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by Ramsey Cox

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) called on House GOP leadership to end the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC).

Pompeo and 54 other House members wrote to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday calling on them to let the “crony” tax subsidy for energy companies to expire.

“We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire,” the letter stated. “Ensuring that our nation’s patchwork tax code undergoes significant reform is a noble goal and, as part of this process, we believe Congress should stop picking winners and losers and finally end the wind PTC.”

The lawmakers argued that the PTC costs taxpayers too much while inflating energy costs.

“Extending the wind PTC is a key priority for the Obama administration and its efforts to prop up wind and other favored ‘green energy’ technologies,” the Republicans wrote. “Proponents of the wind PTC continue to call for an extension despite growing evidence that this subsidy has not only cost taxpayers billions, but has caused significant price distortions in wholesale electricity markets.”

The Senate tax extender bill included an extension of the PTC, but House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has been passing tax reform in a piecemeal fashion — extending one tax credit at a time and deciding to let others simply expire.

“By ending this program now we will have given the wind industry a more than generous phase-out for a credit that is being awarded to a mature technology,” the letter stated. “We applaud Chairman Camp’s leadership on this important issue and urge you to stand firm with him in opposition to extending this provision and allow the wind energy to compete on its own.”

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PARADE: Join Mike and Team Pompeo for Old Settlers Days in Mulvane! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Join Mike and Susan to celebrate our primary victory--and begin working toward a second 2014 election victory--with our first parade of the general campaign (and one of our favorites)!  Come walk with us in Mulvane this Saturday, August 16th, for the historic 2014 Mulvane Old Settlers Days.  Stick around afterward for a talent showcase, an evening rodeo, a street dance, and a carnival, too!  It's the perfect way to spend the day with the whole family.  And don't forget to wear your comfortable parade shoes!  We'll provide plenty of water bottles for our parade walkers, as well. For a complete list of activities at Old Settlers Days, click here.

The first organized Old Settlers Picnic was held in 1884. The annual parade started in 1915, and the Old Settlers Days festivities have been going strong ever since.  A covered wagon and oxen are an important part of the parade each year.  Come experience this unique piece of South Central Kansas history on Saturday!

Saturday, August 16

Mulvane Old Settlers Days Parade
Line up begins at 10 AM, Parade at 11 AM 
 
If you want to travel with the Team:  Team Pompeo is leaving from the campaign office at 416 S. Market St. in Wichita. We will meet at the campaign office at 9:20 AM. Click here for a map. Team Pompeo will travel to Mulvane at 9:30 AM and arrive for 10 AM line up.
 
If you'd prefer to meet us in Mulvane: We will be lining up on 1st St., just north of Main St., in Mulvane at 10 AM. Click here for a map.
 
There is no designated parking lot for parade attendees, so feel free to park anywhere off the parade route.
 
Bring your friends, family, and the kids to one or both of these events! 

Come walk with your Team Pompeo friends!

Team Pompeo at a 2014 Fourth of July parade

At the parade, look for Team Pompeo shirts and the Pompeo banners and signs. 

Wear your T-shirt! We will have extra T-shirts there if you need one.

And don't forget! Team Pompeo will bring plenty of goodies to the parade, including Pompeo for Congress bumper stickers, wrist bands, and buttons. Be sure to take everything you want home for yourself and to share with your friends, family, and coworkers!

Lastly, you'll want to know this important info about yard signs and 4x8s:

  • Pompeo yard signs may be temporarily removed and will go back out starting September 20, 2014.

  • Pompeo for Congress 4x8 signs are to stay up through Election Day: November 4, 2014.

We hope that you will join us at the Old Settlers Days!  Please contact me at the number below if you have any questions. You are always welcome to call the campaign office at (316) 633-4700 or stop by and visit us at 416 S. Market in Wichita. (click the address to view a map)

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Sincerely,

Amy Rider
Field and Events Operations Leader
(316) 210-8587
Pompeo for Congress

In case you missed it...

YouTube: Mike Pompeo's victory speech at Election Night Watch Party

Wichita Eagle: Pompeo claims victory over Tiahrt in 4th District race

WSJ: Kansas's Earmark Shuckers

WSJ: A Crony Capitalism Showdown

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A Note from Mike: Thank you Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Friends,

We knew from the very beginning of the campaign that if we worked hard and told the truth, we would ultimately win this primary.  And win we did:

Pompeo: 63%            Tiahrt: 37%

It was a huge 25-point victory.  Listening to Kansans for three and a half years yielded a complete sweep -- we won every one of the 17 counties and each of the 15 biggest cities and towns in the 4th Congressional District.  We received more votes than any other congressional candidate in the entire state of Kansas.

This race, however, was about more than just South Central Kansas.  It was being closely watched all across the country.  You can read about how this race is setting the tone for the national elections in November by clicking on these articles from The HillThe Washington ExaminerNational Review,Roll CallThe Washington TimesThe Weekly Standard, and these two articles from The Wall Street Journal (click here and here).  I promised Kansans that I would work tirelessly to shrink the size of the federal government, that I would help farmers and ranchers by pushing back against an out-of-control EPA, and that I would help our aviation and oil and gas industries by reducing their federal burden.  All of this is to ensure that jobs are plentiful in Kansas.  Kansans supported that message. 

