Archive for Thursday, November 1, 2007

Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi to talk at Dole Institute

Speech set for Nov. 9

November 1, 2007


The Dole Institute of Politics announced Thursday morning that Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak at Kansas University on Nov. 9.

"As soon as she took the oath as speaker, (Pelosi) has had an invitation to come to the institute," Dole Institute Interim Director Jonathan Earle said.

Earle said while Bob Dole, the institute's namesake, ran for president, his professional political life was about his time in the Congress. It's always been an emphasis to bring Congressional leaders to the institute.

"Senator Dole ran for president of the United States, but he never was president," Earle said. "This is a museum of legislators and legislating."

The appearance, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the institute, will be part of a Midwest swing for the speaker that will also include appearances on behalf of local representatives. Pelosi, who was elected Speaker of the House in January, is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in the Kansas City area for Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda of Lawrence that evening.

Boyda has eschewed accepting donations from the Democratic National Committee, running as a Democrat in a district that gave about 60 percent of its votes to George W. Bush in 2004. However as of the most recent campaign finance filings, Boyda has raised less money than potential Republican challenger Jim Ryun and has only $120,000 more cash on hand than potential challenger Lynn Jenkins.

Pelosi's speech, which is co-sponsored by the College Democrats of Kansas, is free and likely will include a question and answer session. No tickets are required; the Dole Institute will open at 10 a.m. for those wishing to attend the California Democrat's speech.


jasonc_22 10 years, 5 months ago

"only $120K more cash on hand than potential challenger Lynn Jenkins."

Only $120,000? Since she only spent $700K last time, she only has a full one-seventh of her '06 budget on hand. It's a significant lead over Jenkins.

And, anyway, since when did Democrats ever have a fundraising advantage over Republicans? That she's been able to stockpile more money than either of the Republicans is remarkable.

KU_cynic 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm sure that the Boyda campaign is ambivalent at best about this visit by Pelosi. All it may do is fire up some Lawrence lefties who would vote for Boyda anyway, while at the same time attracting media attention that will hurt the center-leaning Boyda elsewhere in the district.

kmat 10 years, 5 months ago

I am a raging liberal, but am embarrassed by Pelosi. There were so many good choices for Speaker and I was shocked when it was given to her. I would love to attend the event if I could, just so I could ask why she has been so gutless. They would never let me ask the question because they always set up those questions at events to make sure someone like me wouldn't get the chance to ask why impeachment is completely off the table, why they are still giving Bush blank checks for Iraq, why have they not lived up to the promises made in '06. She and the dems had a great chance to show how badly the repubs have screwed things up by just doing a good job and doing what we elected them for, but they have put their tails between their legs and have acted like typical politicians. I personally hope Sheehan beats Pelosi in their primary next year.

It's probably good I can't go to try to ask my question. Do KU cops have tasers????? Ha ha.

WilburM 10 years, 5 months ago

You know, the most important thing here is that Pelosi is coming. Full marks to the Dole Institute for getting her over here as she makes her Midwest swing. That's precisely the mission of the Dole Institute -- to give KU and Lawrence an opportunity to see politicos in the flesh -- and, one would hope -- gain some understanding about them and the process, rather than rely on second-hand snarky comments and unsupportable assumptions.

preebo 10 years, 5 months ago

While she has lead a mostly trivial House this year (primarily because of the narrow margin lead Dems hold), I'll be in attendance to show my support for our nations first female Speaker.

justthefacts 10 years, 5 months ago

Will try to attend this event. It's good to hear information from all sides of the story, and directly from the "horse's mouth." So to speak.

Sorry to say, but all those new Dem's elected to get the US out of Iraq ran into a big problem when they went to actually do it. They can't get it done. It is not legally or politically possible to do it without the President's support. They either didn't know the lay of the land (laws/rules) when they were campaigning, or they didn't tell their electors the truth. So now they are faced with a lot of people who elected them expecting an action to take place (getting out of Iraq) that they could not and did not do (for many reasons). It will be interesting to see if the next election cycle will see more blind devotion to a party/candidate that promises things they cannot deliver. Or if people will start electing people who TELL THE TRUTH even if it's not something we want to hear!

IMO the US is not going to get out of Iraq, ever. The US has been looking (and needing) some base of operations in the mid-east for a long long time. We need(ed) some foothold to keep a hostile country (like Iraq) from overunning and taking over all the other countries in the area. Why did we want/need to be there? The US wants to be in the Middle East, actually there, in order to protect US access to oil. Period. Anyone who doesn't want to drive a car in the future and who will agree to pay 5x for gas and electric services (among others) can = without being a big old hyprocrite = complain about that policy. But whether the politicians will ever admit to it or not, we are not going to get out of Iraq until and unless we no longer need so much oil to operate the country.

justthefacts 10 years, 5 months ago

How sad that many people who disagree with someone still do not afford all people a modicum of respect. Name calling and the propensity to hate anyone with whom you disagree has become all too common. It used to be discouraged and considered immature and juvenile. However, perhaps comedians like Don Rickels and his progeny have created a world where meanness has replaced true wit. This lack of an open mind to all sides of an issue has, imo, contributed greatly to the lack of civility and honest public debate. FYI - I do not agree with much of what Ms. Pelosi has reportedly said - quite the contrary. However, if we want public leaders to be civil in their dealings with us, we must afford them (and all other persons) the same treatment. My dear departed mother taught me to treat others as I want to be treated, not as I am treated by them. Guess that's too old fashioned now, huh?

sfjayhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

Mr justthefacts: Actually, the dems legally could have forced a pull out from Iraq by not funding the war. What a shame it is that they had no guts. Mrs Pelosi was once a someone you would not want to mess with, now she is just another politician that has been bought and sold. Her congressional seat, once a given, will be hotly contested next time around - and the leading contender is Cindy Shean.

tashtego 10 years, 5 months ago

What's puzzling to me is that Clinton, Obama, or even Edwards has not done something simple: Explain why the Congress is not highly regarded, namely because the GOP are in lockstep with a President who refuses to work with the majority. This would not only help educate the public, but also make the candidate look like the leader of his or her party.

And it might be worth reminding the public that the GOP, when they were in the majority, wanted to end the filibuster (use the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules) just so they could get approval of some hack judge candidates. Now, it's Republicans who are using the filibuster to block measures that might help stop this idiotic and counterproductive war.

overthemoon 10 years, 5 months ago

Speaker Pilosi was on NPR last night, talking about the frustration of not being able to get the full votes needed to pass the legislation mandated bby the public in the last election. To call her gutless or simply political is to misunderstand how the legislature works. A thin margin of majority does not give the democrats the strength needed to pass or override vetos from the white house.

Godot 10 years, 5 months ago

Will the campus police have tasers?

jumpin_catfish 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm tired of them all, both parties are hosing the people. Trust no politician they lie!!!

63BC 10 years, 5 months ago

If the topic is the accomplishments of this Congressional session this won't take long.

The productivity of this Congress compared to that just after the Republican takeover in 1995, is sorely lacking. Borderline abyssmal by historical standards.

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