeo for accepting economic development incentives while opposing their existence. A Goyle press release reads: "Already a known outsourcer, Pompeo, in an act of hypocrisy, took government incentivized aid for three of his companies, including Sunflower, Thayer and Sentry. He did this despite repeatedly denouncing government assistance in the private sector." This criticism -- that those who oppose government programs nonetheless hypocritically take advantage of them -- is an important topic to examine, not only as a campaign issue,…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday October 27, 2010

Kansas politics in National Review. Today Denis Boyles takes on Kansas politics in National Review Online, starting with well-deserved criticism of Thomas Frank's book What's the Matter with Kansas? He also predicts that Republicans will sweep all the statewide election contests. But the real target of this article is the Kansas Supreme Court and our state's method of judicial selection. For those wishing to rely on the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance as a source of reliable information about judges, Boyles describes it as a "Potemkin commission" that "spends $700,000 of taxpayers’ money annually running ads in support of retention…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday October 26, 2010

Karl Rove. "Former George W. Bush aide Matt Latimer was there to observe the dealings of Karl Rove during the previous administration, and he writes that there’s no secret why most conservatives have now come to view Rove as a fraud. Latimer says that Rove has become symbolic of a GOP establishment that’s known for its utter betrayal and ruin of the Party that Reagan had left so strong. Now that his secret is out, Rove’s influence will only continue to diminish as time goes on and the Tea Parties take over." A fascinating look at the legacy of Rove,…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Sunday October 24, 2010

Surprise endorsement from Wichita Eagle. Today the Wichita Eagle endorsed Republican Mike Pompeo over Democrat Raj Goyle in the race for the Kansas fourth Congressional district. Surprising. Still, the Eagle editorial board can't help reveal its preference for big, expansive government by taking a few digs at Pompeo, describing his free-market, limited government views as "overly idealistic at times." Continuing, the Eagle wrote "For example, he believes that there wouldn't be a need for farm subsidies or economic development incentives if there were lower tax rates and a friendlier and more stable regulatory environment. That's not the real world." The…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday October 22, 2010

My best tweet yesterday. I just uninstalled the NPR News app from my iPhone. #NPR #Juan Many have already voted. Wednesday Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale told commissioners that his office had sent 63,000 mail ballots to voters in the county, and 20,000 had been returned. In the 2006 general election, a midterm election comparable to this year, 118,258 ballots were cast in Sedgwick County. Gale's numbers tell us that around half of voters will use the advance voting system, and perhaps 17 percent have already voted as far as two weeks in advance of election day. Goyle on…
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Goyle on Social Security protection

Raj Goyle, candidate for U.S. Congress from Kansas, pledges to protect Social Security from changes, including partial privatization and increases in the retirement age. On his campaign website, he says we must work in a "bipartisan, responsible way to adjust Social Security to ensure its long-term stability." Goyle's website doesn't say this, but the only way to make these adjustments is to increases taxes or the deficit -- which pushes taxation off to the future. Goyle's opponents in the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas are Reform party candidate Susan Ducey, Republican Mike Pompeo, and…
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Goyle continues to raise majority of funds from outside Kansas

In the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, Democrat Raj Goyle continues to gather most of his campaign funds from outside Kansas, although the margin of out-of-state funds is less than before. Goyle and and Republican Mike Pompeo recently filed campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. (Reform party candidate Susan Ducey and Libertarian Shawn Smith have not filed reports.) While anyone may download and analyze the FEC data, OpenSecrets.org is a helpful resource in understanding campaign finance data. Here are the third quarter and overall campaign finance numbers for the Goyle and Pompeo…
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Outsourcing Kansas jobs

In the campaign for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, Democrat Raj Goyle uses the issue of outsourcing of Kansas jobs as his main issue against Republican Mike Pompeo. Goyle's criticism of Pompeo is based on a claim that Pompeo could have created jobs in Kansas, but instead chose to create them in Mexico and China. The latest allegations are regarding Sentry International, a company servicing the oilfield industry. Pompeo is currently president of that company. A lengthy page on Goyle's campaign website details the allegations. Some of the criticism Goyle levels against Pompeo is for things…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday October 18, 2010

Last day to register to vote. Today is the last day to register to vote in the November general election in Kansas. Contact your county election office for details. Democratic foreign campaign money. "Democratic leaders in the House and Senate criticizing GOP groups for allegedly funneling foreign money into campaign ads have seen their party raise more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies. ... Republicans with groups under fire from the White House say the hefty campaign contributions illustrate Democratic hypocrisy." More at The Hill: Dems have raised more than $1 million this cycle from…
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Goyle, Pompeo file campaign finance reports

Here's a summary of the campaign finance reports filed on October 16, 2010 for candidates for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, Democrat Raj Goyle and Republican Mike Pompeo. Third quarter Election cycle Goyle Pompeo Goyle Pompeo Opening balance 749,493 286,032 0 0 Contributions 368,902 921,943 1,624,308 1,877,030 Expenditures 776,772 692,669 1,283,027 1,341,724 Cash balance 341,623 535,306 341,623 535,306 The "third quarter period" was from July 15, 2010 to September 30, 2010. Pompeo raised much more -- 2.5 times as much -- than Goyle during this period, which was necessary as Pompeo was engaged in a competitive…
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