Archive for July, 2010

Chris Biggs’ office – Sec. Biggs Predicts 19% Turnout for Primary Election Next Tuesday

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Immediate Release:                                                                                                           For More Information:

Friday, July 30th, 2010                                                                                Abbie Hodgson, 785-296-4580

Sec. Biggs Predicts 19% Turnout for Primary Election Next Tuesday

Challenges Kansans to prove him wrong

TOPEKA, KS – At a press conference in Topeka today, Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs projected that 324,000 of the approximately 1.7 million registered voters in Kansas will turnout to vote in the primary election next Tuesday, August 3rd.

“After looking at a variety of factors including recent turnout trends, the number of registered voters, and the number of contested elections, I am predicting that about 19 percent of registered voters will turn out to vote in the primary election,” Sec. Biggs said.

Historic Turnout

Year

Number of Registered Voters

Turnout

Percentage

2010

1,706,798

324,000

19%

2008

1,652,973

371,121

22.45%

2006

1,646,987

298,972

18.2%

2004

1,591,428

488,002

30.7%

2002

1,588,859

410,630

26%

2000

1,557,692

425,568

27%

Biggs noted that although the number of registered voters has increased since 2008, a large number of new voters registered to participate in last cycle’s presidential election and were not likely to be consistent voters.

“I am encouraged to see more and more Kansans registering to vote, and I am hopeful that each of them will make their voice heard at the polls,” Biggs said.

Registered Voters

Year

Republican

Democrat

Unaffiliated

Total*

2010

744,975

460,318

490,395

1,706,798

2008

741,786

449,058

451,631

1,652,971

2006

755,725

437,854

447,205

1,646,987

2004

730,049

428,728

421,946

1,591,428

2002

719,758

431,996

425,872

1,588,859

2000

696,480

430,410

416,971

1,557,692

*Includes Libertarian and Reform Party Candidates

Biggs also took into consideration, the number of advance ballots that have been cast to date.

“Advance voting is an increasing trend,” said Biggs. “For those who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day or for those who simply want the convenience of voting on their own time, the availability of advance voting helps to increase turnout.”

As of 8:00 a.m. today, 80,494 advance ballots had been mailed, 49,381 had been returned, and 12,423 additional ballots had been cast at satellite voting locations.

Advance Voting

Year

Total Voters

Advance Ballots Cast

Percent of Total Votes Cast

2008

371,121

75,384

20.31

2006

298,972

51,653

17.3

2004

488,002

62,531

12.8

2002

410,630

47,617

11.6

2000

425,568

44,512

10.6

Biggs cited the unusually high number of contested primaries, at both the state and the local level, as a reason the state might see slightly higher turnout this year.

“You have to go back more than ten years – to 1996 – to find a highly contested primary for the U.S. Senate,” Biggs said. “And you have to go back more than 15 years – to 1994 – to find as many open congressional seats.”

2010 Contested Primaries

Office

Number of

Contested Primaries

Democratic

Contested Primaries

Republican Contested Primaries

US Senate

2 of 2

1 of 1

1 of 1

US House

7 of 8

3 of 4

4 of 4

Gov / Lt. Gov

1 of 2

0 of 1

1 of 1

Sec of State

2 of 2

1 of 1

1 of 1

Atty General

1 of 2

0 of 1

1 of 1

State Treasurer

0 of 2

0 of 1

0 of 1

Comm of Insur

1 of 2

0 of 1

1 of 1

KS Senate

1 of 2

0 of 1

1 of 1

KS House

35 of 250

3 of 125

32 of 125

St. Board of Ed.

2 of 10

0 of 5

2 of 5

Before concluding the press conference, Biggs noted that Missouri is predicting 24 percent turnout and issued a challenge to voters.

“Although I have predicted less than 20 percent turnout, I challenge Kansans to go to the polls and prove me wrong,” Biggs said. “We are privileged to live in a nation where we have open and free elections, and as such, voting is not just your right, it is your duty.”

