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The Lincoln Project | Vanishing Kansas Moderates

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The Kansas Statehouse (above) in Topeka, Kansas no longer has as many moderate Republican members as in years past.

Former Republican on why he co-founded the Lincoln Project for disaffected Republicans and two Kansas political insiders explain why moderate Republicans have largely disappeared from state politics.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:08: The Lincoln Project's says the country is in "rapid, precipitous decline" because of President Trump.

Former Republican Steve Schmidt says he's watched the last few years as the Republican party has "evaporated into nothingness." That's why he left the party and co-founded the Lincoln Project for other disaffected Republicans. The goal of the political action committee is to prevent President Donald Trump's reelection.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:37: What happened to all of the moderate Republicans in Kansas?

Moderate Republicans are hard to find in Kansas these days. The results of the August primary for the Kansas State Legislature ensures that even if Democrats do manage to win a few seats, the Kansas House and Senate will be even more conservative next year.

  • Tom Cox, Republican Representative for Kansas' 17th District
  • Ed Peterson, president of the board of directors of the Mainstream Coalition

Steve Schmidt will join other founders of the Lincoln Project in a virtual event with American Public Square on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30pm. More information can be found here.

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