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County GOP under new leaders

November 17, 2012

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Fed up with the Obama administration, and what she saw as liberal media bias, Jana Rea jumped into Douglas County Republican Party politics during the recently completed election cycle.

She and a like-minded group of people, calling themselves “The Crew,” went door-to-door working for Republican candidates.

Rea said the group didn’t think the leadership of the GOP in Douglas County was doing enough.

“A number of us were concerned that even though Douglas County has a third registered Republican, we haven’t felt like the conservative voice has been detectable,” Rea said. “We got tired of it.”

Now “The Crew” has taken over running the ship.

During a party organizational meeting right after the Nov. 6 general election, Rea defeated incumbent county GOP chairman Richard Todd, and Win Campbell was elected vice chair over an incumbent.

The new leadership team has a more conservative bend.

Clay Barker, Kansas Republican Party executive director, was asked to attend the meeting. He said a splinter group formed, recruited precinct leaders and went to the meeting to vote their leaders in.

“Groups have been doing that for 120 years,” he said.

Unlike nearly all of Kansas, Republicans in Douglas County find themselves in the minority.

Democrats and unaffiliated voters each have about 35 percent of the registered voters, while Republican have a little less than 30 percent.

Todd said that makes recruiting candidates and successfully electing them in Douglas County different.

“I’m a big-tent guy,” Todd said. “Republicans are Republicans are Republicans to me.”

The most prominent Republican elected official from Lawrence is Sandy Praeger, a two-term Kansas insurance commissioner who also served in the Legislature.

“Sandy Praeger and I would be at odds,” Rea said.

Rea praised Gov. Sam Brownback for blocking Praeger’s efforts to have Kansas work with the federal government to establish a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.

“I think she (Praeger) is on the wrong side of the issue,” Rea said.

Rea added, “I have a strong respect for the Republican Party platform. It is congruent with my faith.”

Todd said he had no hard feelings and was going to continue to work for the party.

“I want to help the Republican Party,” he said.

As far as national politics, Rea said she was surprised that Obama won re-election.

“A lot of us feel shock and grief, and we are determined that it is not going to stop us.”

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verity 1 year, 5 months ago

Except for a "Their best response . . . would be . . ." which really doesn't answer the question, I still haven't received any answer to my positive agenda question. Anything, please? I would like to think that the ultra right has some ideas beyond being obstructionists.

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verity 1 year, 5 months ago

So who has our latest phoenix rising risen from? I get so confused trying to keep up. Dizzy really.

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annoyingtheleft 1 year, 5 months ago

Kansas just elected the most Republicans in history, if I'm not mistaken. So no one fell around here except, let's see, Ann Mah and Kelly Kultala. Its all perspective tomato.

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Westy 1 year, 5 months ago

Who said this? “The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.”

James Carville - 2012

He also said, which I think depicts exactly the Democrats in Lawarence!

"The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.

Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality."

For the person that wanted to know what "Free Stuff" is, I think James called it Silage in his statement above.

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straightforward 1 year, 5 months ago

Extremists certainly exist on both sides, even in kansas. The comments on this story are proof of that. These are the people causing gridlock in government. Anyone who doesn't tow the party line and dares to compromise becomes a target in their party's next primary.

As someone who considers themself fairly conservative but not a radical, this news bothers me. Anyone who knows Mike Todd knows he is a fairly conservative guy. The thought of someone further right than him is scary. And to think the candidates in Douglas county weren't conservative enough is absurd. Can anyone really say with a straight face that Anthony Brown lost because he wasn't conservative enough?

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

Need an explanation: How did Rockchalk1977 make it through KU in the 1970's and still retain some GOP bull manure in his veins; this following the period of enlightenment of the late 1960's early 1970's. My assumption is that he still lives in the Lawrence area as he continues to mouth the far-right dittoheaded dogma on the LJW site as championed by Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Dobbs, Santorum, McConnell, Palin, Will , Simons and of course O'Reilly. I would have assumed a more conservative background, say K-State or anywhere in Kansas except Douglas County.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

jayhawklawrence... "It was not about getting free stuff". Actually it is.

“Welcome to USA.gov, a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads. Ask not what you can do for your country... just give me free stuff and I'll be a Democrat voter for life!

