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  • Kansas State football coach endorses Sen. Roberts

    10/30/2014 12:22:22 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 30 Oct 2014 | By JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a new television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications. Roberts' campaign launched the statewide spot just five days before the election, which has Roberts locked in a tough contest with independent candidate Greg Orman, a 45-year-old Olathe businessman and co-founder of a private equity firm. Snyder is highly respected throughout the state and college football. His 6-1 Wildcats are the only Big 12 team...
  • Plane crash reported at Mid-Continent Airport (Wichita)

    10/30/2014 8:08:19 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 33 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 10/30/2014
    Emergency crews are on scene of a plane crash at Mid-Continent Airport.
  • Squadrons form for voter ID fight

    10/27/2014 12:04:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10-25-14 | Christina Marcos
    Liberal and conservative groups are mobilizing armies of poll watchers to battle over the enforcement of voter ID laws on Election Day. The Democratic Party has more to lose if turnout is low on Nov. 4. Liberals want to ensure that the young, black and Latino voters who form a key part of the party’s electoral base are not kept from the polls. Conservatives insist that they just want to uphold the integrity of the electoral process by making sure that all votes cast are legitimate. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has state directors stationed across the country for its...
  • US midterm elections: the 10 key races to watch

    10/26/2014 2:49:40 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 25, 2014 | Tom McCarthy
    Haven’t been following the US midterm elections closely? Here’s a roundup of the most notable – and notorious – races. KENTUCKY SENATE Running Incumbent Mitch McConnell (Republican) v Alison Lundergan Grimes (Democrat) Snapshot There is no single candidate Democrats would love to knock off more than McConnell, their Senate nemesis, who is so close to becoming majority leader he can smell it. And if any Democrat can crack Kentucky, it may be Grimes, a 35-year-old rock-star secretary of state. Polling An average of projections has McConnell winning by 4 points. KANSAS SENATE Running Incumbent Pat Roberts (R) v Greg Orman...
  • Spoiler alert: rogues could determine fate of US Senate

    10/26/2014 11:51:47 AM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Michael Mathes
    Independent or third-party politicians often roil American elections, and the current battle for Senate control could be determined by any of several unconventional candidates, including a pizza-delivering Libertarian in North Carolina. GREG ORMAN: This independent received a dramatic boost in the Kansas Senate race when the Democrat suddenly dropped out... SEAN HAUGH: A folksy, mild-mannered Libertarian who delivers pizza around Durham could hold the key to North Carolina on November 4. He is polling at six percent in a race where Democratic Senator Kay Hagan leads Republican Thom Tillis by half that margin.
  • Democrat Loses Ground in Kansas Governor's Race

    10/25/2014 8:12:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 10/25/14 | John Hanna
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback over his aggressive tax-cutting experiment, challenger Paul Davis appears to be losing ground as the state's GOP loyalties and a hail of negative television ads take their toll. The closely watched race has begun moving in the incumbent's favor since the Republican Governors Association began bombarding television viewers with spots focused on how Davis was caught as a young attorney in a strip club during a 1998 meth raid. An officer reported finding Davis in a back room with a...
  • Schodorf and Kobach Spar Over Voter Citizenship Law In Debate

    10/22/2014 3:19:46 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    KMUW ^ | Aileen LeBlanc
    The forum covered several issues several times as the SAFE (Secure and Fair Elections) law, sponsored by Kobach, was attacked and defended. The law, which requires proof of citizenship for new Kansas voters, has left 22,000 would be registrants -- not so. "And now we have 22,000 people, who are citizens, in limbo. They don't have cell phones and smart phones," said Democrat Jean Schodorf (SNIP) Kobach said that his billing records show that he spent no more time per week on such activities than he would have on a round of golf.
  • A GOP Governor Tried A Radical Tax 'Experiment' — And Now He's Hanging On To His Political Life

