Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Republican presidential hopefuls turn their attention to Kansas

Republican contenders for the presidential nomination will compete in the Kansas caucus Saturday. From left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Republican contenders for the presidential nomination will compete in the Kansas caucus Saturday. From left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

March 7, 2012


Now with Super Tuesday states in their rear view mirrors, Republican presidential candidates are focusing on the Kansas GOP caucus on Saturday.

The stakes are high in the tight race as Kansas Republicans will caucus in 96 locations around the state to vote for their preferred nominee. The results will determine how the Kansas GOP allocates its 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

On Wednesday, Rick Santorum stopped in Lenexa. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ron Paul will be at the Lied Center. Newt Gingrich had initially planned to make several appearances in Kansas on Friday and Saturday but then canceled.

On Saturday, Paul planned to speak at caucus sites in Johnson County. GOP officials were still awaiting word about whether Mitt Romney would make it to Kansas.

In Douglas County, the GOP caucus will be held at Free State High School.

Richard Todd, chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, said he was expecting upwards of 2,000 people, including U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, whose district includes the western portion of Douglas County. Statewide, GOP officials said they were hoping for 50,000 to 60,000 Republicans to participate.

“I think there are a lot of people interested in getting things moving for Republicans,” Todd said. “The desire is there; a real sense of urgency in getting something done,” he said.

Todd said he hoped the caucus would serve as a springboard to energize the local GOP in races up and down the ballot.

Doors to the caucus will open at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m. representatives of each candidate will be allowed to give a speech. Then voting will begin. Todd said the caucus should wrap up around 1 p.m.

He said volunteers are still needed to help out. A training session for those who want to volunteer will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. John Catholic Church.


Getaroom 6 years, 2 months ago

The American Faith Party turning their attention to Kansas is kinda like turning a blind eye toward the sun isn't it? For this election, on a statewide level, It makes no difference really.

If you have two thumbs, point them downward please, for the GOP!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Since leaving Congress, Santorum has become a wealthy lobbyist.

Santorum is from less of a working-class background than Bill Clinton, Joe Biden or Barack Obama. As a blog post on The Democratic Strategist noted, “Rick Santorum is an MBA, fancy lawyer, politician and slimy lobbyist. His parents were a clinical psychologist and administrative nurse. He is no more authentically ‘blue collar’ than he is Chinese.”

White lab coats don’t have blue collars. Santorum went to Penn State as an undergraduate and for law school and received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Graduates of top-tier flagship state schools and multiple graduate programs are not working-class people.

As recent Huffington Post and New Republic articles on demonstrate, Santorum was hardly a populist during his college years. Santorum, who sported a beard and smoked a pipe, was more of a typical frat boy. He was ambitious, conservative on economic issues and not terribly ideological. In fact, he has said that he was “basically pro-choice,” on abortion until he ran for Congress. Since leaving Congress, Santorum has become a wealthy lobbyist.

SVHawk 6 years, 2 months ago

Do I have to show my birth certificate to attend?

asixbury 6 years, 2 months ago

I don't have anything against well-educated people. Those people are the ones that should be in office. I do have a problem with Santorum because of his fanatical preaching, not because he did well in school.

SDTPlant 6 years, 2 months ago

What? Rick Santorum was caught in a landslide? Where? Was it on his way to KS from ND? He didn't have a bus full of his other cronies, like Brownback, KKKobach, Limpbaugh, Gingrinch, or Herman Cain with him did he? Tell me it isn't so!

tolawdjk 6 years, 2 months ago

Funny, all the national outlets are saying Gingrinch is punting on Kansas and heading south.

Jason Bowers-Chaika 6 years, 2 months ago

I thought I smelled the distinct odor of fecal matter and lube.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 2 months ago

Brownbacks Abortion bill raises KU Med accreditation concerns #heblowsalot

torque25 6 years, 2 months ago

Gingrich is too busy building his moonside brothel space station-thingy to come waddle around Kansas for a measly 40 delegates.

hyperinflate 6 years, 2 months ago

It will be fascinating to see what turnout is in 2012 versus turnout in 2008 for both R's and D's. The amount of energy in the D caucuses in 2008 was astounding. One wonders if the R's can generate that kind of energy during this go-round.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 2 months ago

Question. Do you have to be a registered Republican to vote in the caucus? It will be interesting to see who the Kansas Republicans choose. Douglas county will probably choose Romney. We have no information on what the rest of the state thinks. The result would be some indication of how much support governor Brownback has.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

Good point on the Gov. I think our leader is staying around 30-some percent approval, which sounds about right 333% or so of those eligible to vote put him in office. Santorum should be fun, but perhaps a bit slippery.

hyperinflate 6 years, 2 months ago

Uh, was that last sentence a purposeful double entendre? Cause if so, it was rather good.

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm hoping that Biden will do the honorable thing and step aside and that Hillary Clinton will be the vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats.

I know that is off-topic, but I just wanted to throw it in.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 2 months ago

Hillary is retiring at the end of the year. She's had enough of public office.

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

She looks tired. Being vice-president would be a lot easier than Secretary of State.

Bob Forer 6 years, 2 months ago

Now that's an idea. I never have liked Hillary, but I think she'd be a decent VP, and is a lot more qualified to step up to the top job than Biden.

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

I don't agree with Hillary on a number of things, but she's tough and she's smart and I'm sure she knows where the bodies are buried (meaning she probably wouldn't be taking the crap off the members of congress that Obama is).

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

What the hell people piss and moan day in and day out how awful most congress people are so why would anybody vote in wealthy republicans?

Here's a group who have lived in a glass houses most of their lives then moved on to a tax dollar payroll from the big government they say is too big and despise.

Then from elected office two have become high dollar lobbyists who say what they are paid to say? Ethics anyone?

