Barbara Bollier is just what Kansas needs in the United States Senate. And just what the United States Senate needs.

The former moderate Republican turned centrist Democrat has campaigned on a platform of bipartisanship and problem solving. 

For the most part, and especially compared to her opponent Roger Marshall and outside groups supporting him, she’s stayed above the usual tropes and distortions during the campaign silly season. 

The state Senator from Johnson County aims her appeal more directly at kitchen-table issues than partisan politics. More than 75 current and former Republican elected officials in Kansas have endorsed her, including former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum.

That’s not to say Bollier isn’t hammering away at Marshall. The big contrast she’s making is about her approach to protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act instead of dismantling it. 

And it seems to be working. Bollier has a legitimate chance to become the first Democratic Senator elected from Kansas since 1932, and the first-ever female physician.

She is taking the COVID-19 pandemic more seriously than Marshall (also a doctor) and says passing another relief package in Congress is a priority.

All the Boogeyman scare tactics about Bollier being too radical and extreme are baloney. She doesn’t support Medicare for All. She’s against the so-called Green New Deal. She won’t come for your guns, blah blah blah … 

And she’s proven her independent streak by bucking her former party. We can see Bollier as the Democratic version of Republican Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska senator who has maintained a level of independence that is increasingly rare but refreshing, and who holds outsized influence to strike deals and forge bipartisanship consensus. 

Marshall, despite hopes to the contrary, hasn’t demonstrated much independence. As a U.S. Representative, he has voted with the president 98.3 percent of the time (per fivethirtyeight.com) and has failed to stand up to the worst parts of Trump.

Bollier’s problem-solving, reasonable approach to government is better reflective of Kansas values and needs, and would be a welcome break from the past.

— Publisher David A. Seaton

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(3) comments

justmeh

As a former Kansan who still owns property in Kansas, I have been more than impressed with Barbara Bollier! She is a refreshingly calm, intelligent and an inspiring hope that will work on behalf of all Kansans, not just if you voted for her or are only a member of her "party"! Have been so impressed that this now Texan has been sending donations to her campaign when I can (have a lot to contribute to here - (my county on Tuesday in TX passed their total 2016 general election vote total and by EOD Early Voting on Friday, had almost 60K more votes than 2016 with Tuesday remaining - usually about 13.7% vote on election day)! Sure hope Kansans make history and elect #Bollier4Senate as it will be a massive win for Kansans and for the U.S. also! GOTV...

RT

The last thing our state needs is another democrat.

RT

Bollier is for abortion on demand, no Trump tax cuts, she is for Obamacare and no on the 2,000. child tax credit. Doesn't sound like a moderate to me. Our governor is also a disaster.

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