Candidate will treat capitol like A borderline crime scene

Mike Caddell and son, Tristan

Photo by Clarke Davis
Mike Caddell and his son, Tristan, will soon be on the campaign trail for the office of state representative for 47th District. Tristan, a college student, will be his father’s campaign manager.


by Clarke Davis
Mike Caddell speaks with a loud voice, one that he says will be heard clearly within the 47th District if given the opportunity to represent it in Topeka.
“I will tell the people what’s going on at the statehouse. I’m going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene,” Caddell said.
The rural Nortonville man will be filing as a Democrat candidate for state representative of the 47th District this week at the Secretary of State’s office. His son, Tristan, a Highland Community College student, is his campaign manager and his wife, Kris Neuhaus, MD, is his treasurer.
A LeRoy, Kan., native, the candidate will tell you his heart lies with the working man instilled by a grandfather who was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World many decades ago. He and his small family have chosen to live in Jefferson County because he wanted the rural and small-town environment for his son like he had at LeRoy.
Using the campaign slogan “The Fightin’ 47th,” he will soon have his brochures on business counters where allowed and they will contain a questionnaire asking the voters to respond with their thoughts and ideas.
For the past seven years he has produced Radio Free Kansas, an Internet-based radio program aired daily from noon to 2 p.m. He said he would like to use the program for some town hall meetings during his campaign and possibly broadcast from the libraries or city halls. He will ask residents to call in with their comments.
“One of the first things I want to see is the abolition of sales tax on food,” the 61-year-old candidate said. “If businesses don’t have to pay taxes, the burden should not be on those trying to feed themselves.” He was referring to the Legislature removing income tax from 330,000 limited corporations in the state.
“To a small Jefferson County firm that tax means nothing, certainly not enough to hire additional employees, but for the larger firms near Wichita it’s a fortune,” he said.
He vowed to be a voice for our small school systems. “The big cities are attacking our rural schools and the rural schools are getting the shaft,” he said. “What is this deal — this aversion to paying you’re fair share of taxes?”
He also voiced opposition to the state of Kansas providing tax credits for scholarships to private schools.
“I believe the communities in Jefferson County need to prepare themselves for food and energy autonomy,” he said.
“We need to form solar energy cooperatives and develop wind farms along with food co-ops,” he said. He would push to remove sales tax from farmers’ markets.
The candidate’s experiences are wide and varied. After soaking up the English courses at the University of Kansas he became a factory worker in the Kansas City area and did everything from janitor work to operating a forklift — “a dock ape” — in the freight yards in Kansas City, Mo. He belonged to various unions and was also a teamster.
His first venture into journalism was a quarterly publication he titled, Discomfit.
“It’s a great word. It means to embarrass the opposition,” he said.
This was followed by the purchase of two legal newspapers, the Frankfort Index and the Blue Rapids Times.
He pulls no punches about the venture. The papers were boycotted by advertisers and were total failures.
“I didn’t run the ice cream socials,” he said.
But he did own a press and used it to publish yet another alternative paper, Voice of Descent, which was more popular and drew a more sizeable readership with a Socialist and Libertarian bent.
He became a licensed private investigator through the attorney general’s office and spent 10 years providing security for people involved in four abortion clinics, including his wife.
Dr. Neuhaus wound up in the headlines when then Attorney General Phill Kline went after her patients’ medical records. Neuhaus lost her license to practice and Kline, the last AG to sign for Caddell’s detective badge, would eventually lose his law license.
Neuhaus, also had an association with George Tiller, M.D., the Wichita abortion doctor who was assassinated. She has a master’s in public health and now works in medical research.
With what he believes is a long list of shenanigans going on in the capital city, he stated, “I want to go Topeka and tell the people of the 47th District what kind of trouble is coming down the pipeline.”

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