DISCLOSURE: I am a full-time employee of the James Thompson for Kansas campaign; where possible I have provided links to neutral websites for the numbers used in this analysis.
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, there have been five special elections at the federal level. Of those, four involved Democrats facing off against Republicans; Kansas’ 4th, South Carolina’s 5th, Montana At-Large and Georgia’s 6th (California’s 34th is not included in this analysis since it was a Democrat vs Democrat race in a runoff election).
Surprisingly, despite their shortened race lengths, these special elections produced the most expensive campaigns to date. In addition, Democratic campaign contribution clearinghouse ActBlue is experiencing a huge boost in donations post-Trump. Since prospective voters are, more than ever before, putting their money where their mouths are, it is important they have as much relevant information as possible before deciding which candidates to support. Information such as biggest gains, cost per vote and political climate are especially important as those indicate which districts are primed for wins. As such, James Thompson had the best performance of any federal special election Democrat.
James Thompson had the LARGEST IMPROVEMENT over November 2016 Presidential Results...
I got some news today that shouldn't surprise anyone. Governor Sam Brownback has endorsed Ron Estes for Congress.
Thompson praises Mayflower Clinic, pans Brownback Medicaid veto vote
BY DION LEFLER
James Thompson, the Fourth District Democratic congressional candidate, visited a charity clinic run by volunteer physicians and nurses on Monday and criticized the state Legislature for upholding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill to expand Medicaid.
“This clinic serves about 1,000 people a year, all pro bono,” Thompson said after touring the Mayflower Clinic in downtown Wichita. “If we had 150 of these around here, we maybe could make up for the health care we just lost by not expanding Medicaid.”
The state Legislature voted last month to expand Medicaid for potentially tens of thousands of uninsured Kansans but fell short Monday of the two-thirds majority needed to override Brownback’s veto of the bill.
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The Republicans' partisan repeal plan would have thrown 41,000 Fourth District Kansans off of their health care. That is unacceptable. These political games need to end. The ACA is not perfect, but we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. We need to sit down and find a plan that expands coverage, lowers costs, and brings us together around a plan that works.
Ron Estes skipping two more debates
WICHITA, Kan. – This makes five.
We've now received word Sam Brownback's handpicked choice for Congress, Ron Estes, will be skipping two more public debates. The first is a community-based event at Saint Mark Voter Empowerment Forum on Sunday. The second, hosted by the Wichita Chamber-backed Young Professionals of Wichita, is a “meet the candidates” mingle on Tuesday at Central Standard Brewing.
March is Women's History Month and this week The Wichita Eagle reported that the lack of good jobs for professional women is crippling the Wichita economy. Women with the same job, same education and same work experience are being paid less than their male counterparts. I've included the whole story here, and I'd encourage you to read it.
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March 2, 2017
James Thompson statement on Gannon public schools decision
WICHITA, Kan. – James Thompson, U.S. Army veteran, civil rights attorney and Democratic nominee for the April 11 Congressional Special Election, released the following statement regarding today’s Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling on Kansas public education funding:
Thompson says special election is a referendum on policies
By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press
WICHITA - The nation's first congressional election to fill the seat left vacant by CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Kansas will be both a referendum on the policies of the state's Republican governor and those of President Donald Trump, Democratic candidate James Thompson said Monday.
His comments came during his first news conference of a congressional race that is playing out amid a backlash against the ultra-conservative agenda championed by Gov. Sam Brownback.