This victory would not have been possible without your support.  Thank you for believing in this campaign and our message of getting Washington out of the way so Kansas can thrive.

Click the image above to watch my message for Kansans

Susan and I are blessed to be surrounded by supporters and volunteers like you.  I'm honored to have your support as we head into November's general election. 

We were also pleased to not only celebrate our victory on Tuesday night, but to give back to our community.  This idea is at the center of our message -- if the government will allow private citizens to organize as they see fit, Kansans will respond to help those most in need.

We asked our supporters to show up with a pair of flip-flops or other shoes to donate to Good Neighbor Ministries.  This week, Nancy Oldfather will deliver over 71 pairs that were brought to our campaign victory party as a generous gesture for those who need a bit of help.

Thank you to those of you who brought shoes for charity!

Three more months of hard work and we will be able to take Kansas values back to Washington.  Our Democrat opponent believes deeply in big government; we are confident that Kansans already know that will not work.

Thank you again, and may God bless each and every one of you.

Mike Pompeo

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WSJ: Kansas's Earmark Shuckers Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST A pair of Congressmen fight off the crony capitalist lobbies. Read full article.

The big underreported story of Tuesday's GOP primaries is how two Kansas spending reformers brushed back challenges from corporate rent-seekers. Their victories ought to give Republicans in Congress the confidence to buck crony capitalists.

In the first Congressional district that spans western and central Kansas, second-term Rep. Tim Huelskamp fended off farmer Alan LaPolice, who was backed by the farm and biofuel lobbies. Mr. Huelskamp was a target because he dared to support a bill to eliminate the renewable fuel standard (i.e., the mandate to produce ethanol). He also voted against this year's farm bill because of its de minimis food-stamp reforms.

That brought the wrath of Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus, who complained that the Congressman "shows a lack of understanding of commodity markets, value-added agriculture, and what it means to be a Congressional Representative to his constituents." The Kansas Corn Growers Association, the Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association also rebuked the reformer for "lack of understanding" of their subsidy needs.

Ethanol producer Tom Willis chimed in that the industry has been the "best success story for rural America" in the last 20 years and that the Congressman was "willing to put all that at risk for his ideology." The real success stories are rising farm productivity and exports for crops that don't include ethanol.

Mr. Huelskamp fought back by explaining that he didn't "think Washington should be picking winners and losers" and that "industry should be able to compete in the marketplace." His district's Republican voters largely agreed, and he won by 10 points.

As significant was fellow second-term Rep. Mike Pompeo's 25-point rout of his pork-barrel predecessor Todd Tiahrt, who had preceded Mr. Pompeo as the Congressman from Kansas's fourth district from 1995 to 2011. Mr. Tiahrt ran for Congress as a Newt Gingrich revolutionary but soon turned into a Tom DeLay pork-barreler, and he flogged Mr. Pompeo for not doing the same.

Mr. Pompeo introduced a bill to eliminate energy subsidies in toto and has annually led the charge to unwind the wind energy tax credit. The wind lobby spent a bundle to beat him. He also voted against this year's farm bill because "it reflects a step backwards to the old Washington of pet projects, reckless spending and harmful regulation."

Congratulations to Kansas voters for rewarding principle, and we hope Republicans across the country take the message.

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Newton Kansan: Pompeo wins primary, vows to fight big government Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Read full article.

by Jeff Guy

WICHITA - Joined by his wife, Susan, and other family members, a triumphant Mike Pompeo took the stage before a cheering crowd Tuesday night at Wichita's Candle Club. It was around 9 p.m. and polls were showing Pompeo defeated Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary for fourth district representative from Kansas.

"We don't have the final numbers yet," Pompeo told the crowd. "There is a little ways to go, but we won." There was applause, and he added, "When I say we won, I mean that in the broadest possible sense. Kansans won tonight.

In Harvey County, Pompeo won 62.36 percent of the vote with 2,927 votes. Tiahrt recived 37.64 percent of the vote with 1,767 votes.

During his victory speech, the incumbent congressman talked several times in his speech about "bringing Kansas values to Washington."  Pompeo vowed to work "every single moment" in Washington, fighting big government.

"We believed if you told Kansans the truth, they'd support it and we believed if you told Kansans a twisted tale, they wouldn't support it," Pompeo said. "We thought all along people wanted to hear a positive message about what the next generation will look like. We told that story and Kansans have supported it tonight."

The primary race between Pompeo and Tiahrt, the man who preceded Pompeo in holding the fourth district seat, was being watched all across the country, Pompeo said.

Pompeo talked about a vision of limited government, freedom and individual responsibility and and keeping money local and not taking it to Washington.

"We're putting forth a vision for how to make Kansas and America better," Pompeo said. "We'll tell that story. We'll repeat that message and I'm confident that in 13 weeks, we'll have another celebration.

Pompeo will now face Democratic challenger Perry Schuckman in the race for the fourth district congressional seat.

Brant Benninga, who grew up in Newton, was at Tuesday night's celebration. Benninga said he supports Pompeo because he is a "constitutional conservative who puts Kansas first."

"This was probably the bigger challenge and I expect to win in November."
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KWCH: Pompeo wins 4th Congressional Republican primary Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Read full article.

