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Brownback's obesity task force to look for "industry solutions," not regulation

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Here are today's headlines:Sam Brownback[(WDC Media) Advocate Questions Approach of Childhood ObesityMedia Task Force:][1] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a new task force, which it will help to form early next year and which is designed to examine the possible effects of media and its advertising on childhood obesity. Recently, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin was quoted by Broadcasting and Cable magazine as saying he was troubled by the scientific research linking childhood obesity. Nevertheless, Martin agreed with other task force organizers, including Senator Sam Brownback, in feeling the task force, which will join government agencies and private commercial companies that advertise food to children, should ultimately look at industry solutions first before threatening any government regulation.Pat Roberts[(Cleveland Plain Dealer) Brown claims DeWine missed many hearings:][2] Sen. Mike DeWine has missed nearly half the public hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a panel he is on that is supposed to keep the nation's intelligence capabilities on track, his opponent charged Tuesday. ... But the committee held 57 closed meetings during that time. It could not be determined how many of those, if any, DeWine missed. "The overwhelming majority of the committee's sensitive work is necessarily done behind closed doors and for the most part is classified," Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the committee, told The Plain Dealer in a statement. "As a result, diligent senators like Mike DeWine do not get much public credit. The citizens of Ohio can be proud of his service to the country and they can rest safer at night because of his commitment." Roberts, a Kansas Republican, said DeWine's record "is unassailable, from his service on the 9/11 Joint Inquiry to his leadership to authorize and reform the terrorist surveillance program."[(Lawrence Journal-World) Senator named business 'guardian':][3] U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., recently earned a familiar title - Guardian of Small Business - for yet another year, courtesy of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The federation recognized Roberts for his votes during the 109th Congress in support of issues important to owners of small businesses. The federation singled out his support for the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act, which fell short of approval by the full Senate but still has Roberts' support. Roberts has received the designation each year since 1981.Etc.[(Wichita Business Journal) Ryun, Moran honored by manufacturers association:][4] U.S. Congressmen Jim Ryun and Jerry Moran have been awarded the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence in recognition of their continued support of American manufacturers. The NAM Award is presented to members of Congress who vote in the best interest of the manufacturing economy at least 70 percent of the time on Key Manufacturing Votes as designated by a special committee of NAM member companies, large and small. Both Ryun and Moran had perfect voting records. How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][5] [1]: http://www.wdcmedia.com/newsArticle.php?ID=1979 [2]: http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1159950706194190.xml&coll=2 [3]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct... [4]: http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2006/10/02/daily8.html?from_rss=1 [5]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 6 months ago

Hey Journal World,

Is Dennis Moore still in office? Is this column reserved only for so called republicans?

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