Kline, Morrison butt heads in debate
(Wichita Eagle) SRS inquiry leads to reforms: The governor's investigation of a Wichita case has prompted reforms in the way state workers investigate reports of child abuse and has led to several people in the local child-protection office being disciplined. The investigation exposed "serious weaknesses in the system that need to be improved right now," Matt All, chief counsel for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, said Thursday. ... Told of Sebelius' action on SRS, her Republican challenger in the governor's race, state Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia, said Thursday, "It is unfortunate that it took three years for the office of the governor to deal with what has been an ongoing issue."
(Wichita Eagle) Attorney general race too close to call: The two contenders in the campaign for state attorney general butted heads Thursday over crime and privacy in a Wichita debate, while a new poll shows the race is too close to call. Attorney General Phill Kline and his opponent, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, repeatedly accused each other of distorting records, backgrounds, intentions and history itself.
(Hutch News) Pastors: Church, politics should not be mixed: Pulpits should be used for preaching, not politicking, several pastors from different denominations across the state said Thursday. The comments came in response to questions about political participation by religious organizations prompted by a leaked campaign memo. The document outlined Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's efforts to boost his re-election campaign through appearances at conservative churches.
2nd District Congress
(Kansas City Star) Party and PAC money spigot shuts to a trickle as Boyda again challenges Ryun: Want an introduction to the harsh vagaries of political life? Look no further than Kansas' 2nd Congressional District. There, Democratic hopeful Nancy Boyda has gone from a well-funded national party darling to an afterthought in one political cycle. Democrats in Washington are increasingly confident this year that they will win control of the House, pointing to the biggest field of potential seat pick-ups since the 1994 Republican landslide. As many as 40 seats are in play, experts say. Yet that confidence has not spread to the eastern Kansas district, represented since 1996 by Republican Jim Ryun.
3rd District Congress
(Kansas City Star) Kansas congressman called soft on terror: The Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore on Wednesday criticized his opponent's stance on the war on terror. During a news conference at his Overland Park campaign headquarters, Chuck Ahner said that Moore, a Democrat from Lenexa, wrongly voted to kill the Patriot Act last year and opposed the death penalty for terrorists. Moore's campaign manager, Julie Merz, said in a statement that Ahner was mischaracterizing Moore's stance on the issues.