August 3, 2016

THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN LOSE A GOP PRIMARY IS TO OPPOSE THE ESTABLISHMENT:

Tim Huelskamp Loses Primary (ROXANA HEGEMAN and JOHN HANNA, 8/03/16, Associated Press) 

A doctor who ousted U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the Kansas Republican primary faces a long-shot bid by an independent candidate in the general election before he can claim the seat.

Great Bend obstetrician Roger Marshall won the tough contest Tuesday against Huelskamp in the 1st District, which spans western and much of central Kansas. [...]

Marshall, from the central Kansas community of Great Bend, received endorsements from the Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"Getting kicked off the Agriculture Committee is a crime that can't be forgiven," Brian Scheideman, a 52-year-old driver's education instructor, said after voting in his hometown of Wamego for Marshall. "I don't mind the independent voice, but you've got to figure out how to work with people."

Huelskamp is a tea party favorite with a national profile from clashing with GOP leaders over farm and budget legislation. He was a vocal critic of former House Speaker John Boehner, and Huelskamp's supporters argued that he gave his conservative, safely GOP district an independent voice.

Backlash in Kansas ousts at least 11 conservative lawmakers (JOHN HANNA, 8/03/16, AP) 

A top Senate leader and at least 10 other conservative Kansas legislators have lost their seats as moderate Republicans made GOP primary races a referendum on education funding and the state's persistent budget woes.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce was among the lawmakers ousted amid a backlash against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies.

We are the Establishment Party, not a tea party.

Posted by at August 3, 2016 4:46 PM

  

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