The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 44
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 44

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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4 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1996 VOTE '96 THE SALINA JOURNAL U.S. SENATE U.S. HOUSE • 1st DISTRICT CHANCE FOR CHANGE Is water quality or size of government priority? Brownback, Docking have sharp differences IN DOLE'S SHOES By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina fotirnal The outcome of this race will determine who will replace Pat Roberts in the U.S. House of Representatives. Roberts has represented the so- called "Big First" congressional district — it covers the western two-thirds of the state — for years and is challenging Kansas Treasurer Sally Thompson for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Nancy Kassebaum. Voters will decide between an attorney who also serves as a state legislator and an IBM marketing representative with local government experience. The Republican nominee is pledging to be an independent voice in Congress, while being mindful of his party's positions. Jerry Moran wants a smaller government, less regulation, a bal; anced budget and plan to preserve and protect Medicare. Democrat John Divine would also work to balance the budget, as well as improve water quality and reform campaign financing. Differences between the two, according to Moran, are on their visions on the size of govern- .ment. He thinks it should be smaller. Divine, who is campaigning as a representative of the people, not moneyed special interests, says he will look at the issues as a businessman, while his opponent sees them as an attorney. "I want to represent the people first," Divine said. "He wants to be a member of the club." "Government," said Moran, "is growing too large, especially at the federal level." He is concerned with unfunded mandates, saying "one size doesn't '.'fit all" problems and that many problems are best handled at the state and local level. Moran would favor reducing the Congressional year, in part to give the legislators more time to spend in their states and districts. Divine said his proposal for fed• eral standards for water quality of • large hog operations are just that — standards, not detailed mandates. In his view there would be a federal standard for zero emissions of such feedlots, yet each state, even regions within states, would decide how to achieve it. The need for federal guidelines, are clear, he said. "Our ground water does not have political boundaries," Divine said. While Moran has the endorsement of Pat Roberts ("Pat Roberts is a longtime friend. I have a conservative philosophy I like to think is similar to his"), he said he would take to Washington an independent view while being mindful of his party's beliefs. Still, he has refused to sign pledges, such as the Contract with America of two years ago. "There are hundreds of thousands of issues. (The people) are hiring my judgment, integrity, honesty to make decisions." Moran said. " That can only occur after hearing both sides ... and testimony." In campaigning throughout the district, Divine said he's heard from people who are frustrated with the workings of Washington and are ready .to hire someone who can accomplish something. "A concern we're hearing is the inactivity of Washington to get things done," Divine said. JOHN DIVINE Democrat • AGE: 53 • ADDRESS: 1748 Glen • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Salina city commissioner, former Salina mayor, president of Kansas League of Municipalities JERRY MORAN Republican • AGE: 42 • ADDRESS: Hays • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Elected to Kansas Senate in 1988 and is serving his second term; two years as Senate majority leader PRIORITIES — As 1st District representative, what would be your top two priorities 1. Protecting agricultural 1. Balance the budget, resources. 2. Preserve and protect 2. Campaign finance Medicare, reform CAMPAIGN FINANCE — What changes would you propose in campaign financing? Making a level playing field for candidates if vital to attracting good candidates. The current system hamstrings candidates and leads to more fluff than substance when it comes to information voters can use when making their decision. The cost of running an effective campaign that comprises several television • markets has become increasingly expensive. The current campaign finance laws give incumbents a sizeable advantage. Among the changes I support are limiting the impact of Polilical Action Committees and establishing limits on contributions received outside the district. ABORTION — Should Congress work to restrict or eliminate abortion? What is the federal government's role in abortion? I believe abortion should be restricted. Abortion is legal under current federal law. It is amazing that we hear so much about reducing the role of the federal government in our lives, except when it comes to the abortion issue. TAX RELIEF — Should tax relief be a concern for Congress, or should efforts be concentrated on reducing the deficit? Can tax cuts and deficit reduction occur simultaneously? Congress needs to be more accountable for the way it taxes the citizens and how those monies are spent. To date Congress doesn't have an admirable record in that area. Yes, tax relief should be a concern of Congress as well as reducing the deficit. I would focus tax reductions in areas of the tax code where I believe would cause economic growth to occur — capital gains, investment tax credit, etc. I do believe there is a possibility of several tax reductions if accompanied by spending reductions. FARM BILL — Are you satisfied with the most recent farm bill? The bill allows farmers the flexibility to plant what they want, strengthens environmental protection, reduces government's role in farming and saves taxpayers $10 billion. I would work to ensure continued funding over the life of this legislation and must be willing to respond to difficulties as they arise. I would work for fair trade and no use of food as a political tool. Source: Candidate questionnaires. Some answers