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Opponent questions Ryun’s energy mailing

August 12, 2006

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— Three months before facing the voters, U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Lawrence, has sent a mass mailout at taxpayer expense that says he is doing a good job in trying to lower gas prices.

The 11-inch by 6-inch glossy card cost taxpayers approximately $38,000 to produce and send to 130,000 households in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence, according to Ryun's office.

The mailing was criticized by Ryun's Democratic challenger, Nancy Boyda of Topeka.

"It's just wrong that he uses taxpayer money for a political campaign," said Boyda, who faces Ryun in the Nov. 7 election. "It's just a political piece," she said of the card.

But Ryun's office defended the mailing, saying Ryun was using his franking privilege, which allows members of Congress to use taxpayer dollars to communicate with constituents.

"All of the mailers that go out, on the Republican and Democrat side, are all approved by the Franking Commission," Ryun's spokeswoman Michelle Schroeder said. The commission is composed of Republican and Democratic House members.

The card also was sent right before the deadline that prohibits the use of franking for mailouts in the 90 days before an election.

Schroeder said the cost of gas and oil was a timely issue that a lot of constituents were concerned about.

"People want to know what is being done and what else can be done," she said.

The front of the card features a photo of Ryun and carries this message:

"Congressman Jim Ryun

Lower Gas Prices & Energy Independence

for America and Your Family"

The back of the card lists a number of energy-related bills and initiatives that Ryun backs.

"Congressman Ryun has supported progress," says the card, which includes information on how to contact Ryun's office. The card says Ryun supports a three-pronged approach of exploration, alternative energy and conservation "that will ultimately lead to affordable, sustainable energy."

Also on the card, Ryun takes a jab at former President Clinton, saying the U.S. would've had more oil had he not vetoed Alaskan oil exploration in 1996.

The mailout includes a "What's on your mind?" postcard that can be sent back to Ryun with comments.

Boyda also criticized the content of the card, saying that Ryun had failed to lead on important energy issues, including conservation and alternative fuels.

On the card, Ryun said the new Energy Policy Act will help the development of alternative fuels and promote conservation.

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drewdun 8 years, 8 months ago

Party of Small Government (and Snake Handlers)

Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

Definitely supports corporate welfare for multi billion dollar profiteers aka USA oil corporations and other energy giants:

Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy.

Vote to pass a bill that would put into practice a comprehensive national policy for energy conservation, research and development. The bill would authorize o $25.7 billion tax break over a 10-year period. The tax breaks would include $11.9 billion to promote oil and gas production, $2.5 billion for "clean coal" programs, $2.2 billion in incentives for alternative motor vehicles, and $1.8 billion for the electric power industry and other businesses. A natural gas pipeline from Alaska would be authorized an $18 billion loan guarantee. It would add to the requirement that gasoline sold in the United States contain a specified volume of ethanol. Makers of the gasoline additive MTBE would be protected from liability. They would be required though to cease production of the additive by 2015. Reliability standards would be imposed for electricity transmissions networks, through this bill. The bill would also ease the restrictions on utility ownership and mergers. Reference: Energy Policy Act of 2004; Bill HR 4503 ; vote number 2004-241 on Jun 15, 2004 ; Result: Bill Passed 244-178: R 198-25; D 46-152

Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy.

Energy Omnibus bill: Vote to adopt the conference report on the bill that would put into practice a comprehensive national policy for energy conservation, research and development. The bill would authorize a $25.7 billion tax break over a 10-year period. The tax breaks would include $11.9 billion to promote oil and gas production, $2.5 billion for "clean coal" programs, $2.2 billion in incentives for alternative motor vehicles, and $1.8 billion for the electric power industry and other businesses. A natural gas pipeline from Alaska would be authorized an $18 billion loan guarantee. The bill would call for producers of Ethanol to double their output. Makers of the gasoline additive MTBE would be protected from liability. They would be required though to cease production of the additive by 2015. Reliability standards would be imposed for electricity transmissions networks, through this bill. The bill would also ease the restrictions on utility ownership and mergers. Reference: Bill sponsored by Tauzin, R-LA; Bill HR.6 ; vote number 2003-630 on Nov 18, 2003 ; Result: Conference Report Adopted 246-180

Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels.

