Monthly Archives: September 2009

Congress honors Wichita State Shockers bowling teams

The Wichita State University bowling teams have been honored by Congress for winning the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Bowling National Championships. The House passed a resolution honoring both the men’s and women’s teams, who won in their respective divisions.

“By its very nature, a national championship is special,” said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who sponsored the resolution. “But to have both men’s and women’s teams from the same school earn the same title in the same year is truly remarkable.” Tiahrt said it was the ninth national title for each of the teams, including back-to-back titles for the men and three titles in the last five years for the women. Tiahrt’s remarks on the floor of Congress can be viewed at

Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s office is accepting internship applications

Students interested in experiencing national politics first-hand can apply for an internship with Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s office.

The Goddard Republican’s office is accepting applications for positions in both his Washington D.C. and Wichita offices.

Application forms are available on Tiahrt’s website and is more information on the program.

The site describes the internships as “an excellent way to experience and gain knowledge of the legislative-making process. Internships are available in both the Wichita and Washington offices.”

Tiahrt, who represents the 4th Congressional District, is running for for the U.S. Senate seat which Sam Brownback in vacating. Brownback is running for Kansas governor. Tiahrt is running against 1st Congressional District Rep. Jerry Moran for the Republican Senate nomination.

Wichita’s mayor protests USA Today airports article

BrewerThis just in from city hall’s communication office:

“Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has joined with mayors in Arizona and Iowa in a joint letter of protest over a USA Today article published last week regarding federal funding of airports. The letter, shown below, was issued by the Alliance for Aviation Across American. It notes several major facts that were ignored by the author of the article in the national newspaper.”

The USA Today story has an interactive map that shows Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport had 60 grants worth $131,054,559 in 28 years. The grants, the report says, come mostly from taxes on airline tickets.

Follow the jump to a letter Brewer signed to the newspaper:

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U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran is accepting internship applications

Kansas students may apply for congressional internships in U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran’s Washington D.C. office.

The Republican congressman’s office announced Wednesday that the application process for the spring 2010 term was open.

“My own interest in public service was sparked by a congressional internship in 1974,” Moran said in the written announcement. “As an intern, I was able to see firsthand how a congressional office operates and observe the legislative process.”

Moran represents the 1st Congressional District and is running for the U.S. Senate seat which Republican Sam Brownback is vacating to run for Kansas Governor in 2010. Moran is running against 4th Congressional Dist. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, for the Republican Senate nomination.

Applications for the spring are due by Friday, October 16, 2009. Intern responsibilities include assisting Moran and his staff with legislative and administrative projects. The spring internship session begins in January and ends in May.

To apply for an internship, students should submit a completed application form, cover letter, résumé, college transcript and three letters of reference. The cover letter should explain the student’s interest in public service and the goals the student hopes to achieve by participating.

Application forms can be obtained under the “Services” section of Moran’s Web site. In order to ensure timely receipt of the application, students are encouraged to fax their applications to (202) 225-5124. If students are unable to fax their applications, they may mail them to Moran’s Hutchinson office, Attn: Intern Coordinator, P.O. Box 1128, Hutchinson, KS 67504. Students may call (202) 225-2715 with questions or to obtain more information.

Arkansas City man to join veterans advisory board

TOPEKA – Arkansas City veteran Elgin Wahlborg has been appointed to serve on the Veterans Claim Assistance Advisory Board by Gov. Mark Parkinson.

Wahlborg, a veteran who served in the U.S. Army and the Kansas National Guard, is the American Legion nominee for the board. He is also the American Legion’s chief financial officer.

After serving in the military, Wahlborg joined Shelton-Beaty Post 18 where he has been a member for 18 years and earned the Gold Brigade Award for membership. Wahlborg has also served as vice commander and commander of the Third District of Kansas and has been active in veterans affairs.

The Veterans Claim Assistance Advisory Board advises the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs in the implementation and administration of the veterans claims assistance program. The program aims to improve the coordination of veterans benefits counseling in Kansas and ensure that every veteran is served and receives claims counseling and assistance.

WSU professor named to help oversee grants for historic sites

TOPEKA – The governor has appointed Wichita State University professor Jay Price to the board that oversees grant funding for historic places.

Price is the director of the public history program at WSU, where he teaches courses in American cultural and social history. He is also on the Kansas Humanities Council board.

Gov. Mark Parkinson also reappointed Nancy Horst of Winfield and Daniel Sabatini of  Lawrence  to the board.

The State Historic Sites Board of Review considers applications for grant funding and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places.

Babich to serve on state high court nominating committee

TOPEKA – Long-time Wichita teacher Paul Babich has been appointed to serve on the State Supreme Court Nominating Committee by the governor.

The nominating committee recommends candidates for appointments to the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals. Babich will be one of four public members on the board and will represent the 4th Congressional District.

Babich taught in  Wichita public schools for 30 years. He recently retired as president of the United Teachers of Wichita, and has served on the Kansas NEA Board of Directors. Babich has received many awards and honors over the years, including USD 259’s Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award.

Governor appoints Jeffrey Jabara to committee that regulates oil industry

TOPEKA – The governor has appointed Jeffrey Jabara of Wichita to a committee that oversees oil and gas activities.

Jabara is a a wing structure and systems segment controller for Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

He oversees Spirit AeroSystems financial operations in the U.S. and in Scotland, as well as the Aftermarket organization in Wichita, Gov. Mark Parkinson’s office said in a statement.

The Advisory Committee on Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities reviews and makes recommendations on industry issues including drilling methods, plugging techniques and protecting state waters from pollution from the industry.

Democrats say Brownback tries to take credit for stimulus project

Democratic leaders in the state Legislature are accusing U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of hypocrisy over federal economic-stimulus spending for a Hutchinson rail spur, claiming he is trying to take credit for something he opposed.

At issue is a news release issued by Brownback’s office last week titled “Brownback applauds infrastructure development in Hutchinson, Kansas,” celebrating a $1.78 million federal grant to help build a rail spur to serve the Salt City Business Park.

On Monday, Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, issued a joint commentary titled “Brownback deserves no credit for Hutchinson grant.”

“If Sam Brownback had had his way, Hutchinson would have never received that grant,” Hensley said. “Certainly what this is is hypocrisy.”

The funding for the rail spur was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill passed in Februrary and backed mainly by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

Brownback voted against the bill and spoke in opposition to it in the Senate.

His office declined to comment on the state legislators’ statement.

Audio and written records indicate Brownback has had a mixed relationship with the stimulus bill.

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McCain backs Moran for Senate

Republican Rep. Jerry Moran collected another endorsement from the GOP establishment for his run for the Senate in Kansas next year. This time it was a big name: Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who lost the presidential race last year.

McCain framed his support around one of his signature issues: Moran, he said, “is not afraid to oppose wasteful earmarks that cheat the American taxpayer.”

Moran is running against fellow Kansas Republican, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, for the GOP nomination.