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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday November 15, 2010

This week at Wichita city council. An Old Town bar faces the possibility of losing its drinking establishment license and two apartment complexes seek city support in the application for housing tax credits. ... The old Coleman Company Plant at 250 N. St. Francis faces an obstacle on its path to demolition: The Wichita Historic Preservation Board found that "the demolition of the structure and construction of a surface parking lot does encroach upon, damage, or destroy the environs of the state and national register listed properties by removing distinctive buildings, and altering spatial relationships that characterize the environs." There…
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The Hartman clean campaign pledge: Pompeo response

In the contest for the Republican Party nomination for United States Congress from the fourth district of Kansas, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman has run many advertisements making an issue of a clean campaign pledge. He's signed it, and says that leading rival Mike Pompeo won't sign it. I asked Rodger Woods, manager of the Pompeo campaign, why his candidate didn't sign the pledge. Woods mentioned two reasons. First, Woods said that the meaning of the word "clean" is subjective. He said that Pompeo has committed to running a truthful campaign, the meaning of which is not subjective, noting that "truth"…
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Dale Swenson, tea party critic, a barrel of laughs

Today's Wichita Eagle contains a story (Tea party organizers: We paid for event) covering the dust-up between a member of the Kansas House of Representatives and tea party organizers. The state representative -- Dale Swenson, a Democrat whose district covers parts of southwest Wichita -- said of the tea party event: "We need taxes to support their protests." Today's Eagle story reports on organizer Lynda Tyler's expenditures necessary to put on the event. It's much the same information as in her statement presented in my post Wichita tea party paid its expenses from Sunday. In his defense, Swenson told the…
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Articles of Interest

Wichita real estate development, redistricting, newspapers, free markets Wichita developer plans to turn old school into apartments (Bill Wilson in the Wichita Eagle) All that's missing from this story is the developer's propensity to seek subsidy, that is, a handout from government. We'll have to wait to see how that develops. Longtime Wichita developer George Ablah may be forced to shut down (Wichita Business Journal, a subscription service) "George Ablah says the economic downturn could force him to soon shut down his commercial real estate business. Ablah, who celebrated his 80th birthday Tuesday, estimates he has purchased and developed $2…
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