State of Kansas Archives: on Principles & Values

Chad Taylor: Separation of church and state isn't a relevant issue

Q: What is your policy on separation of church & state?

A: Chad is a Catholic; but the issue of separation of church and state has not arisen in our discussions across the state during this campaign.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Greg Orman: Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant independent

Q: Your biography states that you have spent many years as a disillusioned Republican and Democrat--how is your story a reflection of state and national politics?

"The expectation in Kansas is that candidates run under a party label," Orman said. He continued to say that this expectation does not line up with a new Gallup poll showing that 42 percent of Americans consider themselves independent voters. He was once hopeful that a two-party system could find solutions, but it has become clear that neither party represents the values that average Americans share.

Orman describes himself as a fiscally conservative, socially tolerant candidate--and too often voters with mixed politics cannot find a home within either party. Plenty of research has shown that the average American's political opinion is a blend of conservative and liberal ideals. Are people resistant to the idea of a blend of politics?

"There is definitely a strong psychological connection to party affiliations," Orman said.

Source: Independent Voter Project on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jun 30, 2014

Greg Orman: We're sending the worst of both parties to Washington

Olathe businessman Greg Orman said he has tried both of the major political parties and been disappointed. "I didn't feel like either party fit me well as someone who is fiscally responsible and socially tolerant," Orman said. So he launched a petition drive this week to get on the ballot as an independent candidate and campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts.

"Washington is broken," he said, "and we're sending the worst of both parties to Washington--people who are bitter partisans who seem to care more about pleasing the extremists in their own party and the special interests than they do in solving problems."

He said Roberts is part of the problem. "He's taken a sharp turn to the right recently and ultimately I don't think he's representing the best interests of Kansas," Orman said. Orman, a 1991 graduate of Princeton University, briefly ran against Roberts in 2008 as a Democrat before dropping out of the race.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate debate coverage by The Wichita Eagle Jun 5, 2014

Greg Orman: 2010 Common Sense Coalition: give voice to sensible center

He co-founded the Common Sense Coalition in 2010 to give a voice to what he called "the sensible center," those voters who don't feel represented by either party.

Orman said elected leaders of both parties are focused more on getting re-elected than solving problems. "I tried to work within the system but ultimately decided the only real way to make a difference is to challenge it," he said.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate debate coverage by The Wichita Eagle Jun 5, 2014

Greg Orman: I consider myself fiscally conservative & socially tolerant

Greg Orman is banking on voters' frustration with partisanship on Capitol Hill as he runs as an independent for the Senate seat held by Pat Roberts. Running a nonpartisan campaign "is actually quite liberating," Orman said. He doesn't have to be concerned with how his aims mesh with political party bosses, he said.

"I consider myself fiscally conservative and socially tolerant," Orman said. For about 13 of the last 14 years, Orman said, he has been registered as unaffiliated. He has supported Republicans and Democrats, but he's contributed more to independent causes, he said. He declined to reveal how he voted in the 2012 presidential race between Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, saying he believed in the sanctity of the ballot.

In 2007, Orman prepared to run as a Democrat against Roberts. "I just didn't feel comfortable running with a party label," he said, and he soon withdrew from the race.

Source: The Hutchinson News on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jun 5, 2014

Milton Wolf: AdWatch: Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore

The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has endorsed Wolf, offered a defense of Wolf [for his controversy of posting gruesome medical X-rays on Facebook]. The organization's contribution: "Pat Roberts is trying to smear Dr. Wolf because Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore and lied to voters about it for years."

In recent weeks, the Wolf campaign raised questions about the frequency Roberts returned to his Kansas residence in Dodge City. Wolf repeatedly questioned Roberts' residency status and referred to him as a U.S. senator from Virginia.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal AdWatch on 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 23, 2014

Milton Wolf: Career politicians are changed by Washington

Job security has rarely been an issue for Sen. Roberts, who has tended to his state's agricultural needs and delivered projects. He won with 60% of the vote in 2008, before the rise of the Tea Party, with its anti-establishment ethos, suspicion of long-term Washington tenure and emphasis on ideological purity.

"I think career politicians are changed by Washington," said Milton Wolf, Roberts's opponent, who is a radiologist and a second cousin of President Obama on the president's maternal side.

Given the changing political climate, Gov. Brownback, [a conservative who served alongside Roberts in the Senate], says that Roberts is doing precisely what he needs to do to win another term. "Being active, being aggressive, being conservative," the governor said. "He's got to get through a Republican primary, and people are pretty fired up about what's going on at the federal level."

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Pat Roberts: Resides in Virginia but votes in Kansas

It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home. The 77-year-old senator went to Congress in 1981 and [resides in] Alexandria, Va., where his wife is a real estate broker

Roberts acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a Dodge City country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors--C. Duane and Phyllis Ross--and he says he stays with them when he is in the area. He established his voting address there the day before his challenger, Milton Wolf, announced his candidacy, arguing that Roberts was out of touch with his High Plains roots.

"I have full access to the recliner," the senator joked. Turning serious, he added, "Nobody knows the state better than I do." That assertion is disputed by Tea Party activists.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Sam Brownback: Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God

Today, the nation dithers while the path forward seems uncharted. America can't decide which way to go. Yet, the path forward is clear. Kansas is leading an American Renaissance--a return to the virtue and character that built this state and a great nation in the first place.

The path is NOT uncharted. We know the way. We must re-drill the wells that gave us life the first time. They will refresh and renew us again!

We rebuild our families so that [future] Kansans can know the value of a family---none of which is perfect. Yet we all aspire in them to be better, virtuous, just and righteous... that we might be blessed and a blessing.

Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God that loves us and lives within us. Our future is bright. Our renaissance is assured IF we move from dithering to action. Which way to choose? We know the way. God wrote it in our hearts.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Kansas legislature Jan 15, 2014

Mark Pryor: Campaign theme: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless

A Pryor campaign memorandum passed is summarized below. It is, of course, partisan, but it's loaded with plenty of worthy specifics: