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10/31/2004

UNDERHANDED CAMPAIGNING

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 4:38 pm

The mailings that have been sent out against Josh are very damaging and put together by professionals. Apparently they’ve gone out to every household in the district…money isn’t an issue for these organizations. We’ve just got to hope that people realize that Josh’s positives blow away these false negatives put forward by out-of-state groups telling us how to vote.

Also among the dirty campaign mailers, the unshaven, bearded Josh was pictured as someone not to trust. The picture was taken when he was a college student at the time he was preparing for the lead in a religious play at Sterling college. Two years ago when we did the blitz tour of districts, Tim Null appeared at the stop in Gypsum with a beard to his waist and in bibbed overalls. That’s all anyone had ever seen him in for years. Somehow that is different.

Yesterday, friends of Josh’s blitzed south Salina going door-to-door with campaign cards. Null’s team went through the area later and removed all of Josh’s cards.

Governor Sebelius campaigned for Josh at a fund-raiser with 200 people at the Hickory Tree. Neither the Governor nor Josh mentioned Tim Null’s name. Not once. The Journal didn’t even recognize the Governor’s appearance in Salina with a story.

Recently Attorney General Phill Kline and House Speaker Doug Mays did a fund-raiser for Tim at Rolling Hills Zoo where 75 people attended. Every speaker there bashed Josh, so I was told. The Journal did a full spread on the event.

Well, with this kind of political climate, it will be extremely difficult to get good, honest, intelligent moderates to run for office. Only the extreme fringe will be elected as the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity can spend endless amounts of money without coming under the ethics reporting laws. They have spent thousands of dollars on four races in the state in an effort to defeat the incumbents, Josh being one of them.

I still have faith that there are enough good people in the 108th who can see through all the scam and will vote the way they know is best for our district and the state. Josh is a moderate if ever there was one. He’s no tax and spend liberal. Pete Brundgardt, a moderate Republican from Salina, and Josh share almost all the same votes. Of course, Pete is too moderate and intelligent for the the extremists wingnuts too and his office is being picketed daily.

I encourage you to take a look at the good job Josh has done for two years and stick with what works. He’s on the right track. He has helped build coalitions with Republicans and his deportment is such to make us most proud of him. He speaks well, is a positive thinker and can represent our interests in an intelligent manner. We can take pride in the way Josh represents us.

OUR CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HAVE BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD FOR OUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITIES. THEY DESERVE A TICKET TAPE PARADE DOWN MAINSTREET.

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 11:09 am

OUR CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HAVE BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD FOR OUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITIES. THEY DESERVE A TICKER-TAPE PARADE DOWN MAIN STREET. THEIR ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS RANK AMONG THE VERY BEST EVER ACHIEVED IN OUR SCHOOLS. CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU…PATTY, TAHNEE, TRICIA, KRYSTIN, BECKY, TASHA, TAYLOR, SIMON, TYLER B., TYLER J., GOOCH, DANIEL, JAKE AND ADAM.

10/30/2004

SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK AN HOUR TONIGHT

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 10:16 pm

SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK AN HOUR TONIGHT AND CHECK THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS. SAFETY FIRST!

51 MORE HITS BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:44 pm

If I get 51 more hits in the next 2 hours and 15 minutes, I’ll have 74,000 hits to my website for October.P.S. Sunday morning October 31st: John McCann, my old friend from Highland Avenue in Salina, wrote me this morning to remind me that I have all day today, since October has 31 days, to get 51 hits. What a relief. Actually, I just checked and I’m up to 76,823 this morning and counting. Yeah!

KWU CONCERT TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT 2:00, PAC.

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 1:58 pm

The concert tomorrow afternoon at the PAC should be very good and deserves your attendance if you can be there. You can buy a ticket downtown today for $5.00 or pay $7.00 at the door tomorrow. It’s going to be well worth the price of admission and you’ll have the opportunity to see some of our recent EHS grads perform. You will have an afternoon of good music to enjoy and the opportunity to slow down for awhile. You can’t put your legs on the back of the seats in front of you, but you can relax in other ways.

