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Pat Roberts' Kansas "residence"
As you may have heard by now, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is under fire for not actually spending any time in, you know, Kansas. But with a tea party primary challenger causing trouble back home, Roberts desperately attempted to prove that he hadn't "gone Washington" ... by renting some space from a donor in Dodge City. Who lives on a golf course. What kind of space, you might wonder?
"I have full access to the recliner," the senator joked. Turning serious, he added, "Nobody knows the state better than I do."
Only it doesn't seem like Sunflower State voters are all too thrilled with Roberts quipping about his time-share in a La-Z-Boy. In a teaser from their upcoming Kansas poll, PPP makes it pretty clear that Roberts has a problem on his hands:
Only 24% of Kansas voters think Pat Roberts spends enough time in the state
@ppppolls
Former Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar lost a primary two years ago because he was perceived as estranged from his home state. The same fate could very well befall Roberts, too. His opponent, physician Milton Wolf, still trails in the polls and probably needs some deep-pocketed help from the likes of the Club for Growth to do Roberts in. But right now, Roberts is on the defensive—and this is no time to hit the recliner.

Originally posted to David Nir on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM PST.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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  •  Don't sleep on Wolf (14+ / 0-)

    Milton Wolf may trail in the polls, but he actually has ads on the radio, he gets daily radio run, and KFL - (Kansans for Life) league is preparing to endorse him.

    This could be a serious play in the primaries, because the word of mouth and the talk amongst conservatives portrays Roberts as not one of them.   That's as big a problem as not actually being from here.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 12:23:20 PM PST

    •  Polls are notoriously inaccurate... (2+ / 0-)
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      Broken, tmservo433

      ...in showing the growing strength of a Primary challenger.

      GOP Primary polling is problematic as it is: a segment GOP likely participants is committed to lying to pollsters so that a "RINO" incumbent gets lulled into a false sense of security.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 03:20:13 PM PST

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  •  Democratic challenger? (15+ / 0-)

    Please tell me there is a democratic challenger.  

    Republicans===the party of the 1% rich people in America. Or in other words..The Party of NO!

    by jalapeno on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 12:45:45 PM PST

  •  I'm going to stick up for him (6+ / 0-)
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    Krotor, Ckntfld, Lujane, fenway49, gffish, Broken

    Given the number of Tea Baggers, and the crazy shit Kansas has been doing for the last decade or so, would YOU want to spend any time there?!

  •  Maybe the voters... (3+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Broken, skohayes

    ...would be happy with a nice futon.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 01:56:45 PM PST

  •  It's Kansas. Can't really hold that against him. (5+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, Ckntfld, Lujane, gffish, Broken

    But given he could buy a house in about 80% of the state for less than the cost of a new SUV, he really should at least own one.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:04:54 PM PST

    •  Roberts is one of those Senators like (5+ / 0-)
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      Ckntfld, unclebucky, Lujane, gffish, Broken

      the pair from Mississippi that appear to do nothing except vote the ALEC/Koch line.  Totally forgettable.

    •  There are places in Kansas that will give (6+ / 0-)

      you land if you'll only move there.

      Purity is for primaries; in the general, our worst are better than their best.

      by blue aardvark on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:18:02 PM PST

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      •  But they don't tell you (0+ / 0-)

        there are no water rights on that land...

        Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

        by skohayes on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:14:20 PM PST

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      •  I know two people in different parts of rural (3+ / 0-)
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        Halfton81, darthstar, blue aardvark

        Kansas who have been trying for years to sell land, and haven't gotten a single offer.

        The depopulation of western Kansas is horrible, small towns are dying, and the average age in many places is high because almost all of the young people have to move someplace else to find a job.

        In one small town, the only business, a restaurant which employed a couple dozen people because it attracted a huge out-of-town clientele had to shut down because the town could no longer afford to run a sewer system.

        I visit some of these towns for hobby purposes, and I've gotten used to the fact that if I pay attention to a building, it's not unusual that the owner will come running hoping to sell it to me.

        The logical thing to do would be to merge the low-population counties, but they resist that because it would hurt their political clout because these rural counties control the Senate now.

        •  Certainly can't expect the pricks ... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... in the statehouse to do what's best for their constituency. At least not the poorer 95% of them.

          And I've had a similar experience with someone trying to sell me a house. Stopped on a motorcycle ride in the Flint Hills at an abandoned, yet still gorgeous, two-story limestone farm house. Old man walked over from a house across the road, asked me if I liked the place, laughed then asked me if I wanted to buy it. He said he'd entertain any offer, with any amount of acreage. I took his number just to humor him, but I'd be lying if I said it isn't tempting.

        •  And the aquifers are drying up (0+ / 0-)

          Purity is for primaries; in the general, our worst are better than their best.

          by blue aardvark on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 06:00:22 AM PST

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  •  Isn't it odd to be rooting for the less-insane (4+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Egalitare, Broken, Halfton81

    Republican again?

