State of Kansas Archives: on Families & Children
Ancestors immigrated to Kansas; kids raised in Kansas
Patrick lives in Lawrence. He grew up on a farm north of Ellis. In the 1870s, his ancestors immigrated to Kansas from Germany and Russia. He grew up with seven brothers and sisters.
All of Patrick's education came from Kansas schools:
St. Mary's Grade School, and Ellis High School. Patrick received a Master of Business Administration from Fort Hays State University; and a law degree from the University of Kansas.
Patrick's two children are college graduates.
His son, Frank, graduated with a computer science degree from Wichita State University. His daughter, Stephanie, graduated with a finance degree from Clemson University.
His children were raised in Lawrence. Both attended Saint John's Grade School, Southwest Junior High, and Lawrence High School.
Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website, WiesnerForSenate.com
Apr 1, 2016
Domestic violence victim funding pushes ideological agenda
Mark Pryor released a new campaign ad criticizing Cotton for voting against legislation to aid victims of domestic violence. The ad cites that Cotton "voted against protecting women and children from domestic violence."
Domestic violence has gotten a
spate of national attention with the release of video showing former NFL player Ray Rice beating the woman who is now his wife. The issue had been before Congress in 2013 when the federal Violence Against Women Act came up for renewal. Before the
House passed a 5-year extension of the law, it rejected a GOP alternative. Cotton voted against both versions.
His campaign website explains that he believes the federal program spends too much money to "fund liberal organizations to carry out an
ideological agenda without effective results in reducing violence against women." A Cotton spokesman said the ad was a part of Democrats' effort to claim Cotton was waging a "war on women," and to distract from "Obama-Pryor economic policies."
Source: Wall Street Journal PacWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate debate
Oct 1, 2014
Reform divorce laws to increase waiting period
Question topic: Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign
Sep 28, 2014
Successfully prosecuted case on child sexual exploitation
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announces that Jason Hachmeister was sentenced to 86 months in prison today after having been previously convicted by a
Shawnee County jury of 105 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, all level 5 person felonies.
The sentence imposed by District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson was the maximum permitted under Kansas law. Judge Wilson also ordered lifetime post release supervision and lifetime registration as following his release from prison.
Mr. Taylor credits the Topeka Police Department for their thorough and professional investigation of this matter.
Source: D.A. office press release: 2014 Kansas Senate race
Feb 7, 2014
Supports “covenant marriage”
We’ll propose initiatives in the area of divorce reform, hoping to see that people will have the option in this state of a covenant marriage where they can have more information.
Back to school, if you will, making a deeper commitment. It will be their option. Shouldn’t we give people the option of making that marriage vow even stronger?
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature
Jan 9, 2001
Workplace child-care & more commitment to families
Jean Carnahan made speeches several days a week on her husband’s Senate campaign trail and worked on state legislation for better health care and education. She advocated the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, & workplace child-care centers.
Jean Carnahan declined to be interviewed for this article, but in a campaign commercial she said she shared her husband’s commitment to families, children and the elderly.
Source: Kevin Murphy, The Kansas City Star
Nov 4, 2000
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