Democrat Goyle raises $400k in race for Congress



State Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, announced Tuesday that he has raised $403,083.68 since July in his race for the 4th District congressional seat.

Goyle is the first candidate to release his fund-raising tally for the July-September reporting period.

Thursday is the deadline for candidates in the race to disclose donations and spending to the Federal Election Commission.

Goyle’s total is so far the largest amount raised in a quarter in the race to replace outgoing Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard.

Tiahrt is leaving the House to run for Senate against Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and retired media executive Charles Schollenberger, D-Prairie Village.

In the April-June quarter, GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo raised $253,000; state Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, had lent his campaign $222,500.

Three more GOP candidates have entered the race since then: businessmen Wink Hartman and Jim Anderson and state Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita. They have yet to file a finance report with the FEC.

Goyle is a prolific fund-raiser who holds the money record for a state House seat.

His only announced opponent for the Democratic nomination is Robert Tillman, a retired court services officer.

Hartman launching tour of 4th District

winkhartmanmugCongressional candidate Wink Hartman announced Friday that he’ll be embarking on a campaign tour of the 4th District.

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Bread Basket restaurant in Netwon.

Hartman also plans to make stops in east and west Wichita, Arkansas City, Wellington, El Dorado, Independence and Winfield, although scheduling details are yet to come.

Hartman, a businessman, is running the 4th District Republican nomination against Sens. Jean Schodorf and Dick Kelsey, GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo and businessman Jim Anderson.

Hartman was the last candidate to enter the race and several of his opponents have either already done or are doing campaign tours of the district.

Former Salina mayor enters 1st District congressional race

Alan Jilka, a former three-term mayor of Salina, has become the first Democrat to enter the race for the 1st Congressional District seat.

In announcing his candidacy, Jilka cited energy independence, national debt reduction and comprehensive immigration reform as the key issues he wants to address in Washington.

At least six Republicans are expected to contend for the GOP nomination for the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays.

Moran is running against Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Sam Brownback.

Congressional candidate Hartman to speak at Republican club lunch

Businessman Wink Hartman, running for the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District, will speak to the Friday meeting of the Wichita Pachyderm Club.

The meeting will begin at noon at the Petroleum Club, on the ninth floor of the Bank of America building, 100 N. Broadway, Wichita. Cost of the luncheon is $10.

Hartman is active in oil, restaurants and real estate; he also owns the Wichita Wild indoor football team and the Hartman arena where the team plays.

He’s running for the congressional nomination against Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo, state Sens. Dick Kelsey and Jean Schodorf, and businessman and retired airline pilot Jim Anderson.

State Rep. Raj Goyle and retired court services officer Robert Tillman are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Congress honors Wichita State Shockers bowling teams

The Wichita State University bowling teams have been honored by Congress for winning the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Bowling National Championships. The House passed a resolution honoring both the men’s and women’s teams, who won in their respective divisions.

“By its very nature, a national championship is special,” said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who sponsored the resolution. “But to have both men’s and women’s teams from the same school earn the same title in the same year is truly remarkable.” Tiahrt said it was the ninth national title for each of the teams, including back-to-back titles for the men and three titles in the last five years for the women. Tiahrt’s remarks on the floor of Congress can be viewed at

Parkinson to be sworn in as governor at 7 p.m.

TOPEKA – Kansas will have a new governor by the time the sun sets tonight.

Shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, as Health and Human Services Secretary, she stepped down as governor and is on her way to Washington D.C., governor’ spokeswoman Beth Martino said in an email.

Gov. Mark Parkinson will be officially sworn in at 7 p.m., Chief Justice Bob Davis will administer the oath of office.

Lawmakers return to Topeka Wednesday to start a wrap up session where they are likely to try and override one of Sebelius’ final vetoes.

The bill would require doctors providing late-term abortions to provide more detailed justifications for the procedure on forms sent to Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The measure would also allow a woman or her immediate family to sue a physician providing late-term abortions in civil court if they think the procedure was illegal.

Conservatives were critical of Sebelius for her stance on abortion, including the most recent veto, and her ties to late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita.

Support Kelsey for Congress and maybe win a vacation

TOPEKA – Congressional hopeful, state Sen. Dick Kelsey is trying a new tactic for to raise funds for his race in the 4th District.

The Goddard Republican is entering everyone who joins his “Kelsey for Congress 2010 Club” by March 31 into a drawing for a family vacation to Beaver Lake in Arkansas.

A $20.10 donation gets you in the club. Membership perks include exclusive invitations to 2010 events and email updates on the campaign.

Kelsey is the first candidate to toss his hat in the ring for the seat that Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt is vacating to run for U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican, is stepping down and plans to run for governor in 2010.

Tiahrt urges Lt. Gov. Parkinson to approve Holcomb coal plants

Congressman Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, on Tuesday urging Parkinson to support a bill that would allow two coal-fired plants to be built in western Kansas.

With Gov. Kathleen Sebelius likely leaving in the near future to become the health and human services secretary, Parkinson could decide if HB 2014 is vetoed or signed.

Tiahrt is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for governor. Read More »