Require a combined corporate average fuel efficiency [CAFE] standard for passenger automobiles and light trucks, including sport utility vehicles, of 26 mpg in 2005 and of 27.5 mpg in 2007. It also would offer incentives for alternative fuel vehicles. Bill HR 4 ; vote number 2001-311 on Aug 1, 2001 ; Result: Amendment rejected, 160-269

lunacydetector 8 years, 8 months ago

ooooh, a moveon.org website perhaps? isn't george soros an arms dealer or does that label only apply to all of his friends? you know the old saying, you're known by the company that you keep?

is nancy boyda supported by george soros?

Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

Hey LD,

Thanks for providing access to the MoveON website. You are a real jewel.

sarahkatheryn 8 years, 8 months ago

Tax payers paid $38,000 and all we got was this lousey card and a do-nothing congressman. I think his campaign needs to write a check to Uncle Sam.

wakarusan 8 years, 8 months ago

I got the mailer, and was repulsed it. He needs to go! Right-wing Fundamentalist Scum!!! I suggest all opponents need to gather in suppost of Boyda in any way to boot him out!

WilburM 8 years, 8 months ago

Amazing. This guy does nothing. Zero, despite being part of the majority. B he and his staff have the "wit" to send out an incumbency-protecting, self-serving mailer at taxpayer expense. The 2nd District gets no representation at all, but we all get the bill for this baloney. Get rid of this guy.

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

Jim Ryun has no morals. When he is not ripping off the taxpayer to get those of us who can't stand his slease to be forced to pay for lies in his campaign literature, he is stealing money from Indian tribes to buy himself a home in Washington and to pay for his other campaign expenses.

What a fricking crook! How did we ever get such an immoral and unethical representative for our district in Washington?

I'm voting for Boyda. She's much more of a Republican than the squirrley, fiscally-liberal, big-government loving, tax-sucking crook, Ryun, has ever been.

Jamesaust 8 years, 8 months ago

Unless there's a Democrat tidal wave this November, Boyda doesn't have what it takes, which is unfortunate. Ryun is a weak candidate in a bad year and against someone better could be knocked off.

All that Ryun had done that I can figure out is vote with Tom Delay 99% of the time.

Franking is one of those incumbant-protection devices developed over the years - much like gerrymandering, which explains how the lines of Ryun's district have been drawn and why you need a magnifying glass to figure out what side of what street in Lawrence is, or is not, within "his" district (its "his" district after all, since he selected his voters instead of voters selecting him).

In his defense, I'm unaware of any serious Democrat proposals to drop either practice.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 8 months ago

Ryun is simply using the rules to his best political advantage. There is nothing illegal about this mailing, but it is sleazy given the message and the timing (just under the deadline).

I would have hoped that a fine, upstanding, moral, christian man like Ryun would be above such sleazy inproprietry. Ryun is showing that politics and reelection trump ethics and morality.

WWJD?

WilburM 8 years, 8 months ago

Sauce for goose, sauce for gander. Both play by the rules as currently written. Both are (by now) professional politicians. But Moore is better at it, better represents his constituents, and does not exude the self-righteous morality that Ryun oozes.

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

Using franking privileges has always been allowed. That has nothing to do with Boyda's point.

The issue is that Ryun is using his franking privilege to promote lies. One need look no further than Ryun's voting record to know that he is in bed with the oil companies and other tax-sucking monopolies.

Ryun ranks near the top of all 435 Congressional representives as being "helpful" to the monopolies that control Congress.

For Ryun to claim that he is working to lower gas prices is outrageous. Ryun's primary loyalty is to the lobbyists who are making him rich.

I am impressed with Nancy Boyda. She knows what it is to be a real person who actually had to make her way in life using her brains, not endorsement contracts based on prior athletic ability or perks based on current political favors.

Boyda has real life experience that puts her in touch with real issues that truly affect real Kansans. She also stands for values of morality and ethics.

Unlike Ryun, she is not beholden to the tax-sucking monopolies, nor to the fanatical extremists, who have ruined the GOP in Kansas and throughout the Nation.

Although running as a "Democrat," Boyda stands for traditional conservative Republican values. She is against Ryun's big-government, big-business totalitarianism and perverted end-of-times expectations.

She looks to the future with hope, not despair. She is a real Christian who doesn't believe in the negative visions promoted by televangelists.

As a result, she is against the idea of supporting legislation that "helps" God destroy the planet. She is also more likely to be against foreign policies based on whacko interpretations of Biblical prophecy.

