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3 Democrats vying for chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins

Candidates vying to represent the Kansas 2nd District in Congress are, from left, Bob Eye (D-Lawrence), Scott Barnhart (D-Ottawa), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) and Tobias Schlingensiepen (D-Topeka).

Candidates vying to represent the Kansas 2nd District in Congress are, from left, Bob Eye (D-Lawrence), Scott Barnhart (D-Ottawa), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) and Tobias Schlingensiepen (D-Topeka).

July 28, 2012


The three Democrats running for the chance to oust U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, say that to move the country forward on a number of important issues, change is needed in the Republican-led House.

Scott Barnhart, Robert Eye and Tobias Schlingensiepen face each other in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for the state’s 2nd District congressional seat.

The district, realigned by judicial order after the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback failed to approve a redistricting plan, now includes all of Douglas County. For the past 10 years, Douglas County has been divided between the 2nd and 3rd districts.

The 2nd District covers much of eastern Kansas and includes the cities of Lawrence, Topeka and Leavenworth. The new district reduces the 13 percentage point edge in Republican registered voters over Democratic registered voters to a gap of 9.5 percentage points. Previously in District 2, 41.7 percent of voters were registered Republicans; 28.8 percent are Democrats; and 28.7 percent are independents. Now, 39.8 percent are Republicans; 30.3 percent are Democrats; and 29.2 percent are independents.

But even with Democratic-leaning Lawrence and Douglas County fully in the 2nd, the district is an uphill climb for Democrats against a Republican incumbent.

“It’s time to return a balance to the United States House of Representatives, and in order to do that we need to change the majority, and we need to elect Democrats in order to do that,” said Eye, a 60-year-old attorney from Lawrence.

Schlingensiepen, a 48-year-old minister on leave from the First Congregational Church in Topeka, said, “Without overcoming the politics of obstruction in Washington, we’re not going to be able to get back to opportunity for all.”

Barnhart, a 39-year farmer from Ottawa, said he was fighting for the small farmer and businessman.

“You know, the little guy always gets forgotten,” he said.

Eye may be best known to many Lawrencians as one of the lead attorneys for opponents of the South Lawrence Trafficway. He has been active in environmental issues for years.

Barnhart has run unsuccessfully for several elected offices in recent years.

And Schlingensiepen has entered several recent political frays. He spoke against Brownback’s proposal to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit, and he delivered petitions seeking the removal of House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, after O’Neal forwarded an email that referred to President Barack Obama and a Bible verse that said, “Let his days be few and brief.”

Last year, he helped form a coalition to fight Brownback when the Republican governor proposed shutting down the Kansas Neurological Institute.

The candidates outlined their positions on several topics during recent interviews and public forums.

Economic proposals

On the issue of the economy, Eye said upgrading the nation’s infrastructure would put people back to work and increase income. He said Kansas is the “Saudi Arabia of wind” and should be the national leader in wind energy but isn’t because Republicans in Washington play political games with the production tax credit that is aimed at encouraging wind investment.

Eye said he became an attorney to help people, and has been working as an activist and advocate on issues for 30 years. That, he said, will allow him to hit the ground running if elected.

Barnhart said that since the 1970s, large conglomerates have taken over agriculture to the detriment of rural America. He said he wanted to work on reversing that trend “to allow the family farmer to come back.”

Schlingensiepen said removing the “politics of obstruction” would free American entrepreneurs in the fields of renewable energy and other areas. He said Jenkins votes the way Republican leaders tell her to vote.

“Kansas needs a voice, not an echo,” he said. He said he has spent his entire career listening and responding to people and can bring together folks from diverse backgrounds.

Health care

All three candidates said they support federal health and insurance reforms under the Affordable Care Act, although they said more work needs to be done to contain rising health care costs. Jenkins has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Those ACA repeal votes are simply examples of more obstructionism, Schlingensiepen said.

“We need to build on what’s good (in the ACA), and we need to solve the problem of rising health care costs,” he said.

