State of Kansas Archives: on Homeland Security


Greg Orman: Understand costs of military action, including veterans

Too often we engage in military action without fully understanding the costs. At the same time, I believe that if America makes a promise or a threat we must actually keep it. Over the last two administrations we seem to have failed at both. We must also ensure that after the last bullet is fired we don't forget our veterans. It's clear that Washington has not honored that sacred commitment and is jeopardizing their lives long after they leave the battlefield.
Source: KSN.com Q&A on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jun 25, 2014

Tom Cotton: AdWatch: No sense of entitlement from serving in military

NBC News asked Pryor whether he thought Cotton's two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan were a qualification for running for the Senate. Pryor responded "no" but added, "I think that's part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off, almost like, 'I served my country, therefore let me into the Senate.' That's not how it works in Arkansas."

Cotton denied having any "sense of entitlement" from serving in the military, saying, "I certainly didn't learn one chasing after cattle on the farm. And the last thing my drill sergeant taught me was a sense of entitlement." Cotton said he joined the military after the Sept. 11 attacks and is a strong advocate for veterans, praising the intangible skills of vets like leadership to employers.

In attack ads, Pryor has accused Cotton of being too extreme, which Cotton countered with Pryor's support of the healthcare law: "The only that's extreme is casting the decisive vote for ObamaCare five years ago and still standing by it today," he said.

Source: Washington Times AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Chad Taylor: Advocate of a national defense respected throughout world

Taylor said he would work through November to introduce himself so voters would know he was an advocate of a national defense respected throughout the world, an economy that delivered good-paying jobs, and a government that didn't intrude on established constitutional rights of citizens. He said national health insurance reform, known as ObamaCare, had positive elements but was implemented poorly and in need of bipartisan repair. Taylor said he would work through November to introduce himself so voters would know he was an advocate of a national defense respected throughout the world, an economy that delivered good-paying jobs, and a government that didn't intrude on established constitutional rights of citizens. He said national health insurance reform, known as ObamaCare, had positive elements but was implemented poorly and in need of bipartisan repair.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate debate coverage by CjOnline.com Feb 28, 2014

Roy Blunt: Amended defense bill for company donating $20,000

Carnahan accused Blunt of doing favors for a California company by slipping in a helpful amendment to a defense bill. Blunt's action, Carnahan said, resulted in campaign donations a short while later from company executives and trips on the corporation's jet. "I think that's wrong," Carnahan said.

Blunt countered that the $355 billion defense bill in question passed overwhelmingly. Even former Sen. Jean Carnahan, Robin Carnahan's mother, voted for it, he said. "Don't act like this is something that made a difference, that somebody makes a $1,000 contribution and that makes a difference to me," Blunt said. "Give me a break."

Carnahan's campaign said afterwards that executives from the company, Perfectwave, had given Blunt's leadership committee about $20,000 in donations. As Blunt was speaking, Carnahan cut him off and demanded to know if he had ridden the corporation's jet. Blunt said he had ridden it once and reimbursed the company.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Joe Bellis: More spending to develop new weapons