Archive for Thursday, October 12, 2006

Campaign briefing: Backlash over Sebelius’ plans for education board

October 12, 2006

Governor

(AP) Sebelius' ed board remarks attacked: A proposal from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to strip the state school board of its power over education policy is an attempted "power grab," the Republican challenging her re-election said Wednesday. Sebelius, a Democrat seeking a second term this year, said she would make the 10-member elected board advisory and have the governor appoint a secretary to oversee the Department of Education. Sebelius criticized the board's 6-4 conservative Republican majority. She even suggested to a newspaper's editorial board Tuesday that the board is like the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. and his followers' anti-gay picketing in the bad publicity it brings Kansas. Barnett said while he would support changing the board so that it has an odd number of members - to avoid gridlock - he wouldn't take away its power or abolish it in favor of an appointed board or secretary.

(Kansas Public Radio) Tuition hikes become issue in governor's race: The issue of funding K-through-12 public education has gotten a lot of attention from candidates in Kansas this year. But so far, there's been relatively little talk of funding HIGHER education. A new report shows state funding for colleges and universities is now at an all-time low. And many parents are now feeling the sticker shock from the latest round of tuition increases.

(Wichita Eagle) Sebelius raising more than Barnett from out of state: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is raising money more than 4-to-1 over Republican challenger Jim Barnett and has brought in more money from out of state than Barnett has raised in total.

2nd District Congress

Read the transcript of the online chat with Nancy Boyda, the Democratic candidate challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun.

3rd District Congress

Read the transcript of the online chat with incumbent U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, the Democratic candidate being challenged by Chuck Ahner.

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