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Democrats angered by GOP remarks

February 8, 2009


— Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Gates said Saturday that comments made by state Republican legislative leaders about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, “should offend us all.”

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, criticized Sebelius’ work on the state budget, adding he hoped Sebelius would leave Kansas and get a job in President Obama’s administration.

“It might actually be helpful,” Schmidt said, adding that he had thought about writing a letter to Obama on behalf of Sebelius in getting picked secretary of health and human services.

Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, also said Sebelius had not been engaged in recent budget talks.

Their comments came when asked by reporters if Sebelius were chosen by Obama to lead HHS would that disrupt the budget process in the Legislature.

Gates issued a statement saying Schmidt and Vratil were out of bounds.

“Senators Schmidt and Vratil dropped to the lowest level of political gamesmanship by their personal attack. This type of behavior is not the solution — it’s the problem,” Gates said.

Schmidt and Vratil have pushed for a plan to cut schools by approximately $100 million, but that was rejected by a bipartisan coalition in the Senate after Sebelius said she would veto such a reduction.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said Sebelius had been extremely engaged in the bipartisan plan that was adopted by the Senate.

Hensley dismissed the comments of Schmidt and Vratil, saying, “This comes from two guys who only got 15 votes for their budget.”


KS 9 years, 3 months ago

Kansas would be better off right now if the tax and spend folks left town. Gates is just upset that somebody wasn't politically correct. Just where is all of this spending going to stop?

63BC 9 years, 3 months ago

(1) Consensus revenue numbers come out Nov. 4 detailing big shortfall this year and gigantic hole next year.(2) Despite urging of Republican legislators, Governor refuses to use her authority to order immediate cuts.(3) Ten weeks pass. Revenue forecasts worsen. Governor submits budget based on old revenue forecasts. Budget does not even balance based on latest data.(4) Within three weeks of that, both chambers of the Legislature produce budgets that balance on the latest figures.(5) Governor offers no new proposals. Only criticizes others.(6) Governor then spends a week openly campaigning for a job she assured us she didn't want because she was so eager to tackle the budget problems.(7) Republican Legislators note the Governor isn't being particularly helpful or showing leadership.(8) Governor trots out her party chairman to attack the other side for being "political." Aren't we all tired of this act?

yankeelady 9 years, 3 months ago

I would like to see the Republicans show some civility and willingness to actually compromise. They are in the majority and have the power to do whatever they wish. And since the courts mandated education funding levels, they have been looking for a way around it. Both sides need to compromise. But that won't happen with the attitude that the Republican leaders are demonstrating.

Centerville 9 years, 3 months ago

Oh no! !!! The Democrats are ANGERED!!!!! Am I in trouble because I called Senator Schmidt's office to thank him for stating the obvious? Too bad. Now back to lighting my candles petitioning Gaia that 0bama will finally give Sibileus a job and she'

rightthinkertwo 9 years, 3 months ago

I agree with madmike She will fit right in with Pelosis and Ried,and do not worry about unpaid taxes its just a hicup!

Centerville 9 years, 3 months ago

Nancy, good call. Only Scott Rothschild would take a story about someone pointing out that Sebilius is MIA, and turn it into a "Democrats Angered" whinefest.

KS 9 years, 3 months ago

logrithmic - Why don't you wake up and smell the coffee? LIke him or not, Bush and Cheney kept your sorry a** safe for over seven years. The Dems had control of both the House and Senate the last couple of years of the Bush Presidency and if he was guilty of all the war crimes you claim, they should have done something then. Get over it. Bush is out of office and won't return. Just get your guy to get his act together. He has been in office what, about three weeks and how many blunders can he make? He is not a leader. Maybe a good campaigner and talks a good talk but he has lied to you from the get go. We are in for a long four years and folks better wake up to that sooner rather than later. Get off your lazy you know what and get out there and do something with your life. Don't expect everyone else to hand it to you. This new guy is making Jimmy Carter look good, but my bet is that most of you that post on the LJW were not even around when he was President.

ENGWOOD 9 years, 3 months ago

logrithmic, wiggle back under that rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bisky1 9 years, 3 months ago

hey log guy, how does it feel to be duped by what you think is the dumbest guy in the room?

