40 years ago: Anonymous group urges Sen. Dole to run for Kansas governor

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 19, 1974:

  • Sen. Bob Dole received a letter this week from an anonymous group of Eastern Kansas Republicans urging him to run for governor. The letter had been sent through local lawyer Jack Brand, Third District GOP chair and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce president. Brand emphasized that he was only “a conduit” for the idea and said that he would tell Dole the names of the persons making the suggestions but would not make the names public. Later in the week, Dole said he was sticking to his plan of running for re-election to the U.S. Senate and had no plans to seek the Kansas governorship.
  • Kansas University’s Student Senate was backing a two-week trial of a commuter bus service between Kansas City, Kansas, and the Lawrence campus. Several students were to drive the bus in return for free transportation, the senate office said.
  • Liquor continued to be a hot topic in Topeka this week as a proposal that would have reduced the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 was defeated by a unanimous vote in a House committee. A measure prescribing penalties for driving under the influence was also introduced in the Senate this week.