Congressional briefing: Olathe businessman to challenge Roberts
Here is today's news from the Kansas Congressional delegation.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R)
(AP) Orman of Olathe takes step toward U.S. Senate race against Pat Roberts: Greg Orman, a 39-year-old Olathe businessman, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, a step toward taking on Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts next year. A virtual political unknown, Orman, a Democrat, would be a long shot to unseat Roberts, who served eight terms in the U.S. House before winning a Senate seat in 1996. Mike Gaughan, Kansas Democratic Party executive director, said Orman would make a public announcement soon.
(Topeka Capital-Journal) Federal grants awarded: The Topeka-based Disability Rights Center of Kansas will receive an $82,500 federal grant to investigate abuse and neglect of people with mental illness. The grant, announced this week by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Roberts' office also has announced that more than $258,000 has been awarded to national scenic byways in Kansas. Two of the grants involve Flint Hills projects. The other grants are $20,000 for a wetlands and wildlife project in Barton, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties, and $76,638 for statewide byways wildflower and geology brochures. The funds were awarded by the Department of Transportation.
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