WICHITA--4th Congressional District Incumbent Mike Pompeo has been in Congress three-and-a-half years, but Republican voters decided that is not long enough. They want to send him back to Washington.

Pompeo beat out challenger and former Congressman Todd Tiahrt. Tiahrt previously held the seat from 1995 to 2011. He left to run for U.S. Senate and was defeated by Jerry Moran.

As soon as Pompeo learned he won the primary Tuesday night, he joined a room full of family, friends, and supporters at the Candle Club in Wichita. "Kansans won tonight," said Pompeo.


When Pompeo took the stage, with family by his side, he thanked supporters who helped spread his message and voters who helped him win the Republican nomination. "I promise you the next two years, when we win in November, I will continue to fight against big government every single moment I am entrusted with that power," said Pompeo.

As he mingled with the crowd, he reminded them of the promises he made in 2010 when he first ran for U.S. House. He says he plans to keep those promises if he wins the general election. "Folks all across Kansas saw that when you talk about limited government and freedom, voters will respond," said Pompeo.

Pompeo says he says he knows the race is not over yet, and he is looking forward to the next 13 weeks. Pompeo will face Democratic candidate Perry Shuckman in November.

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The Hill: Pompeo dashes Tiahrt comeback hopes Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Read full article. 

by Alexandra Jaffe

Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s (Kan.) unusual comeback bid fell short Tuesday night as Rep. Mike Pompeo easily won their GOP primary battle. 

Pompeo took 62 percent of the vote to Tiahrt’s 18 percent when The Associated Press called the race, with 39 precincts reporting.

Tiahrt’s quixotic challenge to Pompeo
 came as a surprise for many reasons. He had previously endorsed the incumbent twice, and was running to his left in the primary, criticizing Pompeo for introducing a measure to give state governments control over labeling genetically modified food — a position that puts him in line with many liberals in the House and Senate.

He’s also pushed for more transparency in campaign finance regulations despite defending his own use of earmarks.

But Tiahrt wasn’t known as a liberal during his time in the House, and so it came as somewhat of a surprise that a handful of conservative groups that once gave him near-perfect scores on their scorecards came out opposed to his bid. 

Americans for Prosperity has spent more than $409,000 on radio and television ads attacking Tiahrt, and the American Chemistry Council invested another $165,000 opposing his comeback bid.

Tiahrt got support from a super-PAC backed by oil magnate Wink Hartman, to the tune of about $220,000. But he’s been heavily outspent and had just $65,000 cash on hand as of July 16, to Pompeo’s $1.6 million.]]>
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KSN: Pompeo and Tiahrt cast votes in primary Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Watch video here]

WICHITA, Kansas – Incumbent Mike Pompeo is being challenged by former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the state’s 4th Congressional District.

The two cast votes in Tuesday’s primary at separate polling locations in Sedgwick County.

Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan cast their votes at Edgemoor Recreation Center.

Todd Tiahrt and his wife Vicki voted at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Goddard.

Both candidates say the campaign has been exciting.

“We have talked to tens of thousands of people. We’ve been making phone calls and been across the 4th district, 17 counties and talking to folks for the last six months, telling them about why it is I want to go to Washington and what is I hope to accomplish if they send me back for two more years,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo.

“We were able to get our message out. We had about 20 ads running against us for every one we were able to put up. We used the social media. We got out and took the campaign to the people. It was a different type of campaign. Not very much money, but we did reach voters with a good clear message that Washington isn’t listening,” said former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt.

Both candidate will attend watch parties tonight.

Tiahrt’s party will gather at Villa Luna on 8406 West Central in Wichita.

Pompeo’s party will gather at the Candle Club located at 6135 East 13th Street.

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Get Out and Vote Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST

Today is the big day.  We’ve worked long and hard to get to this point and now it’s down to you:  Get out and vote.

But don’t just stop there.  Ask your friends if they plan on voting and whether they need a ride.  Get 10 of your friends to show up at your precinct, and make your voice heard.

Susan and I have been so blessed to have friends and supporters like you in this race.  Working with you all to achieve our goal has been one of the very best parts of this campaign.  Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Let’s do this.

Mike Pompeo

PS. As a reminder of what this election is about, please read this column by conservative columnist Kim Strassel about the race:

A Crony Capitalism Showdown

A congressional primary in Kansas' Fourth District will signal the direction of the GOP.

By Kimberley A. Strassel

GOP voters overhauled their party in 2010, sending to the House a new generation of Republicans committed to smaller government, freer markets and less corporate welfare. We're about to find out if those voters really meant it.

A big decision comes Tuesday in the Kansas GOP primary. The Sunflower State is in the throes of political upheaval, with most of the attention on the fortunes of Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts. But the race that may say far more about the direction of the GOP is taking place in Wichita, the state's Fourth District, in the standoff between Rep. Mike Pompeo and challenger Todd Tiahrt.

The 50-year-old Mr. Pompeo—an Army veteran, Harvard Law grad and businessman—was elected in the 2010 tea party surge, with a particular focus on liberating private enterprise. He's made a name for himself as a leader in the fight to end corporate welfare and pork, and to cut back on strangling regulations.

He ran against earmarks in his 2010 campaign and then pushed for the GOP's earmark ban. He's annually led a charge to power down the federal wind subsidy, and he's the author of a bill to eliminate all energy rent-seeking. "Companies should have customers, not political patrons," he likes to quip. He opposes the renewable fuel standard, and he voted in February against Congress's farm bill—which was a return to government subsidies and more food stamps.