CLUB FOR GROWTH AND AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY AND THEIR TELEMARKETS ARE A SHAM

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 1:54 pm

Telemarketers from outside our state with more money than they know what to do with are now calling everyone in the 108th, and other districts, where their right wing extremist candidates have opposition. Vote for Tim Null they say…and keep your taxes down. What a lie. Tim pledged to not vote for any new taxes for two years then yesterday on the Tom Clay show he said he would favor raising taxes for some things. Who knows what he believes. He has no solutions only bizarre thoughts that are so archaic he doesn’t realize they won’t work. Null having someone from out of state telling us who to vote for is despicable.

These are the same body types who picket Pete Brungardt’s place of business every morning at 8:00. Pete is a good, moderate Republican state senator, but not a member of the wingnut faction so they are picketing his optometry office every day, protesting his vote on something or other.

Before I could even finish this blog, another telemarketing call came for Tim Null from Americans for Prosperity. By the way, they give out bogus website addresses. In this telephone call it was afp.com which leads to a worldwide news service. On the radio, they list it as www.afp.ks.net. It doesn’t go anywhere either. Nothing close to those addresses they are giving out lead to Americans for Prosperity websites. http://www.americansforprosperity.org/ will work. They are a sham and the campaigner who is behind them is too.

STATE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 12:49 pm

John Bailey called me from Wamego with the results of the state finals from Wamego:
Both the boys and girls teams took 1st at the 3A Wamego State Cross Country Finals this morning.

Girls placed first as a team with 58 points (total runners—?)
Riley County 2nd with 83 points
Garden Plain 3rd with 120 points
Ellsworth Individual Scores:
Patty Leal 7th
Tahnee Matuszewicz 13th
Tricia Farney 21st
Krystin Matuszewicz 26th
Becky Peters 40th
Tasha Svaty 41st
Taylor Pflughoeft 63rd

Boys placed first as a team with 59 points (104 total runners)
Holcomb placed second with 98 points
K.C. Christian placed third with 103 points
Ellsworth Individual Scores:
Simon Orozco 4th
Tyler Bailey 14th
Tyler Jensen 24th
Gooch Bailey 26th
Daniel Christiansen 34th
Jacob Olson 54th
Adam Ray 85th

Thank you to John and Becky Bailey for keeping me posted on Cross Country events. And thanks to daughter-in-law Karen who called early about our teams winning. Now that’s where my grandsons are…in Wamego! I was wondering. They are heading to Manhattan for the K-State game this evening.

EHS BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS WIN FIRST PLACE IN STATE MEET IN WAMEGO.

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 11:47 am

EHS BOYS’ TEAM AND EHS GIRLS’ TEAM EACH PLACED FIRST IN THE STATE IN CROSS COUNTY FINALS AT WAMEGO THIS MORNING. DETAILS TO FOLLOW. WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR THESE TWO TEAMS.

FIRST ANNUAL LADIES ONLY HALLOWEEN PARTY AND KARAOKE NIGHT

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Wilson Musings — Peg Britton @ 10:25 am

What a hoot! About twenty of us gathered at the Midland last night for our first annual ladies Halloween party. These were ladies who are always the first to respond and ready for something new and different. We didn’t beg anyone to go, and if they didn’t notice the invitation on my blog or elsewhere, they just were left behind. It was an assorted group from Pawnee Rock, Great Bend, Wilson, Salina, and Ellsworth and Houston. About half of us were in costume. My Statue of Liberty garb, that I literally confiscated from Heather at the bank yesterday after she was finished for the day, won me a prize.

Chef Ally had a great meal for us. Jamal made chicken noodle soup so we started off with that followed by the Midland salad. The prime rib came out exactly right for everyone, from very rare to cremated. Ally served horseradish sauce with it, along with a baked potato and fresh asparagus. There was a choice of very fancy cheese cakes for dessert. My sides ached from laughing so hard. We had some very humorous people there, both in and out of costume.

A female mortician from Houston had stopped for dinner and was eating alone, so we invited her to join us. She stuck with us all the way the entire evening and ended up spending the night at the Midland, as did a few others from our group.

