Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Year's Eve Shocker: Laura Kelly Drops Out

Early this morning the Topeka Capital Journal broke some good news - JV candidate Laura Kelly is dropping her bid to take on Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd district. Kelly claims demands of conducting the U.S. House campaign and responsibilities of being a member of the State Senate were incompatible. The obligation to serve her constituents proved stronger than the desire to defeat Jenkins, she said. "I can't do this race and do the Senate," Kelly said.

Our thoughts: As an extremely liberal member of the Kansas State Senate who will probably have to vote for a tax increase this year, loves unions and would support everything Pelosi pushes - Kelly just didn't stand a chance against Jenkins. So what's the REAL reason Kelly is dropping out? A personal scandal? Can she really not run a campaign and govern at the same time? Could she not raise money in a climate that has become toxic for Democrats (especially here in Kansas)? Maybe she just doesn't have the fire in her to run a rigorous campaign. I guess we'll take her at her word.

Nancy Boyda got 46% of the vote in 2008 against Jenkins in the general election. We'd estimate that number is padded with an extra 2-3% from people turning out for Obama. Kelly really isn't known outside of her district and would need a lot of money to get her name out there. We'd guess against Jenkins in the general in 2010 - Kelly would have been lucky to break 42%.

We'll go ahead and add Laura Kelly to the 'Democrat Candidates That Weren't' Club - Tom Wiggins, Greg Orman, Dan Glickman, Mark Parkinson...So let's recap. Democrats are now without a candidate for U.S. Senate, Governor, the 2nd Congressional seat, the 3rd Congressional Seat, and pretty much, the 1st Congressional seat.

We can hear Democrats saying: Help us Raj Goyle, you are our only hope.

So with that, we wish you all a Happy New Year! We'll be back in 2010 to continue telling you What's Right With Kansas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Senate ObamaCare: It's Finally Here

The Democratic Party’s decades-long push to insert more government control into our U.S. health care system cleared a major hurdle early Monday morning, with the Senate voting to advance a massive $871 billion bill to extend coverage to nearly all Americans and tighten regulations on private insurers.

If the Senate passes the bill as expected — after two more procedural votes this week and a final vote set for 7 p.m. Christmas Eve — House and Senate negotiators will begin the arduous process of melding two substantially different bills. Democrats are optimistic they can reach a final compromise, but that is by no means ensured.

Check out the video below. Luckily we know where Senators Brownback and Roberts stand on the bill.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Welcome to the Senate - Senator Huntington

State Representative Terrie Huntington was elected tonight to replace retiring state Senator David Wysong. Huntington will compete the last three years of Wysong’s second term and could run for re-election to the Senate in 2012.

Huntington was unopposed and was voted in by the precinct committees. The State Senate 7th District consists of some 61 precincts in Fairway, Leawood, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, and Westwood.

Congrats Terrie! Enjoy your new larger majority in the Senate. Though they are nasty, those 9 Democrats can't put up much of a fight against the 31 Republicans.

Schmidt, Schmidt He's Our Man

Senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts today endorsed State Senator Derek Schmidt for Attorney General. Schmidt is running against replacement-incumbent Stephen Six.

Six was appointed in January of 2008 by Sebelius after Democrat Paul Morrison was disgraced out of office after a sexual harassment claim was made against him by a former employee and fling.

We're optimistic that Schmidt whose name will appear two offices under Sam Brownback on the ballot - who is currently unopposed again - will be able to win on Republican turnout alone. Though he's also more than qualified and working hard to win the office. We're looking forward to bring the Attorney Generals office back to the Right side.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

KCYR Holiday Party Thursday

Kansas City Young Republicans invites you to

Elephants and Eggnog

Thursday, Dec. 17th

6:30 PM at t the "Fireplace Room" at the Gran Falloon, on the Plaza

Please bring a new toy with you to donate to the Toys for Tots program.

Government Health Care Fails Again

Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified doctors about the recall Tuesday. The recall involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to almost three years.

Health officials recommend children those ages get two doses, spaced about a month apart.

Health officials say it's not clear how many doses have already been given, but they don't think children need to be re-vaccinated. The lots passed potency tests when they were first shipped, but tests indicate the potency waned after.

A little awkward that this comes a day after Governor Parkinson hung out with 'Sid the Science Kid' to promote the H1N1 vaccine. “In some cases, we have supply that is actually not being used,” he said. Good thing we've got some extra here in Kansas since apparently kids that think they're vaccinated - may not be. This is just a preview of what's to come when the government runs our health care system.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Obama Plans Gitmo Move to Illinois

Whew - at least it's not Leavenworth, Kansas. Though we think the majority of American's will still not be supportive of President Obama's decision to bring known terrorists into his old back yard for no reason other than the current detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has a 'bad stigma'.

