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Tiahrt ad uses New York tax form

George Diepenbrock

A Todd Tiahrt Senate campaign ad aimed at hitting opponent Jerry Moran on his tax record is drawing attention for another reason. The beginning of the ad available on Tiahrt's campaign website includes images of New York tax forms. "You can easily make out word 'Yonkers' and 'York' on two ...

GOP 3rd district field narrows as Colyer endorses Jordan

George Diepenbrock

The Republican field of contenders in the 3rd district U.S. House race became a little bit clearer Monday morning. State Sen. Jeff Colyer, R-Overland Park, sent out an announcement that he won't run, and he strongly endorsed former state Sen. Nick Jordan, a Shawnee Republican who lost a bid for ...

Debate on reason for, impact of Dennis Moore's retirement from Congress

George Diepenbrock

The national media on Monday used Rep. Dennis Moore's decision to retire as an opportunity to examine a potential storyline about Democratic House members exiting to avoid tough challenges in 2010. Michael Barone says Moore would have faced an "uphill race" in the 3rd congressional district of Kansas in 2010, ...

Moran asks news networks to stop saying 'swine flu'

George Diepenbrock

Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is asking major news networks to stop referring to the H1N1 virus as "swine flu," saying it is harming the pork industry and farm families across Kansas and the nation. In the letter, Moran says that the term "swine flu" confuses consumers and could lead them ...

Nebraska AD Osborne to stump for Moran

George Diepenbrock

Senate candidate Jerry Moran, a Kansas University graduate, will get some help in raising money from Nebraska Athletics Director Tom Osborne, a former congressman, at an event before the KU-Nebraska football game Nov. 14 in Lawrence. Osborne, the legendary Nebraska football coach, will attend the special pregame reception in Johnson ...

McCain endorses Moran for Senate bid

George Diepenbrock

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran's campaign for a Senate seat says it has scored an endorsement from Sen. John McCain — of Arizona and the GOP's unsuccessful nominee for president last year. “I’m proud to endorse my friend Jerry Moran in his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Moran has a proven record ...

Dems criticize Tiahrt abortion comments that include Obama, Thomas

George Diepenbrock

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, during a House floor speech Thursday argued to restrict public funding for abortions and suggested abortion could deprive the world of future great minds and named President Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as examples. Tiahrt said financial incentives could encourage women who were ...

Dems find Senate candidate?

George Diepenbrock

Given his political experience in Washington, former Democratic House member Dan Glickman is probably a natural prospect as the party seeks a Senate candidate in 2010. But Glickman, in recent comments to Politico, hinted "that flirting is too strong a word" at this point. Still, no Democrat with statewide name ...

A fine line on early campaigning?

George Diepenbrock

The GOP Senate campaign between two Kansas Congressmen, Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, has received much attention in the media since January. Polls have the two House members virtually tied for the August 2010 primary. Tiahrt's campaign has created a statewide ad that blasts President Barack Obama and House Speaker ...

Jenkins visits Guantanamo, says closing 'unnecessary'

George Diepenbrock

As she toured the prison Monday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said President Barack Obama should put forward a plan before closing the detention facility. "I am hopeful he will put aside politics and take into account the potential risks of moving these detainees and the huge ...

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