Daily Archives: Sept. 22, 2010

Pompeo and Goyle backers gearing up for 4th District congressional debate tomorrow





Tomorrow’s debate between 4th District Congress candidates Raj Goyle and Mike Pompeo could become a raucous affair.

Today, Pompeo’s campaign sent out an e-mail message to his supporters urging them to “Please come show your support for Mike Pompeo at the first debate of the general election!

“Please wear your Team Pompeo t-shirt and your “I Like Mike” button … Invite your family and friends and be sure to cheer loudly for Mike!”

On the other side, the Wichita-Hutchinson Labor Federation has scheduled a “Rally for Kansas Jobs” just before and outside the debate venue.

The federation is urging its members to “join your brothers and sisters from organized labor and show your support for our candidate for Congress, Raj Goyle. The first debate between Raj and his outsourcing opponent happens immediately after the rally… Bring your family, friends and signs.”

Labor issues have emerged as a clear difference between Goyle, a Democratic state representative from Wichita, and Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman. Read More »

Commissioner asks county manager to draft job description in sheriff’s office

jailinmatepicSedgwick County commissioner Gwen Welshimer this morning asked county manager William Buchanan to draft a job description for someone who would be in charge of analyzing who is in jail and what “bottlenecks” contribute to overcrowding at the facility.

Welshimer reiterated that she is not willing to add on to or build a new jail, saying it’s an “if you build it, they will come” dilemma.

Welshimer said she would like to hire a jail “liaison” who would work with commissioners about the jail’s population.

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McConnell HIV case unfortunate, commissioner says

The director of Sedgwick County’s health department updated commissioners this morning about the number of sexually transmitted diseases in the county, focusing in part on HIV and AIDS in light of a case involving a sergeant at McConnell Air Force Base.

Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez has been charged in military court with aggravated assault and other offenses, accused of knowingly having unprotected sex with others without telling them about his HIV-positive status.

Health department director Claudia Blackburn said the county encourages anyone who might have been at risk to call the county and get tested.

Documents say that Gutierrez used adult websites to find casual sex partners and attended “swinger” parties where promiscuous sex is common.

Blackburn said 729 people in the county are living with HIV or AIDS.

Commissioner Kelly Parks noted that the case at McConnell has drawn national attention. He called it unfortunate.

Commissioner Dave Unruh said he was glad that people are talking about sexually transmitted diseases instead of hiding in the dark about what was once a taboo topic.

Sedgwick County to hear about HIV and AIDS cases

WICHITA — The director of the Sedgwick County Health Department will update commissioners this morning about the number of HIV and AIDS cases and what officials are doing to encourage people to get tested.

Director Claudia Blackburn will share statistics with commissioners and talk about the impact of a case involving a sergeant at McConnell Air Force Base. David Gutierrez was charged this week in military court, accused of engaging in sexual relations with people without telling them he is HIV-positive.

The health department offers testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

During their meeting today, commissioners also will hear from county manager William Buchanan, who will give an update on criminal justice issues.

The board meets beginning at 9 a.m. in its chambers on the third floor of the courthouse, 525 N. Main. The meeting is open to the public.