Tag: American Majority

United States government

Kansans vote for and against Ryan-Murray budget

U.S. Representatives from Kansas split on voting for the budget bill produced by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray. Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder voted in favor, while Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill. It passed 332 to 94. In a statement from his office, Pompeo said: Washington -- Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, voted today against adopting a budget that would increase spending in 2014 and 2015 over the hard-fought Budget Control Act’s (BCA) limit. “Despite opposition at the time, I supported the Budget Control Act because it was a compromise that represented the first real cut in discretionary spending in over a generation. While I agree Congress should replace cuts to national security with reforms of mandatory spending, we cannot abandon the progress we...
Quick takes

Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday January 31, 2011

Some downtown Wichita properties plummet in value. A strategy of Real Development -- the "Minnesota Guys" -- in Wichita has been to develop and sell floors of downtown office buildings as condominiums. Some of these floors have been foreclosed upon and have come back on the market. Some once carried mortgages of $400,000 or more, meaning that at one point a bank thought they were worth at least that much. But now four floors in the Broadway Plaza Building, three floors of the Petroleum Building, two floors of Sutton Place, and one floor of the Orpheum Office Center are available for sale at prices not much over $100,000, ranging from $14 to $25 per square foot. Other downtown office buildings -- very plain properties -- are listed at much higher prices. For example, one downtown property i...
Quick takes

Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday November 16, 2010

Future of California. George Gilder, writing in the Wall Street Journal, lays out a grim future for California based on voters' refusal to overturn AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Of the requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state, Gilder writes: "That's a 30% drop followed by a mandated 80% overall drop by 2050. Together with a $500 billion public-pension overhang, the new energy cap dooms the state to bankruptcy." He says that AB 32 may not be necessary at all: "The irony is that a century-long trend of advance in conventional 'non-renewable' energy -- from wood to oil to natural gas and nuclear -- has already wrought a roughly 60% drop in carbon emissions per watt. Thus the long-term California targets might well be achieved globally in the normal course of tec...
Politics

American Majority activist training in Wichita

A message from American Majority. Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people. Today, ordinary citizens across our nation are tired of the status quo and ready to engage for the betterment of their communities. American Majority is pleased to announce an Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, September 25 in Wichita, KS to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists. The training will take place in the meeting room at Mike's Steakhouse located at 2131 S Broadway in Wichita from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Registration opens at 9:45 am. The cost is $25 per attendee. Breakfast and/or lunch may be purchased during the event, if desired. The training will be conducted by a certified Amer...
Politics

Activist training to be held in Wichita

Update: This event has been canceled. A message from my friends at American Majority: Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people. Today, ordinary citizens across our nation are tired of the status quo and ready to engage for the betterment of their communities. American Majority is pleased to announce an Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, August 21 in Wichita, KS, to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists. The training will take place in the meeting room at Mike’s Steakhouse located at 2131 S Broadway in Wichita from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Registration opens at 10:15. The cost is $25 per attendee. Lunch may be purchased during the event, if desired. The training w...
Politics

Why Bell, Calif. matters

The city manager of Bell, Calif., a town of some 38,000, earned $787,637 per year. He quit in the face of citizen uproar when this became public, but he'll retire with a pension of about $600,000 annually. Beka Romm, executive director for American Majority Kansas, explains why citizen activists need to keep focused on local governments. Focus Local: 10 Reasons Why Bell, CA Matters By Beka Romm But when I start talking about the importance of focusing locally (holding your own city council, school district and county commission accountable for their actions), most people do zone off. I get it. It’s not sexy. On the federal level, even in state government, there is glitz, glamour, power, intrigue, sometimes even scandal. On the local level, not so much, right? Wrong. To prove my p...
Politics