Barnhart said he can’t afford health insurance and knows many farmers who leave the occupation to take jobs so that their children are insured. He chastised House Republicans for repeatedly voting to repeal the ACA without voting on a replacement law.

Eye said health care in the United States “should be a right, not a privilege.” Eye calls the ACA a historic piece of legislation, adding, “It is a step in the right direction but is certainly not a complete solution.”

Immigration, campaign finance, voter ID

All three candidates blamed federal policies for the problem of undocumented immigrants.

Eye said the movement of millions of undocumented workers from Mexico was caused by the North American Free Trade Agreement; Schlingensiepen said the same corporations that exploit cheap labor are working against immigration reform; and Barnhart said Republicans talk about closing the border but then vote for policies that encourage illegal immigration.

The three candidates also support more campaign finance disclosure and criticized unlimited and secretive donations.

In the campaign finance reporting period running from April 1 through June 30, Schlingensiepen reported raising $37,100, and Eye raised $14,200. Barnhart reported no contributions. Meanwhile, Jenkins, who is seeking her third term, reported raising $350,000, with $210,000 coming from political action committees and $140,000 from individuals.

The Democrats also spoke against new restrictions on voter registration and participation.

“The entire issue of voter registration has been utilized to take attention away from other important topics and interest,” Schlingensiepen said.

Barnhart called the issue “smoke and mirrors,” and Eye said “voter fraud was a solution looking for a problem.”


When asked about what priorities they would have if elected, Eye said he wanted to work on making the tax code more progressive and ensuring that military veterans receive the assistance they need.

Schlingensiepen said he wanted to improve constituent services, and Barnhart said he would like to serve on committees dealing with agricultural issues.

Obama’s grade

While President Barack Obama is not popular overall in Kansas, the Democratic candidates said they supported him.

Barnhart said he didn’t vote for Obama but has since become a supporter, saying that he appreciates Obama’s resilience in getting health reform passed despite pressure from many sides to abandon the effort.

“I kind of like that about that guy,” he said.

Schlingensiepen said Obama has done an admirable job in the face of opposition.

Eye gave Obama a C-plus or B-minus, saying that while he didn’t agree with him on everything, such as subsidizing fossil fuels, the president was handed many problems “after a disastrous eight years” of President George W. Bush.

Robert Eye, Democrat

Age: 60 (DOB: Dec. 12, 1951)

Occupation: Attorney

Married: No

Children: Two stepchildren

Religious affiliation: No preference

Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Kansas State University. Law degree from Washburn University.

Experience: In 1984, ran unsuccessfully as an independent for governor. Serves on the boards of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. Member of the Citizens Climate Lobby and Sierra Club. Most of his legal practice has been in environmental, civil rights and employment law.

Quote: “The path that I see our country taking, particularly in the House of Representatives, is not sustainable. The further concentration of wealth and power in fewer and fewer hands undermines the basic fundamentals of democracy.”

Tobias Schlingensiepen, Democrat

Age: 48 (DOB: Nov. 24, 1963)

Occupation: Pastor

Married: Wife, Abigail

Children: Eight children, ages 10 to 31, between he and his wife

Religious affiliation: United Church of Christ

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas University; the equivalent of a Master of Divinity from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet, Bonn, Germany.

Experience: Senior minister on leave from First Congregational Church, Topeka; volunteer chaplain with the Topeka Police Department; community organizer working on keeping Kansas Neurological Institute open.

Quote: “I believe our nation is strong. A bad economy can’t beat us. We can create new jobs, educate our children, give workers a fair deal, and care for the elderly and vulnerable without bankrupting ourselves, but we have to choose better priorities.”

Scott Barnhart, Democrat

Age: 39 (DOB: March 9, 1973)

Occupation: Farmer

Married: No

Children: None

Religious affiliation: Christian

Education: Attended Butler County Community College; Kansas University; finished degree in chemistry and physical science education at Emporia State University.

Experience: Former full-time substitute teacher in Lawrence; taught seventh-grade science in Basehor-Linwood; returned to farming in 2001. Ran unsuccessfully for state House in 2010 and state Senate in 2004.

