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O’Connor: two endorsements from survivors of BTK, Carr brothers

Sedgwick County district attorney candidate Kevin O’Connor said he has received the endorsement from two survivors of two of Wichita’s most high-profile crimes, serial killer Dennis Rader and the Carr brothers.

Charlie Otero has given his endorsement, O’Connor said. Otero came home from school in 1974 to find his parents murdered, the first victims of Rader, who was known as BTK.

O’Connor said the other endorsement comes from the woman who survived the culmination of a week-long crime spree by Reginald and Jonathan Carr during a quadruple murder in December 2000. The Eagle has always only referred to the woman by the initials of H.G.

O’Connor was involved in the prosecution of both cases while he worked in the DA’s office.

O’Connor is running against Marc Bennett, a current Deputy DA, in Tuesday’s Republican primary to replace retiring DA Nola Foulston.

Wichita aircraft leaders back Tiahrt

vote 2010 headerFive leaders in Wichita’s aircraft industry announced today their endorsement of U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate  in Kansas.

Bill Boisture of Hawker Beechcraft, David Coleal of Bombardier Learjet, Jack Pelton of Cessna, Jeff Turner of Spirit AeroSystems and Steve Wade of Boeing Wichita signed a letter that described Tiahrt as a “true advocate for the aerospace industry and jobs in our state.”

Tiahrt, whose 4th Congressional District includes Wichita, is battling Rep. Jerry Moran of Hays for the open seat. Tom Little, a Mound City accountant, is also a GOP candidate.

The primary election is Tuesday.

Moran, Tiahrt combine to spend nearly $2 million in two weeks

In the hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas,  congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt combined to spend nearly $2 million on their campaigns during the first two weeks of July.

Moran spent nearly $1.5 million and Tiahrt a little over $466,000, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Since their campaigns began, the two candidates have spent more than $6.7 million  through July 14 _ $4.5 million for Moran and $2.2 million for Tiahrt .

As of July 14, Tiahrt had  about $93,500 more cash on hand than Moran. Tiahrt had $889,000, Moran had $795,000.

Tiahrt raised nearly $50,000 more than Moran during the first 14 days of July. Tiahrt received almost $72,000 in contributions and Moran $22,000.

For the life of their campaigns, they have combined to raise nearly $5 million — $2.9 million for Moran and $2.1 million for Tiahrt.

Moran started the campaign with more money. He carried over $2.4 million from his congressional races and Tiahrt carried over $1 million.

Congressional candidates in Kansas were required to file a pre-primary report by July 22. The primary is Tuesday.

Moran, Tiahrt join Tea Party Caucus

Both Rep. Jerry Moran and Rep. Todd Tiahrt, two of three Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, have joined the newly formed Tea Party Caucus.

Tiahrt’s congressional office issued a release on his decision late Tuesday. Nothing official immediately came from Moran’s camp. So this morning, Tiahrt’s Twitter account had several tweets implying Moran couldn’t make up his mind about joining. One read: “What to do? What to do? Snapshot of @moranforkansas typical indecision.”

But Dan Conston, Moran’s campaign spokesman, said in an e-mail that Moran had joined the caucus Tuesday “before any comments from Tiahrt.”

Conston said Moran’s congressional office hadn’t issued a release about Moran joining the caucus because Moran was attending his mother’s funeral this morning in Plainville. Madeline Moran, 93, died Saturday.

The caucus was formed July 15 by House Republicans, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). The group’s goal is to “promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government,” Bachmann wrote in a letter to Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), who chairs the House Administration Committee.

GOP candidates locked in tight race for 1st Congressional District seat

vote 2010 headerThe Republican primary race for the 1st Congressional District in Kansas is in a three-way tie as candidates vie to fill the open seat.

In a poll done earlier this week for KWCH-TV by SurveyUSA,  State Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia and Realtor Tracey Mann of Salina each drew 25 percent support while State Sen. Tim Huelskamp of Fowler had 22 percent. Twelve percent were undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.4 percent.

Three weeks ago Barnett had 23 percent, Mann 20 percent and Huelskamp 18 percent.

Other results from this week’s poll showed Rob Wasinger of Cottonwood Falls and former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Sam Brownback receiving 10 percent, college teacher Sue Boldra of Hays at 5 percent and attorney Marck Cobb of Galva at 2 percent.

The GOP winner in the Aug. 3 primary will face Democrat Alan Jilka, former mayor of Salina, and Libertarian Jack Warner in November.  Incumbent Jerry Moran, R-Hays, is running for the U.S. Senate.

Tiahrt’s campaign objects to Moran’s in-house poll

Todd Tiahrt’s campaign has a standing rule that it doesn’t comment on polls. We know that because his campaign has repeated that message at least twice when it has complained about an internal poll conducted for Jerry Moran, Tiahrt’s chief opponent in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas.

It happened earlier today after an internal poll conducted for Moran showed he had a 32 percentage-point lead over Tiahrt with less than three weeks before the Aug. 3 primary. Read More »

Moran raises $90,000 more than Tiahrt in second quarter

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In their Republican primary campaigns for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, Jerry Moran raised nearly $90,000 more than Todd Tiahrt during the second quarter, according to a report filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Moran also had nearly $1 million more in cash on hand than his congressional colleague at the end of the second quarter on June 30.  Moran’s cash lead is about $800,000 for the primary race when general-election funds are factored in, said Joe Aistrup, political science professor at Kansas State.

Money given for the general election can’t be used for the primary campaign, he said.

For the second quarter, Moran spent about $1 million more than Tiahrt.

With the primary election on Aug. 3 less than three weeks away, Moran closed the second quarter with $2.269 million in cash on hand to Tiahrt’s $1.282 million.

The federal report showed Moran’s campaign had net contributions during the quarter of $535,000 and Tiahrt had $446,000. That was the most Tiahrt’s campaign has raised in a quarter, Tiahrt spokeswoman Michelle Schroeder said.

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Brownback picks state Sen. Jeff Colyer as his running mate

Brownback-ColyerOVERLAND PARK – Overland Park plastic surgeon state Sen. Jeff Colyer is Sen. Sam Brownback’s pick for lieutenant governor.

Brownback, the Republican front-runner for governor, made the announcement Tuesday in Overland Park to a crowd of over 100, then the duo embarked on a two-day, statewide tour.

“He is brilliant, he is extremely well qualified, he is talented,” Brownback said describing Colyer. Read More »

Ryun endorses Congressman Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate

Former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun threw his support behind Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Ryun represented the 2nd Congressional District until he was ousted by former Rep. Nancy Boyda, a Democrat.

Tiahrt, a Goddard Republican, is running against fellow Republican Rep. Jerry Moran, who currently represents the 1st Congressional District which encompasses most of western Kansas.

The two are hoping to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who is stepping down and running for Kansas governor in 2010.

Below is Ryun’s endorsement letter.

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Pompeo picks representative cousin as campaign manager

Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo has announced that his cousin, state Rep. Aaron Jack, will serve as campaign manager in Pompeo’s bid to replace U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the Kansas Fourth District. “As someone who has run his own race successfully, I know the day-to-day operations of the campaign will be in good hands,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Jack, R-Andover, was elected to represent the 99th House District last year. “It will be very satisfying to be able to work with a family member who I know shares my conservative values,” Pompeo added.

Pompeo also named Goddard native Kelly Reynolds as deputy campaign manager and organizational director.

Reynolds is a former intern to Tiahrt who more recently worked on the presidential campaign of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

State Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, is also seeking the congressional seat being vacated by Tiahrt, who is running against U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran for the Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.