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Brownback’s ‘Road Map’ for state criticized for being short on details

August 14, 2010

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— Sam Brownback’s road map for his campaign bus tour better have more detail than his policy “Road Map for Kansas.” If not, he’ll be lost and asking for directions, Democrats say.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback (left) talks Wednesday with Tony Mattia, a pastor from Wamego, during a campaign stop in Wamego.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback (left) talks Wednesday with Tony Mattia, a pastor from Wamego, during a campaign stop in Wamego.

Brownback, the Republican gubernatorial candidate for governor, faces Democrat Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, in the Nov. 2 election.

Brownback unveiled his “Road Map” on Monday, outlining the broad “measurables” as the goals for his administration, if elected. He promised more detail as his four-day bus tour unfolded.

But so far, the details haven’t been too detailed.

In Manhattan on Wednesday, he said his rural policy initiatives will be helping set up “free enterprise zones” in rural Kansas, and expanding broadband Internet in rural areas. “We have got to do a lot better in creating jobs in rural Kansas,” Brownback said.

On the enterprise zones, he said he wanted local groups to come to the state with recommendations, and he added that he didn’t want to expend any more state dollars.

As Democrats pointed out, there is nothing new here.

The Kansas Department of Commerce is already engaged in enterprise zones, and on the issue of expanding broadband access, Kansas is spending money on this endeavor — federal money that Brownback voted against as a U.S. senator.

The lack of detail is evident in other areas, too.

Brownback has repeatedly said the school finance formula is flawed and needs to be overhauled. Public school funding makes up more than half of the state budget, and the school finance formula is the product of years of political balancing and litigation.

But Brownback has repeatedly declined to point out where he thinks the school finance formula is flawed and how it needs to be overhauled.

Brownback says if elected he will put the Legislature on the task of reforming school finance rather than dictating what he would like to see done. “This isn’t a one-person decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent Holland will roll out some of his policy details on Tuesday. Holland’s campaign notes that while Brownback has been in Washington the past 15 years, Holland has been in Kansas working on state issues in the Legislature.

“As governor, Tom Holland will create jobs by continuing to invest in education and workforce training,” said his spokesman Seth Bundy. “Tom will carefully manage the budget so that public safety and our most vulnerable Kansans are never put in jeopardy. And Tom will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to make government more efficient, transparent and responsive to Kansans,” Bundy said.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 1 month ago

Details? Who needs details? Once he's governor, he'll worry about the details-- as long as it doesn't get in the way of raising money of another run for president.

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Stain 4 years, 1 month ago

His standard plan goes something like this:

Accomplish a whole bunch of stuff, without any regulation, and don't tax anybody.

There's a reason he doesn't get to the details: It's impossible.

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goodcitizen 4 years, 1 month ago

Brownback's roadmap---see cliff, aim state for edge, floor it!

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

Smily, slimy Sam scaping Senate, sanctifying Statehouse, seriously scared (of) Sarah!

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DillonBarnes 4 years, 1 month ago

This picture needs a story, I want to know what's going on there. :-)

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yourworstnightmare 4 years, 1 month ago

I think the picture is from an older story. I believe the man is a spirit mystic.

As long as Brownback sticks to his god, gays, and guns, he thinks details are not so important.

Holland needs to keep hammering Brownback on his inconsistencies and mismanagement of the country while in the senate, and in Brownback's use of the Kansas governorship as a stepping stone to the presidency (and that Kansans are being stepped on).

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tolawdjk 4 years, 1 month ago

"Brownback has repeatedly said the school finance formula is flawed and needs to be overhauled. Public school funding makes up more than half of the state budget, and the school finance formula is the product of years of political balancing and litigation.

But Brownback has repeatedly declined to point out where he thinks the school finance formula is flawed and how it needs to be overhauled.

Brownback says if elected he will put the Legislature on the task of reforming school finance rather than dictating what he would like to see done. “This isn’t a one-person decision,” he said."

He wants change but proposes the status quo. Won't say what he wants, pushed it back on the legislature for political posturing and litigation. Yay Sam.

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Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

Except Pelosi was talking about ending the lies about what was being passed and moving on to the facts about what the legislation accomplished.

