Archive for June 10th, 2009

Recent campaign message from Team Toomey in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

From the Toomey campaign:

So much has happened on the campaign trail since our last correspondence. Pat continues criss-crossing the state of Pennsylvania each day, racking up endorsements, signing up new volunteers and raising the funds critical to winning next November.

A sure sign that Pat’s message is resonating with Republicans most recently came in the form of support from former Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, Bill Scranton. Bill endorsed Pat’s candidacy on May 26 – a terrific sign that prominent members of the Republican Party are confident in Pat Toomey and his chances in 2010. We are working hard to bring our Party together to win this seat back.

Strong support is showing up clearly in the latest polling numbers as well. In a May 28 poll conducted by Quinnipiac University and in a June 2 poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, Senator Specter’s 20 point general election lead over Pat Toomey was reduced to a mere 9 points. Moreover, Specter’s numbers stayed well below 50% – a sure sign of trouble for any incumbent, but especially dangerous for a 30 year lawmaker with national name recognition.

And here’s the kicker: Specter’s name recognition will likely do little to help him defeat the nearly announced U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak who is preparing to enter the Democratic primary field. Sestak seems undeterred by national pressure to lay down to Sen. Specter and polling shows that the numbers of a popular liberal like Sestak have nowhere to go but up.

Thank you for your continued and unwavering support of Pat Toomey’s campaign for U.S. Senate. It is your work and dedication that will win this election for Pat – but more important, all Pennsylvanians will benefit from sending a tax-cutting conservative like Pat to Washington.

-Team Toomey

AP: Michael Vick Gets Deadline For New Bankruptcy Plan

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


NORFOLK, Va. — A judge who rejected Michael Vick’s first bankruptcy plan warned the suspended NFL star’s lawyers Tuesday that they have just one more chance to file a workable proposal for repaying the millions he owes to creditors.

As Vick sat silently in the front of the courtroom, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Santoro set a July 2 deadline for submission of a revised Chapter 11 plan. A hearing to confirm or reject the plan was set for Aug. 27.

Pew interviews 500 local officials on Internet usage

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


A survey of 520 locally-elected officials, such as mayors and city council members, showed that the vast majority use the Internet and say they profit from it. This rapid growth of Internet use is also injecting new life into community affairs. More citizens and local groups are being heard and recognized thanks to email. Some 73% of online officials note that email exchanges with constituents help them better understand public opinion; 56% of online officials say their use of email has improved their relations with community groups; 54% of online officials say that their use of email has brought them into contact with citizens from whom they had not heard before; and 32% have been persuaded by email lobbying campaigns at least in part about the merits of a group’s argument on a policy question.

Gregory L. Schneider: The Audacity of Hopelessness

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

From the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy:

The Audacity of Hopelessness

Gregory L. Schneider

President Barack Obama has had his way with business in his first hundred days in office. He is the only president in American history to fire a CEO of a private business, Rick Wagoner of General Motors. He called bondholders of Chrysler Corporation speculators after they refused a government-financed deal that would have paid them one-third or less of what they are owed; they would rather go through regular bankruptcy proceedings. Recently, out of fear of a nationalized health care system, private insurance trade associations and health care providers have pledged to the president that they will reduce $2 trillion in health care costs over the next decade. It might be the audacity of hope for President Obama, but it’s hopelessness for the private sector. (more…)

Mark Levin calls Newt Gingrich A “Phony,” “Has-Been,” “Pseudo-Conservative”

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Audio at RCP.

KSN: Wichita Council approves Koch’s plan for Boathouse

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita City Council has approved leasing the Boathouse to Bill Koch so that he can move the Sports Hall of Fame there.

Six council members voted to approve the deal. The mayor did not vote since he is on the Board of Directors for the Sports Hall of Fame

KSN: Boy, 12, helps police catch attackers with cell phone

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police say a child was assaulted early Tuesday morning, but was able to help them catch his attackers.

It happened on Shelton St. near 21St N. at around 1 a.m. The 12-year-old boy told police he was attacked and beaten by two men. One of the men dropped a cell phone and the boy was able to grab the phone and take off running. He then called police on his alleged attacker’s cell phone. With the description the boy gave and the suspect’s phone, detectives were able to arrest two men.

Wichita Biz Journal: Car auction Cars for Cats to support K-State

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


A new partnership between Purple Wave Auction and is helping to raise money for Kansas State University.

The program, called Cars for Cats, will let car owners use Purple Wave Auction at no cost to sell their vehicle and donate the sale’s net proceeds to the K-State fund of their choice through the KSU Foundation.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for folks who need to find homes for vehicles they no longer use or need while contributing funds to help continue the tradition of excellence at K-State,” Russ Briggs, president of Briggs Auto Group and founder of, said in a release.

25% pay increase for new KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

LJ World:

Kansas University’s new chancellor will receive about 25 percent more than outgoing Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the Kansas Board of Regents disclosed Monday afternoon.

Bernadette Gray-Little will receive a maximum of $425,000 per year, compared with Hemenway’s state-approved maximum of $340,352. The state contribution to the salary, however, remains the same: $267,177.

Actor Jon Voight at GOP fundraiser: “We and we alone are the only people who can free this nation from this Obama oppression”

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


Some 2,000 people joined 33 GOP senators and about 150 House members at the annual fundraising dinner for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. The GOP campaign arms raised a combined $14.5 million from the affair, held at the Washington Convention Center.

While the buzz centered on the presence of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the keynote address by former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Voight, who emceed the event, gave an opening speech that left many, well, speechless.

“Everything Obama has recommended has turned out to be disastrous,” Voight said, before listing the economic stimulus package, government-owned car companies, rising unemployment, Israel and health care. Voight said Obama “turned out to be radically liberal,” and said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Obama adviser David Axelrod, among others, are to blame “for the downfall of this country.”

Hodge on next KU chancellor, Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little: “Equal opportunity for over-paid school administrators in Kansas”

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge, at Race42012:

As reported by the University of Kansas:

Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little will be the 17th chancellor at The University of Kansas. Gray-Little, who will be the first woman and first African American to lead KU, will begin her chancellorship on August 15.

Reported Monday was that Gray-Little will be given a 25% increase in salary, compared to the former college leader. (more…)

Hodge at Race42012: Charlie Crist should re-consider 2010 plans, run for re-election as Florida Governor

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


But where Gov. Crist has built-in general elections advantages in the US Senate race, Crist also has disadvantages.  The two that stand out to me:

  1. Crist unapologetically supports the “stimulus.”  We should assume that Democrats will use this against him in any way they can.
  2. Crist has now twice broken his no-new tax pledge as governor, according to The Club for Growth.  Democrats will definitely use this against him (of course, while also supporting the tax, but I think we can count on the criticism being effective in the general election).