Quote: “I’m just a middle-of-the-road guy. I’m not far left, far right. I’m right in the middle. I can see the issues from both sides, and I would like to see Congress start enacting legislation that benefits the middle instead of the millionaires on one side and billionaires on the other side.”


oyster 5 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, the kind of losers who put their careers on the line to run for office against long odds and expose themselves to public smearing. What we need are more brave uninformed and anonymous commentators like us to keep democracy running.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

Where do I send my money? A journay of 1000 miles begisn with a single step and it is about time to wrench Kansas from the clutches of the cllueless governer and his henchmen.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

Really messed thast one up! The message was so important I screwed up some of the words!!!

snitty 5 years, 10 months ago

Any one of these three will be better by far than Jenkins, who has done absolutely nothing, and who has no original ideas.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Voters should to ask themselves how many more times can they afford to lose $$$ value on their homes.

How many more times can voters afford to lose $$$ value on their retirement plans?

How many more jobs can they afford to lose?

How many more times can they afford to support a party that has accomplished all of the above for them due to reckless politics?

Can anyone afford the GOP ever again?

Repub ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion).

Plus millions of jobs were lost, retirement plans went up in smoke and loss of medical insurance. Residential real estate values went down the tubes.

Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.

Neil Bush was the most widely targeted member of the Bush family by the press in the S&L scandal. Neil became director of Silverado Savings and Loan at the age of 30 in 1985. Three years later the institution was belly up at a cost of $1.6 billion to tax payers to bail out.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Can anyone afford this...... YET again:

Wall Street banks heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions AGAIN.

Plus millions of jobs were lost, retirement plans went up in smoke and loss of medical insurance. Residential real estate values went down the tubes AGAIN.

Fraud certainly was very important in the housing bubble of recent years. But the housing bubble—like bubbles generally—did not depend on fraud, and most of its development was there for everyone to see. With the principal problems out in the open and with the authorities not only ignoring those problems but contributing to their development, one might say that the situation with the housing bubble was worse than a Ponzi scheme. And Madoff bilked his marks out of only $50 billion, while trillions were lost in the housing bubble.

In addition, government regulatory agencies turned a blind eye to the highly risky practices of financial firms, practices that both encouraged the development of the bubble and made the impact all the worse when it burst. Moreover, the private rating agencies (e.g., Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) were complicit. Dependent on the financial institutions for their fees, they gave excessively good ratings to these risky investments. Perhaps not fraud in the legal sense, but certainly misleading.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Yes the GOP is quite a monster expense to homeowners, the employed and to retirement plans.

Repairing the nations infrastructure should be at the top of the list. Why? Because we taxpayers own this and depend on this resource and expect this valuable resource to be maintained as a matter of safety if for no other reason.

Yes the nation needs a lot of jobs if we expect the economy to come back anytime soon. This infrastructure project is excellent use of tax dollars. Eisenhower put a lot of effort and money into the interstate highway system likely with the expectation we taxpayers would take care of such a valuable asset. All other federal highway systems need rehab work as well. Let's get on with it.

newmedia 5 years, 10 months ago

A lawyer and a community organizer. Sound familiar?

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 10 months ago

remember in november jenkins voted on the ryan budget to end medicare and medicaid.

Impacts of the Republican Medicare Plan In Kansas’s 2nd Congressional District

This analysis shows the immediate and long-term impacts of these changes in the 2nd Congressional District in Kansas, which is represented by Rep. Lynn Jenkins. The Republican proposal would have adverse impacts on seniors and disabled individuals in the district who are currently enrolled in Medicare. It would: • Increase prescription drug costs for 9,300 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $92 million for drugs over the next decade. • Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 111,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district. The Republican proposal would have even greater impacts on individuals in the district age 54 and younger who are not currently enrolled in Medicare. It would:

csun 5 years, 10 months ago

Great point and good #'s. Let's get the most electable Dem (Tobias) out of the primary and get to working on thefall of the 'Wall of Lynn."

tbaker 5 years, 10 months ago

Demagogue fail. It doesn’t “end” MEDICARE and MEDICADE. Doing nothing is what ends these programs. Wise up.

