Archive for Friday, September 29, 2006

Campaign briefing: Is the education finance plan already in trouble?

September 29, 2006

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

Governor

(Hutchinson News) Integrity of school funding plan at issue: The state's plan to spread a $541 million school funding increase over three years sits on shaky fiscal ground, some school officials fear. At this point, state revenues aren't projected to grow enough to cover the spending increase approved by the Legislature this past spring. And lawmakers haven't decided what they'll do if tax revenues fall short. Such figures have some local education officials keeping watch on the words of politicians, including the two squaring off to win the governor's race in the Nov. 7 general election.

Attorney General

(LJW) Kline says records led to arrest: Controversy over Atty. Gen. Phill Kline's pursuit of abortion records in a secret inquisition re-ignited Thursday. Kline, a Republican, held a news conference saying his inquisition helped lead to the arrest of a 21-year-old Topeka man for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Marshall County.
Here is the interchange between Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and reporters about the case involving the 21-year-old Topeka man charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

(AP) Kline's efforts on abortion gaining national attention: GQ magazine declared he would do anything to stop abortion and called him the future of the anti-abortion movement. Planned Parenthood put him on a list of 15 Americans it saw as major threats to abortion rights. Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has emerged as one of the nation's foremost foes of abortion by tangling with abortion clinics and health care providers in this heartland state, where he is now running for a second term.

(Kansas City Jewish Chronicle) Kline's leaked memo continues to draw fire: Reports of Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's memo emphasizing "church efforts" in his re-election campaign have drawn criticism from some Jewish and other religious leaders.

(AP) Kline rebuked for comparing aide to civil rights figures: A black legislator is publicly rebuking Attorney General Phill Kline for comments comparing a top staffer's past participation in anti-abortion protests to activities of civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kline defended his remarks Thursday, saying he was only pointing out that Bryan Brown, who leads his consumer protection division, had engaged in acts of civil disobedience. Brown has acknowledged being arrested a dozen times during the 1980s and 1990s, and Kline noted the charges were misdemeanors, meaning Brown didn't jeopardize his law license.

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