Archive for the ‘Opinion, Editorial, and Analysis’ Category

Ben Hodge op-ed in The Monitor – Three new Johnson County groups for movement conservatives to consider joining

Friday, May 20th, 2011

I encour­age Kansas read­ers to get to know one or more John­son County con­ser­v­a­tive group.  I’ll men­tion three groups, all recently formed:  the Gardner-Edgerton Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the Con­ser­v­a­tive Repub­li­cans of South­ern John­son County, and Kansans for State and Local Reform. (more…)

Op-Ed, Jack Cashill – Abridged Obama bio set to scam school kids

Friday, May 20th, 2011

By Jack Cashill

Published with permission

Deep in Barack Obama’s recently released financial disclosure form, the one that lists the millions he has already made from his two books, “Dreams from My Father” and “Audacity of Hope,” is a telling attachment: (more…)

Op-Ed, Kris Kobach – Gov. Brownback signs enormous overhaul of cemetery laws in the country, HB 2240

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach

Governor Sam Brownback signed HB 2240 on May 12, 2011, a bill my office advocated to improve oversight of cemetery trust funds for the benefit of Kansans. The secretary of state’s office has a statutory duty to audit certain cemetery corporation trust funds to confirm that they are financially able to meet required obligations to purchasers over time. (more…)

Op-Ed, Americans for Limited Government – ALG Praises Senate Republicans for Defeating Goodwin Liu for Ninth Circuit Court

Friday, May 20th, 2011

ALG Praises Senate Republicans for Defeating Goodwin Liu for the Ninth Circuit Court

May 19, 2011, Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised the U.S. Senate for blocking the confirmation of Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: (more…)

Op-Ed, Americans for Limited Government Urges Senate to Block Obama Nominee Goodwin Liu for 9th Circuit Court

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

ALG Urges Senate to Block Goodwin Liu for 9th Circuit Court

May 18th, 2011, Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Stanford Law Professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:

“There is simply no excuse for any Senator who professes a belief in constitutionally limited government to consider voting in favor of the confirmation of Goodwin Liu to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench.  Liu is the embodiment of disregarding the words of the framers and inserting his own political bias, and should be rejected.

“To be absolutely clear, a vote to allow Liu’s nomination to the Senate floor is a vote in favor of putting Liu and his radical agenda on the federal bench.  There can be no political doubletalk, a vote to invoke cloture on Liu’s nomination is a vote for judicial extremism.”

Also see the video on Mr. Liu, as well as an Americans for Limited Government article detailing Liu’s writings which reveal his radical views on the Constitution.  Liu is up for a cloture vote in the Senate on Thursday, May 19th.

Attachments:

Team Obama Spotlight, Goodwin Liu, Video, May 9th, 2011.

Goodwin Liu, Americans for Limited Government Nominee Alert, March 2010.

“Wonderland: The World According to Goodwin Liu,” Bill Wilson, March 24th, 2010.

“Why Goodwin Liu is Important,” ALG News Editorial, April 12th, 2010.

“Liu Guilty by Omission,” Robert Romano, April 8th, 2010.

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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Editorial – Amazon’s Web information company Alexa.com ranks KansasProgress.com in top 75,000 of US sites

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

(From our Email May 16, 2011.)

We’re pleased to report that Amazon.com’s Web Information Company, Alexa.com, has ranked KansasProgress.com at 72,636 among US Web sites.

To be clear, Alexa.com’s methods are not scientific (best results would be obtained from large numbers of private owners voluntarily releasing internal information, something that is difficult to achieve).  Results should be considered as estimates.  Nonetheless, we are pleased with the results.

Number 1 is the best rank.  In comparison, The Johnson County Sun’sWeb Site (kccommunitynews.com) is ranked at #115,727.  The Gardner News is ranked at #296,213.  KCConfidential.com, owned by Hearne Christopher (who reportedly had the #1 column in The Kansas City Star before being hit by the frequent budget cuts at the leftist Kansas City Star), is ranked at #384,061 in the United States. (more…)

Compare Kansas’ budget to Indiana’s budget, signed Tuesday by Gov. Mitch Daniels

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The budget applauded by Governor Brownback, and approved by a committee of the House and Senate.  Still needs to be voted on by full Senate (expected to approve) and full House.