Clearly we rarely ever see eye to eye with Barry - but doesn't it seem like a good thing for terrorists to detest the idea of Gitmo? Ya know, so they won't want to plot attacks against us and risk being held there?? Crazy idea, we know. At least Senators Brownback and Roberts are on board with us.

Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback say they are relieved that suspected terrorist detainees won't be coming to Kansas. And they still think bringing the detainees to the United States is a bad idea. They say moving detainees to the United States creates more risk for the public with no clear gain.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is pleased, though, that President Obama has decided to have the federal government buy an Illinois prison....schocking!

KS-03 Yoder's In

State Representative Kevin Yoder confirmed today that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 3rd district to replace retiring Rep. Dennis Moore. Yoder joins 2008 nominee Nick Jordan, and previously filed candidates - Lightner, Scherer, Rysavy and Gilyeat. Semi-incumbent nominee Jordan raised just over $1.1 million for the race last year - but that was in 08 when the field was pretty clear for him. We're guessing Yoder looked over Jordan's FEC reports before deciding if he could mount a credible challenge.

“Having led the fight in Topeka to reign in government spending, we are now prepared to take this battle to Washington ,” Yoder continued. “A reckless disregard for the future economic well-being of our children and grandchildren has become all too common in our nation’s capitol.”

Rep. Yoder’s campaign will be focused on bringing fiscal sanity back to Washington , common-sense solutions to create jobs for Kansans, reducing the cost of quality health care, and protecting services for seniors. “We deserve an experienced leader who will stand up to Congress on job-killing policies such as ‘cap-and-trade’, ‘card check’, and the government takeover of health care.”

Some say Jordan had his chance and should step aside, others say Yoder's too young and can wait. We just hope the two don't destroy each other in a nasty primary and let the to-be-named Democrat run away with the seat. I think we all can agree that either of these guys is a million times better than Dennis Moore the Sequel.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Obama Gives Himself a 'Good Solid B+'

Perhaps Obama is grading himself on a curve - which compared to his cabinet of tax evading, unqualified cronies - would MAYBE get him a B +

National Energy Tax passed House - 50%
Government Health Care passed House - 50%
Close Guantanamo - Incomplete
End the Iraq/Afghanistan wars - Incomplete

SHOCKING - He blames his low personal score on the fact that he inherited so many problems from the previous administration. When doe he have to stop blaming Bush and take the responsibility for his own failure in creating jobs and getting the economy moving??

JoCo Republican Party Civics Bowl Tuesday

The Elephant Club is the only organization sponsored by the Johnson County Republican Party and proceeds from the luncheons help fund our operations. The Luncheons provide a great opportunity to meet Republican leaders and share political fellowship.
This month's luncheon is a test of your civics knowledge in a Civics Bowl hosted by Jack Cashill, executive editor of Ingram's magazine and author of several political books.

Party Chairman Ronnie Metsker will also give The Year in Review and "Win in 2010" Preview.
When: Tuesday, Dec 15. Doors open at 11:00,
Lunch is served at 11:30.
Where: Hereford House at Leawood Town Center Shopping Plaza,
5001 Town Center Dr, Leawood, KS

Call 341-VOTE (8683) or Email:
Member: $30.00

Non Member $45.00

KS-03 The Field Narrows

State Senator Jeff Colyer announced he would not seek the Republican nomination for Kansas' 3rd dirstrict. He also went ahead and endorsed former candidate, Nick Jordan.

“I love public service and enjoy campaigning, but now is not the right time for me to be a congressional candidate,” Colyer said in the statement. “However...I’m proud to endorse Nick Jordan. Nick is experienced, honest, and effective."

Looks like State Rep. Kevin Yoder and Nick Jordan are becoming the final major players still considering joining the race (joining Lightner, Gilyeat, Scherer and Rysavy who have already filed for the seat with the FEC).

Friday, December 11, 2009

Republicans Leading Generic Ballot

Republicans lead Democrats in a test of generic congressional matchups, a new poll found Thursday.

42 percent of likely voters said they would prefer a generic Republican candidate for Congress versus 38 percent who said they would prefer a generic Democrat, according to a Bloomberg News poll released yesterday.

16 percent said they were unsure who they'd support, while four percent answered not voting.

ObamaCare Still Unpopular

3 new polls released yesterday show Americans still are opposed to the Senate version, and the even worse House version, of health reform.

CNN: “Do You Generally Favor [The Senate Health Care Bill] Or Generally Oppose It? … Favor 36% Oppose 61%.”

FOX NEWS POLL: “A Majority -- 57 Percent -- Oppose The Health Care Reform Legislation Being Considered Right Now. About A Third Of Americans -- 34 Percent -- Favor The Reforms.”

NYT/CBS NEWS POLL: “And 42 Percent Approve Of The Way [President Obama] Is Handling Health Care, Down Five Percentage Points In The Last Few Months.”