He's also been a critic of the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, a Great Society-era slush fund that shovels grants to politically connected communities. (See its 2008 grant for the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park in Las Vegas.) Mr. Pompeo calls it the Earmark Distribution Agency. As recently as May he got a vote on an amendment to eliminate EDA's $250 million in funding, rightly noting that the agency uses taxpayer dollars to "pick winners and losers," and that such unprioritized porking has helped create a spending culture that built $17 trillion in debt. (The vote unfortunately failed.)

Such principles are precisely what conservative voters claim to demand from their representatives. Yet the antisubsidy line has hardly been an easy one, even in conservative Kansas—which collects its share of federal largess. And Mr. Tiahrt knows it. The longtime politician held the district for eight terms, until 2010, when he made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate. He endorsed Mr. Pompeo for Congress, twice, but now wants his old job back.

His opening has been Kansas' overall sluggish business climate, and more specifically Wichita's struggling aviation sector. While jobs have been steady in the Fourth District, a number of its mainstay aviation companies have closed or moved out—unnerving locals. Plenty of this happened when Mr. Tiahrt was in Congress, but he's now centering his campaign (announced, without subtlety, at the Kansas Aviation Museum) on the claim that Mr. Pompeo is robbing his district and corporate constituents of federal handouts, and thereby hurting local jobs.

He certainly knows this game. In his 13 years as an appropriator, Mr. Tiahrt never saw an earmark he didn't love—mule museums, aquariums, wine initiatives. He directed endless earmarks to companies; the Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway notes, in "His last two years in office, [he] doled out $33 million in earmarks to aviation companies alone." Mr. Tiahrt is not defensive about this. He brags about pork that he sent to companies operating in his district ( Boeing, Beechcraft, Cessna), claiming he created local aviation jobs and rapping Mr. Pompeo for failing to join him at the trough.

Mr. Tiahrt similarly whacked the incumbent on the EDA, noting that the day before the Pompeo amendment vote, the agency had declared Wichita and south Kansas a "manufacturing community" eligible for a portion of $1.3 billion in federal funds. "Considering the size of the federal budget," Mr. Tiahrt complained in June, "it is odd that Mr. Pompeo would strike funding for a program so vital to Kansas' Fourth District." He's also in favor of wind subsidies, which has earned him financial backing from the American Wind Energy Association.

Mr. Pompeo's supporters note that their candidate—who once ran an aviation company—has focused on reducing government's role overall in the private sector, rather than benefiting one company over another. In 2013 he got both Houses of Congress to pass—and President Obama to sign—an aviation reform modernizing regulations and cutting costs for light-aircraft makers. It was a boon to that entire industry, but a particular bonus to South-Central Kansas, home to many such companies. That's a model Mr. Pompeo has sought to replicate with bills to reform pipeline permitting or to kill, equally, all energy subsidies (oil, gas and renewables).

The choice voters fundamentally face on Tuesday is whether they want a congressman who works to get government smaller for everyone and to end corporate welfare, or a congressman who grabs what he can of big government to funnel to his district, and embraces crony capitalism. The latter is a return to the unreformed GOP, a groove plenty of Republicans would happily slide back into—if only voters gave the nod. We'll see if Kansas conservatives do.

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A Note From Susan: Put On Your Flip Flops and Let's Party! Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST

I hope you will slip on your flip flops (or shoes of your choice!) and join everyone at the:

2014 TEAM POMPEO PRIMARY ELECTION NIGHT PARTY

7:30pm, Doors Open

THE CANDLE CLUB, 6135 E. 13th  Street in WICHITA (in the Prairie Village Shopping Center)

Two entrances:  The Candle’s main (west facing) entrance and an east facing entrance, off the tent

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are complimentary.  Cash bars provided.  DJ will keep music spinning all night! Door side parking!

Photo Booth!  TVs Everywhere!  Luxury Tent to expand our capacity!

Special Kids Room with kids games, activities and prizes!

AND, bring a pair of adult or child’s (new, please) flip flops (or shoes of your choice) to donate and we’ll give you a special gift!

All shoes collected at our election night watch party will be donated to Good Neighbor Ministries, through the Sisters of St. Joseph.  The sisters, staff and volunteers work to transform the lives of the poor, abused and neglected and provide services and assistance to help people develop skills to become self-sufficient.

Mike and I are so grateful to every volunteer and supporter throughout the district who touched our campaign.  We received countless offers of help.  And, help you did.  In a very small way on the evening of August 5th, we have a chance to say “thank you.” We appreciate the brand new owners and management of The Candle Club permitting us to use the entire Club for our party and host us on this important night!

We look forward to seeing you on election day. Don’t forget to GET 10! 

And, in the words of Congressman Trey Gowdy, “We don’t just like Mike, we need Mike!”

Susan

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Two Days Remain Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST

We are now just 48 hours from Election Day here in Kansas.  Over the course of the campaign we’ve talked about the differences between Mr. Tiahrt and me, and my vision for how I will represent you.