    Purity is for primaries; in the general, our worst are better than their best.

    by blue aardvark on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:16:57 PM PST

    •  Don't know if I'd say that (2+ / 0-)
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      gffish, Broken

      It may benefit (D)s if Wolf wins the primary.   Is he way farther to the right?  Yes.   WAY, WAY farther.   but guess what?  He's also way more likely to hang himself in the primaries or general.   See: Todd Akin.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 03:12:00 PM PST

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      •  Believe it when I see it (3+ / 0-)
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        blue aardvark, gffish, Broken

        It's Kansas, which is like Missouri without the two large Democratic cities. I'd guess even Wolf would win the general pretty easily. They elected Sam Brownback governor.

        “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 03:19:02 PM PST

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        •  Don't always bet on things. (4+ / 0-)
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          Broken, skohayes, Halfton81, Kanscott

          I say this.  People have said, since we started trying to organize Kansas that it was pointless.  Now, In February, we have a democrat who is up +7 in the latest polls over Brownback, we have a Republican challenger in DIstrict1 (Huelskamp) a strong democratic challenger in District2 (Wakefield) and both have had very strong donations from the get go.

          Kansas is also the state that elected Sebellius, etc.  

          It may take a lot of work, but I wouldn't write it off

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

          by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 04:15:11 PM PST

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  •  Pat doesn't know (2+ / 0-)
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    when he's not around the landlord rents the chair to an old wino with digestion issues. How about running a Dem candidate, too?

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:21:49 PM PST

  •  estranged members of congress (4+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, gffish, Broken, lcs

    perhaps it is time to do a study of all our Senators and Reps and see how often the other members go home to their states and districts.  This could be quite interesting.  I realize that those members of Congress from the far West and the Pacific Coast might be given some leeway, because of the great distance from Washington DC, but, it would be very interesting.  

  •  estranged members of congress (0+ / 0-)

    perhaps it is time to do a study of all our Senators and Reps and see how often the other members go home to their states and districts.  This could be quite interesting.  I realize that those members of Congress from the far West and the Pacific Coast might be given some leeway, because of the great distance from Washington DC, but, it would be very interesting.  

  •  Pat Roberts was head of the Senate Coverup (5+ / 0-)

    Committee  for 9/11, and the committee that voted down the investigation into NSA spying in 2006, voted down domestic eavesdropping legislation, believes in the Imperial Executive (see Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame), loves warrantless wire tapping, stalled the Iraq War (non) intelligence report for at least 2 years, he is down with torture (by Republicans) and generally is  a non-Intelligence committee member.

    Non residency is probably the smallest part of his transgressions. I would hope some great Democrat could take the seat.

    The Bible is a book of conclusions seeking unquestioning believers. Science is a "book" of questions seeking skeptics with more questions. -Zed Mont

    by sailmaker on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:54:06 PM PST

  •  Billboards all over the state with... (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Broken

    the Senator's name emblazoned over a La-Z-Boy recliner...

    Gotta do it....

    Hahhaaahahh...

    Vote Democratic for the next 50 years.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:56:07 PM PST

  •  Chad Taylor (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, Broken

    Has filed a statement of candidacy.  Can find no web site and no apparent fundraising.  DA in Shawnee County which is Topeka with a population of 175,000.  Here's a link to his filing with the FEC.

  •  This will not matter at all (0+ / 0-)

    He is totally ineffective as a gubmint official. They like em like that.

    “He talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans.” James Carville

    by Mokislab on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 04:16:59 PM PST

  •  You know, (0+ / 0-)

    I've lived here 15 years, and sent several emails to Pat Roberts and NEVER heard a word back from him. Of the 2 Senators I've written to and my current and former reps in the House, Roberts was the only one who never replied.
    Now in the last 6 months, I've gotten 2 robocalls from him, inviting me to participate in his tele-Town Halls. He's got my address, because I got snail mail about what a great Senator he's been for Kansas (HAH).
    He got complacent, but there are many Republicans out here who are not fond of the Tea Party anymore, and they might vote for Roberts in the primary just to avoid that.

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:32:14 PM PST

    •  I found the opposite when it was him and (1+ / 0-)
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      skohayes

      Brownback.  Brownback was virtually uninterested in any issues besides abortion and the problems Christians were having in certain parts of Africa.

      Roberts at least had positions on most major issues, though of course none of his positions were anywhere near mine.

  •  Just a place to take a break. (0+ / 0-)

    At least the other Congressmen and Senators "pretend" to stay there by owning property.  Santorum did it in Pa.  How much time do any of them actually spend in their home state?  Do an investigation on that.  Bet they spend more time vacationing then in their districts.  They all love to talk and b.s. Us but that's all they do.  Smaller govt. Means less people in Congress and the Senate.  Look at all the money we would save.  Hope they vote this yokel out only to be replaced by another yokel.

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