were edited for length. No. It is a start, but only a start. There are too many unknowns as to how the farm bill will affect mid and small farmers. It doesn't address, among other things, what our plan for farmers will be going into the 21st Century and there are no protections for farmers should disasters hit. By LEW FERGUSON Tlte Associated Press TOPEKA — Jill Docking and Sam Brownback appear to be neck- and-neck in their race to see who claims Bob Dole's old seat in the U.S. Senate, with both sides accusing the other of spreading lies and distortions. Docking has maintained her central theme — first enunciated on primary election night in August — that Brownback is a Republican conservative "extremist" who she says wants to shortchange Medicare funding, opposes real campaign reform and fights re.a- sonable gun control. Brownback has accused Docking of being a traditional Democratic liberal, citing her state chairmanship of Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign in 1988, and what he says is her opposition to tax cuts, tort reform and a balanced budget amendment. She says she is a traditional conservative Kansas Democrat in the mold of her famous father-in-law, the late Gov. Robert Docking. She cites as proof her close relationship with Kansas businesses as commander of the Kansas Cavalry under Gov. Joan Finney and her profession as a stockbroker. Brownback says he is a much more traditional Kansas Republican than he has been painted by his primary election opponent, Sheila Frahm, and Docking. He says Docking's attempts to paint him as a Newt Gingrich Republican revolutionary are failing among moderate Republicans. Each campaign claims its own polling has its candidate ahead. "My assessment is it's pretty much a dead heat, and will be right BROWNBACK DOCKING up to the end," Docking said in an interview. "It's my job to get moderates energized to vote. I think I'm being successful telling them who I am, but you've got to get them to go vote." Docking said she is pleased with the opportunities she has had to talk with moderate Republicans, "to discuss issues on which they're not comfortable with Sam Brownback." "I come to them from a business standpoint," she said. "I understand what it takes to promote growth in'this country." Her polling data, Docking said, indicates Brownback "is not moving moderate Republicans back to him," and a significant number of Republicans are supporting her. "Forty percent of the people at a recent Emporia event were Republicans, and people from both parties arranged it," she said. Brownback is confident his polling is more accurate, and believes he continues to lead Docking. "I think it's close," he said, "but I don't know that it's going to go down to the wire. It won't be a cliffhanger. "Once we get our message out, we're going to do just fine. We have a whole different view of where we ought to be going in this country. Our ideas are being well received. "She supports tax increases; she opposes tort reform, welfare reform U.S. SENATE and farm program reform. We have a fundamental disagreement here." Docking hit Brownback on Friday for his votes on crime issues, saying he "voted with the extremists to cut funding for community pplicing and safe and drug-free schools" — another in a succession of accusations that one candidate calls a distortion by the other. Brownback went even farther in his reaction to a television advertising campaign he said is being financed by organized labor. "Big labor has dropped in roughly $150,000 in the last 10 days," he said. "I'm being lied about a lot. I think it's despicable. They're trying to buy this race for Jill Docking." The ads claim Brownback voted to cut funding for student loans and Headstart, the federal program to help ready children from low-income homes for school. "Our seven-year balanced budget agreement increased student loans from $24 billion to $36 billion, and Headstart has gone up 300 percent since 1990 and we voted, to increase it again this year," Brownback said. The ads critical of Brownback's votes have been concentrated in the Kansas City television market^ because Johnson County is the biggest battleground in the Docking-Brownback race. Docking confirmed a major part of her strategy is to beat Brownback as much as she can in the urban areas, offsetting his presumed advantage in rural areas. "I have'to beat him in Johnson and Sedgwick counties," she said. "But I can't get beat seriously in any one area. So I'm spending a Iqt of time in western Kansas, too. "We've got to energize the urban voters and get them to the polls."' FOLLOWING NANCY Brownback, Docking have sharp differences By MATT TRUELL The Associated Press TOPEKA — As the election season enters its final stage, Republican Pat Roberts remains confident that he will be promoted from House member to U.S. senator. "We're in very good position," said Roberts. "We are going down the road toward victory in November." Democrat Sally Thompson, says, however, that her polling, shows the race tightens every day. She said she is eight to 10 points behind Roberts and closing. Thompson, the state treasurer, knows the odds are against her running for the U.S. Senate in a state where Republicans outnumber Democrats, 3-2. After all, Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in 64 years. Roberts and Thompson are running for the Senate seat held by Nancy Kassebaum, who is retiring after 18 years. In another Senate race, Republican U.S. Rep. Sam Brownback and Democrat Jill Docking are running for the seat formerly held by Bob Dole. Polls say they are in a dead heat. This is only the second time this century that Kansas has had two Senate elections at the same time. Roberts bemoans the nature of the campaign, and what he calls "personal attacks" upon him. Thompson is trying to portray Roberts as a Washington insider. "We tried to start off with a positive campaign," he said. "I said ROBERTS THOMPSON that this election was about the right kind of experience." He said he wanted to campaign on congressional reform, welfare reform, food stamps and health care. "I anticipated we would have a pretty healthy debate on those issues," he said. "That has