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Ryun concedes race is tight

October 31, 2006

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— U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Lawrence, today conceded that he is in a tight race with Democrat Nancy Boyda after denying for weeks that the contest was close.

Further evidence that an upset may be brewing is that President Bush reportedly will visit Topeka to help shore up support for Ryun, a five-term incumbent.

Meanwhile, statewide Republican officeholders held a rally today in the Capitol in support of Ryun.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said Ryun has helped increase military facilities in the 2nd Congressional District.

"Jim Ryun has helped get it done," he said.

Boyda said her uphill bid to unseat Ryun has become a David vs. Goliath battle.

Ryun easily defeated Boyda in 2004, but Boyda says voters this year are unhappy with Ryun's adherence to national Republican Party positions and talking points on a wide range of issues.

The congressional district includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeast Kansas.

For weeks, Boyda has maintained that her campaign polling showed the race had become close, while Ryun said otherwise.

But today, Ryun said the race had tightened because he Boyda has misrepresented his positions.

The Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes campaigns, listed the Boyda-Ryun race as a toss-up. Four days ago, the report said the race would likely go to Ryun.

Ryun's admission about the contest came just minutes after his campaign manager Jeffrey Black dismissed reports the race was neck and neck.

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

KSTwister

Did you happen to catch Brian Williams on the Daily Show???

When Jon Stewart asked him in which location US presence was more evident (Lebanon or New Orleans)???

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I finished reading "The Looming Tower" awhile back and one of the interesting ironies in it is Usama Bin Laden hates Saddam Hussein.

Has hated him for a long time.

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

cait48

Good post. Very good post.

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Cait McKnelly 7 years, 5 months ago

Our troops in Iraq DO deserve support. But they SURE as heck don't get it from the present government. Therefore they deserve our pity and our unbridled wrath with a government that pays lip service to "staying the course" while they run laughing all the way to the bank. Being asked to die for your country is one thing. It's entirely another to die for one man's overweening ego. I don't think Bush is stupid at all. His "deer in the headlights" look is the same perfected vacuous stare of the smart blond playing dumb to manipulate everyone around her. Here's another reason I think the Pubilies are facing such a hard time. How many of you personally know of (if not know) a soldier that has died or been critically injured in Iraq? From the gitgo (if not Gitmo) the Bush administration has downplayed the sacrifice these men and women have made and are making. They refused to release pictures of flag draped caskets returning from Iraq. They wanted to and have kept the sacrifices these people are making solely in the realm of numbers. Numbers can be manipulated and don't carry near the emotional punch that a picture does. But as the war has dragged on and on more and more people are becoming personally affected by it. It's the law of exponentials. More people are going to the polls with the knowledge of a young life cut down in it's prime; a kid who trick or treated with their kids when he was just a boy, a coworker's cousin, the nephew of the older couple across the street. They played with numbers and in the end numbers are what are getting to them. Mark Twain said something very wise once in a lifetime of wise sayings. He said, "Loyalty to my country always. Loyalty to the president when he deserves it." This president and his Pubily cronies do NOT deserve it.

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KsTwister 7 years, 5 months ago

The funniest joke I heard today was that Bin Laden was hiding in New Orleans because the government won't go there. (you have to laugh its so sad )

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Ceee 7 years, 5 months ago

I don't think Bush is too stupid to realize he's being called stupid. Bush knew what Kerry clumsily expessed was an insult to him. Bush (or Karl) was clever to twist its meaning. Was Bush honest in his indignation? No. Was he spinning? Of course. No one tops the GOP for spin and Bush and Karl are masters at it.

They spin beautifully, but, unfortunately for us, once they stop the spin and address reality, they don't have much of a clue on how to govern well.

Think about: Katrina; approval of runaway spending in Congress (no vetos on pork laden bills); middle class squeeze, lack of illegal immigration enforcement; lack of support for vets returning home; wearing out of our Armed Forces; money to big Oil, big Pharma, and Halliburton; no accountability for the 800 million dollars missing in Iraq; no accountability for the failures in Iraq (think Rumsfeld); too lazy or incompetent to get after-the-fact warrants.

