Archive for February 19th, 2010

Join AFP for the Patients’ Summit (Correction)

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I hate to tell you, BUT the battle to stop the takeover of our health care is not over.

In 6 days, on February 25, President Obama will hold a “Health Care Summit” where he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will unveil their “new” health care plan that they are currently writing in secret behind closed doors.

The Left is hoping their “summit” will be the game-changer they need to re-launch their scheme to take over our health care system.

You and I need to make sure that does not happen.

At Americans for Prosperity, we’re holding our own Critical Care: The Patients’ Summit to deliver a simple message:  the American people have rejected this trillion-dollar takeover of health care. So Congress should start over from scratch, or better yet, focus on policies that create jobs and get our economy moving again.

First, we’ll gather outside the Blair House at 9:30 a.m. on February 25 where President Obama will be hosting his “summit.”  We’ll make sure attendees like Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid hear our message as they head inside.

Then, beginning at 11:30am we will hold our own Critical Care: The Patients’ Summit at the JW Marriott in DC.

If you can’t join us in person in Washington, you can still be a part of the Patients’ Summit. We’ll be Webcasting live online at

Between now and President Obama’s “summit,” we need to email and call our senators and member of Congress to tell them in advance that the American people do not want another big-government, tax-and-spend, freedom-crushing piece of legislation to come up again.

So, I’m asking you to CLICK HERE to call your elected representatives today.

It’s fast.  It’s easy.  More importantly, it makes a difference.

The Left is hoping that we have moved on from the health care battle.  They’re thinking that President Obama’s “summit” is their big chance to get the ball rolling again.

A lot of senators and congressmen are wondering if the mood of the American people has changed.

We’ve got to show them in a crystal clear fashion that the American people simply do not trust the Washington politicians with our health care.

Thanks for all you’re doing and let’s keep fighting.

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Tim Phillips

Phyllis Schlafly — The Problem Is Government Unions

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The Senate’s decisive defeat of confirmation of radical labor lawyer Craig Becker is the first tangible result of the Massachusetts Miracle, which made Scott Brown the 41st Republican in the U.S. Senate. Two red-state Democrats also voted not to proceed toward a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Becker is a top lawyer for the Service Employees International Union, which spent $60 million to elect Obama. SEIU’s boss, Andy Stern, was the most frequent visitor to Obama’s White House last year.

The NLRB is supposed to be a neutral arbiter of labor disputes. Becker had other plans for the NLRB; he was expected to try to implement what is called “Card Check” even though Congress has declined to pass it.

Card Check is a bill to eliminate the secret ballot by which employees have the right to vote yea or nay on authorizing a union as their bargaining agent. Card Check would replace the secret ballot with allowing union officials to intimidate employees into just signing a card.

Microsoft steps up search assault on Google

Friday, February 19th, 2010

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s assault on search engine leader Google Inc took a major step forward on Thursday as U.S. and European regulators cleared the software company’s search partnership with Yahoo Inc.

The Internet will make you smarter, say experts

Friday, February 19th, 2010

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An online survey of 895 Web users and experts found more than three-quarters believe the Internet will make people smarter in the next 10 years, according to results released on Friday.

KMBC Video — How Will KC School Closings Affect Sports?

Friday, February 19th, 2010


AP — Repentant Tiger Woods Sorry For Affairs; Golfer To Return To Therapy

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Missing his smile and aura of invincibility, Tiger Woods finally showed his face to a waiting world Friday and apologized again for cheating on his wife, without revealing the scope of his infidelity or when he will return to golf.

Overland Park Press Release: Highway construction returns to OP for the season

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Highway construction returns to OP for the season

Overland Park, KS – If you travel U.S. 69 Highway, beginning Monday, your drive may be impacted. (more…)

Rubio for Senate — Rubio Rocks The House

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us yesterday at such an exciting event!  Marco’s keynote speech at CPAC was not only inspirational, but a proud moment for all of us who are working on his behalf to elect him Florida’s next U.S. Senator.   (more…)

Chris Simcox drops out of Arizona Senate race, throws support to JD Hayworth

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Hello Friends, Volunteers and Supporters,

I suspect that my sudden announcement to drop out of the Arizona U.S. Senate race caught many of you off guard. Speaking for my wife and family, it was something we knew we had to do. This race had quickly become bigger than what our family could manage; when JD Hayworth entered the race we were financially unable to continue. My campaign message, however popular and appealing, it seems, was way too ahead of its time – you liked it, but folks obviously did not feel comfortable funding it. As I heard over and over, “how can you compete against 5 million dollars?”. I still ask, “So how much are you getting for your vote? (more…)

KFL — Victory for Free Speech in KS Senate!

