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National GOP perplexed by Moore


Is Dennis Moore going to get a break this time?A story in [The Hill][1] today suggests that national GOP officials are scratching their heads over how to seize Moore's seat representing Kansas' 3rd District in Congress. Moore was elected in 1998, and survived tough challenges every two years since then, financed in part by national-level Republicans.Although [Chuck Ahner][2],Thomas Scherer (we couldn't find a Web site for him), [Scott Schwab][3], and Paul Showen are competing for the GOP nomination, Moore may have an easier time holding onto the seat this year.The Hill reports: _Of the seven Democratic incumbents mentioned, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) named only Marshall's and Boswell's races when asked last week about Republicans' main targets. He instead focused on open seats in Vermont, Ohio and Illinois, along with freshman Reps. John Barrow (Ga.) and Melissa Bean (Ill.).Regarding Moore's district in particular, he said Kansas politics have proved to be quite challenging to Republicans, who have consistently launched aggressive bids to unseat the incumbent."We'll just have to see what happens there," Reynolds said. "Some of my hopes in past races have been dashed."_Other links:Sam Brownback links[(The Hill) Sen. Judd Gregg fills budget bill with a host of reforms:][4] Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is adding a host of budget-process reforms to a line-item-veto bill in an effort to win the support of conservatives on his panel, but the new measures could cripple the legislation if it is sent to the floor. ... the more expansive approach is likely to attract votes from several committee conservatives, including Sens. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who might otherwise have been reluctant to help move it to the floor. In addition to the line-item veto and biennial budgeting, it includes a mechanism for cutting entitlement spending if deficit targets are not met, statutory discretionary spending caps backed up by across-the-board cuts, and a panel like the federal base-closing commission that would cut other government programs, according to lawmakers and aides familiar with the proposal. The program-cutting panel is the brainchild of Brownback, who has introduced his bill repeatedly with little success to date.Pat Roberts links[(CattleNetwork.com) Sen. Roberts Announces Release of CRP Acreage for Emergency Grazing:][5] U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released Conservation Reserve Program(CRP) acreage in Kansas for emergency grazing due to serious, long-term drought conditions. Senator Roberts noted the thirty-one counties that have been approved for emergency grazing of CRP acreage are: Cheyenne, Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Edwards, Ellis, Ellsworth, Finney, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Osborne, Rawlins, Rush, Russell, Seward, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, and Trego. On May 30, Senator Roberts wrote a letter urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns to release CRP acreage immediately for emergency grazing.Miscellaneous links[(Wichita Eagle) Kansas delegation's income figures released:][6] Sen. Pat Roberts continued to gain income from his wife's real estate investments, and Sen. Sam Brownback earned $8,512 from his Linn County farm, according to congressional financial disclosure statements released today. The documents provide a glimpse into the finances and income sources of federal lawmakers, though precise numbers are hard to determine due to how income is reported. Trips funded by outside sources are also reported.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][7] [1]: http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Campaign/061406.html [2]: http://www.ahnerforcongress.com/ [3]: http://www.scottschwab.com/ [4]: http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/061406/veto.html [5]: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=44437 [6]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/14815907.htm [7]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


rhd99 12 years ago

Phil Kline's demeanor is partly to blame for the divide of Republicans here in Kansas, & that STUPID Kansas BOARD OF EDUCATION conservative Right Wing nut component (those who degrade evolution & support an unproven method in Science Classes) has turned Kansas Education into a laughing stock of the nation. And people wonder why Dennis Moore is doing so well here on the Eastern side of the Sunflower State? WAKE UP, KANSAS!

Sandman 12 years ago

I always figured Dennis Moore did well because he doesn't spew out the pot-smoking hippy "progressive" crap.

Moderates, in both parties, do well.

Centrist 12 years ago

We should ALL be "swing voters" at ALL times ... then they'd all have to work harder for their spots.

Dennis Moore - yeah, he's ok, for a politician.

Centrist 12 years ago

Remember that gad awful Kline ad in the 2000 elections?

"Congressman Moore's at the door ..."

That's probably why Kline lost so badly ...

Steve Jacob 12 years ago

After close elections 98-02, Moore got an easy victory in 2004. Because of that, republicans have to take away voters that have already voted for him in the past. And that's hard, unless your convicted of something :)

fletch 12 years ago

The 3rd belongs to Rep. Moore until he doesn't want the seat anymore (you know, when he runs for the Senate). I wouldn't be surprised if he's over 55% in the district now.

johngalt 12 years ago

"Remember that gad awful Kline ad in the 2000 elections?

"Congressman Moore's at the door ..."

That's probably why Kline lost so badly ..."

really ? go look up the facts

nbnozzy 12 years ago

As a registered Republican I can easily tell you why I voted for Dennis Moore twice. He leaves his religion at home. He has proven to be an astute congressman and I wish I could vote for him again. But alas, I moved to the west side of town and now have Jim Ryun representing me. I like Jim as a person, but his faith enters too much into his decision making in my opinion. I am a pro-choice, anti-NRA moderate libertarian type of GOP'er. (I hate left wingers like Hillary, Ted K., Rundle, Boog, Kerry, etc....they're worse than bible thumpers)

So, Nancy Boyda of Topeka, whatcha got? Why do you deserve my vote?

Btw.... I'll vote for ANYONE who runs against Phil Kline. He epitomizes "BIG BROTHER".

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