This President is not just good at spin, he's great. But spin doesn't win wars or build peace. Spin doesn't stop bullets from flying in Iraq. Spin doesn't keep jobs from going abroad. Spin doesn't raise the minimum wage. Spin doesn't help kids get a college education. Spin doesn't provide for the common good. Spin doesn't deal in truth. Spin distorts the truth. Yes, our President is good at spin.

Jim Ryun strongly supports our President. Just like Bush he talks a good game, but just like Bush, he doesn't deliver.

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GOPConservative 7 years, 5 months ago

Your vote in the upcoming election is a referendum on whether you want to increase the number of troops in Iraq or reduce them.

When the Neocons are already talking about doubling the American troop level in Iraq even before the election, they'll be talking about the re-establishing the draft after the election.

If you are 18-45 and vote for Ryun, don't complain when you find yourself in the middle of the civil war that Bush created in Iraq.

Don't complain when that conflict leads to the Christian Coalition's long-anticipated worldwide holy war with Muslims.

Don't complain when guys like Ryun continue to make a fortune from defense contractor kick backs.

Ryun's greed is endless. He could have retired on that one real estate deal alone, when he made $300,000 profit from slave labor, forced prostitution and forced abortion in the Marianas, but that was not enough to satisfy his greed.

http://cjonline.com/stories/052106/loc_ryunhome.shtml

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/28/AR2006052800964.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5492833

Abramoff's kick backs to Ryun are insignificant compared to what Ryun will continue to receive in the years ahead by continuing to be wined and dined by his buddies in the defense industry.

Ryun's contacts in high places are worldwide. So far, Ryun and Bush have borrowed a trillion dollars from their commie-atheist buddies in China to give to their defense contractor buddies.

Ryun's tax-sucking monopolies have used borrowed war money to make our economy look like it is coming out of the Bush recession. Unfortunately, America's economy is much like that of a stupid kid who lives the high life while loading up his credit cards.

Eventually, the chickens come home to roost. When the Chinese completely own the American government, our children will probably be forced to learn Chinese and study the teachings of Mao. Meanwhile, Ryun will be a billionaire living in Beijing.

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 5 months ago

yes, righty, I saw that Kerryism too, WOW. making our troops out to be uneducated boobs who are "stuck" in Iraq! his explanations are only digging the hole deeper. he already called our troops in Iraq terrorists, you know.


have attended church with Jim Ryun, and if I could I 'd vote for him with no hesitation.
however, am supporting Ahner in the 3rd district. GO JIM, GO CHUCK!

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Jamesaust 7 years, 5 months ago

A tight race can only be interpreted as bad for Ryun.

That apparently the President of the U.S. believes he can serve best by flying into Topeka 3 days before the election to support Ryun can only be interpreted as dire prospects for Ryun's bid.

That the DNC has concluded that Boyda is worthy of some real cash for the first time ever speaks clearly about the Democrats strength nationally and Ryun's vulnerability.

I still expect Ryun to win (largely due to Boyda not being all that as a candidate) but everyone now knows that the numbers will be much closer this time.

Is 2006 Ryun's last race?

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Teapot9 7 years, 5 months ago

RUN JIM RUN!!! RUN RIGHT TO DC AND CONTINUE DOING A GREAT JOB!!!!

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

Oscarfactor, I have been north to Troy, extreme NE Kansas, and I can tell you now: There are a massive amount of Boyda signs up along some really beautiful highways. As of two weeks ago, didn't see one Ryun sign on that drive.

