Archive for January, 2010

Kraske — Tiahrt to Moran: Attacking my family is “out of bounds”

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Moran and his family continued to live in Hays, with Moran flying home virtually every weekend.

Tiahrt said he flew out to Kansas most weekends, too.

A Moran spokesman said his candidate was not criticizing Tiahrt’s family, but was questioning his rival.

“I don’t think Moran is attacking his family,” Moran spokeman Dan Lara said

Tiahrt said the Virginia move enabled his to spend far more time with his family than he had been spending with them when the clan resided in Wichita.

In Virginia, he was able to attend ball games and teacher’s conferences again where he hadn’t been able to do that before.

Neither Tiahrt nor Moran mentioned the other by name in their public remarks. But spokesmen for both camps said the two men were speaking of each other.

Polls show the race is close.

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Cauthen due at least $485,000 in severance | KansasCity.com Prime Buzz

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

KansasCity.com Prime Buzz.

There remains a dispute between Cauthen and the city over additional severance. According to several sources, Cauthen and his attorney believe that he is entitled to additional vacation and sick leave pay, while the city argues that amount is capped.

Analysis — On annual Kansas Days, new questions create new doubts for Kansas Republicans in the leadership of Amanda Adkins’ state party

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

When Amanda Adkins was elected a year ago to the top position of Kansas Republican Party chair, she went unchallenged, and there was some degree of enthusiasm and optimism.   While few knew Adkins personally, there was a large amount of trust placed in her, due to the knowledge that she was “Brownback’s choice.”  Brownback’s preference in Adkins — a former campaign manager for Brownback — had never been clearly, publicly stated, but this was the unsaid conventional wisdom among Republican activists. (more…)

Michael Barone — Generic ballot polls suggest possible epic party disaster for Dems

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

The Real Clear Politics average on the generic ballot now shows Republicans ahead 46%-42%. This is historically unprecedented.

Except for a single CNN/USA Today poll conducted right after the Republican National Convention, September 5-7, 2008, which seems to have been an outlier, Republicans didn’t take the lead on the generic ballot-which party’s candidate will you vote for in House races-until March 9-15, 2009, in Rasmussen polling (which samples likely voters and whose results have therefore leaned more Republican than those of other pollsters since Barack Obama’s inauguration). Republicans since took a lead in the NPR poll (July 22-26), Gallup (November 5-8), Bloomberg News (December 3-7), Battleground (December 6-10), CNN/Opinion Research (January 8-10) and Democracy Corps (January 7-11).

WSJ — Scott Brown: ‘People Aren’t Stupid;’ ‘And leaders should figure out they’re better informed now than ever.’

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

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Justice Dept.: Obama administration may take action on BCS

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.

Bankers in favour of paying global fee — Financial Times

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Some of the world’s most prominent bankers have come out in favour of a global bank wind-down fund, a concession from the industry after weeks of fighting proposals for new taxes in the US and Europe.

Op-Ed by Christopher Berger: A Constitutional Amendment

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

A Constitutional Amendment

Last week’s special election in which Massachusetts was a serious wake-up call to Washington, but I think they got the wrong message. What they should have heard was, “We the people don’t like the direction you’re taking us in. You haven’t convinced us that yours is the best way to run this country, and you’re not listening to us. We voted Democrat because we liked what your mouthpiece Obama was offering, only to now find it was a bait and switch. Stop now.” (more…)

3rd District Congressional Candidate Patricia Lightner — My Reaction to the State of the Union

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The State of the Union, no matter who is President, is always an impressive spectacle to watch. It provides our nation – specifically, our leaders – a chance to refocus on solutions for our nation. (more…)

Lenexa, Kansas Police Department E-Watch

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

This Summary is of selected criminal trends and is not reflective of all police activity

For the week ending 011110 Lenexa officers investigated 228 incidents, conducted 57 street checks and field interviews, wrote 116 citations, and made 59 arrests, including 5 arrests for DUI and 4 arrests for narcotics violations. (more…)

