Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.
Remember being at a ballgame where the guy yelled, “get your program so you can know the players!”
That’s kind of the situation we have in Kansas with the governor’s race to be decided in November of 2018.
Last week’s headline read: Eighteen and Counting!
The filing deadline is June 1, for Republicans and Democrats and August 6, for all others.
The fees? $2,207 without five thousand signatures. $670 with the signatures and Independent candidates must get the signatures.
So far there are 11 Republicans, six democrats and an Independent that have filled out requirements to raise money. There are also 4 high school students and NO women.
Democrats in the race so far are: House Leader Jim Ward; former Ag Secretary Joshua Svaty; ex-Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer; Dr. Arden Anderson: and salesman Robert Klingenberg.
The R’s are: Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer; Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer; oil company owner Wink Hartman; former state representatives Mark Hutton and Ed O’Malley; former Emporian Dr. Jim Barnett; and businessman and evangelist Patrick Kucera.
Running as an Independent is Topeka minister Richard Kloos with Greg Orman expected to be an Independent candidate too.
Holy Toledo ! How do you tell the wolves from the sheep?
Dr. Barnett has been working hard and has put out some interesting ideas to think about. Like:
He told me he plans to be a One Term Governor thinking leading Kansas as it tries to get it’s financial act together over the next four years will not be compatible winning re-election. That’s refreshing!
In Abilene last week Dr. Jim said something Republican candidates rarely say responding to a question about the role of government.
He said, “It puts me out on a limb because typical Republican mantra on how to solve our problems is to cut government and cut taxes, and that is not going to work. Any gubernatorial candidate who will tell they will cut taxes to get out of this mess we are in is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.”
Risky, but refreshing because given the mess Kansas is in – new Education funding starting around $600 million plus highway funds that have been borrowed, KPERS loans to repay etc., etc., etc………. taxes are going to rise and being truthful about this has my attention.
How about yours?
I’m Steve Sauder
Monday it had been 12 days since 4 American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger and the media obviously hoping to catch President Trump in a misdeed ask him if he had reached out yet to the families?
President Trump responded that he had penned personal letters to the families over the weekend and they would be mailed that night or soon. He also said he would be calling the families.
Seems to me the discussion should have ended there, but the President decided to elaborate a little bit and suggested that previous presidents specifically President Obama had not always reached out to families.
When pushed for details because he was caught in a mistruth he backtracked and used his famous "he didn't know, but he'd been told" President Obama did not reach out.
When do these types of encounters for Donald Trump end?
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever heard President Donald Trump say any of these statements?
1. I don't know.
2. I was wrong; or
3. I am sorry.
Seriously, all mortals are faced with situations where we must admit - we don't know the answer; that we were wrong; or that we are sorry.
How is it that our President is totally immune to having to say any of those things? Not once can I recall him saying any of these.
Obviously Trump supporters like his brash and bold style, but even his most ardent supporter must tire of his constant inability to be truthful and his awful habit of always going on attack when challenged.
Four dead soldiers was a question he should have been prepared for, but obviously was not. Trump's Press Secretary had a good explanation he could have used and shut the whole deal down.
She said any delay in reaching out was based on getting accurate information as to exactly what happened in Niger. But, President Trump couldn't just say that. He had to go attack dog and impugn his predecessors and make a mountain out of a mole hill.
Donald Trump is his own worst enemy and becoming a serious embarrassment for our country.
I’m Steve Sauder and “There’s something to think about.”