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ELECTION 2016 NEMAHA COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Polling places are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bern Community Building
Gilman Township Nemaha Township Washington Township
Goff Community Center
Harrison-Goff Reilly Township
HCC Western Center Commons
Clear Creek Township Marion Township
Must have photo identification to vote.
Nemaha County Community Building
Adams Township Richmond Township
Sabetha City Hall
Berwick Township Capioma Township Rock Creek Township Sabetha City – Ward 1 Sabetha City – Ward 2
Nemaha County Clerk’s Office: 785-336-2170 Brown County Clerk’s Office: 785-742-2581
Sabetha City – Ward 3 Sabetha City – Ward 4 Wetmore American Legion
Granada Township Wetmore Township
BROWN COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS Fairview Community Center
VOTER REGISTR ATION Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18th
Walnut Township Powhattan Township Hiawatha Fisher Center
Fisher Township Hiawatha City
Register Online: https://www.kdor.ks.gov/Apps/VoterReg/ Register in Person: Countywide Locations - Nemaha County Banks, City Clerk Offices, County Clerk Offices at County Courthouses Additional Locations - Nemaha County Community Health Services in Sabetha, Nemaha County Training Center in Sabetha and Seneca, Kansas Driver’s License Office in Seneca, SRS Office in Hiawatha
Hiawatha Township Hamlin Padonia Reserve Horton Blue Building
Washington Township Mission Township Horton City
Robinson Senior Citizen Center
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Local, state and national offices that will appear on 2016 ballots including the following: LOCAL LEVEL
Commissioner, District 2 Keith C. Olsen (R)
Commissioner, District 2 Tim Burdiek (R)
Commissioner, District 3 Dwight A. Kruse (R) Penny Gastineau (D)
Commissioner, District 3 Dennis R. Henry (D)
Sheriff John D. Merchant (R) Clerk Melissa L. Gormley (R) Treasurer Cheryl S. Lippold (R) Register of Deeds Nellie M. Brockhoff (R) Attorney Kevin M. Hill (R) Fairview City Mayor No Filing Fairview City Council Members Margaret Wikle (U) Hiawatha Commissioner of Streets and Parks Rebecca “Becky” Shamburg (D) Malachi Oswald (U) Hiawatha Commissioner of Utilities Toni J. Hull (D) Kedrin Pyle (R) Hiawatha Commissioner of Police Dustin Williams (D) Township Trustee and Treasurer for the following townships: Irving, Padonia, Hamlin, Morrill, Walnut, Hiawatha, Robinson, Washington, Mission and Powhattan Party Committee Men/Women for the following precincts: Irving, Padonia, Hamlin, Morrill, Walnut, Hiawatha, Robinson, Washington, Mission, Powhattan, Hiawatha 1st Ward, Hiawatha 2nd Ward, Hiawatha 3rd Ward, Hiawatha 4th Ward, Horton 1st Ward, Horton 2nd Ward and Horton 3rd Ward
Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans (R) Treasurer Janell M. Niehues (D) Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus (R) Attorney Brad M. Lippert (R) Sheriff Richard D. Vernon (R) Township Trustee and Treasurer for the following townships: Adams, Berwick, Capioma, Center, Clear Creek, Gilman, Granada, Harrison, Home, Illinois, Marion, Mitchell, Nemaha, Neuchatel, Red Vermillion, Reilly, Richmond, Rock Creek, Washington and Wetmore Party Committee Men/Women for the following precincts: Adams, Berwick, Capioma, Center, Clear Creek, Gilman, Granada, Harrison-Goff, Harrison-Kelly, Home, Illinois, Marion, Mitchell, Nemaha, Neuchatel, Red Vermillion, Reilly, Richmond, Rock Creek, Washington, Wetmore, Centralia-Home, Centralia-Illinois, Sabetha First Ward, Sabetha Second Ward, Sabetha Third Ward, Sabetha Fourth Ward, Seneca First Ward, Seneca Second Ward and Seneca Third Ward
Kansas Senate, District 1 Dennis Pyle (R) Jerry Henry (D) Kansas House of Representatives, District 62 Randy Garber (R) Kansas State Board of Education, District 6 Deena L. Horst (R) Aaron Estabrook (I) District Court Judge, 22nd Judicial District John Weingart (R)
President/Vice President Hillary Rodham Clinton/ Timothy Michael Kaine (D) Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence (R) Gary Johnson/Bill Weld (L) Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka (I) U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District Roger Marshall (R) Kerry Burt (L) U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District Lynn Jenkins (R) Britani Potter (D) James Houston Bales (L) U.S. Senate, Class 3 Jerry Moran (R) Patrick Wiesner (D) Robert D. Garrard (L)
Presidential Candidates’ Views Page 4C
Constitutional Amendment Ballot Question Page 12C Kansas Right to Hunt and Fish
Pages 5C - 10C Questions and Answers with candidates facing opposition in the General Election
Justice Retention Page 11C
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2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ VIEWS
HILLARY CLINTON (D)
DONALD TRUMP (R)
GARY JOHNSON (L)
JILL STEIN (I)
Employers should be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job. The government should raise the federal minimum wage.
The minimum wage should be a state issue. Employers should not be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job, because there are too many other variables that determine salary.
All federal wage standards should be eliminated. Employers should not be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job, because there are too many other variables that determine salary.
Employers should be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job. The government should raise the federal minimum wage.
The U.S. should defeat ISIS by intensifying the coalition air campaign against ISIS fighters, leader and infrastructure, and should step up support for local Arab and Kurdish forces on the ground. Guantanamo Bay should be shut down.
The U.S. should aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, and coordinate international cooperation to cut off their funding. Foreign terrorism suspects should not be given constitutional rights.
