CCAGW PAC Endorses Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall for Senate, and Reps. Ron Estes and Steve Watkins for Re-election to the House of Representatives

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kans.) and Steve Watkins (R-Kans.) for re-election to the House, and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) for election to the Senate.

CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on the candidate’s’ lifetime score in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Rep. Estes was named a “Taxpayer Super Hero” in 2019 with a perfect score of 100 percent and is a lifetime “Taxpayer Hero” with a rating of 94 percent. Rep. Watkins has a lifetime rating of 99 percent based on his first year in Congress and Rep. Marshall has a lifetime rating of 87 percent, both earning the title of “Taxpayer Hero.”

“During their tenures in the House, Reps. Estes, Watkins, and Marshall have been strong and reliable votes to curb government waste and reform Washington,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “On top of their impressive voting records, they worked with their colleagues to enact and retain historic tax cuts, support deregulation, and help ignite America’s economic boom. I urge Kansans to re-elect Reps. Estes and Watkins to the House of Representatives, and elect Rep. Marshall to the Senate.”

CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Paid for by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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Video shows party in Lawrence, Kansas, flout COVID-19 rules

Another video of University of Kansas college students partying went viral this weekend as a professor raised concerns that attempts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus in Lawrence are not working.

Ward Lyles, an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, was on a walk Saturday night when a large, loud gathering caught his attention. He proceeded to post a series of videos to Twitter of a crowded party in the 1100 block of Mississippi Street, just off campus.

One of the videos shows a porch area filled with dozens of people who appear to be standing close together without masks on. It had more than 56,000 views as of early Sunday afternoon.

“Masks? Social distancing? Nope,” Lyles tweeted. “Super spreader event? Yep.”

The Lawrence videos are among many recordings circulating online, showing college students around the country defying rules put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed almost 194,000 people in the U.S. this year.

At KU, hundreds of people have tested positive for the virus since students returned to campus three weeks ago. Despite university recommendations for students to wear masks and avoid large crowds, the parties have continued.

Lyles also observed two ”massive” parties on Alabama and Kentucky streets.

He said he tried to take the videos far enough back that faces couldn’t be made out. Lyle’s intention wasn’t to get individual students in trouble, he said, but rather to show how the systems in place to prevent such gatherings aren’t working.

As of Sept. 1, 546 members of the campus community had tested positive for COVID-19. The majority are students, with 332 cases at that point coming from Greek life alone. In a video update last week, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod said the Greek community was testing positive at a rate of about 10%.

The most recent university update showed 799 members of the campus community had tested positive as of Thursday.

“The damage is not just done and over by any stretch of the imagination,” Lyles said of the continued spread of the disease.

“I’m not trying to be a rogue agent here,” Lyles said. “KU set up a reporting portal and is asking the whole community to report these behaviors. My aim is elevate discussion and dialogue about system failures that can be addressed by doing something other than just asking students to do stuff they’re disinclined to do.”

Police stopped by the home while Lyles was there, but they told him they couldn’t do anything about the crowd, which fell into the health department’s jurisdiction, not the police department’s. Lyles noted that the health department is closed on weekends.

Over the course of a 1.5 mile walk around the neighborhood, he saw two parties that definitely violated the county health limit on gatherings of more than 45 people, and two parties that he said at the very least “violated common sense.”

But, Lyles added, he also saw about 30 groups outside other homes

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