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Political experts unsure how Sam Brownback will lead once sworn in as governor in 2011

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is interviewed in his transitional office at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback will take office as the new governor of Kansas Jan. 10, 2011.

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is interviewed in his transitional office at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback will take office as the new governor of Kansas Jan. 10, 2011.

December 26, 2010

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— Which Sam Brownback shows up for work as governor will determine how things go in state government during the 2011 legislative session, according to several political experts.

The Republican governor-elect takes office Jan. 10 after an easy election victory that also saw the GOP make historic gains to add to its already lopsided majorities in the Legislature.

Ed Flentje, a professor at Wichita State University and longtime Kansas political observer and participant, said that when he was secretary of administration for Republican Gov. Mike Hayden back in the 1980s, Brownback served in the Cabinet as secretary of agriculture. Those in the Hayden administration considered Brownback “a trouper” in the cause of progressive government service, Flentje said.

Then Brownback got elected to Congress as a budget-taming conservative, Flentje said. But the budget couldn’t be tamed, and Brownback morphed into the social conservative for which he is most well-known, or, as Flentje describes it, “wearing his faith in the public square.”

Which Brownback will lead the state?

His early appointments show a mixed bag of social conservatism but also pragmatism.

His economic team selections – state Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, to be secretary of the Department of Labor, former state Sen. Nick Jordan, as secretary of the Department of Revenue, and state Rep. Pat George, R-Garden City — are all respected around the Capitol.

His pick of Steve Anderson, a certified public accountant from Oklahoma who worked as a consultant with Americans for Prosperity, as the state budget director, has raised eyebrows. A “model budget” for Kansas by the AFP urged cuts in state funding for Medicaid, higher tuition, and the use of tax dollars to send students to private schools.

When asked about that, Brownback has said he has never read the AFP’s “model budget.”

And Brownback will take over with monumental Republican majorities, 32-8 in the Senate and 92-33 in the House.

But with those kinds of margins, there is always the possibility of GOP in-fighting.

Democrats should “pray for family food fights,” said Mark Peterson, chairman of the Washburn University political science department.

Some Republican legislators want to repeal the 1-cent increase in the state sales tax that was narrowly passed by the 2010 Legislature.

Other goals of some members of the Republican caucus include concealed carry of guns on college campuses, making it more difficult to divorce, repeal of the statewide ban on smoking indoors in public places, and an Arizona-type crackdown on illegal immigration.

Facing a projected $500 million revenue shortfall, Brownback has already spoken against repealing the state sales tax increase. But on many of these other issues, Brownback has said little.

Kansas University political science professor Burdett Loomis said that although Brownback is known for his social conservative views, he may be moderated somewhat by national aspirations. Brownback ran for the Republican Party nomination for president in the last cycle, but dropped out after his campaign failed to gain traction.

“I honestly think he does want to be president, and he has to be seen as a success (as governor),” Loomis said. “It’s incumbent upon him to run this state, and he can’t run it into the ground.”

Comments

seeker_of_truth 4 years, 6 months ago

He will lead wherever Koch tells him to. He will try to eliminate all public education and public services, After all an ignorant voting public is what got him elected.

Don Whiteley 4 years, 6 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm curious which masters of Democrats want the state bankrupt and in debt.

Jimo 4 years, 6 months ago

"Mark Parkinson and the Democrates tried their damndest to send the state into bankruptcy through massive debt."

Errrrr....what?

kujayhawk7476 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree Gandalf, Brownback is best know for being a right-wing wacko, but he is not know to be a leader. Seeker_of_truth, you and I agree also. In a state more in-tuned with skills and leadership rather than his stand on abortion, Brownback would have never been elected to the US House or Senate.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

"When asked about that, Brownback has said he has never read the AFP’s “model budget.”"

He's either a liar, or he's failed to do due diligence in vetting his budget director.

Scott Morgan 4 years, 6 months ago

Herr Brownback will no doubt declare Marshall Law and suspending all future elections. Then he will no doubt close all schools, turn them to churches with mandatory smoking rules. Issue an ultimatum to Nebraska, give us our water or face the consequences.

I heard where he's thinking about giving Osage County to the Koch family as thanks for getting him elected. How about changing Wichita to Reaganstan.

You libs are hilarious. Have any of you read a bio on Brownback. Hardly a monster.