    10/22/2014 2:17:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    WICHITA, Kansas — Everyone in Kansas will tell you the same metaphor to explain the state's tax policy. It's their own take on President Ronald Reagan's three-legged stool, specified for tax policy. The three legs: Income tax, sales tax, and property tax. If all three remain relatively even — if each is about 33% of the puzzle — the stool is balanced. The theory is that as long as the stool is balanced, the tax burden on Kansans will remain remarkably steady for a long period of time. It's relatively fair across income groups, and Kansans who support the policy...
  • F-16 crashes following midair collision in Kansas

    10/21/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 34 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 10/21/2014 | Lieven Dewitte
    Two F-16s of the Oklahoma Air National Guard were involved in a midair collision during a training exercise in Kansas with one pilot safely ejecting. Military officials confirmed the collision took place around 14:20 Monday afternoon. One of the jets (F-16C Block 42E #89-2019) crashed into a field, but the pilot was able to eject. The other plane safely returned to its base in Tulsa, but reports state that it needed to be towed after exiting the active runway. "The tip of one of the jet’s wings had broken off and it had a 4-inch diameter hole in the fuselage,"...
  • Abortion CEO committed to keeping Tiller’s legacy alive endorses Greg Orman for U.S. Senate in Kansa

    10/20/2014 6:24:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life Site ^ | 10.20.14 | Ben Johnson
    FULL TITLE: Abortion CEO committed to ‘keeping Tiller’s legacy alive’ endorses Greg Orman for U.S. Senate in Kansas A longtime associate of abortionist George Tiller, who is now the CEO of her own Wichita abortion facility, has thrown her support behind Greg Orman in his bid to defeat Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas. “As CEO of South Wind Women’s Center, an organization that provides reproductive health care to Kansas women, I am disheartened that, once again, the lives of women are up for debate,” Julie Burkhart wrote in The Wichita Eagle. “We live in a time when...
  • Kansas: Pro-Abortion Greg Orman Literally Run’s Away From Voter’s Abortion Question

    10/20/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.20.14 | Steven Ertelt
    Greg Orman is running as an independent in Kansas, a conservative pro-life state, by hoping to avoid being seen as a liberal candidate out of step with Midwestern voters on most issues. Pro-life groups have highlighted Orman’s abortion support and he has been running away from his position. he’s literally running away from voters, as Free Beacon reports: At a parade in Kansas on Saturday, the “independent” candidate running for Senate ran away without answering a woman’s question about his stance on abortion. After the incident, documented by America Rising, the woman said Orman completely dismissed her question in an...
  • Kansas Senate Race is a National Election

    10/20/2014 6:08:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Star Parker
    Former Democrat House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s political wisdom that “All politics is local” has been a staple in political thinking for many years. But the truth of the matter is that, regarding elections for national office, politics is really, today, a national business. And this is what voters in Kansas should be thinking about in the current close Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and Independent challenger Greg Orman. Roberts has not been shy making the point that regaining the Senate by Republicans is crucial and this is what Kansas voters should be thinking about in this election. And...
  • NRSC Shifts Resources to Six States

    10/19/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Updated: October 18, 2014 | Alexis Levinson
    With less than four weeks until Election Day, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure arm is shifting resources to increase its investment in six states, including South Dakota and Georgia. The NRSC has moved $1 million to South Dakota, plus another $1.45 million to Georgia. In South Dakota, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a $1 million television ad buy this week, on the heels of tightening poll numbers that showed its candidate, Rick Weiland, gaining ground. In Georgia, a new poll suggests a runoff is likely. The NRSC also is upping its investment in four other states: Alaska,...
  • Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home