Orwell 5 years, 10 months ago

Taking away guaranteed coverage and substituting an insufficient "premium support" check is a scam to destroy Medicare and benefit the private insurance industry – the same gang that created the crisis of the uninsured. "Doing nothing" is NOT the alternative, but it wouldn't be anymore harmful than Ryan/Republican extremism intended to support more tax cuts for their billionaire paymaster.

Clearly4Kansas 5 years, 10 months ago

Why would anyone in Lawrence vote for the trial attorney who led the efforts to stop construction of the southern bypass, costing taxpayers millions, creating congestion on city streets, and lining his own pockets with fees paid by taxpayers?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps because they are motivated in their choice of candidates by an understanding of actual facts, and not on complete and utter nonsense such as that which you just spewed.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

I'd say there are about 100, maybe 200 votes that he has locked up. Other than that Eye's name is notorious for obstructing the long needed and highly desired completion of the South Lawrence Bypass. It sure would be nice to get a quick summary of the number of wins that Eye accumulated during the last 20 odd years. If I'm not mistaken, Bob won exactly one of his countless cases against every government entity on the planet. If his last appeal was a tennis match he would have lost 0-6, 0-6, 0-6 without winning a single point along the way.

In other words, None of these three has a snowballs chance against Lynn Jenkins, and that really says more about them than Lynn.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

So, Eye doesn't share your bigoted pave-it-over view of the world. Big whoop.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

I'll do a victory lap on the Bypass in your honor Bozo.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

I also really like the hand painted "Bob Eye" signs in the front yards of a few homes. Can people living in $200k plus homes not afford a printer or to contribuite money to Eye's campaign to get some professional signs made? His campaign is going to be a goat rodeo.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

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JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

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JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

By the way, in the interest of accuracy, Bob Eye was supposedly working pro bono on these suits. That does nothing to change the millions in legal fee he cost taxpayers for the government to defend itself against his barrage of meritless lawsuits and appeals. In some ways, it makes it worse that he was representing them pro bono, at least for his political campaign. He can't hide behind a wall of"I was just doing my professional duty". It's obvious that Bob Eye had an ax to grind with those frivolous lawsuits. And his actions cost taxpayers in the hundreds of millions considering the increased costs of construction, legal fees and lost use of a much needed road. This is not the kind of person we need representing us in D.C.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 10 months ago

I want to hear more about Schlingensiepen before casting final judgment.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

The guy that had to apologize for his embarrassing gaffe that occurred within 15 minutes of being in the public eye?

5 years, 10 months ago

I can't decide between Bob Eye & Schling*, I like both of them. At least Schling's church starts with the letter U, those are safe havens aren't they?

csun 5 years, 10 months ago

Tobias is the most ELECTABLE! He's run a grassroots campaign since March (like Nancy Boyda). That's a very real issue in the primary race! Tobias is the best choice.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Is that a nice way of saying he doesn't have a job?

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

I hate to agree with you, but in this three ring circus "sideburns" might be the best option.

tbaker 5 years, 10 months ago

Was there a sale on the full-figured-man Polo Shirts recently? Barnheart needs a makeover.

George_Braziller 5 years, 10 months ago

Why waste the money on a new shirt. He doesn't stand a chance anyway.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 10 months ago

If you want to hurt our environment, you vote for a guy like EYE. This is the kind of person who promotes an agenda that scares people into voting for right wing conservatives.

So what are our choices. A right wing wacko or a leftist.

This is what happens when our best and brightest and our most experienced fail to stand up in our communities. But I cannot blame them.

We have these guys in the middle who seem to be very weak on qualifications and appear to have absolutely no experience to deal with the important issues of our time. This is one of those times when they will be looked at very hard because the choices are almost slim and none.

parco814 5 years, 10 months ago

newmedia 4 hours, 22 minutes ago A lawyer and a community organizer. Sound familiar?

