Sunday, December 16, 2007

KS Weekly Political News Roundup

Paul Morrison Fallout Scandal
Morrison may have resigned, but this story isn't over yet. Our sources say that there is MUCH more to this than your typical sex scandal--ethical and illegal acts convinced Democratic leaders in Topeka to confront Morrison last Wednesday and Thursday with the evidence and convince the once resolute Morrison to give up and resign. We believe more details will leak out over the next few months, especially since the Johnson County Commissioners approved Phill Kline's request for a special prosecutor.

Rumors swirl that Sebelius will appoint either Chris Biggs (who was defeated by Kline for the AG spot in '02), Dennis Moore, or Mark Parkinson. The Konnection highly doubts that Sebelius would handover the 3rd congressional district seat to Nick Jordan on a silver platter by appointing Moore, so our best logical guess is Parkinson--he has the name ID and funding to run a successful re-election campaign in 2010. And Sebelius doesn't want to take a chance on an unknown candidate--the Dems' pool has been reduced greatly by Morrison's departure.

This scandal has scarred the KS Democratic Party and halted their momentum. The ramifications of this scandal are still unknown, but at the very least, this helps Steve Howe, who is running to replace Phill Kline as DA. His Democratic opponent, Rick Guinn, is a close confidante of Morrison, donated to his campaign, and works for him in Topeka. Howe had also solified his status as "favored to win" by uniting both wings of the county GOP behind his candidacy, and the fallout from the Morrison scandal serves to boost him even more and severely damage Guinn's chances.

As for the attorney general's race, could this be the opening for a bright, well-versed and energetic, constitutional attorney who currently serves as chairman of the Kansas GOP. No one can dispute that Kris Kobach is one of the most qualified individuals for the job.

3rd District--Dennis Moore vs. Nick Jordan
Jordan for Congress has revamped, redesigned, and re-ignited their website (www.nickjordan.com) with a slew of interactive features and links to user-generated content, as well as direct ways for citizens to become involved with the campaign. The website will receive further developments and additions in the upcoming weeks.

2nd District GOP primary--Jim Ryun vs. Lynn Jenkins
Jim Ryun is ready--his sleek website (www.jimryun.com) includes video links, a "training blog" highlighting Ryun's travels around the district, and user-generated emails to family, friends for fundraisers and events. Ryun has begun to energize grassroots supporters and has sent out consistent email updates to supporters for the past year, showing that he is engaged and ready.

Lynn Jenkins has updated her site as well (www.lynnjenkins.com). Like Jordan's site, it features user-generated content, links to social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Jenkins is heavily courting conservatives--she pledges to vote to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising to hold the line on taxes. Jenkin's has also taken a firm stand against illegal immigration and against ANY form of amnesty. Jenkins' campaign theme: cut taxes, cut spending, reduce the expansion of government, and stop illegal immigration. Focusing on these core principles and less on some of her social views will help her garner conservative support.

Our sources say that Jenkins remains confident in her ability to win the primary and beat Boyda in the general, and that she has raised as much as Ryun so far and has spent very little with most of the money remaining in the district.

As with most Kansans, the Konnection has a clear preference in the 2nd District race, but we would like to reiterate that BOTH Jenkins and Ryun are well-qualified and impeccable candidates to defeat Nancy Boyda--wherever you happen to fall in the party, BOTH candidates share similar core views: limited government, lower taxes, and fiscal responsibility. The Konnection is glad to see both candidates refrain from attacking eachother and focus instead on defeating Boyda. Ryun is running a positive campaign, highlighting Boyda's bad votes. Jenkins is also highlighting Boyda's deficiencies and taking on Nancy Pelosi and the entire Democratic-led congress. We simply ask they keep this up--we don't need a bloody and bruising campaign--a positive but aggresive primary focused on the general election will go a long way towards helping the 2nd District GOP nominee secure victory in November.

3 comments:

Scott said...
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Bryan J. Brown said...

Brandon,
Smaller government (pragmatism) or limited government (principle)?

You wrote smaller. That is a relative term, and it has meant very little to the neo-cons.

Let's go with limited, shall we? As in held within jurisdictional and constitutional bounds.

Brandon said...

Bryan,
Thanks for the clarification.
I agree with you, but I think the terms "smaller" and "limited" are typically used interchangably without knowledge of the those specific meanings you mentioned.

Our government is so large that we cannot achieve limited government without achieving smaller government first. Americans won't accept change that fast--but we can get there in time.

Neoconservatism has little meaning to me. It's a popular phrase the media likes to use. A neconservative foreign policy supposedly means American intervention, unilateralism, and presence in world affairs. Basically, Wilsonian idealism enforced with military power. But this definition is broad--our last 2 presidents have had neconservative tendences but have not practiced it exclusively--it's difficult to label most players with that term since reactions will vary depending on the state and situation involved. But neconservatism does not extend to domestic issues (social or economic). I think our foreign policy and national defense must be separated from social and economic issues when judging the size of government.

It seems to me that using your logic, every Republican president, including Reagan, would be a big government proponent since they all increased defense budgets and deployed troops to various hot spots around the globe.