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Democrats to caucus Saturday

An estimated 2,218 Democratic caucus participants flood the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds in 2008. Barack Obama won more than 70 percent of the votes in Kansas caucuses.

An estimated 2,218 Democratic caucus participants flood the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds in 2008. Barack Obama won more than 70 percent of the votes in Kansas caucuses.

April 12, 2012, 11:30 p.m. Updated April 13, 2012, 11:50 a.m.


Amped-up speeches and overflow crowds greeted Kansas Democratic Party caucus-goers in 2008.

Where to go

Statewide, caucuses will be held at 50 sites Saturday. The Democratic Party's caucuses are open to all Kansas residents, but all caucus-goers must apply to register as a Democrat before they may participate in a caucus.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. and the meetings will begin at 2 p.m.

Caucuses are determined by U.S. House District and State Senate District.

In Lawrence, the U.S. House District 2, State Senate District 2 caucus will be held at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.

These three caucuses will be at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, 1400 Mass.: U.S. House District 2, State Senate District 3; U.S. House District 3, State Senate District 2; and U.S. House District 3, State Senate District 3.

But this year’s Democratic caucus on Saturday is likely to be pretty calm.

The ballot will contain just one candidate — President Barack Obama — unlike four years ago, when Obama and Hillary Clinton were locked in a tough race.

And the Kansas Democratic Party is trying to regroup after a devastating 2010 election cycle.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout,” said Douglas County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Quick. “It’s just a much different situation.”

Democrats hope the caucuses will help build up the party, generate enthusiasm and kick off the 2012 election season.

“We are excited about this year’s caucus and the opportunity it provides to bring Democrats together and jump-start the 2012 elections,” said Joan Wagnon, chair of the state Democratic Party.

Democrats will stand behind President Obama, but Kansas most likely will fall in the Republican column, just as it has in every presidential election since 1940 with the exception of Lyndon Johnson’s election in 1964.

In 2008 in Kansas, Obama received 41.6 percent of the vote against Republican John McCain. Obama won only three counties: Douglas, Wyandotte and Crawford.

Last month, Kansas Republicans caucused and supported former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. He has since dropped out of the race, leaving Mitt Romney as the presumed nominee.

Aside from supporting Obama, Democrats hope to defend their seats in the Kansas House and Senate and, perhaps, recapture a few House seats lost in the 2010 mid-term election.

But in this political climate that will be a difficult task. Republicans outnumber Democrats 92-33 in the House and 32-8 in the Senate. Every statewide and congressional representative is a Republican, and the Legislature has yet to approve legislative district boundaries through the once-a-decade reapportionment process.

And with the election of conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, it’s not only Democrats but also moderate Republicans who are fighting for their political lives.

The biggest battle in Kansas likely will be the Republican Party primary in August where eight Kansas Senate seats that are currently held by moderate Republicans have been targeted by Brownback allies.

Despite facing long odds, Democrats say they will keep trying to get their message out and win converts.

“Our caucus will allow Kansas Democrats to stand up and express their belief in our president and their belief in our shared values of good schools, good jobs and a fair system,” Wagnon said.


jhawkinsf 6 years, 2 months ago

I wonder who they'll back for President? Maybe they'll reach across party lines, trying to gain the unity this country so desperately needs and back Harold Stassen.

Armstrong 6 years, 2 months ago

If you want to regain unity in the country first we must throw out the current divider in chief. Rich vs Poor, Black vs white, Men vs Women, Dem vs Rep,.....

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 2 months ago

Arm, isn't it terrible knowing full well that the President will certainly be re-elected. The gawdawful Onery Party has nearly consumed itself in the primary season and no sensible voter watching the sham that is this "GOP" will have the temerity to even consider voting for the current "front runner" who seems to think he will be the nominee.

