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Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

Dennis Moore and Lynn Jenkins vote for Jack Murtha’s ‘Airport to Nowhere’ earmark; Moran, Tiahrt vote against

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

See the final vote tally here.

Why Tiahrt-Moran doesn’t matter to many conservatives

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

They’re not leaders.

In contrast, here is Minnesota Congressman John Kline:

Rep. John Kline knows the earmark process is broken. That’s why he has sworn off earmarks completely instead of accepting them and trotting out the vacant excuse that he has to because “everyone else is doing it.”

Unfortunately, he’s under pressure back home from people who want their pork. But in response, Kline is courageously holding firm. I love this quote:

“We’re on the side of the angels,” said Troy Young, the congressman’s spokesman.

And what’s even better is that Kline has the perfect explanation down pat to those who are hungry for pork. Excerpt:

[Kline] said the problem is that some 30,000 earmark requests are submitted each year, making them impossible to scrutinize. House members abide by an unwritten rule, Kline said, not to attack each other’s submissions. The result looks a lot like silent vote trading and back scratching, and both parties are guilty of it.

“It’s very arbitrary,” Kline said. “They just allocate money to members of Congress, sometimes based on political reasons, like are you vulnerable in the next election or not, or are you a committee chair.”

Well said. With a message like that spread broadly, earmarks can be a thing of the past.

Moran, Hodge’s name ID equal to Thornburgh in JoCo

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge at

  • In the JCCC Trustee race, in which the top 4 candidates (out of 10) won, Peter Jouras came in fifth, and I came in sixth.  He didn’t beat me by much, but my guess is he spent at least $35,000 on the race (3 county-wide mailings and tons of signs).  Jouras spent far, far more than I did, and he was endorsed by most of the major liberal-socialist-big-government groups (NEA, faculty union, Mainstream Coalition; all but Mission Hills/Arizonian Steve Rose), but he and I fared about the same.  When I won the trustee race in April 2005, the turnout was 30%, which is closer to a representative sample of voters.  That year, the marriage amendment carried the county 60-40 and Overland Park Mayor Gerlach beat a well-financed Democrat 60-40, and those proportions probably wouldn’t deviate much if held during a higher-turnout election.
  • Moran-Tiahrt:  you’ll hear at times from supporters of one campaign or the other about how their candidate is better-known in Kansas’ Third Congressional District.  I haven’t seen any evidence to verify that statement.
  • Thornburgh:  I didn’t test Brownback’s name, because I had been told by a reliable source that his name ID was virtually 100% state-wide.  One could certainly argue that it’s not a good thing for Thornburgh that Tiahrt and Moran have competiting name recognition levels, when Johnson County voters have never seen the congressmen’s names on local ballots.
  • I am reassured by the general accuracy of my own poll after looking at another poll taken on April 17 by the well-respected firm SurveyUSAHT to, which first made me aware of this poll that tested likely 2010 voters for the Republican primary (not all voters, therefore).  Part of the poll’s breakdown includes region: NE, SW, and Western; though, I don’t know exactly how they define these terms.

Jenkins votes against conservative RSC alternative budget

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Moran and Tiahrt voted against it.  Of course, Moore voted against it.

Club for Growth:

The House rejected the Republican Study Committee’s alternative budget yesterday, 111-322.

This is an important vote for fiscal conservatives to scrutinize.

The RSC almost always offers an alternative budget each year so that it can propose…well, an alternative…to either a tax-hiking Democratic budget or a big-spending GOP budget, depending on which party is in the majority.

I personally analyze the vote tally with extra care to see where everyone voted. While voting YES on the RSC budget doesn’t necessarily mean a House member is conservative, it does help make the case. And the opposite is true. While voting NO on the RSC budget doesn’t necessarily mean a House member is not conservative, it provides more evidence that that might actually be the case.

Either way, check out the vote tally for yourself and see where everybody stands.