To date: Insurance companies have stopped rescinding care from patients when they need it most Employers have had assistance to help maintain retirees’ health coverage Retirees dealing with the “donut hole” received a tax free $250 check to help subsidize prescription drug costs Small businesses are were given tax credits that make it more affordable to provide insurance to their employees Parents have been able to keep their kids under 26 years of age on their health plans The Trustee of Medicare's projection of long-term solvency is much improved Amount of mandatory refunds to customers for non-health expenditures - if reform had been in effect in 2009 - $1.9 billion. Number of death panels rulings: 0

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Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

Is there a fact you wish to dispute?

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 1 month ago

Tom has the contract to sell "kool-aid".

Since when did "kool aid" become another perjoritive term? I know the Republican Terrorist Party likes to sling around terms like "liberal" and "socialist", but how does this flavored drink fit into their agenda for their regime? I have heard a lot of the talking crap heads on the radio use the term, I don't think I have heard Palin use it (maybe she likes Coors??) but I am at a complete loss as to the recent usage of the term "kool aid" from the righteous rite on most anything they disagree with.

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texburgh 4 years, 1 month ago

Excellent post, Jimo. I can't tell you what relief it is that my son who will soon turn 23 can stay on my plan for a few more years - he works full time and gets no insurance through work. That one feature alone justifies the bill but I agree that it does many more good things for everyday folks. I guess that's why Republicans hate it - it helps people who aren't in the top 1% of wage earners.

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Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

Well, at least it does that.

I hesitate to say often on here given the nature of the posters but this wasn't the reform that I had hoped to see. Unfortunately, that would have required a good faith effort by both parties to match social safety nets with market discipline. But I do agree with the fallback strategy: if the GOP won't deal, get the social safety net in place while waiting for them to come to the senses and work to constrain costs.

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Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

"How can anyone with functioning brain cells claim that he will not be orders of magnitude better than barry o?"

Why would someone without functioning brain cells ask a rhetorical question like this?

We've already seen these two in action. Brownback is obsessed with abortion and the Palin lacks the moral and intellectual ability to be sports announcer let alone a professional drama queen. Sam attracted zero interest from Republicans and Palin cost McCain the election.

Don't like Barry O? Be sure to send Sarah a thank you card.

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Stain 4 years, 1 month ago

Brownback supported everything Bush did. So I guess you want a return to the Bush years.

I don't think the country would survive another round of rape, pillage and plunder. The economy may never recover from the last one.

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Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

"expanding broadband Internet in rural areas"

Except Brownback's voting record opposes expanding broadband Internet.

I suspect we'll see Brownback become like many Republicans at the state level - very appreciative of the government programs that their federal Republicans oppose. Unlike the fed-Repubs, the state guys actually have to be semi-responsible.

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Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Tom --- Brownback is very much like Pelosi.

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

Lawrenceguy40: Heat kinda gettin to ya; Brownback/Palin or Palin/Brownback or maybe throw Huckaberry in the mix. Glad I'm 70 (1940) and not your 40; I'll be too senile after 2012 to worry too much about your wish list. Or maybe some odd foreign country will offer me a dual citizenship

Us put some fundalmentalist revival tents in South Park to show our support. God bless ya'all..

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tomatogrower 4 years, 1 month ago

Picture: Preacher - "Now Brownie buddy, don't forget our plan to get rid of all those heathen non Christians." Girl in background "Praise the Lord"

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dinglesmith 4 years, 1 month ago

Love him or hate him, Brownback has focused his political career on addressing social issues. When he's in Washington, he has a foil in the Democrats and he has a government he believes is morally corrupt to attack. When he comes home, all of that is gone. Kansas is bright red and its government is dominated by his party. His social agenda does not contrast as starkly with Kansas.

What this means for Brownback is that he now must learn to govern. He must form fiscal policy and push that policy through the legislature. He's never had to compromise. He's never had to be the guy that eliminates people's jobs with budget cuts. He's never had to be the decider. He's never had to balance a budget. This is incredibly clear from his so-called roadmap. He's identified some waypoints that are almost impossible to argue against, but he has defined no path to any of them. That folks, is where the rubber meets the road. How our state fares over the next 4 years depends on his ability to move from being critic to artist - from someone who opposes or supports to someone who creates. That is difficult for anyone.

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pusscanthropus 4 years, 1 month ago

Morals, schmorals...read about the C Street House and their secret theocratic agenda: http://blog.buzzflash.com/contributors/2016

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Newell_Post 4 years, 1 month ago

Watch Brownnote's eyes and listed to his words. There's something wrong between his ears. Mark my words.

