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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(AP) Roberts already in full campaign mode:][2] Sen. Pat Roberts has more than $1.2 million in the bank ahead of next year's re-election bid, his campaign staff said Thursday, a signal that the Kansas Republican will mount an aggressive campaign though his seat is not considered vulnerable. Roberts, who intends to seek a third Senate term, raised about $628,300 during the first three months of the year, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. While no Democrat has emerged yet to challenge him, Roberts said he is wary of the force of outside political groups, which funneled nearly $300 million to influence the outcome of elections in 2006. "The outside groups could dump in money for attack ads, which has been more and more the modus operandi today in politics, which I think is most unfortunate," Roberts said.[(NYT) Senate Bill Seeks Power for Medicare on Drug Costs:][3] Senate Democratic leaders pushed Wednesday for legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for millions of older Americans. Their bill does not go as far as one passed by the House, which requires such negotiations. ... Republicans like Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa said the drug benefit was working well, with costs to the government and to beneficiaries far below the levels initially predicted. Medicare officials say the average beneficiary premium for the basic drug benefit is $22 a month, about 40 percent lower than the original projection. Mr. Grassley said the Democratic proposals were "political pandering," a result of campaign slogans that do not translate well into legislation. Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, said, "The 2008 election year is here a lot earlier than we had anticipated."[(KC Star) Climate change battle hits homefront:][4] Hanson is among a dozen local steering committee members for Saturday's rally, "Step It Up 2007 National Climate Day of Action," which was launched nationally by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben. She will be the stage manager at the Kansas City rally, keeping a program of singers and speakers on schedule. ... In Hanson's letter to Congress members, she explained that the purpose of the rallies was to get Congress to commit to reducing the country's carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. So far, none has agreed to attend the Kansas City rally. Several Democrats, including Reps. Dennis Moore and Emanuel Cleaver and Sen. Claire McCaskill, plan to send representatives or provide letters of support to be read at the event. A response from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts didn't directly address the upcoming rally and indicated that he was interested in further climate change research. "While global warming is a complex and controversial issue," Roberts' response stated, "there remains uncertainties concerning the cause and effect of climate change."Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][5][(AP) Ryun raises $275,000 in bid for former seat:][6] Former Kansas GOP Rep. Jim Ryun has raised $275,000 this year in his quest to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Nancy Boyda, but he may have to spend a large chunk of it fending off other Republicans in the primary. "I'm really humbled by the contributions to the campaign," Ryun said Wednesday. "They show that there's great support from the district." Though official fundraising numbers won't be released to the Federal Election Commission until later this week, Ryun said he is eager to show the "broad support" his campaign has received. He plans to report $255,000 cash on hand for the race. The cash will help fuel what is shaping up as a contentious primary fight with State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, a Topeka Republican who last week filed to run for the 2nd District seat. "We're very curious to see what percent of his donations came from Kansas," Jenkins spokesman Jeff Wagaman said. "It's our understanding he's been raising money in Washington quite a bit." Boyda is expected to report raising $137,000 during the same three-month period and $171,300 in the bank once her final figures are tallied, spokeswoman Shanan Guinn said.Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![][7][(Hutch News) Moran talks about Darfur, life-changing trip to Sudan:][8] It's important to shine the light on what's happening in the Darfur region of Sudan, said U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, who recently returned from a three-day visit to the African country. The Hays Republican is co-chairman of the Congressional Hunger Caucus and was part of a bipartisan, 11-member delegation led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. "You cannot go to Darfur without having your life changed," Moran said in a media conference call Monday. [1]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [2]: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/17066972.htm [3]: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/washington/12medicare.html?_r=1&oref=slogin [4]: http://www.kansascity.com/238/story/65439.html [5]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [6]: http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/local_story_102103146.html [7]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [8]: http://www.hutchnews.com/news/regional/stories/moran041007.shtml

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JohnBrown 7 years, 8 months ago

Roberts should be ashamed of his record as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. I certainly hope the voters, and whomever may oppose him, will hold Roberts to account for his poor oversight of this important job.

emmiekay 7 years, 8 months ago

Congrats Senator Roberts. Numbers that high, this early on, really show how much faith Kansans have in him. I don't see how any Democrat or republican turned democrat can run successfully against him!

LiberalDude 7 years, 8 months ago

Wrong emmiekay,

It shows that Senator Roberts is controlled by big corporations who want to keep funding him so that he will continue to be their puppet.

