Daily Archives: Sept. 20, 2010

KWCH poll shows Republicans sweeping statewide offices if the election were held today

vote-2010-header-300x48Republicans would win all the statewide offices if the general election were held today, showed a KWCH poll released Monday.

The poll was conducted between Sept. 14 and 16 by Survey USA.

The poll results:

Governor’s race

Sen. Sam Brownback/Sen. Jeff Colyer, R, 59 percent Sen. Tom Holland/Sen. Kelly Kultala, D, 32 percent Ken Cannon/Dan Faubion, RP, 4 percent Andrew Gray/Stacey Davis, L, 3 percent Undecided, 2 percent

Secretary of State

Kris Kobach, R, 53 percent Chris Biggs, D, 36 percent Derek Langseth , RP, 3 percent Phillip Horatio Lucas, L, 3 percent Undecided, 4 percent

Attorney General

Sen. Derek Schmidt, R, 50 percent Attorney General Steve Six, D, 41 percent Dennis Hawver, L, 5 percent Undecided, 3 percent

State Treasurer

Ron Estes, R, 58 percent Dennis McKinney, D, 37 percent Undecided, 5 percent.

The surveys for the governor’s and treasurer’s race had a 4 percent +/- rate of error and the secretary of state and attorney general race had a 4.1 percent +/- rate of error.

Low-income utility assistance program gets additional money

TOPEKA – A program that helps low-income households pay their utility bills received an additional $860,629 in emergency contingency funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps pay for home heating and cooling costs and helps weatherize eligible families’ homes, the department said in a written announcement Monday.

“The release of these funds will help ease those worries, and assure individuals in Kansas, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, that they will not be left behind during the cold winter months ahead,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Those who wish to apply to the program can receive more information through the Kansas Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services, which runs the program for the state.

The department can be contacted by phone at (785) 296-0147 or online at http://www.srs.ks.gov/services/Pages/LIEAP.aspx.

Applicants may need the following documents to apply:

  • Recent copies of your utility bills.

  • A recent payroll stub or other proof that shows your current gross income.

  • Documentation showing income from Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Pension Funds, disability, etc.

  • Final Utility Termination Notice (if you’ve received a shut-off notice from your energy company).

  • Proof of present address (e.g., rent receipt, lease or deed, property tax bill).

  • Proof of total members living in your household (e.g., birth certificates, school records, etc.).

  • Social Security cards (or numbers) for all persons living in your household.

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence.

Romney endorses Pompeo in 4th District

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has endorsed Mike Pompeo in the 4th District congressional race, the campaign announced today.

Romney was a Republican candidate for president in the 2008 primary season and is considered a likely entrant into the 2012 race.

Romney praised Pompeo’s business background and said it would be good preparation for serving in Congress.

“We don’t need professional politicians in Washington, D.C., we need more leaders with experience in the workplace,” Romney said in a written statement.

Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman, is facing state Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, in the race to succeed outgoing Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard.

Duane Goossen to leave state budget office and work for Kansas Health Institute

Duane_GoossenTOPEKA – A new face will lead the state budget office next year after Duane Goossen leaves to direct fiscal and public policy work at the Kansas Health Institute.

Goossen has served as Kansas’ budget director for 12 years starting under Republican Gov. Bill Graves and continuing under Democratic Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

“Duane is a perfect fit for KHI,” said Dr. Robert St. Peter, president and CEO. “His professional experience as a legislator and policy advisor to governors and cabinet members along with his personal reputation for integrity and his ability to bring clarity to complex issues will be tremendous assets to KHI and the work that we do.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work on the critical health, budget and human services issues that have been important to me since my days as a legislator,” Goossen said in a written statement. “And I am eager to contribute what I’ve learned about state government and fiscal policy to KHI’s ongoing work.”

The institute is a non-profit research and policy organization that also operates the KHI News Service. It was founded in 1995 with a multiyear operating grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.

Prior to becoming the state budget director, Goossen served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997 representing the 70th District which includes Chase and Marion counties and part of Butler County.

He is a 1978 graduate of Bethel College and in 1998 earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also has served as president of the National Association of State Budget Officers.