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Kansas delegation to Congress – Heritage Action scorecard for 2011-2012

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Scores from Heritage Action:

US Senate:

  • Pat Roberts: 65%
  • Jerry Moran: 74%

US House:

  • Kevin Yoder: 77%
  • Lynn Jenkins: 79%
  • Mike Pompeo: 85%
  • Tim Huelskamp: 92%

Tim Huelskamp votes against John Boehner

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Roll call vote.

Washington Post:  Who voted against Boehner.

Politico:  Well-organized resistance:

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — who was recently removed from key committees and supported Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for speaker — sat on the House floor during the speaker vote brandishing an iPad. A message was displayed on the screen ticking off members of the House Republican Conference he hoped would oppose the sitting speaker. The title of the document: “You would be fired if this goes out.”

Politico:  “Who are the Boehner resisters?”

Washington Times:

Rep. Walter B. Jones, a North Carolina Republican who was booted from his committee assignments by Mr. Boehner and his party this year, voted for David M. Walker, the former comptroller general of the federal government, who pushes for action to cure the debt.

In addition to Mr. Jones, the Republicans who didn’t vote for Mr. Boehner were Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Paul Broun of George, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Ted Yoho of Florida.

Full text of John Boehner’s remarks, after re-election.

Kathryn  Jean Lopez at National Review:  “The speech sounded like a man looking at his own cross and pleading with his colleagues to take up theirs as well.”

Human Events:

However, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told Human Events after the vote that “arm twisting” on Boehner’s behalf was “very intense” with threats that Republicans would lose plum committee assignments or campaign donations from the National Republican Congressional Committee if they opposed the speaker’s reelection.

The Hill:

 Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted “present.” Two years ago, Boehner won all 241 available GOP votes.


New media – Matt Drudge gets 10 billion page views in 2012

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The Drudge Report, in its 18th year, sets new record for page views.

Link to graph:

Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran vote for middle & upper class tax hike without reading bill

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013


Obama’s political victory: Getting the GOP to break its tax pledge is “One of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple of decades.”

Breitbart: “a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.”

Tax increase for 77% of Americans.

Senate roll call vote.  89 vote yes, 8 vote no.

CNS News:  “Senators Got 154-Page ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It” 

All Kansas US House members vote “no.”

Sen. Rand Paul votes no: “The deal will do absolutely nothing to save this country.”

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) votes “no” - “because the deal did not have meaningful deficit reduction.”

Video, Charles Krauthammer: The House Has Been “Neutered” By Obama

Corporate subsidies in bill – algae, movie studios - Tim Carney at The W ashington Examiner.

Paul Ryan votes “yes.”  Erick Erickson:  “…he’s not really a leader. He’s more a follower of leaders.”



California Teachers Association the “worst union in America” — City Journal’s Troy Senik

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Brian Calle, Orange County Register:

The 340,000-member CTA – the state’s largest labor union and an affiliate of the nation’s largest union (the 3.2 million-member National Education Association) – is far more than an advocate for teachers; it is an instrument for political dominance across a spectrum of issues in California and elsewhere. Senik’s characterizes the CTA as “a political behemoth that blocks meaningful education reform, protects failing and even criminal educators and inflates teacher pay and benefits to unsustainable levels.”


They are “the highest-paid teachers in the nation,” at an average of $68,000 annually, according to Senik. And that doesn’t take into account pension benefits, which typically allow teachers to retire after 30 years with 75 percent of their salary.

62% Say U.S. is in Economic Recession – Rasmussen national poll

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman resigns, then resignation is rejected 263-209 by executive committee

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Moe Lane at RedState.

Republicans in US Senate should kill the anti-capitalist Export-Import bank – Washington Examiner

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Kevin Yoder was the only House member in Kansas to vote for the Export-Import Bank reauthorization, opposed by Club for Growth.  Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, and Mike Pompeo voted against it.

Washington Examiner editorial:

Though GOP lawmakers talk a big game about wanting to limit government, they are susceptible to big government if they can be convinced that a given policy benefits big business. To show voters they truly believe in free enterprise, Senate Republicans should work to kill the corporate welfare agency known as the Export-Import Bank.

The Export-Import Bank, known as Ex-Im, is a government agency founded by a 1934 executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt. Its ostensible purpose was to promote U.S. exports by making loan guarantees to foreign buyers. Though Republicans raised a stink when the bankruptcy of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra exposed U.S. taxpayers to $535 million in losses, a large majority of Republican House members voted Wednesday to extend and expand Ex-Im by approving up to $140 billion in loan guarantees. Without congressional action, the agency’s charter would expire at the end of the month.

Liberals in Kansas Senate continue to obstruct reform agenda of House, Gov. Brownback

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Kansas City Star.

Kansas budget debate continues between House and Senate

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Lawrence Journal World.

MSNBC Tamron Hall cuts off mic of guest Timothy Carney for pointing out media bias toward Mitt Romney

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Text and video of interview at RealClearPolitics.

Already-unpopular North Carolina Democratic Gov. Purdue after voters approved marriage amendment: “We Look Like Mississippi”

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

North Carolina a Political Headache for Democrats – Associated Press

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Mitt Romney uses Jimmy Carter as campaign weapon – Politico

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Poll – 68% of Likely Voters Would Vote To Replace Entire Congress

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Here’s some bad news for Washington: More voters than ever would vote to replace the entire Congress rather than keep it.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that, if given the choice, 68% of Likely Voters would vote to get rid of the entire Congress rather than keep them all on the job. Just 12% say they would vote to keep the entire Congress.

George Will on the Toyota Prius

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Shikha Dalmia on “misguided” progressives – Scott Walker Is No More Anti-Union than FDR

Sunday, May 13th, 2012


He’s no more anti-union and right-wing than the libs’ beloved FDR—and that’s his real problem.

Numerous websites have sprouted up dedicated to “keeping an eye on this radical extremist.” Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate has condemned Walker’s alleged “unprecedented assault on not just the rights of Wisconsin workers, but also our shared values and proud Wisconsin institutions.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker produces budget surplus for second year in a row

Saturday, May 12th, 2012


Kansas Legislature runs out of time, will continue past 90-day session

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Topeka Capital Journal.  Wichita Eagle.


Jay Cost: Obama’s Nosebleed Seats Problem

Thursday, May 10th, 2012


If these numbers are borne out on Election Day, then Obama will do about as well with the youth vote and African American vote as Bill Clinton did in 1996 or John Kerry did in 2004. Obviously the election is a long way off, the point is merely that the president is having trouble retaining the support of the subsets of these groups whose support is actually up for grabs.