Archive for September 7th, 2009

3rd District Congress, Patricia Lightner campaign — Next Two Meet & Greets Scheduled

Monday, September 7th, 2009

From Lightner:
Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope all of you enjoy the restful and long holiday weekend with friends and family.

It has been an honor to meet those of you who could make it to my first two gatherings or at the many other events I’ve been to in the last week, including the Zenith Boosters meeting and the informative health care forum at the library. It is great to see so much interest in what’s going on in our nation today.

I am writing to invite you to my next two “Ask Patricia” Meet & Greets, which are now scheduled. We’re starting to move around the district now, so see the details below!
Wednesday, September 9 — Eastern Overland Park

Ask Patricia: Meet & Greet with Patricia Lightner #3
Bring Your Questions!

Wednesday, September 9
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Johnson County Republican Headquarters
12651 Metcalf
NE Corner — 127th and Metcalf.

Stop by after work for some light refreshments and learn more about my beliefs and my strategy to reclaim the 3rd District.
Wednesday, September 16 — Olathe/Lenexa

Ask Patricia: Meet & Greet with Patricia Lightner #4
Bring your questions!

Wednesday, September 16
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Johnny’s Tavern
Just off K-10 and Ridgeview

Olathe and Lenexa residents — I’m headed in your direction! Join me at Johnny’s, order some great food and drinks and bring your questions!

My staff is in the process of setting up future Meet & Greets at various locations throughout the 3rd District. Once they are established, I will let you know!

The campaign is off the great start. To learn more, visit my website at www.patricialightner.com and be sure to view my introductory video.

Have a wonderful Labor Day and see you Wednesday!

Sincerely,

Patricia Lightner
Lightner for Congress

P.S. — Please add patricia@patricialightner.com to your address book to ensure my messages go to your inbox and not your bulk mail folder.

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“We must not be afraid of our principles — principles such as limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty.”

Patricia Lightner

Lowest approval ever for labor unions in Gallup poll

Monday, September 7th, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ – Gallup finds organized labor taking a significant image hit in the past year. While 66% of Americans continue to believe unions are beneficial to their own members, a slight majority now say unions hurt the nation’s economy. More broadly, fewer than half of Americans — 48%, an all-time low — approve of labor unions, down from 59% a year ago.

Steve Kraske on Jerry Moran — “Moran Undecided About Where to Eat Lunch: Will Consult His Advisers, Family Before Making Final Decision, Which Is Expected Shortly”

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Steve Kraske.

Steve Kraske on 2002, 2006 almost-Gov-candidate Jerry Moran — “The most tortured, twisted, prolonged political dance I’ve ever experienced”

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Kraske:

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” K-State political scientist Joe Aistrup burst out at one point in 2005. “He’s like the runaway groom. He gets close. But he just can’t say, ‘I do.’^”

“Moran Undecided About Where to Eat Lunch: Will Consult His Advisers, Family Before Making Final Decision, Which Is Expected Shortly,” read one cyberspace entry.

Running for governor is a big deal. But what made Moran’s struggle so maddening was the widespread belief that he could’ve sleep-walked into the office in 2002. Though not well-known on this side of the state, Moran regularly wins re-election out West with 80 percent support.

Bob Dole: “I don’t know anything about his politics” but General David Patreus would make a great Republican candidate

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Wichita Eagle.

Opinion Cartoon, 4-Block World: Rarities In Baseball History

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Hot Air — Obama theme: incompetence?

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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LA Times — Obama’s speech not on some schools’ lesson plans

Monday, September 7th, 2009

President Obama’s speech to students next week may be a “teachable moment,” as some educators see it, but it will not be a command performance. A combination of scheduling, academic priorities and sheer bandwidth will keep the president out of many Southern California classrooms when he goes on the air Tuesday.

CQ Politics — Colleges Lobby on Bowl Bill

Monday, September 7th, 2009

While college football teams prepared for the fall season, another competitive game has been taking place behind the scenes on Capitol Hill, as lobbyists try to influence a bill that would change or replace the Bowl Championship Series to determine the top team in the nation.

The Hill — Kaine, Steele make cases to NAACP

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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UK Times Online — John Lennon, the lost interviews

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Wash Post — What Is Blue in ’08, Red in ’09? Ask Virginia

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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We go to war to defend our interests, not to encourage democracy — Andrew C. McCarthy at NRO

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Wash Post — A Speechwriter’s Tip for Obama: Silence Is Golden

Monday, September 7th, 2009

I’ve made a decent living as a speechwriter over the past decade and even realized my dream of becoming one of the few to have crafted the words of an American president. Deserved or not, my name can at least be placed in the same sentence with those notable presidential scribes whose talents have enlivened our national story: Sorensen, Safire, Shrum, Dolan, Noonan.

The Star’s E. Thomas McClanahan featured at Real Clear Politics — It’s decision time for Obama on Afghanistan

Monday, September 7th, 2009

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama called Afghanistan a “war of necessity.” Now we’ll see if he means it.

Weekly Standard — A wake-up call for America’s political elites

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Congress returns this week, and here’s hoping that its members, Democrats in particular, learned a little something from this summer’s town hall meetings. The lesson to be drawn from these occasionally raucous events is that America is on the verge of–or already knee-deep in–one of those moments that periodically roil the country and rearrange our preconceived notions about public life. And not a moment too soon.

Wash Post — The Change Agenda At a Crossroads

Monday, September 7th, 2009

As President Obama’s senior advisers gathered at Blair House at the end of July for a two-day review of their first six months in office, what was meant to be a breath-catching moment of reflection was colored by a sense of unease.

Rasmussen — 20% Say Pull All Troops Out of Afghanistan Immediately

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Twenty percent (20%) of U.S. voters say all American troops should be brought home from Afghanistan immediately, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll — Sunday, September 06, 2009

Monday, September 7th, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 29% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11 (see trends).

Rasmussen Consumer Index, Investor Confidence Down Five Points

Monday, September 7th, 2009

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis was up a point on Sunday to 76.8. Today’s index is up two points from a week ago and also up two points compared to one month ago. Consumer confidence is up 17 points from the beginning of the year.