Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2006

Campaign briefing: IRS asked to look at Kline’s church activities

October 26, 2006

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

Attorney General

(New York Times) Watchdog Group Accuses Churches of Political Action: A nonprofit group has filed a complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the role that two churches may have played in the re-election campaign of Kansas' attorney general. The complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan legal watchdog organization, cited a memorandum from the attorney general, Phill Kline, a Republican, directing members of his campaign staff to recruit churches to distribute campaign literature and serve as the sites for events. "This is the top law enforcement official in the state who is encouraging everyone to break the law," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group. "He's either abysmally unfamiliar with the law, or he's deliberately violating it." A spokeswoman for Mr. Kline, Sherriene Jones, did not return calls to her office.

(AP) Morrison's accuser says she received no money: A woman who filed suit in 1991 alleging sexual harassment by Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison, now the Democratic nominee for Kansas attorney general, said Wednesday she received no money when her lawsuit was dismissed by mutual agreement. Kelly Summerlin, 49, also told Kansas City, Mo., television station KMBC she had been unaware until recently that Republican Atty. Gen. Phill Kline had made her case against Morrison a campaign issue.

(LJW) Anti-Kline mailings linked to Tiller: Who is behind mailings and ads in the attorney general's race is about as clear as the mud being thrown by the candidates. Republican Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and Democrat Paul Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney, are locked in a bitter campaign that has attracted special interest groups that aren't what they appear to be. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection - the group responsible for the recent "Snoop Dog Kline" mailings criticizing Kline - is linked to George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who specializes in late-term abortions. And the group responsible for recent ads that accuse Morrison of being soft on crime operates from K Street in Washington, D.C., and is bankrolled by some of the largest corporate interests in the nation.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Disputed ad pulled: A television campaign ad denounced as misleading by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Democrat attorney general candidate Paul Morrison is being pulled by the out-of-state political organization responsible for the spot, station managers said Wednesday. The ad, which touts Republican Attorney General Phill Kline and was financed by the Republican State Leadership Committee, originally was to have run in Kansas through the morning of the election, Nov. 7. However, the Maryland company handling the ad buy informed stations that it was pulling the plug and wanted to be reimbursed for advance payments.

2nd District Congress

(49abcnews) Congressman races towards end of campaign with mind on immigration: Rep. Jim Ryun is hoping to tack on two more years to his ten-year career as (congressman). Ryun was also an Olympic runner and World Record holder. His re-election campaign is centered on tax breaks, smaller government, immigration and representing Kansas values. In his past five terms as a representative, Ryun said he helped the 2nd District and thousands of Kansans better their lives.

(49abcnews) Boyda: "Medicare Part D bill has to be overhauled immediately": Nancy Boyda is hoping to unseat Rep. Jim Ryun, a 10-year veteran representative of Kansas' 2nd District, Nov. 7. The race appears to be close, so the candidates are getting serious about sending their messages to the public. Here's where Nancy stands on some of the issues: Nancy worked in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry. She advocates for an overhaul of the nation's health care system - a bipartisan plan. "The Medicare Part D bill has to be overhauled immediately," she said. "We want that benefit for our seniors, but it's costing us $552 billion that's going straight to the debt."

3rd District Congress

(Johnson County Sun) Policies for war in Iraq, ethics, health care split 3rd Congressional District candidates: Their approaches for dealing with questions of ethics, health care and the economy differ, but agreement on other issues exists in the race between conservative Republican Chuck Ahner, 40, Overland Park, and a middle-of-the-road Democrat, U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, 60, Lenexa. A central issue separating congressional candidates in races from the East to West coasts - how to approach the war in Iraq - also divides Ahner and Moore in the 3rd Congressional District race. Asked whether they would have voted to go to war against Saddam Hussein's regime, knowing what is now known, Ahner said he felt "uncertain" without answering "yes" or "no." "Despite Americans' frustration with the war, what is certain is the world is much better off without Saddam's cruel dictatorship over women and children," Ahner said. Moore answered he would not have gone to war then knowing what he knows now.

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