Kansas Republicans

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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Kansas Republican online efforts lag

If online political activity has any value, Kansas Republicans aren't providing much. Many Kansas Republican websites and online outreach efforts are stale and lagging behind in providing timely and quality information. As of today, the most recent post on The Kansas Trunkline (promoted as "The Official Blog of the Kansas Republican Party") is dated November 30, 2009. That's coming up on three months old. If blogs have any defining characteristics, one is frequent updates with timely material. That's not happening here. This blog is promoted on the front page of the Kansas Republican Party website. That site doesn't fare much…
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Pompeo announcement stresses health care, energy, national security

Today Wichita businessman Mike Pompeo officially announced his candidacy for United States Congress for the fourth district of Kansas. In his introduction, Cessna CEO and Chairman Jack Pelton praised Pompeo as a businessman, as someone who has signed paychecks. In his address, Pompeo said our government has lost its way. Instead of personal responsibility, this government has advocated welfare. Instead of innovation and entrepreneurship, government has advocated bailouts. Saying that he has not run for public office, he thinks that is an "enormous plus in these times." As a businessman, he has seen the effects of regulation and taxes on…
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At Kansas Days, the Campaigns Are On

At Kansas Days this year, a big topic is how to decide on the Republican candidates for office next year. There are a number of important positions to fill -- Kansas governor, United State senator, perhaps two empty United States congress seats, and some other state-wide offices. Several prominent Republicans expressed to me their desire to avoid divisive primary elections next year, especially the race for United States Senator between Kansas' first and fourth district congressmen, Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt. It's thought that a hard-fought primary would be expensive in terms of money and energy that should be conserved…
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