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Ryun will challenge Boyda in 2008, but he may have GOP competition


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Former Rep. Jim Ryun (R)[(KC Star) Kansas GOP picks leader:][1] Former U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun said he was planning to run again in 2008. Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, defeated Ryun in November. Also considering the race is state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, who said a number of supporters have encouraged her to run.Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][2][(Fox News Sunday) Sen. Sam Brownback on 'FOX News Sunday':][3] CHRIS WALLACE, HOST:Joining us now from Kansas to talk about the campaign and the war in Iraq is presidential candidate and Senator Sam Brownback. Senator, you're one of the Republicans who oppose the president's new policy to surge troops into Baghdad. Will you support -- will you vote for -- the resolution introduced by Senator John Warner to state that opposition? SEN. SAM BROWNBACK (R), KANSAS: That's the resolution that I find most appealing. It's one that talks about a path forward. I think we need to start talking about what we're for and not what we're against. And that resolution also contains a lot of the Baker-Hamilton- type of thought and language about how we move to a political solution regionally, inside Iraq, and in the countries in the area, and also a political solution here. WALLACE: But let me ask you directly. Are you going to vote for the Warner resolution? BROWNBACK: I'll be supporting John Warner's resolution. [(Hutch News) Who makes the call?:][4] If U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback becomes president, how would his congressional seat be filled? Some Republicans might not like the answer. A few days after Brownback announced his run for the White House earlier this month, state Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha, introduced a bill that would change how the state fills a vacant U.S. Senate seat. State law calls for the governor to make a temporary appointment until the next election for U.S. House of Representatives, which occurs every two years. If Brownback were to resign, Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would be the one to select his replacement under current law. But in a bill proposed by Pyle, a Senate vacancy would be filled the same way as a U.S. House vacancy, by a special election called by the governor.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][5][(Topeka Capital-Journal) In minority, Roberts adjusts, hopes for 3rd term:][6] In another sense, Roberts could have drawn a parallel to himself. Now in his 27th year as a representative of Kansas in the U.S. House or Senate, Roberts has proven his ability to adapt to the shifting political scene in Washington. He is a survivor of 10 campaigns. And, now, he wants more. Roberts, 70, said he will seek re-election in 2008 to a third term in the Senate. Nobody has signed on to oppose him. "I think we can still make a difference," he said in an interview surrounded by Chinese paintings at Washburn University's Mulvane Art Museum. "We've enjoyed a strong partnership with the people of Kansas. I want to continue that partnership." [1]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/16562776.htm [2]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/brownback.jpg [3]: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,247842,00.html [4]: http://www.hutchnews.com/news/regional/stories/Statenotes012807.shtml [5]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [6]: http://cjonline.com/stories/012707/kan_142073236.shtml


bd 11 years, 2 months ago

Looks like Ryun is missing the old Washington gravy train/teat!

KS 11 years, 2 months ago

May be, but I don't see him gettng back in! Boyda and her party are going to have to really screw up. The Democrats are not going to do too much during the next two years so as to pi-- off the voters. If they do, they are out again too. Sounds like Jenkins is on the list. Sould be an intersting race. Maybe a cat fight.

rhd99 11 years, 2 months ago

Ryun running again?! Ryun will never learn, plumberscrack. He can't sell his vision to a state whose voters re-elected Kathleen Sebelius as Governor! Some people do not understand, but that's the way the cookie crumbles in Kansas politics.

ThomasJefferson 11 years, 2 months ago

I thought he would become a lobbyist for some high powered lobbying firm in DC or work for some right-wing Christian institute. Maybe they have figured him out as a complete nobody who can't get any legislation passed.

KS 11 years, 2 months ago

Windlass - You are so kind with your words.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 2 months ago

Windlass is on the money...

PNAC Neoconservatives such as Ryun may not be republicans just simply anti american. They are definitely anti Islam which is obvious by the numbers they are killing,

preebo 11 years, 2 months ago


Good call on the PNAC (Project for a New American Century), but the problem is that Cheney is a founding member of this group and he controls the Puppet-in-Chief. The examples of this policy are rampant, just look at Iraq and the pending war with Iran. Neo-Cons are not about political party, but absolutely power for a chosen few. Real Orwellian stuff here.

Scott Tichenor 11 years, 2 months ago

Maybe we can encourage Ryun to bring back the winning campaign team of Bush and Cheney to stump for him again, but this time to West Lawrence (a real big tent??) for another fund-raiser. This will ensure his loss, and have the added benefit of offseting some of cash flowing into KC from the lost MU-KU football game. After all, you know, this is Cheney country!

Wonder if the Journal World in their infinite wisdom will endorse this clown again?

rhd99 11 years, 2 months ago

Hey, if Ryun the clown is so intent on selling, then he should join Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Ok, bad idea, but hey, it was worth a try.

rhd99 11 years, 2 months ago

Not from running the mile, but from running in elections when the punch is spiked (HAHAHA!)

BigDog 11 years, 2 months ago

I hope Ryun bows out of this rematch and lets Jenkins challenge Boyda without a primary.

preebo 11 years, 2 months ago

The simple formula is...

If we are still in Iraq in '08 then Republicans will not only fail to win back any seats, but will likely lose more. Thanks to Bush's and mostly Cheney's veiw of this war Dems only have to sit back and watch the chaos unfold. As long as they hold some line of opposition they are in like flint.

Patrick Wilbur 11 years, 2 months ago

"hold some line of opposition"

So far it has been only symbolic. If the Democrats want to accomplish anyhting of substance on this issue they must reduce funding. If they do not they are complicit with the policy (as they have been with much of the Bush admin's screw ups).

preebo 11 years, 2 months ago

"It is not in the national Interest," which comes from the non-binding resolution headed by Sen. Biden refering to the escalation of troops.

Compared to...

"The war in Iraq has been hugely successful," as stated by the Vice President, Dick Cheney on CNN.

So much for symbolic. At least now there is a dialogue, whereas this time last year all we got was "stay the course," and two thousand Americans Dead.

To get back on track, however, if the Dems can place responsibility solely on Bush and hold all the Republicans who sided with him from the beginning to him the Dems will repeat their success from last November, and maybe even eclipse it. Here's to hopin'.

Patrick Wilbur 11 years, 2 months ago

If your goal is to simply elect Democrats then I agree that is a sound strategy. I thought the goal was to end the action in Iraq.

KS 11 years, 2 months ago

Windlass, I agree with you on that one. Regardless of which party, just be educated on your vote. Unfortunately, most people are not.

Mike Ford 11 years, 2 months ago

I didn't like the neo-con figurehead robot known as Jim Ryun the first time around and don't see how the robot can reboot himself politically anytime in the future. He sounds like the tent salesmen who tried to sell cloud-seeding pellets in the early 1900's and failed, only to look for another place and time to erect his tent. However, Kansas has shown it's will of political stupidity before.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 2 months ago

Ryun dislikes big government yet stood blindly beside Bush no matter what. However he loves those big government paychecks and benefits but does not want to share them with the taxpayers who are picking up the tab.

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