Let's hope Senators Brownback and Roberts can stop this runaway train!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Brownback Continues Fiscal Responsibility

Brownback Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback co-sponsored the Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act, introduced today. The legislation would establish a bipartisan task force that would review federal government spending and make recommendations for cutting programs that are redundant or unsustainable.

“Federal spending is out of control, and it is past time that Congress takes steps to rein it in,” said Brownback. “The Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act is a common sense approach to making better decisions about where and how tax payer money is spent. In these tough economic times, it should be a no-brainer that the government should now, more than ever, take action to end unnecessary spending.”

Brownback continued, “For years I have championed similar legislation that would establish better oversight of government spending; I recognize the importance of making sure the government is exercising fiscal restraint. I am therefore hopeful that this legislation will be passed quickly by my colleagues.”

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Roberts Continues Fiscal Responsibility

In light of President Obama's jobs summit and a possible new stimulus/jobs bill - Senator Roberts released the following.

"We cannot spend our way into creating jobs. Despite billions in stimulus spending, we have little to show for it and record numbers of unemployment," Senator Roberts said.

"TARP authority should end on December 31st rather than continue on as a slush fund to be used at Treasury and president’s discretion," Roberts said. "This money does not belong to us. It should be used to pay down the deficit for our grandchildren."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Senator

Boxer: Abortions are Like Viagra or Something

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday during the debate on abortion in the health care bill, liberal California Senator Barbara Boxer once again went off the deep end. Her rationale for allowing taxpayer funding for abortions is this: If men get coverage for Viagra, women should get coverage to abort their child. See the clip below.

KS-01 Race Highlighted on RedState

According to RedState - Wasinger and Huelskamp are leading the pack in KS-01.

'In KS-01, there are several conservatives running, but two really, really stand out. Tim Huelskamp and Rob Wasinger. They are both fine men. I don’t have an unkind word to say about either. The Club for Growth has lined up behind.

However we have a problem: the two good conservatives in each race are in danger of cutting into each others’ votes thereby helping the squishy guy get elected. Tim. Fred Thompson has lined up behind Rob.

Let’s pay attention. Let’s see who proves viability. We may have to weigh in to ensure across the board conservatives get the nomination. I hope the candidates themselves will be honest with themselves. From years of running campaigns, I know that is sometimes the hardest thing to do. But we have a chance in both districts to improve on the men who are leaving by elected guys with even better conservative bona fides. We cannot afford to blow it.'

On the FEC website - there are still 8 Republicans fighting for their party's nomination. And there's still the lone Democrat, Alan Jilka, hoping for a bloody enough primary that he can somehow over come Moran's 80% R win in 2008.

ObamaCare in Jeapordy?

The Senate narrowly rejected (45-54) an amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in the pending health-care bill, leaving in question whether Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 60 votes needed to move the bill toward final passage. Luckily for us - Senators Brownback and Roberts both supported the amendment.

A few weeks earlier the House passed the Stupak amendment to their health reform bill to prohibit the use of federal dollars to pay for abortion. Do surprise here - Rep. Moran, Tiahrt and Jenkins supported the amendment while Rep. Moore opposed.

The measure addressed the scope of restrictions on coverage of abortion services for people who receive subsidies to buy insurance. The outcome was expected, but could cost the support of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who has threatened to filibuster the $848 billion bill unless abortion restrictions are tightened.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Senate Primary - Anyone's Race

SurveyUSA released another poll this week in the Kansas Senate Primary. Jerry Moran is leading Todd Tiarht - 37% - 34%. With still close to 30% undecided. Looks like these two are going to start spending some of their campaign cash to started educating the rest of the state (outside their districts) on what they stand for.

Most interesting is when you look at the Ideology breakdown of the results.

Conservative Rs break for Tiahrt: 40-33%
Moderate Rs break for Moran: 46-25%
Liberal Rs breaks slightly for Moran: 30-28%

The candidates have finished inside of the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error in 4 of 5 SurveyUSA tracking polls.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Leavenworth County Republican Meeting Tonight

Tonight - 7-9PM
Lansing Community Center

800 First Terrace
Lansing, KS 66043L

Come spend an evening among friends and fellow citizens who share your concerns and frustrations about the Kansas financial mess.
State Representative and possible 3rd district candidate, Kevin Yoder will be speaking. As the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Kansas Legislature, Kevin has a powerful influence on how your tax money is spent. Find out if the state legislators plans on asking you for more money.

Come join with us and meet other concerned voters like yourself. Bring your friends and neighbors with you! They have a vested interest as well.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

KS-03 Primary Poll

We'd like to direct our readers over to the Kansas Republican Assembly website. They're conducting a poll to see who should be the 3rd district Republican nominee. No end date listed - so vote now!

We'll be sure to post the final results whenever the poll ends.

Don't Tread on Us - The Movie

This past week the Tea Party documentary was unveiled. Nothing strikes more rage into the hearts of liberals than when patriotic, flag-waving Americans make it known that they love their country but don't trust government. Whether you have attended a tea party or haven't, this movie will give insight into the movement that is taking our country back.

