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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Sunday October 24, 2010

Surprise endorsement from Wichita Eagle. Today the Wichita Eagle endorsed Republican Mike Pompeo over Democrat Raj Goyle in the race for the Kansas fourth Congressional district. Surprising. Still, the Eagle editorial board can't help reveal its preference for big, expansive government by taking a few digs at Pompeo, describing his free-market, limited government views as "overly idealistic at times." Continuing, the Eagle wrote "For example, he believes that there wouldn't be a need for farm subsidies or economic development incentives if there were lower tax rates and a friendlier and more stable regulatory environment. That's not the real world." The…
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Sedgwick County updates agenda information system

Recently Sedgwick County implemented a new system for making its commission agendas and accompanying background material available online. Previously, only the agenda itself was available online. Agendas contain just a brief description of each item to be handled at meetings. If citizens wanted more information about an item, they had to travel to the courthouse to obtain a printed copy of the agenda report. This document, which might be several hundred pages in length, contains detailed information about each item. It's the type of information that citizens need if they are to be informed about the matters the commission will…
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Internet regulation, or net neutrality, would harm investment, says former official

At a luncheon event in Wichita, Bruce Mehlman of the Internet Innovation Alliance told an audience that increased regulation of the internet -- the principle known as "net neutrality" -- would harm capital investment in broadband internet service. Mehlman was formerly Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy and now serves as co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance and as partner in a Washington lobbying firm. Mehlman laid out some of the facts of broadband internet: all the varied things businesses and people do with the high-speed transmission of data, the fact that broadband internet has been rapidly adopted, and…
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Wichita event: The future of innovation and investment in broadband

The FCC has proposed reclassifying the Internet as a public utility to get total regulatory control. How can you help stop the FCC Internet takeover? Learn about the efforts to keep the Internet in the free market during a free lunch seminar, “The Future of Innovation & Investment in Broadband” next Thursday at the Wichita Petroleum Club. Hear from Bruce Mehlman, co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy in the George W. Bush administration, on efforts to expand broadband access and how to keep the Internet in the free market. Registration is…
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Kansas Republican online efforts lag

If online political activity has any value, Kansas Republicans aren't providing much. Many Kansas Republican websites and online outreach efforts are stale and lagging behind in providing timely and quality information. As of today, the most recent post on The Kansas Trunkline (promoted as "The Official Blog of the Kansas Republican Party") is dated November 30, 2009. That's coming up on three months old. If blogs have any defining characteristics, one is frequent updates with timely material. That's not happening here. This blog is promoted on the front page of the Kansas Republican Party website. That site doesn't fare much…
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Why Obama is wrong about net neutrality

"Net neutrality" sounds like a noble concept, doesn't it? But it's another example of one political position co-opting language in a way that mislabels the underlying agenda. In this case, net neutrality is a struggle over who should control the Internet. Some describe the contest as between government and free markets, while some think it's between two competing set of corporate interests. It shouldn't be a surprise as to who President Obama believes should control the Internet. Other resources on this topic: Save the Internet 'Net Neutrality' Is Socialism, Not Freedom The Durable Internet: Preserving Network Neutrality without Regulation AT&T,…
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I’ll help you with technology

I hate to see activists struggle with technology. Whether it's creating and managing a blog, using Facebook or Twitter, or just using computers and the Internet effectively, I'd like to help. Crossloop is a tool that lets people work together remotely. By using it, you'll be able to see my computer screen, and I -- with your permission -- can see yours. Working together this way, we can resolve many problems quickly. If you're a center-right or libertarian activist and need help, contact me. It's free. You'll have to do an easy download of some software, but you don't have…
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Articles of Interest

Capitalism, CFL bulbs, green indoctrination, bailout constitutionality, Facebook, Twitter 'The Road to Serfdom' revisited: Markets display uncertainty over future of capitalism itself (Scott S. Powell in the Washington Times) Discussion of how government interventionism in the economy is not helping. "President Eisenhower called it 'creeping socialism.' Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek called it 'The Road to Serfdom.'" Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don’t Work? (New York Times) Many customers are not happy with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Short life for the expensive bulbs is a common irritation. 'Green Hell' Coming Soon to a Life Like Yours (Human…
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Wichita City Arts tech studio proposed

Randy Roebuck, in a presentation at the Wichita city council workshop, promoted the idea of a "digital oasis" in Wichita. It would be a place where people can go to get free help with technologies such as cell phones and computers. He told of how an Apple Genius Bar does things like this. Council member Jim Skelton asked who runs an Apple Genius Bar? Apple Computer Corporation, of course. Later council member Paul Gray continued with questions based on Skelton's. Why not an Apple Genius Bar in Wichita? Why is the city competing with private business? City officials insist they…
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Pew Internet and American Life Project Redesign

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has redesigned their website. This organization has been a valuable source of information about the Internet and how people are using it. As an example, here are some of their recent research reports: Twitter and status updating: "As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others." Adults and Social Network Websites: "The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has…
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