Archive for Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Sheriff withdraws support for Kline

November 1, 2006

Here are today's headlines from the 2006 election race:

Attorney General

(Iola Register) Sheriff drops support of Kline: Allen County Sheriff Tom Williams, one of 89 Kansas sheriffs who pledged support to Phill Kline in his bid to be re-elected Kansas attorney general, withdrew his support Monday. In an e-mail to the Kline campaign, shared with the Register, Williams said he was pulling his support "because of the ads (about a sexual harassment allegation) ... that has been dealt with in court some time ago."The ads centered on allegations of sexual harassment by an employee of Paul Morrison, Kline's Democratic opponent, that were made 15 years and were dismissed.

(KC Star) Abortion politics funding AG's race: The candidates don't talk about it much, but abortion politics is thriving in Kansas and is focused primarily on the heated attorney general's race. Proof of that came this week with campaign finance reports showing independent expenditures of almost $500,000 in efforts to defeat Phill Kline, the incumbent attorney general.

(AP) Kline says office received abortion records a week ago: Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Tuesday night that his office has received the records of 90 patients from two abortion clinics and is reviewing them for possible crimes.

Governor

(KC Star) Gubernatorial candidates at odds on many issues: One's a state senator and doctor who says Kansas needs leadership, not a governor "who sits on the sidelines." The other is the incumbent, who says she's led the state to good economic times and is responsible for helping resolve the school finance issue. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Republican Sen. Jim Barnett are vying for the state's top job. Also running for Kansas governor are Libertarian Carl Kramer and Reform Party candidate Richard Lee Ranzau, both from Wichita. The two majority party candidates disagree on many issues facing Kansas, from gambling and the board of education to school finance and the economy.

2nd District Congress

(KC Star) More jobs is the main point of agreement in this race: n the race for Kansas' 2nd District seat in Congress, it might be easier to recount what the two major party candidates agree on rather than their differences. It's clear both want to see the district prosper with more jobs. The squabbling largely begins from there. The 2006 race is an aggressive rematch from 2004 when Republican Jim Ryun defeated Democrat Nancy Boyda. And though Boyda lost by a 15 percentage-point margin, she believes momentum is on her side this year. She begins with more name recognition than before, and she could benefit if the predicted Democratic surge comes to pass across the country.

3rd District Congress

(KC Star) Ahner in uphill bid against incumbent Moore: They differ on the war in Iraq, the economy and social issues such as gay marriage. However, unlike previous elections in the Kansas 3rd congressional district, this one has drawn scant attention. Political analysts say incumbent Dennis Moore of Lenexa has an advantage over challenger Chuck Ahner of Overland Park because of his political experience and large campaign chest. On Tuesday, voters will make the call on who should serve the next two years in the U.S. House. Moore, a Democrat and former district attorney in Johnson County, is seeking a fifth term. Ahner, a Republican and West Point graduate, is a senior technology officer at a commercial real estate company. This would be his first public office.

Kansas Board of Education

(Hutchinson News) Wempe tops Willard in campaign funds: Running in largely Republican territory, Democrat Jack Wempe, Lyons, has out-raised and out-spent Republican incumbent Ken Willard, Hutchinson, in the State Board of Education's 7th District race.

(KC Star) 3rd district candidates' views diverge:o The two candidates for the Kansas Board of Education 3rd District seat offer voters a clear choice between political philosophies.

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