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Kline, Barnett on last-minute whirlwind tour

November 5, 2006


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Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline made a roomful of supporters laugh in Lawrence on Saturday after he said they appeared to be in good health.

"Of course I already knew that. I've got all of your medical records," he said.

Kline's joke at a Republican rally before about 40 people at the headquarters of the Douglas County Republicans, 3310 Iowa, referred to one of the most contentious issues in his bitter campaign against Democrat challenger Paul Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney.

Last week, Kline's office received edited versions of records through a subpoena for 90 patients from two abortion clinics. Kline has said his office is reviewing the records without seeking the patients' identities to investigate alleged child rapists and abortion doctors.


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The two clinics have fought Kline in court for two years, and Morrison has called Kline's action an abuse of power.

Later in his speech Saturday, Kline said he had no interest in the general public's medical records.

He contended that some records play an important role in investigations of sexual abuse and other cases. He received cheers and applause when he mentioned their use in the federal conviction of Arlan and Linda Kaufman, who were sent to prison for Medicare fraud and forced labor in abuse of mentally ill patients at a group home in Newton.

"Phill Kline's jokes are better than his judgment. Unfortunately, we can't trust Phill Kline to protect the privacy of our private medical records," said Mark Simpson, Morrison's campaign manager.

Kline and other Republican state candidates, including gubernatorial hopeful state Sen. Jim Barnett, R-Emporia, met local candidates and officeholders and stopped in Lawrence for 45 minutes as part of a three-day statewide bus tour leading up to Tuesday's general election.

Richard Todd, chairman of the Douglas County Republicans, estimated 40 supporters attended the Lawrence rally - the final stop before ending the tour in Shawnee.

Before boarding the bus to leave Lawrence, Kline said he had used the joking reference during other stops Saturday.

"Yeah, to kind of explain things. There's an effort to perpetrate a lie on the people of Kansas, and it's shameful," Kline said. "I will act to protect our children. Paul Morrison knows you need medical records to protect our children against child rape. He's admitted he's sought it thousands of times, and he shouldn't engage in this type of false campaign."

But Simpson said Morrison's experience as a prosecutor would come into play in the race.

"(Morrison) knows how to fight crime without violating the privacy of Kansans' most private medical records," Simpson said.

In other Republican stump speeches Saturday, congressional hopeful Chuck Ahner, of Overland Park, who is trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore in the state's 3rd District, which includes eastern Lawrence, called "shameful" the controversial comment that was said to be a botched joke but taken by some as implying troops in Iraq were uneducated by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

Barnett and Kline criticized Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for taking too much credit on the state's school finance situation. Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger predicted Kline would be re-elected.

Mike Gaughan, executive director for the Kansas Democratic Party, said Democratic candidates had also made the rounds across the state the last few days.

"I definitely think that Kansans are recognizing that the Kansas Democratic Party candidates are putting partisanship aside and they are focused on actually addressing the issues that are facing Kansas families," he said.

Some supporters at the Republican rally in Lawrence said they were glad to hear the candidates in person.

"It will give people their side of the story instead of all of the rhetoric," said Lawrence resident James House.

Bush in Topeka Today

President Bush is scheduled to speak at 6:20 p.m. today at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. All 8,000 tickets to the Bush rally, which was free and open to the public, have been taken. Didn't get tickets to the Bush rally? Journal-World blogger Joel Mathis will be posting live updates from the Kansas Expocentre throughout the president's appearance on the eve of the election. If you have a political question, ask Allan Cigler, a Kansas University professor of political science who has analyzed state races for 35 years. He will chat online at 1:30 p.m. Monday at


yourworstnightmare 11 years, 6 months ago

It will be interesting to see if criminal charges are brought against Kline and O'Reilly. 1) Kline seizes private medical records. 2) Kline leaks content of private records to O'Reilly. 3) O'Reilly talks about the contents of private medical records on his show. 4) Kline and O'Reilly lie under oath to cover their dung when brought in front of a grand jury (ok, that one is only anticipated).

We do still have laws in this country, contrary to what the anarchic Kline might think.

BrianR 11 years, 6 months ago

Violating people's medical records is hilarious, Phill. Does the AG's office intend to become SRS or merge with SRS or is there still such a thing as mandatory reporting?