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

Want to read a book that will cause you nightmares; pick up a copy of "The Family- The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power"" by Jeff Scharlett. The whole "C Street" story with one subchapter devoted to Smilin Sam Entitled "Sam" pages (paperback) 260-272 Got my copy at Borders. May we seek mercy!

By-the-way: Why are all the "right wing stares" colored red; I thought the dittoheads considered us Progressives as "red lovin pinkos".

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

Lawrenceguy40: I likewise love my country; just don't want to see it continue to go to "hell in a handbag", the direction 43 and his wingman were guiding us.

Oh, six years active duty US military, VietNam 1 year; hope you enjoyed the service time as much as I did.

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Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 1 month ago

You're obviously lying because only people who think exactly like Lawrenceguy40 served in the military.

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

tomatogrower: "Girl in Background ""Praise the Lord""; don't think so, she was gazing at the Perseid Meteor Shower. Very good this time of the year. Amen!

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Jimo 4 years, 1 month ago

It's probably useful to remember that Brownback is one of those Republicans who loves the God-inspired Constitution so much that he can't restrain himself from altering it.

Among the changes he favors, Sam's a cosponsor of the "Constitution Restoration Act," which would disallow the federal courts from keeping Sam and the rest of his Taliban buddies from instituting their dream of a theocratic America.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.520:

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yourworstnightmare 4 years, 1 month ago

And it would be good to shut up about a Holland plan before it is released. Or was there a deadline for plan release that Holland missed?

This is Brownback's plan, and it facile, status quo, and lacks details.

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SDTPlant 4 years, 1 month ago

pusscanthropus and Jimo,

Great citations! Unlike tsumani9320's posting which is obviously that of a 20 somethings opinion. Methinks his candidate's puppet strings are running his bulldog mouth and running away with his hummingbird body.

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Mike Ford 4 years, 1 month ago

details in a plan by a republican candidate? really? who needs details when rural dumblican voters are listening for anything about guns, against abortion, and full of moral imperialism and midwest mythology, to give their rubber stamp to the piper who sings their tunes. facts and details are never important to those who don't think.. never underestimate the stupidity of the American People as stated by H.L Mencken when attacking the tee-totaling, xenophobic, church centric culture of the 1920's midwest... not much has changed has it?

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

Young lady in picture: "Look up, It's a bird, It's a plane, it's SuperSam"; ah whatever it is, it's full of holier-than-thou manure.

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

Young lady in picture: "Look up, It's a bird, It's a plane, it's SuperSam"; ah whatever it is, it's full of holier-than-thou manure.

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Sparko 4 years, 1 month ago

Step One: demonize Democrats and Progressives. Step 2. ?? Step 3: Profit.

He gives Underwear Gnomes a bad name.

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63BC 4 years, 1 month ago

As I understand it, Brownback is being criticized for saying that a Governor sets specific measurable goals and then works with people to build consensus on action to achieve said goals.

Simultaneously, he is being criticized for being divisive, hyper-partisan, inflexible and unwilling to listen.

Pick one of line of attack and go with it, folks.

They cannot both be true.

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yourworstnightmare 4 years, 1 month ago

Indeed, they are not both true. The latter is true, the former not.

If only everyone just went along with what he says. Then he wouldn't be hyper-partisan, inflexible, and divisive. Its not his fault.

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blindrabbit 4 years, 1 month ago

63BC: Pleaseeeee read "The Family" and the answer will be plain to you!

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

Brownback has no plans of substance.... only rhetoric.

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tomatogrower 4 years, 1 month ago

I think he has plans, but he couldn't get elected if he revealed his real plans.

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BigDog 4 years, 1 month ago

I guess this a a preview of what Scott is going to talk about once he is no longer the Governor's lap dog.

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SeaBee 4 years, 1 month ago

Details, Schmeetails.

"Smilin' Sam" was part of the freshman class of 1994 that shut down the federal government for a few weeks per Gingrich's "contract on America".

Why expect him to do anything different with our state?

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Stain 4 years, 1 month ago

Brownback was a rubber stamper for everything Bush did for 8 interminable years. He defended and enabled everything Bush did. I would never vote for Brownback, for any position.

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