Tea party butts in on candidate forum Saturday
By CHRIS HUNTER | Salina Journal
Even though Rep. Charlie Roth and Sen. Pete Brungardt do not represent him in Congress, Larry Halloran said he felt he had to drive from Mulvane to Salina to join in on what his website called the “Great Kansas RINO (Republican in Name Only) Hunt” at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Saturday.
“Just because they don’t represent me doesn’t mean they don’t affect the state I live in,” Halloran said. Halloran, chairman of the Wichita-South Central Kansas 912 Group, joined Salinans Bob and Brenda Bowser and five others on the “safari” in an attempt to inform citizens about the voting records of the Salina Republicans with literature they handed out at the door. One woman attending the meeting wore an orange button with the picture of a rhinoceros inside crosshairs.
The sheets detailed votes on social and financial issues on which they disagreed with Brungardt and Roth. Brungardt and Roth both declined to comment on the group or the literature.
Brenda Bowser said the group handed out the literature until they were stopped by the representatives from the chamber.
Don Weiser, senior vice president of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, said the candidate forum is not a place for people to campaign against representatives. He said the handing out of literature “won’t happen again.”
Bowser said the group that attended was a coalition of grass roots tea party leaders that get together and tell voters about their representatives across the state.
Halloran said Roth and Brungardt have shown they are not Republicans, despite having the party affiliation. “They belong to a party with a platform of principled positions,” Halloran said. “Yet, these two vote consistently against those positions. When a person says they are representing principled positions, they should uphold them.”
Halloran said candidates have little room to negotiate, unless it is deciding whether to pay for a project with cash or credit and what rates and terms should be used.
Bowser said the group of tea party members are going after Republicans they believe are pretending to be party members.
“We are on a RINO Hunt,” Bowser said. “We are going out to let neighborhoods know what their representatives are doing. We are basically handing out their voting records and saying here is what they say and do. It is not consistent with being a conservative.”
Sending a message
While Roth and Brungardt were the main “targets” of the group, Bowser said the group is watching Reps. Steven Johnson and Tom Arpke closely.
Bowser said she doesn’t know where Johnson stands on the issues but already has concerns with Arpke, who the group is familiar with because of his time on the Salina City Commission.
“We are concerned whether he is listening to others or just following the leader on votes,” Bowser said. “We need to see if he can make his own decisions.”
Bowser said she expects the group to be even more active against Roth, Brungardt and other targeted candidates before the 2012 campaign kicks off.
“We are sending the message that we are after people who pretend to be Republicans, not just Democrats,” Bowser said. “We want people to understand that Democrats are not the only ones that are bad. We are tired of being lied to.”
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Bob Bowser –
Am i the only one who heard Pete Brungardt say his job as Chairman of the Federal and State Affairs Committee is to prioritize the importance of issues that are brought to the Senate floor for debate? Almost in the same breath he said after asked whether there is any guarantee in the event of a Constitutional Convention that the entire Constitution might be dismantled and replaced, “If we have time at the end of this Session we will discuss SCR 1601 [a resolution to “Repeal the 1978 Kansas request for a Constitutional Convention”]… and then went on to talk of the importance of debating retail liquor sales in Kansas grocery stores.
Now my analytical mind goes to work and says, “Hmm… Mr. Brungardt regards defending and upholding our Constitution as secondary to retail liquor sales in grocery stores.”
Someone PLEASE PINCH me… This CANNOT be what he said.
I got me one of those buttons from that lady who is a close friend of mine and will proudly display it.
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Check their voting record and not just their voter registration
2004: Voted NO to ban use of school tax funds to lobby legislature – this is also the year that Kansas authorized instate tuition rates for many illegal’s at state colleges and universities in Kansas.
2011: Voted against (HB2014) Recession Bill – Governor’s proposed budget cuts for current FY 2011, supported Senate Substitute for HB2014 that restored or increased spending.
2011: Chair of Federal & State Committee preventing introduction of SCR 1601 – a resolution to “Repeal the 1978 Kansas request for a Constitutional Convention”.
What is a Constitutional Convention and Why Does it Threaten America
Under Article V of the Constitution if 2/3 of the states make a request to Congress to call a Constitutional Convention “Con Con” Congress must do so. But the problem with a Con Con is that:
1. States cannot limit issues to be discussed in a Con Con and in essence the whole Constitution could be thrown out.
2. Regarding the delegates to the Con Con it is not clear:
a. What the qualifications would be for a delegate,
b. Who would determine such qualifications?
c. Who would select the delegates?
3. The same problems exist for the ratifying conventions.
2010: Voted NO to bring “Health Care Freedom Act” (SCR1626) out of committee for floor debate & vote – this bill was for “Our” defense against National Health Care.
2010: Supported definition of electioneering communication (Huntington Amendment to (HB2079).
2010: Opposed Spending Constraints (Huelscamp Amendment to HB2631)
2010: Supported FY2011 Budget Bill (S Sub for HB2631) – Increased spending by $200 Million over 2010
2010: Opposed selling of state assets (Masterson Amendment to HB2631).
