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Republican freshman lawmakers in Kansas House undergo re-election briefing

May 9, 2013

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— Freshman House Republicans went to candidate school Thursday in the Statehouse.

They heard from their legislative leaders, Gov. Sam Brownback's political lieutenant, and a campaign consultant about how to strengthen their positions in the run-up to their re-election campaigns in 2014.

House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, told the freshman class the more campaign contributions they collect this year the less likely they will face a challenger next year.

He said lobbyists are watching the political landscape. "If they see that you are strong and aren't going to lose, when you're opponent asks XYZ lobbyist for money, they are not likely to send them a check," Vickrey said.

Vickrey added, "The two things that you can do for your election coming up to avoid a tough opponent is raise money and communicate with your constituents."

Legislators have returned to Topeka for the wrap-up session to write a state budget and work on tax issues.

Karl Hansen, with the campaign direct mail firm Singularis Group, which works only with Republican candidates, said the general impression with voters of what Republicans in the Legislature are doing has been formed by their opponents and allies in the media.

"We've slashed education, we're up here playing around with guns … and we're going to raise property taxes. We all know that is false, but our constituents don't, so you need to get out there and start pushing your message," Hansen said.

He told the freshmen to make sure they are using their taxpayer-paid franking privileges to get information to people in their districts.

"It's not about campaigning. It's about informing them what you've been doing," Hansen said. "Being fiscal conservatives," he encouraged them to use black and white material instead glossy color ones.

And he said state legislative candidates should use telephone town hall meetings, which are frequently used by congressional candidates. "It essentially works like talk radio. You're the Rush Limbaugh," he said.

Brownback's former chief of staff David Kensinger said Brownback and U.S. Sen Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who will both be on the ballot n 2014, "are proud to lead the Republican ticket. We're interested in helping you succeed."

House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, told the GOP freshmen to respond to constituent requests. "We were elected to be public servants. This is really a position of service to others," she said.

Republicans hold a 92-33 advantage in the House. Forty new Republican members were elected to the chamber in 2012.

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Karl_Hungus 11 months, 1 week ago

Neocons make people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton look smart...really!

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Orwell 11 months, 1 week ago

"And he said state legislative candidates should use telephone town hall meetings, which are frequently used by congressional candidates. 'It essentially works like talk radio. You're the Rush Limbaugh,' he said."

Say… No… More!

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Paul R Getto 11 months, 1 week ago

"It's not about campaigning. It's about informing them what you've been doing," Hansen said. "Being fiscal conservatives," he encouraged them to use black and white material instead glossy color ones.

Priceless, LOL. Fiscal conservatives? Great acting job.

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globehead 11 months, 1 week ago

"It's not about campaigning. It's about informing them what you've been doing," Hansen said. "Being fiscal conservatives," he encouraged them to use black and white material instead glossy color ones.

He further went on to say, "...You know to whom you are appealing. Keep it simple. Prepare all of your materials with a fat pencil and a Big Chief tablet....the kind with the wide lines."

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Thomas Bryce 11 months, 1 week ago

If the elections were this year, they would not have as much of a problem. The Effects of Brownback's Experiment will be evident Before Election time. Then, they will have some explaining to do. Good Luck, Freshmen(and Women). There are always some Freshmen that don't make it past That first year or, in this case, term. Who will they be?

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bobberboy 11 months, 1 week ago

I hope they're practicing on getting new jobs after the next election !!!

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Larry Sturm 11 months, 1 week ago

Brownback is smoking pot from the family farm and getting government subsidies on it.

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autie 11 months, 1 week ago

Peggy Mast says they are elected servants of the public. Dang nab it, all this time I was thinking they were bought and paid for by the AFP just like most of the Senate. And yes, they are most certainly slashing education and they are definitely going to cause local property taxes to go up. What the hell is that guy smoking?

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Scut Farkus 11 months, 1 week ago

Unfortunately, Kansas voters will keep the status quo. Most are ignorant of the issues and will vote for "Billy Bob" because "my grand daddy and daddy voted Republican and that's good enough for me."