In English http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-finder#benefits&qc=cat_1

And in Spanish... http://es.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-finder#benefits&qc=cat_1

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annoyingtheleft 1 year, 5 months ago

Here's to all you Twinkies and Ding Dongs out there!. Your social injustice gang has yielded another casualty thanks to your brave new fantasy-world trickle up poverty. Guess you showed those evil capitalists! Sorry stoners :-(

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Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

A few thoughts.....I am saddened by the hate-filled posts above. The attacks and name calling serve no purpose other than to try to hurt those with whom you disagree.

We must disagree or we will fall victim to group-think and that never ends well, but we must disagree in a positive and constructive manner.

I think about this as I sit in church surrounded by many people who share different political views than me. I embrace them as my brothers and sisters in church so how can I write hateful things about them or their views? I must work not to defeat or crush them, but work with them to solve our shared problems.

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jayhawklawrence 1 year, 5 months ago

We are not going to get anything positive accomplished if we don't find a way to elevate the level of our discussions.

"Without a vision a nation shall perish..." [Proverbs 29:18].

What the Republican Party has been selling is not a worthy vision for America. Americans intuitively want something that represents our ideals as a nation.

Romney is struggling to understand what that is so I think we made the right choice in this election

It was not about getting "free stuff".

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 5 months ago

I will again vote GOP when the GOP stops taking such a fascist interest in the county's uteri. It used to be that the GOP was interested in Strong Individual Rights. No more. Now they think they can mandate what we do with our bodies.

The Religious Rite will usher in the complete fall of the GOP. The Religious Rite should be a third party, instead of bullying the GOP into some questionable ideology NOT created in Kansas.

The Religious Rite may well be the end of the US Christian Church as we once knew it as well. Church attendance is way down, and deepening a decades' old trend, moving opposite the advent of the Religious Rite in the GOP. Churches are now desperate to keep their doors open, as fewer people in this country attend on any routine basis.

Meanwhile, by their own admission, the Christian Rite was become addicted to porn. The Bible Belt leads the country in divorce rates. Just what are those Religious Rite Churches addressing these days, if it is not issues of the family? Oh yeah, I remember. POLITICS!! While "politics in the pulpit" is cited as the number one reason why people do not attend church with regularity.

I would love to see research on alcohol issues within the Religious Rite and research on incidences of child-abuse within the Religious Rite. We do indeed know that only 50% of the children raised in at Christian Rite home will remain in the faith of their parents. Why do you suppose that is? What is their answer to this issue? It is not to alter or adjust how they practice their faith, but to have more babies.

I am haunted by the Religious Rite Judge who beat his daughter, with a mother who did not interfere but cheered him on, all caught on film and viral-ed into this world by youtube. BTW, he is no longer married to the mother. Hmmmm!

All the Religious Rite has is an ideology. They do not practice the tenets laid out by Jesus, but follow the tenets of some unknown group of people who love to control people and their super-superficial Religious Rite ideologies.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

If this "Crew" were smart they need to do the following: (1) Learn Damage Control as their ship continues to sink, (2) Learn how to operate a life preserver, an inflatable raft and S.O.S.language, (3) Adopt the old adage "Sink or Swim".(4) Understand the concepts of "Walking the Plank" and "Keel Hauling", "Captain's Mast" and "Cat-O-Nine Tails".

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verity 1 year, 5 months ago

No one has yet answered my question about a positive agenda---something other than terminating those unspeakable liberals who should not be allowed to exist in Kansas.

What do you have to offer?

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

On November 6th, Kansas elected the largest number of Republican legislators in modern Kansas political history. In the House, 92 Republicans were elected, equaling the numbers of 2010. In the Senate, 32 Republicans were elected, exceeded the 31 elected in 2008. I'm 100% behind Rea and “The Crew” going forward. Kansas stands for lower taxes which in turn creates more jobs for Kansas residents. Douglas county is simply a freak anomaly in an otherwise great state. The goal should be to run every liberal Democrat out of the state, out of the country for that matter and get back to fiscal sanity.

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observant 1 year, 5 months ago

"It is congruent with my faith.” just shows they didn't learn a thing from their latest butt kicking.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 5 months ago

She lost me at "It is congruent with my faith.”

I can't vote for a nanny state whiner. The sooner the GOP gets back to fiscal conservatism and drops the culture wars, the better off they'll be.

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kujayhawk7476 1 year, 5 months ago

Rea added, “I have a strong respect for the Republican Party platform. It is congruent with my faith.”

