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Brownback skips Lawrence on state tour

August 7, 2010

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— Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback will unveil his “Road Map for Kansas,” on a four-day, 29-city tour next week.

But a stop in Lawrence isn’t on the map.

Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for the Brownback campaign, said Lawrence wasn’t left off intentionally. She said Brownback will be making appearances later in the campaign in Lawrence.

Brownback, a U.S. senator, faces Democrat Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, in the Nov. 2 election.

Jones-Sontag said Brownback is a big fan of Lawrence and Kansas University. He and his wife both have law degrees from KU.

Brownback has said his “Road Map for Kansas” will outline what he plans to do if elected governor.

He and his running mate, Jeff Colyer, a state senator from Overland Park, will hold a news conference Monday in Topeka with many of the contributors who have worked on the “Road Map.”

Then on Wednesday, Brownback and Colyer will go on a four-day bus tour to unveil more details of the plan.

The tour starts in Topeka and hits Wamego, Manhattan, Junction City, Abilene, Salina, Russell and Hays on the first day. On Thursday, WaKeeney, Oakley, Colby, Goodland, Sharon Springs, Tribune, Syracuse and Garden City are on the schedule.

On Friday, the tour will visit Cimarron, Dodge City, Greensburg, Pratt, Hutchinson, Colwich and Maize. The tour will wrap up Saturday with stops in El Dorado, Eureka, Yates Center, Iola, Fort Scott and Stilwell.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

Gosh, merrill, you are an economic genius and all. Let me follow your logic, for a bit.

Socialism brings back jobs. In which Universe, no known universe that I know! What it brings is mediocrity, in huge doses, in fact. Why should I work as hard as you, I know I'm going to get paid the same as you! Professional integrity, you say? There is no professionalism when every one is equal.

I won't argue you point about Bush/Cheney, I'm not actually a huge fan of what those idiots did.

I'll even give you this point: We cannot afford tax cuts at this time, however: I'd like to see Obama continue the Bush tax cuts, for those making less than 250K. It's never a bad idea to give the middle class a few extra bucks to spend. That could actually drive some growth.

Wall street is no real indicator of the economy: That's so stupid on so many levels, that I can't really take you seriously here. Do you understand how our economy works? People make investments in companies to make a rate of return, i.e. they give companies capital to expand, and hire more workers. It is the almost only indicator of the economy, and it's a leading indicator, not a lagging one, like GDP, etc.

Finally, the biggest idiot lie of all: The government will need to step in and create jobs and new industry: When has that ever happened? What Obama has actually done is create more government jobs with bureaucracy, etc. The government's best move in creating private industry jobs, is staying the hell away! You advocate the exact opposite, with the job killing results.

Merrill's understanding of the Economy: F

Sorry, you fail!

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 8 months ago

Where was Brownback when Bush/Cheney were busy sinking the economy and losing 11 million jobs?

Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney took out financial institutions,retirement plans and probably 17.8 million jobs as a result of their economic incompetence. Republicans are the ONLY PARTY that has pulled this off.

If tax cuts were the magic wand in the USA all would have jobs coming out of our ears.

Nobody can prove that tax cuts create new industry,new jobs or add economic growth. There is no hard evidence. It's a bogus theory like Reaganomics and the global economy.

Simply put there is no hard evidence that tax cuts produce anything of significant value for national economics.

Remember Wall Street in no real indicator of the economy.

The government will need to step in and create jobs and new industry. It's been done before. Yes some will scream socialism. If socialism brings back jobs,new industry and economic growth the let socialism flow. Jobs and a new strong economy are better than unemployment checks,food stamps and a sinking economy.

Tax cuts and wreckanomics = failure!

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independant1 3 years, 8 months ago

A better insightfull read, Wizzard of Oz.

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LiberalDude 3 years, 8 months ago

What's the Matter with Kansas?

No need to read Thomas Frank's insightful book. The answer can be summed up by "Sam Brownback"

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bkreed1960 3 years, 8 months ago

Governor-to-be?! That kind of overconfidence could help him lose those votes pretty quickly.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 8 months ago

