How vulnerable are Moore and Boyda in ’08?
Here are today’s headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Dennis Moore (D) !(StayRed Kansas commentary) Cook Political Report Released – Moore, Boyda In Trouble Earlier this week, famous political progrnosticator, Charlie Cook, released his quarterly House ratings, forecasting that both Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore would likely face competitive races. Nancy Boyda, despite the fact that she back-tracked on her ‘independent campaign’ promises and accepted national Democratic money, was designated as a ‘lean Democrat seat,’ the lowest rating of all Democratic incumbents. In fact, only one Republican, Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi, was rated lower than Boyda and Renzi will face serious challenges in the Primary and General. For his part, Dennis Moore, despite the fact that he was able to win re-election in record-setting fashion last cycle, was considered a ‘likely Democrat,’ only one of three Democratic incumbents to be considered that vulnerable. Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) !(49abcnews.com) Boyda backs bill that may prevent community pharmacies from closing: Congresswoman Nancy Boyda has recently introduced legislation that aims to help small communities keep their pharmacies. “A year or two ago, there were three counties in Kansas that don’t have a pharmacy. There are now seven,” Boyda said. Boyda worked with lawmakers to pass the Save Our Community Pharmacies Act.Rep. Jerry Moran (R) !(Topeka Capital-Journal) Bridge gas tax may not span all U.S.:Rep. Jerry Moran questioned Thursday whether a proposed national gas tax for bridge repairs might in fact hurt Kansas, saying he instead favors a plan that addresses all infrastructure. Moran voiced his hesitancy for the proposal following his appearance before the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club. “It’s never easy to raise taxes, in particular gasoline taxes,” he said. “I’m not at the point where I would say that’s what we should do.” The measure in the U.S. House of Representatives would temporarily raise federal gas taxes, currently at 18.3 cents per gallon, by another 5 cents. The estimated $25 billion it would bring in over three years would go to a fund specifically for bridges.