Archive for Sunday, June 11, 2006

Kline trades criticisms with rival at 1st meeting

June 11, 2006


— Five months before the general election, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and challenger Paul Morrison were in full campaign mode Saturday.

Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney who has been a prosecutor for 26 years, said the race represented "form versus substance."

"You want an attorney general who has spent over half his life ... prosecuting criminals and effectively putting them away to keep this community safe, or do you want a career politician who has had precious little experience in actual practice of law?" Morrison asked.

But Kline, a Republican seeking re-election to a four-year term, defended his legal experience and job performance.

Kline said that under his leadership, the office's criminal caseload has doubled, and Medicaid fraud collections have increased from $1.4 million in the seven years before his taking office in 2003 to $12 million since.

He also said he has helped win water rights cases for the state and touted his defense of the Kansas death penalty before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has yet to rule on the issue.

It was the first meeting between Kline and Morrison and occurred before a crowd of approximately 200 people, mostly lawyers, at the Kansas Bar Assn. annual meeting at the Marriott Hotel. Neither Kline nor Morrison has drawn a primary opponent, so at this point, the two will face each other in the Nov. 7 general election.

After Morrison mentioned that he was a stalwart supporter of the recently approved law - known as Jessica's law - that increased the sentencing of sex criminals, Kline said, "It's nice to know you supported Jessica's law, Paul, because I didn't see any testimony on behalf of that."

Morrison said that Kline, a former legislator, had voted against a bill to increase the penalty for some murders from 40 years in prison to 50 years in prison. Kline said he voted against the bill because it also reduced the punishments for several other violent offenses.

The two candidates also differed on the method of selecting appellate judges.

Kline said he supports a method of selecting appellate judges that would include requiring Senate confirmation.

Morrison said he opposed that plan, saying the current system works well and keeps the judiciary independent of the politics.

Currently, appellate judges are appointed by the governor from a list of nominees screened by a committee. The judges then stand for retention elections.

Morrison also has criticized Kline for spending $30,000 in preparation to present the state's case in the death penalty arguments before the Supreme Court. Kline has argued the expenses were much less than his predecessor, Carla Stovall, spent to prepare for a Supreme Court case.

On Saturday, Kline said he took seriously the responsibility of representing the state before the Supreme Court and that Morrison's criticisms were a "disservice."

Morrison also criticized Kline for seeking the medical records of 90 women who have sought abortions. He said that "loss of focus" distracts from more important issues, and he said not one prosecution has resulted from the investigation.

Kline has said he is investigating possible instances of illegal late-term abortions and child abuse.


xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago

No, Lollipop Boy was pandering to his born-again Christian fundamentalist idiot base by attacking the Tiller clinic in Wichita. "Not one prosecution" - remember that, Kline lovers.

Lollipop Boy truly is a career politician, angling for a congressional seat, or waiting for Browntwit to run for president and take over his Senate seat.

erichaar 11 years, 6 months ago

"born-again Christian fundamentalist idiot base"

But only SOME of us Christians are idiots, Xeno.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 6 months ago

"But only SOME of us Christians are idiots, Xeno."

True enough. However, a perusal of your previous posts reveals ample evidence that you fit squarely in this category.

xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago


Now that you're done carrying water for Jim Ryun, when are you going to throw your hat into the political arena?

We just want to know so we can organize opposition to your pathetic conservative . . . neck.

xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago


erichaar is a former flunky for Jim Ryun; he's supposedly weighing whether or not to run for office himself. He doesn't seem to grasp that the high tide for conservative Republicans in Kansas is receding. It will be a lot of fun to organize against him if he ever does.

rhd99 11 years, 6 months ago

Pardon my ignorance, but late term abortions are NOT illegal in Kansas, are they? If they aren't, then why in BLAZES does Kline think he has the right to intrude into someone's privacy?

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 6 months ago

"It will be a lot of fun to organize against him if he ever does."

And there will be a record of posts from this website revealing his opinions on many issues.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 6 months ago

"...why in BLAZES does Kline think he has the right to intrude into someone's privacy?"

Philllll is duty-bound to protect us from ourselves like a true cammand and control nanny-stater. Who but Philllll can ensure that good ol' christian values and ideology are the basis of our laws and ensure that all Kansans follow fundamentalist chrisitian dogma?

erichaar 11 years, 6 months ago

(laughing) And why do you think I use my real name to post my thoughts? I WANT there to be a record of what I believe.

rhd99 11 years, 6 months ago

Arminius, thanks for that clarification. I do believe that Kline's record is spotty at best. Look at the issue surrounding his law license. Morrison never had a law license revoked EVER! Why should I trust Phil Kline over Paul Morrison?

willie_wildcat 11 years, 6 months ago

observer- I agree with you there. I trust him as much as I would trust a snake oil salesman. All he does is appease or try to appease the right wing loons.

rhd99- You cannot trust Kline you are right on with that one. At least Morrison is doing the job he was hired to do and from what I have seen he is darn good at it.

Anyone who thinks Kline is actually worthy of the AG position is off their rocker plain and simple and I think we all know who those people are now.

rhd99 11 years, 6 months ago

Willie, THANK YOU. Finally, someone in KANSAS is willing to understand why we have got to vote OUT the RIGHT WING NUTS like KLINE out of office starting this NOVEMBER! Get out & Vote, Kansas!

emtid4u 11 years, 6 months ago

Kline is simply a glory seeker. He does not prosecute equally. He is swayed by power and money. If you don't beleive me read it in his own press releases.

Kline does not protect the consumer from big money corporations. Oil companies run amuck in Kansas. Our farmers pay the greatest price is he helping them? No! Take a drive from East KC to Topeka and look at the cost differences of fuel.

He does support big companies taking property from the little people using immanent domain.

Now lets look at the CLO situation. Mike Strouse needs to be in the same prosecution sights as those who are being prosecuted. Has Kline taken action?? Nope! I hope Mr. Morrison will.

Sorry Phil you aren't a good Attorney General . Go earn some honor and learn to be a good cop. Enforce the law equally and fairly. Its funny but expected you aren't holding yourself or those who work for you, to the same standard all other Law Enforcement Officers are held to. Do you care to give us a reason why? If not do what is right and drop out of the race and let a responsible person take over.

Please quit intimidating Sheriffs like John Calhoun and misrepresenting them.

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