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 6 months ago

Wow, those events look about as fun as watching bread go moldy. How lame. The look on Praeger's face is priceless; like she is cleaning up cat vomit.

Sandy Praeger just lost my vote.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 6 months ago

"Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline made a roomful of supporters laugh in Lawrence on Saturday after he said they appeared to be in good health.

"Of course I already knew that. I've got all of your medical records," he said."

Sounds like a joke Pervez Musharraf made regarding his position as unelected leader of Pakistan. Funny how people will laugh at their own misfortune sometimes.

satchel 11 years, 6 months ago

Did you see Kline on O'Reilly.. I think that pretty much sums it all up. Be careful because MORRISON PULLS MEDICAL RECORDS TO. He knows you have to have them sometimes to prove child rape. HE HAS PULLED THEM A THOUSAND TIMES..

Don't keep perpetuating your vicious lies about Kline just to protect these child rapists and doctors who are doing illegal things. That is what you are doing. In your hate for BUsh, for Kline, for anything morally right you are inadvertantly supporting pedophilia, rape and law breaking.

If Kline did anything wrong, the judges would not have approved release of the medical records.. SHoot, these are liberal judges.. There was evidence of a crime for crying out loud!

average 11 years, 6 months ago

Hundreds of fifteen-year-old girls have given birth in Kansas since Kline has been in office. Medical records? Prosecutions?

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 6 months ago

Anyone see the KlineKlones on the corner of 23rd and Iowa yesterday? Makes me want to eat Little Caesar's Pizza. Oh, oops, I often get the messages on sandwich boards confused. I can't say that I was swayed by the signs, but I do have the urge to go to Clown College now.

BrianR 11 years, 6 months ago

Satchel, That is crazy talk. First of all Bush and Kline do not represent all that is morally right. If you believe this, you are too stupid and gullible to vote for world leaders, please stay home. The HUGE stretch about "supporting pedophilia, rape and law breaking" because I don't like your politicians is just way too "out there" to even respond to.

Stop getting your news from O'Reilly - no wonder you don't know anything.

Larry 11 years, 6 months ago

Hummmm. Funny that the liberal media is after Kline yet Morrison (as JOCO district attorney) failed to prosecute Applebee for the murder of Ally Kemp until after the election because it might hurt his chances in the election and didn't want to be sidetracked from doing HIS JOB! Who is the selfish one now? Who is the one looking out for his own interest now?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Barnett,Wagle,Ryun and Kline are NOT republican. Barnett,Wagle,Ryun and Kline are of the Christian Coalition Neoconservative Party. Meet the party:

SpeedRacer 11 years, 6 months ago

Praeger was the only Republican who would have had my vote...she lost it by supporting Kline.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Barnett,Wagle,Kline,Ahner and Ryun are of the Christian Coaltion Neoconservative Party therefore are NOT republicans.

ksknowall 11 years, 6 months ago

satchel - understand the difference here. When Morrison goes after medical records he has "probable cause" first and it is specific to a case and person.

Kline asked for records without "probable cause" in a fishing expedition.


NOTE: I voted for a write candidate as I can't stand either of these two.

lacoov 11 years, 6 months ago

To Kline it's only rape if the minor female has an abortion. If she gives birth a rape has not taken place. Of course he could look at all the birth certificates, see if a father is listed and prosecute away!!!!

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Kansas Families United for Public Education is pleased to endorse the following supporters of public education. Send this list to a friend

Federal Office: Nancy Boyda (D), U.S. Congress (District #2), Dennis Moore (D), U.S. Congress (District #3),

Kansas Board of Education:

Janet Waugh (D), State Board of Education (District #1),

Don Weiss (D), State Board of Education (District #3),

Sally Cauble (R), State Board of Education (District #5),

Jack Wempe (D), State Board of Education (District #7),

Jana Shaver (R), State Board of Education (District #9),

Statewide Office: Paul Morrison (D), Attorney General, Kathleen Sebelius/Mark Parkinson (D), Governor/Lt. Governor,

satchel 11 years, 6 months ago


Wrong. Kline had probable cause as was determined by a judge. That is how he got permission to get the medical records. There was a case where a 12 year old had had some abortions and finally someone outside of an abortion clinic reported it.. After it was reported, it went to Kline. That is how it all started.