It’s really very simple -- I believe in each of you and your ability to succeed so long as the federal government simply gets out of your way.  The Wall Street Journal says this race will set the direction for the country and the future of the GOP, calling Mr. Tiahrt a blatant big spender and “crony capitalist.”  FreedomWorks highlights how I’ve been consistent in fighting for Kansans.

     

We can’t let Kansas and America down.  So, I need you to do two more things to make sure that we are successful on Tuesday:

1. Vote

You’ve all seen polls showing me ahead.  Those polls don’t matter.  I need you to go to your polling place on Tuesday and say proudly, “I’m Voting for Mike” by marking your ballot that way.

2. Tell Everyone You Know Why You Are Voting For Me And Ask Them To Do The Same

I get asked all of the time, “Mike, how can I help?”  Here is the answer:  Get 10.  Or get 20 or 30 or more.  In these closing hours, a note from you to everyone you know -- your family, your friends from church, your workmates, or whoever -- just tell them:  “I know Mike, Mike is a good man, I hope you’ll vote for Mike too.”  This simple message means more than all of the commercials money can buy.  This is the single most important action you can take to get me across the finish line.

With just two more days to victory, I can’t tell you how much Susan and I appreciate all of the help so many of you have provided along the way.

Our team had a great showing this weekend during our Get Out The Vote Rally with Rep. Trey Gowdy, who reminded us all to get out and vote.  Listen to what he had to say by clicking the image below:

Let’s get our 10 and more.  Then, we can celebrate on August 5th.

Sincerely,

Mike 

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Pompeo stops in Newton Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST
With a week before the primary election, fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, located in Newton's outlet mall.

Pompeo talked about such things as the border crisis with children from Central America entering the United States, the attacks on the American consulate in Bengazi, Libya attacks and the difference between himself and Republican challenger Todd Tiahrt.

There were around 15 people in attendance for the address. Pompeo was apologetic about not being able to come to Newton on earlier occassions.
Pompeo said there were 356 pieces of legislation passed by the House that the Senate refused to consider.

"The president rails about a do nothing congress," Pompeo said. "We've been very busy. I think there's 10 bills the senate has passed that we didn't take up."

Regarding the border crisis, Pompeo said, "It is not a compassionate thing to encourage mothers to send their children 1,300 miles to a very uncertain fate in the United States. It's a conundrum. We're Americans. We don't desert 4 and 10-year-old kids."

Pompeo said he supported providing resources to governors who want to deploy the National Guard to secure the borders.

"It's the federal government's task to secure the borders," he said. "The state should not have to pay for that. We can't get our president to do it. If the federal government isn't prepard to do that, the least the government can do is provide money to do that."

Pompeo criticized Pres. Obama for giving the smallest amount of support to Israel of anypresident since the nation was created in 1948.
"Our president has not supported our ally and the foundation of the Judeo-Christian heritage upon which our country was founded," Pompeo said.
Pompeo also talked about Obamacare.

"I think it will ultimately go away," he said.

He talked about a recent visit to Augusta in which a physician told him there was so much paperwork under Obamacare that he now only has time to see 12 patients a day instead of 16.

"That ultimately is the undoing of this thing," he said. "There is nothing as powerful as a mom who can't get her little girl or little boy in to see a doctor. That will the thing that will drive the unwinding of this government centered health care system."

Pompeo is part of a select committe investigating the attacks on Benghazi.
"We have to be pristine in terms of not doing politics," he said. "To the extent that people think Mike Pompeo is trying to take down some political actor, nobody is going to report it. To the extent we're doing our work and just getting facts, we'll convince more people to cover it."

When an audience member asked about the differences between Pompeo and Tiahrt, Pompeo said he had previously voted for Tiahrt and that he respected how Tiahrt is pro-life and pro-gun.

The major difference between them, he said, is Tiahrt is an "appropriator" who likes to earmark money rather than having the president spend it. Pompeo said there is a "third option" - that the money should not go to Washington and should be kept local.

Pompeo answered a philosophical question from an audience member. He said if our families, schools and church can "reclaim those normative behaviors that our Judeo-Christian nation was founded on, we've got a shot. If not, we cannot run enough TV ads to fix it."

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RESCHEDULED: TONIGHT'S RALLY WITH TREY GOWDY Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST
 
We regret that tonight’s Vote Kansas Rally with my friend and colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy and the Wounded Warrior Project has been postponed from tonight until tomorrow, Saturday.  As you have probably seen in the news, Trey and I had to remain in Washington, D.C., to vote for one day longer than was originally scheduled.
 
The new date and time is Saturday, Aug.  2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.  Same place (Beech Lake) and same fun!
 
No changes to the other visits with Trey Gowdy are being made.  We are very excited to see you at all of these events, and hope that the change in schedule will only make it easier for you to bring your friends and your whole family to the event. 
 
The information below reflects the change.  We hope you can make it out to our event on Saturday!
 
 
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)            Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
 
Come join Rep. Trey Gowdy and Team Pompeo at these get out the voteevents:
 
Kansas Votes Rally with Reps. Pompeo & Gowdy
Special Recognition for Wounded Warrior Project
Saturday, August 2, 2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beech Lake, Intersection of 13th & Webb Road, Wichita
Enter from Webb Road -- entrance will be marked
Gates open at 10:00 AM and the program starts at 10:30 AM
Free Music, Food, Drinks & More!
 