The U.S. should stay out of Middle Eastern conflicts. Foreign terrorists should not be given constitutional rights. They should be tried in military tribunals but not subject to torture.
The U.S. should fight ISIS by cutting off the flow of weapons by initiating a weapons embargo to the Middle East. Foreign terrorism suspects should be given constitutional rights.
The U.S. should not increase restrictions on its current border security policy, but needs to enforce the current policy.
The U.S. should increase restrictions on its current border security policy. Children of illegal immigrants should not be granted legal citizenship.
The U.S. should not increase restrictions on its current border security policy, and should make to easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas. Children of illegal immigrants should be granted legal citizenship if they were born here.
The U.S. should not increase restrictions on its current border security policy, and should make to easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas.
Additional restrictions should be placed on the current process of purchasing a gun. People on the “no-fly list” should be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition.
There should not be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing gun. People on the “no-fly list” should be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition.
There should only be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun for criminals and the mentally ill. People on the “no-fly list” should not be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition.
There should be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun.
Final Presidential Debate
On the Issues
Wednesday, October 19th
Moderator: Chris Wallace, anchor, Fox News Sunday 90-minute debate, divided into six 15-minute segments Showing on all major networks and news networks
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UNITED STATES SENATE Jerry Moran (R-Incumbent)
Patrick Wiesner (D)
Tell us about yourself. After serving seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kansans elected me to the Senate in 2010. In Washington, I am a leading advocate for protecting and preserving the special way of life we live in Kansas. Despite the distance of more than 1,000 miles between Washington, D.C., and Kansas, I return home each weekend to meet with Kansans, listen to your concerns, and get my marching orders. Before being elected, I attended Fort Hays State University and later the University of Kansas, where I completed a degree in economics. After an early career as a small town banker, I received my J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. I practiced law in Kansas City and Hays, and served as the state special assistant attorney general and deputy county attorney of Rooks County. I live with my wife Robba in Kansas. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? In my view, the greatest threat we have to being able to pursue the American Dream is the debt and deficit. I have opposed every stimulus package and every bailout offered by either party while fighting to reduce spending and enact a balanced budget amendment. Spending trillions of dollars that we do not have undermines economic growth today while putting a massive financial burden on our children and grandchildren. The security and safety of the American homeland is a paramount responsibility for those elected to serve in Washington. It’s clear that in the 15 years since 9/11, the threats this nation faces from Islamic extremism remain very real. We must remain vigilant against those who wish to take advantage of the free and open society in which we live while protecting the liberties we enjoy and cherish. There is no group of Americans JERRYMORAN.7C I hold in higher regard than our
Tell us about yourself. I am a life-long resident of Kansas. I was raised in Ellis. I am a tax attorney and CPA. Today, I own the firm Wiesner & Frackowiak, LC, which operates a tax and bankruptcy practice in Overland Park. I am a former Army Reserve attorney. In 2014, I retired as a Major with 21 years of military service. I have served on three one year-long deployments; twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. During my last deployment, I was appointed Chief of Contract and Fiscal Law, United States Forces-Afghanistan. My two children are college graduates. My son, Frank, graduated with a computer science degree from Wichita State University; he works in Saint Louis as a computer programmer in the aircraft industry. My daughter, Stephanie, graduated with a finance degree from Clemson University; she works in marketing and public relations for a large healthcare organization in the Kansas City area. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? Reduce Health Insurance Premiums. My senator work will start with a rework of our health care policy. Small business owners and the self-employed are getting hit with annual health insurance premiums increases of 30 to 40 percent even though annual out-of-pocket costs have also increased. Many families have dropped coverage. This unchecked inflation in premiums and deductibles needs the immediate attention of the Senate. A Fair and Simple Tax Code. My lifetime of experience as a tax attorney and CPA makes me the right choice to draft new tax law. The standard will be a tax code that is easy to understand so that everyone knows what they owe; is enforceable so that everybody pays their fair share; and one that brings in enough revenue to fund our government and have a surplus. I look forward PATRICKWIESNER.7C to this work.
Robert D. Garrard (L)
Tell us about yourself. I’m an Electronics Technician for Garmin in Olathe. I troubleshoot and repair avionics such as navigation and communication equipment. From 1995 to 2014, I worked for JcAIR/Aeroflex in New Century and Lenexa, troubleshooting avionics test equipment. I graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City, Mo., with an Associate Degree in Electronics in 1993. I served on active duty in the Army from 1986 to 1991, repairing air defense radar in Mainz, Germany, and performing mechanical and electronics maintenance on air defense weapons at Fort Bragg, NC. I was deployed to Saudi Arabia, September 1990 to April 1991, for the 1991 war with Iraq. I’ve been active in the Libertarian Party of Kansas since 1996, and I was the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Congress, 2nd District, in 2010. My wife and I have lived in our home in southeast Douglas County since 1999. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would Tell us about yourself. Tell us about yourself. face if elected, and what is your I am a fourth-generation, self-emMy name is Jerry Henry. I was born position on each? ployed Kansas farmer. I attended Hiin 1956 in Seneca. I have been married My three highest priorities are awatha schools and Grace College of the to my wife, Linda (Becker) Henry for reducing government intervenBible. I have been married for 36 years to over 34 years. We have three children tion in the economy, reducing my high school sweetheart, Jennifer. We and seven grandchildren. I graduated American involvement in foreign have six daughters, four sons-in-law, one from Maur Hill High School and then wars, and cutting the budget to a grandchild and another on the way. We obtained a degree in Business Adminlevel that can be supported without operate a farm and small cow/calf operaistration from Benedictine College in incurring debt or overburdening tion. We built our home with hard work Atchison. After college, I became the Extaxpayers. and fiscal discipline, and managed to pay ecutive Director of Achievement ServicIf elected, what are two things you for three weddings within 10 monthses for Northeast Kansas, Inc., a private would like to accomplish within without having to borrow! I served in non-profit corporation that provides the first year of your term? the Kansas House of Representatives programs and services for developmenAs a member of a minority party, prior to being elected to the Kansas Sentally disabled citizens. I have remained my goals for the first year of my ate. I enjoy listening to the concerns of the Executive Director for over 38 years. term are to oppose any further exthe citizenry, and working to provide solutions to new and existing In 1986, I was elected to a four-year term to the Atchison City Commis- pansion government power or challenges. As a servant leader, it is an honor to stand for conserva- sion. In 1989, I was selected to be the Mayor for the City of Atchison. spendingof by Republicans or Demotive principles. I do not “go along In 1992, I was elected to the Kansas to get along” with the lobbyists and DENNISPYLE.9C House of Representatives. I have JERRYHENRY.10C ROBERTGARRARD.7C
