The Kansas Republican Party held firm to its hard-right stance on social issues during its state convention this weekend as various officials gave speeches railing against Planned Parenthood, same-sex marriage, the Kansas Supreme Court, the Obama administration and even the League of Women Voters. The convention came just two weeks before Republican voters in the state will vote in the March 5 caucuses to make their choice for a presidential nominee. And while some of the presidential campaigns sent surrogates to speak on their behalf, the real focus was on upcoming races for the Kansas Legislature. “Help them out because the national left doesn’t like what we’ve done in Kansas. So the next target will be getting at these state legislators,” Gov. Sam Brownback said. “You really need to get out and help them.” One of the biggest events of the day Saturday was the annual Kansans for Life prayer breakfast, which drew attendance from dozens of legislators and the state’s entire congressional delegation.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran speaks at the Kansans for Life prayer breakfast at the state Republican Party convention. KFL issued early endorsements for Moran and all four U.S. House members from Kansas. At the event, KFL announced it had issued early endorsements backing Sen. Jerry Moran and all four U.S. House members for re-election, boasting that Kansas has the most pro-life delegation in the country, with all six members scoring a perfect 100 percent on abortion-related issues.
But it may have been Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who caused the most stir by labeling the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters as “communists” for challenging the proof-of-citizenship voting law he championed in 2011.
Speaking to a committee of 2nd Congressional District delegates, Kobach said: “The ACLU and their fellow communist friends, the League of Women Voters — you can quote me on that, the communist League of Women Voters — the ACLU and the communist League of Women Voters sued,” Kobach said, making sure that reporters in the room heard him.