    10/19/2014 1:45:35 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 17, 2014 | Alexis Levinson
    Dozens of cows trumpeted in the pens out back as Sen. Pat Roberts made his pitch to attendees at a livestock market. Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home“When we get a Republican majority, I’ll be chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and we are gonna put the livestock producer first,” Roberts told the crowd from a room behind the then-empty cow pen, where the auctioneer had briefly paused his chant to allow the state’s senior senator to address the crowd. The lone man in a suit jacket in a crowd of denim, plaid, cowboy hats and baseball caps, Roberts...
  • Biggest Labor Union Throws Support Behind "Independent" Greg Orman ( Kansas )

    10/18/2014 6:44:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    This week the AFL-CIO threw its considerable weight behind Democrat-turned-independent Greg Orman in his bid for U.S. Senate in Kansas. This came on the heels of a debate that was all about defining who Greg Orman really is: ... The AFL-CIO won't run TV ads for Orman, spokesman Jeff Hauser said, but his campaign will now be incorporated into the union's extensive ground game there. The AFL-CIO had previously endorsed Kansas's Democratic Party's gubernatorial nominee, Paul Davis, who is locked into one of the country's most competitive gubernatorial contests with incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. During Wednesday's debate, incumbent Sen....
  • Liberal Greg Orman Says He's Pro-Choice, Abortion Not Important At Debate

    10/17/2014 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    Liberal Greg Orman Says He's Pro-Choice, Abortion Not Important At Debate - VIDEO:
  • Shocking Kansas GOP sweep shaping up for Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts

    10/17/2014 2:17:45 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 62 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 10/17/14 | YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
    Just weeks ago, Democrats in Kansas were salivating over the possibility that Paul Davis would be the next governor in the state and independent Greg Orman would be a new U.S. senator. Not any longer. In fact, rather suddenly, Republicans are thinking they are going to have an enjoyable Nov. 4 night of watching election returns. ThatÂ’s because they now have growing reasons to think Gov. Sam Brownback is going to defeat Davis and win re-election. That would be unfortunate, given just how badly BrownbackÂ’s economic policies have hurt the state. And they are giddy over the reversal in the...
  • Kansas: Pat Roberts Calls Greg Orman “Unconscionable” on Abortion

    10/16/2014 3:01:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | Kathy Ostrowski
    In the cola-dominated soft drink market, 7-up enjoyed great success after it labeled itself the “UN-cola”. And for the last 2 months, a multi-millionaire without public service experience, Greg Orman, has gotten some good poll numbers portraying himself as an independent “UN-politician” running against incumbent Kansas U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. But in the candidate debate last night, Roberts charged that Orman’s attitude about abortion is “UNconcionable.” Here’s how it developed: more than halfway into the debate, the sole “life issue” question was posed: Kansas abortion law requires a mandatory ultrasound, should that be a federal law? (By the way, no...
  • Royals head to World Series after sweeping Orioles in ALCS

    10/15/2014 4:17:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 15, 2014 | BY ANDY MCCULLOUGH
    In the moments after the Royals won the pennant, after their 2-1 victory carried them to a sweep over the Orioles in the American League Championship Series, joy flowed like the fountains beyond this ballpark’s outfield fences. The last embers of afternoon sunshine still illuminated Kauffman Stadium. The voices of 40,468 revelers merged with a fireworks display. Greg Holland jumped into the arms of catcher Salvador Perez. Lorenzo Cain flung his glove skyward and skipped like a child. In the center of the diamond stood the Kansas City Royals, conquerors of the American League, ready to contend for their first...
  • Pat Caddell gets mad at Fox News bimbo Heather Childers for smearing Greg Orman

    10/15/2014 3:48:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Pat Caddell, singing the praises of independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman… I listened to Chris Wallace, ‘oh [Orman] will caucus with the Democrats’– what does he know!? He’s never talked to the man. … "[Orman] represents a new world view, which is politics as-is is failing the country, the people are being let down…there is a new force coming in politics, and I think he’s gonna win that seat, and I think, actually, it represents a real breakthrough. " That’s when producers– determined to interrupt the Orman love-fest– fed Childers’ bogus Karl Rove talking points… Childers: But he has...
  • Univ. of Kansas Hospital increasing protective gear after Ebola scare

