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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:52 am 
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And they did it the easy way, as two Republican state senators and a representative have switched to the Democratic party in the last week. A fourth is reportedly considering a switch. Democrats picked up one Congressional seat in Kansas this election and came close in a second. Despite this, Republicans still hold majorities in both houses of the Kansas legislature. Said one of the switchers, Senator Barbara Bollier:

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“Morally, the party is not going where my compass resides. I’m looking forward to being in a party that represents the ideals that I do, including Medicaid expansion and funding our K-12 schools.”


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show ... ecome-dems

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I guarantee they won't be the last local Republican legislators to abandon the sinking ship before 2020.

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What I find fascinating about this is that they left the majority party to join the minority party. I remember seeing flips in the other direction, but I don't ever remember seeing flips in that direction. Except possibly for Phil Graham when he resigned his House seat in Texas so he could run again as a Republican. I'll have to check the timing on that one. --Bob

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Bob78164 wrote:
What I find fascinating about this is that they left the majority party to join the minority party. I remember seeing flips in the other direction, but I don't ever remember seeing flips in that direction. Except possibly for Phil Graham when he resigned his House seat in Texas so he could run again as a Republican. I'll have to check the timing on that one. --Bob


I don't think that Phil Graham ever resigned a House seat. However, Phil Gramm did resign the House seat to which he had just been re-elected at the beginning of 1983, when Democrats did indeed control the House. He then ran as a Republican in the Special Election and won.

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Senator Sykes explains here why she switched parties.
Senator Dinah Sykes wrote:
To many in the Republican Party, “bipartisan” had become a dirty word.

I witnessed party bosses reinforce this message numerous times by punishing caucus members who disagreed with their leadership. I was even threatened early in my first session for advocating an end to Brownback’s failed tax experiment, a key issue in my campaign and one that the people of my district supported. When a fixed ideological position was put ahead of the people I serve and their wishes, I knew that was unacceptable.
That's what I'm seeing as well. Republicans who disagree with the party line get hounded, not by fact-based arguments, but because they are being supposedly disloyal. I don't see that on the Democratic side of the aisle. We're much too broad a coalition to be able to tolerate that. --Bob

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