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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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Jamesaust 7 years, 4 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.)

BigDog 7 years, 4 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.

BigDog 7 years, 4 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.

dagopman 7 years, 4 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.

james bush 7 years, 4 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.

Frank Smith 7 years, 4 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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