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

Hey bush (small letters for a small man), come and visit us, IF you are man enough!

http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/index.html

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  "Let's impeach the President for lyin'
  And misleading our country into war
  Abusing all the power that we gave him
  And shipping all our money out the door"*

First released on May 6, 2006, "Living With War" was seen as a unique album, even by Neil Young's standards. Focused on current events of both the Iraq war and life in America during the 43rd president's rule, many fans and journalists immediately felt it was among the singer-songwriter's strongest work. Opposing views also made themselves known, and it was instantly clear that the music had a galvanizing effect on listeners. During this summer's Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour, named Freedom of Speech 2006, audiences reacted wildly to the band's music, both new and previous classics, and sparked a healthy controversy in several cities during the concerts.

  "Who's the man who hired all the criminals?
  The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
  They bend the facts to fit with their new story
  Of why we had to send our men to war"*

The "Let's Impeach The President" video is available now at www.neilyoung.com.

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youngitized 7 years, 5 months ago

right_thinker: The polls do not lie and Cook Political Report is an independent polling station. It seems to me that you Republicans are scared spitless. This is a typical Republican thing...attack the messenger if the facts point out that your guy is a hypocrite.

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

If you want someone else's god in your bedroom, vote for Ryun.

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

Right_Thinker

Here's the latest polling numbers

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Support for the Iraq Invasion has dropped 10% since August

Making Progress 29%
Losing Ground 60%
Unsure 11%

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George W. Bush

Approve 37% Disapprove 58%

http://www.pollingreport.com/

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macon47 7 years, 5 months ago

sorry this is cut and paste but it makes a point

New Gas Plan....Bush wants us to cut the amount of gas we use.

The best way to stop using so much gas is to deport 31 million illegal immigrants! That would be 31 million less people using our gas. The price of gas would have to come down as a result.

New Immigration Plan... Bring our troops home from Iraq to guard

the border. When they catch an illegal immigrant crossing the border, hand him a canteen, rifle and some ammo and ship him to Iraq. Tell him if he wants to come to America, then he must serve a tour in the military. Give him a soldier's pay while he's there and tax him on it. After his tour, he will be allowed to become a citizen since he defended this country. He will also be registered to be taxed and be a legal patriot. This option will probably deter illegal immigration and provide a solution for the troops in Iraq, and the aliens trying to make a better life for themselves. If they refuse to serve, ship them to Iraq anyway, without the canteen, rifle or ammo. Problem solved.

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

Ryun IS indeed a Rubber stamp for Bush. That may well be the reason why you can't get any responsiveness from them when you call the DC office. And they make a routine practice of hanging up on their constituents.

Ryun also broke a church back somewhere in the 80's, because the church wouldn't take a stance on the Religious Rite agendas. Split the church right down the middle. I don't know ANY church who could afford to have that occur.

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MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

If she wins it will be a sad day for everyone who has ever put on a military uniform

Well yeah, because Ryun's spent so much F-ing time fighting in uniform! At least with people like Boyda, we're not getting a rubberstamp on whatever bogus war Bush cooks up.

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

Advise our soliders that they are to defend the Constitution and not a White House fAdministration.

Also that they have the right to refuse to obey a command that is against the law.

With the lack of responsiveness of the DC Ryun office, I have no choice but to vote for Boyda.

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TJ_in_Lawrence 7 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, Boyda has aligned herself with the likes of John Kerry. She probably thinks that only undeducated people join the military too.

If she wins it will be a sad day for everyone who has ever put on a military uniform and placed themselves in harms way to protect those who can only minimize and ridicule those who have sacrificed.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 5 months ago

Gen. William Odor is one of a handful of GWB haters. Most retired high-ranking military pundits critique the war, but see strategies to win and express the need for the US to keep bearing down on terrorists and insurgents.

My Dad and brother were both in the Navy....ever heard the term "FTN'ers"? It means 'F*** the Navy'.

I'm sure there are some loser Generals that have a bug up their a&& for GWB.

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

Didn't Ryun get money from Delay's PAC? I was thinking as Delay fell from grace that he did indeed donate to Ryun's past campaigns.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 5 months ago

Minority? What minority? I'm sorta feeling lucky today....may stop at the casino on the way back from the airport tonight come to think of it.

