Thursday, July 28, 2005

Ryun Celebrates Return of Big Red One

Wednesday was a great day for Kansas as the Pentagon gave its final stamp of approval that Fort Riley would once again be the home of the Big Red 1. (Click Here for the Journal World Story) Congressman Ryun and Senator Roberts worked hard on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to make this goal a reality by constantly promoting the value of the post. They along with Senator Brownback and Congressman Tiahrt on the Appropriations Committees directed significant investment in infrastructure to Fort Riley so it would be ready when it was time for troop realignment. Some reports indicate nearly twice as many troops will be at the post when all is said and done.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Democrats Agree - Tax Relief Helping Economy

In this LJ World story, Governor Sebelius is touting a strengthening economy in Kansas. Problem for her is, she did nothing to help it. She wanted to raise taxes. Fortunately, the Kansas Legislature said no, and now the federal tax relief that was accelerated in 2003 has spurred economic growth and resulted in state revenues and job growth that have far outpaced estimates.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Supreme Court Nominee Tonight

Tonight at 9pm eastern, President Bush will announce his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of Sandra Day O'Connor. The buzz in Washington is that her replacement would be Edith Brown "Joy" Celement. She is pegged by many as slightly to the right of O'Connor, more like Rehnquist than Thomas or Scalia. Our guess here at run with ryun is that if the Senate Democrats try to "Bork" her, that they know the nominees will only get more conservative.

UPDATE: New rumors on redstate.org say it may be Edith Jones, not Edith Clement.

Update: A reason why the Clement story fell apart, because it was John Roberts. Liberals won't like him, but look for more smoke than fire in the confirmation process and look for a woman or the first hispanic to be named chief when Rehnquist steps down.

Monday, July 18, 2005

2nd Amendment Update

It looks like the Columbus, OH city council has turned down a $50 million economic impact that Houston reaped in 2005 by passing a city gun ban and causing the NRA to cancel its planned 2007 convention there. This blog entry at RedState.org talks about the decision.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Slow News Day

It's a slow news day in Washington. Ironically, the House of Representatives cancelled votes so Members could go down to Florida for the re-launch of our manned space program. Then, the shuttle launch was cancelled because of a fuel tank sensor. The entire afternoon of 24-hour cable news has been filled with talk about when the launch will now occur.

This has to be a relief to Karl Rove, the other subject of the slow news cycle. In 2003, Rove allegedly told a reporter not to trust a Kerry supporter about stories regarding nuclear materials and Iraq and during the course of that conversation confirmed that the Kerry supporter's wife worked for the CIA. She was apparently not an undercover CIA agent, nor did Rove use her name. So, while he apparently violated no known law, Democrats are taking advantage of the slow news cycle to whip this story into a frenzy.

For more details on the Wilson/Plame/Rove story visit redstate.org here

We at Run with Ryun do not condone any violation of confidentiality that protects our CIA agents, nor any other violation of the law for that matter. We do find it interesting that the press has nothing better to do than to speculate about a secret grand jury investigation that has not yet been concluded. We invite you to draw your own conclusions.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

First Ryun Report on Guantanamo

Here's the online story on Rep. Ryun and Pat Roberts trips to Guantanamo Bay to see the detention facility. Both Ryun and Roberts reported good conditions, including the ability to play sports, eat three healthy meals and freedom to practice their religion. It's a far cry from the conditions Senator Durbin compared to the death camps of the Nazis.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Student Ambassadors

Thanks to the Lawrence Journal World for running an announcement about the Run with Ryun Student Ambassadors program for 2005.

Our Student Ambassadors volunteered countless hours for us in 2004 and were an integral part of Rep. Ryun's re-election. Now it's back. If you know a high school or college student that may have just a couple hours a week to volutneer and learn a little bit about what makes a campaign tick, go to www.jimryun.com to sign up.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Ryun Talks About Terrorism

Click Here to read the Pittsburg Morning Sun article where Ryun shares about his experience at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and his encouragement to continue fighting the war against terror.

