Politics

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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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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An endorsement from the Wichita Chamber of Commerce

An endorsement from the Wichita Chamber of Commerce

When the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee endorses a candidate, consider what that means. If you've been following analyst James Chung -- and it seems like everyone has -- he's delivered a sobering message: The Wichita economy has not been growing. "[Wichita has been] stuck in neutral for about three decades, with basically no growth, amidst the landscape of a growing U.S. economy," he said. (In fact, in 2016 the Wichita economy shrank from the previous year, and numbers for 2017 don't look much better.) Chung says we need to change our ways. In his June visit…
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Project Wichita survey

Project Wichita survey

The Project Wichita survey is about to end. Will it have collected useful data? Project Wichita is "a community engagement process to identify the future we want for our home and the steps necessary to achieve it." [1. Project Wichita. Available at https://www.projectwichita.org/.] So far it has held focus groups that collected ideas for the future of Wichita, in which "an astounding 3,800+ people [2. With the population of the city of Wichita at about 388,000, (U.S. Census Bureau. 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates), nearly one percent participated.] shared their vision in 239+ focus groups," according to the project's…
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From Pachyderm: Kansas Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer

From Pachyderm: Kansas Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Kansas Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer, who is also Candidate for Kansas Governor. This is part of a series in which all major Republican candidates will speak. Recorded May 18, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website: JeffColyer.com Dr. Jeff Colyer on Facebook Dr. Jeff Colyer for Governor on Facebook @GovJeffColyer on Twitter
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From Pachyderm: Kris Kobach, Candidate for Kansas Governor

From Pachyderm: Kris Kobach, Candidate for Kansas Governor

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and Candidate for Kansas Governor. This is part of a series in which all major Republican candidates will speak. Recorded May 11, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website: KrisKobach.com Kris Kobach on Facebook @KrisKobach1787 on Twitter
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From Pachyderm: Ken Selzer, Candidate for Kansas Governor

From Pachyderm: Ken Selzer, Candidate for Kansas Governor

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Ken Selzer, Kansas Insurance Commissioner and candidate for Kansas Governor. This is part of a series in which all major Republican candidates will speak. Recorded May 4, 2018. Shownotes Campaign website www.kansansforselzer.com Ken Selzer, CPA for Governor on Facebook @Kansans4Selzer on Twitter
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Mayor Longwell’s pep talk

Mayor Longwell’s pep talk

A column written by Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell ignores the reality of Wichita's economy. This week Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell contributed a column to the Wichita Eagle that seems to defy economic reality. [1. Longwell, Jeff. All Wichitans have a part in pushing forward. Wichita Eagle, March 4, 2018. Available at http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article203559924.html.] For example, he wrote how Wichita is a "thriving city in a brand new age of possibility." Construction and change is everywhere, he said. The problem is this: Even though there seems to be a lot of construction and change, Wichita isn't thriving. There are several ways to…
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