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  Posted 04 January 2019 - 08:42 AM

More Kansas lawmakers switch parties: Sykes, Clayton leave GOP, become Democrats
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Two more Kansas lawmakers are leaving the Republican Party to become Democrats, shrinking the ranks of GOP moderates after the Legislature grew more conservative in the November election. Sen. Dinah Sykes and Rep. Stephanie Clayton, both moderate Johnson County Republicans, said Wednesday they are becoming Democrats. They join Sen. Barbara Bollier, who left the Republican Party earlier in December. The party switching comes after a nationwide surge of Democratic voters in suburban areas. The surge helped defeat Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, and some state lawmakers are now aligning themselves with this new political reality.

Clayton, of Overland Park, called out what she described as "recent moves to support chaos in public policy" that she said had caused her great concern. She said she first ran for office in 2010, when her daughter was in first grade, because of a lack of stable funding for public education. "Leaders in the Kansas House and Senate have now indicated that they will seek to scrap the bipartisan education plan achieved over the last two years, just as we are so close to solving this problem and ending the cycle of school litigation," Clayton said in a statement. "My Republican Party, then, seems to no longer represent or serve the interests of the 19th District, Johnson County, or the State of Kansas," she said.

Last week, House Speaker Ron Ryckman and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning addressed a meeting of educators and other lawmakers where the two leading Republicans spoke about school funding. Ryckman referred to the possibility that lawmakers may have to reopen the school funding formula, or potentially start over, according to multiple people in the room. The Kansas Supreme Court has largely signed off on a five-year plan to ramp up annual school funding by $525 million approved last spring, but faulted the Legislature for not accounting for inflation. Additional funding to address that could require roughly $90 million more a year, and the court expects lawmakers to act during the upcoming session.

Some Republicans have questioned the affordability of the additional funding, but Democratic Gov-elect Laura Kelly supports it. In a statement explaining her switch, Sykes, of Lenexa, said she feels she can either "fight to change the Republican party or fight for the state I love and the people I serve," adding she thinks she can better the state and her constituents as a Democrat.


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Posted 04 January 2019 - 09:19 AM

These aren't really switches at all...more like truth in advertising. Both of these ladies voted with the Dems every single time. Their strategy has nothing to do with the platform of either party, just self-preservation. We had some of these "Moderate" Republicans beat this year in the General by Dems, which shocked and appalled these legislators who thought that the Dems were friendly to them. The switch is just to keep from being ousted by a reported increase in blue voters in their districts...a strategy I hope to see fail.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 08:29 PM


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Posted 04 January 2019 - 11:32 PM

Quick, somebody check to see who has a new bank account in Belize...

ETA: This reminds me of a scene from the movie, Alien Nation, when Sam Francisco edifies his human partner of the meaning of his name, Sykes, in the alien tongue.

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