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Has U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback quietly declared victory -- after a fashion -- in his November re-election campaign?[The Hill][1] reports today that Brownback has shifted $100,000 from his campaign account to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a political action committee devoted to helping the Republicans keep control of the Senate. Such donations are generally made by candidates who are confident that their campaigns are well in hand. Brownback faces Democrat Lee Jones in the election."Senate Republicans are conceding that the chamber is up for grabs, with as many as 11 races in close contention and a handful too close to call less than a month before Election Day. "The chamber 'could go either way,' said Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.). 'It really depends on those last three weeks' of the campaign. 'And frankly, whoever wins the White House could decide these close Senate races.'"NRSC Chairman George Allen "announced that Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was transferring $250,000 from his campaign account to the NRSC. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is transferring $115,000, while Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) transferred $100,000. Allen gave Santorum a trophy for his efforts, and Chambliss and Brownback took home footballs."Boeing versus AirbusBrownback and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts are also busy protecting a major Kansas manufacturer, according to [The Wichita Eagle][2]"Sen. Sam Brownback called Tuesday for the United States to pull out of a Boeing-Airbus trade agreement if the European planemaker doesn't change how it finances planes. "'The commercial aircraft aerospace industry is too important to be stolen by government subsidies,' said Brownback, introducing a resolution along with Sen. Pat Roberts to encourage the government to pull out of a 1992 aerospace trade agreement with the European Union. "The resolution would also encourage the United States to press a case over what it considers unfair government subsidies by France-based Airbus before the World Trade Organization. [The Wichita Business Journal][3] adds: "Brownback says Boeing has lost more than 60,000 workers in the last five years, some of it due to 'unfair' competition from Airbus."One other link today:Dennis Moore-Kris Kobach links[Seniors quiz Kobach on health care issues][4]How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][5] [1]: http://www.thehill.com/news/100604/control.aspx [2]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/9844780.htm [3]: http://wichita.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2004/10/04/daily19.html [4]: http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/183596 [5]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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