KANSAS SENATE, DISTRICT 1
Dennis Pyle (R-Incumbent)
Jerry Henry (D)
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U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 2 Lynn Jenkins (R-Incumbent)
Britani Potter (D)
Tell us about yourself. I’m a 6th generation Kansan who grew up on a dairy farm just north of Holton. It’s here I learned the values of hard work, keeping my word and the importance of serving my community. I’m a graduate of Kansas State University and Weber State College with a degree in Accounting and a minor in economics. I’m the mom of two wonderful young adults, and I’m a Certified Public Accountant. I have nearly 20 years of experience helping individuals and small businesses manage their finances. I currently serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives, and it’s on this committee that I get to work every day for Eastern Kansans to reform our broken tax so we can grow our economy and create jobs. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? 1. Hearing from Kansans and listening to their concerns is my top priority. I take their advice and counsel every week when I come home to Eastern Kansas and work to bring Kansas common sense values to Washington. 2. People who work hard and play by the rules deserve our respect and support. My focus will be on creating genuine opportunities that LYNNJENKINS.9C
Tell us about yourself. I’m a wife, mother of three, small business owner, and a school board member. I moved to Ottawa 15 years ago, and still live there to this day. First and foremost, I’m a person, not a politician. I view elected office as a position in which the representative owes a duty to the public. It is not a stepping stone to achieving other goals. I feel a calling to serve my community, and give a voice to the frustrated people who want a government that is interested in their needs, and not just corporate interests and big money donors. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? First, there is the issue of the amount of money involved in politics and the corruption in Washington. I’m putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak, on this issue. Unlike my opponent, I am not taking money from special interest groups. I am running to serve the people, and my vote cannot be bought. The economy is also huge issue right now. The middle class is shrinking as our country’s wealth gets more concentrated at the top. We need to make sure that everyone, including large corporations, are paying their fair share in taxes. I want the government to invest in its people, and take on projects, such as bolstering our infrastructure, that BRITANIPOTTER.8C
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 1 Roger Marshall (R)
Kerry Burt (L)
Tell us about yourself. I am a father, a physician, a leader in my church, a veteran and the Republican candidate for Kansas’ 1st Congressional District. Two years ago, my wife and I had a discussion about leaving this country, and world, better than we found it. We decided the best way to do that would be to run to restore leadership in Congress for the common sense values and pragmatism that defines us as Kansans. I am not a politician, but with your prayers and support, I can advocate on behalf of our pro-life, pro-farm, proKansas values. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? 1. Restore Kansas’ voice in congress in order to pass constructive legislation that supports the farmers, businesses, and residents of the Kansas First. 2. Stimulate the economy by eliminating burdensome and unnecessary regulations, simplifying the tax code so that all businesses are playing on a level field, and repairing our healthcare system in a way that lowers costs for the average citizen. 3. Protect crop insurance so that American farmers, the bankers who provide their loans, and local businesses where they shop will be ROGERMARSHALL.9C
Tell us about yourself. I live just outside of Hutchinson, and I work as an aircraft mechanic at the local airport. I have been married to my lovely wife for seven years and together we are raising an energetic six-year-old boy and a mischievous one-year-old girl. We are proud to homeschool our children and enjoy taking a personal role in their education. We are very much an outdoors family and we spend every minute we can fishing, hunting, gardening and raising all manner of creatures on our small farm. I am an avid sportsman and firearm enthusiast who would much rather spend his time in a field than in an office! What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? The most important issues facing the current congress are: 1. The federal government’s out-of-control spending. The United States in hemorraghing money at an absurd rate on everything from foreign aid for wealthy countries to subsidies for giant mega-corporations. That the current political machinery cannot put aside its absurd pettiness for such a critical function as balancing the budget is all but unfathomable. I will fight for a balanced budget that stops our tail spin into debt. 2. Our ever-expanding role in the KERRYBURT.8C
James Houston Bales (L)
Tell us about yourself. I am a native son of Kansas, born in Wichita. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Wichita State in Secondary English Education. I am currently attending the University of Kansas School of Law. I come from a family of Kansas entrepreneurs and small businessmen, and I maintain their legacy to this day through my involvement in my family’s farming interests. I am married to Laura Hanenkamp, also of Wichita. My main motivation, both in attending law school and in seeking this office, is to help Kansans however I can. Whether I am fighting for the rights of Kansans in the courtroom or the Capitol, I will fight for Kansans. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? The erosion of Constitutionally guaranteed rights. I believe that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution, and that the rights guaranteed therein have been under assault for far too long. Runaway spending. The Federal Government is spending far too much money. We need to get Federal spending under control before future generations are overwhelmed with an unpayable debt. Foreign Policy and the Military. While our troops are the greatest in the world, we have been far too eager to use them for far too long. Congress needs to be slower to authorize force, and a more vocal check against presidential attempts to draw us into JAMESBALES.8C
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BROWN COUNTY COMM., DISTRICT 3 Dwight Kruse (R) Tell us about yourself. I am a lifelong resident of Brown County. I have lived in the Morrill and Fairview area and currently reside in Fairview with my wife, Charlotte. Following graduating from Hiawatha High School, I attended Kansas State University, where I earned a bachelor’s of science degree in ag econ. After college, I engaged in crop and beef production, which I continue today. My wife and I have two grown children and two granddaughters. I have been and am still active in the community, serving on various boards through Church, Hiawatha High School FFA Alumni, and Walnut Township Cemetery Board. Previously, I
