Archive for December 13th, 2009

December Roberts Report

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

December 11, 2009
Health Care Reform

Health Care continues to be the top issue in the U.S. Senate. The current $2.5 trillion health care reform bill will result in higher premiums, tax increases and Medicare cuts to pay for more government. This bill cuts home health care, nursing homes, hospitals, Medicare, and taxes the middle class to pay for this government expansion that will still leave 24 million Americans uninsured. (more…)

Kansas Geological Survey geologist elected to national group’s council

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Kansas Geological Survey geologist elected to national group’s council

LAWRENCE – A senior scientist at the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, has been elected to the governing council of the Society of Sedimentary Geology.

Evan Franseen, head of the Kansas Geological Survey’s Stratigraphic Research Section and KU professor of geology, will serve a two-year term as the society’s councilor for sedimentology. The council oversees the society, which disseminates scientific information in such research areas as sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, environmental sciences and marine geology.

Franseen’s research focuses on the ways rocks are deposited and the way those deposits change over time. The goal is an improved understanding of the geologic processes that led to the formation of oil- and gas-bearing rocks. He has investigated deposits ranging from those as old as 500 million years to as recent as 2 million years.

Franseen has been at the Kansas Geological Survey since 1989. He is author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific publications, including several books on sedimentary modeling and sequence stratigraphy. He is associate editor of the journal Palaios, has served on the editorial board for the journal Geology and was vice chair for the Sedimentary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America.

The Society of Sedimentary Geology is one of the oldest and most-established international societies in the field and has approximately 3,500 members worldwide.


Erick Erickson — A RedState Weekend Update: FIGHT

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

There are a whole series of parliamentary maneuvers that could be used by Republican senators to stop this bill. There is a hard backstop to the current process (Christmas). The Republicans’ goal should be to prevent Reid from passing the bill before that time. If he goes past Christmas and is forced to adjourn or recess, the momentum will shift in favor of those opposing the bill. (more…)

Patricia Lightner — Watch My New Video Message

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

As the weather gets cold, the campaign is heating up!

Today, I launched my new YouTube video message, which you can view by visiting my website at

While you’re visiting my website, I encourage you to learn more about my beliefs by reviewing my Principles, my “Bolts of Lightner” columns, and my responses to questions submitted to “Ask Patricia”.

I’m also pleased to report that earlier this week, I announced that Kellyanne Conway had joined my team. Kellyanne is the CEO of the polling company, inc./Woman Trend, a privately-held, woman-owned corporation founded in 1995. Kellyanne is one of the most respected research and polling experts in the nation, and one of the more prominent conservative female voices in politics. Joining together with the polling company, inc. will be a tremendous benefit for my campaign.

And in case you missed it, State Senator Mary Pilcher Cook has endorsed my candidacy. Mary has been an incredible force for the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty during her entire time in the Kansas Legislature, and I am very grateful for her support.

If you haven’t yet, I also urge you to “Become a Fan” of my campaign on Facebook, where we are quickly approaching 800 “fans”. I communicate often through this medium, so please join me there! And, if you’re on Twitter, you can follow me there, as well.

I want to thank you again for all your support and encouragement. Soon, we’ll officially be entering the election year — which means that the primary election is just over 7 months away. I will need your support, encouragement, and prayers as we go forward.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!


Patricia Lightner
Candidate for Congress

KC Royals — Royals sign catcher Jason Kendall to two-year contract

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The Kansas City Royals today signed catcher Jason Kendall to a two-year contract through the 2011 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. (more…)

Lenexa — December 15 Minutes and Agenda

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The December 15, 2009 Lenexa City Council Meeting agenda is now ready and may be accessed by clicking the meeting agenda hyperlink below.

Agenda Hyperlink

If you should have any questions, please contact the City Clerks Office at 913-477-7500.

Marco Rubio — Happy Hanukkah

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

As our Jewish friends and neighbors prepare to light the menorah at sundown today, I send my warm greetings and best wishes for this joyful eight-day celebration.