"Tea Party: The Documentary Film" follows the struggles of five grassroots individuals and their transformation from home town rally goers and rally organizers to national activists in the 912 March on Washington. In the process, the film reveals what is at the heart of this nationwide surge of civic engagement - a return to and respect for a Constitutionally limited government, personal responsibility and fiscal restraint at the Federal level.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wiggins a Triple Threat?

Tom Wiggins created a stir a couple weeks ago when he threw is hat in the ring for Governor....or Senate....

Seems the former California Republican just can't seem to decide how he can best serve Kansans. And now with Dennis Moore retiring, rumors are that he may throw his hat in this third ring and compete for the triple crown. We're hearing he's already willing to commit $3 million to the race. But is that enough to overshadow the face that he hasn't lived in the state for 20-30 years.

We encourage our readers to contact Mr. Wiggins (913-839-3543 or 913-341-5597) and ask him to make a decision on what he's running for - Gov, Senate, House, Kansas Czar or local dog catcher. Regardless of what it is - we're confident Kansans won't appreciate his idea that they can be bought.

Happy Jobs Summit Day

When times are tough - wants the best solution? Get together and talk about the problem, but don't announce any solutions. We wouldn't want that kind of sensitive material about how Obama plans to create jobs, to leak out before we truly need the jobs.

Today President Obama convenes plenty of politicians of his lockstep politicians as well as labor bosses and academics. After 10 months and the authorization of $787 billion in government spending, the economic policies of the White House and the Democratic Congress have failed. 15.7 million Americans are out of work, 3.2 million of them since the stimulus was first passed in February. Unemployment, at 10.2 percent, is higher than the President promised it would be if he did nothing. The Obama-Pelosi-Reid economic policies are hurting, not helping.

When will the President learn that we're sick and tired of his lofty rhetoric - it's time for him to develop real solutions. Don't just throw money at the problem with another stimulus, it clearly didn't work the first time.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

State Senator Huntington?

Kansas state Sen. David Wysong of Mission Hills has mailed letters to GOP precinct committeemen and women announcing that he is resigning his seat. In the letter, Wysong asked the party leaders to join him in supporting four-term State Rep. Terrie Huntington, a Mission Hills Republican, as his replacement. Huntington currently serves as Chair of the High Education committee in the House.

Wysong wrote that his resignation is "due to family considerations." His last day in office will be Dec. 13.

Wysong, 60, has served a decade in public office as a Mission Hills city councilman, Johnson County commissioner, chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party and 7th District State Senator. He is currently chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and serves on the Ways and Means Committee.

"I have enjoyed my public life experience but it is actually past time for this decision. I have met some amazing people along the way. Very, very smart people who only have one thing in mind and that is to help the people of Johnson County and the State of Kansas."

State law requires that Ronnie Metsker, the Johnson County GOP chair, will call a precinct committee meeting for the purpose of selecting Wysong's successor.

Is 2010 the Age of Aquarius?

A couple weeks ago we gave an update on State Senator Laura Kelly who is challenging Rep. Jenkins for the 2nd congressional district. After surveying her campagin website which gives us little detail - we reported on some of the interesting findings on her MySpace page. Unfortunately, Liberal Laura is staying true to her astrological sign and has rebelliously taken down the site.

Aquarians can be stubborn in their opinions. They can become impatient with those who don't see their point of view and disagree with them. They embrace their eccentric ideas so much that they can be viewed as rebellious and unpredictable. Famous politicians who are also Aquarians - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mozart and Oprah!

Sorry if we've offended you Laura. Please don't become impatient with us. We simply would like to know where you stand on Obama's trillion dollar stimulus plan, the national energy tax, a government health care option that rations care and using tax-payer money to pay for abortions. Guess we'll just keep checking her website or other new media for updates.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Obama: 75% Support for Our Troops

Tonight President Obama layed out his strategy for the War in Afghanistan. After months of delay, he announced to no one's surprise that he would not be requesting the full 40,000 troop surge the Generals on the ground asked for. He thinks they can manage with 75% - 30,000. He is going to request that the UN supply the additional 10,000 so I guess we can let him be on that one.

The most troubling part is that he has once again set a completion date for himself. He wants the first troops to begin withdrawing by July 2011. Declaring a timetable for a withdrawal would merely send the Taliban underground until the Americans began to leave. It also sends the wrong message to our troops - that no matter how hard they work and successful they are, they may still have to pull out before the job is done.

According to the latest Gallop poll - 35% of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the war in Afghanistan. 55% disappove and had we been asked - we'd have checked this box.

