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Tiahrt ad uses New York tax form

A Todd Tiahrt Senate campaign ad aimed at hitting opponent Jerry Moran on his tax record is drawing attention for another reason. The beginning of the ad available on Tiahrt's campaign website includes images of New York tax forms. "You can easily make out word 'Yonkers' and 'York' on ...

GOP 3rd district field narrows as Colyer endorses Jordan

The Republican field of contenders in the 3rd district U.S. House race became a little bit clearer Monday morning. State Sen. Jeff Colyer, R-Overland Park, sent out an announcement that he won't run, and he strongly endorsed former state Sen. Nick Jordan, a Shawnee Republican who lost a bid ...

Debate on reason for, impact of Dennis Moore’s retirement from Congress

The national media on Monday used Rep. Dennis Moore's decision to retire as an opportunity to examine a potential storyline about Democratic House members exiting to avoid tough challenges in 2010. Michael Barone says Moore would have faced an on his Twitter account for implying Moore's ...

Moran asks news networks to stop saying ‘swine flu’

Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is asking major news networks to stop referring to the H1N1 virus as "swine flu," saying it is harming the pork industry and farm families across Kansas and the nation. In the letter, Moran says that the term "swine flu" confuses consumers and could lead them to ...

Nebraska AD Osborne to stump for Moran

Senate candidate Jerry Moran, a Kansas University graduate, will get some help in raising money from Nebraska Athletics Director Tom Osborne, a former congressman, at an event before the KU-Nebraska football game Nov. 14 in Lawrence. Osborne, the legendary Nebraska football coach, will ...

McCain endorses Moran for Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran's campaign for a Senate seat says it has scored an endorsement from Sen. John McCain — of Arizona and the GOP's unsuccessful nominee for president last year. “I’m proud to endorse my friend Jerry Moran in his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Moran has a proven record ...

Dems criticize Tiahrt abortion comments that include Obama, Thomas

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, during a House floor speech Thursday argued to restrict public funding for abortions and suggested abortion could deprive the world of future great minds and named President Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as examples. Tiahrt said ...

Dems find Senate candidate?

Given his political experience in Washington, former Democratic House member Dan Glickman is probably a natural prospect as the party seeks a Senate candidate in 2010. But Glickman, in recent comments to Politico, hinted "that flirting is too strong a word" at this point. Still, no ...

A fine line on early campaigning?

The GOP Senate campaign between two Kansas Congressmen, Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, has received much attention in the media since January. Polls have the two House members virtually tied for the August 2010 primary. Tiahrt's campaign has created a statewide ad that blasts President ...

Jenkins visits Guantanamo, says closing ‘unnecessary’

As she toured the prison Monday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said President Barack Obama should put forward a plan before closing the detention facility. "I am hopeful he will put aside politics and take into account the potential risks of moving these detainees ...

Brownback has ‘serious concerns’ about Sotomayor

Sen. Sam Brownback's meeting on Wednesday with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor did not quell any of the conservative Kansas senator's concerns about her judicial philosophy. "I wanted to hear more from her as I have serious concerns about her philosophy as it relates to an activist ...

Specter party switch leaves Brownback ‘stunned’

Few people probably thought Tuesday would entail huge developments involving two politicians with Kansas ties. Most people expect the Senate in the afternoon to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, but the major story of the day ...

Early poll shows Moran-Tiahrt Senate race ‘essentially tied’

Rep. Jerry Moran's Senate campaign claimed a fundraising victory last week over Rep. Todd Tiahrt in their race for the 2010 GOP nomination. But results of a SurveyUSA poll conducted over the weekend for KCTV in Kansas City and KWCH in Wichita show "the race is essentially ...

Moran has fundraising edge in Senate race

Rep. Jerry Moran out-raised fellow Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt by about $130,000 in the first three months of the year, as the two seek the GOP nomination to replace Sen. Sam Brownback in the 2010 election. Moran, of Hays who represents the state's massive first district, was able to bring ...

Brownback says he hoped coal plant project could move forward

During a visit to Lawrence Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said he had hoped construction of two coal-fired, 700-megawatt plants near Holcomb could have moved forward. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, vetoed a bill the Legislature passed that would have allowed for construction of the ...

Brownback threatens to block Iraq nominee

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Thursday said he would do everything he can to hold up confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to be Iraq's ambassador, Chris Hill, a former assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs. Brownback and four other Republican senators earlier ...

Two groups say letter with Brownback signature was ‘misuse of religion’

Two groups say Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback should set the record straight on his position about a letter sent by the Catholic Advocate one day after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against Brownback for the letter that criticized Sen. Ted Kennedy and House ...

Anti-abortion letter on Brownback letterhead causes a stir

An anti-abortion letter printed on letterhead that names U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., criticizes Sen. Ted Kennedy and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as not being real Catholics and calling President Barack Obama a radical. A Brownback spokesman has denied the letter was ...

Poll shows Sebelius ahead of both Moran, Tiahrt for Senate seat

All the current talk about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' future has centered on if President Barack Obama will appoint her as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.But could her prospects for becoming the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat from Kansas in several decades play into the ...

Moran-Tiahrt Senate race to become official

U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, will make an announcement at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka about his plans for 2010.Tiahrt is widely expected to announce his plans to seek the Senate seat by retiring Sen. Sam Brownback, who will seek the GOP nomination for governor. ...