Daily Archives: June 9, 2010

McKinney announces run for state treasurer

mckinneyOVERLAND PARK – State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, a Democrat, formally announced Wednesday that he is running to hold on to his spot as the state’s top financial officer.

McKinney, a long-time Greensburg representative and House minority leader, kicked off his announcement tour the night before in his hometown and traveled east, stopping in Wichita and Topeka, then wrapping up in Overland Park.

He highlighted the work his office has done since he took over the position in January 2009. Among his first actions upon taking office was to cut his own salary to help save money. Since then the department has worked to do more with less money and adopted new technology to become more efficient, he said.

McKinney said the department has returned more than $14 million to Kansas families through the Unclaimed Property department, setting a new record in the number of claims and the amount of money returned for the program.

“I know that there are a lot of families out there who need to get their money back,” he said.

McKinney will face Republican Ron Estes of Wichita in the November election.

He also pointed to his work to improve the state’s housing construction loan program through working with home builders, Realtors, lenders and lawmakers to make the program more user friendly.

His work in the program illustrated his pragmatic approach to government, McKinney said.

“I hope to share with with the people of Kansas our belief in the scripture that tells us, in these hard times we may be hard pressed but we are not crushed, we may be perplexed but we are not in despair,” he said.

Karl Rove stumps for Tiahrt Saturday

Karl Rove (2006)

Karl Rove (2006)

Karl Rove, the conservative icon and President Bush’s deputy chief of staff, will be in Wichita Saturday to lend his star power to Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s U.S. Senate campaign.

A political rally starts at Col. James Jabara Airport Hanger #1 at 2:30 p.m., and he will sign his new book, “Courage and Consequence,” from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Since Bush left office, Rove has become a Fox News contributor. He also writes op-ed columns for The Wall Street Journal and columns for Newsweek.

Schmidt files for attorney general

schmidtTOPEKA – Senate Republican Leader Derek Schmidt filed Wednesday for the state attorney general race.

Schmidt, of Independence, had announced his plans to run for the state’s top prosecutor position last fall. He will face off against Ralph DeZago, city prosecutor for Junction City and former assistant attorney general, in the Republican primary in August. The winner will face incumbent Attorney General Steve Six, a Democrat, in the November election.

“Kansans deserve an elected attorney general who understands our state’s needs and will stand up for our interests,” said Schmidt, R-Independence, who noted that five of the six current statewide officeholders were not elected to the positions they now hold. “In November, Kansas voters can again take charge of our state.”

A former assistant Kansas attorney general and current city prosecutor, Schmidt also served as special counsel to Gov. Bill Graves and as general counsel to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska. He worked his way through law school while serving on the staff of then-U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas.

Holland picks Kultala as gubernatorial running mate

Holland and Kultala - Democratic running matesOVERLAND PARK – Pitching the team as the “pragmatic and moderate” choice, Tom Holland announced Kelly Kultala as his Democratic gubernatorial running mate on Wednesday.

Baldwin City state Sen. Holland, 48, said he planned to apply his experience in business to solving the state’s problems.

“In business, when there is a problem to solve, there isn’t a Democratic way or a Republican way, there is only the right way,” he said. That is how it should be in state government, he said.

The pair is likely to face off against Republicans U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and state Sen. Jeff Colyer of Overland Park in the November election in a race where the Democrats are generally viewed as the underdogs.

Kultala, 51, is a state senator from Kansas City, Kan., who was first elected in 2008. Before that, she worked with several non-profit groups and local government including the board of commissioners for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.. Read More »

Holland picks Kultala as running mate

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland picks state Sen. Kelly Kultala as running mate, the Kansas Democratic Party just announced by text messages to supporters.

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