Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

GOP candidates energized by supporter turnout at Lawrence rally

October 27, 2010


Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback and Rep. Lynn Jenkins greet a crowd of supporters as they exit the GOP candidate bus in Lawrence on Wednesday. The Kansas Republican Party’s bus tour stopped by congressional candidate Kevin Yoder's Lawrence headquarters, 123 W. Eighth St.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback and Rep. Lynn Jenkins greet a crowd of supporters as they exit the GOP candidate bus in Lawrence on Wednesday. The Kansas Republican Party’s bus tour stopped by congressional candidate Kevin Yoder's Lawrence headquarters, 123 W. Eighth St.

Republican candidates at a Lawrence rally Wednesday said they were encouraged by voter enthusiasm ahead of Tuesday’s election.

“For the first time in recent memory, you have a united Republican ticket,” GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback said.

Several candidates addressed dozens of Douglas County Republican supporters at 3rd District congressional candidate Kevin Yoder’s Lawrence campaign office, 123 W. Eighth St., as part of what’s being called the “Clean Sweep Tour.”

Candidates involved who spoke included Brownback, his running mate Jeff Colyer; Yoder and 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins; Derek Schmidt, who’s running for attorney general; and Ron Estes, the GOP’s state treasurer nominee. It’s a four-day bus tour across the state, and they spent most of Wednesday in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

The candidates emerged from a bus on Eighth Street and made their way into the building with supporters.

Most of the candidates touched on their message for fewer taxes and fewer state and federal regulations, saying they were the key to reducing unemployment numbers.

“Things are a full-blown disaster at this point (in Washington),” said Jenkins, who faces Democrat Cheryl Hudspeth and Libertarian Robert Garrard.

The candidates also mentioned Democratic leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“We need new leaders to go to Washington and change things,” said Yoder, who faces Democrat Stephene Moore and Libertarian Jasmin Talbert in the 3rd District race.


Daniel Kennamore 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't whats worse, that GOP candidate's only platform is "Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are evil; lets deregulate and lower taxes" (without giving any specifics and ignoring that they just lowered taxes for most working adults) OR that so many people are falling for it hook, line, and sinker.

christy kennedy 7 years, 7 months ago

dannylandulf, you summed up how a lot of us feel. It's pretty sorry.

Terry Jacobsen 7 years, 7 months ago

Hoping for something better than the abysmal spend spend spend is better than getting skewerd by what we already know in the current administration. That hope and change thing turned into the worst public policy in us history. My great grand children will be paying for the ridiculous wastes of money that these guys have dreamed up and not created any jobs.

greenstrings 7 years, 7 months ago

Can you back that claim? Sounds a bit pretentious more than a valid point. How is hope and change bad public policy? You do realize that your being fooled into believing these concepts, right? If not, than I am saddened to know the platform for anti-Obama makes you a believer. One last question. A believer in what exactly? Sorry I am becoming redundant these days when attempting to find substance in these claims....

Brian Hall 7 years, 7 months ago

And they knew they were all from Douglas County how? The people there supporting could've easily have been from Topeka, rural Jefferson County and people who just couldn't get enough from Johnson County.

greenstrings 7 years, 7 months ago

So Brownback will not debate in Douglas County, but he shows up when it's convenient for him. Interesting. Read this maybe...

Andrea Hoag 7 years, 7 months ago

Mercifully, TJ, most rational people realize that what we have now is far better than what Bush got us into. The thing is: Clinton left us with a beautiful surplus. Bush wiped that out and dug us into the mess we are in now. Fixing this bollox isn't going to happen overnight, but Obama is addressing every single thing every day with the grace of a gentleman. I believe in the good work of my Commander in Chief.

Still, TJ: I respect your constitutional right to express your opinion and wish you all the best.

cowboy 7 years, 7 months ago

Just goes to show ya , in Kansas , you really can fool most of the people all of the time. For the life of me I just can't understand how anyone with a brain slightly larger than a walnut can fall for this right wing barrage of crapola. Even my dog shakes his head when he sees this parade of kansas republicans. God help us all , were gonna need it !

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

"Please - I can't stop laughing - my sides are hurting!'"

When you find time to stop laughing, you might try to start thinking. But be forewarned, thinking is hard.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

Translation: We have no plans, but who cares? Screw everyone, as long as we get elected.!!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

Addendum: "We have no plans," At least none that we'll speak about till after the election.

Mike Ford 7 years, 7 months ago

the pied pipers of doom play the flute of bs and the minions of dumb follow... when the taxes are lowered as much as these clowns want... who will be left with the bills of deregulation... of course the Democrats will be... republicans have amnesia and no idea what responsibility is...they just know how to push unfunded mandates and pass the costs off to the states and the dumblicans here vote for the joker, bryllocreme, kommandant kobach, and walk the drinking line yoder. nice....

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

Republicans are not united or even thinkers. They do whatever the party leaders tell them to do or get replaced by the republican party. Republicans have been united on several fronts unfortunately which have provided the USA with disastrous results:

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist( millions out of work) "There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and were part of the Bush Jr. administration.

Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt").

The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist was considered the largest theft in history at the time. George Herbert Walker Bush then took $1.4 trillion of taxpayers money to cover the theft.

