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Jenkins challenged in newly configured 2nd District

October 28, 2012


Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen says solutions to the nation’s problems are being stymied by monied interests in Congress, and that U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has been complicit in that effort.

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But Jenkins, a Republican, blames what she describes as the big government agenda of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama.

Jenkins and Schlingensiepen, who are both from Topeka, face off in the Nov. 6 election to represent the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Lawrence and much of eastern Kansas. Dennis Hawver, a lawyer from Ozawkie, is the Libertarian candidate.

Schlingensiepen, a minister, said that if elected, he would fight the “fundraising circus that puts members of Congress in debt to wealthy corporations.”

He puts Jenkins in that circus, noting that she has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from banks, insurance and financial companies while voting against regulations of those interests that he said are aimed at safeguarding consumers.

Jenkins, who is seeking her third two-year term, said she voted against regulations that hurt small banks in the district. She said that when Obama took office and Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, they passed regulations that have hurt the economy.

“They believe government can solve our problems, while I believe that in many cases, government is the problem,” she said.

On the issue of taxes, Jenkins has called for an overhaul that lowers rates and eliminates loopholes that she says are used mostly by the wealthy. Schlingensiepen wants the Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 to go away.

Schlingensiepen said he supports extension of the wind energy tax credit; Jenkins said she supports a temporary extension of the wind energy production tax credit and would like to see it phased out as part of comprehensive tax reform that would remove many credits and deductions.

Schlingensiepen said he would protect funding to Public Broadcasting; Jenkins said she would pull the plug.

Jenkins has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act and has accused Schlingensiepen of refusing to take a stand on the issue. Schlingensiepen has said there are parts of the ACA that he likes but that it doesn’t address the issue of driving down health care costs. He has said putting everyone under a Medicare-type system would be logical, but not politically possible.

Schlingensiepen said the Medicare overhaul proposal that Jenkins has voted for would increase the cost of health care by more than $6,000 per senior citizen, but Jenkins said the plan was necessary to keep Medicare from going bankrupt.

Libertarian candidate Hawver said he would drastically reduce the role and spending of the federal government. For example, he said the Defense Department could take a 50 percent cut, and that he would “stop these stupid wars.” He also said he would take no action against Iran if that country developed nuclear weapons.

In the money department, Jenkins is far head, taking in $1.76 million during the election cycle and having $1.4 million cash on hand at the end of September. Schlingensiepen had collected $154,000 and had $50,420 cash on hand. Hawver reported no expenses.

Prior to this election, Douglas County had been split between the 2nd and 3rd congressional districts. But the new lines, drawn by three federal judges after the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback failed to agree on new redistricting maps, places all of Douglas County in the 2nd.

That raised Democratic voter registration numbers in the district some, but Republican voters still hold an edge of nearly 10 percentage points.

Candidate profiles

Dennis Hawver, Libertarian

Age: 69 (DOB: May 6, 1943)

Occupation: Lawyer

Married: Wife, Jolayne

Children: One son, one daughter

Religious affiliation: Protestant

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Washburn University; served in U.S. Air Force, combat veteran during Vietnam War; law degree from Washburn.

Experience: Has run for governor twice, and once before for U.S. Congress.

Quote: “Self responsibility in all aspects; everything from food procurement to medical care.”

Tobias Schlingensiepen

Tobias Schlingensiepen

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.”

Lynn Jenkins

Lynn Jenkins

Lynn Jenkins, Republican

Age: 49 (June 10, 1963)

Occupation: U.S. representative; certified public accountant.

Married: Divorced

Children: Two

Religion: Methodist

Education: Associate of arts from Kansas State University and Bachelor of Science in accounting at Weber State College.

Experience: Elected state treasurer, state House and state Senate.

Quote: “If we want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper once again, we have to stop taking so much away and give decisions back to the people. Instead of politicians in Washington pretending to know what’s best, let the people decide for themselves.”


likeitis 1 year, 5 months ago

So, is Jenkins divorced or has she re-married?
There's a reference to her marital status in this Townsville Bulletin article:


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 5 months ago

Jenkins is an embarrassment. She follows her tea party bosses and enjoys the perks of congress.

Government is indeed the problem when people like Lynn Jenkins are in it.


oldbaldguy 1 year, 5 months ago

why did she get elected twice? i have not met anybody who will admit to voting for her. I will vote schilenensloppen. however he is going down in flames, where did nancy boyda go?


costello 1 year, 5 months ago

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

between HIM and his wife


bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

"united church of christ" means that Schlingen-- is a member of the same denomination as Obama's wacko reverend wright, "KKK of of usa" and "chickens coming home to roost" justifying terrorism.
says much.


