Archive for February 6th, 2010

Jefferson on Banks – Conservative Battleline Online

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Regarding money, Jefferson commented, “Paper is poverty … it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.” We should remember this when we contemplate the loss of 95 percent of the purchasing power of the paper currency called “Federal Reserve notes” in less than a century. As Ben Bernanke and the Fed create trillions of new paper “dollars,” we, the richest country in history, face the possibility of a hyperinflationary collapse and accompanying impoverishment.

Jefferson on Banks – Conservative Battleline Online.

Pacific Research Institute — The Union that Stole Christmas

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The holiday season is upon us, but California’s schoolchildren won’t be receiving many gifts this year—at least not from their lawmakers or teachers’ unions.

California is poised to become the nation’s largest school system that will not qualify to compete for $4.3 billion of federal Race to the Top funds. In order to compete for the money, states must allow teachers to be assessed based on student performance. California currently has a law preventing such assessment, and the teachers’ unions adamantly oppose any effort to change this.

Pacific Research Institute • Publications • The Union that Stole Christmas.

Rise In Minimum Wage Added To Teens’ Burdens —

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

In the midst of economic turmoil and a deep recession, Congress ignored the pleas of economists and allowed the third of three planned hikes to the federal minimum wage to go into effect in July.

Teen unemployment has increased 12 percent since then, double the increase in the national unemployment rate. And almost half of African-American teens seeking a job have been unable to find one.

Rise In Minimum Wage Added To Teens’ Burdens |

Minimum Wage Doesn’t Help The Poor —

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Friday, Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase to $8.25 per hour, making it the third highest in the nation and $1 an hour higher than the new federal rate. This increase, which passed after lawmakers overrode a veto by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2008, comes at a particularly damaging time for the state’s entry-level work force.

In passing the higher wage, well-intentioned politicians hoped this policy would benefit low-income workers, spur job creation and “help families that are really struggling.” But decades of economic data show the opposite is true. Minimum-wage increases make it harder to find employment, particularly for the most vulnerable job-seekers.

Minimum Wage Doesn’t Help The Poor |

Josh Barro: Cut the strings on the stimulus

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

As a chorus grows in Washington for a second stimulus package, an appealing alternative is coming out of Sacramento, Calif.: Don’t give us more money, just stop telling us what to do.

This month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., is expected to ask Congress and the Obama administration to cut many of the strings it attached to state aid funds in last year’s stimulus bill. Bloomberg reports that he will propose $8 billion in cuts to federal-state programs to help close the state’s $21 billion budget gap — but first, he needs Washington’s permission.

Josh Barro: Cut the strings on the stimulus | Washington Examiner .

Independent Women’s Forum – Keeping the Poor in Poverty

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon points out one of the unintended consequences of health care reform legislation: how low-wage workers will be hit with astronomical taxes (you know, the same people the government claims it will be helping) and discouraged from moving up the economic ladder.

Writes Cannon:

In a new study, I found those implicit marginal tax rates would hover near 70-80 percent over broad ranges of income. In many cases, they would exceed 100 percent, financially penalizing those who try to climb the economic ladder.

Independent Women’s Forum – Keeping the Poor in Poverty.

Employees Policy Institute — Predicted Unemployment

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Democrats’ proposed job creation plan will only add to the $12 trillion national debt while ineffectively handling the country’s double-digit unemployment rate. A better idea would be to revisit the burden Congress has placed on employers through a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage.

Tiahrt for Senate — Tiahrt Senate Campaign airs statewide ads highlighting Tiahrt’s conservative leadership

Saturday, February 6th, 2010


January 28, 2010 785/249-8095

Tiahrt Senate Campaign airs statewide ads highlighting Tiahrt’s conservative leadership

WICHITA, KS – Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s (R-Goddard) United States Senate campaign today began airing television and radio advertisements across the state. The ads highlight Tiahrt’s conservative leadership and are set to coincide with the annual Kansas Days festivities in which Republicans from across the state gather in Topeka for district and statewide party meetings. (more…)

Patricia Lightner for Congress — It’s Time to Fight

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

They say the more things change, the more they stay the same.
In the past year since President Obama was inaugurated, we’ve seen millions of Americans join the conservative movement — rallying at tea parties, speaking up at town halls, starting grassroots organizations, and when elections approach, getting involved on behalf of genuinely conservative candidates who, just two years ago, were told they had no chance of winning.

From Virginia to New Jersey to New York to Massachusetts, this collective effort of like-minded, liberty-loving, freedom-embracing Americans has redefined the word grassroots, setting aside establishment candidates and conventional wisdom in the matter of weeks, not months. This is why our opponents – in both parties – are confounded on just how to handle us. (more…)

Moran for Kansas — Growing Lead in Fundraising and Polls

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Moran Has Commanding Fundraising Lead Over Tiahrt; New Independent Poll Shows More Momentum for Moran

Moran cash-on-hand exceeds $3.71 million for 4th quarter
Tiahrt raises just $195,000, spends $271,000, cash-on-hand of $1.32 million

Jerry Moran continues his commanding fundraising and cash-on-hand advantage over Fourth District Congressman Todd Tiahrt in the race to succeed Sam Brownback. In the fourth quarter, Jerry raised almost $404,000, while spending $167,000.  Tiahrt raised just $195,000, while spending more than $273,000. For a second consecutive quarter, Tiahrt has engaged in deficit spending on his campaign, perhaps reflecting his Washington habits. (more…)

AFP Kansas — FY 2011 Model State Budget is now online

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

In This Issue:

  • Better Alternatives to Urban Planning?
  • AFP Issue Watch: Budget
  • Legislative Update: Health Care Freedom Amendment
  • Economic Freedom of the World
  • Upcoming events: Kansans for Liberty rally
  • Useful Resources

Better Alternatives to Urban Planning?


