Quick takes

Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday October 22, 2010

My best tweet yesterday. I just uninstalled the NPR News app from my iPhone. #NPR #Juan Many have already voted. Wednesday Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale told commissioners that his office had sent 63,000 mail ballots to voters in the county, and 20,000 had been returned. In the 2006 general election, a midterm election comparable to this year, 118,258 ballots were cast in Sedgwick County. Gale's numbers tell us that around half of voters will use the advance voting system, and perhaps 17 percent have already voted as far as two weeks in advance of election day. Goyle on…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 21, 2010

Honest journalist too much for NPR. Juan Williams has been fired by National Public Radio. His offense: He spoke in a not-politically-correct way about Muslims. On Monday's O'Reilly Factor Williams said: "But when I get on a plane -- I got to tell you -- if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous." According to Williams, NPR said this is a bigoted remark that "crossed the line." Across all forms of media, this is sure to be a big…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday October 20, 2010

Poll: Republicans to win big. Wall Street Journal: "A vigorous post-Labor Day Democratic offensive has failed to diminish the resurgent Republicans' lead among likely voters, leaving the GOP poised for major gains in congressional elections two weeks away, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Among likely voters, Republicans hold a 50% to 43% edge, up from a three-percentage-point lead a month ago. ... 'It's hard to say Democrats are facing anything less than a category four hurricane,' said Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster who conducts the Journal poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. 'And it's unlikely the…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday October 18, 2010

Last day to register to vote. Today is the last day to register to vote in the November general election in Kansas. Contact your county election office for details. Democratic foreign campaign money. "Democratic leaders in the House and Senate criticizing GOP groups for allegedly funneling foreign money into campaign ads have seen their party raise more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies. ... Republicans with groups under fire from the White House say the hefty campaign contributions illustrate Democratic hypocrisy." More at The Hill: Dems have raised more than $1 million this cycle from…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Sunday October 17, 2010

Roots of tea party. Richard A. Vigeurie writing in Politico: "Asked about what stirred the tea party movement, [Former VU.S. Senator from Virginia George] Allen blamed President Barack Obama and the Democrats. 'It's what has happened in the last year,' he said. Allen is flat-out wrong. Americans didn’t elect Obama, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as much as they threw out Republicans in 2006 and 2008. Americans were angry about the GOP officials’ lack of discipline and courage, and their profligate spending and abandonment of small-government, Republican principles." Washington Examiner's Mark Tapscott reacts:…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday October 15, 2010

Moran at Wichita Pachyderm today. Today's speaker at the Wichita Pachyderm Club is current United States Representative and Republican Party Senate nominee Jerry Moran. As a large audience is expected, please arrive by 11:45 to get your buffet lunch in time for the noon start (the larger meeting room will be used). Cost is $10, which includes lunch. Rasmussen: Voters don't trust politicians' promises. "Half (50%) now believe that when politicians break campaign promises, it’s because they deliberately made a false promise to get elected. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree and say unforeseen events after they took office forced them to…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday October 14, 2010

Wichita mayor to lead LKM. City press release: "Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was elected as the 81st president of the League of Kansas Municipalities (LKM) during the organization’s annual conference Tuesday morning in Overland Park. ... He also urged his fellow local leaders to restore the public’s confidence in government. 'We need to have our citizens recognize the value of competent government, and why our freedoms and security depend on it,' he said." As noted a few days ago on these pages, the League of Kansas Municipalities is a special interest group working in favor not of the citizens who…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday October 13, 2010

FactFinder 12: Goyle campaign ad. From KWCH Television: "FactFinder 12 found no evidence Sentry International directly outsourced manufacturing work, only that it partners with companies in China and many other countries to purchase foreign made products." What's not talked about in regard to this issue is that U.S. companies don't manufacture products overseas just for the heck of it. Competitive pressures force them to. The energy future will look familiar. George Will takes a look at the future of energy in America. But a reminder of the past, in case you forgot: "In 1977, Jimmy Carter said mankind could 'use…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday October 12, 2010

Wichita Visioneers in Louisville. The Wichita Business Journal's Emily Behlmann reports on a trip by Wichitans to Louisville to get ideas on transforming Wichita's downtown. Hopefully they won't get this idea, as reported yesterday by the Louisville Courier-Journal: "The heavily subsidized 4th Street Live entertainment district has come under criticism from locally owned businesses for receiving millions of dollars in tax breaks and government subsidies -- including a controversial, $950,000 city loan that won't necessarily have to be repaid." According to Wichita planner Goody Clancy, heavy subsidy isn't supposed to be necessary in Wichita. And, I hope all the planners…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday October 11, 2010

Moran at Wichita Pachyderm: This Friday's speaker at the Wichita Pachyderm Club is current United States Representative and Republican Party Senate nominee Jerry Moran. As a large audience is expected, please arrive by 11:45 to get your buffet lunch in time for the noon start (the larger meeting room will be used). Cost is $10, which includes lunch. Wichita, get control of incentives: Rhonda Holman's lead editorial in yesterday's Wichita Eagle urged caution and restraint in Wichita's use of tax incentives -- a welcome message not expected from the Eagle. One conservative wrote to me: "I am stunned to find…
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