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ABBIE HODGSON
Director of Public Affairs

Kansas Secretary of State
785-296-4580 P | 785-296-8577 F
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor | 120 SW 10th Ave. | Topeka, KS 66612-1594
www.kssos.org

Are you registered to vote? www.voteks.org

Science is losing its credibility because it has adopted an authoritarian tone, and has let itself be co-opted by politics – Kenneth P. Green and Hiwa Alaghebandian

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

If science wants to redeem itself and regain its place with the public’s affection, scientists need to come out every time some politician says, “The science says we must…” and reply, “Science only tells us what is. It does not, and can never tell us what we should or must do.” If they say that often enough, and loudly enough, they might be able to reclaim the mantle of objectivity that they’ve given up over the last 40 years by letting themselves become the regulatory state’s ultimate appeal to authority. Hey, you know, perhaps Biba has something there-maybe science does need better PR!

Jim Webb’s case against racial preferences – DC Examiner Editorial

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Link.

Rationing in Britain – NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services, with restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and injured

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Link.

Tom Tancredo – ‘We have man in White House who brazenly disregards his oath of office’

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Link.

James Taranto on Randy Barnett – One of America’s leading libertarian legal scholars handicaps whether the Supreme Court will find ObamaCare’s insurance mandate constitutional

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Is ObamaCare constitutional? “If you ask any constitutional law professor whether Congress can do something, the answer is always yes,” says Randy Barnett. But Mr. Barnett, who teaches legal theory at Georgetown, isn’t just any law professor. A self-described “radical libertarian,” he is the author of a 2004 book, “Restoring the Lost Constitution,” that argues for a fundamentally new approach to jurisprudence.

Democratic Senator Jim Webb on ‘Diversity’ and Affirmative Action – America still owes a debt to its black citizens, but government programs to help all ‘people of color’ are unfair. They should end.

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future.

Patricia Lightner for Congress – Lightner Highlights Pro-Gun Stance; Releases NRA Questionnaire

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Media Release
July 21, 2010
Lightner Highlights Pro-Gun Stance; Releases NRA Questionnaire
Survey Answers Reveal Strong Views in Support of 2nd Amendment

Olathe, Kan – State Rep. Patricia Lightner, Republican for Congress in the 3rd District of Kansas, today issued the following statement highlighting her pro-gun stance in favor of 2nd Amendment rights, and released her complete 2010 NRA questionnaire, which reveals strong views in support of the 2nd Amendment. A an HTML version of her survey can be found here.

“Let there be no doubt – I support the 2nd Amendment. From conceal carry to gun registration and licensing to the Clinton gun and magazine ban to the recent Supreme Court decision, I have taken a firm stand in defense of gun rights. In Congress, not only would I be a vote in support of these rights, I would be an advocate for them as well,” said Lightner. (more…)

Illinois public college professor fired for teaching about Catholic beliefs in class on Catholicism – Alliance Defense Fund

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Alliance Defense Fund attorneys sent a letter Monday to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign officials on behalf of a popular, highly regarded professor who was fired for explaining the position of the Roman Catholic Church on human sexual behavior to members of his Introduction to Catholicism class.

“A university cannot censor professors’ speech–including classroom speech related to the topic of the class–merely because certain ideas ‘offend’ an anonymous student,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French. “To fire a professor for teaching the actual subject matter of his course is outrageous. It’s ridiculous that a school would fire a professor without even giving him a chance to defend himself when he simply taught Catholic beliefs in a class about Catholic beliefs.”

NAACP Confirms Election of a Black President Made No Difference – Dennis Prager

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

When it came to the likely consequences of the election of a black president, we conservatives — including this one — were fooled. The election of a black as president of the United States has evidently had no impact on the use of the lie about American racism. Just as the American people’s adoration of a black woman, Oprah Winfrey, and the appointment of two blacks, one a woman — by a Republican president — as secretary of state had no impact, so, too, the election of Barack Obama has had no impact.

Virtually every liberal commentator who has written or spoken on this issue has described political opposition to Mr. Obama — not only that of the tea parties — as racist.

WSJ editorial – Stimulating Unemployment. If you can’t create any jobs, pay people not to work

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Sure, Mr. Obama’s ostensible purpose was to lobby Congress for the eighth extension of jobless benefits since the recession began, to a record 99 weeks, or nearly two years. And he whacked Senate Republicans for blocking the extension, though Republicans are merely asking that the extension be offset by cuts in other federal spending.

