Republican Party

A Republican dark horse?

Wondering if "the GOP isn't on course to nominating their very own [Michael] Dukakis?" the Weekly Standard suggests a few possibilities, including Kansas' Mike Pompeo: Who could such a mysterious dark horse be? Well, it's not as if every well-qualified contender is already on the field. Mitch Daniels was probably the most successful Republican governor of recent times, with federal executive experience to boot. Paul Ryan is the intellectual leader of Republicans in the House of Representatives, with national campaign experience. The House also features young but tested leaders like Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy and Mike Pompeo. There is the…
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‘Roast of Trump’ best left unserved

‘Roast of Trump’ best left unserved

A celebrity roast of Donald Trump provides insight into the honoree's character. Anyone who is thinking of supporting Donald Trump for president might want to view the Comedy Central Roast of Trump. This was recorded in 2011, and several roasters referred to Trump's possible presidential candidacy. You can find it on YouTube. In these roasts the humor is raunchy and vulgar. The language is foul. I'm not sure I understand all the jokes, and I'm a little ashamed to admit that I do understand many. The roasters -- a collection of has-beens like Larry King and celebrities who seem to…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Radio show host Joseph Ashby

WichitaLiberty.TV: Radio show host Joseph Ashby

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Radio talk show host Joseph Ashby joins host Bob Weeks to discuss his interview with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, the end of the legislative session, and Republican presidential candidates. Episode 87, broadcast June 21, 2015. View below, or click here to view at YouTube.
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Kansas conservatives call for repeal of death penalty

Kansas conservatives call for repeal of death penalty

From Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Kansas Conservatives Call for Repeal of Death Penalty TOPEKA, Kan. -- Today at the Capitol, Representative Bill Sutton, R–Gardner, joined a group of conservative leaders calling for support of HB 2129. This bill would replace the death penalty in Kansas with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Their case is straightforward: the death penalty is at odds with core conservative values -- a commitment to fiscal responsibility, limited government, and valuing life. “There are millions of dollars spent on trials and appeals and we have nothing to show for it,” said…
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Welcome back, Gidget

Gidget stepped away for a few months, but happily she is back writing about Kansas politics at Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe). One of the great things about the internet is it gives people an outlet for their writing and opinions that they probably would not have otherwise. I’d like to introduce you to someone whose writing I think you’d like to read. Well, I can’t really introduce you to her, because I don’t know who she is. On her blog she (?) goes by the name Gidget. It's titled Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe) at insideksgop.blogspot.com. Gidget writes anonymously, although I’m…
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Elections in Kansas: Federal offices

Elections in Kansas: Federal offices

Kansas Republican primary voters made two good decisions this week. Kansas held primary elections this week. The primary election, of course, does not determine who wins the office; it only selects one Democratic and one Republican candidate to move forward to the November general election. But in many cases, the primary is the election, at least the one that really makes a difference. That's because in Kansas, often there may be no Democratic Party candidate. Or if there is a Democrat, that candidate may have little money available to campaign in a district with a large Republican voter registration advantage.…
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In Kansas fourth district, fundamental issues of governance arise

In Kansas fourth district, fundamental issues of governance arise

The contest in the Kansas fourth district is a choice between principle and political expediency, and between economic freedom and cronyism. While some news articles and political columns have described the contest for Republican Party nomination for United States House of Representatives between Todd Tiahrt and Mike Pompeo as a yawner, as between two candidates with few and only minor distinguishing positions -- there are important differences. The press is starting to notice. In the Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel made the case for this contest's importance as a bellwether of Republican sentiment: A big decision comes Tuesday in…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates

Voice for Liberty Radio: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Candidates for Republican party nomination for Kansas Secretary of State spoke at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on July 18, 2014. The candidates are incumbent Kris Kobach and challenger Scott Morgan. The issue of voting, particularly the requirement for proof of citizenship when registering to vote, is an issue that separates the two candidates. The format of the meeting was an opening statement by each candidate followed by questions from the audience and a brief closing statement. I asked a question about whether the state's chief election officer should have a political action…
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In Kansas fourth district, national security a dividing issue

In Kansas fourth district, national security a dividing issue

A letter composed by 14 national security experts clarifies the debate over the role of the National Security Agency, its surveillance programs, and the safety of Americans. This is an issue in the campaign for the Republican Party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas. Challenger Todd Tiahrt has criticized Mike Pompeo for supporting the NSA data-gathering programs, saying that the programs spy on Americans. Pompeo has maintained that the programs are necessary to protect Americans from terrorism and other threats, and that there is sufficient oversight to protect privacy. I think the most important part…
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Quasi-lobbyist runs as earmarker in Kansas GOP primary

Quasi-lobbyist runs as earmarker in Kansas GOP primary

Washington Examiner writer Tim Carney notices the curious stance of a Republican candidate in the Kansas fourth district primary: He likes earmarks. Washington Examiner senior political columnist Timothy P. Carney knows how Washington works. Of his 2006 book The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money, Paul A. Gigot, who is Editorial Page Editor of the Wall Street Journal wrote "Politicians like to say that government is on the side of the little guy. But with impressive documentation and persuasive examples, Tim Carney shows how government power and regulation are typically used to assist the powerful."…
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Club for Growth PAC Endorses Mike Pompeo For Congress