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 9 years, 3 months ago

I can see Vratil and Scmidt's point. If Sebelius goes they get someone in the Governor's office who looks just like them. Parkinson is one of Sebelius' Republicrat slimeballs. Politicians so sleazy and greasy that they had no opportunity of winning a primary in their own party. Morrison, the grand tattoo and Parkinson, who made millions in a very heavily regulated industry then infested a Democratic Party that was too desperate for a victory to see the kind of scoundrels they'd embraced.With Sebelius out of the way Schmidt and Vratil would be dealing with a bird of the same feather in Parkinson. The only people who could possibly cheer that triumvirate would be the clients of Vratil's law firm and to hell with the people of Kansas.

notajayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

logrithmic (Anonymous) says… "1) Lied us into a war and “fixed facts around the policy.”"Poor little deluded wooden boy. Ol' loggie never seems to remember that many Democrats, including our new Sec State, voted for the war based on the same intelligence. Oh, I forgot one of the tenets of the weak-minded dogma libs like loggie keep spewing - the Republicans 'lied,' while the Democrats were 'mistaken' or 'lied to.' Congratulations, loggie - your defense of the Democrats is based on infallible logic - that they were universally gullible and stupid. With a spokesperson such as your esteemed self defending them, well, I can't argue with that supposition.Oh, besides making the argument that the Dems are stupid (again, no argument here), you also credit the Republicans with omnipotence - imagine being able to prevent hurricanes from occurring! (Hey, log, I don't suppose the thought has penetrated that immensely dense cranium of yours that the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans - both of whom bear much more responsibility for those deaths than our former president - were Democrats? And that the survivors replaced their worthless Democrat governor with a Republican?)Oh, the bliss of ignorance so rampant in Larryville. It's wrong to criticize a governor for being in D.C. lobbying for a new job instead of trying to help solve the budget problems. Keep those idealogical blinders firmly affixed, loggie - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and we like having you completely harmless.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 3 months ago

So he said what he thought. Dems seem a little thin skinned.

AjiDeGallina 9 years, 3 months ago

of course, not-a-Jayhawk, since you lead with a lie, you are a liar.The majority voted for the war based on the limited intelegence Bush allowed released, and you neglect to include that he held back that a large portion of the intelegence was questionable and even doubted by many top leaders.But I would not expect you to repeat any facts that counter your opinion, that would make you credibile and it is clear that will NEVER happen with go ahead, continue ignoring facts, it makes you funny...well, if not makes you a joke.

KS 9 years, 3 months ago

logic must have crawled back under his rock. Very quite now.

notajayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

KS (Anonymous) says… "logic must have crawled back under his rock. Very quite now."Must be Aji's shift.****AjiDeGallina (Anonymous) says… "The majority voted for the war based on the limited intelegence Bush allowed released, and you neglect to include that he held back that a large portion of the intelegence was questionable and even doubted by many top leaders."Well, I guess you'd about be the resident expert on lying, Aji. Too bad you wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit you on those large muscles on your backside shielding what passes for your brains. (And not that you'd accept it even then.)How wonderful for you to be such a personal confidant of Senator Clinton's, to know what intelligence information she was privy to. The rest of us have to depend on what she said. If you bother to take off the blinders, Aji, you could look up the Senator's rather impassioned speech to the Senate. The basis for her voting "with conviction" to allow the use of force was not anything that was or has been disputed, and her belief that it wasn't up to us to prove the allegations, it was up to the kind and benevolent Mr. Hussein to cooperate with the inspectors and disprove them. But don't let little things like the truth change your little mind, Aji. What the heck am I saying - there's no chance of that happening. (Should I mention the irony of someone using the expression 'limited intelligence' who can't spell that term correctly?)

situveux1 9 years, 3 months ago

Sometimes the truth hurts Gates.I notice you didn't say her doing nothing was a lie, it just rubbed you the wrong way. Too bad.She's been worthless in trying to solve budget problems mostly because she's the main reason we have budget problems.

texburgh 9 years, 3 months ago

Well, the right-wingers who don't follow politics or happenings in Topeka unless they get their news from other extremists, are out in full force today.Here's how we get all folks engaged in the budget debate:1. The Governor puts out a budget and bills to implement it.2. Four Republican "leaders" write an alternative budget with no input from either other Republicans or Democrats or the Governor.3. Other legislators - Republican and Democrat - form a bipartisan coalition, create a new budget bill, take it to the Senate floor, and prove to the four "leaders" that if you want to lead you have to compromise.4. The four "leaders" (including Derek Schmidt and John Vratil) blame the governor for their arrogance and hubris.Fact: the so-called "moderates" crafted their own budget in secret, cutting out not only conservatives and Democrats but even other members of the "moderate" wing of the Republican Party. As a result, every Democrat, every conservative, and even several "moderates" rebelled and rejected the Schmidt/Vratil plan for our state.Truth be told, it's time for THEM to go, not Sebelius.

folksRfunny 9 years, 3 months ago

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situveux1 9 years, 3 months ago

Why should they include her when she didn't even bother to show up to present her budget proposals to the House or Senate? She clearly doesn't care so now the legislators have to fix our state's problems. And then when they don't do exactly what she wants, she throws a fit. Give it a break! Since Democrats are always so hot for compromise, why don't they compromise and agree to actually cut the budget on realistic projections rather than pipe dreams?

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