Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I had missed this earlier in the month:
In the old days, Kansas City Missouri had a two party system, the rabbits and the goats. Truman was a goat; the rabbits ran downtown. Both were factions of the democratic party. Kansas has something similar. There is a democratic party in Kansas, but most elections turn on conflicts between the moderate and conservative republicans. This election cycle saw a victory for the moderate action, kicking out a congressperson, the state senate majority leader, and 10 other legislators. I', not sure Trump was a factor; this was a local thing. My uncle Ed is now over 90 and in a nursing home, but he's been part of the moderate faction for years. Not to be confused with my uncle Charlie who narrowly lost a GOP congressional primary in Denver a few years back.

Huelskamp is one of only a handful of House members to be ousted in this year's primary season.
Rep. Renee Ellmers fell to fellow North Carolina GOP Rep. George Holding, and Virginia Republican Rep. Randy Forbes also lost, victims of court-ordered, redrawn district lines. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was defeated in April after indictment on federal corruption charges. He was later convicted and quit Congress.
Marshall's supporters argued Huelskamp's combativeness harmed the district. Huelskamp lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee in 2012; farm groups turned against him, and many Republican voters saw it as a crucial issue in a farm state.
Marshall credited his win as "all about agriculture" in the state. He said he is a Kansas conservative who works across the aisle, adding he is not sure the Freedom Caucus would have him.
Huelskamp blamed his loss on $3 million of super PAC money coming to support his opponent.

Backlash in Kansas ousts at least 11 conservative lawmakers


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