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donkey-and-elephant.gifGREAT BEND, Kan. - While some believe the announcement that six-term Democrat Congressman Dennis Moore will not run for reelection is another nail in Kansas' Democrats 2010 coffin, it is far too soon to say anything definitive about next year's election.

The only certainty in politics is uncertainty. And with almost a year to go before the election, one must remember that things may look a lot different a year from now. The two wild cards in the equation are, to wit: 1) How will the heavily Republican Kansas legislature handle the budget crisis in the 2010 session, and, 2) Will President Obama's be viewed differently a year from now?

Regarding the state legislature, all 125 Kansas House of Representative seats are up for grabs. Governor Parkinson deserves a "profile in courage," for stepping up to the plate and making the difficult budget cuts. That puts the ball back in the Republican legislature's court. For the first time in years, the Kansas budget crisis is affecting real people in greater numbers than ever before. And there may be lots of new political activism among the disaffected. The last off-year (non-Presidential) election (2006) resulted in five new Democrat house members in Topeka.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Deputy Communications Director, Megan McClendon confirmed this afternoon that, "He (Moore) is indeed stepping down."

U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore, 64, now serving his 6th term, will become the first member of Congress to retire without seeking another public office.

The official statement released today by Moore's D.C. Communication Director Brandon Naylor gave confirmation to Moore's retirement.

It has been an honor and a privilege to have been elected six times to represent the people of the Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have decided not to seek reelection in 2010. It is time for a new generation of leadership to step forward.

OLATHE, Kan. - Kansas Democrats are on their way to presenting the strongest slate of candidates in years with respected businessman Tom Wiggans' announcement that he will run for Governor. Wiggans, a native Kansan, will run against career politician, and well known right-wing Republican, Sam Brownback. Check out this video...

From his bio:

Tom is committed to applying his vast business experience to Kansas state government as our next Governor. By utilizing his common sense business practices to bring people together and solve problems, Tom will work with both Democrats and Republicans to pull our state out of the economic recession, ensure we have a stable state budget, and create 21st century jobs for our future.

More about Tom and his campaign below the fold.

tom-wiggans.jpgTOPEKA, Kan. - Today, Tom Wiggans filed paperwork with the Secretary of State to establish his campaign committee in the race to become the next Governor of Kansas. Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director, Kenny Johnston released this information:

Tom Wiggans was born and raised in Fredonia in Wilson County, Kansas where his father and grandfather operated Wiggans Drugstore. Growing up in a town like Fredonia gave Tom a clear understanding of the importance of hard work, personal sacrifice, and community values. Tom's grandfather ran the drug store everyday from 7 am until 11 pm. Oftentimes, families were unable to pay for their medicine and the Wiggans family simply kept track of the charges, knowing they would be paid once the harvest season arrived. The Wiggans family belonged to the First Methodist Church, where Tom was baptized, sang in the youth choir, and received his God and Country award and Eagle Scout Award. Beginning at age 13, Tom always held a summer job including mowing lawns around town, working for the city and local cement plant, hauling hay, and being a life guard at the Fredonia City Pool.

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WASHINGTON - Not only did the legislators listed below support the House health care reform bill, they also voted against the Stupak-Pitts amendment. Please support these House members.

The list of House Democratic members who represent right-leaning districts is as follows...

GREAT BEND, Kan. - As my son was playing in a basketball tournament in Hays, I looked across the court and saw my Congressman, Jerry Moran and his wife Robba, watching one of his daughters playing for the Hays team on another court. He was there just like the other parents, a Kansan watching his kid perform in a sporting event.

Jerry Moran will be the first to tell you his main contrast with Todd Tiahrt: Moran lives in Kansas, Tiahrt lives in Virginia. And there's a lot of truth to it. Most Kansans who become a part of the Kansas diaspora to Washington, D.C. buy a house and move their family to the D.C. suburbs. And that's what Tiahrt did.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - What makes a good leader? Confidence? Enthusiasm? Exemplary character? Vision? All the above? Now, how does a leader, say the president, meet the challenge of transforming US society and becoming a transformational leader of our history?

Not your typical everyday conversation starters, but the Turman Library's Howard and Virginia Bennett Forum undertook this challenge on November 1st.

Unity Temple on the Plaza was the setting for a conversation between four distinguished panelist on Presidential Leadership in a Transformational Times that included: Joseph Nye, Jr., dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect; and, Timothy Naftali, director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.

The panel examined the characteristics of transformational presidents - from Jefferson to Roosevelt, Lincoln to Reagan, and considered whether Barack Obama can fulfill his pledge to "fundamentally transform the United States of America."

For the panel, Obama is drawing a mixed report card at best and downright worrisome results at worst.

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