Senator Roberts' - I remain concerned that artificial time lines for withdrawal will tie the hands and further endanger our men and women in uniform while emboldening the Taliban and other terrorists. I hope this will not be the case.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

KS-03: Come One, Come All

Within hours of the story breaking that Rep. Dennis Moore would not be seeking reelection - numerous Republicans in the 3rd put out statements regarding their interest in the seat. Cook Political Report moved KS-03 from "Likely Dem" to "Toss up". Below is an updated list of candidates considering joining the field for the Republican nomination.

State Sen. Jeff Colyer: "Put me in the very serious column.. we'll have an announcement soon."

Greg Musil: "Maybe, probably. I'll be in or out in the next two weeks.

State Sen. Karin Brownlee: "I'm thinking about it."

Charlotte O'Hara: "I'm seriously considering it"; will decide in next two weeks.

Nick Jordan: "I'm in."

State Rep. Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican, is first out of the gate this morning, saying he's forming an exploratory committee.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Senator Brownback Town Hall Tomorrow

The Leavenworth County Republican Party is hosting Senator Sam Brownback tomorrow

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 1:00PM - 2:00PM Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS

Senator Brownback will be discussing Health Care and other relevant issues. Come join and thank Senator Brownback for all his hardwork!

Stick a Fork in Him - Dennis is Done

It's official - Representative Dennis Moore will not seek reelection in 2010, key Democrats said Sunday. A statement is expected today from Moore explaining his plans but we're guessing the rumors are true that he's getting some type of appointment in the administration. How else would you justify voting for the stimulus, national energy tax, government take over of health care and cosponsor card check?

This will now be the 3rd open congressional seat of Kansas' 4 districts. Looks like the KDP and the DCCC are going to have their work cut out for them on this one. We assume the Republican primary will get a lot more crowded with this good news. Currently in the race for the Republican nomination are Patricia Lightner, Daniel Gilyeat, John Rysavy and Thomas Scherer. Rumors of Dr. Stephen Reintjes, Greg Musil and Charlotte O'Hara still considering....

Although in 2008 the district voted for Obama, it still has a Partisan Voting Index of Republican +3. Assuming the Democrats can't find a billionaire who used to be a Republican to run on their ticket like they're doing for Governor, we have a real shot at taking this one back!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Broken Promises Continue

President Obama acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that his administration would miss a self-imposed deadline to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by mid-January, admitting the difficulties of following through on one of his first pledges as president.

On Guantanamo, Mr. Obama said that he now hoped to shut down the detention facility sometime next year, but he did not set a new deadline.

Perhaps he's beginning to understand that no American wants these detainees in 'their backyard' which doesn't exactly leave him with a lot of options. The latest reports now list Illinois has a possible location - perhaps he thinks if he puts them in his backyard it will make it all fair? As long as he doesn't move them to Leavenworth, KS

Stimulus II Doomed?

Remember when President Obama passed the $1 trillion stimulus plan - promising that this would keep unemployment below 8%?

Well now unemployment is at 10.2% AND following Obama's early Dec. jobs summit - there's word that he pay try to pass another stimulus/recovery package.

This news is a little startling when the website is reporting money spent and jobs saved in Congressional districts that don't exist.

Check out this video for more info:

Laura Kelly: Slim, Single and Running for Congress!

Liberal State Senator Laura Kelly threw her hat in the ring to run for Congress a few months ago. She remains a relative unknown to Kansans outside of Shawnee county. However, following her announcement to run, she has made quite the splash online. She's on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. But her MySpace is the most intriguing.

Here are a few observations worth mentioning:
  • According to Kelly's MySpace, she is out, proud, and SINGLE! We thought she was married, at least according to her website, but it shows she logged in the day before yesterday, on November 16. Is this simply a mistake or has Laura "gone rogue" in Cyberland?

  • Secondly, she's profiled herself as Slim/Slender. Perhaps as to lure in perspective suitors? I mean who doesn't want a member of Congress that is fit and trim? You betcha! Maybe Kelly can pull a Palin and make the cover of Newsweek in a runner's outfit.

  • Last, but certainly not least, Kelly is a proud Aquarius. haha...more on that later. Not to mention, Kelly's mood is "neutral". Come on Laura, get excited! You're running for Congress!
Just as soon as we finish this post, we are going to befriend liberal Laura on MySpace. Who doesn't want a friend that is nearly 60, slim, single, and an Aquarius! Like our friend Tom Wiggans, the last thing we want to see if liberal Laura in Congress. But we LOVE her on MySpace!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Join Ken Starr at KU Tomorrow

The University of Kansas School of Law Federalist Society Presents The Fall Lecture Series with Ken Starr

Dean, Pepperdine School of Law
Former Federal Appellate Judge
Former Solicitor General
Former Independent Counsel
Clerked for 5th Circuit
Clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger

Thursday, November 19th
Green Hall 104 at 12:30pm


Hey Newbie! 10 Tips for Tom Wiggans

Hey, Tom. First of all, welcome to Kansas! The Heart of America. The Sunflower State. America's Breadbasket!

