Author Archives: Steve Kraske

Six vows to crack down on illegal robo calls

vote 2010 headerWith the Aug. 3 primary looming, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six today issued a stern warning to campaign committees:

Any call using a pre-recorded message must identify the party initiating the call and include a telephone number to reach them. Read More »

Tancredo withdraws support from Moran, backs Tiahrt

vote 2010 headerLeading immigration foe Tom Tancredo, the former Colorado congressman, today withdrew his endorsement of Kansas Senate candidate Jerry Moran and gave it to rival candidate Todd Tiahrt.

In doing so, Tancredo said Moran had deceived him.

Tancedo wrote this (as released by the Tiahrt camp):

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Kansas unclaimed property returns setting records

$100sA lot of other Kansans these days are going to and finding out that the state is holding money in their name.

Maybe it was an old apartment deposit, and the landlord didn’t have a forwarding addess. Or someone made a utility payment unnecessarily, and the utility didn’t know where to send the refund.

It happens.

These days, state Treasurer Dennis McKinney reports, the state is holding $200 million in unclaimed property. Read More »

Republican state senator to oppose Jenkins in 2nd Congressional District primary

Lynn JenkinsFreshman Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins from Kansas’ 2nd District has picked up a Republican opponent as she seeks re-election this year.

Two-term state Sen. Dennis Pyle of Sabetha , a farmer, cited what he called Jenkins’ “questionable votes” and support from liberal groups.

From a Pyle statement:

“This race will be an issue-oriented one, and we will clearly define the differences between us. Most voters base their choices on the combination of a candidate’s record and rhetoric. With me, they will find no differences.

Kansas Democrats get another candidate for U.S. Senate

Her name is Lisa Johnston.

She’s an assistant dean for student academic services at Baker University, and she lives in Overland Park.

She’ll be kicking off her bid at noon Wednesday at the Hudson Auditorium at Johnson County Community College.

Sean Tevis, a 2008 Kansas State House of Representatives candidate, will introduce Johnston.

Here’s her website.

She joins Charles Schollenberger who just reported $100,000 in his campaign warchest and Patrick Coriolan, who hasn’t raised a penny, according to the Federal Election Commission.

That means there will be an Aug. 3 primary. The winner takes on Republican Todd Tiahrt or Jerry Moran.

Brownback’s approval rating drops in poll

US NEWS BROWNBACK 1 KRTWhat’s up with Sen. Sam Brownback?

Better question: What’s down with the senator?

We know one thing that’s down: His poll numbers.

SurveyUSA’s latest has him at 41 percent approving of the job he’s doing as a U.S. senator … and 47 percent disapproving.

That’s the first time SurveyUSA has had him upside down since November 2007. And it’s only the second time since May 2005.

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Liddy Dole donates to Tiahrt; Brett goes with Moran

Elizabeth Dole has donated to Republican Todd Tiahrt’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in Kansas.

So has the son of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts.

The donations may or may not indicate where their famous relations stand in the primary race between Tiahrt, the congressman from Wichita, and Jerry Moran, the congressman from Hays.

Moran’s camp, meantime, is boasting of getting the backing of Royals great George Brett, who is taking part in a fund-raising event for Moran within the next few weeks.

Elizabeth Dole, a former North Carolina senator and wife of former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, contributed $1,000 on Feb. 18.

David Roberts, son of Sen. Pat Roberts, donated $1,000 on March 18, 2009, and $250 more on Nov. 23.

Neither Bob Dole or Pat Roberts have indicated publicly that they back any one candidate in the race.

Roberts, CIA clash over whether Kansan ordered torture tapes destroyed

patrobertsThe CIA says that Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts ordered key tapes destroyed that  showed agency officials waterboarding terror suspect Abu Zubayda.

“Senator Roberts listened carefully and gave his consent,” a summary of the briefing states.

Roberts, who was the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time, says that’s not true.

“At no time did Senator Roberts assent to the destruction of any videotapes,” spokeswoman Sarah Little said.

The Politico has more here.

Moran changes campaign managers

Jerry Moran’s campaign for the U.S. Senate today confirmed that Aaron Trost is out as campaign manager.

The new captain is Paul Moore, a veteran of John Ashcroft’s Justice Department, a Kansas City native and an Overland Park resident.

Also out is campaign spokesman Dan Lara, who is leaving for family reasons. A new spokesperson has not been named.

A campaign official denied any major staff shakeup. Trost simply decided he wanted to do something different, and had Moran’s support until the end, the official said.

Trost “left us in great shape,” added the official. Moran leads in the polls and has outraised his GOP rival for the nomination, fellow Congressman Todd Tiahrt.

Trost has been unavailable for comment in recent days.

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Tiahrt wins backing of James Dobson

tiahrt_toddRepublican Senate hopeful Todd Tiahrt just picked up the endorsement of James Dobson, of Focus on the Family fame.

“I believe it is imperative that we elect Christian leaders who will fight for the principles that promote strong family values,” Dobson said.

“Todd has never cowered in the face of a tough fight. Whether it is defending the lives of the unborn, working to preserve parental rights or standing up for traditional marriage, he has been willing to fight important battles at a time when many chose to sit on the sidelines.”

Dobson continued, “Todd not only votes the right way, but he also speaks out and helps lead the fight to get conservative policies enacted. His activism is not a recent development, but a mark of his entire political career.”