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

"It doesn't appear that the woman has brains. How else can one explainh her criticizing Ryun for doing the EXACT SAME THING Democrat Moore did last week? It makes her look stupid, hypocritical, and downright incompetent. The fact that she would attack Ryun over franking privileges suggests that she doesn't really have much of a case against Ryun."

She has a right to be against franking privileges and no responsibility whatsoever to speak about any candidate except the one she is running against.

I respect that she has spoken out against the practice despite the fact that others from her party are doing the same thing.

Again, if you had taken the time to read the entire article, you would know that, despite the LJW spin, her main point was the content of the literature, which falsely portrayed Ryun as a servant of the people rather than the oil companies.

"Okay, now you're just being plain silly. The woman is a huge liberal, much too liberal for Kansas. That's why she will lose again. Remember that definition of insanity, i.e., doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. She's doing the same things she did in 2004. It ain't working."

How can you call anyone a liberal when you support those who believe in fiscal liberalism and big-government totalitarianism?

If one uses the true definition of conservative, Boyda is much more of a conservative than a socialist extremist like Ryun.

Boyda came very close to winning in 2004, despite being relatively unknown. Since then, Ryun has been caught taking illegal funds and other very questionable real estate transactions.

Further, the voters rejected Ryun's soul mates on the KBOE. The voters have had enough of talking in tongues and other goofy stuff that Ryun and other extremists say and do.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 8 months ago

GOPconservative is right on the money. Ryun and his ilk are right-wing liberal socialists who want to change society to mirror their twisted fundamentalist views.

Charles L Bloss Jr 8 years, 8 months ago

I happen to like Jim Ryun. His office has always been of help when I have asked them, and I feel he is doing a good job for us in Washington. I agree with his christian beliefs, as well. Thank you, Lynn

lunacydetector 8 years, 8 months ago

since most of the posters on here are leftwing fascists (an accurate description NOT an oxymoron), here is a link for a new idea all of you can embrace and grab by the cajones. YOU are the first people that came to mind when i read this article. i figured YOU would be proposing a total BAN in the near future. Please do so, so when its local election time - even more people will turn out to kick your so-called 'progressive' thinking leaders out of office. i can't wait.

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lunacydetector 8 years, 8 months ago

...actually, i must apologize to all the leftwing fascists on here.

PLEASE throw away your ipods.

jayhawks71 8 years, 8 months ago

Yep, this one goes out to the person in the other thread that told me how "we the people" have a say in government. I bet less than 1/2 of a percent of the 130, 000 households these were sent to would have said, "yes, I want 38 grand spent on that!"

jayhawks71 8 years, 8 months ago

93 percent of the contributors or 93 percent of the dollars contributed! You know what they say about the top 5% of the population!

jayhawks71 8 years, 8 months ago

ok, for the last time. a misspelling is not a typo; a typo is a finger error (hitting the k when you mean to hit the j).

"plagerize" for "plagiarize" is not a typo "their" for "they're" is not a typo "there for "their" is not a typo "teh" for "the" is a typo

And you don't think that Congresspeople actually follow Federal election laws do you?

And what is with Joe Lieberman? There should be a law that if you don't win your own primary you can't be on the ballot. The People have said "no thanks" yet he insists that he should be on the ballot.

satchel 8 years, 8 months ago

Ryun has more integrity in his thumbnail than the libs on this post have in their whole idiotic bodies.

Ryun did NOTHING wrong.. The libs are once again using their tabloidish stories to brainwash the environmentalist wackos like 'Yourworst nightmare'.. Wackos that will believe anything secular and will follow men who are totally clueless and imperfect.. It is a sad existence indeed to be a liberal.

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

Arminius:

"It wasn't close at all. Ryun got 56% of the popular vote to Boyda's 41%..."

The race in 2002 was against a well-known politician who had served in state office. Again, as I said, considering she was an unknown, Boyda came surprisingly close to winning at a time before Ryun was exposed as not only as a crackpot extremist, but also a crook.

However, I'm glad to see that you don't think Boyda won't win again this time. Keep thinking that.

"If you support a left-wing estremist [sic] like Boyda, you should use a different name. You're neither a Republican nor [a] conservative."

I didn't ask for you to offer proof that you are a whacked out right-wing extremist, but making a statement like you did above sure proves it. Keep making ignorant statements like that, and you will ensure Nancy Boyda's victory.

So you think Nancy Boyda is a left-wing extremist?

