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Paul Davis launches bid for 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas

Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat during a series of rallies Tuesday, starting with one in Topeka where about 100 supporters turned out.

Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat during a series of rallies Tuesday, starting with one in Topeka where about 100 supporters turned out.

August 15, 2017

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— Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas, using a familiar theme in national politics by saying he wants to change the political culture in Washington.

"Our political system is fundamentally broken," Davis told a crowd of about 100 supporters who turned out for a rally in Topeka Tuesday morning. "It wasn't broken by Republicans. Nor was it broken by Democrats. It was broken by money — unprecedented, unchecked, obscene amounts of money in our government and in our elections."

Davis, 45, served six terms in the Kansas House from 2003 through 2015, including his last two terms as House Minority Leader. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014, losing narrowly to incumbent Republican Sam Brownback.

Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat during a series of rallies Tuesday, starting with one in Topeka where about 100 supporters turned out.

Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat during a series of rallies Tuesday, starting with one in Topeka where about 100 supporters turned out.

Although he carried the 2nd District by a narrow margin in that race, 51-45 percent, he faces an uphill battle in the congressional race. According to University of Kansas political science professor Patrick Miller, the eastern Kansas district has tilted Republican in each of the last three presidential elections and each of the last two U.S. Senate elections.

The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, of Topeka, who announced in January that she would not seek another term.

Davis made his announcement just less than a year away from the Aug. 7, 2018, Democratic primary where he will likely face Neosho County resident Kelly Standley, who is a newcomer to Kansas politics but was active in Colorado politics before moving back to his home state about seven years ago.

On the Republican side, state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth appears to be the most formidable candidate to announce so far. Basehor City Councilman Vernon J. Fields has also filed for the Republican primary.

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, formally launched his campaign for the Kansas 2nd District congressional seat Thursday, July 13, 2017, saying he fully supports President Donald Trump&squot;s agenda. "We are no longer a part of the international climate scam," he told about two dozen supporters at a gathering in Topeka.

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, formally launched his campaign for the Kansas 2nd District congressional seat Thursday, July 13, 2017, saying he fully supports President Donald Trump's agenda. "We are no longer a part of the international climate scam," he told about two dozen supporters at a gathering in Topeka.

During his own announcement rally in Topeka last month, Fitzgerald said he fully supports the agenda of President Donald Trump, including Trump's call for tax reform and his efforts to back out of international agreements on climate change.

Davis, however, did not mention Trump by name, either in his speech or during a question-and-answer session with reporters afterward, even though many observers are viewing the 2018 midterm elections as a referendum on the president.

"There are some voters out there who are going to see that and they're going to cast their votes based upon that. We know that historically," Davis said. "But I hope that people will take a look at the candidates and they will look at who is best going to represent them in Congress, who is going to really change the political system, going to change the culture of Washington."

Davis said that if elected he would support a constitutional amendment to ban so-called "dark money" in elections. That generally refers to money spent by independent groups that can raise and spend money freely on political advertising without disclosing the sources of their contributions.

"I think we need to get rid of dark money," Davis said. "I think people are disgusted by all of the nice-sounding groups that are coming in and trying to influence the outcome of elections, and people have no idea who is funding them."

Davis also said he blames the leadership of both major political parties in Congress for the current gridlock and lack of bipartisan cooperation, and he said that if he's elected, he would not support Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California for another term as the Democratic leader.

Comments

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

Republicans don't have republicans to vote for. The problem for republicans is created by this phoney republican organization.

Pay close attention to this 24/7 organized activity: American Legislative Exchange Council Boot Camp Team http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

And to this republican position:Right to Work Law = No worker Rights http://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-in-state-legislatures/#Voter

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

Now what is the Koch dollar agenda that is being supported in Washington DC by those claiming to be republicans?

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-in-state-legislatures/#Voter

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures

I am not sure that Paul Davis can alter the far right activities that have taken control of the republican name I do however want Mr Davis to protect we voters rights that are being decimated by the right wing libertarian fundamentalist party.

Bob Smith 4 months ago

The front runner for run-on sentence of the day has been identified. BTW, Richard, were you aware that the Koch brothers financed the recent Wonder Woman movie?

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

ALEC is directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws.27

Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters — including the elderly and the poor — who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.28

By suppressing the vote of such groups, ALEC’s model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote. In addition, ALEC wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that devastates campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections.29

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-in-state-legislatures/#Voter

Greg Cooper 4 months ago

Yeah, and the Koch name is prominent on PBS contributor listings. So what? I would imagine that even you have done something good in your life, am I right?

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

I say those are fronts that the Koch boys can afford. When they are donating money they are expecting some favors in return.

Richard Heckler 4 months ago

This household has been busy reviewing, updating and replacing various documents associated with voting rights.

Have you been purged from the voting rolls or not by the current right wing party?

This can be fixed however it takes time in some cases up to 3 weeks. Check your status frequently.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure which could include:

--- a birth certificate

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- Military Discharge Papers

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

Some believe voter suppression is effective :

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/02/02/3745296/major-voter-id-study/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/30/1521945/-Republican-Voter-Suppression-Tactics-Are-Working

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35539-the-gop-is-now-bragging-about-voter-suppression

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/republican-voter-suppression/

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