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Patrick Wiesner End Lobbyist Control of the Senate. Lobbyists are hired to keep US Treasury money flowing to special interest groups, contractors and foreign governments. The lobbyists’ control over the timing, amount, and placement of campaign donations gives them unfettered influence over all US Senators. The threat of a well-funded primary opponent and negative ads deters all debate on federal spending reform. These lobbyists - unaccountable to voters - have taken the power of the purse away from Congress. I take it as my senate duty to defeat this power-grab of lobbyists. Only then will America have a Congress free to enact the people’s will on spending, taxes, and public debt. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? First, we will fix Social Security. The two Social Security trust funds’ $3.0 trillion investment in US government bonds will be earning more. As your Senator, I will draft the law that raises the interest earnings from about 3.3 percent to a fixed 9.3 percent. Interest deposits to the trust funds will increase by $180 billion each year. This will replenish Social Security with enough reserves to carry the trust funds well beyond the retirement of baby boomers. My plan does not increase payroll tax rates. We won’t need to raise the retirement age, reduce benefits, or incur more debt. The $180 billion of extra interest money will be moved to mandatory spending from some $310 billion of discretionary spending that Congress, every year, indefensibly wastes on expired programs that were never renewed. There are hundreds of these, See Congressional Budget Office report, dated January 15, 2016, “Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations.” Next, we will fix farm policy. The current income support structure limits its protections to what are called “shallow losses.” This policy is specifically designed to force farmers to buy federal crop insurance. Even though subsidized, the program fails because the premiums are unaffordable. My goal is for young farmers to buy land. Cultivated land prices are inflated because absentee investors can get government checks that are equivalent to high yield insured CDs. The current farm bill needs to be PATRICKWIESNER.5C
replaced with policy where the rewards come from raising and selling crops and livestock. What separates you from your opponents? As an Army Reserve fiscal law attorney with three tours of active duty in an Iraq and Afghanistan, I learned the federal budget process. I extensively studied federal appropriations law and became an expert on what the Constitution requires before the government can spend your tax dollars. I know about mandatory and discretionary spending and how each are funded. In private law practice, I’ve been a tax attorney my entire career. In addition, I have the extensive farm background that the senate now lacks. Kansas gets immediate problem solving capability out of me. I pledge never to let a lobbyist draft the law; never to depend on my staff to pick out questions to ask at a hearing; and will never vote on legislation I haven’t read. I don’t need any favors from Washington donors. I am free to vote my conscience. This will be real change. Why should voters elect you? In Washington, I intend to make changes. I’ll be a Senator who’ll stop the give-away of our tax dollars to the clients of well-connected lobbyists. I will immediately tell Senator Pat Roberts and the other big government incumbents that I won’t vote for conglomerated spending bills that neither they nor the rest of Congress have read. I pledge all spending proposals will be subject to the scrutiny of an evidence-based and transparent authorization process. No more secret spending projects buried in thousands of pages of appropriations law. An approved expenditure will involve only a government duty that represents a priority of the people. Yearly budgets will be passed on time and in surplus. Borrowing money will be tolerated only when needed to pay for declared wars and responses to disasters such as floods or the Zika virus. I have the experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to be the change the voters want. The tax code, Social Security, and immigration will be fixed. The Supreme Court will not have vacancies. The practice of giving access in exchange for campaign donations ends with me. I’ll have your back in Washington so you can focus on your family.
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nation’s heroes. During my time in Congress – as a member of both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees – I have made improving the quality of life for the nearly 250,000 veterans living in Kansas a top priority. Our nation’s veterans should be treated like patriots, deserving of care from a grateful nation – not made to feel like a burden. I will not rest until Kansas veterans have a Department of Veterans Affairs worthy of their service and sacrifice. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? While Senate Committees have worked hard this Congress to pass appropriations bills with strong bipartisan support, Senate Democrats continue to block the funding bills on the Senate Floor. By discarding this appropriations process, control of government spending is ceded to the executive branch, where risk of waste, fraud and abuse is abundant. I am hopeful that next year we’ll be able to pass a budget and actually prioritize federal government spending. Second, with the ever changing threats to our national security, our military cannot afford the reduced readiness that results from force reductions. I will continue advocating for our servicemembers and military installations in Kansas and their supportive communities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I can directly impact the funding priorities of our nation’s military. I must also add a third goal. The current tax code is a disaster that hurts our economy. Next Congress, I will push to overhaul the convoluted code to make America a better place to raise a family, buy a home, start a business, and create jobs. I am the lead sponsor of the FairTax, legislation that would fundamentally simplify the tax code and abolish the IRS while creating a flatter, more fair system that benefits Americans of all incomes while supercharging the economy. What separates you from your opponents? Since first being elected to Congress, I have been a leading advocate for protecting and preserving the special way of life we live in Kansas. I consistently push back against the growth and overreach of government, fight for a strong military, work to roll back harmful regulations and bureaucratic red tape for Kansas agriculture producers, honor America’s heroes — our veterans — and find common-sense solutions. Additionally, despite the distance of more than 1,000 miles between Washington, D.C., and Kansas, I return home each weekend to meet with Kansans, listen to your concerns, and get my marching orders. I recently wrapped-up my third round of listening tour stops in each of Kansas’ 105 counties. Why should voters elect you? Kansans are concerned that our nation is going off-course: out-ofcontrol spending threatens our national security and our children’s future; high taxes and burdensome regulations make it hard to start and operate a small business; and we have an administration that seems more concerned with monitoring bathroom policies than confronting ISIS. Kansans are looking for principled, conservative leadership that will actually solve these problems. That’s who I am, what I’ve done, and what I will continue to do.
