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Kansas 03: Republican Kevin Yoder endorsed by economic conservative PAC, Kansans for Government Reform

Today, Kansans for Government Reform — a non-partisan PAC focusing on conservative and libertarian issues — announced its endorsement of Kevin Yoder for US Congress and Michael Ashcraft for County Commission.

I chair this PAC, and there’s a five-member advisory board whose super-majority agreement I must receive in order to issue an endorsement for a candidate.

To learn more about us, click here or on the image below to visit our PAC’s Web site at KansasReform.com.

I was a big Patricia Lightner supporter during the primary, but like I write in the following Email, Kevin Yoder won fair and square, and he and I agree on far more than we disagree.

Let’s send Kevin Yoder to Washington, to save us from the Democrats and socialism.

Read the entire Email with pictures in a Web-friendly format by clicking here.  The text is below:

Benjamin Hodge
Delegate to Kansas GOP, 2009-’10
Kansas Representative, 2007-’08
JCCC Trustee, 2005-’09
Web site: BenjaminHodge.com
Phone: (913) 259-4236
Email: [email protected]

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kansans for Government Reform PAC endorses:

MICHAEL ASHCRAFT FOR COUNTY COMMISSION
5th District (Olathe, south OP, Lenexa)
and
KEVIN YODER FOR US CONGRESS
3rd District, Kansas (Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas Counties)

Go to KansasReform.com to view our full list of candidates whom we view to be the best choices for economic conservative voters

Dear {FIRST_NAME},

I hope you had a good weekend with your friends or family. I know that I am enjoying this cooler weather in Kansas City.

I’m writing to highlight two endorsements from our political committee at Kansans for Government Reform. There is a longer slate of candidates whom we’ve endorsed, and you can see the full list at our Web site.

Michael Ashcraft for County Commission, District 5

The first candidate I’d like to highlight is Michael Ashcraft, pictured at right.

Michael Ashcraft is running for the Johnson County Commission, in the Fifth District. There are seven county comissioners — six districts, and one at-large chair. The general boundaries of the fifth district are pictured below.

You can visit Michael Ashcraft’s Web site, by clicking here or on the image to the right.

I encourage you to watch the YouTube video below, where Michael Ashcraft gives his first-ever presentation as a politician. In the video, he is speaking to the Sunflower Republican Club, and you hear him say these words, something almost entirely foreign to the Republican establishment: “I’m a registered Republican, but the Libertarians say that taxation is substantially equivalent to economic slavery if it does not produce value.”

At right, you can view the introductory video from Michael Ashcraft’s Web site.

Click here or on the image below to join the Facebook page for Michael Ashcraft.

If you’re a voter, and you’re not sure in which county commission district (or State Legislative district) you live, view your sample ballot. Click here to go to the Johnson County Election Office’s Web site, where you view a sample ballot by entering your name and date of birth.

Michael Ashcraft is running against incumbent County Commissioner Doug Wood.

Both Michael Ashcraft and Doug Wood are Republicans. Both Michael Ashcraft and Doug Wood are pro-life. That’s where the similarities end.

Doug Wood is a fiscal liberal who has proven to be either unable or unwilling to stand up for sound economic policies. Commissioner Wood’s spending decisions have been thoroughly reckless, and Wood simply cannot be trusted to vote “no” on bad policy ideas presented to him by special interests who to profit off of the taxpayers.

Doug Wood has voted time and time again for budgets that increase property taxes (remember, even when the “mill levy” does not increase, the actual taxes that are paid by home owners usually increase at a pace greater than the inflation rate). More than once, Wood has voted to increase the sales tax rate, and Wood shares responsibility for a county sales tax that is rapidly approaching 10% of every purchase.

Doug Wood has repeatedly voted for far-left county legislative agendas that have attempted to pressure the Kansas Legislature to keep taxes high, take away property rights, and keep K-12 education decisions out of the hands of parents.

Doug Wood wastes tens of thousands every year on taxpayer-funded lobbying. The county pays a contract lobbyist who goes every day to Topeka to fight AGAINST the rights of Kansas citizens. The county also pays tens of thousands a year into a socialist organization called the “Kansas Association of Counties,” which pays its own lobbyist to also fight AGAINST the rights of taxpayers.

