Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Campaign briefing: Campaign finance reports roll in

October 31, 2006

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

Attorney General

(Garden City Telegram) Critics say Kline takes too much credit for water litigation: As he campaigns across Kansas, Attorney General Phill Kline is touting himself as chief water litigator in court battles with Nebraska and Colorado. But critics say he has gone too far in taking credit for the work done by those who brought and won those cases - Kline's predecessors and the New Mexico law firm the state has long relied upon in river compact fights dating to the 1980's.

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Kline deputy responds to criticism: Deputy Attorney General Bryan Brown punched back Monday against a barrage of political advertising designed to undercut his personal reputation and the re-election bid of his boss.

(LJW) Out of state group spends record amount for Kline: A Washington, D.C., corporate-interest political action committee spent a record $1.5 million in nine days to help Kansas Republican Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Governor

(AP) Sebelius, Barnett report financing for campaigns: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius set a new mark for Kansas gubernatorial politics, raising more than $5.18 million in contributions for her re-election bid, the campaign reported Monday. She raised four times as much money as her Republican challenger, Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia, who raised $1.19 million through the reporting period ending Thursday.

(49abcnews) Sebelius lists education, health care as top priortites: Governor Kathleen Sebelius believes the influx of money to the state's K-12 education system is a good start towards improving education in the state, but she says more needs to be done. "Education has to continue to be a centerpiece. It's the most important work we do in the legislature. I'd like to broaden the focus beyond just K through 12 where we have a plan and I'm committed to funding that plan," Sebelius explained. She says this year will be a chance to place more emphasis on early childhood education, state universities, and skilled worker training.

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