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In 2nd District, Republican contenders already battling

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) / 2nd District[(Politico) Campaign Notebook: Dust-Up in the Wind:][1] Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment -- "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" -- is not just being broken in Kansas, it's being shattered. In a Republican primary more than a year away, surrogates of the party's two leading congressional candidates, former Rep. Jim Ryun and state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, are attacking each other in unusually harsh terms. The Club for Growth shot out a press release last week arguing Jenkins' past record in the Kansas state legislature "is a litany of one tax hike after another" and that Americans "can't afford to have Lynn Jenkins in Congress." ..."I was surprised by the length of the [club's] release and how early it was," said Kansas Republican party executive director Christian Morgan. "It's always a game to see who's going to throw the first punch. And it seems like Club for Growth threw the punch, and the 14-month campaign is on." The 2nd District seat, currently held by Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda, is considered one of the Republicans' best pickup opportunities, but the intraparty squabbling could end up bloodying the eventual nominee, forcing the candidate to spend campaign funds. "We've got to be focused on Nancy Boyda," said Morgan. "It would be unfortunate if it just turned out to be a bloodbath between third-party groups."Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![][2][(Wichita Eagle) Farms, ranches feel storms' fury:][3] The worst of the tornadoes in central Kansas on May 4 and 5 wiped out Greensburg. But up to a half-dozen others tore out miles of fences, shredded shelter belt wind breaks, ripped down barns and sheds, and demolished farm homes. Torrential rains then sent Cow Creek, Rattlesnake Creek and the Arkansas River spilling across fields of heading wheat and newly planted corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. "The flooding cut a path about four or five miles wide in a diagonal across Rice County," said Doug Keesling, who farms and runs a seed business near Chase. Flooding also hit Barton, Stafford, McPherson, Marion and Reno counties, and several other counties in the northeast. Farmers are hampered in recovery efforts because federal disaster aid, if offered at all, will be years in coming, Keesling said. The federal disaster declaration covers Kiowa, Pratt, Edwards and Stafford counties. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, said additional counties can be added to that list at the governor's request and with FEMA approval. "That takes care of people's homes and things like power lines and phone lines," Moran said. [1]: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0507/3940.html [2]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [3]: http://www.kansas.com/106/story/70273.html

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JohnBrown 7 years, 2 months ago

Jim Ryun has some explaining to do: how did he manage to help the Republicans spend so much money during his watch? What was he doing while Bush & Co were dismantling our military?

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dagopman 7 years, 2 months ago

I don't believe in evolution either. At least the theory that says we were created by the impact of dust particles.

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drewdun 7 years, 2 months ago

"I don't believe in evolution either"

I am shocked.

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sandrat 7 years, 2 months ago

drewdun,

I have no problem with evolution, but I draw the line when these "scientists" start talking about light being both a wave and a particle. I've got to have an absolute answer and if I don't get it now, then we need to add my alternate theory to the science textbook: that the Greek god of the sun rides through the sky in a bright chariot, pulling the sun behind him. I call my theory, the Apollo Creed.

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