State of Kansas Archives: on Principles & Values
Libertarian offers third choice between Orman and Roberts
The surveys testing matchups without Taylor were polling what was--until Thursday--a hypothetical race. Furthermore, the polls that didn't list Chad Taylor also didn't include Libertarian Randall Batson, as an option. Roberts has relatively poor approval
ratings among Republicans, and it could be that conservative voters who are dissatisfied with him will opt for Batson before Orman. Or perhaps not--but it's a choice they'll get to make in November, so the polls should probably allow them the option, too
Source: 538 blog on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Sep 19, 2014
Supports keeping God in the public sphere
Q: Do you support or oppose keeping God in the public sphere?
Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues
Sep 19, 2014
I've tried both parties and didn't like either
Political newcomer Greg Orman made his debate debut against three-term incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in a race that's drawing national attention. Roberts over and over again tied Orman, who is running as an independent, to Democrat leaders, particularly
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose campaign he donated to in the past. "He is not an independent. He is a liberal," said Roberts, at times turning from the podium to point a finger at Mr. Orman.
But the businessman, dressed in blue jeans
and a tailored blazer, wasn't fazed. Orman took every chance to call Washington broken and point out the long tenure of Roberts there.
Orman repeatedly said he tried both parties and didn't like either. But Roberts wasn't buying it.
He pushed for Orman to better define who he would side with in the Senate, asking if he was going to be a Republican one day and a Democrat the next.
Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Kansas Senate debate
Sep 6, 2014
Separation of church and state isn't a relevant issue
Q: What is your policy on separation of church & state?
A: Chad is a Catholic; but the issue of separation of church and state has not arisen in our discussions across the state during this campaign.
Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues
Sep 3, 2014
AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is hitting back at Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a new ad for questioning his faith. The spot, first shared with The Hill, is aimed at touting Pryor's religious conviction in the heavily religious state--and undercutting months of
work Cotton's campaign has put in to bolster his own image with positive ads.
Cotton said last week that Pryor thinks "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings" in response to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision over the
health care law's contraception mandate. Pryor demanded an apology, but none was forthcoming, and the controversial comments got plenty of local attention.
Pryor's new ad features local news coverage the kerfuffle, interspliced with the Bible
verse, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."
"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers, only God does," Pryor says in the ad. "This is who I am and what I believe."
Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race
Jul 8, 2014
OpEd: Tea Party "wolfpack" support; but no apology for X-ray
Wolf accuses Roberts of "posing" like a conservative to save his job. "He does whatever Ted Cruz does," Wolf said. Yet as ripe as the conditions here are for a tea party upset--an entrenched GOP incumbent in a reddening state--Wolf has failed to
capitalize. The 43-year-old radiologist has been hobbled by a February report in the Topeka Capital-Journal that he had posted X-ray images of gunshot victims on his Facebook page along with macabre humor. (One decapitated man looked like a wounded
alien from a "Terminator" movie, Wolf wrote.)
Wolf offered a non-apology apology for the X-ray postings, saying in the interview he was sorry "if I offended anybody." Critics, he said, seized upon a "few" comments "they didn't particularly like."
Still, Wolf points to what he calls his growing network of volunteers--or "wolfpack," as he calls it--and the roughly 75,000 voters with whom he says it has made contact as evidence that he's still in the hunt.
Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Jul 8, 2014
Group ratings more conservative in 2014 than in 2012
The end result is clear: Roberts has a substantially more conservative voting record in this Congress versus in 2012, according to ratings by Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and the American Conservative Union. Indeed, in one campaign
leaflet, Roberts not only touts how Heritage Action now rates him as "one of the top 5 most conservative senators" but also that he "joined" Cruz's effort to defund ObamaCare last fall, an effort that triggered a two-week government shutdown.
[His primary opponent Milton] Wolf accuses Roberts of "posing" like a conservative to save his job. "He does whatever Ted Cruz does," Wolf said. Yet as ripe as the conditions here are for a tea party upset--an entrenched GOP incumbent in a reddening
state--Wolf has failed to capitalize. The 43-year-old radiologist has been hobbled by a February report in the Topeka Capital-Journal that he had posted X-ray images of gunshot victims on his Facebook page along with macabre humor.
Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Jul 8, 2014
Returns home to Kansas "every time I get an opponent"
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is again facing residency questions from his primary opponent after he misspoke in an interview, saying he returns home to Kansas "every time I get an opponent."