Not only that MOST I said most wealthy brats have no clue about how the middle class or low income families live or what the impact is on a family to be without jobs.

Their speech writers say they can feel the pain to which I say that is nothing but a load of crap.

Why is it we voters somehow select these folks to represent us knowing full well that is not likely to happen?

Is it not time to consider the low spenders who sometimes demonstrate practical thinking skills? That which can carry the country beyond tax breaks,abortions,attacks on women?
Distracting voters from the issues that matter such as jobs jobs jobs jobs,new economic growth,cleaner energy and promoting down public education?

patkindle 6 years, 2 months ago


Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Don't forget these four want to destroy Medicare Insurance and Social Security Insurance by way of giving all of this away to private investors?

Think about this:

The opponents of Social Security will stop at nothing in their long crusade to destroy the most efficient retirement system in the world. Opponents have taken two tracks to attack Social Security.

With corporations routinely defaulting on their pension promises, more and more workers must rely on their individual wealth to make up the difference.

The stock market collapse at the turn of the millennium wiped out much of the financial wealth of middle class Americans, and the collapse of the housing bubble has wiped out much of their remaining wealth.

Have opponents actually lied to the public about Social Security?

Yes. Former President George W. Bush repeatedly claimed that those who put their money in private accounts would be “guaranteed a better return than they would receive from the current Social Security system.

But every sale of stock on the stock market includes the disclaimer: “the return on this investment is not guaranteed and may be negative” for good reason.

During the 20th century, there were several periods lasting more than ten years when 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.

In claiming that the rate of return on a stock investment is guaranteed to be greater than the return on any other asset, Bush was lying. If an investment-firm broker made this claim to his clients, he would be arrested and charged with stock fraud.

Michael Milken went to jail for several years for making just this type of promise about financial investments. More info:

Bob Forer 6 years, 2 months ago

"He is nothing but a racist pig and a liar."

I respectfully disagree. He is a lot more, and a lot worse, than your description.

ConcernedAmerican 6 years, 2 months ago

Obviously, everyone here making comments have not done the research to become informed about the positions of the candidates. You have all been spoon-fed by the main stream media and what they think THEIR (not the voters) choice for the Republican candidate for you should be. I say this because I feel there is really no difference between the Democrat or Republican establishment candidates. To truly make an informed decision, a voter must be fully informed, not by what they have been told, or how the candidate looks or if they are electable. The internet is a powerful tool and can provide you with an incredible amount of information that the MSM does not want you to know or wants you to ignore. Use it. Once you do, you will find that the only candidate you can rationalize as a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party is Congressman and doctor, Dr. Ron Paul. He is the only one that has set out a plan to restore this country to what the Founding Fathers endowed to us within the Constitution. If you want to see this country get back to its greatness as a country for the people, by the people and where government is not imposing its will on the people, please, read about what Dr. Ron Paul stands for and I guarantee, you will look at what our government has become, while realizing how much we have lost. Dr. Ron Paul 2012.

myech 6 years, 2 months ago

Its amazing that sooo many people state they dont trust the media.... but as soon as the media tells them something about Dr. Paul they believe it... I dont understand...

Bob Forer 6 years, 2 months ago

Oh Joy! The Circus is Coming! The Circus is Coming! The Circus is Coming!

Sparko 6 years, 2 months ago

Thieves, grifters and idiots. Vote for them if you like theocracy.

lunacydetector 6 years, 2 months ago

the hate filled comments of the looney left says a lot about their tolerance.

of course santorum is going to win, because the msm wants romney.

beatrice 6 years, 2 months ago

Why exactly should liberals tolerate the intolerant?

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

Because if you really believe in tolerance, that means tolerating those who are intolerant.

PapaB 6 years, 2 months ago

Romney's the only one with an organized campaign and credentials of fixing everything he touches. Santy can complain all he wants about Romneycare, but the people of Mass still favor it. The evangelicals are still holding onto bigoted views against Mormons, which is why he's having trouble getting them onboard.

I'd like to believe that the education level in our County will leave out Newt and Santy. I like Paul, but his foreign policy is unrealistic. Mitt is the only logical choice.

myech 6 years, 2 months ago

His foreign policy is the only realistic one. When you look at it economically the only way we can afford to continue as we are is to continue to debase the currency and thus destroy our economy. We cannot afford to continue endless wars across the globe. We need to bring them home to secure our country.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 2 months ago

Kansas Abortion Bill Could Raise Taxes On Women Seeking Procedure

The sweeping anti-abortion bill working its way through the Kansas Legislature would levy a sales tax on women seeking abortions, including rape victims.

Buried in the 69-page bill being considered by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee are several provisions, in fact, that opponents say would increase taxes on those who seek abortions.

The tax sections do not include exemptions for women who want an abortion after a sexual assault or to end a life-threatening pregnancy.

Joe Hyde 6 years, 2 months ago

Republican presidential hopefuls turning their attention toward Kansas?

In this election cycle anyway, I was rather hoping they wouldn't.

Scott Tichenor 6 years, 2 months ago


yourworstnightmare 6 years, 2 months ago

A Massachusetts moderate/severe conservative flip-flopper.

A medieval religious misogynist crusader.

A loopy egomaniac academic.

A bugnutty libertarian isolationist pro-lifer.

The abundance of choice is astounding!

Pete Kennamore 6 years, 2 months ago

Sad isn't it? What happened to the Republican party? Not that the Democrats are any better.

Richard Payton 6 years, 2 months ago

How often do you get a robo call from Santorum paid for by Romney? Dirty tricks in politics happen all the time.

ThePilgrim 6 years, 2 months ago

I got a text last night AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT from Santorum's SuperPAC, bashing Romney.

And I'm not even a registered Repub.

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