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Kansas Republicans come out against Kris Kobach after he blames economy on poor people

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Embattled Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is facing erosion of support within his own party during his bid to be Governor of Kansas.

Kobach, who has received national attention for his debunked effort to prove his allegations of voter fraud by Democrats, has been within a single point of his Democratic Party challenger in the last four public polls.

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“Republican Kris Kobach unveiled a welfare plan Wednesday that builds on restrictions made by former Gov. Sam Brownback,” The Wichita Eagle reported Wednesday. “The proposal echoed previous changes that critics say kick people off of welfare but do little to get them out poverty.”

“To address the very real labor shortages that we have in Kansas, we absolutely must encourage people to get off of welfare and to get into those many open jobs that are all over the state of Kansas right now,” Kobach said.

As Kobach lashed out at the poor for the state’s impoverished fiscal situation, his Democratic rival continued the momentum that has made the race one of the most closely followed campaigns in the midterms.

State Sen. Laura Kelly (D-KS) on Wednesday announced an additional 23 “current and former Republican leaders” who are backing her gubernatorial bid.

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“Laura Kelly is a common sense, moderate leader who will bring people together – regardless of party – to fix the issues facing our state,” said former Senate Majority Leader Fred Kerr. “She led the bipartisan coalition to end the Brownback experiment and put Kansas on the road to recovery. While Kris Kobach wants to repeat the disastrous tax experiment of the last eight years, Laura wants to move our state forward. That’s an idea we can all unite around.”

The latest list of names also includes former Republican Speaker of the House Bob Miller and six other former GOP legislators.

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The “Republicans for Kelly” group has previously announced support from former Gov Bill Graves plus former U.S. senators Nancy Kassebaum and Sheila Frahm.

In total, 31 former and current Republican legislators have joined the effort, which even includes Rochelle Chronister, the former Chair of the Kansas Republican Party.

“I’m honored to have the support of these dedicated public servants,” said Kelly. “I’ve always believed that we get things done by bringing people together. That’s been my approach in the state Senate and that will be my approach as governor.”

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“Together, we will get our state back on track,” she predicted.

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Trump’s economic advisers baffled over how to hold off recession that his trade war set it in motion: report

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According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump's economic advisers are baffled about how to stop what appears to be a recession coming before the 2020 election after his trade war upset an already teetering worldwide economy.

With the report noting that Trump had hoped to run on a strong economy as part of his 2020 re-election strategy, warnings from economists that a recession may arrive before then has White House officials in a panic.

"The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That's on top of concerns over Trump's plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking," the report states, adding, "Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric."

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Suspect behind NYC subway bomb scare arrested after being found unconscious in the Bronx: report

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On Saturday, CNN's New York correspondent Polo Sandoval reported that a suspect wanted for placing suspicious rice cookers in New York City subway stations has been arrested after being found unconscious at an address in the Bronx.

"Less than 24 hours it took the NYPD to track down this man in relation to the scare that took place here in New York City," said Sandoval. "A source close to the investigation saying that the individual that they were trying to track down to speak to was apparently placed into custody at about 2AM This morning. He was found unconscious in the Bronx here in New York. He is currently hospitalized."

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It’s not Democrats who are making guns a political issue: It’s all the dead bodies

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We can’t keep up. We can’t keep up with the lies, we can’t keep up with the racism, we can’t keep up with the anti-immigrant hysteria, we can’t keep up with the firings and resignations, we can’t keep up with the flat-out lunacy, but most of all, we can’t keep up with the dead bodies.

In a single week, between Sunday, July 28, and Saturday, Aug. 3, there were three separate mass shootings in this country. In Gilroy, California, at a popular garlic festival, a man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an AK-47 style assault rifle, killed three people and wounded 13. Two of the dead and several of the wounded were children. The shooter had six high-capacity magazines in his possession: one was a drum magazine holding 75 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, and the other five held 40 rounds. He had bought the AK-47 and ammunition just three weeks before he opened fire on the festival goers.

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