In an interview with KCMO radio, Roberts was asked about reports
that he no longer lives in his home in Kansas and instead rents a room from donors when he returns to the state. That and further reports outlining his relatively infrequent visits home have dogged him; his primary [opponent] Milton Wolf hammers him as
out-of-touch with his state.
Roberts said his performance shouldn't be measured on where he lives. "I don't measure my competency or my record or the results--and I do get results--on where I put my head on a pillow," he said.
But pressed on the
residency issue, Roberts backed himself into a gaffe. "Every time I get an opponent--I mean, every time I get a chance, I'm home. I don't measure my, what, my record with regards as a senator as how many times I sleep wherever it is," he said.
Source: The Hill weblog on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Jul 3, 2014
Judeo-Christian values established our government framework
Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
Wolf: Strongly Disagree.
Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
Wolf: Strongly Agree
Question topic: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Wolf: I am born-again Christian, humbled to stand in the presence of God and proud to call myself His son.
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Jul 2, 2014
Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant independent
Q: Your biography states that you have spent many years as a disillusioned Republican and Democrat--how is your story a reflection of state and national politics?
"The expectation in Kansas is that candidates run under a party label," Orman said. He
continued to say that this expectation does not line up with a new Gallup poll showing that 42 percent of Americans consider themselves independent voters. He was once hopeful that a two-party system could find solutions, but it has become clear that
neither party represents the values that average Americans share.
Orman describes himself as a fiscally conservative, socially tolerant candidate--and too often voters with mixed politics cannot find a home within either party. Plenty of research has
shown that the average American's political opinion is a blend of conservative and liberal ideals. Are people resistant to the idea of a blend of politics?
"There is definitely a strong psychological connection to party affiliations," Orman said.
Source: Independent Voter Project IVN.us on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Jun 30, 2014
We're sending the worst of both parties to Washington
Olathe businessman Greg Orman said he has tried both of the major political parties and been disappointed. "I didn't feel like either party fit me well as someone who is fiscally responsible and socially tolerant," Orman said. So he launched a petition
drive this week to get on the ballot as an independent candidate and campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts.
"Washington is broken," he said, "and we're sending the worst of both parties to Washington--people who are bitter partisans who
seem to care more about pleasing the extremists in their own party and the special interests than they do in solving problems."
He said Roberts is part of the problem. "He's taken a sharp turn to the right recently and ultimately I don't think
he's representing the best interests of Kansas," Orman said. Orman, a 1991 graduate of Princeton University, briefly ran against Roberts in 2008 as a Democrat before dropping out of the race.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate debate coverage by The Wichita Eagle
Jun 5, 2014
2010 Common Sense Coalition: give voice to sensible center
He co-founded the Common Sense Coalition in 2010 to give a voice to what he called "the sensible center," those voters who don't feel represented by either party.
Orman said elected leaders of both parties are focused more on getting re-elected than solving problems. "I tried to work within the system but ultimately decided the only real way to make a difference is to challenge it," he said.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate debate coverage by The Wichita Eagle
Jun 5, 2014
I consider myself fiscally conservative & socially tolerant
Greg Orman is banking on voters' frustration with partisanship on Capitol Hill as he runs as an independent for the Senate seat held by Pat Roberts. Running a nonpartisan campaign "is actually quite liberating," Orman said. He doesn't have to be
concerned with how his aims mesh with political party bosses, he said.
"I consider myself fiscally conservative and socially tolerant," Orman said. For about 13 of the last 14 years, Orman said, he has been registered as unaffiliated. He has supported
Republicans and Democrats, but he's contributed more to independent causes, he said. He declined to reveal how he voted in the 2012 presidential race between Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, saying he
believed in the sanctity of the ballot.
In 2007, Orman prepared to run as a Democrat against Roberts. "I just didn't feel comfortable running with a party label," he said, and he soon withdrew from the race.
Source: The Hutchinson News on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Jun 5, 2014
Served in military, academia, and as management consultant
Ben Sasse and Tom Cotton have a lot in common: Republican candidacies for the Senate, Ivy League advanced degrees--a Yale PhD for Sasse, a Harvard law degree for Cotton--and a tour of duty in the white-shoe world of management consulting. One more thing:
They are running as common-man conservatives from the heartland under the banner of the Tea Party.
The resumes of Sasse (R, NE) and Cotton (D, AR) do not exactly fit the profile of populists.
That is especially true for the lines dedicated to the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, firms that advise corporations on strategy, efficiency and ways to increase profitability.
Most of Cotton's adult life has been in academia and
the military, and he has spent a year in Congress. His time at McKinsey was also barely more than a year, during which time his group leader immersed him in the intricacies--and the value--of the Affordable Care Act.
