Archive for May 9th, 2012

Legislative update from Olathe Republican Rep. Mike Kiegerl

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

From Mike Kiegerl:

ALL ALONE AND NO PLACE TO GO

As of Friday May 4, all administrative staff of the House was discharged, which means I will have no secretary during the (hopefully) last week of the session and will be harder to reach. Please use my personal email address for routine messages and requests. Do not expect the usual 24 hr response as I have to answer without help after a long day in session. For urgent, time sensitive discussions, call me while I’m on the floor at 1-785-296-7615. Please use discretion and understand that I will not be able to engage in long conversations and cannot take calls during final action voting.

 

HELL WEEK COMING UP

Inasmuch as we still have three major issues to resolve and bills to pass, leadership advised all legislators to rest up this weekend as we will be having long sessions. All nighters are not unusual and we have one or two every year debating and voting the omnibus appropriations (budget) bill which must pass to keep the government liquid, but this year in addition we still need to agree on a controversial tax reform bill, and wrestle with the 800 pound gorilla in the room: redistricting. We also have numerous routine bills passed by both chambers in committee to iron out differences. Once compromise is reached, both House and Senate must vote on them again before they can go to the governor for signature. (more…)

Far-left Republican leadership in Kansas Senate causes likely court battle over redistricting

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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James Carville to Democrats – “Wake the f*** up,” Obama might lose

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

CNN.

Re-match set in Wisconsin recall between Democrat Tom Barrett and Republican Gov. Scott Walker

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
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Democratic pollster reacts to North Carolina marriage vote on Twitter – “I don’t believe polls showing support for gay marriage nationally”

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Maggie Gallagher at National Review.

North Carolina affirms traditional marriage in state constitution

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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Are Democrats in trouble in Wisconsin? Just as many Republicans vote in non-competitive Scott Walker primary as union-heavy, five-way Democratic primary for governor

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Moe Lane at RedState.

Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

The Democrats barely drew more votes Tuesday than Walker, in spite of the fact that their party had a competitive primary and Walker did not.

With 95% of the vote counted, Walker had nearly as many votes as all the Democrats combined in their primary.

Wisconsin – Union-backed Democrat for governor loses primary with 35% of the vote

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Politico:

Barrett defeated former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, the unions’ preferred candidate, by a wide margin. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Barrett had 58 percent to Falk’s 35 percent. Two other Democratic candidates, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, received 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

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Barrett’s victory came despite organized labor’s best efforts against him. Most of the state’s unions – including the AFL-CIO, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the SEIU and the United Food and Commercial Workers – endorsed Falk.

Overall, labor backed Falk to the tune of about $4 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

 

Richard Mourdock’s interview with National Review

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

National Review:

In his victory speech, Mourdock took pains to stress that Lugar “will never be my enemy.” The race, Mourdock said, “is not about animosity; it is about ideas; it is about the direction of the Republican party; it is about the direction of our country.” Surrounded by family, friends, staff, and supporters (most clad in red campaign T-shirts), Mourdock promised to beat Donnelly and to “move the Senate to a more conservative place” and “to move the country to a better place.”

Ramesh Ponnuru on Lugar’s defeat – Tea Party’s “power inside the Republican party appears to be growing.”

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

National Review Online.

First Senate primary win for Tea Party – Conservative challenger Richard Mourdock beats 36 year incumbent Richard Lugar

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012