Archive for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Schlingensiepen, Francisco to participate in chats

October 23, 2012


Two candidates in local races will participate in upcoming online chats at

Tobias Schlingensiepen, the Democratic nominee in the race for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District, will chat at 11 a.m. Friday. Readers can submit questions online here.

State Sen. Marci Francisco will chat next Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. Questions for Francisco can be submitted here.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Schlingensiepen’s opponent, and Ronald Ellis, Francisco’s opponent, have been invited to participate in online chats as well.


Andini 5 years, 7 months ago

Senator Francisco,

Why didn't you practice safe bicycling and wear a helmet in your commercial?


Marci Francisco 5 years, 6 months ago

I consider myself someone who practices safe bicycling. I always follow the traffic rules, by signaling and stopping at stop signs and for pedestrians. I am traveling at slow speeds for short distances. I have heard that my chances of good health are much improved because I ride a bicycle, helmet or not.


Ken Lassman 5 years, 7 months ago

Tobias, Representative Jenkins has shown almost no interest whatsoever in crossing party lines to look for and build common ground with other constituents who think differently than what the Republican Party line dictates. This is to me the greatest fault of any congressional representative today, whether they be Republican or Democrat, and this type of hiding behind your Party's wall has led to the most destructive polarization in our political arena in decades.

With this in mind, how do you view your willingness to discuss and seek out common ground with the Republicans who may hold different views on most things from you? This is a much more difficult path to take than to play it safe and stick to your party's recommendations, and yet the high risk behavior that I'm suggesting holds out the greatest hope for our country becoming stronger and preparing for the future.

Have you given this idea much thought? If so, how would you go about implementing a bridge-building process with your Republican citizens and Representatives? Obama has tried and largely failed, but I think that part of the reason may be due to the fact that there are not that many of our legislators willing to stick out their necks and support such ventures. What do you think?

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