Source: N. Y. Times on 2014 Arkansas Senate race
May 17, 2014
Fastest male in Congress; has finished 11 marathons
Rep. Tom Cotton retained his title as the fastest male in the 113th Congress, running the 3-mile course of the 33rd Annual ACLI Capital Challenge in 18:29. Cotton ran the course in 17:55 in 2013. Former Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) holds the record for the
House: he finished in 16:59 in 1995.
Unfortunately for Cotton, his other big race--the heated Arkansas Senate campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor--has taken a toll on the congressman's workout regime. "I do have to work harder to get my runs in each
morning," Cotton said. Proceeds from the event went to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which helps provide guide dogs to wounded veterans.
The congressman took up running as part of his Army training in 2005, and discovered he enjoyed the sport.
Cotton has since run 11 marathons. If Cotton beats Pryor and runs the race as a senator in 2015, he has a better chance of breaking a record. The Senate record belongs to former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who ran the 1981 Capital Challenge in 18:15.
Source: Roll Call's Gossip Blog on 2014 Arkansas Senate race
May 1, 2014
AdWatch: Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore
The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has endorsed Wolf, offered a defense of Wolf
[for his controversy of posting gruesome medical X-rays on Facebook].
The organization's contribution: "Pat Roberts is trying to smear Dr. Wolf because Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore and lied to voters about it for years."
In recent weeks, the
Wolf campaign raised questions about the frequency Roberts returned to his Kansas residence in Dodge City. Wolf repeatedly questioned Roberts' residency status and referred to him as a U.S. senator from Virginia.
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal AdWatch on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Feb 23, 2014
Career politicians are changed by Washington
Job security has rarely been an issue for Sen. Roberts, who has tended to his state's agricultural needs and delivered projects. He won with 60% of the vote in 2008, before the rise of the Tea Party, with its anti-establishment ethos, suspicion of
long-term Washington tenure and emphasis on ideological purity.
"I think career politicians are changed by Washington," said Milton Wolf, Roberts's opponent, who is a radiologist and a second cousin of President Obama on the president's maternal side.
Given the changing political climate, Gov. Brownback, [a conservative who served alongside Roberts in the Senate], says that Roberts is doing precisely what he needs to do to win another term. "Being active, being aggressive,
being conservative," the governor said. "He's got to get through a Republican primary, and people are pretty fired up about what's going on at the federal level."
Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Feb 7, 2014
Resides in Virginia but votes in Kansas
It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home. The 77-year-old senator went to Congress in 1981 and [resides in] Alexandria, Va., where his wife is a
real estate broker
Roberts acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a Dodge City country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors--C. Duane and
Phyllis Ross--and he says he stays with them when he is in the area. He established his voting address there the day before his challenger, Milton Wolf, announced his candidacy, arguing that Roberts was out of touch with his High Plains roots.
"I have full access to the recliner," the senator joked. Turning serious, he added, "Nobody knows the state better than I do." That assertion is disputed by Tea Party activists.
Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Feb 7, 2014
Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God
Today, the nation dithers while the path forward seems uncharted. America can't decide which way to go. Yet, the path forward is clear. Kansas is leading an American Renaissance--a return to the virtue and character that built this state and a great
nation in the first place.
The path is NOT uncharted. We know the way. We must re-drill the wells that gave us life the first time. They will refresh and renew us again!
We rebuild our families so that [future] Kansans can know the value of a family---none of which is perfect. Yet we all aspire in them to be better, virtuous, just and righteous... that we might be blessed and a blessing.
Our dependence is not on
Big Government but on a Big God that loves us and lives within us. Our future is bright. Our renaissance is assured IF we move from dithering to action. Which way to choose? We know the way. God wrote it in our hearts.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Kansas legislature
Jan 15, 2014
Campaign theme: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless
A Pryor campaign memorandum passed is summarized below. It is, of course, partisan, but it's loaded with plenty of worthy specifics:
- THEME: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless (see votes on the farm bill, Medicare, Social Security, student
loans, disaster aid, domestic violence legislation)
- AMBITION: Too much of it in a candidate is not a good thing. See who owns Cotton, particularly the $300,000 bundled from the Club for Growth.
He's so hungry, he appeared to have solicited funds on a radio interview from the Capitol, a no-no. He skipped a day of work to raise money in Texas.
- WHO'S MORE OF AN ARKIE? Pryor will concede Cotton's fine resume, including voluntary military
service. But what kind of Arkie would blow up the farm bill, despite pleas from every farm group?
