Daily Archives: Aug. 2, 2010

Gov. Parkinson endorses senator for Sedgwick County commission

Gov. Mark Parkinson is making campaign calls on behalf of Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who is seeking a seat on the Sedgwick County commission.

A Democrat, Faust-Goudeau is running for the District 4 seat now occupied by Kelly Parks. Parks, a Republican, is not running for re-election.

Faust-Goudeau is facing former Wichita City Council member Sharon Fearey in the primary.

A spokeswoman for Parkinson said that the governor had known Faust-Goudeau for years and “appreciated her commitment to balancing the budget, protecting education and creating jobs while in the Statehouse. He believes she will continue to serve the people of Sedgwick County well as a county commissioner.”

More than 6,500 Sedgwick County residents cast vote early in person

Early voting closed at noon today, and Sedgwick County election commissioner Bill Gale said 6,654 people had cast an advance ballot in person.

The office mailed out 14,500 advance ballots. As of Monday’s mail, voters had returned about 10,000, Gale said.

Advance ballots are due to the election office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

KDOT announces poster contest to “Put the Brakes on Fatalities”

From a press release by the Kansas Department of Transportation:

Kids ages 5 to 13 in Kansas are encouraged to enter artwork for a statewide poster contest focusing on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day – a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce all traffic fatalities.

Three statewide winners will receive family packages at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City. Statewide winners will also receive $50 gas cards from QuikTrip Corporation.

A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) across the state will each receive a bicycle donated by Wal-Mart stores in Kansas as well as a helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas.

All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 3, and should be mailed to: AAA Kansas, Public Affairs, 3545 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS, 66606. On the back of the 8 ½ by 11-inch paper entry must be the child’s full name; age at time of entry; mailing address; county; a parent’s name; and contact phone number. For more information, go to KDOT’s Internet main website page at www.ksdot.org.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people ages 6-33. It’s important to encourage everyone – drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists – to take extra caution every day and especially on Oct. 10, the day officially designated as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day.

Parkinson gives last-minute endorsement to Biggs

TOPEKA – With Election Day less than 24 hours away, Gov. Mark Parkinson tossed his support behind Secretary of State Chris Biggs in the Democratic contest for that slot.

“Last March I had the privilege of appointing Chris Biggs as Secretary of State citing his experience holding a statewide office and his commitment to public service. Today I am once again endorsing Chris in the Democratic primary,” Parkinson said in a written statement.

Biggs faces state Sen. Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City, Kan., in the primary, for which polls open tomorrow at 7 a.m.

The Democratic primary winner will face the Republican winner in a three-way race that pits Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth “Libby” Ensley, J.R. Claeys of Salina and former Kansas GOP chairman and law professor Kris Kobach against each other.

Moran, Tiahrt stay busy as Election Day draws near

Republican Senate candidates Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt maintained busy campaign schedules today as they headed down the stretch toward Tuesday’s primary election.

Moran began the day with a meet-and-greet in Topeka, then was joined by U.S. Sen Tom Coburn, R-Okla., at another meet-and-and greet in Johnson County.

Tiahrt spent the day in the Wichita area. It began with a press conference at the Bullet Stop, an outdoor store on West Pawnee, where Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt was on hand to announce his endorsement of Tiahrt.

Tiahrt also  held a meet-and-greet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Derby Recreation Center.

Moran also announced today that he had added the endorsement of two Wichita businessmen, David Murfin and Hale Ritchie.

Poll shows Moran still leading, but Tiahrt gaining ground

With only hours remaining before the election, a poll released today showed Jerry Moran continued to hold a lead over Todd Tiahrt in their Republican primary race for the Senate, but the margin between the two Kansas congressmen has narrowed.

Moran held a 10 percentage point lead in a poll conducted by SurveyUSA for KWCH, Channel 12. That’s 4 points less than the lead Moran held over Tiahrt two weeks ago.

Over the last two months, Tiahrt has gained 10 points. “Todd Tiahrt continues to gain ground on Jerry Moran, with a close finish possible,” the pollster wrote.

In the poll, Moran received 49 percent and Tiahrt 39 percent.  Tom Little, a Mound City accountant, picked up 3 percent. Robert Londerholm, who withdrew from the race last month but whose name will be on the ballot, was at 2 percent. Eight percent were undecided. The margin of error was a plus or minus 3.5 percent.

On the Democratic side of the Senate primary, the poll had Baker University assistant dean Lisa Johnston with a slight lead over journalist Charles Schollenberger. Johnston received 29 percent and Schollenberger 21 percent. The margin of error was 4.8 percent.

State Sen. David Haley had 12 percent, attorney Patick Wiesner 6 percent and retired railroad engineer Bob Conroy 7 percent. There were 25 percent undecided.

The polls were conducted from last Thursday through Sunday. Of those polled, 837 were determined likely to be Republican voters in the primary and 441 were determined to be Democratic voters in the primary.