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Jerry Moran links [(AP) Many Kansas Republicans waiting on Moran for governor's race:][1] Kansas Republicans are waiting again for Jerry Moran to make up his mind. In recent months, as GOP faithful have pondered Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' assumed bid for re-election, the 1st District congressman has emerged as many Republicans' choice for the party's nominee. ... But if Moran's mojo is powerful within the GOP, he also has reasons not to run for governor. Pat Roberts links [(Kansas City Star) Lawyers cast light inside 'Gitmo':][2] U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Thursday that the presence of lawyers at Guantanamo represents one "pendulum swing" in an ongoing struggle to balance human rights against a new kind of warfare. "As that pendulum swings, you've got to make sure you don't do anything to endanger terrorist interrogations," said the Republican from Kansas. "I can tell you, right now, terrorist interrogation is the No. 1 source we have to save lives and prevent attacks on the homeland." Sam Brownback links [(Kansas City Star) Thou shalt not endorse : for now:][3] North Carolina congressman Walter Jones has sought for years to make pulpit endorsements legal. His effort received a boost recently when U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, a leading conservative, backed the idea. "This bill will finally lift the fear and anxiety from houses of worship that seek to speak out on issues that affect : our nation," said Brownback, who plans to introduce his own bill on the subject. [(Los Angeles Times) State Is Joining Shift on Prisons:][4] With bipartisan support, states small and large are shortening criminal sentences, restoring early release for good behavior, diverting drug offenders to treatment and beefing up efforts to help parolees rejoin society. ... In Washington, the conservative Republican senator who is author of the Second Chance Act agrees. "Recidivism rates are now higher than ever," said Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, who is joining forces with Democrats such as Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware in pushing the legislation. "It's time to take a different approach to make real and effective changes in the system - to offer prisoners a chance to become part of society in a positive way."[(WorldNetDaily commentary) U.S., Israel preparing for Iran war?][5] Terrorists like to talk to buy time, but this president is cagey, too. As the dance drags on, the internal dissent within Iran has a chance to grow, especially if senators like Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Representatives like Steve King, R-Iowa, succeed in building a congressional consensus that reaches in solidarity across to the opposition groups within Iran. Dennis Moore links [(Bloomberg) Compromise on Social Security Bill Is Proving Elusive for Bush:][6] With such dicey trade-offs and declining support for the Bush plan in both polls and among politicians, more and more experts now believe legislation is unlikely this year. ... In the House, Bush must find a compromise that joins deficit hawks like (Dennis) Moore with Republicans whose chief objective is to cut taxes. ``I don't oppose at all private accounts as long as we don't have to borrow money to do that,'' Moore said. How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][7] [1]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/11245121.htm [2]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/11245501.htm [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/11239846.htm [4]: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prisons27mar27,0,1870680.story?coll=la-home-headlines [5]: http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43501 [6]: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aAc_03G7q2YY&refer=us [7]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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