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Machiavelli_mania 7 years, 5 months ago

Good gods, every time I call Ryun's office on an issue, they try to make me defend my stance. AND THEN,... they hang-up on me when I tell them they are public servants.

The DC office of Ryun's is totally dysfunctional and way out of perspective.

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

Right_Thinker

How does it feel to be short-stacked and in the minority???

Some people might be bothered by pledging allegiance to rags that most of America has already mucked but you're holding on to that 7-deuce like you really have something.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 5 months ago

'Failure' and 'free-falling' dreams must be quite prevalent in the Democratic ranks.

AAAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

Right_thinker

Too bad you don't have something to "copy and paste" to refute Merrill's post.

We haven't noticed, of course.

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

Gee, right_thinker, where is all the "Boyda's numbers are all wrong, Ryun doesn't need to poll, blah, blah" rhetoric???

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How quickly fortunes fade.

I was right. Ryun's internal numbers were worse than Boyda's published numbers.

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MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

On top of that, Ryun's gotten around $450K from PACS, with 40% of that coming from banking or defense contractor pacs, and Boyda's gotten something like $40K from PACs, so I don't see how you have much of a point equating a couple unions supporting Boyda, and the gross corporate sponsorship of Jim Ryun.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 5 months ago

Merrill:

Copier and paster extraordinaire.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years, 5 months ago

I think the race is a bit less tight since John "I'm a war hero, but my comrades are murderers" Kerry opened his space-alien looking pie-hole.

Thank you John Kerry. Pass the ketchup please!

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holygrailale 7 years, 5 months ago

monkeyspunk

Thanks!! That's a cool site.

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MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

monkeybrain:

No, the contributions to Ryun from those defense contractors have everything to do with the fact that Ryun serves on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, which is responsible for all Army and Air Force acquisition programs and the Readiness Subcommittee which is responsible for all military construction, installations and family housing issues. They want "their guy" to stay in office.

And I'm more worried about the banking and accounting PACs to tell you the truth. Ryun's got over $80K from them, which is more than twice what he's gotten from the defense contractors. But you've completely ignored them, so I guess you're okay with putting in a candidate that will write whatever Citigroup and JP Morgan think are good banking laws.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

Retired Lieut. Gen. William Odom calls the Iraq War "the worst strategic mistake in the history of the United States" and draws a grim parallel with the Vietnam War. He says that US strategy in Iraq, as in Vietnam, has served almost exclusively the interests of our enemies. He says that our objectives in Vietnam passed through three phases leading to defeat. These were: (1) 1961-65, "containing" China; (2) 1965-68, obsession with US tactics, leading to "Americanization" of the war; and (3) 1968-75, phony diplomacy and self-deluding "Vietnamization." Iraq has now completed two similar phases and is entering the third, says Odom, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. In March he wrote in the newsletter of Harvard's Nieman Foundation:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061016/whalen

Ryun has not supported the middle class from 2003 to date:

http://www.drummajorinstitute.com/congress/outerenvelope_house.htm

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 5 months ago

I do agree that Ryan should win. Will be close, but that's my pick.

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monkeyspunk 7 years, 5 months ago

Pretty interesting website where I found the above information.

www.opensecrets.org

It breaks down races by contributors, and contributors by type, such as Business vs. Ideological vs. Union.

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monkeyspunk 7 years, 5 months ago

MyName:

Lockheed Martin and Boeing's contributions wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that Boyda's largest contributors are unions for that particular industry, would they?

Nah, not a chance.

/end sarcasm

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sarahkatheryn 7 years, 5 months ago

Bush's approval in KS is 41/57 as of 10-16... maybe sending Laura out would have been a better idea.

http://www.surveyusa.com/Client/PollTrack.aspx?g=549697ac-c289-41b6-ad19-152e78f51127

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MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

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Sandman 7 years, 5 months ago

www.realclearpolitics.com

This race is not on there. It is not close.