- SUMMARY: The race will be close. Pryor will win with his Arkansas First theme against a "reckless" and "irresponsible" candidate.
Source: Arkansas Times AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race
Jan 1, 2014
AdWatch: I believe in God and I believe in His word
Pryor launched a new political ad, in which he doesn't talk about political issues or his opponent; he just talks about the Bible:
"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers.
Only God does. And neither political party is always right. This is my compass, my north star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what's best for Arkansas. I'm Mark Pryor, and I approve this message because this is who I am and what I believe."
centrality of faith in Pryor's life is well-known. But the ad was slammed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who mockingly suggested the ad contradicted comments Pryor had made last year: "The Bible is really not a rule book for political
issues. Everybody can see it differently."
The ad has drawn a mixed response from progressive commentators, especially Pryor's "I'm not ashamed" line, suggesting it is a dog-whistle for those who believe that Christianity is under attack in America.
Source: Huffington Post AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race
Dec 11, 2013
Obama is my cousin, but I oppose ObamaCare
When Barack Obama and I first met he had already become president and was furiously erecting the government-controlled health care system that bears his name and I had already begun a very public crusade to save America from it.
Fate would never reunite our mothers who grew up together as young girls, cousins and friends, after they were separated decades ago, but now their sons bridged a divide in our family that was created by decisions not our own.
It's not often that a president's most vocal critic comes from his own family, but I believe the inviolable oath I took to my patients demands that I oppose ObamaCare.
[-- Milton R. Wolf, M.D., is a diagnostic radiologist, medial director and
cousin of President Barack Obama. He is the author of "First, Do No Harm" (Broadside Books "Voices of the Tea Party" series).]
Source: Milton Wolf OpEd on FoxNews.com: 2014 Kansas Senate race
May 10, 2011
Five measurable, significant, achievable goals
My Administration will put forth five measurable, significant goals that cumulatively will help push our great state forward into better times with courage, humanity, and hope. They are: We are certainly subject to global currents largely out of our control, but we are not rudderless.
I believe these goals to be significant and achievable; successfully reaching them will change countless lives for the better and make the future of Kansas brighter.
Source: 2011 Kansas State of the State Address
Jan 12, 2011
- Increase in net personal income
Increase in private sector employment
- Increase in the percentage of 4th graders reading at grade level
- Increase in the percentage of high school graduates who are college or career ready
- Decrease in the percentage of
Kansas' children who live in poverty
Blanche Lambert Lincoln:
Some say I'm too liberal; some say I'm too conservative
Lincoln said, "I'm the most independent voice in Washington these days, quite frankly," she said. "Some people say I'm too liberal and others say I'm too conservative. The fact is, I'm in the middle; I'm working hard; I'm out there working to make a
Boozman repeatedly highlighted Lincoln's role as a pivotal vote in the passage of Obama's health-care law. "Sen. Lincoln is very proud of being the deciding vote of Obamacare. I want to be the deciding vote to repeal it," Boozman said.
Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate
Oct 13, 2010
Arkansas can't afford Blanche Lincoln anymore
Republican Senate hopeful John Boozman said Arkansas "can't afford" Blanche Lincoln anymore, while the Democratic incumbent accused Boozman of putting politics above the state's needs as the two debated on
Friday for the first time in their election matchup.
Boozman and Lincoln sparred over Social Security, taxes and earmarks during the debate. "Sen. Lincoln is a good friend and I admire her, yet we can't afford her anymore,"
Boozman, a congressman representing northwest Arkansas, said.
Lincoln criticized Boozman for supporting House
Republicans' moratorium on earmarks and said that his opposition to money for local projects is harming his congressional district. "The fact is he signed with his party above his state and his district," Lincoln said.
Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate
Sep 10, 2010
Set sail instead of choosing a safe harbor
I hope that when the history of our time is written, it will be said of Democrats that we did not choose the safe harbor. Rather let it be said that we set sail. We caught the wind. We pushed onward through troubled waters. We found a new way.
Source: TheKansasCityChannel.com, Jean Carnahan Bio
Jan 1, 2001
5 principles for a great nationís diplomacy
First, seek no substitute for American leadership in the defense of American interests and values. Second, we must protect our interests to promote our values and vice versa. Third, force has a role in but is not a substitute for diplomacy. Fourth, build
coalitions to protect our interests and values, donít neglect our interests and values to build coalitions. Fifth and last, credibility is a strategic asset.
Source: Landon Lecture at Kansas State University
Mar 15, 1999
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