Daily Archives: March 2, 2010

Brownback 55, Holland 33 in poll

Brownback

Brownback

Holland

Holland

The first poll to be released on the Kansas governor’s race has U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback a comfy 22 points ahead of his new Democratic opponent, state Sen. Tom Holland.

The Rasmussen poll indicates Brownback has the support of 55 percent of likely voters, compared to Holland with 33 percent. Four percent are rooting for someone else, and 8 percent are undecided.

Rasmussen concludes that while congressional incumbents face tough re-election campaigns elsewhere, “Brownback appears to be suffering little ill will from Kansas voters as he downshifts from a national political position to a state one.”

Holland just started his campaign two weeks ago.

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McGinn named Conservation Legislator of the Year

mcginnTOPEKA – The Kansas Wildlife Federation named Sen. Carolyn McGinn the Conservation Legislator of the Year in a ceremony over the weekend.

“I appreciate the work of the KWF, and to receive this honor from them means a great deal. We are stewards of this land and its bountiful resources, and I am grateful to be able to play a small role in that effort,” said McGinn, a Sedgwick Republican, in an announcement Tuesday. She chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

“…Senator McGinn has played a vital role in virtually every piece of major wildlife, parks or boating legislation that has passed since 2005, Read More »

Justice Concepts appears to have support to continue work on jail issues

jailA majority of Sedgwick County commissioners appear ready to support jail consultant Justice Concepts Inc. finishing parts of its original $124,616 contract.

The county hired Justice Concepts in 2008 to identify ways to reduce the inmate population at the Sedgwick County Jail. Its contract expired June 4, 2009, and the county has yet to receive written recommendations. The consultant also didn’t meet its goal of reducing the jail’s population by 25 percent. Read More »

Minority contractors ask Sedgwick County for work

Contractor Moses Thompson talks about some of the demolition work he has in south Wichita. (Mar. 6, 2006)

Contractor Moses Thompson talks about some of the demolition work he has in south Wichita. (Mar. 6, 2006)

United Builders and Contractors, which represents African-American businesses in the construction industry, wants a piece of the pie when it comes to Sedgwick County projects.

The chairman of the association, Eugene Anderson, told commissioners today that the group has met with the county before about establishing a purchasing policy that promotes diversity and ensures that African-American and “other economically and socially disadvantaged businesses maximize opportunity to participate in, compete for and be utilized by Sedgwick County in its procurement of goods and services.” Read More »