Hope for Kansas Dems
Kansas Democrats gather in Topeka today for the party's annual Washington Days convention to build up a party they're boosting through Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who so far is favored to win re-election this November.Come out to the Obama rally tonight at 8:15 at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.
Sebelius dwarfs her Republican opponents in funding and name recognition. None of those candidates has emerged as the clear leader in the race to face her this fall.
Republicans are putting less energy into defeating incumbent Rep. Dennis Moore, the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation. Instead, they're focusing more on defending Attorney General Phill Kline. He faces a strong challenge from Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, a Republican who switched parties to face Kline.
Larry Gates, state party chairman, said the party also is benefiting from Republican divisions and better Democratic statewide organization, which now receives investment from the national party.
"When you see Republicans attacking members of their own party, maybe being a Democrat is a good thing," he said.
And if you missed the (non-partisan) Take Back Kansas event in Lawrence, hit the one in Manhattan this Sunday, March 5. At Rusty's Next Door. The rally starts at 5:30, then an Oscar's Party kicks off at 7.
Feel free to send me reports from the front lines.