Kansas:

  • Republicans control Governor, House, and Senate. Voters overwhelmingly Republican.
  • 6% state general fund spending increase
  • $50 million surplus
  • Slight decrease in school spending, which has increased by over $1 billion/year in recent years
  • No tax relief
  • Keeps in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, in violation of federal law
  • No school vouchers
  • Removes Planned Parenthood funding
Indiana’s budget, described in Forbes:
  • Republicans control Governor, House, and Senate. State voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
  • $1 billion surplus
  • Cuts corporate taxes by 24% (from 8.5% to 6.5%)
  • The largest school voucher program ever passed by a state in American history
  • Removes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
  • Removes Planned Parenthood funding
  • Slight increase in K-12 public school spending

KansasReporter – House, Senate negotiators agree on budget with 6% state fund spending increase. Brownback calls it “victory for Kansas”

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

By Gene Meyer, KansasReporter

May 11, 2011

Re-published with permission

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas’ legislative budget negotiators late Wednesday evening struck a deal designed to end the state’s fiscal 2012 spending plan with a $50 million surplus. (more…)

Op-Ed, Jack Cashill – Wally and the Beav join the thought police

Friday, May 6th, 2011

© 2011 Jack Cashill

Published with permission

Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it. … All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.
- George Orwell, “1984″

My apologies to the real, albeit fictional, Wally and Beaver Cleaver. I refer in this article to two of the more prominent and peevish vigilantes in Obama’s racial thought police.

This past week one of them, Bill “Wally” Maher, attacked Andrew Breitbart on his TV show. Another, David “the Beav” Remnick, attacked Donald Trump in the pages of the magazine he edits, the New Yorker. (more…)

State Rep. Charlotte O’Hara: Has the world turned upside down and inside out?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Dear friends,

How can Kansas with a Republican Governor and Republican control of both the House and Senate pass budgets that have a 6.7% increase in the State General Fund? How can an amendment to the appropriations bill in the House enacting a spending freeze at 2011 levels only garner 8 votes out 125? Why wasn’t the one-cent increase in Kansas’ state sales tax repealed, a repeal on which many freshmen Republicans ran?

How can east coast governors, in the land of liberals, Republican Governor Christie and Democrat Governor Cuomo cut spending to begin to bring their budgets under control while Kansas, in the land of conservatives, increase spending by 6.7% over 2011 levels and an astounding 15% increase over 2010?

The world indeed seems to have turned upside down and inside out!

Well, here’s my perspective, for what it is worth. Governor Brownback came home to Kansas after 12 years in Washington with a wonderful opportunity to lead our state out of this spending addiction cycle of more resources going to the public sector, which requires ever increasing our taxes, which drives more and more businesses out of Kansas, which requires even more increases in taxes.

Governor Brownback chose to go the less bold road of holding the status quo (opposed the repeal of the one cent sales tax and raided KDOT for $200 million) with promises that as soon as the Legislature is out of session and the administration sees our tail lights leaving, that is when the changes will be made!

OK, nice story, but I thought it was the Legislature’s job to pass a conservative appropriations bill that would have at least capped spending at 2011 level and made the necessary cuts to truly balance our books. Yes, education would have taken an additional $257 million in cuts (approximately 8% total cut), but the state’s reserves would have increased by $200 million.

Meanwhile, the schools have $750 million of unencumbered cash in their reserve funds while the state reserves estimated in the House version of the appropriations bill are $78 million (which is now reduced by an additional $10.1 million due to ANOTHER increase in estimates of Human Resources caseloads). Schools are sitting on more than 10 times the amount of estimated reserves for the entire Kansas State Budget!

So my friends, it’s up to you, because you cannot trust the overwhelmingly Republican House and Senate to abide by the Republican platform of less government, lower taxes or opposing illegal immigration (interesting how Republicans went flying from the immigration issue, but at least now I know whom I don’t want in a foxhole to watch my back).

No, Topeka’s “kick the can on down the road” mantra is alive and well with the attitude of “there’s always next year when we politicians will really be brave and will get the job done.” Do you know how long that excuse has been used? It seems this annual game plan has been used extensively in both the Senate (well, at least they have the reputation of being liberal) and the House (that really surprised me, because I really believed House Leadership was fiscally conservative).

With the budgets that the House and Senate passed we simply have set ourselves up with an impossible task for the 2013 budget year that will require even deeper cuts (which we won’t make) and the sunset of the .6 cent sales tax will be kissed goodbye.

Peasants with pitchforks are needed to get the attention of the Topeka elite. They don’t think that you, the voters, are paying attention. The Topeka elite believes that they can operate in the Capitol bubble and not have to bear the consequences at the ballot box in 2012. I hope they are wrong, because we need another dramatic defeat of incumbents who annually pass appropriation bills with spending increases intact. Then and only then will the message come through loud and clear, the good people of Kansas will not stand by and watch silently as their state is brought to the brink of bankruptcy.

As we go back in session on the 27th, please continue to hold me in your prayers.

Respectfully yours,

Charlotte O’Hara
Representative, 27th District

Op-Ed, Kansas Family Policy Council – Veto Session Alert

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Serving and Strengthening

Kansas Families
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“Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my
people.” Isaiah 57:14
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Veto Session Begins!