Robert D. Garrard crats and to support Gary Johnson in reducing government power and spending, should he be elected president. What separates you from your opponents? The biggest difference between me and my opponents is my belief that every individual adult American owns his or her life and property, and that individual Americans should be free to act in their own self interest, in pursuit of their own happiness, cooperating with others honestly and voluntarily, never forcibly sacrificing others to support them and never being forced by government to sacrifice themselves for others. Why should voters elect you? I ask voters to recognize that most Democrats and Republicans elected to the U.S. government have been doing approximately the same thing for more than 100 years and there will be no positive change unless those political parties and their leaders are removed from power. ROBERTGARRARD.5C
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KANSAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 6 Deena L. Horst (R-Incumbent)
Aaron Estabrook (I)
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Middle East. It’s been more than a decade and the place is still a disaster. It may be time to acknowledge that we have no idea what we’re doing over there. I fervently hope that one day the Middle East will be a place of peace and prosperity, but it is becoming clear that that is an end that it will have to pursue on its own. No amount of bombing on our part will make it a better place. I will push for a sensible withdrawal from the plethora of conflicts we have engaged ourselves in. 3. The criminal justice system. The War on Drugs has taken a devastating toll on our communities. Violence and chaos in the streets has become in the norm in far too many of our cities. If I am elected, I will fight for reduced sentences for non-violent offenders and an end to the militarization of the police. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? Though it may seem in this time of political infighting a Herculean task, my goal for my first term is to work together with my fellow congressmen to develop a budget plan that cuts federal spending and balances the budget. Every single American family has to budget intelligently in their own lives and I find it absurd that this concept seems so unworkable at the federal level. At this point, I can think of no other mission more important to congress than the balancing of the Federal budget. My second goal is connected to the first: to develop a plan for our orderly withdrawal from conflicts in the Middle East. Our involvement in these conflicts has cost America far too much in blood and treasure for far too little
return. It is time to end our role as policeman for the region and let the other nations of the Middle East step forward in a leadership capacity. What separates you from your opponents? I believe that what differentiates me from my opponents, and from politicians in general, is that I truly believe that you don’t need anything from me. While others may go to Washington to ensure that this group gets that subsidy or these people get those benefits, I want to go to Washington for the express purpose of ensuring that you are left alone. The American people are capable of extraordinary feats when they are not busy being crushed by regulation and taxation. That is why I would like the opportunity to serve as your congressman — to keep the Federal government off of your back so that you can succeed. Why should voters elect you? Above all, you should vote for me because I believe in you. I’m nothing special — I’m an aircraft mechanic. I’m not running for congress because I believe myself to be some astounding statesman. But you just might be extraordinary. You might be the next Nicola Tesla, or George Washington Carver, or maybe this generation’s MLK. Or maybe you’re just the sort of person who has the will and the desire to succeed and wants the right to do just that. Either way, I want to fight for you. I want to make sure that whatever you want to be, that you can be that without the federal government standing in the way. I want to go to congress to make sure that the government steps back so that you can step forward.
Britani Potter will create jobs. Putting money into the pockets of the middle class earners, who will then spend it and reinvest it directly into the economy is the best way to turn things around for both people, and businesses. Health care is another important subject that comes up when I talk to people. Unfortunately, for too many people, the Affordable Care Act didn’t make health insurance affordable. We need transparency in the healthcare industry to encourage competition and lower costs. We also need to shorten the patent time on pharmaceuticals to eliminate these companies’ stranglehold on life-saving medications. This will also promote competition and lower our costs. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? I would definitely want to address healthcare. This is a necessity, not a privilege, and it needs to be truly affordable for all Americans. By taking steps to increase pricing transparency, reducing pharmaceutical patents, and reduce the cost of insurance for those who are already paying for it through their employer, we can ensure Americans are getting more bang for their healthcare buck. We also need to make sure adequate mental health coverage becomes a part of typical health insurance. Right now, it’s treated like a forgotten tagalong, and coverage is often weak or nonexistent. Everyone has a right to be treated for health problems, physical or psychological. Under the current system, coverage is simply too expensive for us to say that the American healthcare is working. I would also take steps to get lobbyist dollars out of our government. We have a revolving door where the majority of those in Congress who leave simply take an even higher paying job where they lobby their former coworkers for votes. Currently, there is an obscene amount of corporate money being spent on elections. Corporations are not people, and they certainly are not more important than everyday Kansans. Yet every day, they are buying special access to our representatives to ensure their voices are heard. Everyone’s voice should be BRITANIPOTTER.6C
heard, regardless of their wealth. We must limit special interests in Washington and return government to the people of the United States. What separates you from your opponents? My opponent is a career politician. She has held this position for eight years, and has no progress to show for it. She’s taken millions in PAC money and has served as reliable vote for Wall Street, big banks, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies. These groups do not have our well-being in mind. They have their profits in mind, and they don’t donate big money just to be nice. Congresswoman Jenkins has taken nearly $40,000 directly from the Koch brothers’ KOCHPAC since she first ran for federal office. She wants to take the ideas behind the failed experiment that they and Sam Brownback forced upon Kansas, and bring them to the Federal level on behalf of the incredibly wealthy. I will reject special interest influence and serve the best interests of the people I am elected to represent. I will fight for the middle class, not VIP donors. Why should voters elect you? Voters should elect me because I will truly listen to them. This was perfectly illustrated in August when I was touring the 25 counties in our district. My opponent and I were in Topeka on the same day. While I was meeting with any individual who chose to attend my meet and greet, and discuss their concerns, she was speaking to a credit union. Congresswoman Jenkins has lost touch with what everyday Americans want and need, and has completely disregarded them in favor of following around those who are willing to spend the most on her campaign. I am a middle class Kansan. I face the same challenges that most Americans face. I’m familiar with the problems that we all cope with in our daily lives, and I’m eager to change the system to make our lives better. Unlike my opponent, I will not become another cog in a broken machine. I will help usher in a new era of government in which the average voter’s voice is heard over the sound of the cash being offered to politicians like Congresswoman Jenkins.
