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What's the No. 1 concern among U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback's constituents these days?Would you believe it's the future of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter?That's what Brownback told [the Kansas City Star.][1] Specter is due to become chair of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, but he's fiercly opposed by pro-life conservatives who believe Specter might try to block President Bush from appointing judges that might undue Roe v. Wade."Sen. Sam Brownback, an ardent abortion opponent, said he had not taken a position on Specter's ascension. "Brownback, a Republican from Kansas, said he was surprised that the Specter matter was the biggest issue from his constituents since the election. He said people were even talking about it at his daughter's volleyball awards banquet."But it's clear Brownback -- a pro-life leader in the Senate -- believes the judiciary is important in the abortion fight. He told the Star: "Judges are the key issue." Brownback is also quoted prominently about his pro-life views in stories by [The Washington Post][2] and [The Washington Times.][3]Praise for Roberts Everybody just calm down.That's the advice of longtime columnist David Broder to liberals panicking over election results that helped Republicans consolidate their power in Washington D.C.Broder even had praise for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. He wrote:"Republicans hold 55 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Among them are many, including such conservatives as Pat Roberts and Thad Cochran, I would trust to defend my journalistic freedom ... no matter how much they disagreed with what we wrote."Other links: Pat Roberts links [New Spy Chief Sworn In][4]How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][5] [1]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/10182919.htm [2]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48184-2004Nov13.html [3]: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20041111-111159-8745r.htm [4]: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/13/national/main655530.shtml [5]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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