Archives for October, 2006

BOO: NRCC on air against Boyda

On All Hallows’ Eve, the NRCC has decided it’s time to scare Kansans with TV ads about? TAXES! Boo. In a poll of the fifty most endangered Republican districts, taxes were the 5th most important issue, behind the war in Iraq (the clear leader), jobs/economy, health care, and terrorism. But that isn’t the worst part…

Bush to bail out Ryun, Boyda surging

The Capital Journal reports: High-ranking Republican officials said Monday the president would most likely be in Kansas on Sunday. “We would welcome him with open arms,” said Jeffrey Black, campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan. “What an amazing opportunity to rally Kansans together.” Unfortunately for Ryun, they’ll be rallying behind Nancy Boyda. Because…

Campaign finance

Candidates for state office in Kansas filed their reports today. In the State Board of Education races, incumbent creationist John Bacon raised $4,500, for a total of $3,146 cash on hand. Don Weiss, the TfK endorsed candidate, raised $11,738 and has $3,283 on hand. Bacon managed to win the primary while spending almost no money,…

A series of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act: show that [deputy assistant Secretary of the Interior Julie] MacDonald has repeatedly refused to go along with staff reports concluding that species such as the white-tailed prairie dog and the Gunnison sage grouse are at risk of extinction. Career officials and scientists urged the…

Underfunded research

Since 2000, scientists have been working to identify every species occurring in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Just down the road from Dollywood, the researchers and volunteers have cataloged 12,000 species, 651 of them unknown to science. They expect to find 100,000 species in the park. This week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger: What’s the most…

They write letters

From Insight on the World, 1997 (shortly after his first election): Insight: Has your lack of political experience been a problem? Jim Ryun: No. In the campaign that was a strength. Part of our campaign was to go door-to-door talking to people instead of spending time in forums, television or radio. And the comment we…

A month ago, Jim Ryun’s campaign planted a story about how Nancy Boyda wasn’t a serious challenger because the DCCC wasn’t putting any money into her campaign. Of course, she’s been saying that she wasn’t seeking DCCC involvement since she announced this campaign, but Ryun was desperate. In response to the charges, the Boyda campaign…

Phill Kline: Flip-flopper

A few weeks ago, Phill Kline swore to the Wichita Eagle’s editorial board that he would not make a 15 year-old lawsuit, long since dismissed, an issue in his campaign. A newly released video of the event shows that he even told them specifically that he wouldn’t make those unproven charges part of TV commercials.…

As you know, the name of the original and best carnival o’ science comes from Charles Darwin’s opus. What you may not know is that the great work in which he first presented that analogy was not meant to stand alone. Charles Darwin had two qualities that made him a great and a frustrating scientist.…

There is nothing as free as a fox cavorting with the rain. The fox chased a skunk, but recognized its mistake in time. I was taking shelter under a tent, hoping for a break in the rain. After abandoning the skunk, our vulpine friend hopped from puddle to puddle in an empty parking lot. It…