The McPherson Sentinel has made the following endorsements in regards to the Nov. 2 general election.


The McPherson Sentinel has made the following endorsements in regards to the Nov. 2 general election.

U.S. Senator - Jerry Moran (R)
Jerry Moran deserves to represent Kansas in the United States Senate.
Since 1997, Moran has been an outstanding congressman for the 1st District. Open, responsive and possessing a rare lack of pretense for a politician, Moran has not strayed far from his rural Kansas roots after 13 years in Washington D.C.
Moran faced a bruising primary, and took hits just as hard, or harder, than those found in the most grueling elections. Moran, however, kept things generally positive, and was rewarded by the voters for it.
Furthermore, Moran’s passionate and dedicated advocacy for agriculture is badly needed in the Senate. We believe as a senator, he would be in an ideal position stand up against unreasonable and burdensome agricultural regulation, given the senate’s authority to confirm presidential nominees to head agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency.
We also take note of, and appreciate, Moran’s work on behalf of our nation’s veterans. Moran has worked hard on veterans’ issues, such as health care and benefits. As Kansas has three major military bases, we believe Moran will work just as hard for active-duty service members, as he does for those that have previously served.
Finally, we endorse him because he’s Jerry - a man that makes time for his constituents, listens to their concerns and works hard to address those concerns. It’s been said that all politics is local, and Moran has stayed local, coming back from Washington on the weekends. He has proven himself in the House, and is ready and able to represent the entire state in the Senate. Vote for Jerry Moran on Nov. 2.

U.S. House, 1st Dist. - Tim Huelskamp (R)
Is he controversial? Possibly. Can he be bombastic? Occasionally. Is he an extremist? It depends on who you talk to.
However, is he qualified? Absolutely.
Tim Huelskamp came out of a crowded and contentious 1st District Republican primary election with a commanding lead, finishing with 10,000 votes more than his closest opponent. Throughout the campaign, Huelskamp has maintained a fund-raising lead, and has shrugged off attacks attempting to link him to anti-farm interests with ease.
Let’s be honest, the next representative from the 1st District needs a background in agriculture. The 2012 farm bill will be written, mostly, by people who have no idea what farming really is, or what it means. Huelskamp, farms outside of Fowler, has made agriculture a central plank of his campaign. He has fought against regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, which attempted to control dust and methane, along with a possible ban on Atrazine.
Another reason we choose to endorse Huelskamp is because he is a proven commodity. His record has been consistent, and you know what you are going to get with him.
Since winning the primary, Huelskamp has displayed a maturity and temperament appropriate to a congressman, and we believe he will continue to maintain the high standards of openness and transparency established under his predecessor, Jerry Moran.
The next Congress will have its fair share of epic battles, and in order to secure a place at the table for family farms and rural American in Congress, a fighter is needed.

Governor - Sam Brownback (R)
Many might see Brownback’s election as a foregone conclusion, given the recent Republican surge seen state and nation-wide. However, even without popular opinion trending toward the GOP, Brownback remains the best choice for governor of Kansas.
Brownback has run a policy-heavy, politics-light campaign, which has been welcome after the ugliness of the recent primary election. Furthermore, Brownback has set his sights on reforming the tumultuous school funding issue, rightfully pointing out that this is the legislature’s problem to solve, and not the court’s. We also welcome Brownback’s proposal to review state government for inefficiencies and redundancies - wise moves given the state’s financial situation. We believe voters would be well served by sending Brownback to Topeka.

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