And there you have it....these right-wing whackos care nothing about proper governing, they only care about faith-based issues; abortion, school vouchers for religious schools, etc.

They will ruin not only our state, but also the Kansas Republican party most of us want and the national Republican party.

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deec 1 year, 5 months ago

I see someone has decided to make yet another appearance.

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DougCoSpring 1 year, 5 months ago

It really is remarkable reading the comments on this thread. Liberals are so open minded and tolerant until someone actually voices an opinion contrary to their own! Then it becomes very apparent who the "haters" are. Really Sychophant? You really want her dead? Wow...tolerant indeed.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 5 months ago

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Doug Harvey 1 year, 5 months ago

knuckle draggers, deluded and deranged. welcome to kansas.

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selandz 1 year, 5 months ago

I just face palmed this whole article and all the comments on it....

face palmed

face palmed by selandz

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Gandalf 1 year, 5 months ago

Care to identify any voter or voter groups in Lawrence afraid to speak their minds? I always thought this town was highly opinionated and vocal! It seems to me it's always the conservative, right wing, teapub nut jobs who want to limit or punish free speech. Like Kline vs Sarah Peterson or evilsam vs Emma Sullivan.

Dingbats like Jana rea will only lead the repub party further down the teapub path into extinction. Granted Kansas is so far under educated and behind the times is will take years. Bad news jana, voter caging and purging won't work in Lawrence!

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handlon 1 year, 5 months ago

Seriously Westy? You holier than thou folks are something else. Go away....

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Dan Eyler 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm looking forward to Jana leading the party. Jana is interested in many view points but very principled. Good communication and expressing republican and conservative views will begin to move the bar in Douglas County. She doesn't need to worry to much about the opposition. Because of Jana's leadership she demonstrated that a better ground game will split more undecided voters. There is a lot of work for Jana and she is going to have more help than we have seen in the county in a very long time. The current establishment in Lawrence need to remember that you are in Kansas. Just that alone gives Jana the ability make serious progress. Openly and frequently challenging the Lawrence political establishment will swing voters who are afraid to speak their mind. Fun times ahead.

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Westy 1 year, 5 months ago

I am not from Lawrence. I would not be able to stomach all the liberal college professors there. But I do know Jana. She is an intelligent, fine conservative Christian woman, that will lead the Republican Party in Lawrence to great expectations!

Lawrence is the city of Sodom or Gomorrah of our state. I am surprised they have not legalized "Same Sex Marriage" or pot or both. As Abraham pleaded in Genesis to the Lord that the Lord save the city if Abraham could find 50 rightious men, but then Abraham could not find even 10, so the Lord consumed both Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire. I am hoping that Jana is able to work that miracle of finding enough to satisfy our Lord, or if not, get the heck out of there and don't look back because Lot's wife was turned to salt for looking back.

With Jana's guidance, the Republican party will once again be alive and well in Doughlas County!

Thanks Jana for all you do for us AND YOUR COURAGE!

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Norma Jeane Baker 1 year, 5 months ago

Unless you're talking about a jacket size, Richard Todd, you have never been a "big-tent guy" when it comes to the Republican Party. Never. As in, not ever.

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Noweigh 1 year, 5 months ago

I enjoy the hiding behind the "liberal media" card that is so often played by groups like The Crew. Highest rated radio show in America: Rush Limbaugh. Fox News is one of the highest rated Tv "news" shows too. And how about Bill O'Reilly, Hannity and others who have huge followings.
Give us a break Crew....the most popular media trend these days is conservative. In fact, the true "liberal" media have done a terrible job garnering any real audience numbers. Air America and other "liberal" media attempts have been ratings disasters.

We know you believe that God is surely on your side. If so, that should be consolation enough.

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lunacydetector 1 year, 5 months ago

after reading the majority of the comments, the democratic party should just change their name to the National Socialism Party.....the only difference i can see from the old National Socialism Party, is the antisemitism has been replaced with anti-religion, period, but the biological racism remains but not as pronounced.

Nationalsozialismus is german for National Socialism. their first leader was a guy by the name of adolph hitler.

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WristTwister 1 year, 5 months ago

"Fed up with the Obama administration, and what she saw as liberal media bias..."