ThePilgrim 1 year, 5 months ago

I advanced voted the other day and I do not recall the Libertarian being on the ballot.


KEITHMILES05 1 year, 5 months ago

I rarely see a Jenkins sign but thousands of Tobias.


USian 1 year, 5 months ago

Lynn Jenkins, when she signed Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge, sold her soul, and became his puppet. She deserves to leave.


del888 1 year, 5 months ago

The current congress has been in sleep mode for the past 4 years. The only way to fix this is to get rid of any and all incumbents and bring in some new blood that will actually do the work that they are paid to do. Both democrats and republicans. Jenkins needs to go simply because she is taking our tax money but doing nothing to earn it.


JonasGrumby 1 year, 5 months ago

This isn't really contest. Jenkins will win 60% of the vote.


toe 1 year, 5 months ago

Challenged? No. Amused? Likely.


overthemoon 1 year, 5 months ago

I got a mailer from Jenkins yesterday in which she perpetuates the lie that Obama has 'taken' 7 billion dollars from Medicare to be spent on, horrors, Obamacare. I don't understand how the GOP can keep pushing that absolute twist of the truth. The money 'taken' from Medicare is actually a reduction of redundant and over charged claims from insurance and hospital providers which is redirected to Medicare recipients in the form of wellness and screening services. It makes the system more efficient while getting people care before the cost multiplies with more serious conditions.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

Notice all of the politicians calling themselves republicans describe government as evil yet refuse to leave government payrolls and the tax dollar financed medical insurance and the tax dollar retirement plans.

Brownback is but one perfect example. The entire republican leadership are more examples. Paul Ryan is a Brownback protege. Mitt Romney has been sucking the gov't teet for 30 years. And they all support outsourcing USA industry and jobs while making millions upon millions in profits doing so.

Jenkins is a puppet who looks the other way and votes against the USA and USA workers who made America what it is. Sending USA industry and jobs to China,India,Pakistan or anywhere else is simply ANTI AMERICAN.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

--- Jenkins is not a republican and is not allowed to vote as a true republican. Jenkins votes this party line of a party that basically eliminates republicans. Yes exactly what Brownback is trying to pull off here in Kansas. In Washington D.C. Jenkins does exactly what the leadership dictates otherwise the leadership would be replacing Jenkins.

--- There is no republican party.

--- In 1980 the republican party began being transformed into the Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism. Which required removing republicans from the republican party yet still posing as republicans.

--- As a result registered republicans such as myself have been forced from the party as well.

--- Funding for the Economic Terrorism Party has been provided for the last 32 years by Wal-Mart / Exxon Mobil / Corrections Corporation of America / AT&T / Pfizer Pharmaceuticals / Time Warner Cable / Comcast / Verizon / Phillip Morris International / Koch Industries. In addition to being assisted through a host of right-wing think tanks and foundations.

--- Introducing The Architects









--- Fraudulent republicans cost the USA our economy, jobs,homes and retirement plans.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 5 months ago

Government is indeed the problem when people like Lynn Jenkins have positions in it.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama has not said that he thinks government is the problem.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 5 months ago

If Jenkins thinks government is the problem, then why is she in congress? Oh yes, I forgot. To enrich herself and her buddies.

Toe the tea party line, do as you're told by your tea party bosses, and enjoy the perks. Maybe Jenkins is correct. Maybe government is the problem when people like her occupy positions in it.


Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

BTW, there are reports that Obama actually denied sending aid to Stevens.

Putting aside whether or not it was the right call, it points out he knew it was a terrorist attack from the beginning and sent Rice out to lie to the American people.


JackMcKee 1 year, 5 months ago

Sadly, it's not that easy. Jenkins is an empty headed tea party wind up doll. Either her or Michelle Bachmann wins the award for worst congressperson in the last 25 years


Machiavelli_mania 1 year, 5 months ago

Complicit: Finally the word comes up in the press when it comes to the politicians.

For a year I have said that Brownback is complicit in the economic crisis that plagues this country, since he sat on the Banking Committee in the Senate. No press had the gonads to ever name the complicit politicians. Why do you suppose that is?

All Our Congressmen but Moore were Complicit in the crimes that the USA blanketed in Iraq. COMPLICIT in the deaths of well over 300,000 people and for what? Oil and a fiber optic hub that feeds Asia or for mere glory for the Vainglory, vapid Bush?

Let's use complicit a hades of a lot more when it comes to our US Congressmen, Shall we?