To Tom and all the other conservatives on this forum: I am not sure how conservatives expect the government to "create" jobs. They keep asking why hasn't Obama created jobs? Who really creates jobs? The Bush tax cuts haven't expired yet, so supposedly the corporations have all these wonderful tax cuts, federally and locally, but they aren't reinvesting in the US. The government can only create jobs by creating more government jobs, which is something that I thought conservatives were against.
The government saved jobs by bailing out GM, and getting rid of the piss poor management team. That seems to be working so far. They have passed legislation, so that the next time some bad management and investments threaten to ruin a big bank, then the big bank can be dismantled so they don't take us all down with them. Let's face it. Your wonderful corporate capitalist have sold the people of the US down the river. Sure if you're a wheeler, dealer, you have earned money from your investments, but if you are just someone who wants a job that pays you enough to live, you are out of luck. Corporations can pay their people more, but they won't. Small businesses tend to appreciate employee loyalty and when the profits grow, so do the paychecks. In corporations money only trickles down so far. So if you conservatives are sitting around waiting for the government to "fix" things, why don't you instead take some of your big earnings from all your corporate investments and create a business, and hire a few people. Yes, you might have to give up that vacation home or not redecorate your kitchen for the 3rd time in 10 years, but you will be doing something to help out the economy. If you don't do this, you have no reason to gripe about people on unemployment, because those unemployed people are bringing you and your corporate investments more profit.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

Herny; It's Kansas' destiny, just like Thomas Frank's "What's The Matter With Kansas" (How Conservatives Won The Heart Of America), and stole it from the rest of us (moderate Repubs. included). Ain't in fun. Hoots, right on about Carlin.

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Matt Needham 3 years, 8 months ago

Does anybody else notice that no matter which party holds office the rich keep getting richer and the middle class keeps getting smaller? No? Okay, just keep busy bickering like they want. It's probably too late to do anything about it anyway.

http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2010/08/05/us-economy-is-increasingly-tied-to-the-rich/

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Hoots 3 years, 8 months ago

I consider myself conservative in many ways but people like Brownback make my skin crawl. Sam is in it for Sam and no other reason. He couldn't find Kansas on a map while he was in D.C. Just a phony bible beater to get a vote. Wish we could find another John Carlin. He left this state in great shape when his term expired.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

Tom: Better yet, approach the whole economic, housing and employment issues from more realistic points-of-view. Going back to 2000 and the start of the real decline, #43 entering office. No real housing issues then, although groundwork for problems was already in-place due to bad legislation and bad Fed. policies, went downhill quickly with Dubya. The Clinton administration added millions, again the decline began in 43's and has continued till now. As we all know, jobs are very slow to return. To lay the jobs debacle on Obama is not realistic, 20 months into a new administration following 8 years of blunder. Problem, during the intervening years NAFTA, free trade, China and International Corporations that are no longer beholding to the US; lost manufacturing base all are problems that will take years (if ever) to correct.

Economic issues are even more deplorable under Reagan, 41 and 43. Reagan may have seemed fiscally conservative, but really, spending skyrocket under his and 41's administrations. Although they limited tax increases, the spending of non-budget items went through the roof; national debt took a pounding. Clinton restored fiscal responsibility and eventually balanced the budget, This along with good employment, no misguided war policy put us in pretty good shape. You like I were probably in the best shape we've ever been in during the last 4 years of Clinton. Didn't take long for 43 and Darth Vader to screw up this tread, Huge spending increases due to two misguided wars, declining Federal revenues due to sliding economy, and the foolish "wealthy tax cut"; based on Reagans faulty "trickle-up" concept. And years of Republican Congress asleep at the switch as the housing, banking and oversight went to hell.

Now after all of this, Obama is to blame??? A little short-sighted I'd say. You are probably correct about a big election switch in November. This will probably follow the usual off-year results. But really, the right-wing dittoheads, TeaParty conscripts, Palin-oglers, No'ers, Birthers, flip-floppers have been at the koolaid trough with blinders a little too long.

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SDTPlant 3 years, 8 months ago

ksjayhawk74,

You left out the descendants of Quantrill, the fans of the Nebraska Cornshuckers, Oklahoma Snoozers, and Missouri Psses.

And, I believe that Phred actually likes Lawrence. He gets a small group of anti Phred's out over there whenever he shows up. Typical Midwestern accomodaters, not like the ACTUP people out in SF and other less tolerant cities. Those folks have the correct attitude when it comes to his nonsense. Off the plane, onto the bus, off the bus, quickly back on the bus and out of the city. FOOLS.

What does this have to do with Sam? He's a single issue candidate incapable of thought out of step with whatever the anti abortion wingnuts of his party are espousing on any given day.

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 8 months ago

Well it's obvious that Sam Brownback hates Lawrence. When Republicans go to the polls they need to ask themselves if they want to vote for the guy that hates Lawrence.

You know who will really like the fact that Sam Brownback hates Lawrence? K-State fans and the Westboro Baptist Church. Why would you want to vote for a guy like that?

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situveux1 3 years, 8 months ago

This is stupid. He's also not going to Wichita or Kansas City. So what?