What is so hard for your little pea headed mind to follow? The abortion clinics have been VIOLATING the LAW for years, and NO ONE HAS PURSUED IT, except Kline. Call him what you may, but if you think this is wrong, then you agree with breaking the law and getting away with it WHICH IS A MORAL ISSUE, and if you agree with that you are on the wrong side of it.

It seems I am having to spell out something obvious to most of you who post here.. What is the deal? Are you not able to think through this yourselves? I don't get it.. Kline is righting a wrong here, and you all look at Kline as the one committing a crime. IT IS A CLEAR FACT THAT LAWS HAVE BEEN BROKEN OR THIS JUDGE WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN HIM PERMISSION.

BOE 11 years, 6 months ago

Kline's sewer of a campaign is indictative of the stink that permiates the AG office and his clear lack of respect for that office.

Running a whirlwind tour won't mitigate the stench of his four year swirling eddy of lies, ethical lapses, political stunts, narrow agendas, nor will it save his political career from its downward spiral.

No one will be throwing him a political life preserver when it's over, and win or lose, he will be investigated.

kugrad 11 years, 6 months ago

Sandy Praeger, you just lost my vote by appearing with Phill Kline. You are smarter than that. You should know better than to support this idiot. Just because you are both Republicans does not mean you need to lend him your support. I planned to vote for you, and I voted for you in the primary, but I will not vote for you now. Shame on you.

deedee5555 11 years, 6 months ago

Kline's joke about having our medical records is sick and too prophetic. It's not the least bit surprising to surmise that, if left unchecked, this neo-con freak in pursuit of his agenda (or one after him) would go farther next time, say emergency room surgery records....what's next? Hopefully, the voters will shut him down. However unlikely, it would be nice if the S. Court, having come close to finding contempt in Kline's prior actions in revealing details about the records obtained, will grow some cajones and take the next necessary step and find him in contempt for his pompous, grandstanding self-serving political appearance on o'reily and allowing that idiot to review the records as o'reilly emphatically states that he had, courtesy of someone, "on the inside" and stated "each sheet reveals..." referring specifically to the records. (sherrine dear, no one believes someone at the clinics would reveal this stuff. your capacity for spinning fiction is simply mind-boggling - keep it up and get yourself ready for your next job - publicizing blue-light specials at k-mart). It'll be interesting to see if Kline gets disbarred before he allows his license to expire (again). Go Pedro!

BOE 11 years, 6 months ago

by yourworstnightmare on November 5, 2006 at 9:27 a.m

Wow, those events look about as fun as watching bread go moldy. How lame. The look on Praeger's face is priceless; like she is cleaning up cat vomit.


lol, the pics are funny. Viewing the ones of the crowd, it looks like they're watching their candidate give a concession speech.

Daniel Kennamore 11 years, 6 months ago

In reference to Jimmiedan's comment...your right that grouping anyone who votes republican as some idiotic hick is not the way to go; but I'd contend that the current divisiveness is a product of the republican politicians (not voters). Bush's first campaign was about being a uniter not a divider (remember that golden oldie...whens the last time someone said Bush was a uniter or a compassionate conservative with a straight face) yet since then the Republican party has done nothing but try to divide the country. "If your not with us your against us" a perfect example of how Bush has destroyed the last half century of careful international diplomacy. As for the entire Republican party...the last election anyone who was against them was a ultra-liberal communist sodomite that killed babies. And after using gay-marriage to scare up their base...what have they done since then to prevent it besides empty rhetoric and half-baked attempts to take such far fetched measures that they know 2/3rd of the country would never agree too (amendments would take 70 percent of the country agreeing to them...). The do nothing congress is a product of the majority party going SIX years without any real check...they did nothing cuz they didn't need to in order to be reelected. Now that people are finally seeing them for what they are incumbents are being forced to run on their record ("I did nothing but the democrat thats running against me supports terrorism")...people aren't buying it anymore. The coming landslide against the Republicans is not about Us vs. them...its about the majority of the country not putting up with empty rhetoric that my novella is complete...g'night.

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