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Support for candidate goes through the roof

June 19, 2007

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William Burlbaw is drawing attention to the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, with a sign he painted on the roof of his friend's home at 1003 W. 20th Terrace. The house is getting a new roof this week, so Burlbaw got his friend's permission to put up the sign for a few days.

William Burlbaw is drawing attention to the presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, with a sign he painted on the roof of his friend's home at 1003 W. 20th Terrace. The house is getting a new roof this week, so Burlbaw got his friend's permission to put up the sign for a few days.

Three questions with ... William Burlbow, a Lawrence painter.

Burlbow talks about why he painted the message "Ron Paul for President" on the roof of his friend's house. He had permission, but now the shingles are scheduled to be replaced on Wednesday. Enlarge video

One Lawrence man believes the national media are ignoring his presidential candidate of choice.

So for a few days he's using a neighborhood rooftop to drum up support for Republican Congressman Ron Paul, of Texas.

On Sunday, William Burlbaw, a painter and handyman, sprayed "Vote Ron Paul President 08" with white latex exterior paint in three places on the shingles that face the street from the home he uses as a mailing address at 1003 W. 20th Terrace.

The roof is getting replaced Wednesday; the home's owner is his friend Dana Barnett, who gave Burlbaw permission to use the house as a political message board for a few days.

"The more people that know about this man, the more chance we've got of getting our constitutional rights back," said Burlbaw, a critic of President Bush who says he's an independent.

Paul, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee in 1988, has become popular on the Internet, where Burlbaw said he found out about his campaign.

Paul's message of withdrawing from Iraq, limiting the size of the federal government and securing the borders if elected has drawn Burlbaw to support him.

Since Sunday, several neighbors have given Burlbaw a "thumbs up" for the idea, he said. Others passing through seemed to think it was vandalism or didn't know about Paul, so Burlbaw has offered them fliers he carries.

At least one neighbor seemed concerned so far, but Burlbaw said most people have been understanding because the shingles will be removed Wednesday.

The neighborhood's longtime mail carrier said he'd never seen anything like it. "No, not like that. That's a great idea," John Wulf said.

One neighbor said he didn't mind the message.

"He's got the right to make a statement, like everyone," Ryan Ogle said.

Ted Frederickson, a Kansas University journalism professor, said there is court precedent that can prevent government from making residents remove reasonably sized political signs, but things may be different for large and bright signs.

He also said that because the neighborhood is close to KU's campus, it's less likely to gain strong criticism right away.

"I don't think people are going to hit the roof over it," said Frederickson, who teaches a First Amendment course.

Comments

SearchingForTruth 7 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for getting Ron Paul's name out Mr. Burlbaw, it is a great idea!

Linda Endicott 7 years, 11 months ago

I've seen Ron Paul on TV, and so far I like his message.

trinity 7 years, 11 months ago

i agree crazyks, i've been reading&seeing him on tv-and i think he's pretty alright.

preebo 7 years, 11 months ago

I too like Ron Paul. Truth be told though, I like most Libertarians (except for Pat Buchanan), except their view on issues of environmental protection.

Who cares what I have to say. I'm also becoming a huge Dennis Kucinich fan. Go figure.

sourpuss 7 years, 11 months ago

I don't care for the way Ron Paul funnels campaign money to his direct family, and I don't care for his plans to shut down half of the government. He also didn't know what UNICEF was or did, which is worrisome for someone who wants such an important position.

Of course, I'm not a Libertarian, so his rhetoric doesn't work on me. Sure, I agree with many of his positions, but as a whole candidate, he would not get my vote, regardless of the party he ran for.

Jamesaust 7 years, 11 months ago

"I like most Libertarians (except for Pat Buchanan)...."

Pat Buchanan? A Libertarian? (Or libertarian?) Huh? You don't get more corporation subsidizing, government in your bedroom than Pat Buchanan (except perhaps Tom Delay).

preebo 7 years, 11 months ago

He (Buchanan) ran on the Reformist ticket in 2000, remember? From what I recall that is usually the platform that most Libertarians run on.

white_mountain 7 years, 11 months ago

preebo, I'm pretty sure reform and libertarian are two distinct parties.

I remember the Buchanan people took over the reform party from Jesse and the Perotistas

zettapixel 7 years, 11 months ago

Ron Paul's message is the only candidate's message that has made me even want to vote in 2008. Most politicians are just full of hot air, but there's something about Dr. Paul that really has me hooked. The national media definitely needs to cover this guy more than they're doing now!

preebo 7 years, 11 months ago

Well then I stand corrected...

I do however, still happen to like most Libertarians.

If that's o.k.?

mutualrealty 7 years, 11 months ago

WorldWide News Report© Joe Frazier, Ph.D Editor - San Jose, Costa Rica WorldWideNewsReport@gmail.com

Ron Paul Excluded in Iowa June 19, 2007

Iowans for Tax Relief and Iowa Christian Alliance will host a presidential candidate's forum on Saturday, June 30th in Des Moines. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, and Tom Tancredo will participate.