James Houston Bales JAMESBALES.6C new conflicts. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? I would like to pass meaningful criminal justice reforms and education reforms that return control of the classroom to the State level. What separates you from your opponents? I respect liberty and the Constitution as my guiding principles. I have seen the liberty-eroding consequences of haphazard laws firsthand, and have legal training necessary to demand a higher quality of law in legislation. Why should voters elect you? Voters should elect me because I am a young, energetic, liberty-loving Kansan who wants to serve his fellow Kansans. I will reach across the aisle instead of perpetuating the eternal deadlock of Congress, and I will work to bring meaningful change not only to Kansas, but to America at large.
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special interests in Topeka, and will not sell out the interests of my constituents. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? State Budget: The Kansas legislature and those in positions on budget committees continually disregard the law on the 7.5 percent ending balance law, choosing to spend rather than exercise discipline. Building budgets on estimates and projections is the way “big spenders” keep up demand for tax increases. The Consensus Revenue-Estimating Group (CREG) which is comprised of a few individuals, make economic “predictions” which are used to build the state budget. This needs to be changed. My proposal, zero based budgeting or build budgets off of prior years actual revenue and inflation, capping the budget growth. School Finance: Administrative funding is more than adequate, but the fact is not enough of all budgeted dollars are reaching our classrooms. Unlike my democrat opponent, I don’t think the solution is simply spending more money. We need to take a results oriented approach so that we can prioritize the spending of taxpayer dollars in a way that helps Kansas students succeed. A first step would be redirecting administrative/bureaucratic dollars to be spent in classrooms and our rural schools. Second Amendment: Hillary Clinton and so many in the Democratic Party have said that Australia’s gun ban and subsequent collection would be a good example of how to handle an overstated gun problem in our country. Considering that this Presidential Election could also result in a change in the ideological balance of the Supreme Court, everyone who respects the 2nd Amendment should work very hard for Trump but be prepared to stand against a federal gun grab if Hillary wins. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? First, I think it’s extremely important that we all work together to make Kansas as job friendly as possible, incentivizing local businesses to expand, new businesses to form, and out of state industry to relocate here. Rural Kansas needs a strong voice for families and businesses; I have been and will continue to work to be that voice. It is one of my goals to continue working for private sector jobs and less government regulation and taxation. By maintaining the LLC tax exemption, exercising spending restraint, and regulatory reform we can significantly impact the Kansas economy’s ability
Lynn Jenkins to produce quality jobs. The big spenders believe we can create jobs by growing government. History has proven them wrong and our families and businesses can’t afford that approach anymore. Second, I began the effort to stop government funded lobbying in the last few years. In this term I would like to continue that fight. It’s bad enough the way the legislature spends money as a result of lobbyist influence. The taxpayers deserve better than having their tax money fund those who advocate for spending more and raising their taxes. What separates you from your opponents? Who we support or do not support for president: I’m open and honest about my choice to support Donald Trump, he doesn’t like to answer the question. Our careers: mine is in the private sector, while his has been in government. Public accessibility: I attend public events routinely, most of the events he attends are thrown by his campaign. I have always supported concealed carry, he doesn’t. I have opposed tax increases, he voted for two of the largest tax increases in history. I supported the Holcomb power plant, he opposed it. I opposed special tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, he supported them. I am not endorsed by the AFL-CIO, he has a 100 percent lifetime rating. I support judicial reform, he consistently opposes it. I support restricting welfare recipients from using their benefits at liquor stores, strip clubs, movie theatres, arcades, and cruise lines, he opposes. I supported voter ID, he opposed. I support the 7.5 percent balance law, he votes to spend every penny. Why should voters elect you? Voters should vote for the person who best represents them and is successful in achieving results. Some legislators spend their time in politics with nothing to show for it but a paycheck. My record on life, the second amendment, tax and spend policy is clear, having sponsored and co-sponsored many successful pieces of legislation dealing with these issues and standing up against federal encroachment like Obamacare. I have worked for term limits and have gotten property tax relief legislation (the SAFE Senior Act) passed, helping seniors stay in their homes. As the leader in the legislature for taxpayer funded lobby reform, I’ve had success getting beneficial legislation passed in the senate while standing against the entrenched establishment. It has always been a struggle making sure our rural schools are funded especially when those who represent urban areas have over half the votes in the legislature. Having a rural republican in the senate is critical to obtaining equity for our rural schools.
