TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Republican candidates for the Kansas Senate
are being asked by their party's leadership to publicly declare
their allegiance to the Senate's Republican leadership after the
Clay Barker, executive director of the state Republican Party,
said Friday that letters seeking the pledge were sent this week to
31 official GOP candidates for the Kansas Senate.
He says a similar loyalty appeal will be mailed next week to
Republican candidates for the House. He says the pledges are
designed to hold Republicans together around their leadership.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HVMBxh )
Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, a Republican from Lindsborg, will
not sign the pledge. He says such pledges take away choices for his