Daily Archives: Sept. 27, 2010

Republican Chairman Steele makes ‘fire Pelosi’ bus stop for Pompeo campaign

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele addresses the crowd during a rally for Mike Pompeo, right.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele addresses the crowd during a rally for Mike Pompeo, right.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made a stop in Wichita on his “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour Monday, exhorting about 200 enthusiastic Republicans to work to elect Mike Pompeo in the 4th Congressional District.

“This is your moment, this organic movement that we’ve witnessed coming from the people over the past year,” Steele said. “It’s not manufactured in some board room or in some Fifth Avenue marketing firm. It comes from moms and dads, grandmas and grandads who are fed up, who have had enough.

“They’re done. They’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and they’re looking for quality leadership … that’s going to charge ahead with the people.”

Steele made about a 15-minute speech outside the Woodlawn Avenue campaign headquarters of Pompeo, a Republican national committeeman. Steele is on a national bus tour campaigning for his party to retake Congress from Democratic control and unseat the House Speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The message dovetails closely with Pompeo’s campaign; he almost never makes a speech or issues a public statement without some reference opposing the “Obama-Pelosi agenda.” Read More »

Attorney general seeks to stop Park City Indian casino

Attorney Gen. Steve Six is seeking to halt plans for a Park City casino by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma.

Six has asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to review a 1984 law that allowed the tribe to buy land for gambling in Kansas City and, based on that law, to deny its application to use its Park City land for a casino.

Congress passed the 1984 law after the Wyandotte claimed it never was properly reimbursed for land the government took from it in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1843.

Six contends that the law allowed the tribe to use $100,000 in land-claim settlement money to buy land that could be taken into trust for a casino. He says the tribe used all of that money to buy a former Shriner building in downtown  Kansas City for its 7th Street Casino.

The tribe contends that it used $25,000 of the $100,000 provided by the law to buy its land in Park City  in 1992, before it bought the Kansas City tract in 1996. That means its Park City land was bought with land-claim settlement money, and the Interior department must take the land into trust, the tribe says.

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Ellinwood honored for environmental awareness

City of Ellinwood compost pile

City of Ellinwood compost pile

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will honor Ellinwood on Wednesday for its commitment to recycling and composting.

The 2,000 residents of the small city near Great Bend divert more than 470 tons of wastes from the Barton County Landfill each year, according to KDHE.

“The City of Ellinwood demonstrated their community-wide commitment to environmental stewardship when City Administrator Bob Peter, the Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce chose a ‘Going Green’ theme for their annual After Harvest festival and activities,’’ Bill Bider, KDHE’s director of Bureau of Waste Management, said in a statement.

Ellinwood, which has had a reycling program for 20 years and composting for about 10, is the first city in Kansas to be honored by KDHE for its commitment to solid-waste management.

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