will improve the quality of life for all Eastern Kansans. I will relentlessly work to pass legislation that helps create an environment for goodpaying jobs, fosters a healthy economy, and helps folks keep more of their hard earned money. 3. At such a dangerous time as this, we must continue to do everything we can to keep Americans safe. I have stood up to the President’s disastrous plan to close Guantanamo Bay and won. The administration has announced that due to language I originally authored, they do not have authority to close gitmo and move terrorist to American soil. I represent Ft. Leavenworth and they have made it loud and clear they do not want terrorist housed on post. ISIS remains a threat and the President must put forward a credible plan to defeat ISIS. The House has acted on this. Unfortunately, this President continues his strategy of leading from behind. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? When Democrats were given unfettered power they took spending to new heights. Every day there was a new government solution to each and every problem. We are still dealing with a stagnant economy, an oppressive debt and an Administration embroiled in scandal. Since I was first elected I have worked to rein in out of control spending and ensure our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities we enjoy. I believe fixing our broken tax code and making it more fair is the single most important thing we can do, right now, to make our economy stronger and more secure. Tax reform isn’t glamorous. Tax reform doesn’t turn out hundreds for a political rally. Yet any family, individual or small business that has filed a tax return or forced to file for an extension in April knows our tax code is an outright mess. The house has put forward a concrete proposal to fix our broken tax code. You can view it at better.gop and I encourage you to take a look at it and let me know what you think. What separates you from your opponents? Unlike my opponent, I can tell you what my solutions to the challenges we face are. My opponent can’t even decide where she stands on the candidates for President, doesn’t know if terrorists should be at Leavenworth, and doesn’t know if we should pay more or less in taxes, I have no idea how she is going to fight against special interest and fight for the interest of Kansans. I’ve offered real solutions, my opponent has only criticized my positions and has offered zero ideas on how to solve them. I grew up nearby. You all know me and know that I will continue to fight for our shared values. Why should voters elect you? As a Jackson County farm girl at heart and a mom of two kids, I understand the challenge Kansas families are facing. I understand Kansas values, and I understand the value of an early morning and a hard days work. The reason I ran for office is because I was frustrated with both parties. For years, Washington politicians have passed laws that allow them to pick winners and losers. As a CPA I saw this every day throughout our tax code and I wanted to be a part of fixing it. We need to level the playing field and put hard working Americans ahead of special interests. I will work to ensure there are no more loopholes, handouts or bailouts.
Roger Marshall protected against years of low yields and prices resulting from uncontrollable circumstances and weather. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? As I mentioned, my top priority is getting on the House Ag Committee. Restoring Kansas’ voice is beyond important. I have talked with the Chairman of the committee, and House leadership, who are all supportive, and I look forward to being added to the committee in short order. I also plan to implement common sense healthcare reform. I have met with other physicians in Congress, and though I will vote to repeal Obamacare, these changes can ROGERMARSHALL.6C
even occur as changes to existing law. We must fix this healthcare system. Additionally, I should add that as a veteran, seeing to it that our government is taking care of our servicemen and women will be a major priority. What separates you from your opponents? I am the only candidate in the race who has earned the support of Kansans like Senators Dole and Moran Kansans who know how to fight for Kansans and what Kansans want. I’ll look to them as examples of service. I am the serious candidate in this race with a lifetime of leadership experience that can be a representative Kansans can be proud of.
Why should voters elect you? As I said to you in July, I’m a physician, not a politician. I am running for congress to give Kansans effective, conservative representation in Washington. While I am honored to be the Republican nominee for the First District, my pledge to you is simple: I will look at my party, and across the aisle for the best solutions for Kansans. I am a Kansan first. That is my priority over any party affiliation or pressure from the political elite and career politicians. As a proud Kansan, I would be honored to serve the people of my state, and put their needs before petty politics.
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been re-elected 12 times and I am currently serving in my 24th year. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? Education for our children is a core function of our state government. The 2017 Kansas Legislature will develop and implement a new school funding formula for every school district in our state. We will have to set up the new funding formula so that every child in Kansas will have an education that prepares them for a global society. The 2017 Kansas Legislature will also have to develop a fair and stable tax program. We will have to close the LLC tax loophole. The current tax system has drastically reduced funding for many core functions for our state. Every month we fall short in our projected income for the state. Currently the Governor has called for an additional 5 percent across the board reductions. We have a number of businesses and individuals who pay no state income tax while other Kansas citizens are paying more in taxes. The State of Kansas budget will also be a major issue in the 2017 budget. Over 2 billion dollars has been diverted away from the maintenance of our highways, roads and bridges. We need to adopt a budget that fully funds our transportation budget. Our rural hospitals are struggling, nursing homes are behind in paying their bills, programs for the sick, the poor, the disabled and the elderly are facing reduced budgets. A completely new budget will have to be developed to address some of drastic cuts that have occurred in our state. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? First, we have to get our tax structure back in order. We need to re-balance our income tax structure so that everyone pays a fair and equal amount of taxes that maintains essential services for all our citizens. For example, currently our income tax structure allows for a doctor or a lawyer to pay no income tax to the State of Kansas, at the same time, the assistant or a secretary who works for these doctors and lawyers has to pay state income tax on all of their income. Many Kansas citizens, including doctors and lawyers, believe this to be unfair. Second, we have to get our state budget back on good footing. We consistently miss revenue pro-
Dwight Kruse jections every month. The governor just recently reduced funding to many state agencies by 4 percent, and now he is asking that all agencies prepare for another 5 percent budget reduction. Every year our budget seems to be out of balance. We need to properly fund our schools, maintain our roads and bridges and make sure that our vulnerable citizens are getting the help that they need in their daily lives. What separates you from your opponents? I will bring to the Kansas Senate a voice of reason. I will work to bring back some stability to our state budget and make our state tax policy both fair and balanced. It became clear after the Aug. 2nd primary that a vast majority of Kansas residents want a state government that is stable and caring. The current administration has been disruptive in providing adequate services to the citizens of Kansas, especially in our rural communities. I will fight to keep from consolidating our rural schools, I will fight to keep our rural hospitals open and I will fight to keep the needed services in our local communities. I have always been responsive to the needs of my constituents, I will answers letters and emails and I will return your phone calls. For me, being responsive to your constituents is an important part of being a public servant. Why should voters elect you? I would ask for everyone’s vote on Nov. 8th. I want to bring moderation back to our state government. I want to bring back our state to a time when you were assured that our schools would remain open, that services were available when you needed them, when public safety was adequately funded so that you could feel safe in your communities and your homes. Recently, I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Kansas Farm Bureau, I know from experience that the Kansas Farm Bureau only gives their endorsement after much consideration to the candidates. I have also received support from the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Bankers Association. I have spent over 16 years on the House Appropriations Committee, so I can assure the voter that I know how to read and assemble a state budget that works for all Kansas citizens. I have been the Mayor of a small city. I have voted 100 percent in favor on all pro-life legislation for the past 24 years as a state representative. Kansas is a great state to live, work, play and to raise a family, I want it to remain that way.
