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(AP) Troopers group gives nod to Kline: A group that represents more than 500 active and retired Kansas Highway Patrol troopers has endorsed Attorney General Phill Kline for re-election. The incumbent Republican is seeking a second term, facing Democrat Paul Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney, in the Nov. 7 general election.
(KC Star) Kline defends record: Republican Phill Kline urged voters Wednesday to look at his record as Kansas attorney general in protecting the state's water rights and protecting children from sexual predators. He also addressed part of his record that has drawn criticism from his opponent, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, a Democrat. On Tuesday, Morrison accused Kline of conducting a fishing expedition by going to court to obtain medical records of women who have had abortions. Kline has said he was investigating allegations of child rape and illegal abortions. Kline, an ardent abortion opponent, said he spent only about 1 percent of his time on this investigation.
2nd District Congress
(Kansas Public Radio) Boyda says Ryun ducking issues:Illegal immigration and a proposed free-trade corridor between the United States and Mexico are two issues dominating the 2nd Congressional District race in Kansas. Incumbent Republican Jim Ryun said this week he still supports an immigration bill passed earlier by the House that would increase criminal penalties on illegal immigrants. But his Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda fired back yesterday (Wed.), accusing Ryun of dodging the entire issue of the proposed free-trade corridor, which she says would pose a bigger threat to national security than illegal immigration.
1st District Congress
(AP) Moran campaign cruising: Rep. Jerry Moran appears so confident he will keep his 1st District congressional seat that he has not opened a campaign office. He has not set up a campaign phone line, nor has he hired a campaign manager. Taking on the seemingly unshakable incumbent is a newcomer to politics: John Doll, a Democrat and owner of a lawn chemical spraying company in Garden City who is running for public office for the first time.
Other election news
(AP) State Fair features state politics: Hutchinson - With an election looming, the Kansas State Fair will be serving up politics along with its usual livestock, entertainment and food when it kicks off this weekend. About 325,000 people are expected to attend the fair at the renovated fairgrounds in Hutchinson. It opens Friday and continues through Sept. 17. On Saturday, the fair will host the first debate between Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her Republican challenger, Jim Barnett. The debate - the first of four planned before the election - begins at 11 a.m. in the Farm Bureau Arena.