Campaign briefing: Attorney general race heats up
Here are today's headlines from the 2006 election race:
(LJW) Ads refer to abortion without saying it: The fight over Atty. Gen. Phill Kline's pursuit of abortion records has been waged in the courtroom and during political debates. Now, it is being brought into the living rooms of Kansans courtesy of televised campaign ads by Kline, a Republican seeking re-election, and Democratic challenger Paul Morrison.
(AP) Kline, Morrison tangle over ads: Attorney General Phill Kline has a new television ad defending his pursuit of patient records from two abortion clinics and accusing his Democratic challenger of being willing to walk away from sex crimes against children.
(AP) Morrison, Kline differ on open access: Paul Morrison supports opening some affidavits in criminal cases to public view, but the Democratic nominee for attorney general doesn't think governmental bodies should be required to tape their closed sessions. Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney, also doesn't think Attorney General Phill Kline is doing enough to educate city, county and school district officials about the Kansas Open Records and Open Meetings Act. Kline, a Republican seeking his second term, says Morrison is ill-informed when it comes to what his office does to educate local officials about the law. While he hasn't staked out a definitive position on taping executive sessions, he's not opposed to it outright. And he argues that affidavits used to obtain arrest warrants ought to remain closed.
(Garden City Telegram) Reform candidate hits the road: With his family in tow and solutions on his mind, Richard Ranzau, the Kansas Reform Party candidate for governor, made a brief stop in Garden City to visit with a crowd of about 10 people Saturday at the Senior Center of Finney County.
2nd District Congress
(AP) Boyda supporters say vice president's visit a sign of trouble for Ryun: Waiting for a street light to change, Rep. Jim Ryun recalls a running coach's advice. "He said, 'Always run like you're 10 yards behind.' That's how I approach campaigning," said Ryun, now seeking a sixth term in Congress. A former world record holder and Olympic medalist, the Lawrence Republican hasn't had much to worry about in his past re-election races, when he's begun out front and run strong. But Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda's campaign slogan this year starts with "Had enough?" The question is designed to tap into discontent with the GOP-controlled Congress. In her second match against Ryun, Boyda is deliberately avoiding national help, relying on being everywhere in the eastern Kansas district, distributing 200,000 newspaper inserts and raising money in-state.
Other election news
(Wichita Eagle) Candidates making appearances: Most of the state's top Democrats will be chowing down on Church's fried chicken in a campaign event in Wichita on Thursday ... Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt and state Attorney General Phill Kline will be making a joint campaign appearance Wednesday in Old Town. ... Republican lieutenant governor candidate Susan Wagle goes back to school today to address students at Wichita State University ... Attorney General Phill Kline and Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison will debate at 7 p.m. today in Wichita.
(U.S. English Inc. press release) Poll: Nearly Four in Five Kansas Voters Approve Official English Policy for State: 77 percent of likely voters in Kansas support making English the official language of the state, according to a recent poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. The survey, which comes after both gubernatorial candidates have expressed interest in the proposal, found that the overwhelming majority of Sunflower State residents want the state to conduct business in English, including strong majorities within each political party. The survey of 625 likely voters was conducted Sept. 20-22, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.