Join me and other veterans as we salute those who have sacrificed to protect our right to vote.  Exercise that right on August 5th!
 
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El Dorado Frontier Western Celebration Rally
with Mike Pompeo & Trey Gowdy
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Gordy Park Gazebo, Gordy & Ash Streets
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
 
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Come join us for fun and the important work of getting out the vote.  If you have questions, please call us at 316-633-4700 or drop by the campaign office at 416 S. Market in Wichita.  Susan and I look forward to seeing you there!
 
In liberty and freedom,
 
Mike
 
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MEDIA AVAILABILITY RESCHEDULED: TONIGHT'S RALLY WITH TREY GOWDY Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST August 1, 2014:

MEDIA AVAILABILITY 

*DUE TO OFFICIAL DUTIES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY* 

Rep. Trey Gowdy campaigns in Wichita with Rep. Mike Pompeo

WICHITA—This event has been postponed until Saturday morning at 10 a.m. As you have probably seen in the news, Reps. Gowdy and Pompeo to remain in Washington, D.C., to vote for one day longer than was originally scheduled.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a prominent Republican congressman from South Carolina and chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi, arrives in Wichita this weekend for free Election Day warm-up events with Rep. Mike Pompeo.  The media is invited to attend the following event.  

What: Kansas Votes Rally with Mike Pompeo and Trey Gowdy 
Special  Recognition for Wounded Warrior Project 

Who: Special guests: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)  Free, open to the public and media. 

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
           Gates open at 10 a.m. and program starts at 10:30 a.m.
           Press may arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Beech Lake, 13th and Webb Roads, Wichita
           Enter from Webb Road – Entrance will be marked

Why: Trey Gowdy joins Mike Pompeo in Wichita to campaign as a fellow effective legislator working toward advancing a pro-growth agenda before the August 5th Republican primary. 

Photo opportunities will be available.  The event will include music, food, drinks, and more.  For additional information, contact Courtney Moore at (316) 295-7757.

Mike Pompeo is a longtime job creator in Kansas, having grown companies in the aviation and oil and gas industries. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Pompeo was elected to the United States Congress in his first political campaign in 2010. He and his wife, Susan, live in Wichita.

Mike has already been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansans for Life, the National Right to Life Committee, Family Research Council Action PAC, Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Nation, the US. Chamber of Commerce, Governor Huckabee, Governor Brownback, Senator Moran, and Senator Roberts. He also has been recognized as a leading conservative voice by Americans for Prosperity, the American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, Heritage Action, Americans for Tax Reform, and Family Research Council.

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The Hill: Comeback bid pushes Tiahrt left Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST Read the full article here.

by Alexandra Jaffe

How did a former congressman with a perfect score from several national conservative groups become one of their top targets?

That’s the question underlying former Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s (R-Kan.) primary challenge against Rep. Mike Pompeo, which has drawn loud opposition from the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, two groups that backed Tiahart in the past. 

AFP has spent more than $409,000 on radio and television ads attacking Tiahrt, and the American Chemistry Council invested another $165,000 to derail his comeback bid. The former nine-term member of congress lost a 2010 primary election to now-Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Pompeo succeeded him in the House. 

Ahead of next week’s Aug. 5 primary, Tiahrt has gotten support from a super-PAC backed by oil magnate Wink Hartman, to the tune of about $220,000. He’s been heavily outspent and had just $65,000 cash on hand as of July 16, to Pompeo’s $1.6 million.

That influx of cash is despite the fact that Tiahrt received a 90 percent score from the Club for Growth in 2009 and a 100 percent score in 2010, as well as top ratings from other conservative groups, like FreedomWorks and the National Right to Life Committee. 

But Barney Keller, spokesman for the Club for Growth, said his score wasn’t real evidence of Tiahrt’s conservatism, but rather inspired by his run for Senate in 2010. 

“We look at somebody’s entire record. It’s not a surprise that in a Republican primary, both Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran voted for a pro-growth agenda — but that doesn’t mean they’re allies in economic freedom,” he said.

Though the Club hasn’t yet spent any money on the primary, Keller said the group is “continuing to monitor the race,” suggesting a last-minute expenditure could come if it sees a need.

And there may indeed be a need for it: A nonpartisan poll out earlier this month showed Tiahrt narrowing Pompeo’s lead down 7 points and Pompeo taking just 46 percent support.

Pompeo released an internal survey conducted just after that poll that offered a contrasting take, giving him a 21-point lead. But Tiahrt believes the outside spending indicates the race is tighter than expected.

That outside money, and the groups’ reversal on his conservative credentials, has given him fodder for one of his most potent attacks. Tiahrt has been making the case to voters that Pompeo is beholden to outside interests, while he’d represent Kansans in Congress.

“This race is about the people of Kansas versus the big money in Washington. I think they want somebody who will represent them,” the former congressman told The Hill.

Tiahrt speculated the conservative groups turned on him because, “I would never carry their water. Mr. Pompeo would go ahead and sell out to them.”

