Daily Archives: Sept. 30, 2010

David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower to celebrate Ike’s birthday in Abilene

President Dwight Eisenhower

President Dwight Eisenhower

David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower

David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower

ABILENE — David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower will be in Abilene next month as part of the celebration of the 120th birthday of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The pair will release and sign advance copies of their new book “Going Home to Glory,” a memoir primarily by David Eisenhower on his grandfather’s life after the presidency.

David Eisenhower is the director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

His wife, the daughter of former President Richard Nixon, is an author and is active in civic causes in the Philadelphia area.

The couple are scheduled to attend a book talk, signing and reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 — President Eisenhower’s birthday — in the visitors center at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, 200 SE 4th St., Abilene.

Although the book is not scheduled for release to bookstores until Oct. 26, a limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the museum gift shop, officials said.

The book signing will be one of several events marking the birthday celebration, including:

Wednesday — Bruce Hoff of the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio will portray Eisenhower as he was during his time as a World War II general and greet visitors to the museum.

Oct. 14 — Kansas Veterans of Foreign Wars will stand vigil at Eisenhower’s gravesite at the library complex. The vigil will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue overnight.

Oct. 15 — The annual Legacy Dinner will be held in the Library building, with reception at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7. The featured speaker is author Geoff Loftus. Cost is $60, or $75 including a copy of Loftus’ book, “Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day.” Reservations are required by Oct. 8.

Oct. 16 — Brig. Gen. David Petersen and Command Sgt. Major Darrell “Buddy” Wallace, of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, will participate in a 10:30 a.m. procession and wreath-laying ceremony at Eisenhower’s burial site. The ceremony will be followed by the Kansas American Legion Annual Pilgrimage at the Eisenhower statue in the center of the complex.

For more information on any of the events, call the museum at 877-746-4453.

NRA endorses Six for attorney general

TOPEKA – The National Rifle Association has thrown its support behind incumbent Attorney General Steve Six.

“On behalf of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund and the tens of thousands of NRA members in Kansas, I am pleased to inform you of your ‘A’ rating and endorsement in the 2010 General Election for Attorney General,” Randy Kozuch, Director of State and Local Affairs at the NRA, wrote to Six’s campaign.

The association noted that Six had joined a “friend of the court” legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago. The brief argued that the Second Amendment guarantees a right that applies to all Americans.

“I’ve focused on keeping politics out of the Attorney General’s office and making the priority enforcing Kansas laws,” Six said in a written statement. “This endorsement is recognition of my commitment to protecting Second Amendment rights and the rights of Kansans to defend themselves.”

Six, a Democrat, is running against Senate Republican Leader Sen. Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, for the state’s top prosecutor position.

Rallies planned for Kansas voting rights amendment

From Associated Press

Proponents of amending the Kansas Constitution to protect the voting rights of the mentally ill are planning six rallies before the Nov. 2 election.

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition is pushing the change, which must be approved by a simple majority of voters to become part of the constitution.

The rallies are scheduled Oct. 7 in Garden City, Oct. 11 in Independence, Oct. 12 in Hays, Oct. 15 in Olathe, Oct. 15 in Topeka and Oct. 18 in Wichita.

The proposed change would eliminate language in the constitution that authorizes legislators to deny voting rights to people with mental illness.

Kansas doesn’t bar voting by people with mental illness, but supporters say the change would be a meaningful step.

Former KBI director to help chair Schmidt’s attorney general campaign

TOPEKA – Former Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Larry Welch will help chair Sen. Derek Schmidt’s campaign for attorney general, the campaign announced Thursday.

“Year in and year out, Derek Schmidt has been a reliable friend of law enforcement in the Statehouse, and he will make a great attorney general for Kansas. I strongly support him,” said Welch in a written statement.

Schmidt, the Senate Republican leader, is running for attorney general against incumbent Democrat Steve Six.

Welch served as KBI director for 13 years and was first appointed to the post by former Attorney General Bob Stephan in July 1994.

Welch cited Schmidt’s work in creating the Sheriff Matt Samuels Act, which helped reduced the number of meth labs, as well as the senator’s support of the death penalty and work with legislation targeting child predators.

“Larry Welch is a respected leader in the Kansas law enforcement community,” Schmidt said. “His counsel and leadership are major contributions to our campaign for attorney general.”