Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, ally of the Koch brothers, is doing all he can to get a Democrat on the ballot for the US Senate race in Kansas. The Democratic candidate, Chad Taylor, withdrew from the contest in order to give independent, Greg Orman, a better chance to defeat the Virginian incumbent, Pat Roberts.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled against Kobach last Thursday, saying that if Taylor has decided he doesn't want to run for the US Senate, Kobach can't make him. Said the Court: “The Secretary of State thus has no discretion to refuse to remove Chadwick J. Taylor’s name from the ballot." (Chadwick? We had a candidate named Chadwick?)
The Roberts campaign released a statement that springs to the defense of the state's Democrats. “The Kansas Supreme Court deliberately, and for political purposes, disenfranchised over 65,000 voters,” said Roberts spokesman Corry Bliss. “Liberal activist Supreme Court justices have decided that if you voted in the Democrat primary on August 5th, your vote does not matter, your voice does not matter,” his statement said.
It's heartwarming, in this time of fierce partisanship, to see the nation's most Republican Secretary of State and Kansas' Virginia Republican Senator, sticking up for the downtrodden, i.e. Kansas Democrats, as they are being oppressed by "liberal activist justices."
If Kobach ultimately should force the Democrats to put someone on the ballot, former Kansas Democratic Party State Chairman, John T. Bird of Hays, suggests his party nominate a Democrat named Pat Roberts. Amateur researchers have located at least two Democrats named Pat Roberts in the State of Kansas.
Image: Virginia resident, Pat Roberts, currently serving as United States Senator from Kansas.
The Republicans have a good ad running against Governor John Hickenlooper--yes, the one featuring the Governor and President Obama playing pool. The content is not that whoopy, but it's watchable and takes a clever angle, so to speak.
The Hickenlooper campaign countered it with this brilliant ad, one that sticks to Hick's pledge not to run negative ads, while at the same time deftly skewering the opposition:
Andrew Romanoff accepts the cheers and well-wishes of his supporters at his 48th birthday party last evening. His race against incumbent Mike Coffman in the 6th congressional district is one of the most-watched across the country.
The 6th congressional district is, basically, the city of Aurora, CO. It includes a bit more than that--Centennial, for example--but the district could well be thought of as "Aurora's seat" in Congress.
The old 6th CD was only about 2% hispanic and was one of the most solidly red seats in the history of the world. With the change in district boundaries following the 2010 census, the district became much, much more competitive.
The current 6th is 22% hispanic, which is why the words "immigration reform" have been spoken, apparently for the first time, by Cong. Coffman.
I haven't seen any polling, but I would imagine that only a point or two separate the two candidates. This itself is a remarkable achievement for Romanoff, who is likely running even, or better, against an incumbent congressman, and doing so without taking any PAC money. (Coffman has raised nearly a million through PAC sources, so far.)