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Can Orman Be the Man who Keeps the Senate Blue?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    It is crazy to think that a deeply red state is 'in play' for Democrats this year, but that is exactly what is going on in Kansas. After Governor Brownback wrecked the Kansas economy and revelations emerged that Senator Pat Roberts doesn't even own property in Kansas, it seems that one of the most reliably republican states in this union may swing left and possibly be the saving grace for Senate Democrats.

    While Orman has not officially declared what side of the aisle he would caucus on should he win this November, it is widely expected that he would caucus with the Democrats. Roberts and his men are bending over backwards to tie Orman to the President who, not surprisingly, isn't very popular in the state. The polls have been tightening recently, but Orman continues to hold a slight lead only weeks away from the election.

    Legitimate polling is tough to do in a state like Kansas and it would not be a huge surprise if Roberts is able to eek out a victory, regardless of the scandal surrounding his residency in the state. Kansas hasn't had a non-Republican representing them in the Senate since George McGill lost his reelection in 1939.

    Hopefully the voters of Kansas are finally beginning to wise up to the fact that their elected officials have been doing the bidding of their extremely wealthy friends instead of what's best for the state. Not living in the state you represent should disqualify you from representing that state. How can you ever know what your constituents are thinking if you don't bother to ever spend time talking with them outside of every six years?
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    jared:


    Since Roberts officially lives in Alexandria, Virgina, logic would tell you that he would be ineligible to run for office as a representative from Kansas, but apparently not everyone who lives in Kansas is smart enough to figure that out. The house that he lists as residence in Dodge City is actually owned by campaign contributors C. Duane and Phyllis Ross.

    Kansas IS reliably Republican, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+12, but most polls show that Roberts is very much in trouble there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_Partisan_Voting_Index#By_state

    I'm of the opinion that the Republicans are in for a rude awakening in a few weeks, since a few states that are predominantly Republican (Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Texas) could conceivably elect either Democratic governors or Senators in the mid-terms.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Within 5 miles of my location, is the richest county in Kansas (Johnson). Just a bunch mega millionaires, private schools and massive homes. A lot of business empires have the CEO's here along with the rich sport people. A local news report indicated that Orman is favored by the rich. With the lackluster performance of the Attorney General and Governor, Republican candidates may have a hard time getting elected. The problem is with low turn-out of Democratic candidates. Kansas has been so Republican for so long that Democrats have turned their nose up participating in elections. I sure hope for a grand change of venue in Kansas. Although a Missourian, I have my own Republican battles with issues I disagree with. Every time a potential candidate comes to my door canvassing his ticket to me for a vote, I first ask what is your party. I have been so adamant against Republicans that if they say their Republican, I swiftly tell them I will be voting against them. It's a shame to treat people, as such, but I'm just so conditioned over the years to be staunchly against anything a Republican has to say. Sorry, but it's my problem I created. I will only vote Democrat.


    Awesome! a Royal year.........next batter up...."The World Series". Outside...fireworks are going off.......a happy KC moment in history.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    amc:


    Thomas Franks'' "What's the matter with Kansas?" helps explain how Kansas got to be such a reliably red state, even though it's not in their best interest to do so, but Brownback and his cronies have made a lot of folks in the state see the error of their ways.

    http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Matter-Kansas-Conservatives-America/dp/080507774X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413467132&sr=8-1&keywords=what%27s+the+matter+with+kansas


    You're very fortunate to have Jay Nixon as your governor, since your Republican controlled legislature is just as goofy as the one we have in Arizona.
    As a result, Nixon has vetoed an awful lot of bills.

    For the record, Missouri has had a lot more Democratic governors (38) than Republican governors (13) since 1820
  • Center Left
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    Cenk from The Young Turks did this video, calling out Roberts as making 'Kansas equal K-Street'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pIOfH_LqC4

    Couldn't agree more. Unbelievable the amount of money every Senator raises come election time. And sadly, most of the time, the bigger stack of cash equates directly to who will win, almost regardless of every other determining factor.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    This one is super close. I think he (Orman) will actually win; he did win the largest county. That's a positive sign. The more I see on this guy, the more I like him.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    sb:


    Results are still coming in, but the two Democratic losses that irritate me the most so far are (1) Greg Abbott's election as governor of Texas and (2) Mitch McConnell's re-election in Kentucky.

    On the positive side, it looks like Brownback is going to lose as Governor of Kansas, and he may drag down Roberts with him.
  • Center Left
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: sb:


    Results are still coming in, but the two Democratic losses that irritate me the most so far are (1) Greg Abbott's election as governor of Texas and (2) Mitch McConnell's re-election in Kentucky.

    On the positive side, it looks like Brownback is going to lose as Governor of Kansas, and he may drag down Roberts with him.
    Looks like Roberts was just declared the winner