Doug Wood voted to place the corrupt former JCCC President Charles Carlsen on the Johnson County Arts Board, after Carlsen fled JCCC. Carlsen was accused by four separate women of sexual molestation, and one of Carlsen’s final acts as president was to send JCCC attorney Mark Ferguson (then a law partner at Lathrop and Gage, the law firm that receives no-bid contracts at multiple K-12 schools within Johnson County) on a cover-up mission, and to attempt to bully the student newspaper editor who helped uncover the allegations. Doug Wood did not take the small amount of time to contact JCCC Trustees and ask if Carlsen should continue to play a role in Johnson County’s public policy (the answer is “no”). So, thanks in large part to Doug Wood, Charles Carlsen is choosing our public art.

Doug Wood has spent 12 years as County Commission. It’s time for him to be voted out.

Let’s vote in Michael Ashcraft for Johnson County’s 5th District County Commissioner.

Please join us in supporting Michael Ashcraft for County Commission.

Kevin Yoder for US Congress

We whole-heartedly support Kevin Yoder for US Congress.

As you may know, our PAC supported Patricia Lightner in the primary. Lightner ran an excellent campaign, narrowly losing by only 5,000 votes, while being outspent many times over.

Kevin Yoder won the primary race fair and square. We join Patricia Lightner and many others in endorsing Kevin Yoder for US Congress.

Kansas needs to send Kevin Yoder to Washington, in order to protect and restore the freedoms that are under constant attack in Washington. Our freedoms are at so much risk from the radical agenda of Democratic President Barack Obama, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid. Kevin Yoder will fight against the agenda of these left-wing Democrats. Kevin Yoder will fight on our side, the side of economic freedom.

At Kevin Yoder’s YouTube page, you can watch his most recent TV ad, “Getting Kansas Back to Work.”

Today Yoder for Congress campaign announced a new Web site at StepheneMoore.com, where you can learn more about the liberal plans of would-be Congresswoman Stephene Moore.

Click here to visit StepheneMoore.com.

Below is the press release announcing StepheneMoore.com.

Yoder for Congress Launches Stephenemoore.com

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Highlights Moore’s World Travel Paid by Special Interests

(Overland Park, KS)- Today, Yoder for Congress unveiled the new website
www.stephenemoore.com. This website chronicles the pitfalls of Mrs. Moore’s campaign such as: the number of days she has chosen to remain silent on whether or not she would vote for Nancy
Pelosi as Speaker of the House, the short distance between her Washington D.C. home and the U.S. Capitol and Mrs. Moore, in her own words, voicing her support of the expiration of middle class tax relief and job killing legislation such as Cap and Trade, Card Check and Obamacare.

Most importantly, the website highlights Mrs. Moore’s deep ties to Washington D.C. special interests. Visitors to stephenemoore.com can watch an interactive video that guides users through
the $50,000 worth of world travel Mrs. Moore has taken on the dime of taxpayers and special interest groups. At the end of their journey, users will have the opportunity to plan their own
Stephene Moore-like trip, where they can choose who funds their lavish travel-taxpayers or special
interests.

“This website highlights the major inconsistencies of Stephene Moore’s campaign,” said Travis Smith,
Yoder for Congress Campaign Manager. “Stephene Moore has chosen to make her campaign about the smoke and mirrors game that is typical of Washington politicians. This website is our way of poking fun at that ridiculousness.”

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Lastly, we encourage you to click here to join Kevin Yoder on Facebook.

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In order for an endorsement to be approved from the Kansans for Government Reform PAC, a candidate must receive the support of at least four out of five (80%) of the PAC Advisory Board. The Advisory Board members are:
Kay O’Connor, former State Senator
Judy Morrison, former State Representative
Andrew Smith, Overland Park businessman
Steve Weatherford, Olathe-area pastor
Joel Yourdon, Wichita-area financial advisor

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Thank you for your time, as always.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Hodge

Kansas Representative, 2006-’08
Trustee, Johnson County Community College, 2005-’09
Voicemail: 913-259-4236
[email protected]
www.benjaminhodge.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hodgekansas
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/benjaminhodgeks
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/benjaminhodge

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Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

 


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