Lynn Jenkins

Democratic star of 2018 takes low-key approach after flipping Kansas district
Sharice Davids, a self-described ‘policy nerd,’ is a top GOP target in 2020

Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids delivers UPS packages on July 2 at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan.,  as part of her “Sharice’s Shift” outreach program. (Stephanie Akin/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — Sharice Davids became one of the biggest stars of the 2018 midterms when she flipped a House seat in Kansas from red to blue. But when the Democrat passed through a suburban shopping mall here, with an entourage of aides one afternoon this summer, almost no one recognized her.

Davids didn’t seem to mind.

Here Are the House Members Who Have Skipped Votes This Lame-Duck Session
Most of the absentees are members who lost re-election, ran for another office or are retiring

The lame-duck session of Congress has seen its fair share of absenteeism in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

More than 40 percent of House members have missed at least one vote this lame-duck session, leading to attendance problems that have prohibited the outgoing Republican majority from advancing legislation that Democrats don’t want to help them pass — and a smaller subset have missed at least half of all lame-duck votes.

There have been only 20 House roll call votes since the lame-duck session started on Nov. 13, but 17 members have missed at least half of them. Of those 17 repeat offenders, 11 are Republicans and six are Democrats.

Retiring Kansas Lawmaker Opens Lobbying Shop While Still in Office
Watchdogs say Lynn Jenkins’ new business flouts ethics laws

Retiring Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., shown here with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has raised the ire of ethics watchdogs for opening a lobbying firm before she finishes her term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Retiring Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins launched a new lobbying firm in her home state weeks before she officially steps out of public office, according to a local media report published Friday.

Lawmakers are restricted from working as lobbyists until they have been out of office for a year. But the federal law that restricts their activities is porous, and former lawmakers routinely find ways to trade their influence before the prohibition expires.

Safety a Concern Ahead of Trump Rally for Competitive Kansas House Races
President in Topeka Saturday to rally Republicans in what protest organizer calls ‘highly charged’ environment

The crowd reacts as President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at a campaign rally on Thursday in Rochester, Minnesota. Trump is holding another rally Saturday for congressional candidates in two close House races along with a tight gubernatorial race. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump will appear in Topeka, Kansas, Saturday night to rally support for candidates in two competitive House races and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. But organizers of a large counter demonstration are concerned about public safety.

Police will corral demonstrators onto sidewalks sandwiched between traffic on a four-lane road and metal fencing more typically used to enclose livestock, the Topeka-Capital Journal  reported.

Stivers Thinks House GOP Can Grow Number of Women but That’s Unlikely
Six GOP women aren’t running for re-election to the House

Republican Diane Harkey is running in California’s 49th District to succeed GOP Rep. Darrell Issa. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Despite a quarter of the women in the House Republican Conference not running for re-election, the head of the House GOP’s campaign arm said he is “very confident” the party can increase its female members in the chamber next year. 

But looking at the number of female GOP lawmakers leaving the House and how few Republican women won nominations in open seats this year, just breaking even might be hard for House Republicans. 

Kansas Democrat Disavows Nancy Pelosi — But Is Tied to Her Anyway
Paul Davis tries to fight off familiar GOP attack line in 2nd District

Democrat Paul Davis launched an ad saying he would not support Nancy Pelosi for Democratic leader. (Courtesy Paul Davis for Kansas/Facebook )

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Paul Davis says he’s frustrated, but he doesn’t really show it. 

Sitting at a wooden desk in his campaign office in downtown Lawrence, the bespectacled Democratic congressional hopeful matter-of-factly states that he’s irked by Republican efforts to tie him to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But he quickly pivoted to money in politics.

Army Veteran Wins Kansas GOP Nod for Jenkins Seat
Republican Steve Watkins will face off against Democrat Paul Davis in November

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., is retiring after five terms in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Aug. 8, 11:25 a.m. | An Afghanistan War veteran won the Republican nomination in Kansas’ 2nd District, which GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins is vacating.

Democrats are targeting the eastern Kansas district, as well as the Kansas City-area 3rd District, where a mixed martial arts fighter beat out a Bernie Sanders-backed candidate in a crowded Democratic primary.

At the Races: Born to Runoff
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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Bring Democratic Socialist Message to Kansas
Vermont, New York politicians will headline two rallies for Democrats in deep-red state

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., above, and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will headline two rallies in Kansas this weekend. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Two of the most prominent Democratic socialists in the country see an opportunity to exert their influence in an unlikely place: deep-red Kansas.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 76-year-old senator from Vermont, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Democratic candidate from the Bronx who knocked off longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in their New York primary last month, are headed to the western Kansas City suburbs Friday to rally Democrats ahead of the state's August 7 primaries.

At the Races: Checkmate for the King of Queens
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