Farm Drones in Kansas?
June 27, 2013

(AP) – A flight demonstration of various unmanned aircraft systems used to improve the care of crops, livestock and pastures is scheduled for next week in central Kansas.

Kansas State University is hosting the event Tuesday in Lindsborg, where U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will be on hand to discuss economic growth potential of unmanned aircraft systems in the state.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicted in a study released in March that Kansas will be among the top 10 states to see significant economic growth once drones are integrated into the national airspace system in 2015.

The association’s president and CEO, Michael Toscano, also will be at Tuesday’s demonstration.


Moran Pulls a Touchy Tweet
November 29, 2012

A seemingly innocuous tweet Monday from incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee chair Jerry Moran that was promptly deleted.
The scramble to get rid of the tweet — 6 minutes after it went up, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops website — is a sign Moran is very quickly learning the hazards of his new job.
Between this week’s conservative pushback to West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s Senate bid and growing speculation about a primary challenge to Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Moran is getting a taste of what his NRSC successor, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, has had to deal with for the past two election cycles.
And keep in mind the conversation hasn’t even shifted yet to Sens. Susan Collins or Lindsey Graham or the others in the GOP conference who are being sized up for primary challenges.
The good news for Moran, however, is that there are some promising early signs for the GOP, among them the fact that a handful of Southern Senate seats will be up in a six-year-itch election and the prospect of Democratic retirements elsewhere.

McCaskill Says McCain Skips Benghazi Briefing to Hold Benghazi News Conference
November 15, 2012

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says Arizona Senator John McCain skipped a top-secret Senate briefing on the Benghazi attack to hold a news conference on—Benghazi.
In an interview with KMBC TV, McCaskill says she and McCain sit on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
McCaskill says the Committee had a closed-door Benghazi briefing Wednesday morning, given by the Department of Defense, the Department of State and other intelligence agencies. McCaskill says McCain, however, was not at the meeting.
She says he was at another part of the Capitol giving a news conference. McCain says the Congress needs a special Select Committee to investigate what happened when the Benghazi consulate was attacked and the US Ambassador to Libya and three others were killed.
McCain’s staff told KMBC today his absence was due to “a scheduling error”.
Thursday, CNN reported McCain became irritated with a reporter who asked by he was not at the Homeland Security Committee hearing.
“When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.
“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.
Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”
When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”
McCaskill says only two Republican Senators were at the entire secret briefing.
McCaskill opposes McCain plan for a Select Benghazi Committee. She thinks existing Congressional Committees can ask the same questions
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran’s staff says Moran arrived late to the Homeland Security session.Moran is also a member of the Homeland Security panel.
He was in the Republican Caucus leadership meeting.
Moran was elected to lead the Republican Senate Campaign Committee for the next two years. His office says that leadership election process ran overtime.

Moran Named to Key GOP Campaign Post
November 14, 2012

Kansas freshman Senir Jerry Moran us about to have his Repuican profile raised.
Moran gas been named the Chair of the Relublican Senatorial Campaign Committee. That’s job that puts him at the head of the GOP effort to retake control of the Senate in 2014.
In a brief statement on Twitter, Moran said, ” I pledge to rebuild our Senate Majority and help elect candidatwho can turn out country around.”
THE NRSC plated a key role in Missouri’s 2012 Senate race.
The Republican Senate campaign pulled $5 million it intended to spend on the Missouri campaign. That took place after GOP nominee Todd Akin’s controversial remark about “legitimate rape”.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who chose not to rung for the NRSC top job, will lead the group’s fundraising effort.
Roll Call reports there was some grumbling about Moran’s choice. It is due to the fact that Kansas is not considered a fertile source of Republican fund raising dollars.
Taxes freshman Senator-elect Ted Crus, a Tea Party favorite, will lead grass roots organizing.

Moran Told There May Be More Investigations Underway into GSA Spending
April 19, 2012

An Inspector General for the troubled General Services Administration (GSA) told Kansas Senator Jerry Moran there may be more than one investigation underway into the GSA.
Genera Brian Miller testified at the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee meeting Wednesday.
The GSA is under intense scrutiny after it was revealed top administrators threw a lavish Las Vegas party for GSA officials from its western regions. The 2010 4-day conference cost more than $800,00 in taxpayer money.
After the scandal broke, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned and some other top officials were fired.
Moran asked General Miller how many GSA investigation were underway.
Miller indicates the Western Conference party may not be the only one.
“It’s a little difficult because, as I said in my opening statement, every time we turn over a stone, we find 50 more – and we find other instances. You know, even today, we found out that the wife of the regional commissioner had a parking space throughout the year of 2012 at the federal building,”,Miller said.
He added, “We did report on western regions conference, and we have a number of ongoing investigations”.
Miller also told the committee they were working with the Department of justice to see if there any possibility of criminal indictments stemming from the Las Vegas party.
Miller says the results of some of the other investigations have not be released yet.