Republican Party

In Kansas, some campaigns for Congress face charges of hypocrisy

A guest editorial by Sue C. I have been active in the Kansas Tea Party Movement since March of 2009. The basic tenants of it are attractive to me. The emphasis on freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and love of the Constitution is inspiring. The tea party movement is supposed to be "a new politics" -- one of honesty, integrity, and a return to traditional values. Unfortunately I have been observing a disquieting hypocrisy in the movement of late, especially in campaigns that said they were going to run clean, honest races. Many are acting like the same Washington politicians they…
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Tiahrt rally features Rove endorsement

On Saturday, about 300 supporters of Todd Tiahrt gathered in a steamy hot airport hanger in Wichita to hear the Congressman and his guest, political strategist and commentator Karl Rove. Rove enthusiastically endorsed Tiahrt's candidacy for the United States Senate from Kansas, one of only two such endorsements he said he is making. Tiahrt's best-known opponent in the August 3rd Republican primary is first district Congressman Jerry Moran of Hays. Tom Little of Mound City and Robert (Bob) Londerholm of Overland Park have also recently filed for this nomination. Speaking before Rove, Tiahrt said that the tea party movement has…
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Tiahrt, Moran vote ratings show slight difference

The campaign for the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate from Kansas between Todd Tiahrt of Goddard and Jerry Moran of Hays is making national news. The issue is over who is the most conservative. A new article in U.S. News and Word Report states: "Both Tiahrt and Moran have portrayed themselves as fiscal conservatives, favoring lower taxes and less spending by the federal government." The Washington insider publication The Hill recently wrote of the "internecine fight for the GOP Kansas Senate." Merriam-Webster defines internecine as "of, relating to, or involving conflict within a group," which might describe…
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At forum, Kansas Secretary of State candidates have different attitudes regarding voter fraud

Last week's meeting of the Sedgwick County Republican Party featured a forum with the three candidates seeking the Republican party nomination for Kansas Secretary of State. The candidates and links to their campaign websites are J.R. Claeys, Elizabeth "Libby" Ensley, and Kris Kobach. During the forum, the different attitudes of the candidates towards the extent of voter fraud in Kansas and the measures that should be taken to combat it -- such as photo ID and proof of citizenship -- became apparent. In his opening remarks, Kobach mentioned his role in helping write the recently-past Arizona immigration law. He said…
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Kansas is a Republican, not conservative, state

A recent editorial prepared by the Kansas Republican Party concluded with: "Kansas Republicans are presenting a united front with sound plans to meet the challenges of a 21st century economy. Our philosophy centers on liberating the promise of the individual and family as the answer, not more government growth, on a path to prosperity." That's a fiscally conservative message. The practice of many Kansas Republicans, however, is far removed from this message advocating limited government. Kansas Republicans, especially the Senate leadership, are working to increase taxes in Kansas in a way that leads to more government growth at the expense…
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For one Kansan, hope springs eternal

Following is commentary and reporting from Patricia Houser, a former resident of Wichita now living in St. Paul, Kansas. She and her husband have five children and two grandchildren. She is active in her church and Boy Scouts of America, and is the Neosho County Republican Party Chair. She says her political activism began with the prolife movement in Wichita's Summer of Mercy, and dedicates her time helping prolife candidates. Lately, I have felt discouraged by the way our current government, on both the Federal and our State (Kansas) level, has displayed an “I don’t care what the people say,…
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Big tent Republicans

By James Meier of Lawrence. For all the talk of "Big Tent," it seems Republican Party officials have disregarded the idea that someday the tent would have to lean to the right rather than the left for the party to once again be successful. On January 29th, the Republican National Committee will meet for a Hawaii convention, where members will potentially consider three resolutions that seek to put conservative principles back in place as a foundation for both the candidate and the voter. Based on President Reagan’s belief that someone who agrees with him 80% of the time is his…
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