We know you haven't been back in the state in 20 or 30 years...or is it more? So we wanted to offer our services and help you out before you begin your big journey across our beautiful state. Hopefully these tips and suggestions will make your stay in Kansas a little more comfortable.
  1. Before you hit the road, it's probably good to brush up on your Kansas facts. So feel free to take this quiz. It might take you a handful of tries to nail all the answers, but who's counting?

  2. Now, this will be a long journey. We are sure you are used to flying in style - first class, private jets even. But once the campaign begins, you'll need to look like an average Kansan. So ditch the suit and tie for something casual like khakis and a button up (don't forget to roll up the sleeves). Ya know, this can help you connect with hardworking Kansans.

  3. Buy a Garmin. For one, they are made right here in Kansas. Second, there are a whopping 105 counties in our state - yup, 105. We don't want you getting lost. You'll want to hit each county at least 4 or 5 have to make up for lost time. And apologies, we don't have any bays, wind-surfing, or Rice-a-Roni..well maybe check for that last one in the local supermarket.

  4. California isn't really popular here. They're basically bankrupt, liberal, and well, just keep quiet about your time there.

  5. Did you only give Obama $5,000 to help elect "change"? Or was it more? Nonetheless, keep that hush hush as well. Kansans aren't big fans of Mr. Obama.

  6. Kansans won't blame you for leaving the business world when you did. This Administration is running our economy into the ground and with all the regulation, taxes, and spending they're piling on, it's only going to get worse. So good timing on that one! But can we ask: do you want your $5,000 back?

  7. You don't need to overplay Kansas stereotypes to jive with us. We noticed your wheat-inspired logo on your website. We are proud of what we do, but just keep the Dorothy, wheat, flat land, and cow references to a minimum. We know who we are.

  8. Keep your supporters in line. Yeah, Democrats are pretty bitter here in Kansas and they tend to attack our patriotic inclinations, fondness of religion, and anything that isn't "progressive" enough for them. Please don't bash on us or stick your nose up at us...your party has already perfected that.

  9. We had an individual involved in the pharmaceutical industry who ran for Congress recently. She didn't last long. Just sayin'.

  10. Last of all, be yourself. We're pretty nice people once you get to know us. So best of luck as you get to know our state and the people of Kansas. Not a chance we want you in office, but enjoy the ride! And let us know how fun it is to spend millions of your own dollars on a political race. That has to be awesome!
Yours Truly, Right With Kansas

Saturday, November 14, 2009

ObamaCare at a Standstill in the Senate?

Dem Senators are peeling off of President Obama’s government takeover of health care and its liberal fantasy land that spends more than a trillion and contains hundreds of billions in new taxes.

As James Carville told CNN, President Obama only has 57 votes.

Reuters is reporting that Senators Liberman, Landrieu and Nelson are at NO, and Bayh maybe too.

As we all know, no 60 votes, no laundry. (Senator Reid needs 60 votes to break the filibuster on the motion to proceed to consider the bill. If he does not get 60 votes, ObamaCare never comes up on the Senate floor.)

Luckily we can count on Senators Brownback and Roberts to oppose this expensive, government takeover of the health care system.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Poll Watch: Obama's Approval Still Decreasing

According to yesterday's Rasmussen tracking poll - Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters disapproved of the President's performance. 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Most (52%) remain opposed.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of likely voters say it is at least somewhat likely the next president of the United States will be a Republican. The number has been trending in this direction since Democrat Barack Obama took office in January and is up 14 points since then.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Senator Roberts Recognizes Veterans

"Today we honor the brave men and women who throughout our nation’s history have taken up arms in defense of our nation. They have defended our freedoms, often paying the ultimate sacrifice, to preserve the way of life we hold so dear. On this Veterans Day, we pay tribute to their courage and dedication. They always will have our unfailing gratitude.

"Those now currently serving here at home and in Iraq, Afghanistan and all across the globe represent future generations of veterans. The many sacrifices they and their families are making serve as a daily reminder that freedom is not without cost. Let us especially pause to remember those who were lost or injured just last week at Ft. Hood. That tragedy shows us that service and sacrifice can come at home or abroad.

"As a United States Senator and former Marine, I take the commitment to our nation’s veterans seriously and am honored to continue to work with my colleagues on behalf of them. In Kansas, there are more than 250,000 veterans throughout the state to whom I extend my heartfelt thanks. With gratitude from one veteran to all others throughout this great nation, Semper fi."

Republicans Edge Ahead in 2010 Vote

According to the latest
Gallop poll Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters. Looks like it's going to be a good year for Republicans all over instead of just Kansas.

Letter: Defining Governmet

At least Robert from Cherryvale gets it - below is his letter to the editor from the Topeka Capital Journal

Is the following the kind of government you want?

One that raises your already too high taxes.

One that pushes a health care plan that even the author doesn't understand.

