Friday, December 23, 2005

Ryun Looking At Budget Chairmanship

The Journal World writes this story on Congressman Ryun's contemplation of running for Budget Chairman next fall.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Responsible Spending Still America's Priority

According to the USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Dec. 9-11 "Two thirds of respondents said the federal government should fund Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by cutting spending, as opposed to raising taxes or increasing the federal deficit. But finding major spending cuts has proved difficult in this Congress, which is stalled over a major plan to cut Medicaid and other programs for low-income Americans. (Related: Poll results)"

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Democrats Not Sure What They Believe

While the President has said we must finish the job in Iraq of standing up a freely elected government and a military capable of securing the country, the Democrats aren't so sure.

Howard Dean said today, “The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): "We Should Follow The Lead Of Congressman John Murtha ... I'm Endorsing What Mr. Murtha Is Saying ... I Believe That A Majority Of Our Caucus Clearly Supports Mr. Murtha ... And Let's Be Clear About What It Is Mr. Murtha Said, 'Yes, Let's Bring The Troops Home.'"

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "[I] Reject A Rigid Timetable That The Terrorists Can Exploit, And I Reject An Open Timetable That Has No Ending Attached To It."

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT): "I Have Just Returned From My Fourth Trip To Iraq In The Past 17 Months And Can Report Real Progress There. ... Progress Is Visible And Practical."

In an attempt to clear up the confustion, DCCC Chair Rahm Emanuel (D-IL): "At The Right Time, We Will Have A Position [On Iraq]."

Friday, December 02, 2005

Economy Humming Along

Despite the hurricanes that ravaged the gulf coast, our economy continues to be strong. Employment grew by 215,000 jobs in November and the 3rd quarter saw 4.3% GDP growth. That was the 10th straight quarter of 3% or greater growth in the GDP, better than any period of growth during the Clinton Administration.

Despite what this AP article says, the President's job approval numbers seem to be improving. In the only survey taken entirely after Thanksgiving by Fox News (which had him at 36% in their last poll for those of you who think they are biased), his job approval climbed 6% to 42%, not great, but climbing.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Big Week in Washington

The House of Representatives this week finally turned the corner on fiscal responsibility by passing a bill to slow down the rate of government growth that was three times the rate of inflation.

The House this week also by a vote of 403-3 rejected the calls of Democrats to cut and run in Iraq, a call that Al Jazeera had a field day with.

Jim Ryun this week secured over $71 million in infrastructure projects for our troops stationed in Kansas.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Congressman Ryun Leads Congressional Visit

Congressman Ryun led a Congressional delegation visit to the Gulf Coast region to continue oversight on the recovery operations, to thank the troops who are still working in the region and to see first hand the infrastructure that the federal government will need to pay to rebuild.

We hear that photos will soon be available on the Congressman's official website, which by the rules we cannot link to from a campaign site.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Tax Reform Panel

The Washington Time offers this report on the proposals of the tax reform panel. We at Run with Ryun agree that the AMT needs to change to stop its impact on more and more middle class families. We disagree with cutting back on the home mortgage interest deduction and tax-free employer provided health care.

Final proposals due 11/1.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Ryun at Capper

Ryun reads to Capper children (Topeka Cap Journal link) yesterday. There's a great photo of it, but if you haven't signed up with CJ Online, you'll need to do so (free) first.

Today, Congressman Ryun heads to Southeast Kansas - Fort Scott, Girard and Pittsburg.

Fiscal Accountability

Congressman Ryun believes in fiscal accountability and responsibility and has joined the effort in Washington to find a way to pay for the additional spending necessary to meet the needs of the Gulf Coast. This Chicago Tribune editorial calls for fiscal responsibility, but points out the difficult road ahead to get the job done.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Ryun to address College Republicans

Congressman Ryun will address the KU College Republicans tonight. In the last election, College Republicans from KU were instrumental volunteers in Congressman Ryun's victory.

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Pledge

The Topeka Capitol Journal ran an editorial today on the Pledge of Allegiance decision.

The Board said,

"Atheist Michael Newdow has every right to petition the court to protest the inclusion of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

And we have every right to our opinion that Newdow's protest is ridiculous.

. . .

In upholding a Virginia law requiring that public schools lead daily Pledge of Allegiance recitation, that ruling said the pledge is a patriotic exercise, not a religious affirmation similar to a prayer.

The words "under God" are a comfort to many, but a threat to no one."

Congressman Ryun has voted for legislation
to protect the Pledge from activist judges in California. It is time to pass it.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ryun Hosts Fort Riley Housing Forum

On Wednesday, Congressman Ryun hosted a housing forum in Manhattan with the Federal Home Loan Bank to bring interested parties together as they seek to address the needs caused by the return of thousands of troops and their families to the Fort Riley community.

Click Here for the Manhattan Mercury Story

At the event, the Federal Home Loan Bank announced $25 million in low interest loans that will be available for housing in the area.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Second District Meeting

On Saturday, over 100 Republicans from the Second District gathered in Topeka to hear from Congressman Ryun and Attorney General Phill Kline, Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and House Speaker Doug Mays. It was the second event in three days where Ryun spoke and encouraged unity heading into the 2006 elections. Second District Chairman Joe Patton encouraged Republicans to work together to win races next year.

Those in attendance were also able to sit in on breakout sessions regarding taxes, Social Security and more.

The attendance and enthusiasm is a good sign for the party 15 months before the election.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Tax Reform

Greece could become the next in a line of European countries to introduce a flat income tax proposal. While Congressman Ryun has not endorsed a particular tax reform initiative here, he believes that tax reform would be good for the economy - flatter and fairer is better.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Ryun at Republican Roundtable

Over 60 Republican Party faithful gathered at the monthly Republican Roundtable meeting in Topeka yesterday. Present at the event were Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Second District Repubilcan Chairman Joe Patton, Representative Lana Gordon and Shawnee County Chairman David Kensinger. Ryun told the crowd to start preparing now for the 2006 election cycle. He reminded them that Republicans are the party of ideas with a real message and a vision for America's future.

This stands in stark contrast to how DNC Chairman Howard Dean admitted earlier this week that the Democrats have no agenda for America in a speech in his home state of Vermont. "We need a message. It has to be clear," he said.