    10/15/2014 2:54:50 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    41 KSHB Kansas City ^ | 10/15/2014 | 41 Actions News Staff
    A day after a close call with a patient showing Ebola like symptoms, but testing negative for the potentially deadly virus, the University of Kansas Hospital is taking extra precautions. Wednesday a second test confirmed the patient does not have Ebola. The hospital ordered 1,000 one piece, disposable hazmat suits. Suits are equipped with a face mask, elastic at the hands and feet, which blocks anything from coming in through the suit.
  • Kansas Dem Gov. Candidate Boasts 500 Top GOPers Now Back Him

    10/14/2014 3:01:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 10/14/14 | Daniel Strauss
    Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis said Tuesday that the list of top Republicans in the state has increased from 100 to 500 members. Davis made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday, accompanied by the leaders of the group of Republicans who support Davis and oppose Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. The conference was to highlight the support Davis has begun to receive from 180 ex lawmakers and 360 educators, community leaders, and business leaders who are part of the group, Republicans for Kansas Values. As TPM previously noted, in July the more...
  • Watch live: KU Hospital updates status of patient with Ebola-like symptoms

    10/14/2014 1:06:31 PM PDT · by Columbo · 8 replies
    University of Kansas Hospital officials to release an update on a patient being treated for Ebola-like symptoms. Watch the news conference live.
  • Will Independent Candidates' Support Dissipate in Kansas and South Dakota?

    10/14/2014 4:35:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Michael Barone
    One question I'm asked in every electoral cycle is, "What are the surprise races in this election?" My answer in recent years has been, "There are no surprises, because any unexpected development becomes universally known in seconds." There have been two such developments in this cycle. One in Kansas: the emergence about five weeks ago of independent Greg Orman (and the withdrawal from the ballot of the Democratic nominee) as a strong competitor against 34-year Capitol Hill veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. The other was in South Dakota: a poll showing Larry Pressler, a former Republican senator running as an...
  • State might have an Ebola patient (Kansas)

    10/13/2014 7:40:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Officials at the University of Kansas Hospital say a man being treated in isolation is considered at low to moderate risk of having contracted the Ebola virus. Chief medical officer Dr. Lee Norman says the patient came to the hospital Monday morning with significant weakness and diarrhea. The man also said he had previously had a fever....
  • MSNBC Host to 'Wingers': Ebola Was Spread at a Private Hospital in a Red State, You Know

    10/13/2014 5:25:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10-13-2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Ladies and gentlemen, MSNBC host Joy Reid has a statement to make: Joy Reid JoyAnnReid "To the anti-government wingers in my thread: so far, the only "spread of Ebola" in the U.S. was caused by a private hospital in a red state." 1:33 PM - 12 Oct 2014
  • Kansas patient at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 105 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Kan.—The University of Kansas Hospital reports an individual called and then came into the hospital early this morning with a high fever and other serious symptoms. Because the patient had recently worked on a medical boat off the west coast of Africa, the patient was immediately isolated on a special infectious disease unit and is undergoing tests. Hospital staff met the patient wearing personal protection equipment and followed the hospital’s plan for this kind of illness.
  • About 70 hospital staffers cared for Ebola patient

    10/13/2014 4:15:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 43 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | MARTHA MENDOZA The Associated Press
    DALLAS —They drew his blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea. They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness. About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, including a nurse now being treated for the same Ebola virus that killed the Liberian man who was visiting Dallas, according to medical records his family provided to The Associated Press.
  • Soros to Host Fundraiser for ‘Independent’ Kansas Senate Candidate