Cover it Live — CiL exceeds 85 million page views in January, introduces two versions of CiL, launches revenue sharing, enterprise class SLAs, integrated live video, an iphone app and enhancements to Twitter integration

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

This is probably the most important newsletter I’ve ever written to you all. I hope it’s well worth the few minutes it takes to read.

First, our users put CiL to use in January to the tune of 85 million page views according to Google Analytics. A short two years ago that number was only five hundred thousand. Many of the biggest media brands in the world trust us when ‘live’ truly matters. It’s a clear statement that live coverage has made the transition to the mainstream. It has moved from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’. With that, we understand that we bear a great responsibility to our users with respect to our ability to be scalable and reliable. (more…)

JR Claeys for Secretary of State: Can Elizabeth Ensley be Trusted to Protect our Votes?

Saturday, February 6th, 2010


Can Elizabeth Ensley be Trusted to Protect our Votes?


Contact: Christian Morgan

Phone: (816) 407-1222

Date: February 5, 2010

Salina, Kans. – Elizabeth Ensley, Shawnee County Elections Commissioner, declared her candidacy to be Kansas’ next Secretary of State last month. Among other obligations, the next Secretary of State will be tasked with supervising Kansas’ elections and preventing voter fraud.

Ensley has touted her experience in the election office as justification for her campaign. A closer examination of Ensley’s track-record as Shawnee County Elections Commissioner, however, paints a very different story. (more…)

Recent Funk’s Front Porch

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Funk’s Front Porch

5 February 2010

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

The Mayor was in Chicago this past Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the City’s three bond rating agencies: Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. Troy Schulte, the new acting City Manager, and Randy Landes, the new Director of Finance, accompanied him. The trip was successful and the presentations went well. (more…)

Tiahrt for Senate — Poll shows Moran in trouble

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

In case you missed it, below is an interesting analysis of the Kansas Senate Primary.

Also, if you have a chance, please show your support for Todd’s Senate campaign by VOTING ONLINE.  The online poll is at the bottom right of the page.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Poll Shows Moran in Trouble

Jerry Moran supporters sent out odd emails this week touting the results of a SurveyUSA poll signfiying they had a 7 point lead, 40-33.

While Moran does have a small, barely-statistically-meaningful lead, the folks behind the Tiahrt campaign must be pleased with what the poll shows beyond the top number.

First of all, the top number itself is not good for Moran at all. Despite what they describe as a big money advantage and having run in several uncontested races for Congress, and twice being mentioned as a candidate for Governor, Jerry Moran is only at 40%. That’s a nice number but let’s not forget Moran started with a big fundraising advantage simply because he had more money from those uncontested races. Yet, Tiahrt remains basically just barely behind. Nothing has changed in the past few months in the overall number. A 7 point lead at this point means little — just ask Sheila Frahm, who was up 25 points in May on Brownback in 1996.

Secondly, this is the devastating blow for Moran:

Moran’s lead in the western part of the state — previously 52 points — is down to 35 points. While still huge, Moran’s entire strategy seems based on a massive win in a district where his name ID is huge. While Tiahrt has a smaller 17 point lead in Wichita and Moran continues a 15 point lead in the KC area, if Moran continues to slide in the west as that region’s conservative voters become aware — and drift — to Tiahrt — Moran’s lead appears extremely shaky.

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Tim Phillips — The Washington Democrat Plan: No limits on debt, spending, or arrogance

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

he toughest part of fighting back against big-government liberals these days is to keep up with all the reckless choices they make with our money and freedom.

You might have noticed, for instance, that Senate Democrats just voted to raise the federal “debt ceiling” – the maximum amount Washington politicians can borrow on the backs of our children and grandchildren – by an eye-popping $1.9 TrillionLet’s just hope and pray that  Obama does not know what comes after a trillion. (more…)

KFL: Banquets Filling Up-Act Now!-Ov. Pk: Feb. 11 & Wichita: Feb. 12

Saturday, February 6th, 2010


Both events start at 6:30 p.m., but
OTHER THINGS besides dates/locations differ.
Read details below carefully and…ACT SOON! (more…)

Jim Geraghty — Mass. TV station accidentally labels Scott Brown a Democrat

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Another reader: “The irony of the (D) next to Scott Brown’s name is that that station (WCVB, Channel 5) is where Scott Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, is a reporter. They could just have asked her in the newsroom!”

Wait, He’s From Massachusetts. We Have to Use a ‘D’, Right? – Jim Geraghty.

75% Say Movie Ticket Prices Too High

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans who go to the movies at least once a month think that movie tickets are too expensive, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-one percent (21%) of moviegoing adults disagree, and five percent (5%) aren’t sure.

Women are more critical of movie ticket prices than men.

75% Say Movie Ticket Prices Too High – Rasmussen Reports™.

49% of Super Bowl Watchers Plan to Watch “Intensely” – Rasmussen Reports

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV is two days away, and just under half (49%) of adults who plan on watching the big game say they will be watching it intensely, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Nearly as many adults who plan on watching the Super Bowl (44%) will mostly be socializing while the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints duke it out on national television.

More men will be glued to the screen on Sunday than women. Female game-watchers will be socializing more.

Just 17% say they will place a bet, participate in a pool or wager money on the game in some other fashion. An overwhelming majority (80%) say they won’t gamble on the game.

Out of those who will gamble, 57% say their bet will be a serious one with real money. Thirty-eight percent (38%) say it will be a friendly wager for something like dinner or a drink.

49% of Super Bowl Watchers Plan to Watch “Intensely” – Rasmussen Reports™.