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Stephene Moore outlines plan to ‘clean up Washington’

September 22, 2010

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A Democrat seeking to replace her husband, who is retiring from the state’s 3rd Congressional District, proposed a 10 percent pay cut for members of Congress and criticized her main rival’s time in the Kansas House.

“People across the district have tightened their belts, and I think members of Congress should do the same thing,” Stephene Moore said in a Tuesday conference call with reporters.

The pay cut is part of her plan to “clean up Washington.” It also included ending automatic congressional pay raises, ending earmarks and allowing more time to elapse before retired members of Congress can become lobbyists.

Her husband, Dennis Moore, is retiring from the U.S. House, and she faces Republican nominee Kevin Yoder, a state legislator from Overland Park, and Jasmin Talbert, the Libertarian nominee, also from Overland Park, in the Nov. 2 election.

Moore criticized Yoder, saying that in 2010 he was the Legislature’s “top recipient of gifts and meals from lobbyists.” She also said that in September 2009 Yoder billed taxpayers more than $1,000 to attend a Council of State Governments meeting in Overland Park, his hometown.

“This shows that he won’t change Washington,” she said.

In response, Yoder’s campaign said Stephene Moore had traveled on at least 10 privately sponsored trips with her husband while he served in Congress at a cost of more than $50,000.

“If desperation were a crime, then Stephene Moore would be on death row,” Travis Smith, Yoder’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “After traveling the globe on the dime of special interests with (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi’s blessing, Stephene Moore now wants you to believe she has had a change of heart. This is typical Washington politics.”

The 3rd District includes most of eastern Lawrence and Douglas County, plus Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

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