One that uses scare tactics to try to pass a bill.

One that calls you a racist if you do not agree with the administration.

One that wants the government to control everything from the media to your life, and even your death.

One that has tried, and is still trying, to spend us into bankruptcy.

If you're saying no, I suggest you let your voices be heard by writing your senators and representatives. If you're not saying no, I feel sorry for you, your children and your grandchildren and their future.

Then, there is our interim governor, who has said the state might have to raise taxes. Can we afford him and more taxes?



Happy Veterans Day

Be sure to thank a veteran today!

And if you have time - head to Leavenworth for the 2nd largest Veteran's Day parade in the U.S. Parade starts at 10:30AM at 4th and Walnut.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Poll Results: Readers Want You Out Dennis

photos from Kansas Meadowlark

This isn't much of a surprise as Dennis Moore has voted party line all year, supporting cap and tax, the worthless stimulus, supporting the anti-business "card check" bill, and most recently, government run health care.

According to 60% of our readers, Dennis Moore will be the most fun to defeat come 2010. We couldn't agree MOORE! Here are the results

Which Dem will be most fun to defeat in 2010?

Moore – 60%

Goyle – 24%

Laura Kelly – 16%

Larry Gates – 6%

Retire Dennis Moore Event

Tuesday, November 10th
Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty
Overland Park, KS

POLITICAL CHIPS is proud to present Apostle Claver Kimau-Imani (Host of: "The Christian Politician" Radio Show, Founder/Chairman of, Organizer of Houton TX Teaparty) as KEY NOTE Speaker.

Listen, learn, and enjoy two great speakers educate the masses on how conservatives will be successful in their quest to take back this country! We will also discuss future retirement plans for the "Retire" Dennis & Emanuel campaigns in KS and MO. There will be some fun entertainment along with coffee and cookies.

Go to for more information.

Government Run Health Care at Your Finger Tips

Check out this video from the NRCC - Any guesses on whether Moore read all 1,990 pages before voting YES?

Monday, November 9, 2009

(Not So) BREAKING NEWS: Moore Supports Taxes

The House Democrat health care bill, H.R. 3962 passed the House late Saturday night. To no one's surprise (except voters of the 3rd district) Dennis Moore was the lone Kansan support the legislation.

It's appaling that Moore still refers to himself as a 'fiscally responsible blue dog'. This legislation costs over $1 trillion, contains over $700 bill in new taxes on individuals and small business and according to Obama's economic advisors - kills over 5.5 million jobs.

Moore's op-ed on the issue says: I will be voting for this bill because it addresses the issues of affordability, fiscal responsibility, quality and choice. We can no longer afford to do nothing.

We'll give him choice - he did vote against the Stupak amendment to ban federal funding of abortions but as for quality (rationed) care and fiscal responsibility? We're just not buying it anymore Dennis. Despite the 3rd district voting for Obama in 2006 - we here at What's Right With Kansas are convinced this is the year to beat him.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kansans Mourn Avery

One-term Republican governor, William Avery, has died, the governor's office said Thursday. He was 98.

“Governor Avery led our state during a time of tragic loss and national attention. Kansas honors his long life and service to our state. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children and family,” Parkinson said in a statement.

Avery began a decade-long career as a congressman from the 2nd District before running for governor. Avery served his one term from 1965-66, when a governor's term was two years. He was defeated for re-election by Democrat Robert Docking, receiving 44 percent of the vote.

His most notable achievement as the state's 37th governor was recommending the establishment of a state income tax withholding system in 1965. It was part of a package of income and sales tax increases to improve public schools.

During his term, he denied a reprieve request from Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who were hanged at Lansing State Prison on April 14, 1965, for the 1959 slayings of Herbert Clutter, his wife and two children, in Holcomb. The murders were immortalized by Truman Capote in his novel “In Cold Blood.”

Another controversy was a bill directing the state Board of Health to give out birth control information along with contraceptives to married couples. Avery said he was pressured to veto the measure but let it become law without his signature.

After being turned out of office, Avery moved to Wichita where he became an oil company executive. In 1968, he made a final bid for public office when he lost the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to Bob Dole. In 1977, he returned to Wakefield to resume a role with the Farmers and Merchants Bank. In 2000, the post office in his hometown was renamed in his honor.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Republican Health Plan Unveiled

Kansans across the state agreed back in office - the Democrats 1,000+ health bill (HR 3200) was just not something we could support. It increased the defiict, taxed businesses and had a government run option that could eventually take over their entire health care system, and not play fair.

How did Democrats respond - they nearly doubled the size of the bill. HR 3962 is 1,990 pages long, still included a public option, mandates individuals purchase 'government (essentially Kathleen Sebelius) approved health care and mandates businesses purchase health care or pay a fee. Democrats introduced this new legislation last Thursday and were hoping to have a final bill pass the House by Columbus Day. They have been very vocal about how they intend to keep the process behind closed doors - not allowing amendments on the floor. They will allow Democrats a managers amendment for any last minute changes and then allow Republicans one substitute.