April 27th, 28th & 29th

Prayer on the Hill will be there

We need your prayers!

We also need you to call :

Senator Steve Morris

steve.morris@senate.ks.gov [mailto:steve.morris@senate.ks.gov]

620-544-2084 – hm phone

785-296-2419

Rep. Mike O’Neal

mike.oneal@house.ks.gov [mailto:mike.oneal@house.ks.gov]

620-669-9426 hm phone

785-296-2302

Please tell them we want Sexually Oriented Businesses Regulated. We don’t just
want them 1,000 feet away from our schools, churches and day cares, we want more!

We want all the regulations that were in the original Community Defense Act. They
include being closed from midnight to 6 a.m., distance between patron and dancers,
no VIP Rooms. (more…)

Op-Ed, Jack Cashill – Do Obama’s tax returns make Ayers see red?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Re-published with permission.

Do Obama’s tax returns make Ayers see red?

By Jack Cashill

As Barack Obama’s recently released tax return reveals, the president made $1,512,933 in book royalties in 2010, and that was a relatively slow year. (more…)

Op-Ed, Bill Wilson: New Hampshire Senate Passage of Right-to-Work Bill is to be Praised

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

New Hampshire Senate Passage of Right-to-Work Bill is to be Praised

April 21, 2011, Fairfax, VA-Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement praising the New Hampshire Senate for passing right-to-work legislation:

“The New Hampshire Senate is to be commended for adopting a right-to-work law by a veto-proof majority that will give workers the choice of whether or not they want to pay union dues.  The issue comes down to individual choice, and whether New Hampshire and other states are going to respect the right of the freedom of association.

“This follows the House’s passage of similar right-to-work legislation, and the historic passage of a balanced budget that reins in out-of-control public sector unions.  The budget also takes the necessary step of increasing public employee contributions to their own pension funds, and now needs Senate approval.

“New Hampshire is taking the lead in pushing back against the excesses of public sector unions, and restoring the freedom of choice to its citizens to decide for themselves who they associate with.  Now, the House and Senate need to work together to produce a right-to-work bill that will pass both houses by veto-proof margins.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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4-Block World Op-Ed – Wisconsin Supreme Court Strategy

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

4-Block World.

Op-Ed – Mike Kiegerl newsletter – March 13, 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

BACK TO WORK

After an absence of 18 days, I limped into the House Chamber without assistance on Tuesday, March 8 to a wonderfully warm welcome from my colleagues and staff. I spent the day visiting with leadership and catching up with paperwork saved for me by my loyal and efficient secretary June Christensen. It is hard to describe my emotions entering our magnificent Capitol again as I was more exited than when I first set foot in the building seven years ago and I’m honored to serve you. It’s great to be back. (more…)

Op-Ed – Kansas Web site ‘Kaw and Border’ defends Ben Hodge after false KC Star column

Monday, March 14th, 2011

From Kaw and Border.  Re-printed with permission:

Steve Rose, chief mouthpiece for the Dick Bond-wing of Johnson County politics, has largely been off our radar for the past few months. The largest reason is that due to some kind of contractual issue, his column was removed from the front of the Johnson County Sun and with it, his automatic access to tens of thousands of Johnson County residents who received the Sun in their mailboxes or driveways the past 20+ years. (more…)

Op-Ed, James Franko at Kansas Policy – KPERS (at least) $9.3 Billion In The Red

Monday, March 7th, 2011

KPERS (at least) $9.3 Billion In The Red

New study outlines solutions to ensure future viability of government pensions without drastic tax increases or service cuts

Wichita – March 7, 2011 – A family of four would have to write a check for $13,200 to pay off their pro-rata share of the unfunded liabilities in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

Kansas taxpayers are on the hook for $9.3 billion according to a new study from Kansas Policy Institute and retired University of Colorado professor Dr. Barry Poulson, an Adjunct Fiscal Policy Fellow at KPI. Reports of a $7.6 billion unfunded liability do not account for $1.7 billion in losses that have already occurred – loses largely driven by the recession and acknowledged by KPERS. (more…)

Op-Ed, Bill Sutton – The Hits Just Keep Coming

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Proud Catholic voters,

Even as the pro-underage sex trafficking crowd is conducting a judicial PR stunt by attempting to invent rules that they can then claim that Phill Kline didn’t obey, our legislators have been hard at work. HB 2035 (Abortion Reporting Accuracy & Parental Rights Act) and 2218 (Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act) both passed by huge margins. (more…)

Op-Ed cartoon, Noble Savage. Zack Rawsthorne’s Diversity Lane: A Liberal Family Saga

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Published with permission of author.

Op-Ed Cartoon, William Warren, “Like Third Graders”

Thursday, February 24th, 2011