Category Archives: Election 2010

KDHE computer services restored

TOPEKA – It will be a few more days before people can access and input records for the state’s Office of Vital Statistics, but on Thursday KDHE announced its computer services had been restored.

The vital statistic system, which handles birth and death certificates, was the last major system to come online and is currently being tested, said Rod Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

In the meantime, KDHE staff are processing vital statistics requests by hand, he said. During August, the department receives about 900 requests a day.

Right now the department is facing a backlog of 8,000 requests, which is causing about a four-week delay, he said.

Bremby suggests that anyone who does not immediately need a record wait a few weeks to make the request.

The crash, which occurred Aug. 5, shut down most services used by the public and the agency’s e-mail. Technicians have since determined the root problem was a faulty disc drive.

The contractor, Eden Prairie, Minn. based Xiotech, has agreed to cover all the costs of the recovery and system upgrades including state employee overtime wages incurred while manually processing requests.

Pat Roberts endorses Moran to join him in the Senate

As expected, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has endorsed fellow Kansas Republican Jerry Moran for the state’s senate seat. Roberts’ office announced the endorsement today, but a formal announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Topeka when the two men hold a joint news conference at the capitol building.

When Roberts became a senator in 1997, Moran succeeded him as the  representative for Kansas’ 1st Congressional  District.

Moran is running against Democrat Lisa Johnston in the Nov. 2 general election.

Poll: Republicans lead Kansas’ statewide races

Republicans are leading all statewide races by double-digit margins, according to a recent SurveyUSA poll.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback is leading Democrat Tom Holland 67 percent to 25 percent. In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Jerry Moran leads Democrat Lisa Johnston 69 percent to 23 percent.

Republican Kris Kobach leads Democratic Secretary of State Chris Biggs 62 percent to 30 percent. Republican Derek Schmidt leads Democratic Attorney General 54 percent to 24 percent.

Republican Ron Estes leads State Treasurer Dennis McKinney 61 percent to 32 percent.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 12 through Sunday for KWCH-TV. Of those interviewed, 882 were registered to vote and 588 of those were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3.9 percent in the governor’s race, 3.8 percent in the senate race, 4 percent in the secretary of state race, 4.1 percent in the attorney general race and 4 percent in the treasurer’s race.

Chief Judge Gary W. Rulon to retire from the Court of Appeals

Rulon TOPEKA – Kansas Court of Appeals Chief Judge Gary W. Rulon announced Wednesday that he would retire in January at the end of his term.

Rulon, 69, joined the Court of Appeals in 1988 and became chief judge in 2001. Prior to that he served seven year as the chief judge for the 5th Judicial District which includes Chase and Lyon counties.

During his time on as a judge in the 5th Judicial District, Rulon helped opened previously closed court records and helped pilot a program that allowed court proceedings to be televised.

“I just believe in open and transparent government if at all possible,” Rulon said.

During his time on the Court of Appeals he has never declined a media request for camera or audio coverage of an appellate proceeding.

Runlon also helped create the Senior Judge Program where some retired judges are allowed to work part time for reduced judicial salary. Some of the judges have helped the appeals court with its caseload while others work in district courts.

For more, read Thursday’s Wichita Eagle.

Law enforcement sting nabs 42 wanted suspects

TOPEKA – A collaborative law enforcement effort last week caught 42 people in Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, Kan. who had absconded or were violating parole.

Agents from the Kansas Department of Corrections, KBI and the attorney general’s office worked together over the four day project, which ran Aug. 9-12.

“The overall goal of all of us was to work together to make Kansas a safer place,” said state Attorney General Steve Six when announcing the results Wednesday.

Results for the three cites were:

  • Wichita, 21 total arrests including 11 absconders, four parole violators and six other arrests

  • Topeka, 15 total arrest including six absconders, two parole violators and seven other arrests

  • Kansas City, Kan., six total arrests including four absconders, one parole violator and one other arrests.

The sting also resulted in arrests including nine felony charges, two misdemeanors charges and three federal felony charges.

Among those caught in Wichita was Michael Schell who two officers spotted outside his residence Aug. 11. As the officers approached, he ran inside and was found hiding in a crawl space. He will be charged in district court with felony obstruction, the attorney general’s office said.

Six, a Democrat, is running in the November election to retain his position against Senate Republican Leader Derek Schmidt of Independence.

For more, read Thursday’s Wichita Eagle.

Holland vows to invest in education and make government more transparent

vote-2010-header-300x48TOPEKA – As part of a three stop trek, state Sen. Tom Holland on Tuesday promised to support education, protect vital government services and make governed more efficient.

Holland, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Baldwin City, proposed using money from the Kansas Lottery to help support technical training in new industries such as renewable energy, biosciences and health care specialists.

“We will work with the legislature to make it possible to use these funds for direct support to training centers as well as scholarship for prospective students,” he said at an appearance at the Kansas Capitol.

Money from the fund already had been allocated to support training and research for the aviation industry, he noted.

Tuesday afternoon, Holland was scheduled to deliver similar remarks at a Wichita appearance 3 p.m. at 401 E Douglas Street, Suite 200. Earlier on Tuesday, Holland had spoken at an appearance in Kansas City, Kan. Read More »

Holland to unveil his policy proposals Tuesday

TOPEKA – Kansas will get a look at Tom Holland’s vision for Kansas’ future Tuesday.

The Baldwin City state senator, who is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is announcing his policy proposals during a media event at the old Supreme Court room at the statehouse at 11:30 a.m.

Later in the day, Holland will have a similar appearance at 3:30 p.m. in Wichita at 401 E Douglas Street, Suite 200.

Holland is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback in the November election as well as Libertarian Andrew Gray and Reform Party candidate Ken Cannon.

Brownback spent last week on a bus tour of the state during which he unveiled several policy proposal included in his “Road Map of Kansas.”

Kansas needs a cheese plant, senator says

cheese U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said Friday that Kansas needs to attract a major cheese processing plant.

The Republican candidate for governor said that dairies and cheese production facilities were an agricultural business area of growth the state should pursue.

“A Brownback Administration will roll out the welcome mat for dairies to come or expand in Kansas,” he said. “Many of the advantages that have led feedlot operations to our state apply equally to dairy production.”

Brownback said he would review the state’s regulations to determine how the state could help attract and grow such businesses.

“We need a major cheese processing plant in Kansas to expand market opportunities for our milk,” Brownback said

Holland and Goyle to go door to door in Wichita

Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Tom Holland will be going door to door in Wichita on Saturday.

Joining him will be Wichita state Rep. Raj Goyle, the Democratic canidate for the Fourth Congressional District seat.

Holland, of Baldwin City, and Goyle will be starting their walk at 10 a.m. at the corner of Faulkner and Harrison.

Goyle is running against Republican Mike Pompeo for the Congressional seat and Holland is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback.

Brownback to speak at Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association meeting Monday

TOPEKA – Republican gubernatorial candidate U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback will sit on a panel discussion about energy policy at the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association on Monday.

The meeting will be 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Airport Hilton, 2098 Airport Road in Wichita.

Brownback is running against Democratic state Sens. Tom Holland and Kelly Kultala, of Baldwin City and Kansas City, Kan., in the November election. Also in the race are Libertarians Andrew P. Gray and Stacey Davis, and Reform party candidates Ken Cannon and Dan Faubion.