Archive for January 30th, 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.