Armstrong 6 years, 2 months ago

A terrible problem Yo. Seems like living in the blue dot has so many of you so far detached from reality you think the current clown on PA Ave has a chance a re-election

Mike Ford 6 years, 2 months ago

nice to know the people who probably voted for the architect of disaster from 2000-2008 think they can talk smack on the smarter of the two constituencies. we're aiming for the 21st century....not the reagan me first eighties, or the romney robber barron 19th century, or the celibate 14th century of sanitarium. kansas.....where the crazies talk in the gop/tealican bubble.....

deec 6 years, 2 months ago

The local right wing noise machine really needs to step up their game. I happened to read a few comments on the L.A. Times website. They've got people over there advocating for open ballots with names and social security numbers. Anyone who votes "liberal / leftist / socialist / marxist / fascist" will be selectively taxed, then tried for sedition and deported. Then you've got that GOP guy in Florida trying to revive McCarthyism by saying there are 81 card carrying communists in Congress. Then there's Arizona saying a woman is pregnant two weeks before she conceives. The local righties really need to test out some new material.

WilburNether 6 years, 2 months ago

The true crazies will vote to re-elect the architect of disaster 2009-2012.

One would have to be crazy to vote for Barack Hussein.

Mike Ford 6 years, 2 months ago

actually false you all were into the father quack congressmen from houston whose son is a bigger quack senator in kentucky. father quack came to the lied center and forgot to tell the young ones about his connections to david duke in the past. are you into the david duke dialect? is the whole gop into the david duke dialect???? back in the eighties most of the gop was into the david duke dialect. I know lee atwater was with his willie horton race baiting which helped cia criminal father bush into office. you open the can you get hit with the contents.

Clearly4Kansas 6 years, 2 months ago

A big, well publicized public identification with Obama may not be in the best interests of KS democrats right now. The republican tital wave that swept KS in 2010 was a broad based revolt against Obama. He may be an asset to democrats on the eastern seaboard and California, but in Kansas- not so much.

Armstrong 6 years, 2 months ago

Obama won 3 counties in KS.last election, the rest of Kansas kept it's sanity

Greg Cooper 6 years, 2 months ago

Maybe not so much.

Now, this is not a disaster warning for Brownback, but, if you'll compare his "mandate" election to today's numbers, after his almost totally unproductive numbers in job creation, his dismantling of school finance, etc., etc., the trend in Kansas is not more extremism in government but less.

I have no doubt that, unless he attains some federal job, Brownback will return as Governor. However, his perceived mandate from the voters is going to take a big hit. Already we have seen solid dissension in the Republican ranks, evidence that many Republicans give more thought to the long-term resluts of his programs. At times, it seems as if the faux pas committed by Brownback and his crew are disgusting, not only to the non-Brownbackians of the state, but top his own party.

The tide has not gone completely out, nor should we return to a completely anti-Republican political climate. I hope that this Brownback term has taught the voters the value of compromise and thought in every area of Kansas politics.

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

There are a number of extreme right-wingers (or something, not exactly sure what they do believe in, if anything at all) commenting on these boards who have absolutely nothing to say---they're just here to annoy, get attention, misinform, deflect and change the subject. Can we please just ignore them? By giving them what they want, the conversations here become stupid rather than an enlightening exchange of ideas.

Clearly4Kansas 6 years, 2 months ago

Nice....a template for narrow-minded isolation. First step, demonize those with a different view with the "extreme" label. Then make a plea for them to be ignored or silenced. Finally, take comfort that the only ideas exchanged are ones you approve of; yep, way to be "enlightened"! If you don't listen and engage with folks with differing views, you limit your ability to make a positive impact. But at least you will be comfortable.

Greg Cooper 6 years, 2 months ago

Verity's point was that some posters do not respond to the actual issues, but use innuendo, attack, belittlement, and name-calling to garner attention to their complete lack of substance.

It is interesting that you addressed nothing actually said by verity, but used the same type of end-run used by the people of whom she was speaking.

I agree that the actions of which you speak are despicable, and quite honestly counterproductive, but that is not what she said or implied.

Reading comprehension might be an issue here, or it might be that you simply do not want to address specifics. In either case, your opinion is generally valued in an open debate, but not when it illustrates, perfectly, what the post by verity pointed out.

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