Moran leads Tiahrt in SurveyUSA poll



A poll conducted for KWCH shows Jerry Moran holds a 20-point lead over Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, according to results released today.

With a little more than five weeks before the Aug. 3 primary, 53 percent of those polled said they would vote for Moran. Tiahrt drew 33 percent.

In the Republican primary race for governor, Sen. Sam Brownback leads Joan Heffington 76 percent to 17 percent. Seven percent were undecided. There isn’t a Democratic primary for governor. Read More »

Tiahrt wins Olathe GOP straw poll



Olathe Republicans endured the humidity Saturday to come out and meet candidates for this fall’s elections.

In between hot dogs, candidate stump speeches and a Patrick Henry impersonator, the 800 or so Republicans who braved the heat cast ballots in a straw poll. Todd Tiahrt won big over Jerry Moran in the U.S. Senate straw poll, 315 to 112. Kris Kobach easily dispatched his more moderate opponent, Libby Ensley, 298 to 98, with 25 votes for J.R. Claeys.

And for president in 2012? Sarah Palin all the way.

Moran, Tiahrt trade jabs on tea party, deficit vote

Senate candidates Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are crossing rhetorical swords over where the other should have been Thursday.

In competing press releases, Tiahrt is accusing Moran of ducking out on the tea parties held in Kansas on tax day; Moran is accusing Tiahrt of ducking out on a Congressional floor vote on the deficit.

Both are currently members of the House of Representatives competing in the Republican primary for the Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.

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Tiahrt has $1.5 million in the bank for Senate race

tiahrt_toddRep. Todd Tiahrt reported today that he has raised more than $375,000 since January in his race for the Republican Senate nomination.

Tiahrt said his filing with the Fedeal Election Commission reported that he has $1.5 million in cash on hand.

His opponent in the GOP Senate primary, Rep. Jerry Moran, has not yet released his report.

Ashcroft backs Tiahrt in Senate race

Former Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft, once one of the country’s leading conservatives, has endorsed Rep. Todd Tiahrt in his race for the Senate in Kansas.

“Conservatives across this country are yearning for principled conservatives in Washington,” Ashcroft, attorney general under former President George W. Bush, said in a statement. “I feel strongly that Todd Tiahrt can help provide that common sense conservative leadership in the Senate.”

Tiahrt is seeking the Republican nomination to the seat being vacated next year by Sen. Sam Brownback, who is running for governor. Kansas Republican Rep. Jerry Moran is also seeking the seat.

Ashcroft, a former Missouri governor, served one term in the Senate. He also explored a run for president prior to the 2000 campaign.

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.

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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McGinn rules out run for Congress

WICHITA — The list of potential contenders for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District shrank again today.

State Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, decided not to run and endorsed Mike Pompeo, president of Sentry International, an oilfield and industrial machinery company, and a Republican national committeeman.

McGinn said she plans to focus on projects on her family’s farm and on local issues.

Pompeo and State Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, are the only Republican candidates to file for the seat thus far.

Kelsey recently drew an endorsement from former Kansas republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Ken Canfield.

Other names that have been floated for the Republican side of the race include state Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Bel Aire; state Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita; state Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence; and Wichita businessman and entrepreneur Wink Hartman.

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.

Tiahrt to make Senate race official

tiahrt_todd2Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt plans to take the last step he needs to take to make his Senate candidacy official, the Associated Press reports.

His campaign says he plans to file for the office Thursday, filling out the necessary paperwork at 10 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, the AP says.

Tiahrt will be the second Republican to file for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Sam Brownback, who plans to run for governor. Rep. Jerry Moran also has filed, setting up a Republican primary in August 2010.