KS 1 year, 5 months ago

What is "the equivalent of a Master of Divinity from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet, Bonn, Germany."? Is it a Master of Divinity degree or not? Never heard of an "equivalent" degree.


cowboy 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh but to be fair , Lynn did sponsor the "Affordable Footwear Act" so payless could import a bunch of cheap a$$ foot killing shoes into the country.

Yes , Imelda Jenkins is working for you !


cowboy 1 year, 5 months ago

Jenkins Was A No-Show As Trustee Of Retirement Fund For State Workers, Said She Was "Busy." According to the Lawrence Journal-World, "Lynn Jenkins has declined to give a specific reason why she didn't attend the last three meetings of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System board of trustees... Jenkins is a member of the board that oversees the nearly $12 billion fund for government retirees. Jenkins has missed 12 of 46 meetings, or 26 percent, since she has been on the board." [Lawrence Journal-World, 10/8/08; emphasis added]

While She Was "Busy," The Retirement Fund Lost $1.1 Billion Of Kansas Workers' Money. According to the Associated Press: "She missed meetings in July, August and September. During that time, financial turmoil caused the value of KPERS assets to drop by nearly $1.1 billion." [Associated Press, 10/16/08]

JackMcKee 1 year, 5 months ago

Jenkins is an idiot. Effort is a meaningless yardstick.


brittany96 1 year, 5 months ago

Tobias has no relevant experience to hold the office. Lynn Jenkins works hard for our district.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

--- Face it neither WOMEN nor Republicans nor Democrats nor the Middle class can afford the Republican Party!

-- Women will be getting more republican big government in there lives? It is on the way!

--- Public Education is a strong player in new Economic Growth yet republicans starve the system of funding which starves our teachers of resources. Which starves the desired level of education = stealing from our children’s future.

--- "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security)

--- The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA, jobs for Americans and against new economic growth.

--- Republicans want to kill PBS and NPR - NO I want my tax dollars to support PBS and NPR

--- Publicopoly Exposed frankly is a threat to Democracy - ALEC

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is Not An Option.

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option.


jafs 1 year, 5 months ago

Fascinating - the D is married, and a pastor, while the R is divorced.

I guess "family values" don't apply consistently for R voters.

There were a couple of comments that seem to throw their philosophies into a pretty clear light, and Jenkins said it herself. "He thinks that government can solve our problems, and I think it's the problem" - not an exact quote.

If government can't solve our problems, then why do the R consistently blame Obama and the D for not solving them?

And, which is a better person to elect? Personally, I'd rather elect somebody who doesn't think government is the problem - what kind of job will they do if they believe that?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

--- Republicans have been putting millions upon millions out of work since the days of Reagan/Bush. The day the words "New World Order(Hitlerish),Global Economy, Free Trade Agreements , Mergers,Hostile Takeovers and Leveraged Buyouts became part of every day words in our vocabularies.

--- A four year degree is not quite enough. Having two or three sources of income is not a bad idea. Why? There are four reasons to keep in mind which all spell outsourcing jobs that began with gusto under Reagan/Bush Supply Side Economics.

--- 1. Mergers ,Hostile Takeovers, Leveraged Buyouts,Free Trade Agreements = Tens of millions of USA jobs became the chief USA export. India and China have done well with USA industries in their countries.

--- 2. Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan home loan scandal which killed the economy and cost the USA millions of jobs. - easily documented

--- 3. Bush/Cheney Home Loan scandal killed the economy and cost the USA millions of jobs. - easily documented

--- 4. Supply Side Economic and tax codes that prevent taxation on profits made abroad from USA big name corporations.

--- All of above Republican Supply Side economics ultimately translate into millions upon millions upon millions of USA job losses. Big time layoffs have been the end result.

--- There was a time when becoming employed by corporate America came with long term employment, fine wages and dependable retirement benefits.

--- Those days are gone. But Supply Side Economics and Exporting USA jobs are still active as Romney/Bain know all too well


rbwaa 1 year, 5 months ago

notice Lynn Jenkins: Occupation: U.S. representative


Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

I wish Reverend Tobias would, just once, say something that doesn't come straight from the Pelosi/Reid songbook. Just one thing.


JackMcKee 1 year, 5 months ago

Jenkins is an embarrassment of epic proportions but there is absolutely no way Tobias Schlatzengoobernerd beats her. The Democratic Party in kansas is devoid of talent.


Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

Lynn is one of the most caring, intelligent, articulate and respected Congressman we've ever had. Lawrence is lucky to have her.



Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 5 months ago

jenkins voted YES on this bill!

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:

• Deny 530,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.

• Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 108,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44 and 54.

• Require the 108,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $25.2 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.

• Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 58,000 individuals in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 420,000 individuals in the district who are age 43 or younger.


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