But Mr. Obama was nonetheless obliged to concede that, 18 months after his $862 billion stimulus, there are still five job seekers for every job opening and that 2.5 million Americans will soon run out of unemployment benefits. What happens when the 99 weeks of benefits run out? Will the President demand that they be extended to three years, or four?

Video, Club for Growth PAC ad “Not So Much” exposes liberal voting record of self-styled “conservative” Jim Barnett

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Club for Growth – PAC Launches Ad for Tim Huelskamp in Kansas-1

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Club for Growth PAC today also released the following ad, “Not So Much,” in Kansas’s first congressional district. The ad exposes the liberal voting record of self-styled “conservative” Jim Barnett, who in fact supports higher taxes and government-run health care.

RedState – Lindsey Graham Thinks You Are Stupid

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Apparently, in defending Graham’s earth-shattering announcement that he will support her, his team fancies Graham a “thinking person’s conservative,” “not a demagogue,” and one who will “do well among voters with IQ’s in triple digits.”

There you have it South Carolina, if you disagree with Senator Demagogue, he thinks you are stupid.

Rasmussen – Ohio Senate: Portman (R) 45%, Fisher (D) 39%

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

These results are little changed from late last month when Portman held a 43% to 39% advantage.
This is the seventh consecutive survey to find Portman’s support in the narrow range of 42% to 44%. Over that same time frame, Fisher has earned 38% to 43% of the vote. The two men were tied in May and June following the winning of their respective party primaries.  Ohio’s hard-hit economy is a major issue in both the Senate and gubernatorial races in the state. Only six percent (6%) of Ohio voters characterize the economy as good, while 54% say it’s bad. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think the economy is getting better, but 48% say it’s getting worse. Seventy-five percent (75%) of those who think the economy is getting better support Fisher, but 68% of the larger group that says the economy is getting worse favor Portman.
Seventy percent (70%) of all Ohio voters say the country is in a recession.

Rasmussen – Voters Still Think Bailouts Were A Bad Idea

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that just 25% say it was a good idea for the federal government to provide bailout funding for banks and other financial institutions. Fifty-six percent (56%) hold the opposite view and feel these bailouts were a bad idea. Another 19% are undecided.
Voters have been skeptical about the financial bailout from the start, back to the Wall Street meltdown in fall 2008.  Similarly, one-in-three voters (33%) like the idea of the auto bailouts, but 57% don’t. These findings, too, have shown little change since GM came begging to the federal government in late 2008.

Rasmussen – 56% Support Offshore Drilling; 47% Favor Deepwater Drilling, Too

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

With the deepwater oil leak apparently capped after three months of gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, support for both offshore oil drilling and drilling further out in deepwater remains largely unchanged. Most voters also remain concerned about the potential environmental impact of new drilling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of U.S. Voters now believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, while 26% oppose it. One-in-five voters (19%) are undecided. That’s down from 60% last month. Since the oil rig explosion that caused the massive oil leak, support for offshore drilling has ranged from 56% to 64%.

CBS – U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The U.S. Navy has used a a laser weapon to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in a test that rings up memories of Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” missile defense shield in the 1980s.

Nat Hentoff – Drones in U.S. skies – to keep eye on us

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

In May of last year, David Kilcullen, a counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus from 2006 to 2008, co-authored a strategic analysis (“Death from Above, Outrage Down Below,” New York Times, May 17, 2009). He emphasized that the “public outrage” among Pakistan’s civilians caused by our drone attacks “is hardly limited to the region in which they take place.”

Extensively reported by the news media, “the persistence of these attacks on Pakistani territory offends people’s deepest sensibilities, alienates them from their government, and contributes to Pakistan’s instability.”

Parachuting donkey shocks Russian beachgoers

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

MOSCOW (AFP) - – Russian beachgoers got a shock when they saw a donkey soaring in the blue skies over the balmy beaches on the Sea of Azov in southern Russia last week, police said on Tuesday.