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(Kansas Public Radio) Recap of Sebelius-Barnett debate: The two candidates for governor in Kansas have sharply different views about the state of the Kansas economy. During a debate at the State Fair in Hutchinson on Saturday, they also offered different plans for how to improve the economy in the future. Statehouse reporter Peter Hancock was at the debate and files this report.
(The Leaven commentary) Catholic archbishop critical of Sebelius' position on abortion: On May 19, Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed Senate Bill 528. This bill passed by the Kansas Legislature required abortion clinics to provide information documenting the reasons for late term abortions. ... I urge all Kansas Catholics to pray for Gov. Sebelius that she might reconsider her long held position supporting legalized abortion. Regarding the Catholic Church's teaching concerning abortion, let no one be confused. The church's understanding, as reiterated by Pope John Paul II, has been clear and consistent for two thousand years.
(AP) DA to Consider Charges in Sebelius Protestor Attack: Reno County prosecutors today are expected to begin reviewing an assault report filed by a protester during a debate at the State Fair. A man who was wearing a cockroach costume to protest Governor Sebelius while she debated Republican challenger Jim Barnett claims he was assaulted by someone in the crowd Saturday. He and another man wore cockroach costumes bearing the governor's face.They handed out cards saying cockroaches at abortion clinics loved Sebelius because she vetoed an abortion clinic inspections bill.
(AP) Attorney general candidates offer study in contrasts: Over the course of a decade, a writer based a successful series of books on the premise that men are from Mars, women from Venus. In this year's campaign for Kansas attorney general, voters have plenty of reasons to wonder if a similar metaphor fits Republican incumbent Phill Kline and Democratic challenger Paul Morrison. Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney, has made much of spending most of his adult life as a prosecutor. His rhetoric hints at years of professional triage, deciding which cases his office has the resources to pursue. Kline's sphere for more than a decade has been statewide politics, first as a Kansas House member with unusual visibility, then as attorney general. It's a sphere with bully pulpits and legislative agendas, heavy on public advocacy.
2nd District Congress
(AP) Ryun, Boyda familiar foes in 2nd District contest: Nancy Boyda's message is similar to the one she had in running for Congress two years ago: Kansans are ready for change. Whether voters in the 2nd District are ready to have the Democrat replace Republican Jim Ryun will be decided Nov. 7. Two years ago, Boyda suggested Ryun didn't know what voters were saying about him; this year, she contends they are willing to give her a chance.
3rd District Congress
(LJW) Bush's political might wanes: In the 3rd District U.S. House race that includes eastern Lawrence, incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore is facing Republican nominee Chuck Ahner, a senior vice president and chief technology officer for PNC Bank Overland Park. Because Ahner is a challenger, Bush is less likely to actively campaign in the district, said Bryan Sanders, a spokesman for Ahner's campaign.
Other election news
(Reuters) Christian, environmental coalition forming:OVERLAND PARK - Coming soon to a movie screen near you: prayers, politics and a feature-length film, united in an effort to mobilize religious groups around global warming concerns in time for the U.S. midterm election. With a new documentary titled "The Great Warming" as their chief campaign tool, a coalition of religious leaders, environmentalists and businesses are spreading copies of the film into churches around the country. Voter guides and themed sermons are also part of the plan.