Pompeo’s campaign manager, Jim Richardson, dismissed Tiahrt’s attacks as “desperate,” and slammed him for his support from traditionally Democratic groups.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Tiahrt is so desperate to get back to Washington, he’ll say just about anything to get headlines. That’s why he’s reversed previous positions and now has the support of groups supported by government unions, radical environmentalists, Common Cause and MoveOn.org,” Richardson said, pointing to the campaign finance reform group Every Voice, which is funded by a handful of liberal-leaning organizations and has launched ads against Pompeo in the race.

“That’s likely because he’s taken the liberal left position on [genetically modified organisms,] national security, and spending, and has attacked Koch Industries, a Kansas job creator, the same way [Senate Democratic Leader] Harry Reid has,” Richardson added.

But Tiahrt’s biggest problem in the race may be his own reversal: He endorsed Pompeo twice before, leaving Kansans scratching their heads when he announced his bid.

Some in the state speculate he’s running to set himself up for a future statewide bid. Others believe it amounts to an act of political retribution against the congressman, encouraged largely by the oil magnate behind the pro-Tiahrt super-PAC who lost a primary challenge to Pompeo in 2010.

Tiahrt said that he hasn’t “really spoken with Wink.”

“I don’t know what he’s really doing about this race. But Mr. Pompeo’s made a lot of people mad in this district, and I’m sure Mr. Hartman’s one of them,” he added.

He’s running, he said, because he realized “Pompeo’s gone Washington on us.”

But Kansas political observers say Tiahrt hasn’t articulated a convincing rationale for his bid, and that’s the primary reason he remains the underdog heading into Election Day.

As David Kensinger, Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) former chief of staff, put it, there’s no clear reason for voters to switch.

“It’s the principle of, ‘you like what you have, so keep it.’ Tiahrt’s had trouble with that from the beginning,” he said. “You can like your old car, after getting a new car, but why are you getting rid of the car you have now?”

Kensinger suggested because he’s had trouble making a convincing case to voters on why they should send Pompeo home, Tiahrt has taken an unusual tack in the race. 

He’s running to the left of the congressman and focusing on issues that don’t normally come up in a GOP primary, like the labeling of genetically modified food. 

Pompeo has introduced legislation that would allow the federal government, rather than state governments, to regulate that labeling, a move that’s drawn opposition from liberals and Tiahrt, who says the measure was simply “a bill to satisfy his contributors.”

Kensinger said the GMO focus seems like a long-shot: “You end up talking about stuff like that in the last two weeks of the campaign if you haven’t articulated a clear rationale at that point.” 

Tiahrt has also defended his record on earmarks, one of the things that’s drawn him the ire of conservative groups. 

But he’s seized on at least one issue in the race to tack to the right: Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner’s position as Speaker. Tiahrt said he wouldn’t support Boehner for Speaker because “we need to get our Republican House in order” and Boehner has failed to do that.

“Congress is a train wreck, and all Congress is doing is taking pictures of the train wreck and selling those pictures for money,” he said.

—This piece was corrected to reflect the fact that Every Voice did not in fact endorse Tiahrt, but aired ads in the race.

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REMINDER: Rep. Trey Gowdy in Wichita this weekend! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST

We are proud to announce that at Friday’s Vote Kansas Rally, we will hear the courageous story of Navy veteran Jeffery Sinchak.  Jeff joined the Navy in July 1984 and served in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Restore Hope, and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of various Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Naval Special Warfare teams.  Jeff is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project’s prestigious group of warriors and caregivers who share their unique stories of courage, perseverance, and recovery as a Warriors Speak member.  I will be proud to share the stage with both Jeff and Rep. Trey Gowdy, and I hope that you will join us on Friday to welcome them both to Kansas. 

Please review the details of the Kansas Votes Rally in Wichita and El Dorado below.  At each event, you’ll have a chance to hear both of us speak.  Trey is coming to Kansas to campaign with me and to help Team Pompeo get out the vote.  Election Day is August 5th, but did you know that you can vote in advance now?  Here is information on where you may vote in advance in Sedgwick County and Butler County.

I am proud to serve alongside Trey as we fight for a more accountable and limited government.  Trey is a prominent Republican congressman from South Carolina and a fellow champion of life, limited government, and liberty.  I hope you’ll come out and take this opportunity to meet a fellow patriot.

 
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)            Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Come join Rep. Trey Gowdy and Team Pompeo at these free get out the vote celebration events:

Kansas Votes Rally with Reps. Pompeo & Gowdy
Special Recognition for Wounded Warrior Project

Friday, August 1, 2014   5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Beech Lake, Intersection of 13th & Webb Road, Wichita
Enter from Webb Road—entrance will be marked
Gates open at 5:00 PM and the program starts at 5:45 PM
Free Music, Food, Drinks & More!

Join me and other veterans as we salute those who have sacrificed to protect our right to vote.  Exercise that right on August 5th!

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El Dorado Frontier Western Celebration Rally
with Mike Pompeo & Trey Gowdy

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Gordy Park Gazebo, Gordy & Ash Streets
8:00 AM-10:30 AM

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Come join us for fun and the important work of turning out the vote.  If you have questions, please call Pompeo for Congress at 316-633-4700 or drop by the campaign office at 416 S. Market in Wichita.  Susan and I look forward to seeing you there!

In liberty and freedom,

Mike

In case you missed it...