WendiM 7 years, 8 months ago

Should Roberts be ashamed of his record as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee? I don't suppose you have any specifics as to why you suggest this? Of course not. It is very easy to lob amateurish comments like that over the wall and feel self righteous. "I hope voters hold him to account!" "He's controlled by big corporations!" Feel better about yourself? Feel like you're making a difference? Good for you. Grow up.

The real difference makers are people exactly like Senator Roberts who spend long hours at an often thankless job protecting people like you and I whether they like us or not. They delve into no-win situations and sort them out anyway without regard to politics or party. He knew that 95% of his work on the intel committee would never see the light of day because it is classified, yet he did it anyway.

Under his leadership, the committee produced its report on pre-war intelligence about Iraq. This was a scathing report on the global intelligence failure regarding WMD. He has been a catalyst for change in the intelligence community. These are very meaningful contributions that Sen. Roberts should be proud of.

The CIA recently awarded Sen. Roberts its Seal Medal for his contributions to the intelligence community. At the ceremony, CIA Director Hayden said of Roberts, "At times, Senator Roberts took us to task for our shortcomings that's the role of oversight, after all. But his focus always was how to improve our performance, so that we can meet both today's threats and tomorrow's challenges."

I think that's something all Kansans can be proud of. Perhaps you'll take some of these things into account when you decide who you want as your Senator next year. If you actually put some thought behind your vote, I think you'll end up voting the same way I will.

Jamesaust 7 years, 8 months ago

Wendi - that's rich! Roberts tenure as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee destroyed generations of bipartisan cooperation on this critical national security concern.

Just this week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a big write-up on how the new Republican, Kit Bond of Missouri who replaced Roberts, and the new Democrat Chairman had managed to change the entire tone.

"The committee is holding more frequent and more robust hearings, engaging in aggressive oversight of intelligence agencies and issuing joint findings. Members are helping - rather than hindering - those of the other party in the crafting of legislation."

"Sources on the committee attribute the previous wrangling partly to efforts by Vice President Dick Cheney to push issues he was interested in through then-Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., leading aggressive committee Democrats such as Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan to push back."

As we are seeing across the board, years of non-oversight by a Republican Congress has led to some egregious, undemocratic, illegal, and unconstitutional activities by the current Administration.

That day is done. And even Pat Roberts recognized the harm he had done and walked away from the Committee altogether. ONLY YOU seem to see to view Roberts as a Living-God.

That Roberts feels a need to raise such sums - and start returning to Kansas regularly - demonstrates that he personally knows that he is in trouble if a serious opponent jumps into the race. (Madam Governor, are you listening?)

blackwalnut 7 years, 8 months ago

Roberts is a rubber stamper, apologist, shill, stonewaller and enabler for the worst president in U.S. history.

Ryun is a political opportunist who was thrilled to be the same for Bush until the war became just too heavy an albatross for him.

Kansas deserves better than these two.

WendiM 7 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that I quoted the CIA Director for my response, and you quoted the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, don't you think? Great article. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these "oh the liberal media is ruining us" kind of people. But there certainly is no shortage of "there's a new sheriff in town" type articles lately. So not only is that article unoriginal, feel-good, fluff, but it is downright laughable in some places. Poor Carl Levin...he didn't want to hit back, but those mean Republicans forced him to! Gimme a break.

And what about Sen Rockefeller? What's his alternative to Republican "non-oversight" as you put it? He wouldn't dare play politics with national security, would he? How about that memo he urged his staff to write in 2003? The one that suggested expanding the Iraq war probe into 2004 so that it could have as much of a negative impact on Bush's re-election campaign as possible? No politics there.

And for the record, I don't think Sen Roberts is a god. Although I'm not the only one who voted for him. He did win last time with 82% of the vote, didn't he James?

And what of your comment about all the "egregious, undemocratic, illegal, and unconstitutional activities by the current Administration"? I don't suppose you'll be too heavy on the specifics there, will you? Keep in mind, I'm talking about facts here.

Here's a tip, Bush isn't running for President again. Once he's out of office, who are the Dems going to hate? Mark my words, James, the day Bush leaves office is going to be a sad day for Dems and the Moveon.org, "Bush lied, people died" crowd. What happens to them then? Will they actually become a party of ideas instead of simply being the anti-Bush party?

I'd love to sit here and spar with you all day, but I simply don't have the time to post over 2,100 comments on ljworld like you do. I have to get back to my job making gobs of money at a global oil company that I'll use to kill baby seals and plot the end of the world - - or whatever it is you think us Republicans do.

blackwalnut 7 years, 8 months ago

'And what of your comment about all the "egregious, undemocratic, illegal, and unconstitutional activities by the current Administration"?'