not been the case. I don't think it's right to question someone's intent or their* motives." In western Kansas, Roberts is a familiar figure. He was on the Washington staffs of former Kansas Sen. Frank Carlson and later U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius' before being elected to the House in the 1st Congressional District in 1980, claiming Dodge City as his home. He has been re-elected ever since, and became a force in Washington as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He is less known to Kansans who live in the other three congressional districts. "In every debate, in every discussion that I have had with my opponent, I have tried to point out how we have been able to reduce the deficit to make life better for Kansas families," Roberts said. "We took Kansas common sense, Kansas values back to Washington." He said in past campaigns, he usually got more Democratic votes than the Democratic candidate, even though some of them got tough, especially in 1990. The Thompson campaign said it is just showing Kansans what Roberts' record in Congress has been for the past 16 years. Thompson said many people have not yet decided who to vote for, and won't until professional baseball's World Series is over. : : "It may be those last two weeks in October," she said. "• Thompson said her campaign has gone light on the bumper stickers and yard signs because it is putting its money into television ads. Thompson got a boost when an angry Roberts referred to Thompson as a "bitch" after a joint meeting with Kansas City Star staffers,. He apologized on the spot, and lat-; er issued a statement reiteratiftg his apology. '.,'. "I know women are furious all over the state," Thompson said.. "I'm just disappointed. The strain, of the campaign, I guess." > •' • Thompson said her proposal to reduce the amount of paperwork' in Medicare, which she claims wl^l save $30 billion, has been favor j ably received. "Whether we're talking about the medical community, the health care providers themselves, or thfc seniors," she said. "Everybody uri- derstands the tremendous amount of paperwork in that." Scott Torres far Sheriff Qualified for the Job of Sheriff Ottawa County, Kansas •JL Scott has been an Outstanding Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer and Emergency Medical Technician over the past twelve years. During his career he has received several commendations and awards for his work and community service. •JL. As Deputy Sheriff, and Police Officer, Scott has consistently been one of the best in Crime Solving, and in the Conviction of Criminals. Scott had a solid reputation for applying law and justice fairly. Scott also studied Budgeting for Law Enforcement Organizations geared towards reducing costs. -X- Scott won the 1996 National "Law and Justice Scholarship". This Scholarship was awarded for his work and participation in Crime Prevention research, his outstanding record as Deputy Sheriff and Police Officer, and his Community Service over the past ten years. •^ Scott was the Honor Graduate of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). The KLETC is the Academy for all major Law Enforcement Commands in the State of Kansas. •JL Scott has maintained his Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician over the past twelve years. During most of those years, he was the only Deputy in Ottawa County who was authorized and qualified to perform Emergency Medical Assistance to victims of life threatening trauma including automobile accidents and violent crime. During this time, Scott saved lives and assisted in many medical emergencies. If our questions and comments are welcome. You may reach Scott at 392-3417. Thank You for your interest. Political advertisement paid for by the Committee to elect Scott Torres, Sheriff. Don King Treasurer JL- Scott was a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross while serving as a Police Officer here in Kansas. As an Instructor, Scott provided this training on a volunteer basis for over three years. •y^f Scott was the only Certified Firearms Instructor and only Certified Hunter Safety Instructor in the Ottawa County Sheriffs Department for several years. He also won the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, 1994 Top Gun Award in Pistol Shooting. •JL- Scott is endorsed by the Institute for Law and Justice as ^ Candidate for Sheriff of Ottawa County. This institute reviews the careers of Law and Justice professionals, including their community service, educational achievements, and their work and studies in reducing crime and applying justice fairly. Based on their review, Scott received their endorsement. This Institute is made up of current and former career Law Enforcement Officers, Public Safety Officials, and Attorneys at Law. Scott is married and the father of three children. His two sons attend grade School in Minneapolis. His youngest child is a girl just under one year old. Scott's wife Rebecca, has been a nurse for over ten years and is currently working in this field in Minneapolis. Scott is currently pursuing a College Degree in Criminal Justice. The families of both Scott and Rebecca are native Kansans. Re-elect BEN VIDRICKSEN STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN 24th District •Cf Senator Ben Vidricksen voted to restrict tobacco products to minors. •& Senator Ben represents you. Not Special Interests. •& Senator Ben Vidricksen has fought to make sure our State government is responsive to our needs. He has faced the tough issues before the legislature. & Senator Ben has worked hard and fought for the 4 lane 81 Hiway from Minneapolis and will see that it's completed to Nebraska. •& Very active in tourism and film promotion in Kansas. •Cr Member A. A.R.P. "I want to thank all of the people of the the 24th District who have supported me in the past and solicit their continued support." "Thank you for sharing your concerns for the future of Kansas, and I would appreciate your vote on Election Day." PROVEN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP Pol. Adv. paid for by Vidricksen for Senate - Mary Liby, Treasurer.

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