Exactly right Jana Rea. The MSM continues to cover for this administration and contributed in no small way to his re-election. Scandals such as Solyndra, Fast and Furious, White House security leaks, Executive Orders, Executive Privilege and BenghaziGate get kicked down the road by the Obama administration and the press helps to minimize the stories or cover them up altogether. WaterGate would not be a part of any discussion today if the press had not pursued this story. WaterGate involved lying and covering up of a low level break in resulting in the resignation of then President Nixon. BenghaziGate involves the lying and covering up of either incompetent or willful actions before, during and after the attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi resuting in the deaths of four Americans. Of course the MSM has scant coverage of this disaster despite loads of evidence pointing to malfeance by the Obama administration.

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Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

Try as he might, the reporter can't cover for the fact that the party isn't split - but its leadership now includes a lot more people.

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akuna 1 year, 5 months ago

Rea added, “I have a strong respect for the Republican Party platform. It is congruent with my faith.”

So Rea is for individualism and neglecting the poor and needy. I wonder what her faith is. It is obviously not Christian.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

^^The new leadership team has a more conservative bend.

---I think you meant "bent."

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

obama won the national election with 8million fewer votes, he only won because Romney received fewer votes than did McCain. to get fewer votes than McCain is really saying something.
kansas republicans voted for rick santorum, but the lawrence/dgco leadership was behind the northeastern weak romneycare romney.
this difference has a lot to do with the change of direction here in dgco I think. and I am happy for it.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

“A number of us were concerned that even though Douglas County has a third registered Republican, we haven’t felt like the conservative voice has been detectable,” Rea said. “We got tired of it.”

---!!! you go girl!!! right on. and you're right about Sandy Plaguer.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 5 months ago

Letting these nut cases talk is what lost them the election. Some examples of their talk: Obamaphones - totally unaware that this program started under Reagan

Death squads in "Obamacare" - totally unaware that these don't exist

Sales tax on the sale of your home - totally unaware that this would occur only if you realized a $500,000.00 profit on your home.

Obamacare is socialist - totally unaware the it is a free market plan to protect the rest of us from irresponsible people who bum their health care from us, and was originally developed by Republicans.

Birthers - totally unaware of all the evidence or believe the evidence was faked

Obama should show his college records - demanded from people who either dropped out of college or never even went.

Obama is a Muslim - then they complain about the Christian church he attended for years which is led by a black preacher who had the audacity to get mad about the discrimination he has experienced in the US.

Obama should have known that the embassy in Libya was going to be attacked, even though Bush couldn't have know about the 9/11 attack, and Clinton couldn't have know about the Oklahoma bombing. Where were these people when our other consuls were attacked and workers killed, during Bush's and other's administrations? Oh yeah, they were just lowly workers, not an ambassador. They didn't count.

Obama controls gas prices, but Bush didn't.

Obama was mean to the GM executives who destroyed the company by firing them, instead of giving them a raise and shutting down the plant like all of the private equity firms do. Poor executives.

Never condemning the racists in their party; just denying that there is nothing racist meant by the signs portraying Obama being lynched.

Making their number one goal to prevent Obama's second term, instead of helping our country recover form the recession.

Actually signing a petition to have red states secede from the union, even though they get more federal dollars back than they actually put in. I even know one of the morons who signed the petition and lives on SS disability. I asked her how she was going to live now?

These are the reasons the Republicans lost. If you are one of these people, you are the reason Romney lost. You have scared away people who have been Republican all their lives. You are at best delusional, at worst liars. If delusional or uninformed, turn off Fox news. If you are a liar, I hope someone sues you for libel. It's about time someone paid for the lies.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 5 months ago

Idiots doing dumb stuff. It's been going on for at least 120 years.

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observant 1 year, 5 months ago

So they got their conservative butts kicked in the election. Therefore the answer is to become more conservative to really get their butts kicked next time around.

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 5 months ago

Jana has done an excellent job here. For too long Douglas county has subscribed to Santa Claus politics.

Ask yourselves these simple questions. Do you believe hard work should be rewarded? Do you believe that people who work hard shouldn't pay for those who do not wish to work? Do you believe in a Christian God? Do you believe in killing innocents?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you have no other choice than to vote with the Kansas Republican party. democrats and some RINOs believe that you should be penalized for hard work, that you should be rewarded for laziness, that God does not have a place in our nation and that killing children is just fine.

I agree we are on the cusp of a political change - but one towards the right of righteousness, not the destruction that the democrats promise.

