Listen: Republican Party, Kansas, Patrick Miller discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"The. When did you move to Kansas two thousand thirteen though I've watched Kansas for very long time actually Patrick Miller teaches political science at the university of Kansas, so longtime observer actually never thought I would end up here. But I did and he came here because he was interested in political parties. What makes a democrat a democrat or Republican Republican turns out Kansas was kind of a great place to do this work. You know, I I would say that when I came here. I already had a background in the politics of stay, and it was very interesting to to actually see a close up. A small state so just by virtue of being political scientist who tweets I end up like having conversations with or coffees with actual elected officials. You want on talk and from all over the political spectrum just want to talk politics. For years. Republicans ruled this state they had to try factor control of both legislative bodies and a Republican governor over those coffees. Patrick would hear stories about how party control was gradually getting more rigid squeezing out moderate voices. What one of the Republicans who don't want to speak for all women, but she'll tell you about going into party of ants. Whether it's local party, or you know, walking into a caucus meeting in the legislature of your colleagues in me mood being called names being history by people who are supposed to be in your party in your allies. Another one of those moderate Republicans a woman has talked pretty openly. I think on social media about stealing threatened by her colleagues Republican colleagues who perhaps have singled her out as a woman, maybe seeing her as weaker, and you know. Same things to her pointing out. How will they're carrying a gun which they do in the Kansas legislature is totally irrelevant comment. Some other conversation hold it will doing legislative work another legislator said to her. I'm carrying a gun. Yeah. Care like said it like an joking kind of way. But that's totally irrelevant comment to the conversation. That's being had even against your painting. This picture of a political party that operates more like the mafia? Politics is like that. And a lot of places. Yeah. But a few weeks back came the first signs that something might change. I a democrat was elected governor. And then two more Kansas lawmakers, leaving the Republican party to become democrat. I am not a Trump Republican not a crisco Bach Republican when Kansas Republican leaders announced they want to scrap the new school funding plan Clayton decided to leave the GOP as such. I knew that I really couldn't be in line with my party anymore, especially on that issue. So I'm done. Over the course of a single week four state legislators all moderates left. The Republican party won by one Patrick says these decisions kind of make sense like who would stay in party that openly rejects you even threatens you, but that what's happening in Kansas tells this bigger story about what a Republican even is for most of our history of we look at how legislators voted polarized parties were really the norm. And it was this new deal too late twentieth century era where you had to relatively centrist parties. That is rather more the exception in American history. So in a sense, maybe we're going back to really where we were for the early part of our public with two party that had released starve policy, visions. They offered us. I'm Mary Harris. And today, we're gonna go a thousand miles due west of Washington and ask what next in Kansas Republican party defections? They all started with one woman who's been in state politics for nearly a decade. We'll talk to our and try to figure out why did you make this choice and an estate Trump won by twenty points. What is your choice say about the future of the Republican party? Stay with us.."