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Brownback skips Lawrence on state tour

August 7, 2010


— 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.


Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 9 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.

yankeevet 7 years, 9 months ago

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

Mike Ford 7 years, 9 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.

Larry Bauerle Jr. 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes, because all the smart people in Kansas live in Lawrence. The rest of us are just yokels.

rtwngr 7 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, right, and you're a genius Mr. Longterm Memory?

notajayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

A little touchy, tuschie - as usual.

You Larryviller's aren't worth the governor-to-be's time. It's not as if you matter to the rest of Kansas, anyway.

davidsmom 7 years, 9 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?

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 9 months ago

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

Stuart Evans 7 years, 9 months ago

I've lived here awhile, and one thing this town definitely doesn't have too much of, is sense.

notajayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Just keep telling yourself that, gammy. Just keep telling yourself that you're good enough, you're smart enough, and gash darn it, your mommy liked you!

notajayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Just keep telling yourself that, gammy. Just keep telling yourself that you're good enough, you're smart enough, and gash darn it, your mommy liked you!

David Albertson 7 years, 9 months ago

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ksjayhawk74 7 years, 9 months ago

"Lotsa angry far-left zealots running around over your way. Safety is first and foremost. "... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

BigPrune 7 years, 9 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.

kernal 7 years, 9 months ago

So, Prune, you're saying we're the only town in KS having fiscal problems due to irresponsibilites. Hmmm. And you've taken which constructive steps to rectify that? Did you vote in the last few elections, or do you even live in Lawrence?

overthemoon 7 years, 9 months ago

Boy, that sure presents a level headed willingness to work with everyone to solve our problems. What kindness, what intellectual ability to understand more than one point of view, what understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of any position. Stellar, just stellar.

Joe Blackford II 7 years, 9 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:

50YearResident 7 years, 9 months ago

It is not a good time for Washington politicians to run for govenor as this J/W article says. I hove Kansas is not an exception to this. Vote for Holland!

50YearResident 7 years, 9 months ago

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

SDTPlant 7 years, 9 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.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 9 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.

blindrabbit 7 years, 9 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.

JohnBrown 7 years, 9 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.

kernal 7 years, 9 months ago

Tom, it would be a disaster no matter who our current president is or which party he or she was with. Can't blame a current president for that which others did before he or she took office. The housing situation was quietly crumbling two to three years before this last presidential election. The unemployment problem also began during Bush's last term. It did not all just happen after Obama was sworn in.

overthemoon 7 years, 9 months ago

He can't hear you. Totally different signal reception going on there. I think it might be from aliens.

rhd99 7 years, 9 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?

tomatogrower 7 years, 9 months ago

Holland hasn't lived in Washington for the last several years, and spent a lot of that time running for president. He has been working for Kansans.

overthemoon 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, for one he does not bring a history of religious zeal he'd like to make sure everybody adheres to no matter what their beliefs. To me that is VERY important.

He is also soft spoken, able to listen to and work with others of differing opinions.

He is a real person, not a cardboard cutout that stands with his party even when his party is wrong.

independent_rebel 7 years, 9 months ago

Anyone who doesn't think that Holland has a history of religious zeal doesn't know Mr. Holland. This guy coached my nephew's baseball team one year and wouldn't hold practices or go to games on Wednesday nights that the league assigned to him because of his church service held those nights.

David Albertson 7 years, 9 months ago

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

kernal 7 years, 9 months ago

You're the one who got the comments deleted.

independant1 7 years, 9 months ago

Idiot? A bit harsh don't you think? He seems to be a rather well educated politician else he wouldn't have survived in the biz this long. Now a Democrat that runs for statewide office in Kansas, a republican state populated by folks as intelligent as folks anywhere, might not be politically smart but they have had success because Kansans can and do vote for the person and not the party (pardon the generalization, but it's true.)

situveux1 7 years, 9 months ago

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

ksjayhawk74 7 years, 9 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?

overthemoon 7 years, 9 months ago

Its not so much that he hates us, its that he will ignore us when elected. He is not interested in any idea or proposal that doesn't fit his narrow vision. Remember, he's been trying for 'higher offices' for a long time. The guy just wants the title and the shiny hat, doesn't care a whit for anyone who won't shine it for him.

SDTPlant 7 years, 9 months ago


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.

blindrabbit 7 years, 9 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.

Hoots 7 years, 9 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.

kernal 7 years, 9 months ago

Those were different times in an entirely different world.

Matt Needham 7 years, 9 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.

independant1 7 years, 9 months ago

There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it. (Will Rogers)

blindrabbit 7 years, 9 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.

tomatogrower 7 years, 9 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.

rhd99 7 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, well, tomato, I agree with everything you have said, except for one thing, I'm not a millionaire.

bkreed1960 7 years, 9 months ago

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

LiberalDude 7 years, 9 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"

independant1 7 years, 9 months ago

A better insightfull read, Wizzard of Oz.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 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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