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Discussion of open government in Wichita and Kansas

Discussion of open government in Wichita and Kansas

Perspectives may differ, but the point is the same -- more government transparency leads to more citizen engagement and better outcomes in communities, states, and nations. In this podcast, Kansas Policy Institute Vice President James Franko discusses government transparency with Seth Etter and Bob Weeks. Etter is the organizer of Open Wichita, an initiative to bring the benefits of open data and civic hacking to Wichita. Weeks blogs at Voice for Liberty in Wichita where he advocates for government transparency and accountability and uses open records requests to access, analyze and publish state and local government data. KPI maintains KansasOpenGov.org,…
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Jay Price on Generations: Shifting Thought Over the Decades

Jay Price on Generations: Shifting Thought Over the Decades

Professor Jay Price of Wichita State University delivered a lecture on the changing nature of generations over the years. You've heard about the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and others. Here, Professor Price defines these terms and tells us about the characteristics of each generation. This is from the Wichita Pachyderm Club, June 5, 2015. Audio is below. The accompanying visual aids are available either as a Powerpoint presentation or pdf file.
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Voice for Liberty Radio:  Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan

Voice for Liberty Radio: Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Nick Jordan is Secretary of Revenue for the State of Kansas. He spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on the topic “An Analysis of Governor Brownback’s Tax Policy” on August 22, 2014. In the shownotes for this episode you can find the link to the handout he distributed. Here's Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on August 22, 2014. Shownotes Handout: Kansas Tax Policy: Key Points Kansas Department of Revenue Wichita Pachyderm Club
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Hydraulic fracturing: A conjured-up controversy?

Voice for Liberty Radio: Hydraulic fracturing: A conjured-up controversy?

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Dwight D. Keen is former chairman of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. He spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on the topic "Hydraulic Fracturing: A Conjured-up Controversy" on August 8, 2014. In the shownotes for this episode you can find the link to the short video that was shown as part of his talk. Also, you will find links to the handouts he distributed. Here's Dwight Keen at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on August 8, 2014. Shownotes Link to video shown during the presentation: Hydraulic Fracturing Handout: A fluid situation:…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates

Voice for Liberty Radio: Kansas Secretary of State Candidates

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Candidates for Republican party nomination for Kansas Secretary of State spoke at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on July 18, 2014. The candidates are incumbent Kris Kobach and challenger Scott Morgan. The issue of voting, particularly the requirement for proof of citizenship when registering to vote, is an issue that separates the two candidates. The format of the meeting was an opening statement by each candidate followed by questions from the audience and a brief closing statement. I asked a question about whether the state's chief election officer should have a political action…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

Voice for Liberty Radio: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Candidates for Republican party nominations in two districts for Sedgwick County Commission spoke at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on June 20, 2014. In district 4, which is parts of northeast, north and northwest Wichita and the towns of Park City, Valley Center, and Maize, Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn is challenging the incumbent Richard Ranzau. In district 5, which is parts of south and southeast Wichita and the town of Derby and surrounding area, Derby Mayor Dion Avello is facing Kansas Representative Jim Howell. The format of the meeting was an opening statement…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Milton Wolf

Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Milton Wolf

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: Candidate for United States Senate Dr. Milton Wolf spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on Friday June 13. He spoke about the issues he feels are important today in America and took questions from the audience. Dr. Wolf was introduced to the Pachyderm Club members and guests by myself. Shownotes Milton Wolf campaign page Archive of Milton Wolf columns at Washington Times
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Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

In this episode of Voice for Liberty Radio: United States Senator Pat Roberts spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on Friday May 30. He addressed a number of current topics in Washington such as the problems at the Veterans Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and regulations regarding the lesser prairie chicken. He also spoke about his current campaign for re-election and took questions from the audience. Roberts was introduced to the Pachyderm Club members and guests by Sedgwick County Republican Party Chairman Bob Dool. Shownotes Pat Roberts Congressional office page Pat Roberts campaign page
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Todd Tiahrt

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: Former United States Representative Todd Tiahrt spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club on Friday May 16. Tiahrt is the current Republican National Committeeman for Kansas. He is said to be considering running for the position in Congress that he previously held, and which is presently held by Mike Pompeo. Tiahrt was introduced to the Pachyderm Club members and guests by Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn. Shownotes Todd Tiahrt, LLC. Wikipedia page
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Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo on Benghazi, Ukraine, and Boko Haram and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism

Voice for Liberty Radio: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo on Benghazi, Ukraine, and Boko Haram and the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism

United States Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita has been appointed to the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. I spoke with him today in his Wichita office on this topic and a few others. On the composition of the committee -- seven Republicans and five Democrats -- Pompeo explained that the majority party usually has a majority on committees of this type. A "Select" committee like this has a very narrow charter. The committee will have staff and counsel, and will deliver a report. After that, the committee will disband. Critics of this committee…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Rally for school choice

Voice for Liberty Radio: Rally for school choice

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: This week children and parents rallied for school choice in the Kansas Capitol. This broadcast features two speakers. First is Derrell Bradford, who is Executive Director at Better Education for New Jersey Kids. The second speaker is Chiquita Coggs, who started a charter school in Kansas City, Kansas that had its charter withdrawn. This is podcast episode number 12, released on February 16, 2014. Here's selections from a rally for school choice at the Kansas Capitol, February 11, 2014. Shownotes Derrell Bradford, Better Education for Kids Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice Moving Kansas Schools…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Mike Pompeo

Voice for Liberty Radio: Mike Pompeo

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas spoke at a meeting of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. Some of the topics and questions Pompeo answered included: The size of the defense budget, the threats to our nation, and the importance of the National Security Agency in keeping the country safe. He addressed privacy concerns. What about tension between the Speaker of the House and tea party and conservatives? What's wrong the the just-passed farm bill, and how did it pass? Attitudes towards and respect for Congress and the President. The arrest of a suspect in an…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: State of the Republican Party

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: Last fall Bud Norman spoke to a meeting of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. Norman’s blog is The Central Standard Times. His novel is "The Things That Are Caesars: A Comic Tale of Politics, Religion, and Other Impolite Topics." His topic was “Ruminations on the State of the Republican Party,” and it's very entertaining. I provided the introduction. This is podcast episode number 10, released on February 7, 2014. There is much other material at Voice for Liberty on the internet at wichitaliberty.org. Here's Bud Norman at the Wichita Pachyderm Club, October 4, 2013. Shownotes…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: David Boaz of Cato Institute

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: David Boaz spoke at the annual Kansas Policy Institute Dinner. David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. He is the…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Private enterprise and markets

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: Mary Beth Jarvis delivered the keynote address of the Kansas Republican Party Convention for 2014. She spoke on the topics of private enterprise and the profit and loss system. Mary Beth Jarvis is Chief Executive Officer and President at Wichita Festivals. Prior to that, she worked in communications at Koch Industries, and before that in the United States Air Force. In her speech, she said "Entrepreneurial capitalism -- you know what that is -- it's not cronyism. It's real courage, real risk, real passion, and real effort." Expanding on the importance of entrepreneurial capitalism,…
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Voice for Liberty Radio: Tim Huelskamp

In this episode of WichitaLiberty Radio: United States Representative Tim Huelskamp recently spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club. Congressman Huelskamp was born near and raised on the family farm in Fowler, Kansas. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in agriculture policy from The American University in Washington, D.C. He was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 1996, and then re-elected three times. In 2010 when Jerry Moran stepped down to run for the United States Senate, Huelskamp ran for the United States House of Representatives for the first district. That’s commonly called the “Big First”…
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