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GREAT BEND, Kan. - "Hey, Marty, this guy was in this morning and introduced himself," said Paul Wagner, owner of Great Bend Coffee in downtown Great Bend. Wagner handed me a palm card from Tracey Mann, Republican candidate for Congress. "Nice guy," said Wagner, as he prepared for the daily lunch crowd.

When I got home for lunch, my wife, Julie, a Republican, had received the same palm card about Mann in the door, and a more detailed brochure arrived later in the U.S. Mail.

Yes, the Tracey Mann for Congress road show was in Great Bend today, and he seems pretty organized. His campaign brochure is impressive, particularly the fact that he was raised on a farm at Quinter, a quintessential Western Kansas farm town.


TOPEKA, Kan. - Citing his experience, professionalism and dedication, Governor Mark Parkinson today named Chris Biggs as Kansas' Secretary of State.

"Chris has been in public service for more than twenty years, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to our state, our citizens, and our future," Parkinson said. "Chris will bring his forward-looking vision to the Office of Secretary of State while increasing the efficiency and participation in Kansas' elections."

Prior to today's appointment, Biggs, also served as an attorney in public service, including 14 years as Geary County Attorney. Biggs is a graduate of Kansas State University and KU Law School.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - There is no evidence that Senator Brownback is even slightly worried about losing this year's governor's race. However, a new poll by the Associated Press-GfK suggests he should be worried.

Americans detest Congress, Republicans and Democrats. A dismal 22 percent approve of the job Congress is doing. Over half of people want to fire their congressman. The American people want the two parties in Congress to work together to solve our nation's problems. And they aren't doing anything.

VALLEY FALLS, Kan. - On Sunday, March 7, our next governor, Tom Holland, spoke to a group at The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn, Valley Falls. I think Sen. Holland is precisely who we need to lead our state through the difficult times we are in. Don't write him off. That was the mistake made by the last two Republicans he ran against. Both were incumbents; first in a state House race, then a state Senate race. Both districts were conservative. Sen. Holland is a very pragmatic and formidable candidate who will pull no punches in the race against Sam Brownback.

SALINA, Kan. - Few folks are against free speech. But what one says is always limited to what one sees. Many good talkers are not necessarily good seers.

Case in point: Chapman Rackaway's recent editorial on the Supreme Court Citizens United case. His misguided missile, intended to strike its critics, instead winds up wounding the very free speech he advocates.

That arrow struck especially deep, given Rackaway's solid contributions to free speech, particularly through his hosting of candidate forums on Smoky Hills Public Television and his college teaching at Fort Hays State. His achievements illustrate, however, that all truth is relative, and easily blinded.

To defend free speech, Rackaway scaled Mount Everest rhetorical heights, only to fall off the cliff of corporate, moneyed influence. It's a common error.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - A sitting Republican U.S. Senator runs for governor of her state and gets thumped, 51% to 30%. On Tuesday Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison became a prominent symbol of the powerful anti-Washington sentiment this year. She lost a Republican primary to Republican Governor Rick Perry, whose message was simple: anti-Washington, anti-Washington, anti-Washington.

Hutchison's Republican U.S. Senate colleague Sam Brownback should take notice. Like Senator Hutchison, Brownback sees an easy transition from U.S. Senator to Governor. But the voters of Texas seem to have said "not so fast." Republican primary voters were comfortable with the candidate who lived in Austin, Texas -- not Washington, D.C.

Kansas voters now have a choice for governor. Should they hire a guy who has been in Washington, D.C. the last 16 years, or hire a guy who has been in Baldwin City, Kansas the last 16 years?

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Circular firing squads are stupid. There are so few Democrats in Kansas that it is important that we stick together, and not shoot each other. 2010 was my seventh consecutive trip to Topeka for "Washington Days," the annual Kansas Democrat gathering. But this was the first one where I felt some overt dissension among the party faithful.

The major complaint: Kansas Democrats have no "bench." But the thing is, we have so many "starters" holding statewide office, we have a great lineup right now.

Democrats need to count their blessings. Eight years of a Democrat Governor has done wonders for the Kansas Democratic party. Governor Sebelius and now Governor Parkinson are both extraordinarily talented. And a lot of new political talent came forward over the last 8 years due to Democratic control of the Governor's Mansion.

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