KAKE: Fact check of Tiahrt commercial

How earmarks pay off for the earmarkers

A Letter from Conservative House Leader to Kansas Voters

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Butler County Advance Voting Locations Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST Butler County Courthouse

205 W. Central Ave. 
El Dorado, KS
(316) 322-4300

Thursday, July 31: 8 AM – 5 PM

Friday, August 1: 8 AM – 5 PM

Monday, August 4: 8 AM – 12 PM

St. Vincent de Paul Church
123 N. Andover Rd.
Andover, KS 67002 
(316) 733-1423

Thursday, July 31: 12 PM – 7 PM

Friday, August 1: 12 PM – 7 PM

Saturday, August 2: 9 AM – 4 PM 

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Roll Call: Ex-Congressman Tacks to Center in GOP Comeback Bid Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST by Emily Kahn

A former congressman is attempting a comeback by appealing to an unconventional bloc of GOP primary voters: moderates.

And that’s not even strangest thing about former Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s campaign to oust his successor, GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo, on Aug. 5. With the help of one of Pompeo’s former foes, wealthy oilman Wink Hartman, Tiahrt is taking on his one-time backers and the GOP’s ultimate Goliath, the Koch brothers, in their own backyard.

Tiahrt’s eleventh-hour bid comes four years after he lost a bitter Senate primary to now-Sen. Jerry Moran. After that, the former eight-term appropriator endorsed Pompeo — twice.

Then there’s the ex-congressman’s message: Tiahrt is running to the left of Pompeo, striking a populist tone in the conservative district.

“It’s tough to get to 50 [percent] that way in a Republican primary in the 4th District of Kansas,” said David Kensinger, a former chief of staff to Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

 

For example, in a phone interview last week with CQ Roll Call, Tiahrt accused Pompeo of “crony capitalism” by introducing legislation that would allow the federal government to determine labeling standards for genetically modified foods, instead of state governments. Some of the most liberal members of Congress, including Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., have opposed the legislation.

Tiahrt also argues Pompeo hasn’t done enough to help the aviation industry — one of the biggest job producers in the area.

“We’ve lost half of our airplane companies in Wichita since Mr. Pompeo came to Congress,” Tiahrt told CQ Roll Call. “We’re now becoming the Detroit of aviation, and that’s because he hasn’t been there to fight for them. He’s off jet setting around the globe going to destination fundraisers.”

Pompeo’s campaign says Tiahrt’s claims range from misleading to false, pointing to a similar genetically modified foods bill Tiahrt co-sponsored in 2006. Pompeo added that he’s been a strong supporter of the aviation industry during his three years in Congress.

But most of all, Pompeo said he is perplexed by Tiahrt’s attacks, which represent a 180-degree turn from the praise he offered Pompeo in his previous runs. In 2010, Tiahrt endorsed Pompeo’s bid, saying he would “sleep well at night” if he succeeded him in Congress. Two years later, Tiahrt applauded Pompeo for aiding the aviation industry.

“All I can say is I haven’t changed one whipstitch,” Pompeo said in a July 25 phone interview. ”I’m convinced he won’t fool them, but I will say it’s bad for our Republic when a 16-year member of Congress believes he can just say anything to get back to Washington, D.C.”

Tiahrt’s flip baffles other Jayhawk State Republicans, who privately question the motivations behind his last-minute campaign. They speculate Tihart could be trying to build name identification for another statewide bid or ponder whether one of Pompeo’s adversaries pushed the former congressman to run. Maybe Tiahrt just wanted a new gig.

No matter his motivation, GOP operatives say Tiahrt’s path to victory is a tough one.

An automated poll conducted by SurveyUSA for a local television station July 17-21 found Pompeo leading Tiahrt by 7 points.

But a poll conducted for Pompeo’s campaign and provided to CQ Roll Call found Pompeo with a wider lead over Tiahrt, 45 percent to 26 percent. That poll surveyed 400 likely primary voters via live telephone calls July 21-23. It was conducted by CMA Strategies and had a margin of error of 4.9 points.

Tiahrt also trails Pompeo in fundraising. At of the end of the most recent fundraising periodon July 16, Pompeo had more than $1.6 million in the bank, compared to Tiahrt’s $65,000 in cash on hand.

What’s more, some of Tiahrt’s biggest financial supporters during his congressional tenure are now backing Pompeo.

After stuffing Tiahrt’s war chest with more than $300,000 over his 16-year congressional career, Koch Industries now supports Pompeo, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

David Koch maxed out to Pompeo, contributing $5,200 to his campaign. Koch Industry employees are also the biggest contributor to Pompeo’s war chest, donating $46,000 this cycle alone, according to the CRP. The company’s political action committee also contributed $10,000 to Pompeo, the maximum amount allowed under federal campaign law.

Two weeks from the primary, Americans for Prosperity, Charles and David Koch’s 501(c)4 advocacy group, is up on air with an ad praising Pompeo’s conservative chops.

The incumbent is taking the challenge seriously too. He’s been up on air touting his conservative record and currently airing an ad responding to Tiahrt’s attacks.

“How can you tell when Todd Tiahrt is saying something false or misleading about Mike Pompeo? Well you could say it’s when his lips are moving,” a narrator says in a minute-long contrast spot. “Evidently Todd Tiahrt will say anything to get back to his home in Washington.”

Whoever wins the GOP primary is the heavy favorite to keep the seat in November. Kansas’ 4th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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