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Old 07-29-2021, 01:12 PM
 
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Hi, I'd appreciate any insight on living in a Republican leaning state as a Democrat. I'm considering a move to Reno County next year, but as a California Democrat have concerns. I won't be job hunting as I'm retired and will be joining family currently living there. They haven't been there very long, and tend to fly under the radar, and therefore don't have much information to share with me.
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Old 07-29-2021, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Floyd County, IN
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Hi, I'd appreciate any insight on living in a Republican leaning state as a Democrat. I'm considering a move to Reno County next year, but as a California Democrat have concerns. I won't be job hunting as I'm retired and will be joining family currently living there. They haven't been there very long, and tend to fly under the radar, and therefore don't have much information to share with me.
I haven't been through Hutchinson in a few years, but it is an economically declining area/ with a large elderly population, with a number of drug issues that are fairly widespread. The county covers a large number of square miles, so plenty of small rural towns as well. Eastern areas of Kansas are more Democratic leaning in the Topeka through Johnson County, KS (SW Kansas City metro suburbs) corridor. Most people don't talk about politics that much, city-data politics forum doesn't represent the real world.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Riley Co
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Everyone will just assume you're a Republican*, unless you show/tell them otherwise.

I'm still looking for the local who had the audacity to put a "2004 Rebeat Bush" bumper sticker on her/his car.

I was standing in line to vote @ Via Christi Village retirement center's lobby in 2004. A staff member brought a gentleman in a wheelchair to vote. Suddenly, in a loud voice, she announced "Mr. X, do you want to vote for President? No reaction. Now louder, Mr. X, do you want to vote for President? Again, no reaction. In desperation, she announced to the entire lobby, MR. X, DO YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BUSH? then MR. X, DO YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BUSH?

After voting, I went home & called Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo & told him what I'd witnessed. He responded that "they know better than that."

Another year, KSU Coach Bill Snyder & his daughter were ahead of me in line to vote. When it was his daughter's turn, Coach stood next to her & showed her how to operate the voting machine? No one blinked an eye.

In KANSAS, everyone from cradle to grave votes Republican.
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Old 07-29-2021, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Another year, KSU Coach Bill Snyder & his daughter were ahead of me in line to vote. When it was his daughter's turn, Coach stood next to her & showed her how to operate the voting machine? No one blinked an eye.
I don’t think there’s a rule prohibiting someone (i.e., a relative, not a poll worker) accompanying a voter in the voting booth, as long as the voter his/herself is okay with it.

OP, as stated above, nobody will care you’re a democrat if you don’t make a big production out of it.
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Old 07-30-2021, 09:56 AM
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I think Hutchinson is okay. Its proximity to Wichita and Salina is a plus. There is a lot of cultural activity with in that triangle. In that part of the state IMO Republicans value community involvment so your party doesn't matter as much as what you are doing for your town. Something I call the "Obama Bump" in 2008 realy reflects how many democrats there are in a city. In 2008 Hutchinson's Democratic voters made a good showing.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:37 AM
 
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Once you get your KS driver's license you can buy an AR (without you're a restricted person).
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Old 07-31-2021, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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Hi, I'd appreciate any insight on living in a Republican leaning state as a Democrat. I'm considering a move to Reno County next year, but as a California Democrat have concerns. I won't be job hunting as I'm retired and will be joining family currently living there. They haven't been there very long, and tend to fly under the radar, and therefore don't have much information to share with me.
I’m an unaffiliated voter who leans more to the right lately, can’t stand the current Democratic Party especially the Democratic Socialist wing, and I’ve lived in Democrat strongholds for most of my life, including California. Honestly, there’s more to life than politics. My advice is that if you’re extremely partisan to the point where you cannot function in everyday life without talking to people about politics, you might want to stay where you’re at, for your own sanity.

I know my neighbors and I know that they have different political views from me based on their yard signs and bumper stickers, but we get along regardless of that. We have plenty of other interests and things in common. And it’s not always “cut and dry,” in the sense that there’s probably more we agree with than disagree with, if it really comes down to it. I’ve never been asked questions about my political affiliation and I don’t really give my opinion on things, unless asked, and even then I just say something like “it’s likely that our views on this topic are different, but I’m happy to tell you how I feel about __________.”

But on a more serious note, be prepared to feel like your representatives don’t really care about and/or represent any of your interests. You can write to your representatives if you want, but they’ll mostly vote with the party they’re affiliated with, and sometimes that can be frustrating, especially if you vehemently disagree with what is going on. But, that’s just how it is. Really, all you can do is vote and hope for the best. You’re likely not going to change any minds.