The festival of lights commemorates the Jewish people’s perseverance over oppression and their indefatigable pursuit of the sacred right to worship freely.  As the Jewish people remember their ancestors, I join them in honoring this proud legacy of religious freedom.  Hanukkah offers all of us a chance to give thanks for the blessings of liberty and to honor America’s Jewish community, whose contributions to our culture and society have made us a stronger nation.

May the burning candles inspire us to be a more compassionate society and serve as a symbol of hope to all those around the world without the freedom to worship freely and openly.

My wife Jeanette and I wish all people of the Jewish faith around the world a Happy Hanukkah.


Marco Rubio

CWA of KS — Urgent Webcast from Stop the Abortion Mandate!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Dear Friends,

This week the U.S. Senate defeated the Nelson-Hatch amendment, which would have blocked the government from paying for abortions in the health care reform bill. (more…)

Minutemen PAC — Illegal alien money paid for Obama’s campaign

Sunday, December 13th, 2009
UNCOVERED: Obama’s Campaign Benefited from Illegal Alien Union Dues! Fellow Patriot,

Why are we not surprised?! Barack Obama and his leftist administration have refused to officially close the loophole in ObamaCare on health care for illegal aliens. Obama refuses to effectively secure the borders. And now he’s promising a massive amnesty bill in early 2010!


Now we know . . . (more…)

JCCC’s Terry Calaway awards creators of pro-government “Johnson County Education” Web site, including Julie Haas, whom Calaway directed in early 2009 to abuse intra-college communication to aid failed cover-up of open meetings violation

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

From JCCC:


A reception was held on Friday, Dec. 11, to honor Julie Haas, Melodee Blobaum, Del Lovitt and Dan Holmes with a Team Effort Award for their collaboration in creating the new Johnson County Education site.

The site is very engaging with photos from the schools, Twitter updates and links to articles and meetings specifically related to education in Johnson County.  It provides a central collection point of information for K-12 and higher education in Johnson County.

This project directly supports multiple JCCC strategic goals by “expanding our network of support services to engage students more actively in the JCCC learning experience”, serving as an initiative that provides for the inclusion of a diverse group of individuals in the discussion of K-12 and higher educational topics and by enhancing communication with external constituents.  The nomination was made by Mary O’Sullivan.

JCCC President Terry Calaway praised the team’s efforts and presented each recipient with a certificate and JCCC keychain.

The Team Effort Award is a means to recognize the accomplishments of groups (task forces or cross functional teams) who collaborate on projects that work toward achieving goals in the Strategic and/or Operational Plans of JCCC.  Nomination forms are available online at the Staff Development web page and may be sent to the Staff and Organizational Development office, GEB 238, Box 43, at any time.  Awards are made a few times each year.  If you have questions, please contact Kathy Wing at ext. 4513 or

Charter Schools in Texas: The Waiting Lists Grow Longer — Brooke Dollens Terry, Blaine Yelverton Texas Public Policy Foundation

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Demand for charter schools is strong in Texas. Through word of mouth, more parents are learning about the benefits of charter schools and are sending their children to charter schools. In fact, nearly 128,000 Texas students attended a charter school last year, up from 113,000 the year before. Yet, demand in the Lone Star State outweighs supply with more than 40,000 students on a waiting list to attend a charter school last year.

The Phony Funding Crisis — Arthur Peng, James Guthrie, Education Next

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Whether measured on a per-pupil basis or as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, support for public schools is stronger in the United States than in most other nations. Moreover, this condition has persisted for many decades. A unique set of constitutional, structural, financial, and political arrangements ensures that school systems and professional educators are buffered from revenue losses when the economy declines. State rules surrounding local school-district budgeting procedures contribute to the opposite impression, making it appear that schools are in a perpetual financial crisis. The 2009 ARRA stimulus package may portend an entirely new source of fiscal stability for America’s schools. When the economy turns down, the federal government may serve as the major fiscal backstop for public education.

The Case for Special Education Vouchers — Stuart Buck, Jay P. Greene, Education Next

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

In addition to legal challenges, opponents of special education vouchers are beginning to advance political and educational arguments against the idea as new programs are being considered in states such as Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and the existing Ohio program is poised to expand. Opponents raise several arguments to which answers can be given from recent studies of existing special education voucher programs.