  1. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers(millions out of work) Yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities(Bush admin) ignoring their regulatory responsibilities."

  2. Only 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk in spite of what we’re told ? "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America and Citigroup, Those three were clearly in very weakened form. Many of the other big banks simply were not.

Keep this mind:

During the 20th century, there were several periods lasting more than 10 years where the return on stocks was negative. After the Dow Jones stock index went down by over 75% between 1929 and 1933, the Dow did not return to its 1929 level until 1953(24 years). In claiming that the rate of return on a stock investment is guaranteed to be greater than the return on any other asset, is lying.

Wall Street is anything but stable!

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

How many threads did you post this same set of links on today, merrill? What do you think you are accomplishing by doing that?

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

I did a search for "The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist" + merrill and got 321 hits. Give it a rest, bub.

Mike Ford 7 years, 7 months ago

tunky dunky, the non native people of oklahoma are dumber than the ones here, sure they vote that way. The Native peoples there are surrounded by the sovereign republics of dumbistan, churchistan, and endoftheworldistan. Theyb have large churches that don't prevent any of the bad weather through prayer and think like the invaders they are.

jafs 7 years, 7 months ago

Actually, they have stated some ideas:

Lower taxes. Less regulation.

That will undoubtedly translate into less funding for education, even though the state is not living up to it's required funding now.

The second is not a good thing, in my opinion, as well.

itwasthedukes 7 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence USD $11,824 in 08-09 per child total expenditures and they are on the lower side when compared to other districts. What part of unsustainable don't you understand? Do we need to get into the amount of debt per child (I'll see if I can find it)? Where is the compassion for our children's financial future? The mindless school funding is amazing average expenses per child has outpaced inflation by double since 1999. Look at Greensburg and the cost of their "sustainability".

StaceyD 7 years, 7 months ago

One candidate is presenting a real and detailed solution to the education crisis in Kansas.

Kansas Education Liberty Act (KELA)

StaceyD 7 years, 7 months ago

Don't waste your vote this year.....

A vote for Brownback is wasted, it has no chance of affecting the outcome of this election.

A vote for Holland is wasted, it has no chance of affecting the outcome of this election.

A vote for Andrew Gray will change the political landscape of Kansas forever. When his team gets 5% or more of the statewide vote, Kansas will give birth to a third major political party. Overnight the Republicans and Democrats will become more responsive to voters like you and me. We will end the us-vs-them politics of Kansas as we now have a commonsense middle ground political party.

Vote with courage. Vote Andrew Gray Kansas Governor.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

And the moon will turn into butter and fall on our pancakes and we will live happily ever after.

StaceyD 7 years, 7 months ago

Nothing changes until you vote with courage. It's up to you.

Ready the article, 5% changes everything on the site.

funkdog1 7 years, 7 months ago

So....Gray claims he's going to increase the amount spent per child for education while still reducing overall spending. How exactly does that work???

booyalab 7 years, 7 months ago

That's an excellent quote on the main page.

StaceyD 7 years, 7 months ago

While public schools will lose state taxpayer money for each student who opts for a different educational setting, most local and federal taxpayer funds are not directly tied to the number of students enrolled. So the resources per student will go up.

We expect that public schools will thrive as they are given every advantage that conventional wisdom tells us they need to excel: Smaller Class Size, More Resources Per Student (since most federal and local tax dollars are not directly tied to number of pupils), more parental involvement and more focused teachers as struggling students are empowered to choose another educational setting that more closely meets their individual learning style.

State taxpayers will save about $2,600 per student who opts for a KELA Scholarship, and educational outcomes will go up for both those that take KELA Scholarships and those who choose to stay in their current schools. More importantly, we begin to change the culture and increase parental and community involvement in the education of our children.


pace 7 years, 7 months ago

It is sad that partisanship is more important than family. We need jobs, homes, access to health care, energy and pollution solutions. We need this from both sides of the aisle. We are getting what we deserve. The people with no money coming in, losing their home and getting sick from the water aren't going to be represented in the tax cuts. Let them lose their homes and then we can dismiss them as homeless and feel amazed as we watch the miracle of the rich getting richer, The rich must plan well. Their biggest expense lately is posting ads from their drunk tanks claiming to be American's workers.

StaceyD 7 years, 7 months ago

We have one candidate who is on track to spend $2.9 Million for a job that pays $100,000 per year. That's un-American and kind crazy.

We have another candidate who will spend $650,000 for the same job, and he has no chance of winning. That's equally un-American and even more crazy.

Yet we can't just blame them. We gave them part of that money (the rest came from special interest groups) and we continue to vote for them even though we know what they are doing is selling our power to others. That's totally crazy.

A vote for Andrew Gray begins to restore sanity to the system when a third major party redefines how sane campaigns should be run. What if the Libertarians require resumes for all of their primary candidates? What if the new party limits primary spending and pools that money for a party-wide resource to voters so they can find answers from all the LP candidates in one place? Will the establishment parties follow? If you demand it, they will.

The two establishment parties have enjoyed a monopoly of ideas in Kansas for 110 years. Do you have the courage to change it? It’s in your power to do so.

Vote with courage.

Vote Andrew Gray for KS Governor.

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