Also, for what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure that the current governor of Kansas is a Democrat.
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Riley Co
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I’ve lived in Democrat strongholds for most of my life, including California. Honestly, there’s more to life than politics. My advice is that if you’re extremely partisan to the point where you cannot function in everyday life without talking to people about politics, you might want to stay where you’re at, for your own sanity.

But on a more serious note, be prepared to feel like your representatives don’t really care about and/or represent any of your interests. You can write to your representatives if you want, but they’ll mostly vote with the party they’re affiliated with, and sometimes that can be frustrating, especially if you vehemently disagree with what is going on. But, that’s just how it is. Really, all you can do is vote and hope for the best. You’re likely not going to change any minds.

Also, for what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure that the current governor of Kansas is a Democrat.
I'm not really sure how your point of view on far-left leaning Democrats applies in Kansas. Your GUESS that Gov. Kelly is a Democrat, is correct; but no Kansan would have to guess! Her Covid restrictions have been blocked at every step of the Pandemic; with every entity from the R. Legislature, the R. AG, the R. local Governments (there was a time when only Rs ran for any of these offices in Kansas.

We just had 10 R County Sheriffs endorse Kris Kobach for AG: https://www.wibw.com/2021/07/26/area...orney-general/ Kobach said the sheriffs note violent crime in the U.S. has surged by 3% in 2020 and murders jumped by 25% and he relates it to the demand by Democrats to defund the police.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said, “Kris Kobach is a trusted conservative who will back the blue and protect the Constitution. His experience fighting the ACLU in court shows that he isn’t afraid to take on extreme leftists to defend our constitutional rights. He is the law and order candidate in this race, and I offer Kris Kobach my full endorsement.”


This from the man who failed to find any significant voter fraud; he's citing National stats & a few, outlier Democrats in other states seeking to redirect Policing $ to other alternatives. as Relevant to Kansas? Next, he'll be back at County Fairs, riding around in a Jeep w/inoperative machine gun again.

The realistic perspective, IN KANSAS, is that other than a < minority of Dems in state legislature; Governor & one House of Representative; every other elected official is Republican. Most are Kansans who wish not to be taxed; or to be taxed < less; & willing to sacrifice infrastructure/public education/state employees & other Brownback "experimental" frivolities. That's where my handle, KSinmyrearviewmirror comes in. At one time, I mistakenly thought the urban majority in KS would eclipse the declining rural population; & widely accepted across the USA progressive improvements would come to KS. I even imagined that Kansas would some day lose the honor of being 50th in per capita public lands, as relatives died off, & (in my case) leased access to their farms to decrease poverty. This is what my uncle did; then turned around & gave permission to my Mom's acreage to be hunted on Thanksgiving Day . . . my Dad had posted No Hunting w/out Permission signs. But the shame of not having any land to grant permission to hunt was too great for him to bear.

I'm not registered in any party. However, I have the distinction of never having voted for any Presidential candidate who won in Kansas. The OP should anticipate being "A Fish Out Of Water;" & accept that perspective in silence when in public.
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Old 08-01-2021, 08:58 AM
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Unless you are going to be involved in; agriculture, transportation or energy it shouldn't matter out there. If you are then I would register as unaffiliated, no bumber stickers or signs in the yard. I think politics, religion and money are still not polite conversation in some places. I would never ask a rancher how many cows does he have.
One of the interesting things about the Hispanic and African American population in that part of Kansas, is some families have moved there recently and some go back to at least 1873.
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Old 08-01-2021, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Riley Co
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I would never ask a rancher how many cows does he have.
ROFLMAO!

My next door "neigh" boor is head of the KSU dairy dept. I refer to him as Prof. Udder Nonsense.

My wife & I were having lunch @ the hotel restaurant across from the KSU Alumni Center, when Prof. came in w/a possible graduate student. Udder Nonsense refused to recognize us, so I'll continue to refer to him in that manner (he also used to fire up his diesel at Oh-God-Early outside our bedroom every morning & let it idle (for morning milking, as he was Dairy Herd Mgr) & brought home dairy barn breeder cats to kill birds @ our feeder, but I digress.

Udder Nonsense began questioning the farm lad about dairy this & dairy that, when he popped a Q the kid didn't have the answer to: How many dairy cows are there in your county?

I taught school w/wife of the previous Dairy Dept. head, 1997. She told me he had several "advisory" clients with herds of 6,000 head. In KS? I don't know. Most run by previous students.

The KSU Ag Dept. is a rather myopic bunch. A few years back, they put up a "billboard" on the dairy grazing 10 acre patch @ Kimball & 24. It read, & I kid you not, WEED SCIENCE. I can kick myself for not getting a "selfie," before it abruptly vanished.

NOTE: my neigh boor & his wife were both sure, in 2008, that Texas would get the NBAF; but Hoof & Mouth Disease has come home to roost.
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