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August 31, 2022

ICYMI: Amanda Adkins Tries To Hide Her Long-Held Anti-Abortion Position

After the Kansas Third District resoundingly rejected an anti-abortion constitutional amendment, Amanda Adkins, who “100 percent” voted for it, is being called out for suddenly trying to hide her extreme record on abortion. 

As reported in outlets across the country this week, Adkins is a self-proclaimed “pro-life advocate” dedicated to “supporting life from conception until natural death” who championed a plan that would ban abortion with no exception for rape or incest. She is supported by extremist anti-choice groups who heralded her primary win as a “pro-life victory.” 

Adkins’ abrupt shift is in line with anti-abortion politicians across the country who now realize that their unpopular positions will be an important factor when voters take to the polls in November:

CNN: Some Republicans try to shift positions on abortion as general election approaches

“Amanda Adkins, the Republican candidate running against Rep. Sharice Davids in Kansas’ competitive 3rd Congressional District, wrote in an op-ed earlier this month saying she did not ‘support a federal ban on abortion, nor do I support any other federal policymaking related to contraception or fertility.’ But while Adkins was chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party, the organization supported ‘a Human Life Amendment to the U. S. Constitution,’ as well as ‘legislation to make clear the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection applies to unborn children.’

Adkins campaign did not respond to a request for comment.”

Salon: What abortion ban? GOP candidates abruptly ditch long-held positions in post-Roe scramble

“Others, like Kansas Republican congressional candidate Amanda Adkins, have gone to extra lengths to present themselves as newly-converted moderates on abortion rights. Adkins published an op-ed in the Kansas City Star saying she did not ‘support a federal ban on abortion’ and believes ‘it’s not Congress’ place to impose a national abortion policy on Kansans.’ She did not, however, mention her past record as chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party when the state organization officially supported ‘a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,’ and ‘legislation to make clear the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection applies to unborn children.’” 

Kansas Reflector: GOP candidate Amanda Adkins’ congressional campaign not anchored in alleged voter fraud

“Adkins, who described herself as ‘very pro-life,’ said the U.S. Supreme Court decision to reverse a 50-year precedent in Roe vs. Wade left states to set boundaries on abortion rights. 

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On Thursday, Adkins said in a statement she didn’t support a federal ban on abortion nor ‘do I support any other federal policymaking related to contraception or fertility.’ She said she was committed to ‘protecting life at every stage’ as a Catholic, Republican and mother.

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Davids responded to claiming Adkins spent years working to chip away at a woman’s right to choose while aligned with Brownback, as chair of the Kansas GOP and when considering the constitutional amendment on abortion in August.

‘My position is clear: I believe people have a right to make their own health care decisions, not the government, and I have stood up against extreme politicians who want to take away that right,’ Davids said. ‘Those are the facts, and that is the choice that voters face this November.’”

August 29, 2022

ICYMI: Rep. Sharice Davids has a ‘Potent Advantage’ by Standing Up for Reproductive Rights, Adkins on ‘Losing Side’

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the Kansas abortion amendment vote, KCUR detailed how Rep. Sharice Davids has a “potent advantage” over her anti-choice Republican challenger, Amanda Adkins. 

KCUR pointed out how most Americans disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to strip away federal protection of abortion, and that reproductive rights will be an important factor when they vote in November. In the Third District, voters overwhelmingly defeated the anti-abortion amendment—which Adkins “100 percent” supported. 

While Rep. Davids has long advocated to keep politicians out of Kansans’ health care decisions, Adkins’ record shows she is an anti-abortion extremist with a lengthy history of working to strip away reproductive rights—a position that puts her at odds with Third District voters. 

Read more from KCUR

​​Post-Roe urgency throws a lifeline to Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in redrawn 3rd District

“The Kansas 3rd District race between Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and Republican Amanda Adkins is a rematch from 2020.

The newly drawn district, with the addition of rural counties and the subtraction of half of urban Wyandotte County, leans more Republican than it did before. But Davids has a potent advantage that she didn’t have last time.

The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade has reshaped the political landscape, and nowhere more so than in Kansas. Davids is running hard on abortion rights, an issue that Kansas Republicans have used to pummel Kansas Democrats for decades.