2010: Voted for Statewide Sales tax Increase (S Sub for HB2631)
2010: Voted for $8 Billion Transportation bill (HB2650) despite quality Kansas Highways.
2010: Opposed Late Term/Partial Birth Abortion Reporting Requirements (HB2115)
2010: Voted NO to defeat Senate Veto Override of Late Term/Partial Birth Abortion Reporting Requirements
2009: Voted Yes for statewide no-smoking ban (except for state owned casinos) SB25– this is an assault on individual liberty and the right of business owners to decide their own business and investment risks.
2009: Voted NO to defeat Senate Veto Override of Partial Birth/Late Term Abortion Law Amendments (SB218) –
2008: Voted NO to “Repeal In-state tuition for illegals at state colleges and universities” and opposed four (4) other amendments to limit benefits for or strengthen laws controlling illegal immigration. Votes & issues here: http://www.ks912state.org/kansas_senate_imposters.htm
2008: Voted NO on Immigration Reform Amendment (Bartlett Amendment) – Vote to adopt an amendment that sets penalties for businesses that employ undocumented immigrants and practitioners of employment identity fraud, prohibits unauthorized immigrants from receiving public benefits, and sets new requirements for driver’s license applicants.
2008: Voted NO on Undocumented Immigrants Ineligible for Public Benefits (Huelscamp Amend 2). – Vote to adopt an amendment that makes undocumented immigrants ineligible for state or local public benefits in the state of Kansas. – Includes the following benefits: government grants, contracts, loans, licenses, retirement, welfare, health, disability, housing, food assistance, unemployment benefits, credits, reduced rates, reduced fees. [Sec. 20 (b)]
2008: Voted NO on Penalties for Obstructing Immigration Enforcement (Journey Amendment) – Vote to adopt an amendment that removes state funding for law enforcement agencies that the attorney general finds are obstructing their officers from enforcing immigration law.
2008: Voted NO on Employment Verification (Huelscamp Amendment 1) – Vote to adopt an amendment that sets deadlines for when state employers must participate in E-Verify, and sets penalties for employers that fail to comply
2008: Voted NO to defeat Senate Veto Override of Partial Birth/Late Term Abortion Law Amendments (SB389) –
2008: Opposed Coal Plant Incentives (HB2412) – Vote to adopt a conference report that adjusts Kansas energy regulation code relating to coal-fired power plants, adjusts the authority of the Secretary of Health and the Environment, establishes desired state energy efficiency requirements, and provides tax incentives for meeting energy efficiency standards
-Prohibits the secretary of health and the environment from establishing any environmental standards more stringent than the federal clean air act (Sec. 40).
-Specifies that the secretary of health and the environment may only take action against the emission of air pollution if it poses an imminent endangerment to the health of persons or the environment
2007: Opposed English as the Official Language (HB2140) – As amended, would designate English as the official language of the State of Kansas for all public documents and official public meetings. The bill would not diminish or expand existing rights. No state agency or local government would be required to provide documents in a language other than English, but may use other languages at the agency or local governments’ discretion.
2007: Opposed Violence Against Unborn Children HB2062-
Use of force; criminal use of explosives; sentencing for certain crimes; unborn victims of violence act; battery against a mental health employee; drug paraphernalia; controlled substances; task force.
– Amends the Kansas criminal code to include an “unborn child” within the definition of a “person” with regards to nine forms of criminal behavior [sec. 4(d)].
– Defines “unborn child” as a living human organism at any stage of gestation from fertilization until birth [sec. 4(b)(2)].
– Establishes that the law does not apply to any act committed by the mother of the unborn child or any medical procedure, including abortion, performed at the request of the mother [sec. 4(c)].
2007: Voted No to defeat Senate Veto Override of Disclosure For Late-Term Abortions (HCS SB 3357)-
Vote to override a line item veto that eliminates bill language that prohibits funds from being directed to the Department of Health and Environment until procedures are instituted that require physicians to report the specific diagnosis that necessitated a late-term abortion.
2007: Supported Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (SB66) – Vote to pass a bill that expands the number of state-operated gambling facilities.
2006: Opposed Abortion and Live Birth Reporting SB528- SB 528 would change the procedures medical facilities that perform abortions must follow when filing reports with the Department of Health and Environment. The reports would be submitted to the Department as they currently are, but the following new information would be included in the reports: detailed reasons for the late-term termination of a pregnancy; the disability status, if any, of any pregnant female; details regarding any specific fetal anomalies including, but not limited to, diagnoses of Down’s syndrome; the total number of teenagers receiving abortions; and the state of residence for each of those teenagers.
2006: Voted No to defeat Senate Veto Override of Governors Veto of Abortion and Live Birth Reporting SB528
2006: Voted No on Eminent Domain (SCS SB323) – would prohibit the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes unless the Legislature approves the taking. The bill would provide that taking of private property by eminent domain for the purpose of selling, leasing, or transferring it to another private entity including under the tax increment financing law is not permitted. The bill would add another exemption to the county home rule law to provide that a county may not exempt itself from or effect changes in this act. Municipality is defined to include cities, counties, and unified governments.