--Sure does. Willard Romney has a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1975) and organized the corporate community to market the 2002 Olympics. Good call, newmedia!

parco814 5 years, 10 months ago

I've just started learning about Robert Eye, after having met him outside the Dole Center on my way in to hear Don Rumsfeld.

What I know about RE so far impresses me. Especially his refusal to play the religion game--"No Preference," I like that. About time a politician brought American values to Kansas.

As to Jenkins, she used to send her propaganda to me, those broadsides against the President that looked and read like Drudge Report headlines. Contacted her office, told them to stop stinking up my mailbox, and they stopped. So, Jenkins has done something right. Sooner or later, she won't be able to stink up the nation anymore with her Tea Party tripe. I admire all three of these citizens for taking a stand against her and the negativity she represents.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 10 months ago

I think Jenkin's affair with a Lawrence fence builder while she was still married isn't quite up to Kansas' version of religious values. Hypocrites as always.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 10 months ago

What was Schlingensiepen's gaffe? I must have missed it.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

It had to do with the size of his jewels in relation to other candidates and representative's jewels.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

If it was harmeless why did he rush to apologize.

oyster 5 years, 10 months ago

Did he apologize? I thought he just said it was an "unfortunate choice of words," which doesn't sound like an apology to me. I would guess he was being conciliatory to avoid being drawn into a pointless and trivial confrontation, since there are actually important things at stake in this election.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 10 months ago

Bob Eye would not be a strong candidate because of his involvement with the SLT whether you support his positions or not. We need to focus on the best candidate to face off with Jenkins.

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

the fact that some of you still refuse to acknowledge the existence of indigenous land based religious practices outside of christianity and the fact that some of you consider defending civil rights as obstructionism speaks volumes of your bigotry. Mr. Eye still sees the country that prejudiced views refuse to acknowledge in their pursuit of American homogenousness. Prejudiced people refuse to be induced to think and be understanding and tolerent of cultures whose subjugation made their narrow mindedness possible. Why did you come to this world? freedom.... what are you taking away from the people whose land you occupied....freedom....what was taken away from those kids at Haskell whose bones might see the light of day when Billy Bob hits them with the machinery? dignity and respect.....treatment afforded White people and no one else.....I guess some people are publically proud of their offensive behavior until someone actually penetrates their prejudice and makes them apologize long after their offending acts.....American Christianity anyone? I guess you know whom I'm voting for.....

Carol Bowen 5 years, 10 months ago

Bob Eye has a diverse background. I don't know him, but he probably is a very principled man. However, politics are harsh. The SLT is a sore topic. It would bring down his campaign. In the big picture, we need to choose someone who has a chance of winning.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Tush, there may have originally been a benevolent and meritorious intention behind Bob Eye's involvement in the SL Bypass. 20 some odd years ago. As cases were filed and lost, and more cases and appeals were filed and lost, it became increasingly obvious that the name of Bob Eye's game was not to obtain justice for his clients but to make the process as expensive and onerous as possible. This is the very definition of obstruction. Fortunately, the government did not yield to these tactics. The government should have sought sanctions against Bob Eye and his clients long ago.

tbaker 5 years, 10 months ago

If ignorance is bliss, Tusch should undoubtedly be the happiest person on this blog, so why all the pent-up angst and vitriol? What is the source of all this anguish? Certainly it can’t all be owed to some ancient slight both delivered and received by people long sense dead? Isn’t it odd that being lied to is what riles most folks, but telling ole Tuschey the truth is what sends him over the edge?

ThePilgrim 5 years, 10 months ago

What an unflattering picture of Barnhart. And the LJWorld crops out the person that Eye was photo op'd with in a personal photo. Jenkins is a joke, but she may easily win over these guys.

wastewatcher 5 years, 10 months ago

All of these three appear to be the extreme liberal semocrats who have taken over the Democrat party. Why does nthe LIBERAL PARTIES CHAIRMAN< JOAN WAGNON, have to get her son on the payroll of one of these EXTREME LIBERALS? I choose to stick with a our known Congressman . LYNN JENKINS. and I will be doing all I can to elecxt her over these LIBERAL LOONIES.