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It would be hard to overstate the impact of the political upheaval in Kansas. The landslide vote on Aug. 2 defeating a proposed constitutional amendment that would have ended protection for abortion rights in the state was a major upset, bringing out a record number of voters to the polls.

A subsequent forced recount funded by supporters of the amendment only confirmed the breadth of the victory for abortion rights advocates like Davids.

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Davids has tried to harness that anger. Her campaign has held a news conference and produced ads reminding voters that Adkins was on the losing side of the abortion amendment vote.

Davids noted that Adkins was campaign manager for former governor and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a staunch opponent of abortion rights, and that Adkins has said she believes life begins at conception.

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Elsewhere in the District, voters are picking up on Adkins’ long record as a pro-life extremist:

“WHO’S EXTREME? 

Amanda Adkins lost to Rep. Sharice Davids two years ago, but she again seeks to represent us in Congress. In her Aug. 25 guest commentary in The Star, she attempts to hide how extreme she is. (9A, ‘Decisions about abortion should be made in Kansas, not in DC’) 

She says she opposes “government overreach in our lives.” Does she really? She may claim she would oppose a federal ban on abortion, but she wants that power to go, as she puts it, to ‘we the people.’ That is, she wants the government of Kansas to force pregnant women against their will to carry their pregnancies to term. Tell me why that isn’t ‘overreach.’ 

‘We the people’ in Kansas recently settled that issue. Government needs to stay out of women’s reproductive lives, we said.

Let’s leave the decision of what to do with a woman’s body where it really belongs: to the woman, not to the government.”

Letter to the Editor by Max J. Skidmore in the Kansas City Star

August 17, 2022

ICYMI: Adkins ‘Mum’ On Kansas Recount As It ‘Hampers’ Her Campaign

Kansas Republicans like Amanda Adkins are trying to ignore the amendment vote that exposed their views on reproductive rights as dramatically out of the mainstream—but as the Kansas City Star points out, those efforts are being derailed by the recount currently underway with the support of “far-right activist” groups.

As the extreme anti-abortion groups funding the recount promote baseless claims of fraud or, as they put it, “some kind of hanky panky,” Adkins refuses to say whether she agrees. As a reminder, ‘no’ won by 95,000 votes in Johnson County alone—and Adkins was a “100%” yes. 

Rep. Sharice Davids called out the recount attempts for what they are: “A waste of money and time from dangerously out-of-touch politicians who are unwilling to accept defeat.”

Read more from the Kansas City Star

​​‘It’s over with.’ Abortion recount hampers Kansas Republicans’ pivot to general election

“Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the Republican nominee for governor, and former Cerner executive Amanda Adkins, the Republican nominee in the 3rd Congressional District, have both shown little desire to make abortion a central focus on their campaigns following the Aug. 2 amendment vote. 

But now a far-right Wichita anti-abortion activist and a Colby-based election denier are keeping abortion front and center.

The recount won’t dramatically move the needle on the more than 165,000 vote lead. 

But it will keep the issue top of mind for voters as Republicans seek to win back the governor’s office and the 3rd District in November.

Neither Schmidt’s campaign, nor Adkins’ campaign, responded to questions about whether the GOP candidates supported the recount effort.

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While Davids’ GOP opponent Adkins remained mum on the recount, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sought to tie the Johnson County Republican to the effort. The DCCC called it an attempt by “radical election deniers and conspiracy theorists … working to overthrow the will of voters in KS-03.

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August 16, 2022

Sharice for Congress Releases Next TV Ad of 2022: ‘6 AM’

Ad Highlights Davids’ Work to Improve Infrastructure, Create Jobs

Today, Sharice for Congress released its next TV ad of 2022, “6 AM,” highlighting Rep. Sharice Davids’ work to improve our nation’s infrastructure, create jobs, and boost the economy.

Watch “6AM” here:

“I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to secure the largest infrastructure investment in our country’s history,” said Davids. “This means thousands of good-paying jobs, safer bridges, expanded broadband, and so much more. When partisanship is set aside, real, positive results are delivered for Kansans — and this is what we need more of in Congress.”

