Raj Goyle

Schodorf – Goyle race might feature reversed roles

If Jean Schodorf captures the Republican Party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, the general election contest against likely Democratic Party nominee Raj Goyle might feature a reversal of commonly-held roles. That's because in this year's session of the Kansas Legislature, Schodorf, as a Kansas Senator, voted for the budget bill that increased spending and required an increase in taxes to support the spending. In this case, the main source of increased taxation is the one cent per dollar increase in the statewide sales tax that will go into effect on July 1. At about…
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Raj Goyle attacked from left

In the Kansas House of Representatives this year, Raj Goyle, a Wichita Democrat who is a candidate for that party's nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas made a few votes that were out of character for him, based on his past record. In particular, Goyle voted against the bill that increased spending, mostly for schools and social services, and against the bill that raised the statewide sales tax in order to pay for that spending. These votes allowed Goyle to obtain the relatively high ranking of 67% on the Kansas Economic Freedom Index. In rankings…
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Pompeo story needs correction, analysis

A Wichita Eagle news story concerning a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas has sparked controversy for its reporting of some factual issues, and also for its coverage of the politics surrounding the campaign. The story (Big D.C. names host Pompeo fundraiser, May 16 Wichita Eagle) reports on a fundraising event held in Washington DC for Mike Pompeo. The event was held at the home of Robert "Bud" McFarlane, and was attended by, according to the Eagle article, "former federal officials, lobbyists, consultants and political action committees." Readers with long…
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Kansas Economic Freedom Index updated

Now that the 2010 session of the Kansas Legislature is over (except for a largely ceremonial final day) and the important votes have been cast, I've updated the Kansas Economic Freedom Index. Most legislators ranked just about as expected based on their past behavior. But there is at least one notable exception, that being Raj Goyle, a Wichita Democrat who is seeking that party's nomination for the United States Congress. His rating for this year is 67%. No House Democrat scored higher than that, and 30 House Republicans scored lower. Goyle's votes this year are out of character with his…
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Raj Goyle votes to end Kansas corporate income tax!

Did a vote by Raj Goyle last week in favor of ending the Kansas corporate income tax signal a genuine shift in his mindset, or was it merely election-year posturing? Goyle, a Democrat who represents parts of east and southeast Wichita, is a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas. Last week on the floor of the Kansas House of Representatives, Richard Carlson, a Republican from St. Marys and chairman of the House Taxation Committee, offered an amendment to a bill. The main purpose of the amendment was to eliminate the…
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‘Ron Estes’ letter causes a stir

Yesterday the Wichita Eagle printed a letter from "Ron Estes" titled "Schodorf better." As you might imagine, the letter promoted Jean Schodorf's candidacy for the Republican party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas. Ordinarily such a letter would not be controversial, except in this case there is a prominent local political figure also named Ron Estes, and he didn't write the letter. I'm referring to Ron Estes the Sedgwick County Treasurer. He's also running for the Republican Party nomination for Kansas State Treasurer. Compounding the confusion -- and it's really more than confusion at this…
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Some Kansas Democrats are reluctant to show their party affiliation

Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal had an online piece (Kansas GOP Could Be Its Own Worst Enemy) that mentioned how Raj Goyle, candidate for United States Congress from the fourth district, doesn't mention his party affiliation on his website or campaign materials. It's not only Goyle that omits this information. A short while ago I received notice of a young man running for the Kansas House of Representatives for the 96th district. That district, currently represented by Republican Phil Hermanson, covers parts of south-central and southwest Wichita. This candidate -- Brandon Whipple is his name: what party is…
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Raj Goyle is not moderate or conservative, even for a Democrat

In its article 10 to watch in 2010, the Wichita Eagle included short profiles of the candidates in the race for the Kansas fourth district Congressional seat. For Democrat Raj Goyle, the article describes Goyle as a "blue dog Democrat." That's pretty funny. Maybe it's the Eagle's attempt at branching out into comedy. The term "blue dog Democrat" describes a moderate or conservative Democrat. This doesn't describe Goyle. He may talk that way, but we need to look at his actions. For example, consider his voting record in the Kansas House of Representatives. The Kansas Taxpayer Network published ratings of…
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Goyle holds campaign kick-off event in Old Town

In front of a crowd of enthusiastic supporters at the Pumphouse in Old Town Wichita, Kansas House of Representatives member Raj Goyle held a kick-off event for his campaign for the United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas. In his brief remarks, Goyle said that after receiving his education out-of-state, he -- unlike many young people -- came back to Kansas. He told how outside Kansas, out state's perception is not what we know it should be. The perception is that we're not forward-thinking or dynamic. So he decided to run for the Kansas House of Representatives in…
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Raj Goyle’s lecturing at Wichita State University sporadic

Raj Goyle, a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, has recently announced that he is a candidate for the U.S. Congress seat for the fourth district of Kansas. That's the seat being vacated by Todd Tiahrt. His website, in announcing his candidacy, states: "In addition to his legislative duties, Goyle serves as a lecturer at Wichita State University." Past versions of his campaign website have him mentioning "... the same values that guide me every day in my career as a lecturer at Wichita State University, attorney, and active member of the Wichita community." (emphasis added) While perhaps…
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