Election headline roundup
Kobach’s `dead’ voter lives; Brownback ups price of health care law; students to vote in droves, poll says
Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, held a news conference to criticize his Democratic opponent Secretary of State Chris Biggs, and alleged there were people fraudulently voting in the place of dead Kansans. He gave an example, saying an Alfred K. Brewer of Sedgwick County was dead but continued to vote. But the Wichita Eagle found Brewer alive and well, raking leaves in his yard. http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/29/1562791/dead-folks-voting-at-least-ones.html
Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback, a U.S. senator who wants to repeal the new federal health care reform law, says the law will cost $2.6 trillion. Official cost estimates are half that amount, and the Congressional Budget Office projects the law will pay for itself in the long run. http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/28/2367256/brownback-says-health-care-law.html
Nearly nine out of 10 students at public universities say they will vote, according to a poll by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. http://www.hdnews.net/Story/student-vote102810
Republican secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach is again working on an anti-illegal immigration issue in Arizona; this time dealing with citizens born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2010/10/17/20101017russell-pearce-immigration-law.html
Four of seven Kansas Supreme Court justices are on the Nov. 2 ballot for retention. So far, everyone is keeping their powder dry.http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/18/1546834/justices-on-ballot-draw-little.html
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Democratic challenger Cheryl Hudspeth are at odds over how to create jobs and improve the economy. http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x1416240954/Jenkins-Hudspeth-square-off-on-taxes-stimulus
Republican Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach says voter fraud is serious issue in Kansas. Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a Democrat, says Kobach is exaggerating. http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/12/2307041/contentious-secretary-of-state.html
Kansas University professor Burdett Loomis notes the importance of attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer races. http://www.hutchnews.com/Columns/MON--burdett-lewis-insight-kansas10-11--1
Kobach’s anti-illegal immigration fees; Parkinson optimistic; AFP opposes library expansion; Jenkins defends Koch
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., whose district includes part of Lawrence, writes piece defending Koch Industries against criticism from Democrats.http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/12/1538223/dont-try-to-make-koch-industries.html
Republican secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach has received nearly $200,000 in legal fees for defending city of Hazleton, Penn. illegal immigration ordinance. A story in the Hazleton Standard Speaker says the city doesn't have the money to offset as much as $2.4 million sought by attorneys who have so far succeeded in court decisions against the ordinance. http://standardspeaker.com/news/illegal-law-defense-bills-paid-in-full-by-donors-1.1046343
Gov. Mark Parkinson says state economy is improving and he credits bi-partisan, moderate solutions. http://hutchnews.com/latestregionalnews/Governor-s-video-says-economy-looking-up
Americans for Prosperity oppose bond issue to expand Lawrence public library, saying a more modest proposal is needed. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/oct...
Be afraid. Political candidates put the worst faces forward of their opponents. The Star takes a peek. http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/10/2296775/in-political-ads-candidates-select.html
An Iowa-based group that opposes Democrats will drop hundreds of thousands of dollars in Kansas for campaign ads to try to defeat Attorney General Steve Six, who faces Republican Derek Schmidt. http://cjonline.com/news/state/2010-10-09/iowa_gop_activists_target_six
The thrill is gone. An exciting 2008 election cycle has been replaced with low-key midterm campaigns. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/oct...
Prof gives Brownback low grade; Abortion opponents target retention of justices; Holland heads out west
Political science professor assesses the goals outlined by Republican gubernatorial nominee Sam Brownback. D-plus. http://stateofthestateks.com/2010/10/01/editorial-insight-kansas-grading-brownback%E2%80%99s-outcomes/
Abortion opponents are trying to re-make the Kansas Supreme Court by getting involved in the retention elections. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ks-judicialelections,0,2475709.story
Democratic candidate for governor Tom Holland campaigns in Garden City. http://www.gctelegram.com/news/tom-holland-9-30-10
Links between Koch brothers and Brownback explored; Libertarians hopeful; Evolution downplayed in SBOE races
Two of the richest people in the country -- Charles and David Koch -- have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback. Reporters with the Kansas City Star provide the analysis of the donations and the Koch brothers' vision of de-regulation and what it could mean to Kansas if Brownback defeats Democrat Tom Holland in the November election. http://www.kansas.com/2010/09/19/1500526/democrats-criticize-brownbacks.html
Libertarians say their message is taking hold as more and more voters express dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats. http://www.wibw.com/localnews/headlines/103173179.html
Funding for public schools -- not the knockdown drag out fights over evolution from previous years -- appears to be the main issue in State Board of Education races. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/sep...
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for governor, talks about the ups and downs of serving in the Senate in an exit interview with NBC. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39047904
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland criticizes Brownback on vote to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Topeka Capital-Journal dissects the issue. http://cjonline.com/news/state/2010-09-13/brownback_votes_in_spotlight
The Associated Press reports that a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hazleton, Pa., may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said that Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act usurped the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration. The city of Hazleton's attorney is Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate for Kansas secretary of state. Kobach said the city will appeal the case and is ready to take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Kobach faces Democratic Secretary of State Chris Biggs in the November election.
The Kansas Republican Party is measuring for drapes in the governor's office for its nominee Sam Brownback. In a news release, the GOP cites a election strategy memo from the Democratic Governors Association and notes that nowhere in the group's memo are Kansas or Democratic candidate Tom Holland mentioned. Conceding Kansas to the GOP "validates the strong, bi-partisan support the Republican nominees have received for their vision to get our state growing again," said Kansas GOP Chair Amanda Adkins.
Wink Hartman of Wichita, who lost the Republican Party primary race in the 4th Congressional District, said he will not run as a Libertarian in the November general election. Hartman had been considering the idea but decided against it. The race features Republican Mike Pompeo and Democrat Raj Goyle.
Hartman may run as a Libertarian; Cleaver concerned about political discourse; Moore opposes Obama proposal
Wink Hartman, who was defeated in the Republican Party primary for the 4th congressional seat, is considering a run as a Libertarian. http://www.kansas.com/2010/09/08/1482836/hartman-may-run-as-libertarian.html
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Kansas City, says today's politics "empty." http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/07/2206812/cleaver-laments-emptiness-in-todays.html
In a news release, Stephene Moore, a Democrat running for the 3rd Congressional District seat, says she opposes President Barack Obama's proposal to spend $50 billion on infrastructure improvements, saying the country cannot afford it. But she said she supports Obama's proposal to close a loophole for oil and gas companies. She said the funds from closing the loophole should go to paying down the national debt. Moore faces Republican Kevin Yoder, a state representative, in the race.