Friday, February 19th, 2010


February 19, 2010

Late today, pro-lifers sunk A.G. Six’s Robo-Call Privacy Act (SB 456) by a final vote of 13-27 in the Senate. The bill would have restricted the use of auto-dial calls by non-profit groups, including Kansans for Life.

This is a big win, especially since A.G. Six put out a big press push yesterday (it is now removed from his website).

Kansans for Life opposed the bill, warning that the bill exempted arbitrary entities and hampered free speech. Kansas already has a Do-Not-Call law, which applies to unwanted business calls.

Sen Terry Bruce (R-Hutchinson) carried the opposition to SB 456, and warned that it violated Constitutionally-protected free speech with severe financial penalties.

Sen. Karin Brownlee (R-Olathe) and Dick Kelsey (R-Goddard) warned about the chilling effect the bill would have on various charities.

Before the vote, Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler) secured an amendment to exempt political speech, which is really the target of such bills.

Senators who voted to protect free speech with the Huelskamp amendment (all are Republicans): Steve Abrams, Pat Apple, Jim Barnett, Karin Brownlee, Terry Bruce, Jeff Colyer, Les Donovan, Tim Huelskamp, Dick Kelsey, Julia Lynn, Bob Marshall, Ty Masterson, Carolyn McGinn, Ralph Ostmeyer, Mike Peterson, Mary Pilcher-Cook, Dennis Pyle, Jean Schodorf, Mark Taddiken, Susan Wagle.

We appreciate the actions of all those who contacted their senators about this bill!

K-State Personal Finance Expert Says New Law Limits Credit Card Availability To College Students And Can Help With Debt Management

Friday, February 19th, 2010

News tip prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010


MANHATTAN — Jodi Kaus, director of Powercat Financial Counseling at Kansas State University, is available to discuss a new federal law limiting credit card availability to young people and how it will affect some college students.

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure — or CCARD — Act goes into effect Monday, Feb 22. Under the new law, consumers younger than 21 can’t be approved for credit cards unless they can prove they have the ability to make the required payments or they have a co-signer who has the ability to pay.

A 2008 credit usage study by student loan company Nellie Mae showed that 84 percent of undergraduates had at least one credit card, up from 76 percent in 2004. It also showed that the average number of cards per student was 4.6 and half of college students had more than that.

Kaus can discuss what students need to know to borrow smart. She may be contacted at 785-532-2889 or

Prospective Consumers Say No Thanks To Wallet Phones, K-State Study Finds; Consumers More Likely To Accept Airline, Movie Tickets On Phones, Professor Says

Friday, February 19th, 2010

News release prepared by: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-6415,

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010


MANHATTAN — Of the things users expect their cell phones to be — address book, calendar, camera, music player — a wallet isn’t one of them, according to research by a Kansas State University marketing professor.

Cell phone users are leery of putting banking accounts, identification and other sensitive information onto a device that gets left in cars, buried in the bottoms of purses and lost between sofa cushions, said Esther Swilley, a K-State assistant professor of marketing.

“I think what’s going to happen for consumers to accept a wallet phone is that it’s going to have to go in stages,” Swilley said. “So now we have everybody’s telephone number on our phones. Next you will be doing airline tickets and things like that on your phone. Next thing you know, everything in your wallet is going to be on the phone.”

She surveyed both college students and a segment of the general population about their readiness to use wallet phones. The results for both groups were the same — they didn’t want them.

“It was the risk that was involved, and people didn’t want to take the risk,” Swilley said.

