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Boyda’s call for change attracts Capitol cheers

November 6, 2006


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Some carried signs. Some carried flags, babies or even a toy poodle wearing campaign regalia.

But the 1,000 or so people who came Sunday afternoon to the Statehouse steps in Topeka were united in carrying one message.

"Nothing will change until we change Congress," Democrat Nancy Boyda said, encouraging the cheering crowd to say it with her.

Boyda, who pollsters claim has a good chance of unseating the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, in Tuesday's election, said before the rally her own polls show she is 9 percentage points ahead in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District race.

And the public's dissatisfaction with the status quo is what brought President Bush in to campaign for Ryun at the 11th hour, she said.

Bush spoke for Ryun later in the day at the Topeka Expocentre.

"Jim Ryun didn't bring George Bush to Kansas. You brought George Bush to Kansas," Boyda said, her voice booming out to the gathering, which included veterans, striking Goodyear employees and teachers.

Several Lawrence residents were at the rally, including Ed Scheurich.

"My only New Year's resolution was to get rid of Ryun," Scheurich said.

Another Lawrence resident, Robin Gingerich, said the rally for Boyda went beyond partisan politics.

"I think Nancy Boyda's slogan, 'Had enough?' is exactly right," Gingerich said. "We need to change the balance of power."

Tom Mersmann, another Lawrence resident, agreed.

Democrat Nancy Boyda, who's running for the Kansas 2nd District congressional seat, speaks at rally on Statehouse steps.


"We need to restore the balance in Washington so one ideology doesn't have a totally free hand," he said.

One of the speakers during the 90-minute gathering was Kent Hayes, a Lawrence author and children's advocate. He said Boyda impressed him with her honesty at a Douglas County Democratic Party meeting.

"She said she wasn't sure she was gonna win," Hayes said. However, Hayes said Boyda has worked hard to pull so close.

"Every 50 years or so, there comes along a person that goes beyond being politic and goes beyond being a politician and they become a statesperson," Hayes said. "And I think Nancy Boyda has that capacity."


GOPConservative 11 years, 7 months ago

Nancy Boyda has been very positive and enthusiastic, while Jim Ryun has been negative, dour and mean spirited.

I have yet to see a Ryun commercial that contains truth. Most have been ugly lies about Boyda and speculation about her based on nothing but Ryun's own wicked delusions.

When Ryun isn't lying about Boyda, he lies about himself, saying crap like, "I've been trying to get environmental legislation passed in Congress for ten years, but the liberals in Washington won't let me."

He claims to be a fiscal conservative but has totally supported Bush in borrowing two trillion dollars to support waste, fraud and corporate welfare.

He claims to be a conservative, but all his votes indicate that he is a big-government socialist who has no respect for individual liberty and privacy.

Boyda has run a positive campaign and talks mainly about herself. If she were negative like Ryun, she would have focused on Ryun's obvious corruption and immorality, such as the $300,000 Ryun made on that real estate deal.

That $300,000 profit came directly from the criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff's clients, including those in the slave labor, prostitution and abortion industries in the Marianas Islands.

Instead of dwelling on Ryun's terrible job performance, his obvious corruption and his sickening lack of morality, Boyda has remained positive and has focused on how she will help bring Congress back to representing the people instead of the special intrests.

I'm one of many Republicans who will be voting for Nancy Boyda tomorrow. My loyalty is to the values of the Republican Party, not to the crooked, immoral leadership that presently controls it.

Nancy Boyda best represents Republican values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, fair taxation, privacy and support for small business.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 7 months ago

¢ People who, according to the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, pay the estate tax: 'the thrifty middle class and entrepreneurs' ¢ Actual percentage of all U.S. estates that will be affected by the federal estate tax in 2006: 0.27 ¢ Amount that repealing the estate tax will cost the United States in the first decade: nearly $1 trillion ¢ Amount the U.S. national debt increased in fiscal year 2005: $553.7 billion ¢ Minimum amount the tax reconciliation bill approved by Congress in May will cost the public over five years: $70 billion ¢ Percentage of the capital gains and dividend tax cuts in the bill that will go to households with incomes over $1 million a year: 45 More»

Richard Heckler 11 years, 7 months ago

The Bush/Ryun Team:

*Percentage of the capital gains and dividend tax cuts in the bill that will go to households with incomes over $1 million a year: 45

*Average tax cut for middle-class households in the bill: $20

*Average tax cut for households with incomes over $1 million:: $43,000

*Number of U.S. Congress members who are millionaires: 170

*Minimum amount incoming Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. will save on his taxes if he puts assets in a blind trust, and uses this opportunity to diversify his holdings as he is expected to: $48 million

*Percentage increase in taxes on their college savings some teenagers will see under the new tax bill: 250

*Percentage increase in four-year public university tuition and fees during President Bush's tenure: 57

BDub 11 years, 7 months ago

Universe: "Sheep..."

Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. Guess what?

Universe 11 years, 7 months ago

Ok.. Since all you dems are focuses on a candidates 'votes', how did John Kerry's voting sway you not to vote for him? Hmm.. I bet it didn't.

