Daily Archives: July 8, 2010

Kansas: 1.7 million registered voters and counting

As of July 1, Kansas has 1.7 million registered voters, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

To be exact: 1,701,520.

Of that total, 739,547 are Republican, 488,764  unaffiliated, 462,159 Democrats, 9,883 Libertarians and 1,167 Reform.

Of the state’s 105 counties, only five have more registered Democrats than Republicans: Atchison, Cherokee, Crawford, Douglas and Wyandotte.

Sedgwick County has 254,445 registered voters — 103,204 Republicans, 77,486 unaffiliated, 72,098 Democrats, 1,495 Libertarian and 162 Reform.

Deadline to register for the Aug. 3 primary is July 19.

Kansans may register online here.

Retired Army leaders defend Moran stance on terrorists

Two retired Army leaders on Thursday defended Jerry Moran’s vote against 2006 legislation to continue allowing military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.

U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Moran’s chief opponent in the Republican primary for the open Senate seat in Kansas, attacked his congressional colleague on the subject during a debate earlier this week and in his most recent TV ad.

“Moran does support tribunals for prosecuting terrorists,” Lt. Gen. Rich Keller and Sgt. Maj. Richard Young said in a joint statement issued by Moran’s campaign. “The 2006 bill was not tough enough and had too many loopholes. He voted against it.

“Since then, new laws have revised tribunals to significantly reduce the likelihood of convictions being overturned.”

In the TV ad that his campaign began broadcasting statewide Tuesday, Tiahrt said of Moran, “He votes to give terrorists constitutional rights. I believe terrorists deserve no rights.”

Tiahrt voted for the 2006 legislation.

After Tuesday night’s debate in Topeka, Moran told The Associated Press that he’d viewed the  legislation as flawed and unconstitutional.

“Let me categorically say I do not support constitutional rights for terrorists,” he said.