Earmarks pose quandary for state GOP

Eleven years ago, in a navy-and-wood-paneled Topeka TV studio, then U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt argued ahead of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

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June 8, 2021 - 7:54 AM

The U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 16, 2021. Photo by (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

TOPEKA, Kansas — Eleven years ago, in a navy-and-wood-paneled Topeka TV studio, then U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt argued ahead of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

Looking directly into the camera, Moran told viewers he backed a moratorium on earmarks, but “Congressman Tiahrt led the effort to keep the earmarks process in place.”

Tiahrt framed it differently.

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