Category Archives: Election 2010

Kassebaum Baker joins Schmidt’s run for attorney general

TOPEKA – Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker will be one of four co-chairs on state Sen. Derek Schmidt’s run for attorney general.

She joins former Kansas Bureau of Investigation director Larry Welch as one of the statewide chairs. The other two have not yet been announced.

“I have known Derek Schmidt since he was a valued member of my Senate staff in the early 1990s,” Kassebaum Baker said. “He put himself through law school while serving on my staff, and I saw up close his work ethic and determination.

Schmidt, from Independence and currently the Senate Republican Leader, is running against Attorney General Steve Six, a Democrat.

Schmidt served as a member of Kassebaum Baker’s Senate staff from 1991 until 1997. He studied law at Georgetown University from which he graduated in 1996.

“Derek and I sometimes agree on issues, and sometimes disagree, but I always value the reasoned thought and solid judgment he applies to issues,” Kassebaum Baker said in a statement put out by the campaign.

Brownback talks tourism in the Flint Hills

tallgrassCOUNCIL GROVE – During an all-day trek through the Flint Hills, Sen. Sam Brownback unveiled his plan to bring more tourists to the state.

Standing outside The Cottage House Motel in Council Grove Friday morning, Brownback, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, vowed to do more to attract visitors.

“Kansas has been blessed with a lot of God’s art,” he told the crowd of about 60 “We’ve known about it all along but we need to share this with people.”

He proposed developing a system of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails that would connect to other points of interest in the rolling tallgrass prairie. Read More »

NRA endorses Six for attorney general

TOPEKA – The National Rifle Association has thrown its support behind incumbent Attorney General Steve Six.

“On behalf of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund and the tens of thousands of NRA members in Kansas, I am pleased to inform you of your ‘A’ rating and endorsement in the 2010 General Election for Attorney General,” Randy Kozuch, Director of State and Local Affairs at the NRA, wrote to Six’s campaign.

The association noted that Six had joined a “friend of the court” legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago. The brief argued that the Second Amendment guarantees a right that applies to all Americans.

“I’ve focused on keeping politics out of the Attorney General’s office and making the priority enforcing Kansas laws,” Six said in a written statement. “This endorsement is recognition of my commitment to protecting Second Amendment rights and the rights of Kansans to defend themselves.”

Six, a Democrat, is running against Senate Republican Leader Sen. Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, for the state’s top prosecutor position.

Former KBI director to help chair Schmidt’s attorney general campaign

TOPEKA – Former Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Larry Welch will help chair Sen. Derek Schmidt’s campaign for attorney general, the campaign announced Thursday.

“Year in and year out, Derek Schmidt has been a reliable friend of law enforcement in the Statehouse, and he will make a great attorney general for Kansas. I strongly support him,” said Welch in a written statement.

Schmidt, the Senate Republican leader, is running for attorney general against incumbent Democrat Steve Six.

Welch served as KBI director for 13 years and was first appointed to the post by former Attorney General Bob Stephan in July 1994.

Welch cited Schmidt’s work in creating the Sheriff Matt Samuels Act, which helped reduced the number of meth labs, as well as the senator’s support of the death penalty and work with legislation targeting child predators.

“Larry Welch is a respected leader in the Kansas law enforcement community,” Schmidt said. “His counsel and leadership are major contributions to our campaign for attorney general.”

Parkinson endorses Six for state’s top attorney job

steve_sixGov. Mark Parkinson endorsed state Attorney General Steve Six on Wednesday in the race for the job of the state’s top prosecutor.

“In just three years, Attorney General Six has turned the Attorney General’s office around by focusing on the right priorities instead of political agendas,” said Parkinson,a Democrat, in a written statement.

Six, a Democrat, was appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2008 to serve the remainder of the term when former Attorney General Paul Morrison stepped down after admitting to an affair with a staffer.

Six is now running against Senate Republican Leader Derek Schmidt, of Independence, in November’s election.

“Working with Governor Parkinson, we’ve cut our own taxpayer funded budget almost in half while at the same time protecting vital funding that is being used to eliminate the DNA backlog and keep sexually violent predators off the streets and away from our children,” Six said.

Brownback and Holland will appear in televised debate

TelevisionTOPEKA – Kansans will have one chance to see their gubernatorial candidates face off in a debate in October.

The two main party candidates, Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Democrat state Sen. Tom Holland faced off in a live debate Sept. 11 at the Kansas State Fair. That exchange was not televised.

Brownback’s campaign announced Tuesday he had agreed to two televised debates. Holland’s campaign has agreed to one debate, but declined a second debate hosted by WIBW scheduled for Oct. 13.

Both candidates have agreed to appear at a debate from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 on KWCH-TV. Read More »

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.

Kobach proposes creating an online voter fraud reporting program

Kris_KobachTOPEKA – Republican Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach Wednesday proposed the office create an online voter fraud reporting program.

The site, hosted on the secretary of state’s website would be a place for people who may have witnessed voter fraud, Kobach said.

“When you don’t have actually a uniform system for reporting voter fraud easily, a lot of people just know where to go,” he said. “They experience or observe suspicious voting behavior, they don’t know whom to contact. Do the call the secretary of state? Do they call the county clerks office? Do they call the attorney general’s office.”

Georgia already uses their secretary of state’s website as a place where people can report voter fraud online, he said. Kobach was not sure if the function had increased the amount of voter fraud reported in Georgia. Read More »

Secretary of state denies objection to Libertarian candidate leaving 4th Congressional District race

TOPEKA – The Secretary of state is denying an objection to a Libertarian’s withdrawal from the 4th Congressional District, clearing the way for Wink Hartman to run instead.

On Wednesday, the office determined there was no basis in state statute for one person to object to a candidate’s declaration of incapability, said Tyler Longpine, spokesman for Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs.

On Sept. 2, David Moffett, who had been the party’s pick, filed a statement with the Secretary of State’s office declaring he was “incapable of fulfilling the duties of the office if elected.”

Later that week, word leaked that Hartman, who came in third in the GOP primary in August, was considering continuing his run for the congressional seat as a Libertarian.

The objection was filed by Wichita Republican Mark Kahrs on Sept. 7. It maintained that “Mr. Moffett has had no material change in circumstance since his Libertarian Party nomination… which would not render him incapable of fulfilling his elected duties and justify his withdrawal.”

The objection cast Moffett as a place-holder candidate and said allowing such maneuvering would “serve as a catalyst for increased political gamesmanship, undermining public confidence in the candidate selection process and the integrity of Kansas elections.”

Tuesday evening, Hartman had a teleconference meeting with Libertarian Party leaders to discuss becoming the party’s candidate. A final decision is likely Friday.

Senate candiate Johnston to speak at Labor Day picnic

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Lisa Johnston, Kansas’ Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate,  is scheduled to speak Saturday at the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation’s annual Labor Day picnic at the Machinists Hall, 3830 S. Meridian.

The event is from noon to 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Food will be provided.

Also scheduled to speak are Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland, Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District Raj Goyle and Kansas Secretary of Labor Jim Garner.

In the Nov. 2 general election, Johnston is running against U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays. Sen. Sam Brownback is the GOP candidate for governor, and Mike Pompeo is the Republican candidate for the 4th District.