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H. Edward Flentje: Kansas GOP turned back on party history

From The Wichita Eagle

I am indeed a lifelong, card-carrying Republican, born and raised in Republican territory, rural Harper County, in the small farming community of Bluff City.

My affiliation with the GOP led to my work with Republican officeholders in Kansas, as a Cabinet officer for Govs. Bob Bennett and Mike Hayden, and as a legislative aide to former U.S. Sen. Jim Pearson. I have admired the leadership of Republicans at the national level, such as Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan and Kansas’ own Alf Landon and Bob Dole.

I have watched the current crop of Republican lawmakers in Kansas radically depart from what have been core principles of Republicans. Their actions prompt me to ask: What exactly do Kansas Republicans believe? Continue reading

State GOP responds to ‘Leftist’ editorials

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of editorials extolling the Leftist approach to government and critical of the structural changes being implemented in Kansas by elected Republican officials and legislators.

Below is the response from Kansas Republican Party Chair Kelly Arnold she has sent to newspapers throughout the state:

“For $41 million, you built a playoff team . . . , You won the exact same number of games that the Yankees won but the Yankees spent $1.4 million per win and you paid $260,000.  I know you’re taking it in the teeth out there, but the first guy through the wall — he always gets bloodied — always.  This is threatening not just a way of doing business . . . but really what it’s threatening is their livelihood. . . .  It’s threatening the way that they do things.  And every time that happens, whether it’s a government or a way of doing business or whatever it is . . . the people who are holding the reins . . . have their hands on the switch . . . they go bat s— crazy.  I mean, anybody who’s not tearing their team down right now and rebuilding it using your model, they’re dinosaurs.”

— 2012 Academy Award Winning Movie Moneyball

Recent weeks have seen an increased level of vitriol from some Kansas editorialists about the common sense reforms made by Gov. Brownback and the Republican Legislature to get our state moving again. Continue reading

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