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(Stateline.org) Blue govs in Red States: At least three of the 26 governors
running for re-election face tough sledding... but ... Democrats in
red states, on the other hand, may have an edge. Democratic Govs.
Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Brad Henry of Oklahoma and Dave
Freudenthal of Wyoming all have approval ratings above the 60 percent
mark in recent polls in states that overwhelmingly voted for
President George W. Bush in the last election.
2nd District Congress
(AP) Boyda and Ryun in rematch: Nancy Boyda's message is similar to
the one she had in running for Congress two years ago: Kansans are
ready for change. Whether voters in the 2nd District are ready to
have the Democrat replace Republican Jim Ryun will be decided Nov. 7.
(Topeka Capital-Journal) Ryun agrees to another debate: Congressional
candidates Nancy Boyda and Jim Ryun agreed Thursday to at least one
more television debate before voters hit the polls. However,
viewership will be limited to people in Leavenworth and Lansing
watching the local government access channel. Boyda, the Democrat
Party's nominee, had accused Republican incumbent Ryun on Wednesday
of sidestepping one-on-one encounters. The congressman's campaign
responded Thursday by announcing Ryun would appear at a candidate
forum Oct. 21 at Leavenworth City Hall sponsored by the
Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce. The forum is to be
broadcast up to 10 times before the Nov. 7 general election.
Other election news
(Iola Register commentary) Swats at court accomplish nothing: State Sen. Derek
Schmidt of Independence, who represents our senatorial district, has
a bone to pick with the 19 school districts who ponied up $3.2
million to sue the state over the school financing formula. "This is
about taxpayers financing litigation against themselves," Sen.
Schmidt told a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter. "I just strongly
doubt that most taxpayers think that's a good idea." The lawsuits
moved from district court to the state Supreme Court over eight long
years of argument and counter-argument. And the money spent on the
case directly by the school districts was a small part of the cost.
The Legislature itself spent "taxpayer money" back in 2000 to have
the Denver consulting firm, Augenblick and Myers, determine what it
would cost to provide a suitable education to the state's children.