If you have to ask you are hopelessly uninformed.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said yesterday that in traveling the country lecturing he has discovered the difference between a Republican and a Democrat is information. Republicans who still support BushCo are horribly, terrifyingly underinformed and misinformed.

The current administration has destroyed our democracy, changing laws that protect you, right under your nose, while the media entertains you with Anna Nicole and TomKat. It is nearly too late to save it.

coneflower 7 years, 8 months ago

It's hard to believe there are any supporters left for this abominable administration. They have pulled off the biggest heist over the American people in the history of the U.S. Bush and everyone who supports him are enemies of our democracy. Anyone who fails to see that is ignorant or blind.

coneflower 7 years, 8 months ago

Roberts has never ever opposed Bush. I have lots of letters from him yessing Bush policies. His obstruction of the 911 investigation was abominable.

coneflower 7 years, 8 months ago

"As usual, the looney left, lacking anything substantive to offer, goes straight to the name-calling and demonizing.

Pathetic."

poor pilgrim name-calling in the same sentence where he accuses others

pathetic

LiberalDude 7 years, 8 months ago

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, WendiM.

My favorite was your comment, "I'd love to sit here and spar with you all day, but I simply don't have the time to post over 2,100 comments on ljworld like you do. " that you wrote after you just just blabbed on for 13 paragraphs.

Imagine if you actually had time!

coneflower 7 years, 8 months ago

WendiM parrots Rush - nothing original in her posts.

texburgh 7 years, 8 months ago

Roberts was once a reasonable moderate Republican. He began to drift when he felt the need to support the Bush war machine at all costs. Now he has convinced himself that this is right and has made a hard turn to the right - even supporting the diminution of civil liberties. He really demonstrated how he has turned when the American people gave Congress back to the Democrats in frustration over this war and Roberts sounded like a petulant child - "If I can't be chairman, I won't even be on your dumb ol' intelligence committee!" Maybe it's time for Pat to go too.

Pug 7 years, 8 months ago

Don't you Roberts supporters find it interesting that he is campaigning so early? Is it b/c he knows how much he has screwed up? That he is raising money to scare off anybody with an inkling of running against him?

At the beginning of the 109th Congress, our junior senator had the opportunity to assume the role Ag chairman a position that would have been good for both the great state of Kansas and the nation. See, Roberts was term limited from continuing his SSIC chairmanship, but that was not ideal for him or the White House. You have to understand that Roberts is in love with himself. He and his staff believe that he is the funniest thing since slice bread. His "folksy, whimsical" humor has been praised by the Washingtonian and any number of good Kansans. While the Ag chairmanship would have put him in position to do the only thing he does well, Roberts was obsessed with the spotlight. He became a media whore, using White House-scripted responses and his beloved props to push the Republican agenda.

No doubt at the urging of the WH, the Senate Replicans changed the rules to allow Pat to continue as SSIC chairman. This certainly was important to the Bush Administration because Roberts is a loyal footsoldier, willing to do the bidding of President Bush.

As SSIC chairman, Roberts proved himself to be an inept leader. Be assured that his visits to the WH during moments of crisis were followed by press releases that toted the Bush line all the while ignoring the serious flaws in intelligence on Iraq and reports that portented a strong insurgency following military removal of Saddam Hussein.

Roberts, a relic who sold himself out to support a war that was ill-sought and has led to the pointless deaths and casualties of his beloved Marines (oorah, Pat), quit the Intelligence Committee. For what reasons? Hmmmm. That is the question. Is it because the Republicans knew that he has neither the ability nor will to spar with a Democrat chairman who certainly would unmask Roberts to be the complete incompetant that he is? Or could it be that he was unwilling to serve the nation in such a role now that he will be on the receiving end? A helping of both to be sure.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 8 months ago

Roberts is vulnerable due to his covering for Bushco and his otherwise do-nothing approach. He knows he is vulnerable.

Now, will a moderate republican or democrat step forward to challenge him?

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 8 months ago

The right said confidently that Boyda could never win. This is Kansas, after all. Not CA. Not NY. Not even MN or WI.

Well, Boyda won against a partisan hack and Bushco mouthpiece deep in the heart of Kansas.

Roberts can be beaten.

Godot 7 years, 8 months ago

"Don't you Roberts supporters find it interesting that he is campaigning so early?"

Only Democrats (Obama, Clinton, Edwards, for example) are allowed to campaign early. Thanks for pointing that out.

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