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Just links todaySam Brownback links [Specter Judiciary Staff Hire Riles Conservatives:] "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) has outraged conservatives by hiring a former NAACP legal staffer. Hannibal G. Williams II Kemerer was most recently the liberal group's assistant general counsel," reports conservative Talon News. "It is anticipated that Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Sam Brownback (R-KS) will take it up this week." [More on Brownback's roll in the story can be found here.][Prisoner re-entry programs beginning to gain attention:] "The 'lock them up and throw away the key' mentality seems to be losing its grip in Congress and other corridors of power," Ruben Rosario writes in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "'We've got a broken corrections system,' U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, said partly in response to the 678-page, two-year study conducted by the Council of State Governments' Re-Entry Policy Council."Dennis Moore links [Frist eyes raise of gratuity to dead troops' kin:] "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist yesterday announced he will introduce a bill Monday to increase the death gratuity paid to families of troops who die in the line of duty," reports The Washington Times. " Two House members - Rep. Spencer Bachus, Alabama Republican, and Rep. Dennis Moore, Kansas Democrat - are sponsoring a bill to increase the death gratuity to $100,000."Jim Ryun links [Bush expected to discuss Social Security:] "In a town hall meeting Tuesday morning in Pittsburg, Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., echoed the President's call for personal accounts," reports The Pittsburg Morning Sun in southeast Kansas. "'You would have an opportunity to different forms of bills, often characterized by those who oppose this as money going into the stock market. It does not go there,' Ryun said. 'It goes into AAA rated bonds, or to mutual funds, something that will grow at a faster rate.'"Todd Tiahrt links [Tiahrt's curtailed fund raising still beat record:] "Last year, for the first time, Rep. Todd Tiahrt raised more than $1 million for his congressional campaign, even though he stopped all campaign activities after his son Luke's death in July," reports The Wichita Eagle.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.] : http://www.gopusa.com/news/2005/january/0124_specter_riles_conservatives.shtml : http://www.theconservativevoice.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2171 : http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/columnists/ruben_rosario/10717269.htm : http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050121-111644-4449r.htm : http://morningsun.net/stories/012005/loc_20050120001.shtml : http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/state/10676377.htm : http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed