Archives for September, 2006

Push polling in the KS 3rd?

There have been some reports that the Ahner campaign (he likes to emphasize the “Ah”) has been putting out a push poll. The Mystery Pollster defines a push poll as follows: We can usually identify a true push poll by a few characteristics that serve as evidence of that intent. “Push pollsters” (and MP hates…

Judge John E. Jones III, the presiding judge in the case that kicked ID out of classrooms, came to the University of Kansas to take part on the Difficult Dialogues at The Commons, a series of lectures that is bringing some big names for big discussions. Jones set as a precondition of his visit that…

Morris Carols

On August 1, voters rejected Connie Morris’s bid to return for another 4 years on the Kansas Board of Education. Apparently her abuse of state funds on a partisan newsletter, wasteful spending on a needless trip to Florida, and blowing out money on out of state “experts” on IDC didn’t sit well in western Kansas.…

Supreme Court previews

As the Supreme Court begins to emerge from its summer hibernation, lots of stories are coming out previewing impending cases and controversies. The ACS blog takes a look at Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 05-1120 a case about whether the EPA is obliged by law to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars.…

Whitewashing wiretapping

As the wiretap bill moves closer to passage it becomes increasingly unclear why any new law is necessary. The new additions to the law make clear that court review of the program would not give blanket authorization for the surveillance, and would require procedures to prevent the surveillance from targetting American citizens without a warrant.…

The astoundingly cynical public

Gallup/USAToday asked: Just your best guess — Do you think the Bush Administration has deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall’s elections, or do you think the recent decline in the price of gasoline has not been due to any manipulation by the Bush Administration? 42% said “deliberately…

Former GOP chairman Dennis Jones endorsed Democrat Paul Morrison for AG. This follows a debate in which Kline claimed that Paul Morrison let crooks out of prison early, while Morrison discussed the meetings that Phill Kline held with the creationists on the Board of Education. Saying that the meetings violated the spirit, if not the…

Ryun having trouble fundraising?

The Hill reports that the NRCC is making Republican representatives kick in more money than last year. But Kansas’ Jim Ryun won’t make his target: “I’ve got a race back home I’ve got to finish,” said Rep. Jim Ryun (R-Kan.), who won in 2004 with 56 percent of the vote. Ryun admitted he has not…

Priorities

The Journal World sent both candidates for governor a group of questions about schools. QJim Barnett, asked for two or three things he’d want to change in the schools, couldn’t think of any educational issues: “Students today spend more time at school than ever before. At the same time, childhood obesity is increasing at an…

Kansas Guild of Bloggers

Every week the finest blogging of Kansas gathers at the Kansas Guild of Bloggers. This week TfK will be the guildhall. Emaw from Three O’Clock in the Morning offers a Friday signoff, so go “Leave a comment, and maybe a link.” Previous host John from the Blog Meridian writes On clarity, a look at where…