    10/13/2014 11:56:39 AM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 13, 2014 10:09 am
    Kansas Senate hopeful Greg Orman insists that he is not beholden to the Democratic Party, but a major Democratic donor is hosting a fundraiser for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, will host a New York City fundraiser this week for Orman, who is running as an independent candidate, according to an invitation obtained by America Rising. In addition to the $3.7 million the younger Soros has donated to Democratic candidates, committees, and interest groups, Jonathan is a highly active member of the secretive Democracy Alliance, a hub...
  • No evidence links political opponents Cruz ’92, Orman ’91 during time at U. (Princeton)

    10/12/2014 9:43:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Princetonian ^ | October 12, 2014 | Christina Vosbikian
    When U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz ’92 set out on a bus tour last week, kickstarting the campaign for incumbent U.S. Senator from Kansas Pat Roberts, he also set out on a small-scale political battle against Greg Orman ’91, a Senate hopeful with whom Cruz spent three years at the University as an undergraduate. Orman, a businessman and independent candidate, has been accused by the Roberts campaign of being a stealthy democratic candidate. “I’m reminded of another candidate who ran in 2008 who ran on empty promises. He ran on hope and change, and he figured a whole bunch...
  • Caddell: Republicans Are ‘Stupid Party’ for Not Running Against Amnesty

    10/11/2014 5:30:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell blasted the Republican Party for not making the president’s planned executive amnesty a national issue ... The Republican Party, they’re not called the stupid party for nothing. These people are able to, are willing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory given the opportunity,” he stated. “It's amazing to me. I've never seen a party that doesn't grab opportunities thrown at it like this,” he declared. And “they [Republicans] should be taking this issue and making it a national referendum issue against every Democrat, and for every Republican in the country.” He speculated that...
  • Video: Last Kansas Senate Debate Oct. 8, 2014

    10/12/2014 5:09:49 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 8, 2014
    In case anyone is interested: Here is the link to the video of the last Kansas Senate Debate held this past Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Just click on YouTube above.
  • Senator Pat Roberts: Valerie Jarrett Was Involved in IRS Scandal [VIDEO]

    10/11/2014 4:58:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-11-14 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said Friday that he thinks the IRS targeting scandal was driven by Valerie Jarrett’s office in the White House, according to information that he saw that Democrats tried to “whitewash.” Roberts told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that he participated in a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the IRS scandal but “the effort was made by the majority, by the Democrats in the Congress, to simply end that investigation,” which he called a “whitewash.” “I’m convinced that even Valerie Jarrett was involved,” Roberts said. “I think this was White House-driven. I think all of the...
  • Ted Cruz and the Republican Big Tent

    10/11/2014 8:50:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 10 Oct 2014 10:56 AM | Michael Reagan
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a tea party stalwart.   Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., narrowly defeated a tea party opponent in the Republican Senate primary this year.   Ted Cruz has a perfect 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union.   Pat Roberts has an 84 percent rating from the ACU.   Yet this week Cruz will be in Kansas campaigning for Roberts in an election that is crucial for GOP hopes of retaking the Senate. The reason is simple. Fox News quotes Cruz explaining, “Roberts stood by my side in the fight to defund Obamacare, and he...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • So why isn’t the NRSC doing more in, say, New Hampshire’s Senate race? Or, indeed, anything?

    10/10/2014 7:40:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 10/9/14 | Moe Lane
    I’m not exactly sure what the reasoning is, here. It’s not because the race isn’t competitive. It is – or, more accurately, it could be. Jeanne Sheehan is ahead of Scott Brown by 6.5 points in the current RCP average, sure. But she’s also under 50% in the aggregate polling, which is the usual rule of thumb for an incumbent in trouble. This is the sort of situation where throwing some advertisting cash into the mix could really come in handy. Of course, it’s a little late for that now – back in May the Democrats blocked out about $1...
  • Cruz rallies Kansas conservatives

