The race features several candidates, including conservative hero State Senator Tim Huelskamp and former Brownback staffer Rob Wasinger.
Huelskamp, solidly pro-life, was recently endorsed for Congress by Kansans for Life -- he is also the only candidate to have gone on record opposing Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination to be HHS Secretary (read his op-ed in American Spectator).
Wasinger hasn't taken a stance on Sebelius -- presumably because Sam Brownback is supporting Sebelius' nomination to become Secretery of Health and Human Services.
Wasinger, of course, enjoys the sort of perks you would expect a former Senate staffer to enjoy. He was in DC for years, so he has made friends with a lot of DC powerbrokers and opinion leaders.
But being out of state has a downside, too. Before being a staffer in DC, he was away at bording school in New England for several years. So Wasinger hasn't lived in Kansas going on 15 years. Perhaps this is why there appears to be an attempt to portray him as a "real Kansan". One prominent blogger named Beldar even wrote this laughable post in praise of Wasinger the other day:
"I received an email from a trusted blogospheric friend today directing me to a post on Redstate.com from a real Kansan..."
Excluse me ... a real Kansan ... This is an enteresting angle to take, considering Huelskamp (the other major candidate) has been a Kansas State Senator since 1997 and is a farmer in Fowler, KS. My guess is Beldar doesn't live in Kansas. Heck, I live in Texas -- but I at least Google things before writing about them.
Over the years, Huelskamp has been recognized by a variety of Kansas conservative groups, including: Top Friend of the Taxpayer, Kansas Taxpayers Network; Daniel Award for Courageous Leadership, Kansans for Life; Taxpayer Champion, Americans For Prosperity-Kansas; career A rating, NRA; and Hero of the Taxpayer, Americans for Tax Reform.
In short, in the state of Kansas, Huelskamp is essentially a conservative rockstar.
Meanwhile, Wasinger essentially moved back to Kansas because he saw that a Congressional seat was opening up.
A local Kansas newspaper actually describes the race this way:
"Too bad the 1st District congressional seat in Kansas doesn't come open more often. We might be able use this apparently coveted job as a way to increase population in western Kansas - the term "western" used loosely, of course, as it is in eastern Kansas."
If you think this race is hot now, consider this: The primary isn't until August of 2010.
As you may recall, I've been closely following the fight between RealDVD and Hollywood.
The fight essentially boils down to this: RealDVD says if you "own" a DVD, you should be able to make a personal copy of it (like you can do with a cd or VHS tape). Hollywood, sadly, has balked on this notion.
But a new survey today, released by the National Consumers League clearly demonstrates Americans are growing tired of not having the freedom to own the DVD's they own. According to the survey:
Nearly all (90 percent; 93 percent with kids in the house) say DVD owners should be able to copy a DVD to their computer in the same way that they save music from a CD.
More than half of respondents (55 percent) said that they are currently purchasing fewer DVDs than they did a year ago.
Four in ten (41 percent) said they expect to purchase fewer DVDs one year from now.
However, 41 percent said the ability to save a copy of their DVDs to their computer or laptop would make their DVD collections more valuable, and 40 percent said it might cause them to buy more DVDs.
Clearly, it would be wise for Hollywood to pay attention to the changing attitudes of American consumers.
Wait, did he say that some thought "it was a beneficial experience?" EXCUSE ME, what? On teaching people how to bomb the Pentagon or how not to regret doing enough?
"Naperville North High School won't let 1960s radical speak to students after outcry."
"After a weekend of hostile e-mails from area residents, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 rescinded its invitation to the 1960s radical to address students April 8 at Naperville North High School."
“Lots of people have concerns about him,” he said, referring to the community’s reaction. “I have heard from other districts that have had him speak. Some said it was a beneficial experience and some things I heard clearly bothered me.”
Let me get this straight, a majority is a "mixed bag?" If it were just a mixed bag, the school district wouldn't have pulled the plug -- this is just the AP's can try to justify the stupidity of allowing a terrorist to pal around with high school students.
"District 203 Director of Communications Melea Smith said the district had received more than 125 e-mails over the weekend and the sentiment ran against Ayers’ coming to visit. “It’s a mixed bag,” Smith said. “The majority of people are angry.”
...If you're not interested in health care, this may seem like trivial news. But keep in mind, about 100,000 people die from this condition each year..."Researchers have shown for the first time that a potent cholesterol-lowering drug, Crestor, reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis, or "economy-class syndrome," caused by potentially lethal blood clots that start in the veins and migrate to the lungs,sometimes after long flights."
"Here's my problem with this, I'm just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it's not because I'm a racist, it's because I don't like what he's doing as President and anybody should be able to feel that way, but what I find now is that if you say anything against him you're called a racist," said Harmon.Harmon is also tired of the double-standard that exists in the media today, speaking out on the recent trip by Barack Obama to the west coast that cost the tax payer over $54,000 a mile to make an appearance on the Jay Leno show:
"But it has nothing to do with it, I don’t care what color he is. I’m just not crazy about what he's doing and I heard all about this, and he’s gonna do that and change and change, so okay … I'm still dressing for a recession over here buddy and we've got unemployment at an all-time high and that was his number one thing and that's the thing I really don't appreciate. If I'm going to disagree with my President, that doesn't make me a racist. If I was to disagree with W, that doesn't make me racist. It has nothing to do with it, it is ridiculous."
"I do think McCain would have done a better job, only because I think he has more experience. I also think if W or John McCain or Reagan would have gone and done a talk show, the backlash would have been so huge and in his face, and ‘What is our president doing? How unclassy!’ But Obama does it and no one says anything," Harmon said.
Harmon is also a fan of former VP candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
"I admire any kind of woman like her. My whole motto is to know what I stand for and know what I don't stand for and have the courage to live my life accordingly and she does exactly that. The fact that this woman has made the decisions she's made and literally lived her life according to that and takes heat for it is absolutely disgusting to me," she added. "People cannot look at this woman. I really think they're afraid of her and her morals, ethics and values and the fact that she hangs on them. Is she the most experienced person in the world? But she was running to be the Vice President, so we then put the most inexperienced person as the President. That didn't make any sense to me."
It's interesting to note that a Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a female politician and someone who was mentioned as a potential VP herself, has allowed a criticism of Palin on her campaign website as Matt Lewis mentioned today.
Harmon joines fellow conservatives in Hollywood like Gary Sinese and John Voight in their support of Republicans and opposition to Barack Obama.
The problem, here, though is why did the Obama Administration wait till AFTER the Sunday Talk Shows to leak the forced resignation? By doing this, BHO's exposure on the issue is minimized and thus avoids the heat it would have received on the rounds of TV talk. It allows the media, which doesn't need much of one, an opportunity to avoid giving this breach of power any more light than they would want to give it.
The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government's behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason.General Motors issued a vague statement Sunday night that did not officially confirm Wagoner's departure.
The surprise announcement about the classically iconic American corporation is perhaps the most vivid sign yet of the tectonic change in the relationship between business and government in this era of subsidies and bailouts.Just one more step towards the Government being in complete control and removing all signs of what made America: rugged indvidulism and free markets.
Huelskamp should be praised for his work in Kansas, and is currently the most conservative candidate Kansas' 1st Congressional District race.
One of the largest providers of family planning services for northeast Kansans criticized Thursday a state Senate budget provision that jeopardizes federal funding for the organization.
Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said a budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Tim Huelskamp should be stricken from the final 2010 appropriations bill.
"This is a political and biased attack against Planned Parenthood and the thousands of Kansas families who rely on us for preventative health and education services," Brownlie said.