The truth is; you people really don't give a damn who you vote for, just as long as it isn't a republican. So, when you hear some bitter liberal candidate who's ONLY message is 'we need change' you fall like sheep every time. What 'specifically' has she ever done, or will do? She won't tell you that, will she! Is having a damn liberal in merely 'good enough' for you people regardless of how much they tax you? Sheep...

muffaletta 11 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, Bowhunter, just because you don't owe on your tax return doesn't mean you don't pay taxes.

Take a tax class. Figure it out.

Universe 11 years, 7 months ago

Pot, kettle... That's pretty witty BDub. However, one small flaw there - I support Joe Lieberman. Oh, do you??? No??? Hmm. Are there any democrats you support that support the war effort? (or the troops in general)?

Pot? Kettle? Guess what?

Emily Hadley 11 years, 7 months ago

Hmm, is the radical militarist New World Order conservative or liberal?

War = Debt = Taxes

"Republicans" can not favor smaller taxes while increasing the defense budget, whether it's 40% as some say, or exponentially, as others calculate. No one can travel the world, buy high-grade weapons, and pay others to work for them while using a smaller budget than they did before taking up such activities, and our ruling government is no exception. You can not explode defense spending and decrease taxes, even if you steal every cent of education and social security.

The names of the two parties are old and outdated, and liberal or conservative has nothing to do with either. Get over the name calling and look at what each candidate has done and wants to do. State reps respond to who contacts and pressures them. That reflects upon us more than them.

catwoman 11 years, 7 months ago

I don't choose to back any specific party, because you can't possible agree with every single issue and candidate within one party.

I'm voting for Nancy because she appears HONEST, and I'm tired of seeing Ryan's mudslinging ads. He has nothing to say unless it's bashing someone else.

Universe 11 years, 7 months ago

Republicans can't eh? Then why all the hostility from the left in trying to make those tax cuts permanent? You must be one of those elitist professosrs...

Tax cuts = ecomonic growth; ergo our economy is great and our employment rate is up. Look it up professor...

Name calling? Well now I have to ask; who normally gets tagged the names homophobe bogot or even racist when in fact the democratic part are the very people 'using' thos terms to get votes? The reason you are liberal is because anyone in the democratic 'party' who may agree with merely one (1) republican issue gets the boot. There's no such thing as a democrat any more. So, get over the name calling...

What has Boyda done for anyone? What will she do other than tout 'change'? Gimme a break..

MyName 11 years, 7 months ago

Tax cuts = ecomonic growth; ergo our economy is great and our employment rate is up.

No, lower interest rates = increased homes built/sold = economic growth. The Republican tax cuts for the rich have had little or no effect on the economy, and what effect they did have has already been played out years ago. I think it's funny how you complain about income redistribution from rich to poor, but ignore the Republican income redistribution from our children and grandchildren to us. And by "funny" I mean f-ed up.

shockchalk 11 years, 7 months ago

You heard it here first..................Boyda loses election to Ryun............Lawrence liberals stunned but not silent. They are already assigning blame for the defeat. Of course, it's Bush's fault...........he rigged the voting machines.

Universe 11 years, 7 months ago

MyName: You sound like a socialist... Why don't you and your liberal communist buddies trot on over to China and complain about their dictator. I hear it's nice this time of year. :)

rhd99 11 years, 7 months ago

Boyda! Boyda! Boyda! Get out of town, JIM!

common_cents 11 years, 7 months ago

I'm always interested when elections come around and one side or the other complains about the "horrible" economy and that it's the President's fault. Yet, when you look at the state races, the individual governors are stating how well their state economies are doing.

If you'd like to see some numbers on states, go here:

scroll down a bit and you can see the % change in Real GDP from 2004 - 2005. Of course you can only get accurate numbers for years previous, but our own governor is touting a great Kansas economy. According to the chart, we are not doing to shabby.

If you check Real Disposable Personal Income and Real Consumer Spending, you can see that the entire country was hit pretty hard by Katrina. Now despite what some may think, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats caused the storm, neither did they divert it to cause the most destruction. But if you look here:

you can see that RDPI and RCS have been hit, but have been rising consistently. March and April are typically low as that is tax season and everyone, including companies, freak out a tad during that time. (I personally spend nothing for the first four months of the year, just saving up to pay the govt my rent for being alive in this country.)

So answer this question. How can the economy in the country be so bad, if the economies in the states are increasing AND the economy of the country is based on the aggregate of the states' economies?

Ponder that one and tell me there is no politics involved in the "horrible" economy.

common_cents 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh, and I personally would like to know what Boyda is going to change? I've tried to find out and cannot determine anything.

I think when you have two weasels, do you go with the unknown weasel or the one you know and can predict to some extent?

HMcMellon 11 years, 7 months ago

I watched the poll off and on all morning and into the early afternoon. Boyda was running consistently at 70% or a little above until 2:30.

She suddenly dropped to 50% between 2:30 and 2:45 when God magically caused Ryun to gain more than 100 votes.

Apparently after that, God sent even more votes from heaven for his tongue-talking Congressman.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

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