LOL

I guess we should all worry that Nancy will blow up the KU Student Union after she is elected. BTW, how many years has she been a member of the Communist Party?

LOL

You obviously have no idea about it traditionally has meant to be a conservative and a Republican. Let me help you.

Conservatives believe in limited government, not massive and repressive bureaucracies that try to keep track of everyone's personal business.

Conservatives believe in free enterprise, not tax-sucking monopolies that drive out free enterprise.

Conservatives believe companies should make it on their own and not receive massive pork, subsidies and other public funds thanks to big-government socialists like Ryun.

Conservatives believe in privacy and keeping the government out of our lives. Right-wing extremists like Ryun love socialistic programs and want more of our taxes to go toward more watchers, enforcers, regulators, prosecutors, cops and prisons to repress the people.

Conservatives also traditionally believe in fiscal responsibility, not borrowing a trillion dollars from commie atheists to support a very un-conservative and failed attempt at "nation building."

Conservatives traditionally believe in the separation of Church and State and all other aspects of the Bill of Rights.

Conservatives also traditionally have believed in conserving natural resources and protecting these most valuable assets for future generations.

Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican while he was President. He was an avid environmentalist, who started the National Park System. He also broke up monopolies that were not nearly as consolidated as those today.

Another great Republican was Dwight Eisenhower, who accurately predicted that anti-conservative, big-government, military-industrial criminals would soon take over our country just as they very obviously have done.

Nancy Boyda supports traditional conservative and traditional Republican principles, while you obviously do not.

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

Satchel said:

Ryun has more integrity in his thumbnail than the libs on this post have in their whole idiotic bodies.

Ryun did NOTHING wrong.. The libs are once again using their tabloidish stories to brainwash the environmentalist wackos like 'Yourworst nightmare'.. Wackos that will believe anything secular and will follow men who are totally clueless and imperfect.. It is a sad existence indeed to be a liberal.

Ryun's ethical lapses are not "tabloidish." They are well documented.

Satchel obviously defines "liberal" as anyone who doesn't believe the earth was created in six days, who doesn't believe in the Great Flood, who doesn't speak in tongues and who doesn't believe that government should be controlled by right-wing extremists like Jim Ryun.

jayhawks71 8 years, 8 months ago

Arminius, then he should have run as an Independent all along. Had he won the primary would he be running as an Independent? Of course not. Further, to skirt the system makes primaries unnecessary (and I do agree that they are unnecessary... put everyone on the ballot and let the people pick whom they want to represent them.)

It is ridiculous that some states have open primaries, others have closed. In states with open primaries, you have Democrats voting in Republican primaries, and vice versa. In closed primary states, you basically tell your citizenry that you have to be in one of the two parties thus, propagating the two party system.

Primaries are a uniquely American creation; another worthless spending of money. They clearly cost money to hold and for what purpose?

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

Maps of Palestine:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=map+of+palestine&btnG=Google+Search

Muslim haters like Arminius deny the existence of Palestine like Jew haters deny the holocaust.

Extremists always depend on the denial of the obvious and a revisionist history based on lies and half truths.

GOPConservative 8 years, 8 months ago

swbsow,

Clinton was the best Republican since Eisenhower. He was certainly much more of a conservative than Bush.

Being liberal or conservative no longer has anything to do with politics. It now has to do with not belonging or belonging to the "right" church.

If you are a member of the Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Unitarians or any other Mainstream congregation, you are probably a "Godless liberal." If you don't believe in any religion at all, you are obviously a "Godless left-wing radical extremist." If you believe in the Muslim faith, you are an "Godless Islamo-Fascist."

Clinton is hated by right-wing religious extremists, not because of his politics, but because he did not submit to a preacher and beg to be "saved" like they did when they were caught.

To believe, as you do, that your sex life is not the business of the government, preachers or extremist voyeurs like Ken Star or Phill Kline automatically makes you a "liberal."

Thanks for some great posts today. I agree with you that the solution to the problems in the Middle East is to respect moderate Muslims and quit turning them into radicals with our arrogance.

The conflict between the Arabs and the Jews is centuries-old family quarrel, and America has no business in it except to mediate and facilitate open communication and understanding between both antagonists.

Once we are seen as honest brokers rather than cheerleaders and financial backers for Israel, the terrorist threat against America will immediately decrease.

tashtego 8 years, 8 months ago

Why isn't Boyda's website or other information included in this story?

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