Ron Paul, however, will not participate. Why? Because he wasn't invited.

We heard about this forum from numerous supporters in Iowa who asked why Dr. Paul was not going to participate. Those supporters assumed that Dr. Paul was invited.

The campaign office had not received an invitation so we called this morning; thinking we might have misplaced the invitation or simply overlooked it. Lew Moore, our campaign manager, called Mr. Edward Failor, an officer of Iowans for Tax Relief, to ask about it. To our shock, Mr. Failor told us Dr. Paul was not invited; he was not going to be invited; and he would not be allowed to participate. And when asked why, Mr. Failor refused to explain. The call ended.

Lew then called Mr. Steve Sheffler, president of the Iowa Christian Alliance, to talk with him. Mr. Sheffler did not answer so Lew left a message. He has yet to respond.

Why are the Iowans for Tax Relief and the Iowa Christian Alliance excluding the one Republican candidate who scored at the top of every online poll taken after the MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN debates? Why are they denying Iowans the opportunity to hear from the Republican presidential candidate whose popularity is growing by the day?

We couldn't get answers to these questions from Messrs. Failor and Sheffler. Maybe you'll have better luck. Their contact information is below.

It's ironic that on the same day we learned the Iowans for Tax Relief and the Iowa Christian Alliance excluded Dr. Paul from their candidates forum, we received a call from ABC News confirming Dr. Paul's participation in its nationally broadcast August 5th debate to be held in Des Moines.

Kent Snyder, Chairman Ron Paul 2008

Contact Information

Edward Failor Iowans for Tax Relief 2610 Park Avenue Muscatine, Iowa 52761 Phone: 563-288-3600 or 877-913-3600 Fax: 563-264-2413 E-mail: itr@taxrelief.org

Steve Sheffler, President Iowa Christian Alliance 939 Office Park Road, Suite 115 West Des Moines, Iowa 50265 Phone: 515-225-1515 Fax: 515-225-1826 E-mail: slscheffler@iowachristian.com

mutualrealty 7 years, 11 months ago

WorldWide News Report© Joe Frazier, Ph.D Editor - San Jose, Costa Rica WorldWideNewsReport@gmail.com We have to get Ron Paul in This debate!!! This is just the beginning - If WE Don't Pressure the hell out of these people it will spread to other locations. So Please send e-mails & phone calls to the people listed here: Contact Information:

Edward Failor Iowans for Tax Relief 2610 Park Avenue Muscatine, Iowa 52761 Phone: 563-288-3600 or 877-913-3600 Fax: 563-264-2413 E-mail: itr@taxrelief.org

Steve Sheffler, President Iowa Christian Alliance 939 Office Park Road, Suite 115 West Des Moines, Iowa 50265 Phone: 515-225-1515 Fax: 515-225-1826 E-mail: slscheffler@iowachristian.com

RobH 7 years, 11 months ago

The Libertarian Party is active in Kansas. For more info: www.lpks.org We have two groups that are active in Lawrence - one LP student group at KU and one other group "the Free State Libertarians" also active locally. The Free State LP meet once a month and we need more people to help us continue to grow.

Join us!

Rob Hodgkinson Chair - The Libertarian Party of Kansas Individual Liberty -- Personal Responsibility

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Ron Paul is getting a fair amount of recognition as is Kucinich however they are not media favorites. The system needs overhauled. Every candidate running should be in the debates in order that the citizens make the choice. Want to turn things upside down? Vote in the candidate who has one of the smallest bank accounts and receiving the least amount of coverge.

Why is it Americans cannot elect a representative instead of a name from corporate america? What is the romance? Why do americans fall over themselves for political media stars and fat cats? Have we not learned that these people NEVER make things better they just continue the corporate welfare and watch american jobs go abroad. It really stinks!

The news media and corporate america do NOT need to decide who OUR candidates should be for local,state or federal level representation.

The media takes in a ton of cash during our election periods and play a huge role in selecting candidates for all sides of the aisle. Then THEY decide who should participate in televised debates as if no one else matters to the voters. Yes they also seem to decide which issues are important to voters and many times miss the mark. The media has become a large part of the special interest takeover of our process as if they know what is best for all of us. Voters support this takeover by voting for those candidates who also spend the most money and the question is why?

Campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths on the 2008 ballot. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.

Lets's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the 2008 ballot.

The big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests due to the very long nature of campaigns. How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do? We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out.

http://www.publicampaign.org/

Who would be against Public Funding? The special interest money providers and their bought and paid for politicians!

Jason Bennett 7 years, 11 months ago

To everyone here who is a Ron Paul Supporter - I am a founding member of the Ron Paul Kansas City Meetup Group, with over 200 members, and looking to open a branch locally here in Lawrence. Please email me at jbennett at gmail dot com and let's see what we can do to raise some more support for Ron Paul!

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