The Republican substitute has been leaked - feel free to check it out HERE. From first glance we appreciate that during this troubled economy, Republicans are focused on reforms that our country can afford to work on now. They also kept in at 230 pages - something people can actually read before voting!

Republican Leader John Boehner had the following to say about the substitute:

“Republicans have outlined a plan to lower costs and expand access at a price our nation can afford. This includes letting families buy health insurance across state lines, allowing small businesses to pool together and offer health insurance to their employees at much lower costs, just like big businesses and unions can today, giving states the tools to create innovative reforms that lower costs and ending junk lawsuits that contribute to high health care costs. Given all that’s at stake, the American people deserve to see the Republicans’ smart, fiscally responsible plans debated here on the House floor side-by-side with the Speaker’s 1,990-page bill. And I hope we will see that debate and a vote as soon as possible.”

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gingrich heads to Larry

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich will be in Lawrence tomorrow Nov. 4. First elected U.S. Representative from Georgia in 1978, Gingrich became a natural leader in the House. He led the Republican party to regain control of Congress in 1994 and became the first Republican speaker in nearly 50 years. Gingrich served as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999.

From 12:00-1:30PM he will be in the Summerfield Room, Adams Alumni Center
Join Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for free pizza and political chatter. Front row seats will be saved for folks who are willing to help with set up starting at 10am. Email Eric at to let him know you'll be helping set up.

Later that evening from 7:30-8:30 - he will move over to the Dole Center
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich visits Lawrence as the inaugural Robert J. Dole Distinguished Visiting Fellow. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 PM.

Election Night Preview

We are confident Election Day 2009 will prove better for Republicans than what took place in 2008. Here is a rundown of races to watch tonight and what we think will be the outcome.

Virginia Governor Race: Democrat Creigh Deeds v. Republican Bob McDonnell
This has been an embarrassment for President Obama and Democrats. The latest polling shows McDonnell beating Deeds by 10+ points.
McDonnell defeated Deeds before in a race for Attorney General. We predict Deeds will get his second beating tonight. Here's predicting a big McDonnell win!

New Jersey Governor Race: Democrat Jon Corzine v. Republican Chris Christie v. Independent Chris Daggett
New Jersey is a heavyily blue state and one that's always tough to win for Republicans. The corrupt failure and multi-millionaire liberal Jon Corzine continues to pour loads of money into his own campaign. We believe this race is too close to call because we're not sure how many people will end up getting out to vote for Independent Chris Daggett. If turnout is low for him, we're thinking it could help Christie. Corzine has consistently taken the low road in this race, making fun of Christie's weight. Pathetic.

NY-23: Conservative Doug Hoffman v. Democrat Bill Owens
The focus of this race has mostly been the rift between Republicans over former candidate and liberal Dede Scozzafava and Conservative Doug Hoffman. After Scozzafava dropped out this weekend, it's a two man race and, we believe, Hoffman's to lose. Owens is a weak candidate and out of step with the district. So we're predicting a sizeable Hoffman win tonight!

KU College Republicans Meeting

University of Kansas College Republicans Meeting
Tuesday, November 3rd
Centennial Room, Kansas Union
7:00-8:00 PM

Our speaker will be KU's very own Dr. Art Hall. Dr. Hall is currently the Executive Director for the Center Applied Economics and received his PhD in Economics from the University of Georgia. The meeting will be focused on a discussion about the effectiveness of the stimulus plan(s) and what policies need to be implement to encourage economic growth. Bring your questions and your fellow conservatives.

Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers

The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason. It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese.

Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.

So, you can’t try to seek alternatives to lawsuits if you’ve actually done something to implement alternatives to lawsuits. Brilliant! The trial lawyers must be very happy today. Looks like Queen Kathy has found another way to give a kickback to her old trial lawyer friends. As you may remember she was the former Executive Director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Salina Pulls in a Maverick

The Greater Salina Chamber of Commerce announced today that Sarah Palin will be the featured speaker at their annual banquet and membership meeting February 5, 2010.

"We are so pleased that Governor Sarah Palin has accepted our invitation to come to Salina as our keynote speaker for the Chamber's annual meeting," Daran Neuschafer, Chairman of the Chamber said. "Governor Palin was clearly identified as a top choice as speaker early in the process, and the event committee is thrilled that she'll be with us February."

The banquet will be held in the arena of the Bicentennial Center. Tickets for the event are $50 per person for Chamber members and $75 per person for non-members. Reservations can be made by Chamber members now through December 1 by stopping by the Chamber office, 120 W. Ash, calling the Chamber office, (785) 827-9301, or emailing

Any bets of whether Palin will make an endorsement in the Senate primary or KS-01 or KS-04?