Election Info and my picks
To see a copy of the ballot that you will receive on November 2nd go to the following link: http://www.douglas-county.com/depts/cl/ve/ve_sampleballots.aspx You can find your precinct by entering your voter information over on the right side of the page.
So here are my picks and a short blurb on why:
UNITED STATES SENATOR Jerry Moran (R) Easy choice. Experienced legislator with moderate to right views.
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 2nd DISTRICT Lynn Jenkins (R) Tough call. I really don't care for her but her opponent lacks both experience and sufficient credentials. Tom Holland or Tony Brown should take a shot at this seat next cycle.
GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Sam Brownback(R), Jeff Colyer(R) Tom Holland doesn't have the experience (yet) for the job and Senator Brownback has definitely moderated his views. I think he is preparing for another bid for President in 2012.
SECRETARY OF STATE Chris Biggs (D) No brainer. Chris Biggs is a strong prosecutor and his opponent, Kris Kobach, is a partisan hack with a single agenda.
ATTORNEY GENERAL Steve Six (D) The Attorney General's office exists to defend Kansans against fraud and the like. He has done a great job of this. His opponent (Derek Schmidt) is just riding the anti-Obama wave. I find that insufficient reason to vote for him. STATE TREASURER Dennis McKinney (D) Endorsed by the NRA to the KNEA. Not too shabby. COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE Sandy Praeger (R) Moderate to Liberal Republican. STATE REPRESENTATIVE 10th DISTRICT Tony Brown (D) At the risk of getting Torch or Nancy Crisp to launch into some crazy diatribe again I will say that Tony has proved his values as a family man, excellent legislator, and strong supporter of our district. TerriLois is a complete fraud. No voting records, no work records, who knows how many name changes (first and last). How can someone with two divorces and no children, biological or adopted, claim to be a conservative Christian. The idea is ludicrous. Her "Lock and Load" comment was just the latest in a string of statements from a troubled and emotionally unstable person; and believe me I know about being unstable.
Judicial Retentions - I am voting to retain all the judges since I have seen no reason to do otherwise.
Constitutional Amendment 1 - No, the specific language is vaguely worded and could come back to bite us. I generally support broadening gun rights but this one states the reasons for owning a gun thereby excluding some unforeseen possibilities. It should be left alone to read simply "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security". If it were to change I would support the removing of "For their defense and security". That seems to me to cover the broadest possibilities.
Constitutional Amendment 2 - Yes, mental illness is not sufficient reason to deny voting privileges. Could we keep my previous comments/ravings on this amendment to just us speak out followers? Please?
So.... What are your picks? Your arguments pro and con?