Know Your RINO visit: www.ks912state.org/house_great_kansas_rino_hunt.htm
Visit this site to view the actual voting records and the issues voted on:
When something doesn’t smell right – check their voting record and not just their voter registration
2011: Voted against the Health Care Freedom Act (HCR5007) and would deny Kansas voters the opportunity to amend their constitution to protect individual health care choices.
2010- Voted against Late Term/Partial Birth Abortion Reporting Requirements (HB2115) and later sustained the Governor’s Veto by voting again against the Legislative Override.
2010: Voted Yes for statewide no-smoking ban HB2221 (except for state owned casinos) – this is an assault on individual liberty and the right of business owners to decide their own business and investment risks.
2010: At a time of high unemployment in Kansas he Opposed the Elimination of Corporate Income Taxes (Rep. Carlson Amendment on HB2621).
2010: Voted against the Health Care Freedom Act (HCR5032) and denied Kansas voters the opportunity to amend their constitution to protect individual health care choices.
2010: Opposed Spending Constraints that would have required a Supermajority to Raise Taxes (Rep. Brunk amendment to S572 as well as other spending constraints Rep. Jack Amendment to S582).
2010: Supported the FY2011 Budget Bill (H substitute for SB582) that increased spending by $200 Million over 2010.
2010: Voted for the statewide Sales Tax Increase (S Sub for HB2360)
2010: Voted for $8 Billion Transportation spending Bill (S Sub for S Sub for HB2650 Motion to Concur)
2010: Opposed Authorizing Concealed Weapons on Campus (HB2685)-
-Specifies that no state agency or municipality shall prohibit an employee who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon from carrying it at their workplace unless adequate security measures ensure such weapons are not permitted there (Sec. 1).
-Defines “adequate security measures” as the use of electronic equipment and personnel to detect and restrict the carrying of any weapons into the facility or on such premises, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
2009: Opposed Pre-Abortion Notification Requirement Amendments to S238 that would:
-Requires a physician who will use ultrasound equipment in association with an abortion to offer at least 30 minutes before an abortion to let the woman seeking an abortion view the ultrasound and receive a physical picture of the ultrasound of her fetus at no additional expense (Sec. 1).
-Requires a physician who will use heart monitor equipment in association with an abortion to offer at least 30 minutes before an abortion to let the woman seeking an abortion listen to the heartbeat of her fetus at no additional expense (Sec. 1).
-Requires written certification featuring the woman’s signed acceptance or rejection of the aforementioned offers (Sec. 1).
-Requires a clearly visible sign with the following text to be posted at any facility or clinic where abortions are performed (except for facilities or clinics that only perform abortions to prevent the death of a pregnant woman): “Notice: It is against the law for anyone, regardless of their relationship to you, to force you to have an abortion. By law, we cannot perform an abortion on you unless we have your freely given and voluntary consent. It is against the law to perform an abortion on you against your will. You have the right to contact any local or state law enforcement agency to receive protection from any actual or threatened physical abuse or violence. You have the right to change your mind at any time prior to the actual abortion and request that the abortion procedure cease.”
2008: Voted against Repealing In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants – – Repeals K.S.A. 2007 Supp. 76-731a, which granted in-state status to any person who meets the following criteria:
– Attended high school in the state for at least three years;
– Graduated high school or received their GED in the state;
– Files an affidavit stating their intent to apply for legal immigration status or that they or their parents have already applied.
2008: Opposed Voter Identification Bill (HB2019) – would have required voters to present photo identification for elections occurring after January 1, 2010.
2008: Opposed Eminent Domain and Water Rights (HB2860) –
-Exempts districts or public agencies that acquired legal access to the proposed point of diversion by voluntary means including purchase or gift, by means other than voluntary 10 or more years prior to application, or prior to January 1, 2008 (Sec. 1).
-Directs a special committee designated by the legislative coordinating council to study issues concerning the use of eminent domain as it relates to water rights (Sec. 1).
-Specifies that the provisions of this bill shall expire on June 30, 2010 (Sec. 1).
2007: Opposed Voter Identification Bill (HB2019) – would expand advance voting eligibility and require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.
2007: Opposed Legal Status of an Unborn Child/Fetus (HB2006)- HB 2006 would enact “Alexa’s Law”, otherwise known as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, so that an unborn child would be defined as a “person”, as used in the Kansas Criminal Code. The bill would not apply to any act committed by a mother of an unborn child, any medical procedure performed by a licensed medical professional, including abortion, or any lawful dispensing of prescribed medication.
2006: Opposed Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment – HCR 5025 proposes to amend Article 15 of the Kansas Constitution by adding a new section that would prohibit state or local governments from taking, by eminent domain, private real property, except for public use. Public use would be defined as possession, occupation, or enjoyment of the land by the public at large, or by public agencies, or to acquire real property to eliminate an immediate threat to public health or safety.
2006: Opposed Concealed Weapons Permits (SB418) – The bill would enact the Personal and Family Protection Act that would authorize the Kansas Attorney General, beginning in January of 2007, to issue four-year licenses to certain persons to carry concealed handguns.