Archive for June 16th, 2010

KMBC – KC Expected To Get 2012 All-Star Game, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig To Make Announcement Wednesday Night

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Hosting the All-Star Game is expected to bring millions of dollars with it. KMBC’s Jana Corrie reported that it is estimated 2,500 members of the media will attend, plus tens of thousands of fans and some of baseball’s biggest stars. This is the first major sporting event since Kansas City hosted the Final Four in 1988.

Gun Owners of America – Free Speech Gag Bill Moving in House

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Free Speech Gag Bill Moving in House
– Please contact your Reps again

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

http://www.gunowners.org

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The ability of American citizens to communicate with their elected officials is one of the most important rights that help preserve our freedoms. In fact, of all the forms of speech protected by the First Amendment, political speech is at the top of the list. (more…)

CWA Kansas – Urgent Vote Coming Up Tomorrow, DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

From CWA’s Director of Legislation and Public Policy . . .

Tomorrow, June 17, the House will be voting on the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175). This legislation is designed to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case and thus stifle Americans’ legitimate right to political speech. The bill increases bureaucratic regulations, which will punish small business owners and grassroots groups. It places onerous regulations on campaign activity, which will all but eliminate grassroots advocacy.

The bill hinders groups from being able to communicate our members’ concerns about public policy. This is not a left/ right concern since it targets all speech by all organizations except unions.

However certain organizations, like the National Rifle Association, are exempted from these burdensome disclosure requirements, which allows them to be heard while muzzling all others and trampling their First Amendment rights.

Please call your Representative today at 202-225-3121 and urge him/her to oppose the DISCLOSE Act.

Shari Rendall

Director of Legislation and Public Policy

Concerned Women for America

1015 15th St. N.W., Ste. 1100

Washington D.C. 20005

Phone: 202-488-7000

Fax: 202-488-0806

Wink Hartman campaign – Pompeo Wrong Candidate to Criticize Hartman’s Kansas Ties

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Over the weekend, our political insider opponent launched the first negative attack of this campaign. Instead of focusing on the host of major issues facing our state – including the importance of keeping good-paying jobs right here in Kansas – Committeman Pompeo resorted to the exact Washington-style mud-slinging that voters have grown to hate. (more…)

White House meeting with BP goes into overtime

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

June 16 (Reuters) – A White House meeting between Obama administration officials and executives at BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) went longer than expected on Wednesday as the two sides wrangled the company’s response to the oil spill.

CBS Chicago – Judge Releases Some Wiretaps In Blago Trial

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The anatomy of a shakedown. That’s what federal prosecutors are laying out, witness by witness, conversation by conversation in former Governor Rod Blagojevich’scorruption trial. Hundreds of wiretapped conversations are part of the evidence. On Tuesday, some of those tapes were released.

NBC – AT&T Temporarily Suspends iPhone Pre-Orders

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Apple’s Web site, however, for pre-orders of its popular phone appeared to be up and running, despite a deluge on Tuesday and slowness in getting through to the site. The phone goes on sale in AT&T and Apple retail stores on June 24.

UK Telegraph – Russian police seized 100,000 copies of a book critical of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that activists planned to hand out at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The book, which has a total print-run of one million copies, aims to “tell the truth about the real results of the leadership of Putin and the tandem”, Mr Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, wrote in his blog on Monday.

Obama vs. press freedom – Dick Morris

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of Obama’s Federal Trade Commission, is at the epicenter of a quiet movement to subsidize news organizations, a first step toward government control of the media. In our book, 2010: Take Back America – A Battle Plan, we reported that he had commissioned a study to examine plans for a federal subsidy for news organizations. Among the measures under consideration are special tax treatment, exemption from antitrust laws and changes in copyright laws.

Afghan War Becoming a Bloody Farce – Tony Blankley

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Since last summer, President Obama has publicly doubted whether Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s corruption and incompetence make him a fit partner for our policy goals in Afghanistan. Now, according to Saturday’s New York Times:

“Mr. Karzai (has) lost faith in the Americans and NATO to prevail in Afghanistan.”

Roger Simon – Obama promises a brighter day. (Details to come.)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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Maureen Dowd on Obama and Michael Jordan – Can The One Drop the Buzzer-Beating No. 23 Act?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

So it’s unnerving now to have yet another president elevating personal quirks into a management style.

