National Journal: Brownback vs Davis Could Be “Sleeper of the Cycle”
February 28, 2014

The National Journal rates the Kansas 2014 Governor’s race as the. 10th “Most Likely to Flip” of 15 campaigns for Governor this year.
Here’s their take:
“”By all rights, Kansas should be safe Republican territory, but it features the sleeper race of the cycle. The Sunflower State has voted Republican in 18 of the last 19 presidential elections (Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 landslide was the exception). Democrats have had success here at the gubernatorial level, though, winning three of the past six elections, including victories for Kathleen Sebelius in 2002 and 2006. Moreover, the Kansas GOP has split in two, with ascendant conservatives purging moderate legislators over the past couple of elections. Brownback is closely aligned with conservatives, and moderates have banded together to oppose his agenda. There are rumblings that some moderate Republicans may even support the Democratic candidate, state House Minority Leader Paul Davis. An automated poll conducted late last year found Davis narrowly ahead of Brownback, while a Brownback internal survey showed the incumbent ahead but well below the 50 percent mark.”
NJ says the most vulnerable Governor on their list is Penn. Republican Tom Corbett. . NJ says education cuts and a slow state economy have him in trouble.

Handicappers Now Dropping Missouri Senate Race Off The ‘Flip” List
September 24, 2012

P-D via Johncombest:
Republicans had big plans this fall to takeover the U.S. Senate — that is, until Todd Akin’s controversial comments on rape.
This summer, it appeared the GOP had a shot of winning four seats in the U.S. Senate and pushing Democrats aside from majority control. But now, a New York Times election forecast predicts the Democrats have a 70 percent chance of keeping the august chamber.
Missouri was once the GOP’s main pickup target, with national Republicans pouring money into the state to defeat incumbent Claire McCaskill, a Democrat running in a red-leaning state. But McCaskill’s opponent, Akin, has been weakened after saying women can avoid pregnanacy after rape. National Republicans have pulled support and cash. Now, they are focusing their attention on states like Mass
Akin was once the clear favorite with a significant polling advantage. Current telephone polls show a tight race, but The New York Times analysis now lists the state as “lean Democratic,” saying McCaskill has a 72 percent shot of winning.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post has removed Missouri from it’s list of state most likely to flip control of the U.S. Senate. The state had previously been ranked in the top five.
The National Journal ranks the state as 9th most likely to change partisan control of the Senate. It was ranked 3rd before the Akin comments.
The Journal wrote on Wednesday: “GOP Rep. Todd Akin is perilously low on money, and he’s not getting any support from the outside Republican groups. He also shows no signs of dropping his bid — the best news McCaskill could get these days. Once the deadline for dropping out passes next week, watch McCaskill carpetbomb her rival to try to put this race away.”

Akin Won’t Assess Romney’s Remarks
September 19, 2012

The National Journal reports Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is not commenting on Candidate Mitt Romney “47%” remark.
“”I am not going to join the media in piling on when a fellow Republican makes an inelegant statement,” said Akin senior adviser Rick Tyler in an email to the Huffington Post. In the days after Akin’s rape comment, he had characterized it as using the “wrong words.”

Incidentally, Akin is now one week away from the absolute last chance deadline to get off the ballot — September 25 — and he continues to show no indication that he’ll do so.”

National Journal Rankings: Kansas Most Conservative Delegation in Congress
May 6, 2012

KC Star:

The most conservative congressional delegation in America?
Take a bow, Kansas.
It isn’t even close.
Less than two years after Republicans rode a tea-party wave to retake the House of Representatives, a widely quoted survey shows the four-member Kansas delegation — Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins, Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp — has voted far more consistently conservative than any House delegation in the nation.
A vote study in the National Journal, ranking members on a 100-point scale, put the Kansas delegation’s 2011 conservative score at 85.3.
The next-highest average was Wyoming — where the lone House member, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, racked up a 73.5 conservative score.
South Dakota, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee ranked third through sixth, all with average rankings in the 60s.
“That’s staggering,” said University of Kansas political scientist Burdett Loomis. “Wow. We really are in uncharted territory in how conservative these guys are.”
The state’s conservatives say the delegation’s numbers are a result of a successful 20-year effort to elect more representatives who mirror the state’s conservative constituents.
And political scientists say the rightward tilt of the delegation is predictable.
“Given the current political setting …it makes sense that these folks would be veering hard to the right,” said Kansas State University political scientist Joe Aistrup.
Some question the National Journal’s rankings, which involve a study of more than 100 votes in 2011. But a similar ranking by a group linked with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, put the Kansas delegation’s conservative average at 79 percent — nipped only by South Carolina, at 80.5 percent. Other state delegations were much farther behind.

Read more here: http://midwestdemocracy.com/articles/kansas-lawmakers-rank-farthest-to-right-in-study-of-us-house-votes/#storylink=cpy

Wichita’s Pompeo Rated Most Conservative Kansan in Congress, Yoder 3rd Out of 4
February 24, 2012

Wichita freshman Republican Mike Pompeo is rated as the most conservative member of Congress from Kansas in 2011, according to rankings from the National Journal.
The non partisan publication ranks Pompeo tied as the 15th most conservative House Member. others at #15 include Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tx-5); Renee Elmers (NC-2) and Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25.
Pompeo scored a 91.2 overall conservative ranking; 83 on economic issues; 83 on social issues and 91 on foreign policy issues.
Ks-2 Member Lynn Jenkins is ranked at #36. She is also tied with other members, Jeffery Landry (La-3) and Pete Olson (Tx-22)
Johnson County Republican Kevin Yoder is #47 out of 435 members of the house. He has a overall conservartive score of 84.3, a 90 on economic issues; 74 on social issues and 91 on foreign policy. he is tied with Bill Huizenga (Mich-2).
Another freshman, Ks-1 Tim Huelskamp, is ranked #74. That ties him with Steve King (Ia.-5)
Huelskamps overall conservative score is 74.
More:http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223