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New GOP challenge to Dennis Moore

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Dennis Moore (D) ![][1][(Roll Call, via Swing State Project) Republicans Uniting Against Moore?:][2] House Republicans, long stymied by Rep. Dennis Moore (D) in Kansas' GOP-leaning 3rd district, think they might have recruited the perfect candidate -- state Sen. Nick Jordan (R) -- to flip the seat back to the GOP. In Washington, D.C., last week to participate in the National Republican Congressional Committee's candidate school, Jordan is described as having the support of both the moderate and conservative wings of the GOP in the Jayhawk State's 3rd district. If true, this could prove crucial for a Jordan victory. That's because Moore first won the suburban eastern Kansas district in 1998 -- and has held it since -- largely because Republicans have failed to unify behind their nominee in each of the past five elections. "Both moderates and conservatives are pushing [Jordan] to run," said a knowledgeable Republican operative based in Kansas. "This is the guy we've been waiting for." Jordan said in a brief interview late last week that he is "very likely" to run for Congress in 2008 and that he probably would announce his intentions sometime in August. [...] Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][3][(AP) FDA suspends plan to close Kansas lab:][4] The Food and Drug Administration is suspending plans to close some regional labs around the country, including one in Lenexa. FDA officials told the office of Senator Pat Roberts that its plan to consolidate the labs is on hold -- though it's not clear for how long. Roberts and other Kansas lawmakers had urged the FDA to halt the process until Congress could review whether the plan makes sense. The lawmakers say they have concerns about how the plan would affect national security and the safety of the national food supply.Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][5][(Topeka Capital-Journal) Boyda pension penalty part of ethics measure:][6] The ethics bill passed by the U.S. House this week contains language from a measure sponsored by Rep. Nancy Boyda that would strip federal pensions from members of Congress convicted of bribery and related crimes. Boyda's original measure, the Pension Forfeiture Act, passed the House in January but never made it through the Senate. The same language was folded into the ethics reform legislation that passed 411-8 on Tuesday. All four House members from Kansas voted in favor: Boyda and fellow Democrat Dennis Moore and Republican Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran. "Kansans just can't believe that these members of Congress who are sitting in prison convicted of a felony, convicted of bribery, are still receiving a taxpayer pension," Boyda said in a telephone interview Wednesday from Washington.Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![][7][(Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter) First shot is fired in farm bill debate:][8] A day after he voted against a U.S. House version of the federal farm bill, Congressman Jerry Moran awaited the start of Wilson's After Harvest Czech Festival parade by explaining why he was still optimistic about the eventual outcome of what has become a contentious piece of legislation. Moran said the Senate is expected to start deliberations on the farm bill in September. He thinks once a House-Senate conference committee meets to hammer out a compromise on the two versions, agriculture can expect a better deal. "This is just the initial step," he said of the House measure."I'm not pessimistic." The Democratic-controlled House passed legislation Friday that offers aid to farmers; however, the bulk of funding in the five-year farm bill goes to nutrition programs. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [2]: http://www.swingstateproject.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=679 [3]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [4]: http://www.kbsd6.com/Global/story.asp?S=6873568&nav=menu486_1 [5]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [6]: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/080207/kan_188501575.shtml [7]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [8]: http://www.ellsworthinderep.com/web/isite.dll?1185907914421

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Frank Smith 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm not sure that you completely understand what whack jobs you're writing about. From the Rolling Stone article:

Sam Brownback is working to defeat a measure that would stiffen penalties for violent attacks on gays and lesbians, saying the hate-crime bill would lead to the eventual criminalization of Christianity.

Brownback's chief of staff, Robert Wasinger, wrote in a campus magazine funded by the Heritage Foundation, that the "innocent sperm" of gay men are, "forced to swim into feces."

Eeek!

Monty Python didn't have it far from wrong. The "Every Sperm is sacred" song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0kJHQ...

DAD: There are Jews in the world. There are Buddhists. There are Hindus and Mormons, and then There are those that follow Mohammed, but I've never been one of them.

I'm a Roman Catholic, And have been since before I was born, And the one thing they say about Catholics is: They'll take you as soon as you're warm.

You don't have to be a six-footer. You don't have to have a great brain. You don't have to have any clothes on. You're A Catholic the moment Dad came,

Because

Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.

CHILDREN: Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.

GIRL: Let the heathen spill theirs On the dusty ground. God shall make them pay for Each sperm that can't be found.

CHILDREN: Every sperm is wanted. Every sperm is good. Every sperm is needed In your neighbourhood.

MUM: Hindu, Taoist, Mormon, Spill theirs just anywhere, But God loves those who treat their Semen with more care.

MEN: Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. WOMEN: If a sperm is wasted,... CHILDREN: ...God get quite irate.

PRIEST: Every sperm is sacred. BRIDE and GROOM: Every sperm is good. NANNIES: Every sperm is needed... CARDINALS: ...In your neighbourhood!

CHILDREN: Every sperm is useful. Every sperm is fine. FUNERAL CORTEGE: God needs everybody's. MOURNER #1: Mine! MOURNER #2: And mine! CORPSE: And mine!

NUN: Let the Pagan spill theirs O'er mountain, hill, and plain. HOLY STATUES: God shall strike them down for Each sperm that's spilt in vain.

EVERYONE: Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is good. Every sperm is needed In your neighbourhood.

Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite iraaaaaate!

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

I have met Tiller. I have a strong fondness in my heart for the man. He will forever have my support and my heart. There are few men with more compassion, more understanding of the plight of women, than Tiller, Very few with more love, care and concern for women and their dealings with domestic violence and etc., totally contrasting the carelessness, consideration-lacking and control-mongering of many men in this world, some who are extremely religious.