How can a man who was a dazzling enough politician to become the first black president at age 47 suddenly become so obdurately self-destructive about politics?

President Obama’s bloodless quality about people and events, the emotional detachment that his aides said allowed him to see things more clearly, has instead obscured his vision. It has made him unable to understand things quickly on a visceral level and put him on the defensive in this spring of our discontent, failing to understand that Americans are upset that a series of greedy corporations have screwed over the little guy without enough fierce and immediate pushback from the president.

The American – Burying the Incumbent Protection Racket

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

One key incumbent protection device that the Supreme Court has left standing is the restriction on political parties’ ability to help finance the campaigns of their own candidates. Current law limits party contribution to $5,000 per House candidate and $39,500 per Senate candidates (yes, those are thousands) and allows parties to coordinate spending with their candidates under different formulas for the Senate and House. The coordination limits are subject to a cost of living adjustment (COLA), which is applied to the base allowance. In 2008 the COLA was 4.25. Accordingly, party-coordinated spending with a Senate campaign in 2008 was the greater of $20,000 times the COLA ($85,000) or $0.02 times the voting age population of the state multiplied by the COLA. For example, in a state with a voting-age population of 5 million, the allowance for party-coordinated spending would be $100,000. Coordinated spending with a House campaign in 2008 was limited to $42,100.

Las Vegas Sun – Sharron Angle’s political makeover, very bad news for Harry Reid

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I assumed Angle would resist attempts by skittish national Republicans to moderate her views, or at least frame them more palatably for a general election. Strong tea is fine for a primary, but decaf is much preferred for the general.

But this is Sharron Angle, whose conservative bona fides are unquestioned and whose career has been marked by attracting a hard-core following on the right because of her strict adherence to a certain mantra and by what has seemed to be her abiding sincerity. I have suggested the middle was not a place on her political map and that any guide to her election as U.S. senator would have only roads on the right.

No Favorite Yet In Race To Replace Utah’s Bennett – Kyle Trygstad

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

“A lot of people believe had more of the Bennett supporters stuck around to vote in that last round at the convention, Bridgewater would have won the 60 percent needed to take the nomination,” said LaVarr Webb, a political consultant and former journalist in Salt Lake City. “But since the convention, Lee has picked up a little more of the momentum. And it’s hard to know what’s going to happen.”

With the election less than a week away, two important endorsements were rolled out in the last few days. Bennett endorsed Bridgewater on Friday, and a national tea party organization, Tea Party Express, endorsed Lee Tuesday morning.

Washington Examiner editorial – Bonus bonanza for federal workers

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Shortly after he assumed office last year, Obama instituted a pay freeze for top White House Aides earning more than $100,000, saying this would “restore that faith in government without which we cannot deliver the changes we were sent here to make.” The president made it clear that he knows egregious federal salaries are a problem, yet he’s done little beyond this symbolic gesture to address the problem. Actually doing something to rein in the runaway federal bureaucracy would be change taxpayers can believe in.

North Korean ‘fans’ at World Cup look out of place – LA Times on “Small, handpicked group”

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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Wall Street Journal editorial – The NRA sells out to Democrats on the First Amendment

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The National Rifle Association is suffering a sudden onset of amnesia this week, as the gun lobby cuts a deal to exempt itself from the latest Congressional attempt to repeal the First Amendment. NRA members may soon regret the organization’s bid to ingratiate itself with Democrats at the expense of its longtime free-speech allies.

Erick Erickson – “Republican Senators Declare Themselves Gutless Wonders” on Sharron Angle

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

These are your Republican Senators. These are your allegedly conservative Senators.

These are the same Republicans who supported Trey Grayson, Arlen Specter, and Charlie Crist.

These are the samel Republicans who even now are supporting Tim Bridgewater and Utah and Jane Norton in Colorado.

If you support Mike Lee in Utah, Ken Buck in Colorado, and stand with Sharron Angle, we really can send some small government conservatives to Washington.

Republican senators wary of Sharron Angle’s views

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Several Senate Republicans told POLITICO that they don’t favor privatizing Social Security, as Angle has supported. Small government conservatives said it doesn’t make sense to eliminate the Energy and Education departments – as she’s called for in the past. And some recoiled at the thought of pulling the United States out of the United Nations, a position Angle has touted.