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Federal races: U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District

November 2, 2008


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Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

The 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence, is at the epicenter of the national Republican-Democratic battle for control of Congress.

But neither candidate - incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, nor state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, a Republican - is making a big deal about her party affiliation. Each needs independents and leaners to win.

Boyda won the seat in 2006, defeating Jim Ryun, a five-term Republican incumbent, in the wave that gave Democrats control of Congress.

Jenkins defeated Ryun in his comeback attempt during the August GOP primary.

Since then, Boyda and Jenkins have traded charges and counter-chargers in debates and a steady stream of campaign ads.

In her first term in office, Boyda touts her legislative results in helping military veterans and college students, curbing earmarks, and getting tougher ethics rules in place.

But Jenkins said Boyda's vote for a nonbinding budget resolution that relied on previously adopted tax cuts to expire was a vote for the largest tax increase in history. Boyda and a nonpartisan group have said Jenkins' allegation is not true. The tax cuts were approved by the formerly Republican-controlled Congress with an expiration date, and Boyda said she wants to preserve the tax cuts that affect the middle class before they expire.

Jenkins said she favors getting rid of budget earmarks and has signed a pledge not to increase taxes. But Boyda points out that Jenkins promised not to raise taxes when she was a state legislator and then voted for the largest tax increase in Kansas history. Jenkins has said she had to vote for that tax increase to help balance the state budget.

Boyda voted against the recent $700 billion financial rescue plan, and Jenkins said she would have, too.

But Jenkins has said her background as a certified public accountant would be helpful during the current economic storm. Boyda, however, has questioned Jenkins' competence, alleging Jenkins, as state treasurer, mishandled gas tax disbursements to counties, which shorted many counties, including Douglas County of $340,000. Jenkins has said a mistake in the disbursement formula was made before she took office, and that it was her staff members who finally detected the problem.

During debates, other differences emerged between the candidates. Boyda supported an increase in the federal minimum wage, while Jenkins said she would have opposed the measure. Boyda also voted to increase health care coverage to children from low-income families. When the bill was up for a vote last year, Jenkins said she wasn't familiar with it. But in a recent debate she said she would have opposed it. President Bush vetoed the measure.

Libertarian Robert Garrard of Edgerton and the Reform Party's Leslie Martin of St. Marys are also running. In addition to west Lawrence, the district includes Topeka, Manhattan and southeast Kansas.


KEITHMILES05 9 years, 5 months ago

Boyda hasn't done anything too wrong and pretty decent representative.Jenkins, OTOH.....can't even do her state job correctly. Why she thinks she deserves to represent the state on a national level is beyond me. She is embarassing herself advertising as a CPA.

biasedmedia 9 years, 5 months ago

another fair article by rothschild. look at each paragraph - it's like getting Boyda's point by point rebuttals for jenkin's campaigning. how about hearing the other side? it must be nice to have the media defend you when you can't put two sentences together in your own defense.

ralphralph 9 years, 5 months ago

With President Obama apparently coming on duty soon, I think I'll go for someone who will cast a skeptical eye on his proposals and have the financial know-how to understand what he's up to. Sorry, Nancy.

jasonc_22 9 years, 5 months ago

if only jenkins has the financial know-how to understand anything at all- as state treasurer, she's mismanaged money & has focused more on trying to get her next job than she has on doing the one she has properly. we can't trust her pledge to know raise taxes because she has made and broken the very same pledge before.boyda's been an able rep for 2 years, and jenkins has given us no valid reason to retire her. i'm voting for nancy boyda on tuesday.

gffish 9 years, 5 months ago

Lynn Jenkins was consistently absent from meetings of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System board this year at a time when their assets declined by about a billion dollars. As the state's chief financial officer, especially one who constantly heralds her experience as a CPA, this was a serious dereliction of duty. Thanks to her negligence, and the incompetence of Bush's economic policies, my retirement account lost almost $10,000 during those three months. No way am I ever voting for Jenkins, or for John McCain, who less than two months ago said "the fundamentals of the economy are sound."

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