Daily Archives: July 14, 2010

Tiahrt’s campaign objects to Moran’s in-house poll

Todd Tiahrt’s campaign has a standing rule that it doesn’t comment on polls. We know that because his campaign has repeated that message at least twice when it has complained about an internal poll conducted for Jerry Moran, Tiahrt’s chief opponent in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas.

It happened earlier today after an internal poll conducted for Moran showed he had a 32 percentage-point lead over Tiahrt with less than three weeks before the Aug. 3 primary. Read More »

Moran raises $90,000 more than Tiahrt in second quarter

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In their Republican primary campaigns for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, Jerry Moran raised nearly $90,000 more than Todd Tiahrt during the second quarter, according to a report filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Moran also had nearly $1 million more in cash on hand than his congressional colleague at the end of the second quarter on June 30.  Moran’s cash lead is about $800,000 for the primary race when general-election funds are factored in, said Joe Aistrup, political science professor at Kansas State.

Money given for the general election can’t be used for the primary campaign, he said.

For the second quarter, Moran spent about $1 million more than Tiahrt.

With the primary election on Aug. 3 less than three weeks away, Moran closed the second quarter with $2.269 million in cash on hand to Tiahrt’s $1.282 million.

The federal report showed Moran’s campaign had net contributions during the quarter of $535,000 and Tiahrt had $446,000. That was the most Tiahrt’s campaign has raised in a quarter, Tiahrt spokeswoman Michelle Schroeder said.

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Lottery will push back casino deadline if no one applies by July 22

012909casino_br05.JPGThe Kansas Lottery Commission has established a new deadline for Sumner County casino proposals if no applications are received by the original July 22 deadline.

The lottery doesn’t expect that to happen.

“I’ll tell you very clearly, we do expect applications, more than one in that zone,” Keith Kocher, the lottery’s gaming facilities director, told commissioners at their regular monthly meeting this morning.

The new deadline would be Oct. 28. It would kick in automatically if the lottery doesn’t receive at least one valid application by July 22.

The commission also set new deadlines in the southeast zone. The deadline for applications in that zone is tomorrow, and no applications are expected.

The new deadline is Oct. 21. If no applications are received by then, the next deadline would be Jan. 20, 2011.

Commissioners defend decision to ask for review of EMS salaries

Sedgwick County commissioners Kelly Parks and Karl Peterjohn defended their decision today to ask an independent auditor to take a look at a problem county staff discovered about how EMS workers were paid.

The Eagle reported about the decision today.

Other commissioners on Tuesday expressed frustration that they were not told that Parks and Peterjohn asked for the review, for which the county expects to be billed.

Parks said it would be a “cold day down under” when he did not feel he could ask for an outside review as a public official.

Peterjohn said he and Parks did not realize there would be a charge for the review and said the county’s independent auditor had told the board several times to call anytime with questions.

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Moran raises $535,000, has $2.3 million on hand

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With the primary election less than three weeks away, U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran has nearly $2.3 million in cash for his campaign for the Senate seat in Kansas, according to a report filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Moran’s chief rival in the Republican race, will announce the status of his campaign finances later today, campaign spokeswoman Michelle Schroeder said.

Moran’s campaign closed the second quarter on June 30 with $2.269 million in cash on hand. The federal report showed his campaign had net contributions during the quarter of $535,000.

Moran, R-Hays, spent $1.75 million in the second quarter.

Since his campaign officially began Jan. 8, 2009, Moran’s net contributions are $2.83 million.

At the end of this year’s first quarter on March 31, Moran had $3.48 million in cash on hand, including $2.4 million carried over from fund-raising during his congressional races.

County budgets for 4 percent raise pool

CashRegisterSedgwick County will budget for a 4 percent raise pool for employees, but manager Wiliam Buchanan has recommended that commissioners not decide until fall if, when and how much employees would receive.

Buchanan said that will give the county flexibility to respond to the economy.

Commissioners don’t seem likely to approve a 4 percent pool. For this year, employees who make more than $75,000 received no raise, and staff who make less than $75,000 received 2 percent across-the-board raises.

Commissioner Karl Peterjohn said no public official, at any level of government, should accept a pay raise in today’s economy.

Stay on Kansas.com for more details.

Sedgwick County manager unveils his recommended budget

County Manager William Buchanan

County Manager William Buchanan

Sedgwick County manager William Buchanan has recommended his budget for next year, a roughly 1 percent increase over last year that does not raise property taxes.

The $415 million budget does not cut services but does draw on the county’s “rainy-day” reserves, Buchanan said.

The budget does not call for layoffs or job cuts.

Follow Kansas.com for updates as commissioners learn more about the plan.