Congressional Candidates Say Focus Is Bringing Jobs Back To Kansas

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Candidates hoping to win your vote are focused on bringing jobs back to Kansas and fixing the country's huge budget disaster. In front of a group of attorneys from the Kansas Bar Association, 4th District congressional candidates talked jobs, Kansas agriculture, taxes and earmarks.

Republicans Jean Schodorf, Jim Anderson, Mike Pompeo and Democrat Raj Goyle are all eying Todd Tiahrt's soon-to-be vacated seat. All say government needs to get spending under control and help South Central Kansans get back on their feet.

Schodorf and Goyle are relying on their experience in the Kansas Legislature to get them to Washington. Pompeo and Anderson are hoping their experience as business owners will get voter's attention.

Three other candidates for the 4th District congressional seat could not make the forum Friday. Also at the forum, running against the current attorney general of Kansas, was Republican Derek Schmidt.

Friday, June 12, 2010

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is campaigning in Kansas for Republican Kris Kobach, saying his political protege is more than qualified to be secretary of state.

Ashcroft spoke at a campaign luncheon Thursday in Topeka. He was scheduled to speak at an event later in the day in the Wichita suburb of Andover.

Kobach was an adviser to Ashcroft in the U.S. Justice Department from 2001 to 2003. Ashcroft says Kobach helped with the agency's reorganization following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Kobach later returned to Kansas. He teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Also seeking the GOP nomination for secretary of state are Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley and Salina resident J.R. Claeys, a former CEO of the National Association of Government Contractors.

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