Colyer’s last-minute campaign tour stops in KCK; close election contest anticipated

Gov. Jeff Colyer placed an order for coffee this morning at Splitlog Coffee, 548 Central Ave., in one of his campaign stops across Kansas. So far, he has visited 99 counties, he said. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert

With only four days left until the Aug. 7 election, Gov. Jeff Colyer made a campaign tour stop in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday.

A recent poll reported in the Topeka Capital-Journal has placed Colyer at about a 32 percent tie with GOP challenger Kris Kobach only days before the election.

Colyer visited Splitlog Coffee at 548 Central Ave. about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and said that the polls he has seen have shown he is up by a few points over Kobach. A few days ago, Kobach said his polls showed Kobach was ahead about nine points.

“It’s very tight,” Gov. Colyer said. “This is the 99th county we’ve been in, in the last two weeks.”

He visited nine cities on Friday, and his running mate, Tracey Mann, visited 10 cities, he said.

Turnout has been “tremendous” at his events, he said. “At Lyons we had 80 people show up.”

Colyer is a conservative, and his leading challenger, Kobach, also is a conservative.

Colyer said he supports the president’s immigration efforts.

“Washington has to do its job, that’s the bottom line,” he said.

He said there are still some undecided voters, and a lot of them may be characterized as “Bob Dole Republicans,” who tend to be conservative.

“It’s about getting things done,” Gov. Colyer said. “We’re dealing with the budget issue, Standard and Poor’s increased our credit outlook for the first time in years, we put some more money into K-12 education, by stair-stepping over five years, we don’t need a tax increase and we’re going to be able to return some money in property taxes to people this year.”

Colyer supporters who showed up for the event included Colton Gibson and his family members, as well as Chiquita Coggs and Sharron Davis-Mays. People from Slap’s Barbecue across the street also came by to talk with the governor. About 20 persons attended the event.

In addition, State Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist., said she was there to welcome the governor to her district.

Gov. Jeff Colyer, right, shook hands with Barb Frizzell in a campaign stop Saturday morning at Splitlog Coffee in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Jim Bain of Kansas City, Kansas, left, greeted Gov. Jeff Colyer Saturday morning during a campaign stop at Splitlog Coffee. (Staff photo)
Sharron Davis-Mays, left, and Chiquita Coggs, center, both of Kansas City, Kansas, greeted Gov. Jeff Colyer during a campaign visit Saturday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
State Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist., welcomed Gov. Jeff Colyer to her district on Saturday morning. (Staff photo)
Jim Echols, left, greeted Gov. Jeff Colyer during a campaign stop today in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Splitlog Coffee employees posed for a picture with Gov. Jeff Colyer during a campaign stop Saturday. (Staff photo)
Another posed picture was taken with Gov. Jeff Colyer with Slap’s Barbecue in the background. (Staff photo)
Gov. Jeff Colyer, center, posed with Sharron Davis-Mays, left, and Chiquita Coggs, right, , both of Kansas City, Kansas, during a campaign visit Saturday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

Dark money TV ad draws Democrats’ comments

Today some candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District, spoke out against dark money going into a television ad that criticizes candidate Brent Welder.

What irked the Democratic candidates was an ad from a group called “Ending Spending, Inc.” that is running a TV ad critical of Welder, saying he is “too progressive.” Almost $160,000 was spent on the TV ad, and it was traced to a political action committee that received contributions from Joe Ricketts, a billionaire who backed Donald Trump, according to the Democrats.

Democratic candidates Sharice Davids and Tom Niermann issued a statement on the dark money ad:

“Kevin Yoder and the Republicans are clearly worried about his re-election. Yoder decided a long time ago to vote with party leaders instead of his community, counting on billionaires to bail out his campaign when he faces tough challengers, as he does now. He has now gone yet another bridge too far – calling in Republican dark money to elevate an opponent of his choosing, rather than answer to his constituents for his egregious votes. We condemn Republicans’ undemocratic meddling in the Democratic primary, and urge 3rd District voters not to fall for Kevin Yoder’s continued schemes.”

Shawn Borich, the campaign manager for Brent Welder, the target of the dark money ad, stated, “Brent Welder is the only Democrat beating Congressman Yoder in public polling and has raised more money than any Democratic challenger in the history of our district. Brent is proud to have worked for President Barack Obama who took on the Wall Street bankers behind this Super PAC.”

Candidate Sylvia Williams’ statement: “All the candidates in this race have pledged publicly to not take third party outside money in the primary. My campaign has stood by our commitment to the voters. I have concerns about the amount of outside money flowing into this race to influence the outcome of the primary election. Anything you see about my campaign that has my name on it has been paid for by the Sylvia Williams for Congress campaign. “

From Mike McCamon, a Democratic candidate: “Everyone tells me they’re tired of the money in politics. Working families know that hard work gets the best results and I was disappointed to hear rich people outside of Kansas are trying to buy our election.”

“It’s obvious that Kevin Yoder and the Republicans are worried about this election, and I think they should be, because this is an election where they’re facing a pretty significant challenge,” said Tom Niermann, who is running for the 3rd District seat. In this instance, Yoder has gone too far, Niermann said.

The primary election is Aug. 7.


KCK man running for insurance commissioner

Nathaniel McLaughlin is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for state insurance commissioner. He is the only Democrat running for the office. He campaigned last Sunday at the opening of the Wyandotte County Democrats campaign office at 7843 Parallel Parkway. (Staff photo)

Nathaniel McLaughlin is running for the Democratic nomination for state insurance commissioner.

McLaughlin, from Kansas City, Kansas, is the only Democratic candidate for the insurance commissioner office. Two Republicans, Clark Shultz of Lindsborg and Vicki Schmidt of Topeka, are running in the primary on Aug. 7 (see for more information about the Republican candidates).

Although the campaign will not get too busy until closer to the general election in November, McLauglin has been making campaign appearances recently.

“My intent is to still be visible to the voters,” McLaughlin said. “When anybody’s hired, they need to make themselves visible.”

McLaughlin, a retired health care executive, said this campaign will be on the issues, and the candidates have agreed to stick to discussing issues.

He said his top issue will be to advocate for the thousands of people in the state who do not have health insurance.

Access to affordable health care for everyone is an important issue to him. McLaughlin would be an advocate of leveling the playing field in the insurance marketplace for all kinds of insurance to be affordable and to meet the needs of policyholders.

McLaughlin, who is retired, in 1980 started working with the Marriott Management Company, then it was merged with Sodexo Healthcare Services, where he managed a $33 million health care business in a seven-state area.

A past president of the Kansas City, Kansas, NAACP and the Kansas State NAACP, McLaughlin also has served as chairman of the Wyandotte County Black Democrats Caucus. From 2005 to 2011 he was a commissioner on the Kansas City, Kansas, Housing Authority Board.

McLaughlin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Winston-Salem (North Carolina) State University, with additional college studies at Wake Forest University.

In 2018, he originally was interested in running for secretary of state, then changed to the insurance commissioner contest. In 2016, McLaughlin ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District, and Jay Sidie won the primary contest.

More information is at his campaign website,