Kansas Common Sense - Ensuring Military Members the Right to Vote

Senator Jerry Moran
2012-11-05 17:42:40
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Upcoming Open Office Hours 

A member of Sen. Moran’s staff will soon be visiting the following communities to assist Kansans who are experiencing difficulties with Social Security, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits or have other concerns regarding federal issues. Members of the community are welcome to attend:







Elk County
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT
Elk County Courthouse
Commission Room
225 E. Washington
Howard, KS 67349




Miami County
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CT
Miami County Administration Building
Training Room, Suite 200
201 S. Pearl 
Paola, KS 66071 



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Kansas Common Sense
November 5, 2012


Dear Friend,


Welcome to “Kansas Common Sense.” Thank you for your continued  interest in receiving my weekly newsletter. I spent time this week both  in Florida promoting Kansas’ aviation industry and in Kansas, traveling  throughout our state, listening to Kansans, and getting feedback on  issues we face in Washington. This week, I visited with folks in  Johnson, Riley, Russell, Rooks, Graham, Trego and Ellis Counties. You  can read more about visits below. Please feel free to forward this  newsletter on to your family and friends if it would interest them.



Ensuring Military Members the Right to Vote

 My  office has received calls and e-mails from active-duty servicemen  and  women currently in the United States who have not yet received  their  absentee ballots. With Election Day just one day away, I wanted to  let  you know that military personnel within the U.S. and their  dependents  are allowed to e-mail or fax in their ballots. If you are a  member of  the military who has not received your absentee ballot, you  may fill  out the form at this link and fax or email it to the election  office in  the county where you’re registered to vote. They will expedite  process  your ballot request by the method of your choice (via fax or  email),  send you a ballot via fax or email and once you fill out your  ballot  you can fax or email it back to the county election office. Click here for the ballot request form, and click here for county election office contact information.


Promoting Kansas Aviation Nationally

On Tuesday, I attended the 65th Annual National Business Aviation  Association (NBAA) Convention to visit with aerospace and aviation  businesses, promote the Kansas aviation industry, and encourage  companies to invest in Kansas. Attracting more than 30,000 attendees –  including more than 1,000 exhibitors – the NBAA convention is a key  opportunity for aviation industry leaders and operators to conduct  business, make buying decisions, and establish the direction of business  aviation activity in the year ahead.

During the opening ceremony, I spoke to attendees about the  importance of general aviation to our nation. The industry contributes  approximately 32,000 jobs, more than 450 aviation and aerospace  companies, and in excess of $7 billion to the Kansas economy. In order  to keep Kansas’ aviation industry strong, we need a growing and  prosperous economy. That comes from certainty in the tax code, reining  in overregulation, predictable health care costs and a long-term plan to  reduce the federal deficit.

While at the NBAA Convention, I met with representatives from many  companies that are either based or have a presence in south-central Kansas,  including: Hawker-Beechcraft, Bombardier-Learjet, Aviation Dynamix, Tect  Aerospace, Flight Safety International, Liebherr Aerospace, Ametek, B/E  Aerospace, Greenwich Aerogroup, Triumph Group, Inc., LMI Aerospace,  Nordham and Winglet Technology.

It was an honor to join in dedicating the convention to astronaut and  American hero Neil Armstrong, who lives on in our hearts and our  history books. Congratulations to Cessna chairman emeritus Russ Meyer,  Wichita native Clay Lacy, golf legend Arnold Palmer and astronaut Gene  Cernan who were recognized for their longtime advocacy and leadership of  the general aviation industry.

Thanks to Ed Bolen, NBAA president and Salina native, for including  me in the opening ceremony. Special thanks also to Suzie Ahlstrand,  president of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, and her  talented team for inviting me to attend the convention and for  providing so many opportunities to share the success story that is  Kansas and Wichita aviation.

While general aviation has had its struggles, my time at the NBAA  Convention reaffirmed my belief that the leaders of this industry embody  our Kansas motto: "Ad Astra Per Aspra; To the Stars Through  Difficulty." Together, we'll make certain Wichita remains the Air  Capital of the World. Click here to see pictures from my visit.


Unemployment Rate Rises in October

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the nation’s  unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October. With 23 million  Americans still out of work, it is clear our current economic policies  are creating an environment of uncertainty and hampering job growth in  America. History shows that sustainable economic growth and job creation  starts with the private sector, but when the message coming from  Washington is more taxes, more regulation and more government, it is no  surprise businesses are slow to hire new workers. Leadership in  Washington must change course now if we are going to grow our economy  and get Americans back to work. It is past time for Congress and the  White House to work together and put in place pro-growth policies that  cut spending, rein in over-regulation, replace our convoluted tax code,  open up more foreign markets, and develop a comprehensive energy policy.  When the policies coming out of Washington give businesses certainty,  resources, markets and freedom, our economy will recover and firms will  hire more Americans.



