Earlier this week, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed Senator Brogden’s bill, SB 1633, into law, which requires the state Department of Education to post all school district expenditures on its website. Thanks to efforts by groups such as Oklahomans for Reponsible Government, which published a Blueprint for Transparency guide to urge legislators to support local transparency, taxpayers will be able to see how their school districts are spending their money
Until recently, hardly anyone was questioning Head Start’s importance.
In the Milwaukee area alone, more than 4,000 students are enrolled in Head Start. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) has said, the program is “important” to the “future success” of low-income children.
Head Start, created in 1965, is intended to provide disadvantaged children a pre-school boost. But before now, no one knew whether the program, after a total taxpayer investment exceeding $170 billion, was living up to its promise. In the late 1990s, Congress finally mandated a national evaluation to measure its effectiveness. This year, the results were finally released: Former Head Start participants were no better off than their non-Head Start peers by the end of first grade.
Today in the New York Times we were happy to read that Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is taking a much needed free-market position on education reform. His proposed merit based pay system for teachers is a proven market-based design that works everywhere from corporate America to the restaurant business.
Mr. Romney insists that the current pay structure for teachers fails to meet new challenges facing the country, especially the need to produce more scientists and engineers. That is why critical parts of the plan, he said, are giving every student a laptop and recruiting new teachers for math and science.
“I’m looking for change, and I’ll spend money for change on the potential that it’ll make a difference,” he said. “If something doesn’t work, we’ll try something else. But you can’t keep spending more money the same way and expect different results. That’s the definition of crazy.”
Merit pay is a simple and sound idea. Reward people for teaching better – you will get better teachers. It works in other professions, why not teaching?
WICHITA, Kan.-Todd Tiahrt’s U.S. Senate campaign today released the transcript from the Karl Rove rally in support of Tiahrt held in Wichita on Saturday, June 12. Rove, a Fox News contributor and former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, gave a first-hand account describing Congressman Jerry Moran’s willingness to put his own political aspirations above the interests of his state and constituents.
To see the video of Karl Rove click here. (more…)
The past several weeks have brought several dismaying revelations about Congressman Moran and his questionable record. From raising your taxes, to manipulating his support of earmarks and embracing the Obama/Pelosi government, it is clear that the Congressman Moran we see on TV ads is not the real Congressman Moran.
Within the last few days, however, a story has come to light that is truly shocking: (more…)
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June 17, 2010 785/249-8095
TIAHRT PICKS UP KEY JOHNSON COUNTY ENDORSEMENT
Tiahrt Momentum Grows with Endorsements from NW Johnson County Republicans, Darla Jaye and Sen. Julia Lynn
Overland Park, Kan. – Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard) today announced that the Northwest Johnson County Republicans organization has endorsed his campaign for the U.S. Senate. As the battleground county in the Senatorial election, the Northwest Johnson County Republican’s endorsement is another example of Tiahrt’s momentum in this critically important area. Tiahrt also recently gained support from conservative radio personality Darla Jaye and state Senator Julia Lynn. (more…)
Leavenworth County Republican Party
June 18, 2010
How can I help win in 2010?
We have two critical elections coming very soon. The first election is the Primary, which will be held on August 3rd. The second is the General Election, held on November 2nd.
As we discovered following the 2008 election – elections do have consequences. Many of us are not real happy with the “Hope & Change” we got as a result of the last election. We plan to do what it takes to take back our country and restore some resemblence of common sense to an out-of control government. (more…)
Another week and another myth surrounding Congressman Moran busted. This week we examine the myth that Congressman Moran “is Kansas.” (more…)
Ann Arbor – A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today granted an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order, allowing Pastor George Saieg, a Sudanese Christian, to distribute religious literature and discuss his Christian faith to Muslims attending this year’s annual Arab Festival held in Dearborn Michigan. [Click here to read order]. (more…)
Next KC Metro Hope for America Coalition Meeting This Coming Tuesday Evening, June 22
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. George Watson DO, President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
“Healthcare in America: What’s Next?” (more…)
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the magic has drained away. Even among his most ardent supporters, there now exists a certain frustration and disillusionment – not necessarily in the execution of his duties, but in his inability to seize moments, chart a course and navigate the choppy waters of public opinion.
Yet, the Iraq war lingers; Afghanistan continues to be immersed in an endless cycle of tribalism, corruption, and Islamist resurgence; Guantánamo remains open; Iran sees how North Korea toys with Obama and continues its programs to develop nuclear weapons and missiles; Cuba spurns America’s offers of a greater opening; and the Palestinians and Israelis find that it is U.S. policy positions that defer serious negotiations, the direct opposite of what the Obama administration hoped for.
The 1974 Budget and Impoundment Act requires Congress to pass a budget resolution by May 15 of each year. Congress hasn’t done so yet in 2010. But that isn’t so unusual. Delays are common.
They are usually the result of interparty or intercameral disputes. But this year is different. Congressional Democrats aren’t simply delaying, they’re deliberately refusing to offer a budget until after the November elections. They’re simply choosing to ignore the law.
Earth to House Democrats: It’s time to push the panic button. But don’t take my word for it; consider the evidence.
Exhibit A: One of the country’s savviest political scientists, Emory’s Alan Abramowitz, has just published an analysis that says the GOP will pick up 39 seats in the House this November.
All eyes in Washington, Wall Street and Main Street were turned this week to the congressional show trial featuring beleaguered BP CEO Tony Hayward. Hayward was a disaster. He played dumb. He stonewalled. And he never got honest about the colossal failure of human judgment at BP that caused this catastrophe.
Doug Sovern, the Bay Area radio reporter who made a story of the remark, told the Associated Press that he was out riding his bike when he encountered Brown jogging through Oakland. They paused to chat, and Brown criticized the volume and tone of the political ads with which Whitman – the billionaire former EBay CEO – papered the airwaves. “By the time she’s done with me,” Brown said, “I’ll be a child molester. She’ll have people believing whatever she wants about me. It’s like Goebbels. Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda.”
Brown, Sovern said, was “a public figure in a public place. He knew I was a reporter and didn’t ask for it to be off the record.”