After we were ready to call it a night and head home, Ally announced that it was Karaoke night at Al’s Bar and Grill and why didn’t we spread our business around and go there for awhile. Well, that’s all some of us needed to hear. I’ve always wanted to go since I blogged the event for Al long ago. It’s the last Saturday night of every month, and very popular. Two of us were in costume so we fit in very well at the bar with the others who were in some very unusual attire. The place was packed with “night people”, a whole different segment of our society that I’m never up late enough to meet. There were a few I knew and visited with, in my bright green hair and sallow green face. Most I’ve never laid eyes on before. They were mostly the 30-40ish age group, mostly men and having a great time, as they should.

We decided to close ranks with our 20 people, as it’s a manageable group. You have to wait until someone dies to be included, we said. Our mortician determines replacements! What fun. She found a tape measure at the bar and measured everyone there for caskets…in true Halloween fashion. She had an ingenious way to cleverly meet everyone, and did. She was a great addition to the group. We’re having another gathering next summer, and another for Halloween. The people in charge are civic leaders in Wilson so I know we can expect them to get the group organized again. I’m looking forward to it, and another evening of side-splitting laughter.

10/29/2004

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 5:00 pm

The Holiday Tour of Homes with Garden Tours and Soup Supper will be Sunday November 28, 2004, 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. I’ll post more on this as the time for this even draws near.

WASHINGTON D.C. ORGANIZATIONS ARE FILLING MAILBOXES WITH PHONY MATERIAL

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 1:13 pm

Anti-tax group assisting area legislative hopefuls.
A controversial anti-tax group on Thursday announced it was sending out mailings or airing radio advertisements in 14 legislative races across Kansas.

Among Shawnee County candidates on the receiving end of advertising by Americans for Prosperity were Sen. Dave Jackson, R-Topeka, and Rep. Becky Hutchins, R-Holton. Both have been staunch opponents of new taxes but face Democrats who have raised more money than they have during the past three months.

Americans for Prosperity made a splash during the 2004 legislative session by sending mailers in key legislative districts to oppose tax increase proposals. The tax plans, all of which failed, would have been used to bolster spending on public schools.

Americans for Prosperity is one of two anti-tax groups — the other is Club for Growth — that are weighing in for the first time in Kansas legislative elections. The organizations are targeting seats where conservatives are in jeopardy or where past tax supporters appear vulnerable.

Americans for Prosperity contends tax increases hurt economic growth.
Alan Cobb, the group’s Kansas director, says the organization is “pro-economic growth,” noting research showing Kansas has a poor business climate and high government spending.

But some say the group’s ads represent outsiders trying to influence Kansas elections. Americans for Prosperity is based in Washington, D.C., but recently established a Kansas chapter.

Because the organization doesn’t encourage people to vote for a specific candidate, it isn’t required to file finance reports with the state. Club for Growth, which is required to file reports, has spent more than $49,000 over three months.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday she wanted to require disclosure for groups like Americans for Prosperity. Cobb said said his group is funded through donations from its roughly 3,000 Kansas members.

Sebelius also questioned the accuracy of the group’s ads, which she said take tax increases that were passed years ago and compounds them annually to inflate their size. She called that “just phony.”

“All that does is just turn people off,” she said.
Cobb said the tax figures were taken from the nonpartisan legislative research department, which compounds tax increases over five years. A tax plan by Sebelius, he said, would have cost $1.7 billion during that time.

“I hope she’s not suggesting the taxes sunset,” he said.
Americans for Prosperity has used two mailings and a radio commercial in Jackson’s 18th Senate District, which covers northern Shawnee County and all of Wabaunsee County. The group has sent two mailers in Hutchins’ 50th House District, covering a small portion of northern Shawnee County and all of Jackson County.

Chris Moon can be reached at (785) 233-7470 or chris.moon@cjonline.com.

(Americans for Prosperity and Kansans for Growth are targeting Rep. Svaty with the blessings of Tim Null.)

GOOD IDEA

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 12:50 pm

Null, Timothy
6604 E Hwy K-4
GYPSUM, KS 67448

785-536-4482

Here’s a phone number where you can call and complain to Tim and Carla about their campaign tactics.

