Archive for March 31st, 2009

Terry Calaway’s ‘lame excuses’: Kaw and Border

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The area blog Kaw and Border on JCCC President Terry Calaway, Board Chair Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, and Vice chair Lynn Mitchelson:

Ben has worked very hard to bring transparency and openness to the JCCC Board of Trustees. Unfortunately, as Yael Abouhalkah (of all people) at the Kansas City Star recently editorialized, the JCCC Board and President (outside of Hodge) have been conducting meetings in secret in violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Ben didn’t like that and as a result, has been lableled a nuisance by Steve Rose. One would think that Steve Rose, whose name is synonymous with Johnson County’s long time suburban newspaper, the Johnson County Sun, would appreciate Ben’s efforts at upholding a state law that even The Star had to correct the college on, as Ben describes on RedCounty.com here.

Of course, JCCC President Calaway and the other 5 establishment board members have tried to come up with lame excuses for their secrecy, as described in this recent article in the Gardner News, that apparently KOMA doesn’t apply to written documents, just verbal communication. Right.

Not only that, they subsequently violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act back in November as well when four of the board members, a majority, wrote a letter to The Star discussing Ben’s claims in his own letter to The Star regarding the board’s possibility of raising the mill levy. Problem is, having four people sign a letter was a violation of KOMA as well. Ben discusses these issues at length here.

Flint Hills: Kansas Style Budget Transparency Spreads Across America

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Flint Hills Center:

Title: Kansas Style Budget Transparency Spreads Across America

Author: Jonathan Williams
In 2007, Kansas lawmakers took the lead with first-in-the-nation legislation to create an innovative budget transparency Web site. Led by Rep. Kasha Kelley and Sen. Tim Huelskamp et al., this legislation, which created the widely popular www.kansas.gov/kanview/, now allows Kansas taxpayers to see how their hard earned dollars are being spent with the click of a mouse.

Based on the Kansas experience and model legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), legislators across the nation are now promoting legislation to increase transparency and accountability in state budgets. This growing movement toward greater transparency has been one of the most promising recent developments in state policy. (more…)

Poll: Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since Election

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, gained two points on Sunday. At 70.8, the Consumer Index is up six points from a week ago and up sixteen points from the all-time low reached just three weeks ago. Consumer confidence is now at the highest level since Barack Obama was elected last November.

Please take a moment to predict where the Consumer Index will be on April 30.

The Rasmussen Investor Index shows that investor confidence is also at its highest level since early November. At 74.8, the Investor Index is up eight points from a week ago and up eighteen points from a month ago. Investor confidence is still down eighteen points from a year ago.

The biggest change over the past month has been reduced pessimism over the economic future. Fifty-one percent (51%) of consumers now say the economy is getting worse. That’s down from 67% a month ago. Among investors, 48% say the economy is getting worse, down 69% from a month ago.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of investors would put new investment money in real estate while 29% would put the money in a savings account. That’s a reversal from recent months when a bank savings account was the top choice. Just 17% would put their new investment money in the stock market.

Update from Todd Tiahrt

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Todd Tiahrt:

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U.S. Capitol Update
March 27, 2009

Dear Friend,

Welcome to this week’s U.S. Capitol Update.

ABL Program Critical to the Future of our National Security Capabilities
On Monday, I was joined by six of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates requesting his support for continued funding of the Airborne Laser (ABL) program. The ABL program is critical in maintaining America’s technological edge and national security capabilities to destroy ballistic missiles from the moment of launch. I am also pleased this program will bring increased job opportunities to Kansas workers with modification of the Airborne Laser expected to be done by Boeing in Wichita.

Click here to read the text of the letter.

I also enjoyed appearing on Fox News to discuss the importance of the ABL Program. Click here to watch the video.

2nd Amendment Self Defense Bill
This week I co-sponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill (H.R. 197). This legislation recognizes that those who have a valid state-issued concealed firearms permit should not have to forfeit their safety when traveling to other states. Not only does this bill protect the rights of concealed firearm permit holders, it also maintains the right of states to issue concealed weapons permits as they desire.

Click here to read more.

Ethical Stem Cell Research Initiative
I was proud to become a co-sponsor of the Patients First Act (H.R. 877), a bill that supports productive and ethical stem cell research by prioritizing scientific breakthroughs with the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefits.

For years stem cell research has been a divisive issue, but the Patients First Act will help bridge the divide between protecting life and advancing scientific endeavors. With more intensified research, I have confidence we will see treatments available for many more ailments and diseases while honoring the sanctity of life.

Click here to read more.

Spring 2009 Satellite Office Hours
The Spring 2009 satellite office hours are happening now. This is your opportunity to meet with a member of my staff who will be available to offer assistance with federal agencies, answer questions about the federal government, and discuss your concerns and opinions. No appointment is necessary, just come during the scheduled hours. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

You can find the complete satellite office schedule on my website by clicking here. Or for more information, please call my office at: 316.262.8992 or toll free at 1.866.668.8478.

2009 Congressional Art Competition
I would like to invite all high school art students to participate in the 2009 Annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery.

This unique competition provides members of the U.S. House of Representatives an opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within their districts. We have many talented young artists in Kansas, and I encourage as many to participate as possible. The winning entry from each district-wide contest will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Click here for more information.

Job Resource Center
Located on my website you will find a Job Resource Center to help aid constituents impacted by layoffs. Through the Job Resource Center, you will find links to job banks, job training resources, and unemployment benefits information.

Click here to be directed to the Job Resource Center.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help to you or your family. You can reach my Wichita office by calling 316.262.8992 or click here to send me an electronic message.

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Colorado’s Homeschool Law Turns Twenty

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Independence Institute:

In the fall of 2008 there were 7,023 registered homeschool students. After 20 years, some organizations still desire to limit homeschool freedoms. The law needs consistent defense against those who would restrict parental rights.

KFL on Tiller verdict

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

KFL:

Call To Action

6-member jury finds Tiller not guilty but state Medical Board moves to revoke his license for same charges + fraud!

While it was frustrating that Tiller escaped conviction for 19 misdemeanors this afternoon, he is in MUCH bigger trouble right now. Tiller’s use of one doctor, dependent on him for her entire salary – was a defiant criminal act, and although the jury today didn’t see that, the state Board of Healing Arts-under a new Executive Director, Jack Confer-absolutely described that relationship as “symbiotic” and as clearly banned under the late-term law! They are charging Tiller with 11 counts of fraud, unprofessional conduct and failing to use an independent second referral. The Board has issued the first step in revoking Tiller’s medical license! No need to call yet-we’ll keep you informed. Please pray for all the members of the Board.

Women’s Right to Know & See act signed today

Gov. Sebelius quietly signed the Woman’s Right to Know and See act today, knowing it had passed by veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. Thank you to those who contacted her, urging her to do the right thing and sign it. This is a wonderful bill insuring a woman can have access to the sonogram of her unborn child and helping stop coercion at abortion clinics. We thank all those who helped it pass, especially the bill author, Rep.Lance Kinzer.

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AFP-KS update: Tax Day Tea Parties planned in Kansas, April 15

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

AFP:

Tax Day Tea Parties planned in Kansas, April 15
Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity-Kansas
March 26, 2009
In this issue:

* Tax Day Tea Parties planned for April 15
* Budget Stabilization fund passes both chambers
* Taxpayer-funded lobbying
* AFP-Kansas is now on Twitter!

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A Message from State Director Derrick Sontag: (more…)