Indiana Governor To Be Guest at Kansas Days — Kansas GOP

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

January 25, 2010
Immediate Release
Contact: CiCi Rojas
785/234-3456

INDIANA GOVERNOR TO BE GUEST AT REPUBLICAN KANSAS DAYS
GOP to Release Pro-Growth Platform during State Committee Meeting

Topeka – Kansas Republican Party Chair Amanda Adkins today announced the party will host Governor Mitch Daniels, Jr. (R-Indiana) at its inaugural Red Ball and Boots Reception.
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KRIS KOBACH PRESS RELEASE — KOBACH FILES SUITE IN NEBRASKA TO RESTORE RULE OF LAW TO IMMIGRATION

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

KOBACH FILES SUITE IN NEBRASKA TO RESTORE RULE OF LAW TO IMMIGRATION

On the morning of Monday, January 25, 2010, Kris Kobach filed a lawsuit on behalf of Nebraska taxpayers to stop Nebraska universities and community colleges from illegally providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. The case, Mannschreck v. Board of Regents, was filed in the District Court of Jefferson County, Nebraska. (more…)

Leavenworth County GOP — February 2010 Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

For the February meeting, we will have a host of speakers. All speakers are from Leavenworth County and will address county issues. J.C. Tellefson and John Flower (both County Commissioners) will discussion issues that have/and will affect the county at large. Sheriff Dave Zelner will discuss crime issues in the county and planned methods to continue reducing the rural crime rates. County Attorney Todd Thompson will address judicial concerns. Jana Goodman, candidate for the 41st District and Sandra Bohne, candidate for the 40th District will discuss their political campaign issues. Connie O’Brien, 42nd District Representative will also be present. (more…)

ESPN — A tale of two baseball cheaters. Why is it the best of times for Mark McGwire but the worst of times for Pete Rose?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

How is it that McGwire receives a standing O from St. Louis Cardinals fans, but Rose still has his 68-year-old face pressed against MLB’s window? McGwire not only goes directly from his self-imposed isolation tank to a big league coaching job, but he has Cards manager Tony La Russa running interference against anyone who thinks this is a bogus idea.

Meanwhile, Rose, who has forgotten more about hitting than McGwire will ever know, remains an outcast. Huh?

RealClearSports — Top 10 Accomplishments by Athletes 40 and Over

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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WSJ — How Did the Ivy League Get So Good? Saturday’s Harvard-Cornell Game Has Drama to Spare; 2 Top Teams Battle for 1 NCAA Bid

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Open your mind to this possibility: The game of the year in college basketball just might be in the Ivy League.

There will be games involving better teams, of course-matchups that feature Final Four contenders, future NBA lottery picks, massive TV audiences and large crowds. But none of those games will be as vital as one game taking place Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. between Harvard and Cornell.

CNET — Firefox Mobile inches towards 1.0, sheds Flash support

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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Reuters — ‘Stealth’ wind turbine blade may end radar problem

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The development of a “stealth” turbine blade, based on military technology, may help overcome the problem of wind farms interfering with aviation radar systems, its developers said.

Rasmussen — 23% Say They Spend Too Much Time Online

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Seventy-one percent (71%) disagree and believe the amount of time they spend this way is appropriate.

Seventy-five percent (75%), however, believe young children spend too much time on computers and other electronic equipment.

In a survey last August, 51% of adults said they use the Internet every day or nearly every day. Another 14% said they are online several times a week. Six percent (6%) said they are on the Internet once a week or less, while 28% rarely or never go online.

CNET — Bill Gates funds climate, energy research

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Bill Gates has been providing millions of dollars to fund academic research in energy and climate, some of which touches on geoengineering, or manipulating Earth’s natural systems to counteract global warming.

Citing atmospheric scientist Ken Caldeira, Science Magazine’s online blog on Tuesday reported that Gates has put at least $4.5 million of his own money over the last three years into university research.