MORE COMMENTS FROM ANOTHER READER:

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 12:42 pm

“People are really hot about those Kansans for Growth fliers. Why don’t you include Tim and Carla’s home telephone number on your blog so voters can tell him what they think about the way his friends campaign. I heard that someone called the Nulls to complain. They asked Carla how she would like it if a bunch of fliers hit the area calling Tim a “bald-headed high school drop out who spent his time in Ellsworth doing drugs and trying to burn down Stella McIlree’s house……” Maybe I’ll shave my head and keep saying, “I’m not responsible for what my supporters do,” and go Halloweening as Tim Null…”

PETITION BEING CIRCULATED

Filed under: political musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 8:58 am

From the Salina Journal editorial supporting Svaty:

“Some political action is good. But a good deal of this campaign’s tension comes from Null’s misstating facts. Additionally, a Null supporter distributed a fake e-mail message concerning Svaty.”

I’ve heard there is a petition to be circulated about town regarding the unethical practices of the above supporter to submit to his company’s head office.

THEY CAN’T EVEN GET SVATY’S NAME RIGHT

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:52 am

The stand-in people for Null, who are doing his dirty work on the radio by spreading lies and misinformation, can’t even pronounce Svaty’s name right. Have you noticed?

FROM A READER

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:38 am

It will sure be a tragedy if Null actually wins. I’m really surprised it’s never been brought up that Null’s a high school dropout.

SALINA JOURNAL ENDORSEMENT: SVATY IS NEEDED IN TOPEKA

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:23 am

We did not expect the race for Kansas House District 108 to be such a barnburner. But it has developed into quite a wrestling match between challenger Tim Null, Gypsum, and incumbent Josh Svaty, Ellsworth.

Much of the friction in this race comes from challenger Tim Null, who is putting forth a lot of effort in his campaign.

Some political action is good. But a good deal of this campaign’s tension comes from Null’s misstating facts. Additionally, a Null supporter distributed a fake e-mail message concerning Svaty.

For his part, Svaty has overreacted to some of this, expending energy and resources better left to spreading his message.

After putting all that debris aside, we come down fully in support of Svaty, a bright, energetic lawmaker with good values, common sense and experience in the Legislature.

Svaty is passionate about his work on behalf of his constituents. He also is intelligent and diligent, working hard to learn all he can about the serious issues facing Kansans and then finding solutions in the Legislature.

Another thing Svaty has learned is that problems facing our state will not be solved with simple black and white solutions. Tunnel vision doesn’t work in the Legislature. Making law demands peripheral vision, where one can see a wide range of options and consequences.

Svaty has that kind of vision, and we need more of it in Topeka.

Tom Bell
Editor and Publisher
Friday October 29, 2004

10/28/2004

KANSAS MEGA GIGANTIC GIVEAWAY GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED.

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:38 pm

“Governor Sebelius awarded the keys to the grand prize Chevy Malibu to Elizabeth Folsom of Kansas City, Kansas. Folsom was the winner of the Kansas Mega Gigantic Get Away From It All Blastoff You Won’t Believe It ‘Til You See It Giveaway. There were over 2,300 entries. The photo that accompanied Folsom’s winning entry features her mother, Helen Walsh Folsom, at the Historic Columbian Theatre in Wamego. Entrants were required to travel at least 100 miles from their home and take a picture of themselves, friends or family at a Kansas attraction or event that is listed in the Kansas Getaway Guide or on travelKS.com. Folsom’s trip to the Columbian Theatre was 102 miles from her home. Visitors covered every corner of the state on their journeys. The attraction that garnered the largest number of entries was Big Brutus in West Mineral, Kansas. Other popular attractions included Boot Hill in Dodge City, Monument Rocks near Oakley, the Garden of Eden in Lucas and the Eisenhower Center in Abilene.”

Ellsworth wasn’t on the list of the “popular attractions”, as you notice. When this contest was first announced I wrote the state tourism group about the deplorably outdated Ellsworth site, and I wrote local Ellsworth officials who should keep the website updated. I haven’t gone to look today, but there wasn’t any reason for anyone to visit Ellsworth from looking at the website that was on the contest list. And I don’t imagine anyone did.

FROM ANOTHER READER

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 9:53 pm

I blitzed Solomon with a group of teachers today and heard the same VERY negative response from folks at the door about Tim. People are really tired of his negative campaign.

FROM ANOTHER READER

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:39 pm

Excellent entry on today’s blog!!! I couldn’t believe I got 3 of those stupid flyers yesterday.

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