Update from Todd Tiahrt

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Todd Tiahrt:

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U.S. Capitol Update
March 27, 2009

Dear Friend,

Welcome to this week’s U.S. Capitol Update.

ABL Program Critical to the Future of our National Security Capabilities
On Monday, I was joined by six of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates requesting his support for continued funding of the Airborne Laser (ABL) program. The ABL program is critical in maintaining America’s technological edge and national security capabilities to destroy ballistic missiles from the moment of launch. I am also pleased this program will bring increased job opportunities to Kansas workers with modification of the Airborne Laser expected to be done by Boeing in Wichita.

Click here to read the text of the letter.

I also enjoyed appearing on Fox News to discuss the importance of the ABL Program. Click here to watch the video.

2nd Amendment Self Defense Bill
This week I co-sponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill (H.R. 197). This legislation recognizes that those who have a valid state-issued concealed firearms permit should not have to forfeit their safety when traveling to other states. Not only does this bill protect the rights of concealed firearm permit holders, it also maintains the right of states to issue concealed weapons permits as they desire.

Click here to read more.

Ethical Stem Cell Research Initiative
I was proud to become a co-sponsor of the Patients First Act (H.R. 877), a bill that supports productive and ethical stem cell research by prioritizing scientific breakthroughs with the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefits.

For years stem cell research has been a divisive issue, but the Patients First Act will help bridge the divide between protecting life and advancing scientific endeavors. With more intensified research, I have confidence we will see treatments available for many more ailments and diseases while honoring the sanctity of life.

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Spring 2009 Satellite Office Hours
The Spring 2009 satellite office hours are happening now. This is your opportunity to meet with a member of my staff who will be available to offer assistance with federal agencies, answer questions about the federal government, and discuss your concerns and opinions. No appointment is necessary, just come during the scheduled hours. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

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2009 Congressional Art Competition
I would like to invite all high school art students to participate in the 2009 Annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery.

This unique competition provides members of the U.S. House of Representatives an opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of high school students within their districts. We have many talented young artists in Kansas, and I encourage as many to participate as possible. The winning entry from each district-wide contest will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Click here for more information.

Job Resource Center
Located on my website you will find a Job Resource Center to help aid constituents impacted by layoffs. Through the Job Resource Center, you will find links to job banks, job training resources, and unemployment benefits information.

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Darrell Issa Swears Off Pork — why can’t Tiahrt and Moran?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Club for Growth:

Darrell Issa is now the 26th member of the U.S. House to swear off earmarks. Congrats! From his press release:

Rep. Darrell Issa today announced that he will not make appropriations project spending requests, also known as earmarks, for FY 2010. He cited President Barack Obama’s broken campaign promise to veto bills that do not bring earmarking down to 1994 levels and a 92% increase in spending over last year’s level as deciding factors in his decision.

“President Obama’s spending priorities have more than tripled the federal budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 ballooning it to $1.7 trillion,” said Issa in a letter to local officials explaining his decision. “As a result, the state of our nation’s finances is dire, and our federal spending plan does not in any way bear an appropriate relationship to the state of our nation’s economy.”

Todd Tiahrt legislative update

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

From Congressman Tiahrt:

Dear Friend,

Welcome to this week’s U.S. Capitol Update.

No More Bailouts

It is time for Congress to stand up and say no more bailouts. This week I introduced a No More Bailouts Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for Congress to stop spending billions of borrowed taxpayer dollars on bailout after bailout. My resolution states clearly to the American public that Washington has a spending problem, and that the wasteful spending must stop. (more…)

Dick Kelsey’s Web site

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Sen. Dick Kelsey has a Web site for his congressional run at

Star: Tiahrt gives Sebelius a thumbs-down

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas said he would not back Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tiahrt said she “holds some liberal views that I cannot support,” including abortion.

President Barack Obama nominated Sebelius this week as secretary of HHS. Tiahrt called the choice “par for the course.”