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WristTwister 1 year, 5 months ago

Who could have guessed? LJW Liberals lining up to bash and censor the Republican Party in Douglas County. Last time I checked folks, the first amendment was still alive and well---even in Lawrence, Kansas. The attitude on display by the Democrats in these forums and nationally, bodes ill for our nation. The now famous phrase from President Obama is now once again rearing it's ugly head - "Elections have consequences". With the fiscal cliff coming at us at warp speed just after the election, does anyone believe compromise will be possible? Not according to Sen Bernie Sanders, D-VT.

"We're going to send a loud message to the leadership in the House, in the Senate, and President Obama: `Do not cut Social Security, do not cut Medicare, do not cut Medicaid,'" said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-declared socialist who aligns with Democrats. "Every now and then elections have consequences. We won."

Or this one from Harry Reid.

"I've made it very clear. I've told anyone that will listen, including everyone in the White House, including the president, that I am not going to be part of having Social Security as part of these talks relating to this deficit," Reid, D-Nev., told reporters.

Compromise is not part of the Obama plan regardless of his recent statements.

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Bob Reinsch 1 year, 5 months ago

People like this are exactly why I left the Republican party. More conservative = more divisive, less collaborative.

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Kathleen Ammel 1 year, 5 months ago

With all of the flak being sent up in these comments, the "crew" must be over the target. :)

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verity 1 year, 5 months ago

Do these people (and, please don't call them conservatives, they are radical regressive reactionaries who would take us back to the dark ages) have any positive agenda? Anything other than the obstruction of progress? That is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know.

Noweigh and somebodynew have it exactly right. This kind of religious fervor with no respect for any conflicting opinion never turns out well. Critical thinking not allowed.

And brewmaster---just saw his/her post.

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brewmaster 1 year, 5 months ago

The conservative-republican-tea party leaders, constituency and platform of elitist exclusion, priviledged entitlement and self absorption that is responsible for the past 30 years of cultural, financial and social decline in the U.S. is (slowly, but assuredly) being replaced by inclusionary, socially responsible, critically thoughtful and sane men and women...see the election of 2008 and 2012.

So, Ms. Rea, you and your cohorts continue the conservative tea party "congruent-with-faith" efforts. Ironically, but thankfully it is an eventual path to political self destruction.

...hello my name is and I am a conservative tea party republican...

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tange 1 year, 5 months ago

Crew, altogether unmotley.

/ perhaps they could dress the part

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Bob Forer 1 year, 5 months ago

It's a shame that Sandy Praeger's name is associated with these crackpots. Sandy is a good and decent person. She deserves better.

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Boston_Corbett 1 year, 5 months ago

These new officers are acolytes of the Americans For Prosperity and the Koch's. They had their own Koch-funded headquarters in Lawrence this summer. (the Douglas County Republican Initiative)

The Koch's now own the Douglas County Republican Party.

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Noweigh 1 year, 5 months ago

let "the crew" talk. The more they're heard, the more irrelevant and "fringe" they'll become. This group still doesn't get their political appeal is dwindling and it shows the tin ear they would have, if ever elected. Feeling "shock and grief" over the recent election shows their overall contempt for the voting public and their misguided belief that they somehow answer to a higher calling. Entertaining for sure, but politically on their way out.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 5 months ago

These dolts just don't get it. The tea party types got their clocks cleaned earlier this month, andstill, they are coming back for more. I guess stuipid is as stuipd does. Wonderful. They will transform the GOP in Douglas County from irrelevant to non-existent. Works for me.

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scarlett 1 year, 5 months ago

Rea sounds delusional. I wish she'd knock on my door so I could tell her the million reasons why I'd never vote for a conservative teaparty, I mean ~republican candidate, not ever. Romney is currently persona non grata in D.C. The repubs don't want to hear his name, he's just a bad joke now as is the right wing fringe comprised of people like Rea.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

The right wing conservatives have taken over after ousting republicans from the leadership.

I say the right wing conservatives such as Brownback/Kobach etc etc etc should form their own party. Instead they have take the republican name and smeared the party. Just like in Washington D.C.

I would say right wing conservatives are not republicans.

Sandy Praeger is the republican.

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 5 months ago

God help us all with people like Rea getting involved.

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Gandalf 1 year, 5 months ago

“A number of us were concerned that even though Douglas County has a third registered Republican, we haven’t felt like the conservative voice has been detectable,” Rea said. “We got tired of it.”

Oh its been detectable. It just that most DG voters are too bright to fall for your conservative crap!

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