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RELEASE: Kansas Veteran James Thompson Bests Estes in Lively Butler County Farm Bureau Debate

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October 30, 2018
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Stephanie Yeager
316-536-9027
stephanie@votejamesthompson.com

 

Kansas Veteran James Thompson Bests Estes in Lively Butler County Farm Bureau Debate

Career Politician Estes Receives Laughs Over False Claims

WICHITA, Kan. –  James Thompson, Kansas Veteran and candidate for Congress, laid a clear vision to promote working and middle-class prosperity for Fourth District Kansans when sparred with career politician Ron Estes for a rare debate in Augusta, Kan., tonight.

Hosted by Butler County Farm Bureau, more than 250 voters attended the last of the public debates. It was the most attended debate in this election cycle.

"Any reasonable viewer saw tonight Thompson again walking away with another decisive debate victory over Estes," said Stephanie Yeager, a spokeswoman for Thompson. "From discussing protecting our veterans and expanding competition in our healthcare marketplace, to his vision of empowering our rural communities and manufacturers, Thompson owned the room."

Also notable was a growing trend at Estes public appearances.

"Voters should note that in every public debate, false Estes claims have been met with rounds of laughter," Yeager said.

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RELEASE: Kansas Veteran James Thompson airs latest spot, "Running for You"

Kansas Veteran James Thompson airs latest spot, "Running for You"

Thompson rejects dirty, D.C.-style attack ads in favor of focusing on issues

WICHITA, Kan. – James Thompson, Kansas Veteran running for Congress in the Fourth District of Kansas, released a new :30 ad, titled "Running for You."

WATCH:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4QWDGe1vWU

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RELEASE: KANSAS VETERAN JAMES THOMPSON ISSUES STATEMENT IN WAKE OF ATTEMPTED TERRORIST ATTACKS THROUGHOUT U.S.

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October 24, 2018
For more information:
Stephanie Yeager
stephanie@votejamesthompson.com
316-536-9027

 

THOMPSON ISSUES STATEMENT IN WAKE OF ATTEMPTED TERRORIST ATTACKS THROUGHOUT U.S.

WICHITA, Kan. – Kansas Veteran James Thompson, candidate for U.S. Congress, today released the following statement:

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Pro-Estes Dark Money Allies Launch Dirty Attack Site

The Wichita Eagle reported in August that the Kansas Republican Party, in support of DC Politician Ron Estes, based entirely on fabrications, false light, and flat lies:

"Two days after James Thompson won the Democratic nomination to run against Ron Estes for Congress,"

Kansas GOP officials, in support of Ron Estes, alleged an altercation occurred

"while tending bar at an Old Town club, allegations the Thompson campaign says are lies that have been disproved in court."
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More Dirty Tricks from Estes!

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What "people power" looks like 💪

I want you to see some of the big momentum shift we've seen across the 4th District, thanks to your support. Our progressive people power is growing:

1) Today in Halstead Old Settlers Day Parade!

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RELEASE: Brownbacker Ron Estes hides from the first of many debates

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Wichita Eagle: Kansas politicians like Ron Estes should stand up to Trump on tariffs

President Trump is leading our Kansas economy down a dangerous path with tariffs, and again, everyone's asking: #WheresRon Estes? Check out James' op/ed in Sunday's Wichita Eagle:

Kansas politicians should stand up to Trump on tariffs

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Addressing the Gun Violence Crisis

Our Gun Responsibility and Commonsense Gun Reform

On Valentine’s Day, we lost 17 children and teachers in Parkland, Florida, in another devastating school shooting. I know most politicians reacted immediately, offering “thoughts and prayers” or demanding “common sense gun reform,” but this time it’s different. The victims of this shooting are speaking out. I am inspired by our young people engaging our leaders to demand change and taking action. It is time for a real dialogue about how we protect our kids at school.

It is not helpful for me to immediately claim to have the perfect solution; it is my job to listen. Before I spoke out on this issue, I needed to listen to my friends and family, to volunteers and supporters, to those who vehemently support the Second Amendment and those who demand action. I place equal value on the opinions of those who agree with me and those who do not.

The common thread that unites us all is heartache, fear, and above all, pain. This cannot become the new normal. We must do better.

As a starting point, I believe there are reforms that must happen to reduce the opportunity for gun violence for all people, but particularly against the most vulnerable: our children. Those proposals, explained in greater detail below, are:

  • Repeal the “Dickey Amendment” that Prohibits Research Studies on Gun Violence
  • Universal Background Checks, Mental Health Screenings and Regulating “Bump Stocks”
  • Increased Funding for Teachers and School Counselors to Support Our At-Risk Students
  • Require Training To Purchase Firearms, and Set a Consistent Purchase Age
  • Require Permits for Concealed Carry
  • Providing Security Device with Each Gun Sale
  • Strong Enforcement of Existing Criminal Laws

It is long past the time for us all come together and figure out how we protect our kids. We will never find an answer for any hard question without first starting a basic discussion.

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It's time to reform our marijuana laws

Today, former US Attorney Barry Grissom added his voice to the growing chorus of Kansans calling out for reform of our broken marijuana laws.

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Kansas has had a tough battle in recent years. Gov. Brownback’s “tax experiment” has ravaged the state’s budget. We were promised 100,000 new jobs which would then add funding for our schools and balance our budget. The jobs never materialized and by 2014, our state’s tax revenue fell behind even the most modest of projections. Unemployment rates and budget deficits ballooned -- all while school funding, support for social safety nets and the state’s bond rating was cut.

Two years into the Brownback fiasco, Kansas dropped to 41st in the nation in personal income growth (down from 12th a few years prior). The state’s lack of operating revenue was forcing public schools to shut their doors early while infrastructure improvement projects, Medicaid and state university funding was being scaled back. It will take decades for us to recover.

But as former US Attorney Barry Grissom points out in his Wichita Eagle editorial today, there is a way out of this mess -- marijuana law reform.

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