From Club for Growth, whose motto is "Prosperity and Opportunity through Economic Freedom." Club for Growth PAC Endorses Mike Pompeo For Congress Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Mike stands on principle to do what’s right for Kansas and America.” May 29, 2014 Washington, DC -- The Club for Growth PAC announced today that it is endorsing Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo for re-election. Congressman Pompeo represents Kansas’s Fourth Congressional District. Former Congressman Todd Tiahrt has announced that he is challenging Congressman Pompeo in the Republican primary. “Congressman Mike Pompeo is a taxpayer hero with a 90% on the Club for…
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For Kansas Senator Roberts, earmark reform not worthy of his vote

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts promotes his fiscal conservatism, but failed to vote in favor of earmark reform in a recent close vote. In 2012 an amendment to a Senate bill was offered that would have dramatically reformed the earmark process. The vote was On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1472 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038 (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012). The purpose of the amendment, according to Congress.gov, is "to prohibit earmarks." Although offered in 2012, the short title of the amendment was "Earmark Elimination Act of 2011" The nub of the amendment was "It shall not be…
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In Kansas fourth district, charges of alignment with Speaker

Charges made on the campaign trail by Todd Tiahrt that his opponent is "Boehner's boy" aren't supported by Mike Pompeo's voting record. At a recent event in Wichita candidate for the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Congress for the Kansas fourth district Todd Tiahrt spoke about his opponent, incumbent Mike Pompeo. Tiahrt told the audience: "Now, Mr. Pompeo was also tied very closely to John Boehner. In fact he's the only congressman in Washington D.C. that's been appointed to two select committees. No other Member of Congress has been. But Boehner's boy has." This criticism is meant to appeal to…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

Voice for Liberty Radio: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Candidates for Republican party nominations in two districts for Sedgwick County Commission spoke at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on June 20, 2014. In district 4, which is parts of northeast, north and northwest Wichita and the towns of Park City, Valley Center, and Maize, Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn is challenging the incumbent Richard Ranzau. In district 5, which is parts of south and southeast Wichita and the town of Derby and surrounding area, Derby Mayor Dion Avello is facing Kansas Representative Jim Howell. The format of the meeting was an opening statement…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: United States Senator Pat Roberts spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on Friday May 30. He addressed a number of current topics in Washington such as the problems at the Veterans Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and regulations regarding the lesser prairie chicken. He also spoke about his current campaign for re-election and took questions from the audience. Roberts was introduced to the Pachyderm Club members and guests by Sedgwick County Republican Party Chairman Bob Dool. Shownotes Pat Roberts Congressional office page Pat Roberts campaign page
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Pyle, Kansas Senator, considering Roberts challenge

Kansas Senator Dennis Pyle (@Dennis_Pyle) is considering challenging Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) and Milton Wolf (@miltonwolfmd) for the Republican Party nomination for United States Senator from Kansas. As suspicious as I am regarding the motivations of politicians, I didn't think of this until a few political observers suggested it: Could this be an effort by the Roberts campaign to muddy the waters and diminish Wolf's prospects? Or was this an organic decision made by Pyle -- after "months of prayer," of course? Or did Roberts campaign operatives butter up the northeast Kansas Senator and seduce him with the possibility of a…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Milton Wolf

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: Dr. Milton Wolf is a candidate for United States Senate from Kansas and will face incumbent Pat Roberts in the August Republican primary election. We spoke by telephone on January 23, 2014. As Wolf is a physician, it should be no surprise that health care was a major topic. Also, he answers the question that's on everyone's mind: Jayhawks, Wildcats, or Shockers? This is podcast episode number 6, released on January 23, 2014. [powerpress] Shownotes Milton Wolf campaign website Pat Roberts campaign website Columns by Milton Wolf at Washington Times Kansas Republican Party and…
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Questioning Pat Roberts

One of the small news items emerging from the Kansas Republican Party Convention last weekend is that Pat Roberts will run for reelection to the U.S. Senate next year. So is this a good thing, or not? Gidget of Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe) offers one opinion in her post on the topic: Look, I like Sen. Roberts. He's a nice enough guy, but he will not make any waves. He will not rock any boats. I do not understand it. Most 76 year olds are willing to wear purple suits and red hats in public as some sort of matter…
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Wichita STAR bonds project not good for capitalism

Tomorrow the Wichita City Council considers approval of the project plan for a STAR bonds project in Wichita. The formation of the district has already been approved. This action by the council will consider the development plan and the actual authorization to spend money. If approved, the city will proceed under the State of Kansas STAR bonds program. The city will sell bonds and turn over the proceeds to the developer. As bond payments become due, sales tax revenue will make the payments. It's only the increment in sales tax that is eligible to be diverted to bond payments. This…
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Schodorf legacy should be evaluated on policy, not politics

News that Kansas Senator Jean Schodorf is leaving the Republican Party after her primary election loss has been treated as mostly a political story, which it certainly is. More important, however, is the potential for new policies and laws regarding Kansas schools that hold the promise of helping Kansas schoolchildren and families. Senator Schodorf's most notable cause has been education. As chair of the senate education committee, she has been in a position of tremendous influence over education policy in Kansas. We should examine, then, the results of Kansas education policy. This summer Kansas received a waiver from the main…
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