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September 18, 1998
September 18, 1998
A Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate pits his 26-year voting record in the Kansas Senate — even tax hikes — against the 2gests memorials to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Pickett Funeral Home, 209 S. State St., P.O. Box 886, North Vernon, Ind. 47265. as elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 to fill the remainder of Bob Dole’s unexpired term. He is running against Feleciano for election to a full six-year term. “Sam’s approach to government is rather simplistic,” Feleciano said. Instead of working to improve existing government operations, he said, Brownback supported elimination of the federal departments of energy, education and commerce. “My philosophy is … government is there for a purpose,” Feleciano said. “The purpose is to serve each and every one of you.” If a government agency or program is flawed, he said, the approach should be to correct problems rather than scrap the whole operation. Feleciano has been criticized by Brownback for voting to increase taxes in Kansas, suggesting the state legislator would endorse federal tax hikes if sent to Washington. Feleciano defended his record on taxes, including legislation that financed a multibillion-dollar program to improve Kansas highways. “I’m proud of that vote,” Feleciano said. Feleciano raised the topic of President Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky. He views the situation as a “major crisis,” but believes reporters went overboard by focusing on sordid details. “I’m saddened to say … what drives news in our country today is sex and violence,” he said. He said the real news was that Brownback’s Republican colleagues in Washington were attempting to pay for federal tax cuts by skimming surpluses in the Social Security trust fund. Doing anything that jeopardized benefits pledged to Americans would be improper, Feleciano said. “A promise made is a promise kept,” he said. Feleciano’s appearance was sponsored by Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and Sallie Mae. The remaining schedule: Dennis Moore, Democratic nominee for the U.S. House district that includes Lawrence, noon Oct. 16; Brownback, 2 p.m. Oct. 19; U.S. Rep. Vince Snowbarger, the Kansas Republican running against Moore, noon Oct. 22. There is a fee to attend the luncheon. — Tim Carpenter’s phone message number is 832-7155. His e-mail address is