Archive for Monday, September 25, 2006

Campaign briefing: Is the governor’s race already over?

September 25, 2006

Here are today's headlines from the 2006 election race:

Governor

(KC Star) Barnett having trouble getting started: When is a race for Kansas governor not a race?To hear even Republicans tell it, this year comes pretty close - so far, anyway. "I'd say right now there's one statewide race, which is the attorney general's race," said state Sen. David Wysong, a Mission Hills Republican. "It has been quiet," said state Sen. Nick Jordan, a Shawnee Republican. "We have the incumbent with probably $2 million and a Republican challenger with probably $2 to rub together," added former Senate President Dick Bond. Quick now: Can you name both candidates? Yes, Kathleen Sebelius is the Democratic incumbent. The Republican? His name is Jim Barnett. He's a state senator from Emporia and a doctor to boot.

(Wichita Eagle) Lieutenant governor candidates differ on state of economy: State Sen. Susan Wagle, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, sounded alarm bells for the Kansas economy in a speech Friday in Wichita. But her Democratic opponent, Mark Parkinson, said it was a false alarm.

(AP) Sebelius Says Religion Influences Her Policies: Governor Sebelius told a nondenominational group this weekend that her Catholic upbringing influences her policy decisions. Speaking to Kansans for Faithful Citizenship, Sebelius said she's guided by scripture that requires people to help the needy and be selfless to be admitted into heaven. Sebelius is running for reelection against Republican Jim Barnett of Emporia.

Attorney General

(Garden City Telegram) Western Kansas is Kline country: Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's Democratic challenger, Paul Morrison, may call Johnson County home, but his roots reach into western Kansas. An early poll, however, suggests that the staunchly Republican part of the state where Morrison was born and lived for nearly six years early in life is overwhelmingly Kline country.

(LJW) Kline, Morrison debate: Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and challenger Paul Morrison, Johnson County district attorney, mixed it up Sunday over prison sentencing and hiring practices. The loudest reaction of the debate came when Kline compared Bryan Brown to civil rights leaders. Brown is a former anti-abortion protester with several arrests whom Kline hired in 2003 as director of the consumer affairs division in the attorney general's office.

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