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bevy 11 months, 1 week ago

Reminds me of what my dad said to me about the training I had to undergo during the first two weeks of my job as a car salesperson. "First they will teach you to lie, then they will teach you to cheat and steal."

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bad_dog 11 months, 1 week ago

Interesting the Rs feel compelled (i.e. paranoid enough) to school their candidates on what would appear to be rather rudimentary re-election topics.

Raise money. No kidding?

Communicate with your constituents. AKA spin, spin, spin.

Emphasize using taxpayer paid franking privileges. (Just like their hero and mentor Lynn Jenkins). Do what you do best. Stick it to the taxpayer. Cause you can.

Respond to constituent requests. You really need to be reminded? Again?

Remember, it's not "campaigning", it's "informing them what you've been doing". (Hint: stick with campaigning. New lies may be less offensive than running on your record...). Otherwise, stick with the recommendation regarding "spin", noted above and don't forget to throw in some references to strip clubs, abortion, socialism and guns.

Use telephone town hall meetings. You know, just like the big boys & girls in DC. I've listened in to a couple of Jenkin's marathon prevarication festivals and it is indeed a lot like talk radio. Mostly one-way talk radio, but... Ask a tough question and LJ either dodges it, provides partial/misleading/blatantly erroneous responses, blames the opposition or defers to "research the issue" whilst intending to burying it next to Jimmy Hoffa.

All in all, some very useful recommendations for the incumbents. Ideas one must attain solely from veteran leadership and consultants.

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Bob_Keeshan 11 months, 1 week ago

Republican freshmen, getting paid a salary to be working in the Statehouse and getting paid for their expenses to travel and do state work, instead gather in the capitol building and have a campaign meeting.

Sounds totally ethical. Taxpayer funded campaigns, brought to you by David Kensinger and the Kansas GOP.

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somebodynew 11 months, 1 week ago

"Vickrey added, "The two things that you can do for your election coming up to avoid a tough opponent is raise money and communicate with your constituents."

Agreed - the money will come from ALEC and Koch if you blindly follow them. And BE SURE to communicate honestly. Yes,. I said I would not raise taxes, but BB and the Chamber said I had to go along with them or they would treat me like the other Republicans in the past primary election.

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Keith 11 months, 1 week ago

I've got some advice for those seeking re-election. Get ready to hear about how you have raised taxes. If closing loopholes is considered raising taxes by AFP, then refusing to let the sales tax rate drop as promised is raising taxes too.

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dakotaloomis 11 months, 1 week ago

When summing up what the Kansas GOP has done under Gov. Brownback, Karl Hansen should have stopped talking after he said: "We've slashed education, we're up here playing around with guns … and we're going to raise property taxes."

Nothing about that is a lie. Nothing. K-12 education was cut over $100 million by the governor and now the House and Senate want to slash higher ed funding too.

The Kansas GOP pushed and passed an unconstitutional gun bill that will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend if not millions.

The Kansas House has repeatedly voted against property tax relief the past two years and is passing on costs down to the county and municipality level. Local property taxes are already painfully high and with the added burden of unfunded mandates and spending cuts property taxes most assuredly will continue to skyrocket.

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BABBOY 11 months, 1 week ago

Here is all you need to know as quoted in the story:

"House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, told the freshman class the more campaign contributions they collect this year the less likely they will face a challenger next year.

He said lobbyists are watching the political landscape. "If they see that you are strong and aren't going to lose, when you're opponent asks XYZ lobbyist for money, they are not likely to send them a check," Vickrey said."

Right and wrong gots nothing to do with the republican party. It is about the money. Their money, not yours.....

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James Nelson 11 months, 1 week ago

The only way they can strengthen their position is to come up with bigger lies than their last ones and get the voters to believe those, also. They also need to throw a lot of that pixie dust out there to keep the middle class from realizing that everything they have done so far has kicked the middle class in the gut in order to glorify the rich.

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