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Kevin Yoder votes for crony capitalism through reauthorization of Export-Import bank, opposed by Club for Growth. Huelskamp, Jenkins, Pompeo vote against.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Roll Call to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Five things to watch at Kansas state high school tennis

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Kansas City Star.

Kansas House conservatives approve tax increases for extracurricular activities at government K-12 schools, already funded at close to $13,000 per student

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Kansas City Star:

The plan to increase funding for extracurricular activities applies only to 66 school districts where local option funding equals at least 30 percent of state aid.

It would apply to five school districts in Johnson County and to the Bonner Springs and Piper districts in Wyandotte County.

It also would cover eight districts in Sedgwick County, including Goddard, Maize, Derby, Haysville and Mulvane.

The proposal had been tried in the House before and was defeated partly because of a bias against Johnson County.

 

Mayor Sly James pushes for higher property taxes in Kansas City, MO – KSHB 41

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

DMV in Johnson County closes early for 3rd day in a row because of brand new system

Thursday, May 10th, 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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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.

Sec. of State Kris Kobach improving access to state records, puts 2 million more records online

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Associated Press.

Kansas House gave first-round vote to ban tax breaks for abortionists & recipients of abortions

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

KWCH in Wichita.

Kansas taxpayers pay $31 million to Teva Neurosciences to move from KCMO to Overland Park

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

The Kansas City Star.

KCK abortionist left patient records in Overland Park dumpster “because of concerns about the environment”

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

The Star:

The board revoked Rajanna’s medical license in 2005. In March, a woman later found hundreds of his files dumped in a public recycling bin in front of Brookridge Elementary School, which was near Rajanna’s home.

In previous interviews with The Star, Rajanna said he regretted his action. He said that he did not want to incinerate the records because of concerns about the environment. He said he thought the records would be recycled immediately and that no one would have access to them.

Ethanol prices DOWN since end of 50 cents/gallon federal tax credit – Steve Maley, RedState

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Steve Maley.

Club for Growth “Key Vote Alert” – “NO” on Student Loan Subsidies – Supported by Kevin Yoder, Mike Pompeo

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Club for Growth:

KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on Student Loan Subsidies (HR 4628)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the Interest Rate Reduction Act (HR 4628). The House may consider it on the floor as early as today. A vote on this plan, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Regardless of the merits, the government should not be in the business of subsidizing student loans.

Before 2007, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans was 6.8%, but House Democrats voted that year to lower the rate to 3.4% for the next four years. This bill would extend that rate for new loans for another year, costing taxpayers $6 billion. It’s bad policy to subsidize student loans in the first place, but the net result will likely drive up tuition costs for all students, making the overall cost of the bill much higher than its current price tag. House Republicans want to offset this subsidy by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created with the passage of ObamaCare. That fund should indeed be repealed, but fiscal conservatives should only try to repeal the entire law, not just parts of it. And for the most part, the offset is irrelevant. Fiscal conservatives should not be promoting bad policy, which this bill contains.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

UPDATE: The bill passed 215-195.

3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder raises tuition rates for college students by voting for loan subsidies, opposed by Club for Growth

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Club for Growth:

KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on Student Loan Subsidies (HR 4628)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the Interest Rate Reduction Act (HR 4628). The House may consider it on the floor as early as today. A vote on this plan, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Regardless of the merits, the government should not be in the business of subsidizing student loans.

Before 2007, the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans was 6.8%, but House Democrats voted that year to lower the rate to 3.4% for the next four years. This bill would extend that rate for new loans for another year, costing taxpayers $6 billion. It’s bad policy to subsidize student loans in the first place, but the net result will likely drive up tuition costs for all students, making the overall cost of the bill much higher than its current price tag. House Republicans want to offset this subsidy by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created with the passage of ObamaCare. That fund should indeed be repealed, but fiscal conservatives should only try to repeal the entire law, not just parts of it. And for the most part, the offset is irrelevant. Fiscal conservatives should not be promoting bad policy, which this bill contains.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

UPDATE: The bill passed 215-195.

Mike Pompeo again votes against Club for Growth, this time on student loan subsidies

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Club for Growth statement.  Link to final vote, passed 215-195.

Tech Crunch – Is This Censorship? Facebook Stops Users From Posting ‘Irrelevant Or Inappropriate’ Comments

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Link.

Liberals in Kansas Senate cause Kansas to be only state without new redistricting

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Leavenworth Times.

SM West girls, SM Northwest boys break records in their 3,200-meter relay victories

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

KC Star.

53% Think Recent Graduates Will Have ‘Very Difficult’ Time Finding A Job – Rasmussen

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Rasmussen: “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 89% of American Adults believe it will be at least somewhat difficult for recent graduates to find a job in today’s economy.”