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

on November 5, 2010 I called Lynn Jenkins office and the conversation went 80 or 90 decibels with the constituency services person from Iowa. In that conversation he stated that she was voted for by people west and south of Topeka to do nothing. Over $120k a year as a congressperson to do nothing??? Wastehypocrite, why do you have no problem wasting a salary on this person and not see that waste? not see the NBAF waste? Tom Delay's whole ploy as GOP majority leader before his court case was to get pork and gerrymander Texas districts for the distribution of pork. Pork kept the GOP in office...Duke Cunningham.... Ted Stevens from Alaska.......Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.....Claire McCaskell identified the pork machine between the Alaska GOP candidates and the Native Corporations that funded them and gave their Native recipients next to nothing because the corporation Natives were like Todd Palin....Native in blood only with no connection to their culture bowing to White people as government indians to get kickbacks. As soon as Claire McCaskell did this the crooks circled the wagons and Mrs. McCaskell was removed from the US Joint Senate Commission on Indian Affairs so the back scratching could continue.....simpleton kansans making fun of smart people because dumb rules the day in the pig faced people on old episodes of the Twilight Zone making fun of the women with the normal face....reality on it's the way learn how to spell wastewatcher... maybe you were educated in kansas.....

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

jack remember the first amendment and religion right??? you've heard of the Native American Religious Freedom Act of 1978 and the Native American Religious Restoration Act of 1993 right? you've heard of sundances and stomp dances and green corn dances and religious practices of indigenous peoples right? whose religious practices are you infringing on with the SLT right? if you're first amendment rights were being affected what would you do to stop it? maybe obstruct it? go research the Genesis solar farm burial discoveries in California or the San Francisco and Davis Peaks in in Arizona or the Nantucket Sound Windfarm issue and the Wampanoag people in Massachucetts tell the thousands of people whom you're oblivious to offending with your words that their rights don't matter....I don't think you'd get it even if you faced these people in person... you aren't getting it with me or Mr. Eye?

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

The first amendment has no relevance to the SL Bypass. You're really grasping at straws.

Ann Hamil 5 years, 10 months ago

I too will support anyone over Jenkins, but Tobias has my vote in the primary because, although Bob could maybe get elected to an all Lawrence district, he will not win the 2nd district as a whole. Folks out west will see Demo and Lawrence and vote for Lynn. They may take a 2nd look at a pastor from Topeka.

George_Braziller 5 years, 10 months ago

That's really scary if they vote for someone just because he's a pastor.

Ann Hamil 5 years, 10 months ago

Did I say they would vote for him just because he was a pastor? I think I said that they might take a second look at a pastor from Topeka. Please do not twist and cheery pick my words.

George_Braziller 5 years, 10 months ago

No need to nit-pick mine either. I'm not "twisting" it just stating a fact. The religious fanatics will vote for someone just because he or she is a minister or pastor or priest..

grimpeur 5 years, 10 months ago

Good grief. Cropping Barnhart's pic with Eye's name placard in it? Are you kidding me? Is someone trying to get Eye's name associated with Barnhart's unflattering image or otherwise mislead readers? Sorry, but it's basic stuff, it's on the front page, and this is so laughably poor...

No offense to Barnhart, but if I were Bob Eye, I would be all over someone at LJW.

Ginormous eyeroll.

love2fish_ks 5 years, 10 months ago

Eye must be delusional to not understand how much he is disliked. HIs non-stop legal work for the past 20 years to stop the lawrence by pass is legendary. Totally disgusting.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 10 months ago

I do now remember Schlingensiepen's "gaffe" by saying someone with "balls" was needed to change what is happening in congress.

He is right, of course. Not bout physical balls, which I assume he has and Jenkins doesn't, but political and legislative balls.

Attributing this to an attack on Jenkins' (presumed) balllessness is a stretch. My guess is that he apologized because he did not mean it that way.

