Congressional Briefing

Moore tells supporters he’s running for re-election in 2010

Shortly after Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore won a sixth term in November, speculation swirled that he might retire at the end of his term.But in a Dec. 23 letter mailed to supporters, Moore announces: "I want you to be the first to know that I am officially running for my seventh ...

Jenkins takes the oath of office

Republican Lynn Jenkins is now officially a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.She took the oath of office from the House floor in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon."It was a swearing-in (ceremony). We said 'I do,' and now it's time to get to work," Jenkins said in a phone interview ...

Bailout protest planned in Franklin County

The fate of the financial bailout in Congress dominated national news Wednesday: GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain suspended his campaign, and President Bush delivered a prime-time address urging Capitol Hill leaders to pass the plan, which has a price tag of $700 billion.Members of the ...

Brownback as U.S. attorney general?

Now that Hurricane Gustav has made land fall, it appears coverage of the Republican National Convention will ramp up in the next three days.A Roll Call article by Louis Jacobson focuses on Sen. John McCain's potential cabinet selections, should he defeat Sen. Barack Obama in November.One name ...

Debates on tap for congressional seats

Voters in eastern Kansas will get plenty of chances to compare incumbent Rep. Nancy Boyda and her challenger Lynn Jenkins, the state treasurer.Boyda, a Democrat, has proposed four town hall-style debates in September and October. Jenkins, a Republican who defeated former Congressman Jim Ryun in ...

Senators asking DoD to give Boeing more time

Kansas Republican Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts are asking the Department of Defense to give Boeing [more time to submit its bid][1] for a $40 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract.Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently reopened the bidding process after the Government ...

Brownback to speak at Republican National Convention

Most of the discussion today in Kansas political circles is centered on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's selection of a vice presidential nominee because a certain governor [is apparently in the mix.][1]Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is also slated to speak at next week's ...

Poll: Roberts’ lead is now 19 points

The latest [Rasmussen poll][1] has incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., ahead of his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, 55 percent to 36 percent with "leaners" included.The telephone poll was conducted Aug. 11 in a survey of 500 likely voters.The Slattery camp could spin this ...

Brownback: China set up to spy on Olympic hotel guests

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback today accused the Chinese government of not living up to its end of the bargain when it was awarded the Beijing Olympics. He alleged China has set up a system to spy and gather information on guests at hotels.Here's a video from the AP: Reuters [also quoted][1] from ...

Ryun, Jordan raise more money than Boyda, Moore in last period

An article in The Hill [this week][1] reported that Republican U.S. House candidates Jim Ryun and Nick Jordan raised more money in the last three and a half months than their primary opponents Lynn Jenkins and Paul Showen and than their potential Democratic opponents, incumbents Nancy Boyda and ...

Rasmussen poll: Roberts, McCain have 20-point Kansas advantages

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -I'm sitting here on press row at Union Station, waiting for Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, to begin a town hall meeting.We also wanted to pass along some interesting polling information by Rasmussen Reports released this week [ that says McCain now ...

Kansas lawmakers still watching new tanker bid process

**Air Force Tanker Contract** Members of Congress, including in Kansas and Washington, praised Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision Wednesday to reopen the bidding process for a major Air Force tanker project after the Government Accountability Office identified eight flaws when the Air ...

Boyda continues to wrangle with NRCC

Kansas Second Congressional District U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda's staff called a claim "malarkey" in a [Harris News Service story this morning][1] after Republican Jim Ryun's campaign said this week she voted "for the largest tax increase in history."The criticism comes after a March vote on a ...

Projections list Roberts as safe; ‘no clear favorite’ in Boyda race

**Polls**[(Harris News Service) Poll shows Roberts ahead:][1] Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently told reporters in Denver that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama could win Kansas in November's presidential election. ... But a Web site, www.fivethirtyeight.com, which utilizes polling data to ...

Kansas delegation blasts defense department on Boeing snub

[(AFP) U.S. lawmakers blast defense department:][1] Lawmakers have reacted angrily after the U.S. military awarded a $35 billion aircraft deal to Europe's Northrop Grumman/EADS group, in a major blow to U.S. manufacturer Boeing. "It's stunning to me that we would outsource the production of ...

Candidate regrets: Brownback wishes he’d ‘been funnier’

[(Nationa Journal) National Journal conducts Q&A with Brownback:][1] Q: Looking back, is there anything you wish you'd done differently? Sam Brownback: Been funnier -- would have been helpful. They're mostly minor issues. I wish we hadn't had the immigration debate during most of my ...

Ryun has raised and spent more money than Boyda, Jenkins

Rep. Nancy Boyda (D)![][1] [(Topeka Capital-Journal) Cash flows in 2nd district race:][2] Three candidates in the 2nd District already have raised $1.7 million, nearly matching the $1.8 million raised during the entire 2006 race. The fundraising spigot is wide open because of national parties ...

Magazine story references final days of Brownback’s campaign

Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1] [( Time) And who are you?:][2] Each of these candidates harbors a Rocky-like hope. But they're also in deep - financially to donors and emotionally to volunteers who have quit jobs or taken a semester off from school - so they need a reason to stop other than ...

Roberts announces DoD money to promote math, science skills

Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(Salina Journal) Roberts announces DoD grant to promote math, science skills:][2] Sen. Pat Roberts' office Wednesday announced $240,000 was awarded to Kansas STARBASE by the Department of Defense to promote math and science skills to youth. The STARBASE program, which ...

Brownback wants conditions before removing North Korea from terrorism list

Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(The Korea Times) Brownback demands conditions before removing N. Korea from terrorism list:][2] A senior U.S. senator introduced a resolution setting conditions for removing North Korea from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring nations, one of the key incentives ...