After another week of missteps and bad news, the best thing Sen. Pat Roberts has going for him is a question aimed squarely at the heart of his independent opponent’s never-seen-before Kansas campaign: Who is Greg Orman?
A walkout in Colorado to protest proposed curriculum changes that emphasize “patriotic material, respect for authority and the free-market system” suggests students there have already learned an important lesson: Find the truth for yourself.
“I don’t plan on serving more than two terms in the Senate,” Pat Roberts said in 1996 before he was elected to the first of three terms in office. On Nov. 4, Kansas voters will decide whether experience is more important than novelty in the race that pits Roberts against independent challenger Greg Orman.
When the year began, about one-third of Kansans didn’t know anything about the work U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts had done in Washington, even though he has served in Congress for decades. That has made him especially vulnerable to attack.
It seems strange to say this, but we really don’t know exactly why voters pick the candidates they do. Political scientists, consultants, candidates and reporters all think they have a handle on voter motivation. We’re all just guessing.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, both oppose forcing small Kansas school districts to merge, but such consolidation may be inevitable because of slumping tax revenue.
The Missouri governor can forget about crowning his long career with a prominent D.C. position or a run for president after the General Assembly overturned dozens of his vetoes and a senator of his own party delivered him a harsh rebuke.
In Kansas, the independent U.S. Senate candidate hopes to avoid the partisan politics clogging progress in Washington. “Politics, unfortunately, has devolved into a process of trying to identify the most negative aspect or attribute about an opponent,” Orman said in an interview. “We don’t have honest, fact-based discussion about the issues.”
Both parties try to manipulate the ballot, as evidenced by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill gleefully admitting recently she called Democrat Chad Taylor to discuss his Senate candidacy in Kansas, and then by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach putting Taylor back on the ballot. Both wanted to arrange voter’s choices for perceived partisan advantage. Such moves only increase voters’ cynicism.
With eight weeks to go until Election Day, the two Republicans are in the fights of their political lives, Brownback with Democrat Paul Davis and Roberts with independent candidate Greg Orman. The two Republican incumbents are favorites to keep their seats, but only slightly.
A study out in the journal Health Affairs finds that 25.3 percent of hospital expenditures in the U.S. go toward administrative costs rather than to care of patients. That’s twice the percentage that hospitals in Canada devote to administration.
To those who say politics is boring, I say: Let them come to Kansas. The first major hurdles in the races for governor and U.S. Senate come Saturday in debates at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Here’s a look, with tongue firmly in cheek, at the performance expectations.
She has long viewed herself as executive timber well qualified to become the first woman governor in Missouri history. All signs point to Missouri’s senior senator taking a hard look at running for the state’s top job in 2016.
Paul Davis can’t make Sam Brownback the issue forever. Kansans will want to know what a Gov. Davis would do on a host of issues, from Medicaid expansion and same-sex marriage to tuition costs and abortion.
The courts are telling big-time athletic programs that students — who do most of the work — should get more of the benefits from our national obsession with sports. The kids haven’t reached the goal line yet, but they’re in the red zone.
To reach the population density necessary to afford fast emergency response times, fancy coffee shops on every corner and blazing Internet connections, we must live close together, almost in one another’s pockets. And we must deal with one another’s bad decisions.