Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Greg Orman and his wife Sybil.
Greg Orman and his wife Sybil.

A big day for Olathe Senate candidate Greg Orman. Olathe businessman Greg Orman’s campaign for the U.S. Senate got two shots in the arm Wednesday. First, more than 70 former Republican legislators from the group Traditional Republicans for Common Sense endorsed the Independent Orman over incumbent Pat Roberts. But that news was quickly overshadowed Wednesday afternoon when word broke that Democrat Chad Taylor was pulling out of the race, making it a two-candidate affair pitting Orman against Roberts, whose lackluster performance in the primary and low approval ratings have caused concern for Republicans hoping to see their party take control of the Senate in November. The news drew a swift attack from Roberts’ campaign, which claimed Orman had struck a bargain with the Democrats. “It makes clear what has been obvious from the start: Orman is the choice of liberal Democrats,” Roberts campaign manager Leroy Towns said. “We are confident that Kansas voters will quickly see through this charade foisted on Kansas by Orman and his Democrat allies.” Kansas hasn’t had a U.S. Senator from Johnson County since former Mission lawyer and Johnson County Assistant District Attorney James Pearson retired in 1978.

Roeland Park city-wide garage sale starts today. Looking for bargains this weekend? Then head to Roeland Park. The Roeland Park city-wide garage sale starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. No permits are needed to participate in the sale.

PVHA garage sales start Friday. The Prairie Village Homes Association kicks off its semi-annual neighborhood-wide garage sale Friday. The PVHA approximately covers the area from 67th Street to 69th Street from Mission Road to Roe Avenue; from 69th Street to 71st Street from Mission Road to Fonticello; and from 71st Street to 75 Street from Mission to Nall. The sales will be going on throughout the area from Friday through Sunday.