served on the Fairview City Council and Walnut Township Fire Board. I also have volunteered for several organizations, such as 4-H, and have provided volunteer labor for various projects, such as the Fairview and Morrill community centers. What do you believe are the three most important issues you would face if elected, and what is your position on each? There are many issues that the county faces. Some of the more important issues are maintaining our county infrastructure, health care costs, and the decrease in funding at the federal and state level that help run local agencies and programs in Brown County. I will work to maintain the county infrastructure and to improve it when the revenue will allow it. As for health care costs, I will work on trying to keep costs down while still maintaining adequate coverage for the county employees. Until healthcare costs are under control nationwide, not much can be done on the local level. However, I will ensure our state officials know that passing costs down to local government to run programs is placing a undue burden on the taxpayers in rural areas of the state. If elected, what are two things you would like to accomplish within the first year of your term? As a county commissioner, I will be responsible to the people in the third district. I will have an open mind and will listen to the people and their concerns first, and then balance their needs with the needs of everyone else. I will work to make Brown County a place where people want to work and raise a family. What separates you from your opponents? As a candidate for commissioner, I have attended county commission meetings since mid-June and have gained a basic understanding of the time that is involved in being a commissioner. I have served as a City Councilman for the City of Fairview, served on the Walnut Cemetery Board and have been a member of the Fairview-Walnut Township Fire Board. These roles have given me an insight to the budget process and experience in being responsible in the use of taxpayer monies. I am aware of several concerns that the residents of the third district face, and I will work on these areas and improve where possible. Why should voters elect you? First and foremost, I will spent the time needed to do the job. I will take the time to serve on various boards or committees that a commissioner’s presence is needed or required. I understand the amount of time between weekly meetings to gather information, to meet with constituents and to listen to concerns. Second, I will always make myself available to the people. I want local government to be accountable to the needs of the people.
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RETENTION OF JUDGES
Should the following judges be retained in office? Supreme Court Justices If retained, justices will serve six years before another retention election. Appeals Court Judges If retained, judges will serve four years before another retention election.
Dan Biles Shawnee, Kansas Position 2, Kansas Supreme Court Since 2009
G. Gordon Atcheson
Carol A. Beier
Topeka, Kansas Position 9, Kansas Court of Appeals Since 2011
Overland Park, Kansas Position 8, Kansas Court of Appeals Since 2010
Topeka, Kansas Position 1, Kansas Supreme Court Since 2003
David E. Bruns
Kathryn A. Gardner
Topeka, Kansas Topeka, Kansas Fairway, Kansas Position 6, Kansas Court of Appeals Position 14, Kansas Court of Appeals Position 2, Kansas Court of Appeals Since 2011 Since 2015 Since 2007
Lawton R. Nuss
G. Joseph Pierron Jr.
Topeka, Kansas Position 5, Kansas Supreme Court Since 2003
Topeka, Kansas Position 3, Kansas Supreme Court Since 2002
Lawrence, Kansas Position 3, Kansas Court of Appeals Since 1990
Lawrence, Kansas Position 7, Kansas Supreme Court Since 2014
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Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment
The Kansas Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment 1, is on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.
Background How It Will Appear on the Ballot Shall the following be adopted? 21. Right of public to hunt, fish and trap wildlife. The people have the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to reasonable laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights or water resources.
Explanatory statement. This amendment is to preserve constitutionally the right of the public to hunt, fish and trap wildlife subject to reasonable laws and regulations. The right of the public to hunt, fish and trap shall not modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass, eminent domain or any other private property rights. A vote for this proposition would constitutionally preserve the right of the public to hunt, fish and trap wildlife that has traditionally been taken by hunters, trappers and anglers. This public right is subject to state laws and rules and regulations regarding the management of wildlife and does not change or diminish common law or statutory rights relating to trespass, eminent domain or private property. A vote against this proposition would provide for no constitutional right of the public to hunt, fish and trap wildlife. It would maintain existing state laws and rules and regulations governing hunting, fishing and trapping wildlife. Amendment 1 would permit the constitutional right to hunt, fish, and trap to be subjected to regulations promoting wildlife conservation and management. Furthermore, public hunting and fishing would be the preferred method of wildlife management under the amendment.
If Approved The amendment adds a paragraph 21 to the Kansas Bill of Rights. The following text would be added: Right of public to hunt, fish and trap wildlife. The people have the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to reasonable laws and regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management and that preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. This section shall not be construed to modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights or water resources.
The proposed amendment was introduced into the 2015 Legislative Session as House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 5008 by Representative Travis CoutureLovelady (R-Ellis) and Representative Adam Lusker (D-Frontenac), but no action was taken. It was carried over to the 2016 session where it passed both chambers by large margins. In the Kansas Senate, Amendment 1 received unanimous support. In the Kansas House of Representatives, all but seven Democrats voted to place the measure on the ballot. Nineteen states currently have similar constitutional provisions for the right to hunt and fish. Two others have constitutional provisions guaranteeing the right to fish, and two have statutes providing for the right to hunt and fish. Vermont established its right to hunt and fish in 1777, but most of the other states have created their rights since 2000.