Nothing to see here.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 10 months ago

We had Boyda up for reelection last time and she lost despite a good record in Washington. It shows how dumb Kansas can be in the polling booth!

csun 5 years, 10 months ago

Any female Democrat could have run. None chose to file.

classclown 5 years, 10 months ago


As far as I see it the gaffe isn't so much Schlingensiepen's as it is Eye's. The entire world understood what Schlingensiepen meant yet Eye decided to get some political posturing in.

Eye exposed himself to be a jackass that day.

Orwell 5 years, 10 months ago

Fine; just keep voting for the woman whose first vote was against equal pay.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 10 months ago

What about a woman who aids and abets the "patriarchy".

The real ideal world is when gender doesn't matter, rather one's positions and accomplishments.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 10 months ago

Maybe a chance for Kansans to show the rest of the country there is a little intelligents in Kansas if we can dump Jenkins!

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

a white guy ignoring the same principle of religious value on an area for historical and cultural reasons that exist with Canyon Du Chelly, The Black Hills, the Little Bighorn Battlefield, Wounded Knee, the Sand Creek Massacre site, the Gnadenhutten Massacre site, the Indian Island Massacre site, and many others. The Haskell wetlands are sacred because Methodist overseers pushed indigenous children and parents to meet in those wetlands thus making them a reminder of the punishment inflicted upon Native Americans by White Christians and the settlers whose lands they stole and whose culture they attempted to wipe out by legal decree after 1886. Just like Jewish people want pogroms and concentration camps to be marked and remembered and African American people want the woolworth counters and trailways bus stations and separate water fountains to be remembered we want these sites to be acknowledged so that's there's not a generation of people who are ignorant of history and set out to repeat it at the cost of the original victims. Indigenous people worship there which is protected by the First Amendment. Thanks for publically stating your ignorance Mr. Mckee.... I wonder if the actor avatar you have agrees with your ignorance?

Mike Ford 5 years, 10 months ago

insulting real history american go watch archie bunker troll.......

csun 5 years, 10 months ago

Electability, electability, electability. Tobias CAN beat Jenkins.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

What are the going odds that csun is Tobias?

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 10 months ago

It does look like the Kochs are going to win this one without having to spend any money at all.

I think we would need a miracle at this point to avoid a right wing landslide because I will never vote for a guy like Eye.

oyster 5 years, 10 months ago

And you've written off Tobias S. because?

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Look at him. Now look at Lynn Jenkins. He's starting a few yards back at the start. He'll need to be one superb politician to overcome his disadvantage.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

The only type that will vote for Eye will be the crazy far left radicals. I'm guessing there are a few hundred of them in Kansas in total. Jenkins doesn't eve have to try. The democrats can choose from the hippie, the dork, and the dirtbag. Not one of these guys has a snowballs chance.

Besides, anyone that's still registered as a democrat in Kansas is a damn fool.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

Hmmm, numerous accounts all created in the 3rd week of July with rave reviews of this Tobious fellow. Interesting.

oyster 5 years, 10 months ago

I have one of those accounts you mentioned- and yes I did set it up to comment on an earlier story about Tobias because I am following his campaign closely. I used to be a member in his church, and I know in Topeka at least he has a bigger following than you might think. He is one of the most humane and compassionate people I've ever met and has helped see many people I know through incredibly difficult times. I would like to think it's possible for someone like him to become a Congressman; that would at least go a long way towards restoring my faith in our democracy. I can assure you that whatever he lacks in a campaign photographer/make-up artist he more than amply makes up in brains and charisma over Lynne.

oyster 5 years, 10 months ago

And if you're not convinced there are a lot of us out there, take a look at the comments on his campaign facebook page, I just noticed he's gotten 539 likes in 2 months next to Lynne's 837 over 2 years. Not bad for a primary candidate.

oyster 5 years, 10 months ago

Of which 1.4 million are Kansans,, or 50% of the population. Whether or not you think that 50% of Kansans are morons, they are still a big chunk of the voting public.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

He'll need every last ounce too. Assuming he can beat the hippy, based on the first debate performance I'm not giving him good odds.

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