Ryun also announced that he will travel to Guantanamo Bay on Monday to see first-hand the conditions of the detainees in light of recent news reports alleging mistreatment.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Back to Kansas from San Francisco?

In light of the Kansas Supreme Court declaring the legislature in "substantial compliance" with its spending order, we thought we would share this National Review Online story from today about the education funding issue in Kansas. It's an interesting read. We'll let you be the "judge" of its ideas.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Pelosi Ethics Questioned

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a column today by Debra Saunders about Democrat Minority Leader Pelosi's questionable actions when it comes to ethics. When you're a liberal Democrat and your hometown paper in a land of liberalism is hitting you on ethical behavior, it can't be good.

Pelosi has charged Republicans with abusing the ethics rules, yet, she sent her staffers on lobbyist paid for travel (and didn't report it) and she was fined by the FEC for attempting to skirt the campaign finance laws.

More from the "those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" category. This column also points out that Democrats took over 30% more privately-funded trips than their Republican counterparts.

The Democrats are starting to pay the price for their non-agenda which is relying on making ethical charges against Republicans as the way they plan to take the majority in Congress.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

More on the Democrat Leader in Congress

Check out this post which links Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to a company, Forest City Enterprises, who stands to profit immensely from the new private property takings OK'd by the Supreme Court. They have development projects pending in New York and California. Pelosi gave her stamp of approval (confusing as it was) to this Supreme Court decision at a recent press conference.

The Ratner family, who runs Forest City, has given the DCCC $18,000 since 2002.

Cost of Government Day

July 4th was the day in 2005 when Americans were finally free from paying all the federal, state, and local taxes and regulatory burdens. That's right, it takes just over 1/2 the year to free ourselves from paying for the cost of all the government in our lives. It's only appropriate that for the second year in a row it fell on Independence Day.

Visit www.atr.org for more info.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

U.S. Economic Strength

This week of July 4th and the celebration of our nation's founding, it is appropriate to reflect on the strength of our great country.

This blog post puts into perspective the strength of the United States of America, noting we are truly the world's leader. One item of note, is that by the end of this year U.S. economy will have grown by an amount equal to the entire economy of France over the last three years.

Deficit Dropping

According to the Washington Post the FY 2005 deficit may be as much as $102 billion less than was predicted in January - due to increasing tax receipts. Many believe this is evidence that the tax relief Congress passed has lead to sustained economic growth while keeping the tax burden at its lowest point in nearly 50 years.

At the same time, the article also gives us a reality check. Next year, the Medicare prescription drug plan comes online, with the baby bommers retiring in the next 4-5 years - putting strain on both Medicare and Social Security.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Join the Discussion on Minority Leader Pelosi

This week, the Minority Leader of the U.S. House, the woman who would be Speaker if the Democrats were in the majority, held a press conference. Apparently, either her staff failed to brief her or she just missed the big Supreme Court case impacting property rights, but she didn't have an answer when a reporter asked about it. Check out the discussion on Red State.org

Here's a quote from the press conference to get you started.

Q. Could you talk about [the Kelo] decision? What you think of it?

A. (Ms. Pelosi) It is a decision of the Supreme Court. If Congress wants to change it, it will require legislation of a level of a constitutional amendment. So this is almost as if God has spoken. It's an elementary discussion now. They have made the decision.

You can read the entire press conference transcript here

O'Connor Retires - Senate Battle to Ensue

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement today ending the longest period without a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Her announcement, while portrayed as a surprise in the media, is not unexpected in Washington. In recent weeks, many signs pointed to her retirement before the Chief Justice, though most believe he won't be far behind (though many now believe he will finish out the fall term).

Now 527's in Washington will be off and running to lobby both sides on whomever the nominee is. Hopefully, the President and the Senate will move swiftly through the confirmation process, but the left will demand a moderate at worst.

And away we go . . .

Article on Ryun Housing Bill

Here's the link to the Kansas City Star article on Rep. Ryun's military housing bill. The Topeka Cap-Journal buried a shorter version of the story right above the corrections.

Update: Here's a link to the July 4th Manhattan Mercury article