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David Albertson 3 years, 8 months ago

LJW can delete my comments all they want. It doesn't change the fact that Brownback is an idiot.

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rhd99 3 years, 8 months ago

Folks, trying to maintain a bipartisan dialogue (though it may be impossible), I want to play devils advocate for a moment. Here's my question to all who think Brownback is full of waste: I don't deny that there were decisions Brownback made that hurt Kansas and our nation's economy. Having said this, what does Tom Holland bring to this gubernatorial race that is better than Brownback, besides the fact that Brownback voted against unemployment extension benefits?

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 8 months ago

What was unemployment then, JohnBrown? What was the housing situation then? This congress and prez are an unmitigated disaster. And that's a vast understatement.

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JohnBrown 3 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to know why he's 'fiscally conservative' now, but while on his watch in the Senate he helped double our national debt to the tune of $5 trillion. Reagan was the other big spender, adding $4 trillion to our debt all by himself.

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bobberboy 3 years, 8 months ago

good we did'nt want that scum here anyway !!

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blindrabbit 3 years, 8 months ago

Good, last time I conversed with him in Lawrence I felt a little creepy afterward. He seemed a little too "goody" to me, and rehearsed. Maybe too much time cloistered on C Street with his dittohead friends.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 8 months ago

It isn't news that he would skip Lawrence. He already knows there's no way he can carry the city. What is surprising is that he's skipping Wichita. You don't dump on the largest city in the state without cause. Unless he really is that stupid to think he's a shoo in and can ignore who and where he wants.

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Pollocaca 3 years, 8 months ago

He has the same game plan as The vietnam veteran Johnny Kerry had with Lawrence. At least Kerry sped through on a train at night without stopping.

Lawrence is a smudge mark on the map of the country.

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SDTPlant 3 years, 8 months ago

We still have a glimmer of hope here in KS. Tipartyahrt was defeated in the primary. Yes, I know-by someone professing their republicrat leanings. Now, we need to mount the anti Brownback campaign.....................scratch that. We need to mount a pro Tom Holland campaign in order for Sammy not to sit in the govnas mansion here in Topeka. Lets get out the Holland vote.

By the way, I'm not surprised he's skipped Lawrence. He understands that he already has the votes of those Johnson County Republican transplants that have taken over your fair city.

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50YearResident 3 years, 8 months ago

Correction on spelling, I hope Kansas is not an exception to this. Vote for Holland!

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50YearResident 3 years, 8 months ago

It is not a good time for Washington politicians to run for govenor as this J/W article says. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/aug... I hove Kansas is not an exception to this. Vote for Holland!

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Joe Blackford II 3 years, 8 months ago

Brownback NEEDS to secure his National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) CURTAIN OF TRANSPARENCY asap. Wouldn't want KS farmers & ranchers to discover KSU's USAMRIID Colonels provided the ANTHRAX MAILER (19-year USAMRIID employee) with his Anthrax, now would he?

Atta boy, Toto:

http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/amerithrax.htm

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BigPrune 3 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Brownback isn't coming to Lawrence because he doesn't have a solution to Lawrence's fiscal irresponsibilities and using words to describe our local citizens as: kooks; idiots; commies; socialists; and earth nazis wouldn't bode well as a headline.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 8 months ago

Maybe his security detail is stretched thin and going to Lawrence was shelved for now. I would not appear in Lawrence as a conservative politician either unless my security was reinforced---even more than needed. Lotsa angry far-left zealots running around over your way. Safety is first and foremost.

May God Bless.

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David Albertson 3 years, 8 months ago

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grammaddy 3 years, 8 months ago

He doesn't want any parts Lawrence. We have too much sense for him here.

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ljwanonymous 3 years, 8 months ago

He's already got the dozen or so mindless votes here that is the most he could expect. So he going to have to concentrate and get all the other mindless voters in to actually show up at polls and not get complacent that he's a sure winner.

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parrotuya 3 years, 8 months ago

We don't want him here anyway.

KANSAS: As BIGOTED as you think!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

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davidsmom 3 years, 8 months ago

The trip is only four days. He can't hit every city in the state in four days. He isn't coming to my home town, either. So what?

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Mike Ford 3 years, 8 months ago

he's got to go find the short term memory dummies west and south of topeka off the grid. maybe he can go to the boondocks like palin does. they believe everything rush limbaugh says.

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yankeevet 3 years, 8 months ago

He did not get my vote anyway..............

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Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 8 months ago

This is news why? He isn't going to Wichita either... Get off the high horse Lawrence. We are a little blue dot in a sea of red. Coming here would be a waste of time.

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