    10/09/2014 9:26:50 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 56 replies
    The Hill (.com) ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    WICHITA, Kan. — Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) waded into the Kansas Senate race Thursday, touting beleaguered Republican incumbent Pat Roberts as the contest’s only true conservative. The conservative hero's support is crucial as Roberts tries to energize his campaign and ward off a challenge from well-funded independent Greg Orman in a race that could jeopardize the GOP's hopes of winning Senate control. Cruz vouched for Roberts despite raising money earlier in the cycle for the Madison Project, a conservative group that supported Roberts’s primary challenger Milton Wolf. Wolf has not yet endorsed Roberts in the general election....
  • Attorney general Derek Schmidt asks state supreme court to block same-sex marriage licenses [Kansas]

    10/10/2014 10:39:22 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | 10/10/2014 | John Hanna
    Kansas’ attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage licenses, hours after a court office in the state’s most populous county issued one, believed to be the first in the state, to a gay couple. The petition asks for an immediate order blocking the licenses, saying a judge exceeded his authority in ordering clerks and other judges to no longer deny marriage applications from gay couples. The Kansas Constitution bans gay marriage. Attorney General Derek Schmidt told The Associated Press he wants to have the legal issues resolved in an orderly fashion. District court Chief Judge...
  • Earthquake in Kansas?

    10/10/2014 6:53:25 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 29 replies
    self
    Uh... did anyone in Wichita or Oklahoma City/Tulsa feel that?
  • Huelskamp criticized for opposition to same-sex marriage

    10/09/2014 5:47:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    cjonline.com ^ | October 7, 2014 | Tim Carpenter
    The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday inducted U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp into a select group composed of members of Congress who aggressively oppose same-sex marriage and other reforms sought by lesbians and gays. Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican seeking re-election in the 1st District, was in the introductory class with 14 members of the House and five from the Senate. All but one was a Republican, but no other member of the Kansas congressional delegation was included. “Rep. Huelskamp has gone out of his way to oppose steps toward equal protection under the law or to protect LGBT Americans from violence,...
  • Cruz rallies Kansas conservatives

    10/09/2014 3:31:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    WICHITA, Kan. — Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) waded into the Kansas Senate race Thursday, touting beleaguered Republican incumbent Pat Roberts as the contest’s only true conservative. The conservative hero's support is crucial as Roberts tries to energize his campaign and ward off a challenge from well-funded independent Greg Orman in a race that could jeopardize the GOP's hopes of winning Senate control. Cruz vouched for Roberts despite raising money earlier in the cycle for the Madison Project, a conservative group that supported Roberts’s primary challenger Milton Wolf. Wolf has not yet endorsed Roberts in the general election....
  • What's the Matter With Kansas?

    10/09/2014 12:18:43 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 9, 2014 | Sean Trende
    Kansas is home to one of the longest winning streaks in the country: No Republican has lost a Senate election there since 1932, when Ben Paulen lost by just under four points to George McGill. What’s more, if there was ever a year where a Republican would lose, 2014 would be an unlikely candidate. And yet . . . Sen. Pat Roberts clearly finds himself in the fight of his political life. With just under four weeks to go until Election Day, he trails his opponent, Greg Orman, by 2.4 percentage points in the RCP Average -- though a new...
  • As Greg Orman struggles over Senate questions, has Pat Roberts pulled ahead in Kansas?

    10/09/2014 12:02:17 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 9, 2014 | Byron York
    It's hard to overstate how worried national Republican operatives have been about the Senate race here in Kansas. "I think Pat Roberts is in real trouble," a GOP strategist who is deeply involved in the midterm effort said of the Republican incumbent Tuesday morning. "If the election were today, he would clearly lose." That was then. Now, just 48 hours later, two new polls suggest the Roberts campaign has life in it, after all, and that Roberts' opponent, the former Democrat and self-styled Independent businessman Greg Orman, may no longer be leading the race. One of the new surveys, by...
  • Pat Roberts Takes Lead in Two Polls as Greg Orman Endorses Amnesty for Illegals