Davids helped champion the bipartisan bill to invest in infrastructure improvements across the Kansas Third District. The bipartisan infrastructure law will allow Kansas to make long-overdue improvements to roads and bridges, expand affordable, accessible broadband to both urban and rural communities, and invest in public transportation. 

Less than a year since the bipartisan infrastructure law went into effect, Davids has already announced projects to ensure safe drinking water, fund long-awaited upgrades to US 69, and develop new wastewater treatment plants, among others.

August 3, 2022

ICYMI: Rep. Sharice Davids Discusses Kansans’ Landslide Rejection of Extreme Anti-Abortion Views

Last night, voters overwhelmingly rejected the restrictive constitutional amendment and the extreme politicians pushing for it to pass. Rep. Sharice Davids hit the airwaves to speak on the impact of this victory here in Kansas and in her race come November.

Along with defeating the amendment, Davids won her uncontested primary election. She is again facing longtime Brownback advisor Amanda Adkins, who backed the amendment “100 percent,” and has pushed for a plan to make abortion illegal, even in the case of rape and incest. In the Kansas Third, the amendment failed by two-to-one margin, showing how drastically out-of-touch Adkins’ views are with the District. 

Watch Rep. Sharice Davids on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

“We saw a broad diverse coalition of groups coming together to fight the amendment and what it stood for, which was really increased government control over our health care decisions. We saw that Kansans resoundingly rejected that extreme position.”

Watch Rep. Sharice Davids on NBC’s Election Night Special with Chuck Todd and Kristin Welker:

“As we look forward to November… I have an opponent that is too far out there on this issue. I have an opponent who would support a total ban, no exception. Not for rape. Not for incest. I’m gonna make sure that in November, we put a bolt on the door that we’re closing tonight.”

Watch Rep. Sharice Davids on CNN:

“It was a win for Kansas families and for our rights. It was a demonstration that we’re going to be pushing back against these extreme measures and extreme politicians who are trying to interfere with our reproductive health care decisions.”

“I have an opponent, Amanda Adkins, who is too far out there on this issue. She supported the amendment. She supports a total ban with no exceptions for things like rape or incest. I think what we’re going to see is people … hold folks’ feet to the fire and make sure they know: are you going to protect my rights on this issue?”

Watch Rep. Sharice Davids on MSNBC:

“Can I tell you how much work went into this? It’s the same thing that happens at an MMA fight: you can’t stop until the bell rings and that’s what the folks in Kansas did today.” 

Watch Rep. Sharice Davids on CNN:

“We don’t want the government making our reproductive health care decisions for us… I think that there’s a lot of energy to make sure that we’re maintaining our rights, and that our children and our grandchildren have as many rights as we’ve had.”

August 3, 2022

Sharice for Congress Releases First TV Ad of 2022: ‘Crazy’

Ad Highlights Davids’ Work to Support Domestic Manufacturing, Lower Costs


Today, Sharice for Congress released its first TV ad of 2022, “Crazy,” highlighting Rep. Sharice Davids’ efforts to boost domestic manufacturing and lower costs on gas and other everyday expenses.

Watch “Crazy” here:

“We can make anything here in Kansas, and I’ve been working hard to support our businesses big and small so we can start our supply chain here—not China,” said Davids. “By making more at home, we can lower costs for Kansans across the board. This is what real, bipartisan work looks like: no gamesmanship, just concrete solutions to the everyday problems facing our community.”

Davids helped negotiate the bipartisan bill to invest in domestic semiconductor manufacturing that is now law, boosting American manufacturing and ensuring our workforce remains globally competitive. She also introduced legislation to help small and medium manufacturers make medical supplies here at home, especially during times of national emergency.

Davids has been vocal on immediate solutions to rising costs as well, calling on President Biden to suspend the federal gas tax and save Kansans money at the pump while continuing to push for long-term energy solutions. Meanwhile, her opponent Amanda Adkins has opposed these commonsense tax breaks for consumers. 

