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 recovery.gov 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 times...you 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 RagingElephants.org, 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 www.politicalchips.org 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 efoss1@ku.edu 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 scole@salinakansas.org.

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

Sorry Americans, the Terrorists Need Vaccinated

We wrote earlier today about the Obama Administration's botched response to the H1N1 virus.

It gets even worse! As Americans wait in long lines and face shortages of the vaccine, guess who is getting A list treatment? Terrorists being held at Guanatanamo Bay.

Yup, 13 WIBW in Topeka reports that the "Pentagon will offer the H1N1 vaccination to detainees at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay". According to Maj. Diana R. Haynie, a spokeswoman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, "JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees. As such, we must provide detainees the medical care necessary to maintain their health."

Excuse us for not getting all warm and fuzzy about this, but what about the millions of men, women, and American children who do not have access to this vaccination? Who is standing up for them?

Oh and Haynie also noted, "
Some of the detainees have already voluntarily taken the seasonal flu shot".

Leavenworth Town Hall Tonight

The Leavenworth County Republican Party Central Committee will host a
Town Hall meeting on Monday evening, November 2, from 7:00 - 9:00.
The meeting will be held at the Lansing Community Center in Lansing
(800 1st Terrace)

The guest speaker for the month of November will be Kirk Sours.
Kirk is a resident of LeavenworthCounty and has written articles and
study guides on religious issues.

The focus of our discussion will be on the Islam - The Religion.
Most Americans have an extremely limited concept of what Islam stands for.
Many of us have been content to buy into the line that
Islam was a religion of "Peace and Love".
This will be a great opportunity for you to come find out what the truth is.

The Republican Women's organization will provide
Chili and Cornbread
as a fundraiser starting 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

Sebelius: Lack of Magic to Blame for Botched H1N1 Response

Kansas' own Kathleen Sebelius takes the cake for another example of incompetence coming from both the federal government and the Obama Administration. Lately, Kansans and Americans across the country have been faced with waiting lines reminiscent of the lines people had to wait in to vote in last November's election. But this time, instead of voting for "change", they're trying to protect themselves against a deadly virus.

Last week, The New York Times reported Sebelius' excuse for the Obama Administration's lack of preparedness and what does she blame? The fact she's not magic...oh, and government's too big.

“If we could wave a magic wand or have the tools in our government shop to fix this,” Sebelius said, “I think there would be a different expectation.”

Okay, I guess we can't blame you Kathy for not dabbling in witchcraft and magic (imagine what the Pope would say about you then! Excommunication anyone?)...but we are glad you have FINALLY admitted that the federal government is too big, burly, and bogged down by red tape that it can no longer serve the American people.

Change we can really believe in! Just wait until Pelosi pushes through the government takeover of health care that will lead to the kind of rationing we're seeing with the H1N1 vaccine.