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CC 7 years, 5 months ago

MyName:

Welcome to the world of congressional politics. It takes boatloads of cash to run a congressional campaign. If Boyda is elected you will see similar contributors but on the liberal end of the spectrum.

The only reason Boyda may win is because it doesn't appear that Ryun likes to campaign and because she seems more intent on getting people to vote against Ryun rather than for her.

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justthefacts 7 years, 5 months ago

Please dear dem friends, be careful. The last time there was such joy over a sure win was when Kerry surely had to beat Bush; and remember the depression that followed when that did not happen? I truly thought there'd be suicide attempts afterwards. Wait to gloat and be joyful until AFTER you know (for sure) the outcome. Unless, of course, you like the taste of crow? If your candidates win, as you expect/hope, your day will soon come. If not, you may not be quite as depressed if you don't go too far out on limbs.....

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macon47 7 years, 5 months ago

too bad most of the races are just a trade off of one headache to another. once again, we dont vote for anyone, we just vote againest someone. not what i would call an election. IT IS A DE-ELECTION.. we are not electing anyone, we are simply de-electing who ever in is office, regardless if the new candidate is any good or not.

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MyName 7 years, 5 months ago

It's a good thing Ryun is getting all this money from corporate PACs, otherwise he'd be toast. I'll bet that $10K from AT&T and $7K from Ernst & Young, and $5,500 from Deloitte & Touche really helped! That $10K he got from the American Bankers Association, $10K he got from the "Independent" Community Bankers association, and the other $10K from the "Independent" Insurance Agents of America couldn't have hurt either. But I'm sure he'll put the interests of Kansans and American consumers first when he's writing legislation on the House banking committee.

Just like I'm sure he'll put the interests of America first when making decisions about the war in Iraq. He won't even consider the $6,500 he got from Raytheon, the $5,000 he got from Lockheed Martin, the $5,000 he got from Boeing and the over $26,000 he got from other defense contractors. These contributions won't affect his duties on the Armed Services Committee either!

Does anybody else here think Ryun has been in Washington too long??

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small_fish_in_small_pond 7 years, 5 months ago

I won't vote for anyone that is so fundamentally religious that when a boy wants to date his daughter he has to have permission to "court" her....

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dlkrm 7 years, 5 months ago

Had enough Boyda? Vote Ryun!

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Agnostick 7 years, 5 months ago

right_thinker... Pilgrim... BigDog... Godot... lunacydetector... Patriotman... this is the time when we NEED to hear from you!!

Say it ain't so!!

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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Ken Miller 7 years, 5 months ago

The 2nd District is a big place... stretching FAR beyond Lawrence. Don't forget the demographics of the entire district, and the three (3) military bases contained within. It's actually a smart (and probably pre-programmed) move on Ryun's part to say the race is close, to help get additional members of the Republican base out to vote on Nov. 7th - something that Rove would suggest.

Nancy, you ran a better race this time, but....

Ryan by 5 percentage points.

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Cait McKnelly 7 years, 5 months ago

I can't WAIT to go to the polls. So much so that I may go downtown tomorrow and vote early. Big article up on Time's website now about how the Dems are doing a BIG drive using early and mail in voting to get out their numbers. I have waited and waited to see Shrubs house of cards come tumbling down. Maybe, just maybe, the last two years of his tenure really WILL be lameduck. Now if we could just get rid of Brownback my world will be complete.

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jasonc_22 7 years, 5 months ago

why is this news? for weeks...WEEKS...Ryun's been msleading everyone by saying constantly he wasn't even worried about re-election...now, finally, he'll go ahead and tell us he's in trouble- after independent anaylists all agree Boyda's might just kick his butt.

you better bet it is news

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Ragingbear 7 years, 5 months ago

Bush in Topeka..... The Fred Phelps protest are sure to be quite enjoyable.

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logrithmic 7 years, 5 months ago

This is wonderful news!!!! Yes Ryun, you can run but you can't hide behind the skirts of Bush/Cheney.

BTW, my Boyda sign went up last week. Hurrah!

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