August 3, 2022

Rep. Sharice Davids’ Statement on the Constitutional Amendment Results

Rep. Sharice Davids released the following statement after the results of the vote: 
“This is a win for Kansans, our families, and our rights. We rejected extremism and chose a path forward that protects all Kansans’ ability to make their own choices, without government interference. In November, we will ensure that belief is reflected in our representation at all levels, showing extreme politicians like Amanda Adkins that her harmful views are not what the Kansas Third wants in Congress.”

August 2, 2022

Rep. Sharice Davids’ Statement on Primary Election Victory

Rep. Sharice Davids, who is running unopposed, released the following statement after she was declared the winner of the Democratic primary election:

“From a six-way primary four years ago, to running unopposed today, I’m honored to be the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Kansas Third District. 

Even as we face growing division, this campaign has remained focused on listening to and delivering for Kansans. That has led to a record I’m proud of: working across party lines to lower costs on everyday expenses, repair our aging infrastructure, and make more here in America—not China.

The fact is that I’m the only candidate for the Third District who will listen to and work with anyone – Republican or Democrat – to move Kansas forward. I look forward to again earning the support of the Kansas Third on November 8.”

August 1, 2022

ICYMI: What Kansans are Reading Ahead of Major Amendment Vote

Tomorrow, Kansas will be the first state in the country to vote on abortion rights after Roe v. Wade was overturned, and Kansans are paying attention to which candidates are standing up for their freedoms—and who is standing against them. 

Read headlines across the country as Rep. Sharice Davids stands up for reproductive freedoms—and slams her challenger and longtime Brownback advisor Amanda Adkins for her extreme and out-of-touch views:

AP: Vulnerable House Dems see abortion as winning campaign theme

“In the final months of her [Rep. Sharice Davids] congressional campaign, she is focusing on Republicans’ strict opposition to abortion rights.

An online ad she released last week highlights how Amanda Adkins, the Republican favored to emerge from Tuesday’s primary for a rematch with Davids in November, opposed abortion without exceptions. The ad points to Adkins’ support of an amendment to the Kansas Constitution on the ballot Tuesday that would make clear there is no right to abortion in the states.

‘There were a lot of people who would not have known that I have an opponent who is extreme on this issue,’ Davids, who beat Adkins in 2020, said in an interview. ‘It’s not hypothetical anymore.’” 

Roll Call: At the Races: Pick your ‘R’ word

“In neighboring Kansas, Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids released a digital ad highlighting her GOP opponent Amanda Adkins’ support of a ballot referendum before voters next week that would strip abortion rights from the state constitution.”

Watch Rep. Sharice Davids on MSNBC’s Last Word.

Politico: Kansas’ abortion vote kicks off new post-Roe era

“On Saturday morning, dozens of volunteers with Kansans for Constitutional Freedom gathered in a community center in Kansas City’s Rosedale neighborhood to fuel up on vegan donuts and hear a pep talk from Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) before heading out to canvas.

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‘It’s why I feel so optimistic about our ability to beat this thing back,’ she said. ‘A hundred years from now, people are going to look back at this time we’re in now, and I hope you all feel a little bit of relief knowing that when they look back, they’re going to see that you’re a group of people who not only saved our democracy, but helped make sure that our children and grandchildren had just as many rights as we have.’”

July 31, 2022

100 Days, 100 Doors: Rep. Sharice Davids Connects with Voters in the Third District

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS – To mark 100 days until the general election, Rep. Sharice Davids joined volunteers from her campaign to knock 100 doors in the Kansas Third, speaking directly with voters about her work to lower costs for Kansans. Davids’ campaign also marked the 100 day milestone by announcing that over 100 volunteers have completed canvassing shifts this month as the campaign grows in momentum to re-elect Davids in the fall. 

“It was great to get out and connect with voters on this important weekend ahead of the primary election,” said Davids. “With 100 days to the general election, I’m wasting no time sharing my message directly with voters. So much is at stake, both in August and in November, and folks are fired up and ready to elect officials who will do what’s best for Kansas – regardless of party.”

Rep. Davids canvassed and phone banked in Overland Park, Kansas. She heard from voters on the issues that matter most to them: lowering costs, creating jobs and protecting our rights.