Activist training to be offered in Wichita

American Majority is pleased to announce an Activist Training class will be conducted on Saturday, July 24, in Wichita, Kan., to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists. The training will take place in the meeting room at Mike’s Steakhouse located at 2131 S Broadway in Wichita from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Check in begins at 11:45 am. The cost is $25 per attendee and pre-registration is required. Lunch may be purchased at the time of the event, if desired. The training will be conducted by Laurie Skipper, a certified American Majority Mechanic Trainer. Topics to be covered during the Training include: The System (an in-depth look at the system we’re in, how we got here, and what we can do about it) Grassroots Action (ideas and practical steps to...
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Activist training offered in Wichita

Following is an announcement of an event in Wichita that will help activists learn to be effective in their causes. I attended an American Majority training event in Kansas City last week, and it was very informative. American Majority is pleased to announce an Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, June 5, in Wichita, KS, to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists. The training will take place at Lionel D. Alford Library located at 3447 S. Meridian in Wichita from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Registration opens at 12:15 pm. The cost is $25 per attendee. The training will be conducted by Laurie Skipper, a certified American Majority Mechanic Trainer. Topics to be covered during the training include: The System (an in-depth look at the syste...
Politics

Kansas News Digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for May 21, 2010. Light withdraws bid for re-election: Will others follow? (Kansas Republican Assembly) "State Representative Bill Light withdrew his candidacy for re-election to the Kansas House May 12. Light was facing a strong conservative challenge in the August primary by Dan Widder of Ulysses." Historic sales tax increase and nanny-state laws mark the 2010 session in Kansas (Kansas Liberty) "So far Gov. Mark Parkinson has signed into law a total of 149 bills, and Parkinson now has until May 28 to take action on any remaining bills that were passed by the Legislature during the veto session. Parkinson has not allowed any bill to become law without his signature at this time and has vetoed two bills. Conservative Republicans in both...
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Summit to provide training in activism

Next Friday and Saturday (May 7 and 8) American Majority is holding a Post-Party Summit in Kansas City. These events are being held around the country to help organize and train activists and candidates who want to work for individual freedom through limited government and the free market. American Majority is a national non-profit, non-partisan political training institute whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders. The Kansas City summit is sponsored by organizations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. In an email conversation I had with Beka Romm, who is Executive Director of American Majority's Kansas office, she told how important it is to take action, and to learn how to become active: The summit is designed to follow the tea parties...
Politics

Organizing for a free America summits

American Majority is a national non-profit, non-partisan political training institute whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market. To support this goal, American Majority is offering a number of post party summits across the country. The goal of these summits, according to American Majority, is to "highlight and emphasize real tools that an organization, campaign, and individual activist can implement immediately." American Majority also says: "It is not enough to stand on the sideline and it is not enough to protest -- conservatives must learn how to implement freedom and liberty on the ground in their communities. With the right tools and training, conservative activists can be succes...
Wichita city government

Detroit, corporate welfare and Wichita’s future

The following op-ed from Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Alan Cobb appeared in today's Wichita Eagle (the unedited version is below). I agree with Cobb. Wichita definitely has a problem with its economic development strategies. Instead of low taxes that will benefit everyone, the Wichita city council and Wichita city hall bureaucrats insist on dishing out subsidies to companies nearly every week. I've shared my ideas with the council in testimony like Wichita universal tax exemption could propel growth and articles like Wichita’s economic development strategy: rent seeking. Still, there are some council members who, along with Mayor Carl Brewer and some city staff, feel city the doesn’t have enough “tools in the toolbox” for shoveling incentives on companies for economic deve...
Politics

What will you do after the tea party?

Across the nation, people are planning tea party protests next Wednesday April 15. These protests are sure to attract many people and garner media coverage. At the Wichita tea party we expect hundreds to attend. That's fine for that one day. But to create change in our country, there must be sustained activism. That's hard to do. It requires a variety of things, one of which is knowing what to do. That's where groups like American Majority can help. This group -- national in scope with a strong and active presence in Kansas -- provides training for candidates and activists. I've been to some of their training events, and they do a great job. American Majority has started a web site specifically for after-tea party outreach. At this site, you can sign up and indicate your areas of ...
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