Archive for Monday, December 13, 2010

Sam Brownback juggling Kansas governor-elect, Senate duties

December 13, 2010


— Last week Sam Brownback tended to business in Kansas; but this week, he’s starting out in Washington, D.C.

That’s the schedule for someone who is both governor-elect and still a member of the U.S. Senate.

Brownback, a Republican, will be sworn into his new office Jan. 10. He is currently transitioning to the governor’s job, filling out his Cabinet and preparing a state budget for the start of the 2011 legislative session.

Last week was Topeka time.

On Tuesday, he held a news conference to introduce his economic team, which included five Cabinet appointees and his new budget director. On Wednesday, he was seen going into meetings with his transition staff, and, on Friday, another news conference in the Statehouse announcing key appointments.

“Lots of moving parts,” he said.

Meanwhile in Washington, the legislative wheeling and dealing was in overdrive. Brownback’s colleagues in the Senate were working on several issues on the national level. For instance, on Thursday there was a key vote in the Senate on whether to allow gays to serve openly in the military and repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Brownback, who opposes repeal of the policy, wasn’t there, but his vote wasn’t needed to block consideration of the repeal.

Brownback’s staff said he would return to Washington, D.C., today.

Additional issues in play before the “lame-duck” Congress include a tax cut, unemployment benefits compromise between President Barack Obama and Republicans, ratification of a nuclear treaty with Russia, and consideration of the so-called Dream Act, which would grant hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents brought to the United States as children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military.

Brownback, once a sponsor of the Dream Act, said he no longer supports it but instead says the United States needs to secure its southern border.

On other issues, his Senate spokesman, Brian Hart, declined to say how Brownback would vote, noting that legislation changes quickly toward the end of the congressional session and often gets paired up with unrelated bills.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"Brownback, once a sponsor of the Dream Act, said he no longer supports it but instead says the United States needs to secure its southern border."

So Senator Flop-Flop now becomes Governor. But don't expect much flip-flopping. He now understands his role as Governor is to follow whatever orders emanate from the Koch Brothers.

7 years, 2 months ago

Hello? Comment Police? I'd like to report an unauthorized mention of the Koch Brothers in this thread.

notanota 7 years, 2 months ago

If he's not there to block legislation, they might actually vote on legislation. Can't have that.

meggers 7 years, 2 months ago

The 'present' votes occurred in the Illinois State Senate, not the US Senate, where Obama held office immediately prior to winning election and assuming the presidency.

Not only that, but I have yet to hear anyone who voted for Obama refer to him as the Messiah, The Anointed One, or The One. Those who harbor such fantasies might want to consider seeking psychiatric help. There are a number of medications out there that can effectively treat psychotic delusions.

EJ Mulligan 7 years, 2 months ago

LJW, we need an update on the vacant state Senate seats, please. Who is replacing Derek Schmidt?

cowboy 7 years, 2 months ago

Senator Brownback could not find time to even vote on benefits for 911 responders who are now very ill from respiratory disease. Well he could have voted no like every other republican douche.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 2 months ago

Sebelius was Governor for over 6 years. According to your posts, she did nothing but cut deals for Dr. Tiller.

Name 10 of them.

I mean, over 6 years is a long time. Name 10.

PanchoUSA 7 years, 2 months ago

Well, how can you list the names of those who are un-named, because they were un-born, or un-planned, or un-whaterver you call dead babies. I think that Tiller made his millions by doing away with at least 10 of these "un" things over 6 years. Remember, it's just a medical procedure, sez you. They are your new "unter mescnhen", easily expendable, like tonsils.

PanchoUSA 7 years, 2 months ago

Hey Kansans, the only good American is the illegal alien... Just ask Brownback. He is going to vote for the dream act on Saturday, so there won't be a nickel's worth of difference between you, and the illegal alien that considers you the worlds biggest sucker. So, as a KS senator, he gives illegals more rights than you have, and as the incoming KS governor, he will have a load of illegals voting for him. Hey, guess who he serves. He serves his amigos, and that aint you. Should make you very proud to be a Kansan. Brownback, the conservative, what a phony.

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