One Year Anniversary of MF Global Collapse

One year ago, farmers and ranchers across Kansas and the United  States awoke to the stark realization that the integrity of our markets  can be easily compromised by a bad player like MF Global. Segregated  customer accounts are protected by law, and the events surrounding MF  Global cast doubts on the strength of our market protections as well as  the ability of the designated federal regulators to prevent violations  of the trust of account holders.  The disregard for the rules  established to protect customers on the part of MF Global, as well as  the failure of federal oversight to enforce these rules, will continue  to erode confidence in our markets until the accounts are made whole and  the perpetrators are held accountable.

Touring Hill City High School

On Thursday I was in Hill City to meet with teachers and students at  Hill City High School and learn more about their efforts to provide a  high quality education in Graham County. School teachers and  administrators play a critically important role in making certain our  children develop the skills necessary to be successful in life. The  future of both our state and nation is linked to the quality of our  children’s education.

During my visit I had the opportunity to speak with the senior class.  We discussed a variety of issues currently affecting our nation,  including the rising costs of higher education and the economy. We also  visited about the importance of young Kansans having the opportunity to  stay in our state to live and work after they graduate from school.  Another common concern I hear is that mandates from the federal  government place considerable strain on the central mission of our  schools: educating our children. As a member of the Senate  Appropriations education subcommittee I have the responsibility to make  sure the Department’s initiatives are effectively serving students in  Kansas and across the country. Because parents and teachers know best  the educational needs of their children and students, I am committed to  working to improve federal education policy so our schools have the  flexibility to meet the unique educational needs of their students.  Congress and the federal government should be focused on empowering  decision making at the local level, not saddling our schools with more  burdensome mandates. 

I enjoyed being in Hill City and appreciated Principal Alan Stein for  hosting my visit. Thanks to Shelby Stewart, Kyle Helberg and Gus  Nickelson for the informative tour. Click here to see photos from the visit.


Visiting the Community of WaKeeney

Also on Thursday, I stopped in Trego County to visit with the  residents of WaKeeney. I had a nice time chatting with folks along Main  Street WaKeeney. At Gibson Health Mart I spoke Pharmacist Sarah Ashmore  and a Ft. Hays student and Pharmacy Assistant, Sammy Augustine, about  health care, my work as chair of the Senate Pharmacy Caucus, and the  upcoming election. I made several other stops around town including to  the Courthouse, Western Kansas World, Trego Co. Farm Bureau, First  Federal Savings, State Farm Insurance, TWI and Dietz Financial Services,  and Always Christmas. Thanks to WaKeeney residents for the warm  welcome. Click here to see a photo.


Stopping By the Community of Luray

I also had the opportunity to visit the community of Luray in Russell  County on Thursday, and had a nice time catching up with folks around  town and stopping in to say hello at a few local businesses including  The Farmers Bank, Dolan Hardware, Heinze & Associates. At the Luray  Senior Center, I had a good conversation with Arleta Bland, Ila Green,  Vivian Berryhill and Greta Libal. While in Luray, I also visited the  City Library and chatted with the librarian. Thanks to everyone in Luray  for the welcome and for chatting with me about the issues they care  about. These conversations help guide my work back in Washington. Click here to see a photo.


Fostering Positive Attitudes Toward Individuals with Down Syndrome

I recently learned about an inspiring project that I wanted to share  with Kansans. The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and Just  Like You Films, a KC-based film production company, have teamed up to  create a film called Just Like You - Down SyndromeThe  13-minute film stars three kids with Down syndrome and their friends,  and features personal stories to help viewers better understand the  condition and why people with Down syndrome wish to be treated just like  you. Each of these stars has their own talents, characteristics,  strengths, and challenges. The goal of the film is to promote greater  understanding, awareness, and acceptance for people with Down  syndrome. It reminds us that knowledge and familiarity of our unique  differences make us more compassionate and connected human beings – and  shows us all that we are more alike than we are different. Thanks to  Jawanda and Rachel Mast of Olathe for contacting me about this film and  thanks to Amy Allison, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Guild of  Greater KC, for providing background on this exciting project. Click  to watch the film online. You can also meet the cast and explore the film’s website here



In the Office

Several Kansans stopped by to take a tour of the US Capitol this week including:

Garden City
Joan Scherman
Donna Gerstner 

Cheryl Denton, and daughter Ashley Teudean 

Robert & Sharon Scherman 

Overland Park
Alexandra Prosser

Sydney Miller



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Very truly yours,