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  • Topsy Turvy Kansas US House of Rep race

    Very interesting. The 1st Congressional District in Kansas covers 63 rural counties. Rep Tim Huelskamp was first elected in 2010. He has been a firebrand conservative on the right of hard right. He helped lead the ousting of John Boehner.

    So what is new? He's getting "Primaried" not by someone to further to the Right, a more typical scenario in the GOP for the last 10 years or so. He's getting primaried by a more middle road candidate that appears, with limited polling, to be winning.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...primary-226486

    The showdown has flipped the script on GOP warring in recent election cycles. Often it’s been an establishment-friendly incumbent scrambling to fend off a primary election challenger from the right. This time, it’s one of the most uncompromising conservatives in the House — a man who instigated John Boehner’s ouster as speaker and has bucked GOP leaders time and again on major votes — ironically being attacked as a D.C. insider and fighting for his political life.
    Seems during the battles in DC his hard stances lead to him getting removed from the key Agriculture Committee. A committee seat that Kansas has had a rep on for a 100 years, no more.

    Huelskamp’s critics back in Kansas say his “rigid” conservative ideology and unwillingness to work with his own party have deemed him ineffective. Three years ago, he was kicked off the House Agriculture Committee for spurning party leadership, in what is now, by far, his biggest vulnerability in the race. Marshall, conversely, is pitching himself as a pragmatic Republican who would give farmers a voice in Washington.
    Rep Huelskamp is backed by big money from Koch brothers and the Club for Growth. However his opponent is getting big support from the US Chamber of Commerce and Farmer groups.

    Marshall, a 55-year-old former Army Reservist-turned-doctor who says he's delivered more than 5,000 babies, is the vessel for discontent with Huelskamp.
    Now an incumbent will always have some advantage, name recognition, inertia etc, put this race looks interesting.
    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
    Of cabbages—and kings—
    And why the sea is boiling hot—
    And whether pigs have wings.”
    ― Lewis Carroll

  • #2
    I hope Marshall wins, he seems much more reasonable and more in line with mainstream conservatism. Huelskamp is a lunatic who does not understand that governing requires a certain level of moderation and compromise.

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    • #3
      Head of the "Tea Party Caucus" in the House of Reps is defeated in Kansas GOP Primary, by a Republican Doctor that ran on theme of being a moderate....

      Very good. Maybe Kansas is sliding back to the side of rational thought.

      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/0...primary-226603

      GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a three-term incumbent and House Freedom Caucus member from Kansas, lost his House primary Tuesday night to challenger Roger Marshall, a physician backed by agricultural interests and several big-spending outside groups.
      Marshall had 57 percent of the vote to Huelskamp’s 43 percent when The Associated Press called the race with 72 percent of precincts reporting.
      “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
      “To talk of many things:
      Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
      Of cabbages—and kings—
      And why the sea is boiling hot—
      And whether pigs have wings.”
      ― Lewis Carroll

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      • #4
        Most of this has nothing to do with outside politics and almost everything to do with inside politics.

        It's about school spending and there was a possible school shut down that almost took place July 1. Because of the issues surrounding school spending, state budget, etc, a good chunk of the more conservative members of congress (state) lost their primaries to moderate republicans.

        There were still some super conservatives that blew out their moderate challengers however.
        Islam... it's a blast - literally.

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