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"Free Speech" May Cost Kansas Citizen $7500

Kris Van Meteren interacts with Attorney Ryan Kriegshauser before $7500 fine was announced

Kris Van Meteren (left) interacts with Attorney Ryan Kriegshauser (right) before $7500 fine was announced

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission adjourned without a decision in the civil fine hearing against Kris Van Meteren in January.  See the Meadowlark article, First Amendment Defense Thorny Issue for Ethics Commission, for details.

Briefly, Mr. Van Meteren brought a complaint to the Ethics Commission’s attention several months ago, and then talked to the the press about his complaint.

Today, when the public hearing was re-opened, Chairwoman Sabrina Standifer explained that at the last meeting, the Commission took the exhibits, memo and motion to dismiss from Mr. Van Meteren’s attorney, Mr. Ryan Kriegshauser, under advisement.  Earlier in the afternoon,  Ms. Standifer re-opened the deliberations of the complaint in a secret Executive Session.  After these additional secret deliberations, the Commission issued their findings of fact and conclusions of law in this case.   Read the rest of this article.

500 in Overland Park brave cold, wind to protest stimulus, pork

Famiies Against PorkulusPolice estimated at least 500 braved windy, 23-degree weather in Overland Park to protest the pork in the stimulus.  Liberty-minded, free-market Americans met outside of Congressman Dennis Moore's Office in Overland Park to protest his votes to waste tax dollars.

Michelle Malkin's web site first announced this event on Thursday.   A stay-at-home mom, Amanda Grosserode, is organizing a grass-root movement in fiscal responsibility from Seattle to Denver to Mesa to Overland Park.  Local Kansas groups like AFP and KRA alerted their members about the event.  Darla Jaye on 980 KMBZ talked about the planned event last night. See the photo essay of today's event.


Internet sources say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius attended Bilderberg 2008 Conference

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius 

A variety of Internet sources say Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius attended the 2008 Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly, VA on June 5-8, 2008. No mention of Gov. Sebelius attending this meeting can be found in the Kansas press.

In 2007 Gov. Sebelius attended the Bilderberg meeting in June in Istanbul, Turkey and the Kansas City Star reported the story on Sept 2, 2007:

Sebelius in June attended a gathering of the Bilderberg Group in Istanbul, Turkey. Bilderberg is an exclusive group of international business leaders, top politicians and academics from around the globe that meets once a year at top resorts. The enigmatic group is the frequent subject of New World Order conspiracy theories.

[The Meadowlark reported last year's Bilderberg story on Aug 27, 2007. The Star's Prime Buzz picked up the story the next day, with the printed Star story appearing several days later.]

A number of Internet sources quote a June 5, 2008 press release including the Democratic Underground:

Press Release
Source: American Friends of Bilderberg

Bilderberg Announces 2008 Conference
Thursday June 5, 8:10 pm ET

CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 56th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Chantilly, Virginia, USA 5 8 June 2008. The Conference will deal mainly with a nuclear free world, cyber terrorism, Africa, Russia, finance, protectionism, US-EU relations, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islam and Iran. Approximately 140 participants will attend, of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion. ...

What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum, is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely. In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.

Online lists of attendees include:

USA Sebelius, Kathleen Governor of Kansas

YouTube shows a number of videos of protesters at the Bilderberg 2008 meeting.

All participants attend the Bilderberg conference as private citizens and not in their official capacity. The interactive Bilderberg 2008 relationship map is quite interesting, but Gov. Sebelius is not shown.

First published on June 17 by the Kansas Meadowlark

Prominent Kansas City Star staff member, registered to vote in Missouri, can still vote in Kansas thanks to Gov. Sebelius’ veto

I voted in Johnson County  People in the Kansas City area can move across the state line and re-register to vote, and unknowingly become registered voters in both Kansas and Missouri. Such folks vote in their “new” state and are likely not even aware they are still registered in their “old” state. Legally, a voter cannot vote twice in both states, but it’s unclear whether such a voter accidentally registered in both states could vote in either their “old” state or their “new” state. And who would know if they did?

A prominent member of the Kansas City Star’s staff moved across the state line from Kansas to Missouri and re-registered to vote in Missouri, but is still an “active” registered voter in Kansas — more than 10 years later. For some reason, the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Election Commissioners never notified Johnson County, Kansas the voter re-registered in Missouri.

Meanwhile, the Johnson County, Kansas Election Office mails out voter registration cards to Johnson County voters at least every two years. Likely because family members still lived at the old address, as many as five mailings of voter registration cards were likely never returned as “undeliverable” by the post office, so the Johnson County officials never learned the voter now lives and votes in Missouri.

Federal Law requires that an election office keep a voter on the rolls until they have missed two presidential elections. The Kansas City Star staff member missed the last two presidential elections in Kansas (and all other elections, too, for over 10 years). It’s unclear why Johnson County officials, and other election offices, in Kansas are not more pro-active in removing such names from the list of voters. A Meadowlark article from early this year showed that over 50,000 voters in Kansas have not cast ballots since 1999 and could be removed from the rolls without violating Federal Law.

Acording to voter history from the Missouri Secretary of State, the Star staff member did cast a ballot in the last two presidential elections in Missouri (and a number of of other elections). But there’s nothing stopping this Star staff member from returning and voting in Kansas, since this person is an “active” registered voter in Kansas according to the list of voters recently obtained from the Kansas Secretary of State.

Several weeks ago, Gov. Sebelius vetoed a bill that would require a photo ID to vote in Kansas. This bill may have disenfranchised the Star staff member from voting in Kansas, but that person can still vote in Missouri. Why is it unreasonable to expect a voter to have an ID to vote in Kansas? Why is a voter ID check-and-balance too unreasonable to vote, when one must have two IDs just to work in the U.S.?

In late April the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter ID Law. In Kansas, we should vote for legislators this year are willing to protect the integrity of our elections, especially with the large number of voters on the list of voters who likely should not be on the list. In the next legislative session, we need sufficient legislators to pass this bill again, and override any veto by Gov. Sebelius, if necessary.

[editor’s note: The Kansas City Star staff member has not returned two E-mails requesting information for this article. The person will not be identified by name, without permission, since the person has done nothing to warrant public scrutiny about voter registration. This Kansas-Missouri “connection” was discovered by accident while researching another project.]

From the Kansas Meadowlark, June 6, 2008.



Congressman Dennis Moore’s chief of staff may have violated E-mail rules. Moore franking abuse too?

(promoted by Soren -- We need to document patterns of misuse of government resources by the Democrats. This is central to how Democrats run government and what we would see on a daily basis if Democrats took the White House. While this may not seem serious in its own right, there's a clear broken windows phenomenon here. If people get used to breaking the law on little things...)

 The Hill is reporting that Rep. Dennis Moore’s chief of staff may have violated House rules last week by circulating a campaign-related job posting from his House E-mail account:

Howard Bauleke circulated a posting for jobs with the Kansas Coordinated Campaign, an election-year organization initiative run by the Kansas Democratic Party. Rules prohibit the use of House resources for campaign purposes. …

Moore spokeswoman Rebecca Black said the e-mail was probably an oversight.


In 2005 using his government E-mail address (howard.bauleke@mail.house.gov), Bauleke apparently posted a job description for a Research Assistant totally unrelated to any government requirement. Why is a congressional staffer using an official E-mail address for commercial purposes?

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