Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Do voters know Jim Barnett?

October 25, 2006

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


(Emporia Gazette) Wagle, Parkinson at odds: It was a lively discussion between 2006 Kansas Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mark Parkinson and Sen. Susan Wagle Tuesday night. Some say state Sen. Jim Barnett never really introduced himself.

(Garden City Telegram) Low turnout at Barnett talk: About 10 southwest Kansas residents attended the question-and-answer session with gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett, R-Emporia, Monday night at Garden City High School. And despite the small turnout, Barnett and organizers still considered the event a success.

(KC Star) Sebelius says state back on track: Four years ago, all that political observers gave Kathleen Sebelius was a chance in her try for the governor's mansion. Today, some see her as the guardian angel of Kansas Democrats, the one who can reach across party lines and raise cash at four to five times the rate of her opponent.

(KC Star) Barnett says state lagging behind: After winning a crowded Republican primary in August, some say Sen. Jim Barnett didn't lay out for voters his background or what he wants to do as governor before he started saying why popular Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was no longer good for the state.

Attorney General

(LJW) Kline's ad sets tone for debate: A political firestorm raged Tuesday over a television ad by Republican Atty. Gen. Phill Kline that focuses on a 15-year-old unproven sexual harassment allegation against Democratic challenger Paul Morrison.

Other election news

(AP) Rural issues at forefront in western Kansas: Like many residents of the panoramic plains, those gathering around the table at a convenience store in Ellis on a recent morning for coffee and chat voice skepticism about politicians and government. Candidates spend more time in populous eastern Kansas, and many voters in western Kansas feel their rural-based issues are getting ignored. Even so, campaigns for governor and attorney general aren't being ignored in western Kansas, which is heavily Republican and typically has a higher-than-average voter turnout.

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