Daily Archives: Jan. 15, 2010

Republican candidates for 4th District pledge limited government

A common theme is emerging at tonight’s debate among the Republican candidates for the 4th Congressional district: that the Obama administration has expanded government and weakened the country’s economy.

In two-minute introductions to the roughly 300 people gathered at Word of Life church, candidates Jim Anderson, Wink Hartman, Dick Kelsey, Mike Pompeo and Jean Schodorf spoke about their backgrounds and why they are running for office.

“Our government has fundamentally lost its way,” Pompeo said.

Kelsey said the government is going in the wrong direction.

Anderson referred to the Constitution and said nowhere in “that document does it say that our country has the right to seize our income, plunder our assets, run our businesses, dictate our morals. . . “

Schodorf said she is running to help end the recession.

Hartman said he was concerned about a “significantly expanded government, weakened free enterprise system and Constitution.”

The first question at the debate centered on health care. Each candidate except Schodorf said they would work to repeal legislation for government-sponsored health care. Schodorf said she thinks a better solution than what is being proposed exists, but she said that many Americans are hurting financially and need health care. That drew some boos from the crowd.

4th Congressional district debate gets under way

Several hundred people have shown up to listen to a debate featuring the five Republican candidates for the 4th Congressional district.

The debate at Word of Life Church kicks off shortly, with dozens of people standing along the walls.

The candidates are Jim Anderson, Wink Hartman, Dick Kelsey, Mike Pompeo and Jean Schodorf. They are vying for Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s spot.

Organizers are asking for donations to relief efforts in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people have died after an earthquake earlier this week.

Supporters of state’s rights rally in Topeka

Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach, a candidate for secretary of state, speaks at the rally

TOPEKA — Supporters of state’s rights are rallying in and around the Capitol today in support of a Senate measure to assert Kansas sovereignty.

The measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1615, claims the federal government has overstepped its authority and demands repeal of laws that supporters say infringe on states’ rights granted by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

The resolution has broad support among Senate Republicans.

Friday’s rallies are largely an extension of the “tea party” movement that mobilized last year to fight taxes and national health care, said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane. He was part of an overflow crowd of about 70 gathered outside a packed Statehouse meeting room where a hearing was being held on the measure.

Supporters are now attending additional rallies in the former Supreme Court chamber and at the Dillon House across the street from the Capitol.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, is scheduled to speak later today at the Dillon House rally.