    10/09/2014 6:19:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/8/14 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) has taken the lead in two new polls released on Wednesday as his opponent Greg Orman again endorsed amnesty for illegal immigrants during Wednesday's debate. In a Fox News poll, Roberts leads Orman, the liberal Democrat running as an "independent," by 5 points. Roberts leads Orman by a point in a CNN/ORC poll. Three weeks ago, Orman was leading Roberts by six points. In Wednesday's debate, Roberts accused Orman of supporting amnesty after Orman tried to convince voters that he did not. The Kansas City Star reports that Orman does indeed support "a path to citizenship...
  • Utah congressmen cry foul over yellow-billed cuckoo protections ( UN Agenda 21 )

    10/08/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Two Utah congressmen say the public needs more time to weigh in on a "sweeping" proposal to designate more than a half-million acres as critical habitat for the Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are among 17 members of Congress who urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to extend the comment period on the designation beyond Oct. 14. "While we oppose this listing proposal, we find it completely unacceptable that the (agency) has proposed only 60 days of public comment with no public hearings, effectively shutting out meaningful comment on a sweeping critical...
  • CNN Poll KS Races: Senator Roberts (R) up one, Gov. Brownback (R) tied with Davis (D)

    10/08/2014 1:18:34 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 23 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | CNN
    Poll available at link. To summarize the results among likely voters: KS Senate Race: Roberts (R) 49% Orman (I) 48% KS Governor Race: Brownback (R) 49% Davis (D) 49%
  • No, Sam Brownback, it’s not the media’s fault you’re losing

    10/08/2014 9:17:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 39 replies
    Here's how embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback diagnosed his political problems in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody: “I think they (the mainstream media) want what’s happening in this state to fail that they’re shopping for a factual setting to back that up because it’s working.” Um, no. While blaming the media is both one of the most common strategic moves and one that regularly reeks of desperation, in this case -- like in most of them -- what Brownback is saying is simply not true. So why then is Brownback in so much trouble in a state...
  • Lobbyists try to save Roberts

    10/07/2014 8:48:27 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is leaning heavily on K Street as he tries to save the Senate seat he’s held for 18 years. Roberts has been burning up the phone lines in a frantic bid to keep pace with Greg Orman, the wealthy self-funded independent who is leading the incumbent by 10 points, according to one poll released Sunday. “The old man is raising 100 grand a day. I’m serious. Ask any lobbyist of anyone in Washington if they’ve gotten a call from Pat Roberts. He’s stepping up,” said one Republican source close to the campaign. “It’s amazing what a...
  • Is Pat Roberts really 10 points behind in KS Senate race? (Democrat running as liberal leads him)

    10/06/2014 2:02:40 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    http://www.csmonitor.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Peter Grier
    Pat Roberts is unpopular and the GOP brand is suffering in Kansas, as Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's big tax cuts led to cuts in state services, not promised jobs. But Kansas is still a deep red state, and the NBC/Marist poll may be an outlier. Washington — Wow – is Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (R) really trailing independent candidate Greg Orman by 10 points? That’s what an NBC/Marist poll released this weekend shows. The survey has Senator Roberts at 38 percent and Mr. Orman at 48 percent in their unusual Democrat-free contest. State Democratic nominee Chad Taylor withdrew on Sept....
  • Abortion Clinic Displays Sign for Pro-Abortion Kansas Candidate Greg Orman

    10/06/2014 2:12:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Want to know which Kansas Senate candidate a local abortion clinic hopes will win next month? LifeNews blogger Andrew Bair posted a picture he obtained today showing the Center for Women’s Health abortion clinic posting a sign for candidate Greg Orman. The image appears below: pictures on link Orman is in a heavily contested race against pro-life Sen. Pat Roberts. One national pro-life group says Kansas voters who don’t know much about Orman need to be aware that, though he is an independent, he would be just another pro-abortion Democrat working with Harry Reid to stop pro-life legislation in the...