U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran is accepting internship applications

Kansas students may apply for congressional internships in U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran’s Washington D.C. office.

The Republican congressman’s office announced Wednesday that the application process for the spring 2010 term was open.

“My own interest in public service was sparked by a congressional internship in 1974,” Moran said in the written announcement. “As an intern, I was able to see firsthand how a congressional office operates and observe the legislative process.”

Moran represents the 1st Congressional District and is running for the U.S. Senate seat which Republican Sam Brownback is vacating to run for Kansas Governor in 2010. Moran is running against 4th Congressional Dist. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, for the Republican Senate nomination.

Applications for the spring are due by Friday, October 16, 2009. Intern responsibilities include assisting Moran and his staff with legislative and administrative projects. The spring internship session begins in January and ends in May.

To apply for an internship, students should submit a completed application form, cover letter, résumé, college transcript and three letters of reference. The cover letter should explain the student’s interest in public service and the goals the student hopes to achieve by participating.

Application forms can be obtained under the “Services” section of Moran’s Web site. In order to ensure timely receipt of the application, students are encouraged to fax their applications to (202) 225-5124. If students are unable to fax their applications, they may mail them to Moran’s Hutchinson office, Attn: Intern Coordinator, P.O. Box 1128, Hutchinson, KS 67504. Students may call (202) 225-2715 with questions or to obtain more information.

Barnett to announce health care coalition Tuesday in Wichita

TOPEKA – State Sen. Jim Barnett is scheduled to announce his Congressional campaign’s Health Care Coalition Tuesday in Wichita.

“As a citizen and a doctor I have major concerns about the direction the health care debate in Washington is heading,” said Barnett, R- Emporia, in a press statement. “A personal principle of mine is to work towards solutions rather than complaining about the problems.” 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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Tiahrt’s campaign logo gets some unwanted attention

Tiahrt's logoShenanigans blog on the website Politico poked fun at U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s logo for his Senate bid with one comment comparing it to a 13-year-old girl’s note.

“And by “adorable” we mean, not really,” the site snarked.

The Goddard Republican, who was first elected to Congress in 1995, has used the logo – a “T” with a “heart” in previous successful elections. Tiahrt is hoping to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, who is running for governor. Tiahrt is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran.

Senate confirms Sebelius as HHS secretary

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services.

The vote, 65 to 31, came just before 6 p.m. in Washington D.C. after an all-day debate.

Both Kansas senators, Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, voted for Sebelius, a Democrat.

Last week, Brownback had said the governor’s veto of a bill aimed at tighetning regulations of late-term abortions made it harder to support her. Sebelius had vetoed similar bills in previous years.

The move means Kansas is likely to have a new governor when the Kansas Legislature returns Wednesday for a wrap-up session.

It’s hard to say if Sebelius could hand the reins of power over to Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson tonight or not – her office is keeping mum on its plans.

Peterjohn endorses Huelskamp for Congress

State Sen. Tim Huelskamp has picked up the endorsement of anti-tax activist and Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn.

Huelskamp, a Fowler Republican, is running for the 1st Congressional District hoping to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, a Republican, who is running for the U.S. Senate that Sen. Sam Brownback is vacating. Brownback, a Republican, is running for governor.

Huleskamp is one of many Republicans hoping to replace Moran in Washington D.C. Other contenders include: Fort Hays State University education instructor Sue Boldra: Pratt businessman Tim Barker; and former Brownback chief of staff, Rob Wasinger.

Below is the release sent out by Huelskamp’s campaign announcing the endorsement.

“Kansas Anti-Tax Leader Notes Huelskamp Always Honored ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’

Conservative anti-tax Kansas crusader Karl Peterjohn today announced his endorsement of Republican Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) for Congress.

According to Peterjohn: “Some others in this race have bragged about being the first to sign the ‘no tax’ pledge. Well, I’m here to tell you that Tim Huelskamp signed American’s for Tax Reform’s ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ thirteen years ago — and despite great pressure to break his pledge on several occasions – he has always honored his promise to Kansas taxpayers. I am proud to support his bid for Congress.”

Peterjohn has been the Executive Director of the influential Kansas Taxpayers Network since 1992 and was elected to the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners in 2008.

“Karl Peterjohn has worked tirelessly on behalf of Kansas taxpayers. I am honored to receive his endorsement,” said Huelskamp.

Last week, Huelskamp met with Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and has again signed the pledge — this time as a candidate for U.S. Congress.

“We signed the ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ thirteen years ago when I first ran for the state senate and have never gone back on our word. I’m looking forward to continuing that same tradition of integrity and fiscal leadership in the United States Congress,” said Huelskamp.”

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.