Daily Archives: July 30, 2010

Out-of-state group’s ad attack on Hartman and Schodorf moves to TV

An Ohio third-party political group has moved from radio to television in attacking Kansas 4th District congressional candidates Jean Schodorf and Wink Hartman.

The television ads by Common Sense Issues, which began surfacing today, are similar to radio spots the group ran earlier in the week. The source of funding for the ad campaign is unknown.

Federal Election Commission filings show the group has now spent at least $76,600 opposing Hartman and Schodorf, and supporting Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo campaign spokesman Josh Wells has said the campaign has nothing to do with the ads.

The television version of the Common Sense Issues ad calls both candidates RINOs, an acronym for “Republican in name only.”

Its script is similar to the radio version, although it drops the original opening of a man trying to obtain a “hunting license” because he is “trying to bag a RINO.”

The Schodorf campaign had vehemently complained that they thought the original ad advocated violence against their candidate.

As in the radio spot, the TV ad criticizes Schodorf for “refusing” to sign a pledge to seek to ban all public funding of abortions and Planned Parenthood.

Schodorf has said she never heard of the pledge, which turned out to be an online petition created by Common Sense Issues itself.

The group’s Web site shows Pompeo, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, and state Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, as its only Kansas signatories. The ad also criticizes a comment Hartman made in an Eagle interview, 29 years ago, supporting Planned Parenthood.

Hartman, who opposes abortion under all circumstances and most forms of birth control, has said he did not know of Planned Parenthood’s abortion-rights advocacy when he made his comment during a 1981 race for Wichita City Commission.

Common Sense Issues has not returned phone calls seeking comment.

Biggs predicts a 19 percent turnout for Kansas primary

vote-2010-header-300x48TOPEKA – Secretary of State Chris Biggs challenged Kansas voters on Friday to prove his 19 percent voter turnout prediction wrong.

That means of the state’s 1.7 million registered voters 324,000 are expected to cast ballots. That compares to 371,121 voters who participated in the 2008 primary or 22.45 percent of 1.65 million registered voters.

Biggs also said he was encouraged to see more Kansans registering to vote.

Total voter registration was 53,827 people more than in 2008; that figure includes Libertarian and Reform party voters.

Unaffiliated and Democratic voters saw the largest registration surge.

The number of unaffiliated voters increased by 38,764 to 490,395 voters, while the number of people registered as Democrats increased 11,260, bringing the total to 460,318.

Republicans still lead the state in the number of registered voters — 744,975 for this cycle — but their numbers increased the least with 3,189.

For more, read Saturday’s Wichita Eagle.