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Sam Brownback links[(Washington Times commentary) Senate immigration buffoonery:][1] Sen. John Ensign offered an amendment to deny illegal aliens Social Security benefits, and it failed by just 50-49, with 7 Republicans who had voted to grant guest workers permanent status voting for the Ensign amendment. We're happy they did so, but the logic of those senators' votes escapes us (as logic had escaped them). For the record, Sens. Sam Brownback, Lincoln Chafee, Mike DeWine, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Hagel, Richard Lugar, Mel Martinez, John McCain, Arlen Specter, Ted Stevens and George Voinovich voted to give illegals Social Security benefits.[(Wichita Eagle) Is this his time?:][2] Andy Brownback is in Derby, playing for third place in Kansas' high school regional doubles. His father, Sen. Sam Brownback, is in Detroit, running for president. On this night he's the main speaker at the annual Ronald Reagan dinner sponsored by the Republicans of Michigan's 9th Congressional District. He and other Republican hopefuls are making the rounds as they gauge their chances to lead the party in 2008. The visits connect candidates with party activists who give time and money to campaigns. The choices voters make in November '08 start at Reagan dinners, where the right message, the right friends and the right background could make an ambitious senator from Kansas a presidential nominee.[(LA Times) First N. Korean refugees admitted to U.S. arrive:][3] Six North Korean defectors -- the first refugees the United States has admitted from the totalitarian nation -- arrived in Southern California on Saturday bearing accounts of famine, sexual enslavement, torture and repression. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who was instrumental in getting the refugees to the United States, said the meeting he and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and two U.S. representatives had with the refugees "was one of the most profound I've ever had."Jim Ryun links[(Topeka Capital-Journal) Home called sweet deal:][4] Folks who come to see him speak in Topeka, Manhattan, Lawrence and other cities in the district don't care about inside-the-beltway minutiae, (Jim Ryun) said. That includes questions Ryun's detractors are raising about his acquisition of a Capitol Hill home from a political organization with ties to admitted felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and indicted Rep. Tom "The Hammer" DeLay, R-Texas. Ryun's critics say the deal for the historic townhouse taints the congressman at a time when ethics scandals are shaking this monument-laden city. "I haven't had a single question on it," said Ryun, recounting a recent two-week tour of Kansas. "Not a single question."Jerry Moran links[(Southwest Farm Press) Energy production offers opportunities to farmers:][5] Agriculture still has champions in both houses, however. Buis cited Jerry Moran, Republican from Kansas; Frank Lucas, Republican from Oklahoma; Stephanie Herseth, Democrat from South Dakota; and Tom Harkin, Democrat from Iowa, as strong supporters in the House.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20060521-102935-9689r.htm [2]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/state/14630730.htm [3]: http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/politics/14638552.htm [4]: http://cjonline.com/stories/052106/loc_ryunhome.shtml [5]: http://southwestfarmpress.com/news/05-22-06-energy-production-farmers/ [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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KsTwister 7 years, 11 months ago

Not this family!!!!!!!!!! Read his voting record,enough said.

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macon47 7 years, 11 months ago

it would embarass me to see how many people would actually vote for him

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ljreader 7 years, 11 months ago

Brownback should throw his hat in the ring in Mexico since he prefers to represent their people- Oh wait- Mexico wouldn't allow that even if he became a citizen.

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GOPConservative 7 years, 11 months ago

"Can anyone suggest how Jim Ryun is able to afford two homes worth a million dollars or more ($700,000 in Washington and $395,000 in Lawrence after serving 10 years in Congress."

Some of his wealth came from his celebrity. He bought the house in Washington from the notorious lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, for nearly $300,000 below market value.

It is now known that significant portion of his campaign funds also came from tainted money.

Ryun hides his dishonest deals behind phony religious piety.

When he gets caught, he pretends that he didn't know. He was duped. Poor soul. After all, he is such a good Christian.

Right!

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Farmboy 7 years, 11 months ago

Can anyone suggest how Jim Ryun is able to afford two homes worth a million dollars or more ($700,000 in Washington and $395,000 in Lawrence after serving 10 years in Congress.

What was he doing before he was elected?

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 11 months ago

Brownback term is not up until 2010. BUT, thats when the Gov. term is up. :)

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cutny 7 years, 11 months ago

Keep Dreaming Brownie. I'll be your running mate.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 11 months ago

"I haven't had a single question on [my sweetheart real estate deal]," said Ryun.'

Perhaps Nancy Boyda will provide Jim with The Question. That's a shame really. There was a time where an organization of so-called "journalists" would have been asking The Question on the frontpage of the local newspapers every day.

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Agnostick 7 years, 11 months ago

Extremism of any kind has no place in the White House. Neither does "Roman Popery!"

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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senegal66025 7 years, 11 months ago

I have voted Republican since Goldwater. Never cast a vote for a democrat. I will not vote for Brownback. If he is in trouble with me he is in big trouble. I think he had better worry a little bit about things back home in Kansas and forget the 2008 run for President.

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 11 months ago

Jack Abramoff is a poision to anyone even named in the same sentence. And did you see what happend in Penn.? The republicans in the house/senate elections got steamrolled to the point they where shocked. The Bush hated runs deep.

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staff04 7 years, 11 months ago

I think it is kind of interesting that they link to the Washington Times and describe the bill as giving "illegals Social Security benefits." What they don't tell you is that the bill would deny people who had paid into the system their benefits as well. It also would deny benefits to certain legal immigrants. Brownback did the right thing here, for a change.

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tony88 7 years, 11 months ago

Vote for Brownback and support Opus Dei and the Fellowship. Harrumph?

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