While many GOP candidates speak of "family values", very few address the issues that are most challenging to families, that of domestic violence and alcoholism. So I don't buy the "family values" slogan until I assess if the candidate intends to act on domestic violence issues and alcoholism. There are no greater family values than those.

Let me tell you something: until men are able to be worthy companions, women will choose to go it alone. With the GOP in some control in this state and country, no wonder there are more women living without spouses than there are women living with them.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

Parkay, I tithe to Tiller. Are you telling me he needs more money? Where is my checkbook?

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greyheim 6 years, 8 months ago

thank you logicsound. as far as the rest of it, i hope that there's a backlash against the extremists of both parties -- that will allow reasonable candidates of both parties to emerge who can actually work together to make progress.

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logicsound04 6 years, 8 months ago

Parkay,

STFU and quit trolling. This is a thread about elected legislators--Moore in particular, who doesn't cover Tiller's district.

It's morons like you that have driven the GOP slide from its traditional values that Machiavelli et al. are talking about.

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Ray Parker 6 years, 8 months ago

Wichita abortionist quack George "The Baby Killer" Tiller (BKT) has shut down his late-term Wichita abortion mill while he prepares to face 19 misdemeanor sham charges filed by AG Morrison, who is quietly conspiring to gut the enforcement of the Kansas post-viable abortion ban. Abolition of the Kansas abortion industry now.

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jimincountry 6 years, 8 months ago

With republicans like Bush and Cheney and democrats like Reid and Pelosi any Kansan, dem or repub, looks worthwhile, if they can be independent enough to not follow blindly the "anything-to-get-elected party line!" The DNC and the RNC stink.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

"Because the traditional values of Democrats have been lost also."

AND if that is the case, then Kansas will turn blue.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

"Because the traditional values of Democrats have been lost also."

I have thought of that. Wondered about it. But I don't know the Democrats that used to be. I only know the Democrats that are today.

Maybe both parties morphed while my values remained the same as they always have been.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

Aren't you pissed as hades at the morph of the GOP in past dacades from the values we grew up knowing and loving?

Hell, individual rights are so trampled upon that even on issues of death the GOP wants to take away your personal rights. The unborn and the vegetative have more rights, according to the morphed GOP, than you or I do.

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dagopman 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm always amazed when I read statements criticizing an elected official for not sponsoring or passing legislation. The last thing I want in an elected official is a bunch of new laws. I am as Republican as it gets but to criticize Moore for not sponsoring a bunch of new legislation is folly.

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BigDog 6 years, 8 months ago

Well the real GOP must be hanging out with the real Democrats then. Because the traditional values of Democrats have been lost also.

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Defender 6 years, 8 months ago

Right on Machiavelli, the REAL GOP. I would support that all day, any day.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

And this must be the trade-off for Roberts by not looking into strong conflicts of interest in the FDA, along with FDA politics, over the Provenge issue. Roberts, along with the FDA is saying, "let those prostate cancer people die. At least Kansas has their FDA labs,", To hades with those who get prostate cancer, Roberts and the FDA imply, as they allow them to die with no hope.

Let's discuss what happened to Plan B, shall we? Hee, hee. To think conflicts of interest and politics do not play a role at the FDA, one would have to be majorly delusional.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

I will be voting for Moore, as I always have.

The TRADITIONAL GOP POLICIES ARE: Limited Government Governmental Accountability and Transparency Strong Individual Rights A Strong Separation Of State and Church Fiscal Responsibility Constitutional Restraint

Obviously the Religious Rite hates these stances. Obviously the Religious Rite has morphed a total 180 from the Traditional GOP stance. Obviously because of that hatred, more and more GOPers are defecting from the GOP. And because the Religious Rite is a polar opposite from what the GOP stood for, the gap is way too great to bridge by anyone, much less someone unknown and untried.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

So it is a matter of personal perceptions, as most issues are. From where I stand on the inside of the GOP, there are plenty of GOPers who are absolutely disgusted with the Religious Rite and their pro-life, anti-evolution stance.

Abortion is indeed the measuring stick by which all other political issues are measured. There is nothing that influences life more than a child, unwanted or wanted. There is nothing that influences personal economics more than a child, wanted or unwanted. There is nothing that influences one's values and/or morals more than a child, unwanted or wanted.

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BigDog 6 years, 8 months ago

I think that is an oversimplification of the election. There are plenty of individuals whom some would consider moderates that are pro-life. In the Kansas House and Senate there are Democrats and Republicans whom most would consider moderates on other social issues but are very pro-life. I believe Moore may be more vulnerable if Nick Jordan jumps in the race and they use some of the same tactics as Nancy Boyda. I would question what legislation has Dennis Moore introduced and led the passage of that has improved the lives and welfare of Kansans.

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Machiavelli_mania 6 years, 8 months ago

No moderate GOP will vote for a pro-lifer. No pro-lifer will vote for a moderate pro-choice GOP. The GOP schism is too great to bridge. And there you have it: A Moore Victory.

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Jamesaust 6 years, 8 months ago

Nick's a nice guy and I'd even be inclined to vote for him. But '08 is the wrong year for him to be the sacrificial lamb for the GOP: (A) its going to be a Democrat tsunami year again, (B) lots of money is going to get eaten up in the 2nd District with Boyda, (C) the likes of Sebelius and Morrision will have all the time in the world to spend on campaigning for Democrats like Moore, and (D) '08 is a Presidential year so you'll get tons of independent voters out and independents in the current political climate are virtually indistinguishable from Democrats on almost every issue.

I can see the future now -- it 2010 and the GOP pooh-baas say: "We tried a moderate Republican last time and he didn't win. Let's go ahead and rally the base with Phill Kline as our candidate." (Who will precede to immediately lose to Moore yet again.)

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