The research will appear in the April issue of the Journal of Consumer Marketing.

“I would say something in my classes about wallet phones, and just the look on students’ faces said no,” Swilley said. “I would ask them why, and everybody said, ‘because I lose my phone.’”

Her students conceded that if their phone had the same information as their wallet they would keep better tabs on it. But they still said it wasn’t worth the risk, even with password protection.

Swilley predicts that consumers will be more willing to accept keeping an airline, movie or sports ticket on their phone. For instance, Fandango is testing a system for sending movie theater tickets to cell phones.

“With something like a ticket, all you have to do is swipe the phone, so it’s easy and people aren’t as concerned about it,” Swilley said. “If somebody stole the phone, you’d be mad, but your identification would be intact.”

In Europe, Swilley said consumers are using their cell phones to purchase items from vending machines with a swipe of their phone. The difference is that the money isn’t deducted from the user’s bank account. Rather, the phone works like a gift card, in which the user places a set amount of money on it.

Swilley said the wallet phones wouldn’t look any different from other cell phones. It’s the chip inside that would allow users to store the type of information that goes in their wallets.

“What was interesting is that most cell phone technologies start in Asia,” Swilley said. “So they started the wallet phone in Japan, and it didn’t catch on there. If it didn’t catch on in Japan, it probably won’t catch on here, either. If it does, I do think it’s going to take a while for Americans to cozy up to the idea.”

Op-Ed Cartoon, Diversity Lane’s Zach Rawsthorne on Obama’s Legacy, “Winging It”

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Kris Kobach on ‘Why I’m Helping Sheriff Joe,’ in reply to latest attack by The Star’s liberal columnist Mary Sanchez

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Why I’m Helping Sheriff Joe

On February 11, Mary Sanchez wrote (yet another) column criticizing my efforts to reduce illegal immigration. Castigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, Sanchez asks what I was doing standing beside him at a press conference recently.

I have been assisting Sheriff Joe by providing legal counsel and training to his deputies.

Let’s look at the facts.  Sheriff Joe’s deputies have done extraordinary work.  Since the Summer of 2007, they’ve identified and/or arrested 37,000 illegal aliens.  They’ve also stopped dozens of alien smugglers attempting to bring unauthorized workers to the Midwest.  They have done so while strictly avoid racial profiling.

Under the Bush Administration, ICE praised this cooperative relationship between ICE and Maricopa County.  However, when the Obama Administration took over, everything changed.  In 2009, the Administration radically scaled back the enforcement of our immigration laws and the scope of ICE operations.

Undaunted, Sheriff Joe decided to do what he could, within the law, to continue assisting the federal government in doing its job.

Why am I helping Sheriff Joe?  Because he believes that our nation’s immigration laws ought to be enforced, and he cares enough to ensure that his deputies scrupulously observe the limits of their authority.  If only we had more Sheriffs like him.

Kris Kobach

Professor of Law, UMKC.

Candidate for Kansas secretary of state.

Kansas GOP — Seen & Heard

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This week in Seen and Heard…Kansas Legislature… State Tax Breaks…Another Democrat for Governor…Brownback Most Liked…Jobs Jobs Jobs…Election Training Opportunities…and a new section debuts this week – What’s Right with Kansas…

Send your story ideas and upcoming events to be featured in future Seen and Heard reports to

In the press…

The Kansas Legislature is working to balance the state’s current budget through spending cuts.  Read why some Republican leaders say the cuts won’t be enough. (more…)

Moran campaign — Former Congressman Tom Tancredo Endorses Jerry Moran

Friday, February 19th, 2010



Moran Welcomes Fellow Border Enforcement Advocate to Kansas
Former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), a leading border enforcement advocate, will be the featured speaker at the Leavenworth County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner this Saturday, Feb. 20. Tancredo is expected to discuss a wide ranging spectrum of issues, including border security, immigration enforcement and other national security matters.

Jerry Moran, the leading fiscal and immigration enforcement conservative in the Kansas race for U.S. Senate, welcomes his longtime colleague to Kansas. “I look forward to hearing Tom’s discussion on border security and immigration enforcement” Moran said.

