Archive for Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kansas Democrats could lose three state offices

Secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer up for grabs

November 2, 2010


Election 2010

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2010 Kansas Elections: Kansas Secretary of State

Chris Biggs, Kris Kobach, Phillip Horatio Lucas and Derek Langseth are running for Kansas Secretary of State.

2010 Kansas Elections: Attorney General

Dennis Hawver, Steve Six and Derek Schmidt are running for Kansas Attorney General.

2010 Kansas Elections: State Treasurer

Dennis McKinney and Ron Estes are running for Kansas State Treasurer.

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— Democrats worried that their incumbent Kansas secretary of state could lose Tuesday's election to a professor known for writing Arizona's new immigration law and that angry voters could oust two other statewide officeholders.

Bids to stay in office by Secretary of State Chris Biggs, Attorney General Steve Six and State Treasurer Dennis McKinney were clouded by Republicans' anticipation of a good year. All three Democratic incumbents were appointed to fill midterm vacancies.

Biggs' Republican opponent was Kris Kobach, a Kansas City-area law professor and former state GOP chairman known nationally for advising cities and states, including Arizona, about cracking down on illegal immigration. Kobach's notoriety attracted some voters yet made others uneasy.

But a big issue for Biggs and the other Democratic incumbents appeared to be discontent in GOP-leaning Kansas with President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in Congress.

The new federal health care law championed by Obama became a major issue in Six's race against Republican Derek Schmidt, the Kansas Senate's majority leader.

Six refused this year to file a legal challenge or have Kansas join other states in challenges to the health care law, saying it would be a waste of resources. Schmidt hit on the issue, but an Iowa group did far more by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads attacking Six.

In the treasurer's race, Republican Ron Estes, the Sedgwick County treasurer, acknowledged he didn't have much criticism of McKinney, and the Democrat had outspent him 6-to-1 going into the campaign's final two weeks. But Democrats nevertheless feared the GOP tide would oust McKinney, too.

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Republican, faced no opponent in her bid for a third term.


TecmoSuperBowlChristianOkoye 7 years, 6 months ago

If anyone cares at all about keeping the Secretary of State office in fair, non-partisan hands they'll vote for Biggs. If they want someone who will waste the state's time and money pursuing his personal agenda...well, you probably know who to vote for.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 6 months ago


deep-six Six!

Kobach rocks.

and we sure don't need no Moore anymoore!


Steve Jacob 7 years, 6 months ago

For the love of god, if your going to to vote on one Democrat, pick Biggs. Republicans save yourself some embarrassment down the road.

MyName 7 years, 6 months ago

Just what we need: Phill Kline part Duex, this time as Sec. of State.

And WTF is this stupid "Kobach rocks" BS? This isn't a ball game FFS, if you want to vote "Team Blue" or "Team Red" go find another hobby. Preferably something that won't damage yourself or others.

CreatureComforts 7 years, 6 months ago

Sounds a lot like the 2008 Obama election...things like "BaRocks!" were everywhere...OK, maybe I just made that exact one up (copyright pending), but it was all about that kind of stuff, getting the youth excited, using more "edgy" things than "Vote for Obama".

Well, I get what I am trying to say, even if I am confusing everyone head hurts now.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 6 months ago

Kobach reminds me of Senator Joe McCarthy, Hitler, the Gestapo, the get the idea.

avoice 7 years, 6 months ago

Biggs, Six and McKinney have proven themselves to be independent, rational thinkers who keep Kansas citizens in mind in executing their civic functions. They all deserve to be re-elected. Anyone who wants to reduce partisanship and bring things more to the middle should vote for these Dems, as they all are opposed by highly partisan Repubs. Other Dem candidates though, not so much.

overthemoon 7 years, 6 months ago

I am now apolitical. what a friggin disaster.

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