Rewriting the Job Description: The Teaching Profession in the Twenty-first Century — Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

“Human capital” is quickly becoming the new site-based management, a popular strategy from the 1980s and 1990s that sought to increase autonomy in schools and spread decision making more widely. While few are sure what human capital means, everyone craves it, has a model to deliver it, and is quick to tout its restorative powers. It is trendy and impressive sounding, but too often it means recycling familiar nostrums or half-baked ideas with new jargon. What is needed instead is a serious effort to rethink what the teaching profession should look like in the twenty-first century.

Government Motors 1975 — Claire Berlinski, Manhattan Institute

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

British Leyland, to judge from the news, has disappeared down the world’s memory hole. We’re nonetheless repeating an experiment that has been conducted already, and its results are known to anyone who cares to consult them. The experiment was a failure-and there is no good reason to think that it will succeed the second time around.

Reduced Investment and Job Creation to Blame for High Unemployment — James Sherk, The Heritage Foundation

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The unemployment rate in America jumped from 4.9 percent in late 2007 to 10 percent in November this year. The conventional wisdom that unemployment is rising because more people are losing their jobs is only partly true. Job-loss rates have increased, but the largest force driving unemployment is the sharp drop in private-sector job creation. The massive stimulus bill championed by President Obama did nothing to “create or save” millions of jobs. Any “jobs bill” that relies on government spending without improving the investment and entrepreneurship climate will fail.

100 Ideas for 100 Days — Goldwater Institute

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Protecting individual rights and promoting limited government aren’t just buzzwords. Those are the constitutional obligations of our elected officials. The Arizona Constitution explains this clearly in Article II, Section 2. With 100 Ideas for 100 Days, the Goldwater Institute provides elected officials at all levels of government a stable of ideas that will help them in that purpose. Arizona’s legislative session is supposed to last only 100 days, but since it has a tendency to run a little longer than that, this year we are offering 152 ideas that will help close the state’s unprecedented budget deficit, get the government back to basics, and allow entrepreneurs to create new jobs to help pull us out of recession.

It’s a Crime? Flaws in Federal Statutes That Punish Standard Business Practice — Marie Gryphon, Manhattan Institute

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

For their own compelling reasons, the economic and social policies of the New Deal came to undermine the blameworthiness principle. Standards of conduct promulgated to protect and advance the public’s health, safety, and welfare carried with them deterrents imported from the criminal law. Today, the regulatory state, the New Deal’s descendant, so thoroughly encompasses the range of commercial activity that businesses and businesspeople trying to reduce their costs, better their products, best their rivals-do all of the things, in short, on which survival in a market economy depends-run an ever-present risk of becoming ensnared in the criminal law. In many instances, the laws in question are so voluminous and loosely drafted that even a student of the legislation would not have fair notice of what conduct was prohibited and what was not.

Surge of “Nonpayers” Will Be Part of Bush Tax Legacy — Scott A. Hodge, Tax Foundation

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

During 2007, Tax Foundation economists estimate that roughly 46.6 million tax returns faced a zero or negative tax liability. These are the so-called nonpayers, people whose exemptions, deductions and credits wiped out any tax that would have been due. Almost a third of all tax returns, 32.6 percent of 143 million federal tax returns filed, were nonpaying in 2007, the most recent year for which IRS data is final. The percentage for 2007 is the second highest, a slight tick down from the all-time highest in 2006, when 33.0 percent of tax filers paid nothing. The percentage of tax returns with no liability was fairly low in the 1960s and again in the early 1980s. A record had been set every year since 2002, as tax cuts throughout the Bush years, especially the refundable child tax credit, pushed low-to-middle income people off the tax rolls.

Putting the Spotlight on State Spending — Illinois Policy Institute

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Illinois citizens need a comprehensive tool that allows them to look at the details of state spending down to the agency, person and penny. The Illinois Policy Institute’s new website,, gives Illinois taxpayers that tool – essentially, an online X-ray machine into the details of state spending – and provides an unbiased look into raw state government spending data, collected directly from official government sources.