Tancredo cited Moran’s leadership on border and national security issues as reason for his endorsement. Moran opposes any legislation to create an amnesty program rewarding illegal aliens, and opposes the DREAM Act sponsored by his opponent, which would reward those crossing our borders illegally with a variety of benefits and incentives.

Moran has also been an active sponsor of legislation reinforcing the Border Patrol with 8,000 new agents to help secure our borders, and requiring all employers to verify the legal status of workers.

“I am proud to have served with Congressman Tancredo as we worked to tackle these vital security issues,” Moran said. “Too many in Congress are set to reward law breakers with benefits, driver’s licenses, and incentives, as well as to leave our nation vulnerable by maintaining porous borders in some misguided nod to political correctness.”

Jerry Moran is the only candidate in the Kansas U.S. Senate race with a proven, consistent, record of opposing amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens. To read about Moran’s efforts on immigration reform, click here.

For more information regarding the Leavenworth County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, contact Leavenworth County Republican Party Chairman John Bradford at

To contact the Moran for Kansas campaign, please call (785) 280-2890 or email

Kansans for Life opposes Senate Bill 456, which restricts Constitutionally-protected free speech.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Kansans for Life opposes Senate Bill 456, which restricts Constitutionally-protected free speech.

SB 456 is a bill from Attorney General Steve Six which would restrict your right to hear from KFL –or anyone–when using automatically dialed phone calls.

We use auto-dialed calls (always identifying ourselves) to spread educational and legislative messages, as well as political information on issues and candidates.

Since 1992, Kansas has had a “Do-not-call” list for avoiding sales calls, and it exempts calls from non-profit groups and political entities, which the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld as protected speech.

The Senate will be imminently discussing and voting upon this legislation (SB 456)
The live Senate debate is accessible online at

SB 456 is scheduled to follow the death penalty bill being discussed at 10:45 (they may take a lunch break before it)

You can call 1-800-432-3924 to identify and leave a message for your senator.

Tiahrt campaign — two great opportunities to support Todd tomorrow (Saturday, February 20th).

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We have two great opportunities to support Todd tomorrow (Saturday, February 20th).

Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran will be participating in a joint interview with Gene Countryman on the Countryman’s Kansas show from 10 am to 11 am Saturday morning, February 20th, on KNSS Radio, 1330 AM. You can tune in locally from South Central KS or listen in on the KNSS website at

Please call in to support and encourage Todd or to ask questions at 316-436-1330.

Also, Todd will be speaking around 1:45 pm at the Winter Rally tomorrow at Century II Exhibition Hall, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita. Please turn out and remember to wear your Tiahrt shirt or another red shirt. Details follow.

Hope to see you there tomorrow and to hear you on KNSS between 10 – 11 am!

“We Are Taking OUR Country Back!”

Century II Exhibition Hall

225 West Douglas

Wichita, KS 67202

This Saturday, February 20, 2010

Doors Open to the Public at 1:00 PM – FREE Admission – Donations Welcome

U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt and U.S. Congressman Jerry Moran

will be present and speaking.

WorldNetDaily on Maine K-12 — Biology-based restrooms to be banned? ‘Transgender ID’ in schools under scrutiny by human-rights commission

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A proposal by the Maine Human Rights Commission to establish a broad right for “transgender” boys to use girls restrooms in all Maine schools will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled by the commission March 1.

The plan, if given ultimate approval by the commission, will establish mandatory transgender restroom access rules for all Maine schools. The proposal was prompted by a decision last year that found a school in Orono, Asa Adams School, discriminated against a boy by denying him access to the girls’ restroom.

Christian Civic League of Maine Administrator Mike Hein said it’s worrying because he believes the draft of the proposed regulations was developed in a December closed-door session.

“The Maine Human Rights Commission had a secret, closed-door session in December and the public wasn’t notified. But Mary Bonauto (director of the Gay and Lesbian Activist and Defenders) was invited to the meeting and she was allowed to present a legal brief at that meeting,” Hein said.

Top U.S. Climate Official: 15 Years With No Global Warming Is Not a Trend

Friday, February 19th, 2010