Friday, October 22, 2004

October 22: U.S. Senate and Douglas County Clerk

From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., we'll be joined by Lee Jones, the Democratic challenger to Sam Brownback, the Republican Senator who has now represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate for the past eight years. Sen. Brownback was offered opportunites to be interviewed on this program several times, with the first request for an interview being made to Sen. Brownback's office in July. All interview requests were refused. Additionally, Sen. Brownback has yet to agree to a debate with Jones, and has granted few interviews to any media outlets this campaign season. "Politics with Rachel Robson" makes every reasonable effort to provide equal time to all candidates in the races discussed.

From 7:30 to 8:00 p.m., we'll talk with Republican Marni Penrod and Democrat Jamie Shew, who are competing to be Douglas County's County Clerk. They'll discuss the Help America Vote Act and its implications for elections in Douglas County, as well as their differing approaches to leadership in the County Clerk's office. There is no incumbent in this race, as the current County Clerk, Patty Jaimes, is retiring from the post.