Scott Morgan 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, Marshall McButterpants. Never noticed martial spelled this way.

verity 4 years, 6 months ago

"Have any of you read a bio on Brownback."

Well, yes, thank you, I have. Have you ever heard of the Family and Opus Dei? Do you know what their intent is?

Does Marshall Law have something to do with the Marshall Plan?

bad_dog 4 years, 6 months ago

"Oh, whoa is me"

I "really" wish you "would" stop...

I didn't realize the above referenced "experts" were "all" Democrats. Care to share the source of your "enlightenment"? Are they all Democrats by virtue of their university ties?

From the article above:

"Ed Flentje, a professor at Wichita State University and longtime Kansas political observer and participant, said that when he was secretary of administration for Republican Gov. Mike Hayden back in the 1980s..."

I didn't know Mike Hayden was a Democrat. "Whoa"!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

I doubt that it was a lack of proper vetting. More likely, he's just a liar.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

No, I was discussing the topic of this thread.

But I understand that in your one-track mind, all threads are identical.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

Like I said, one-track-mind (which is still inaccurate, as it implies some sort of thought-process going on.)

Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

He is looking to give our tax dollars away to wealthy corporate tax dollar moochers although politicians like to call it tax dollar incentives.

The question is why is it necessary to bribe corporations who will leave once the tax dollar give away has expired? Where in the world did this taxpayer abuse concept originate?

When will wealthy corporations stand on their own like so so many small business people are force to do?

If help is available I would rather give it to the mom and pops/small business peopel who have been around 15 years or more who likely have never received tax dollar incentives. A three year program to help these people produce more economic growth from an existing source.

OR use corp welfare money for some new business downtown for 3 years.

5 year,7 year,10year,12 year and 15 year tax dollar give aways are too damn expensive and do NOT produce near enough for our local cookie jars.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 6 months ago

Dear libs consumed with vein-popping rage, Brownback won.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

Who's consumed with rage? The Koch brothers got you and your ilk to elect their shill, and we're merely making sure that when the bill comes due for that bit of idiocy, you own it.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 6 months ago

I (heart) bozo when he's all harsh and judgmental and stuff. He and his ilk will have a rough time in the coming years dealing with the collapse of the socialist agenda in America.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree, rough times are ahead-- not just for me and "my ilk," but for you and yours, as well. And you and yours will be simpering fools who drank the koolaid that caused it.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 6 months ago

Oh, keep up the name-calling, that's so hot. Cling bitterly to your Lenin and Marx until the last moment. Then resign yourself to residing in the dustbin of history.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of dustbins, when will the benefits of the bush tax cuts start kicking in? Just wondering.....

CHKNLTL 4 years, 6 months ago

If he could make Kansas right in his eyes... NO abortions, NO divorce, NO gay people, and NO welfare, NO medical marijuana, and NO upper education funding from the state... instill martial law with our national guard, take away our guns... and offer great support for any corporation that wants to contribute to his 2012 pres. campaign.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 6 months ago

You forgot "no middle class." The repugs have been dismantling a middle class for 30 years. Educated people with good jobs are much harder to control, after all. The poor and uneducated? Must easier, threaten to import some cheap illegal labor and put a "hottie" like Sarah Palin on the TV....

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

Apparently, it escaped your notice that we're in the midst of the worst recession in 70 years, caused primarily by the idiocy of the ruling class, including Brownback. Not to mention mired in two pointless wars and impending environmental collapse, also caused and/or perpetuated by him and his ilk.

But as long as you can sit on a website like this and makie snide comments about people who don't share in your ideology, the one that caused all this crap, all is well, right?

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

If his policies are disastrous failures, and he breaks his promises to protect education and social service funding, will any conservatives and supporters notice this?

Scott Morgan 4 years, 6 months ago

So, the Koch brothers who are among the largest employers in this state hatched a plan to make me vote for Brownback.

I bet they did it through satellite television. Bet you DISH and Direct TV users all voted Republican. Dimes to dollars the deal had to do with free High Def. for a year. Good Grief.

News flash Koch Industries has legions of accountants who can legally make any of our foolish pork inspired tax laws work to advantage in any state or country. Taxes to Koch or any huge corporation isn't that big a deal. Now when these folks start taking jobs away due to foolish government actions, it costs us big time in quality of life.

Listening Lawrence? Turned down a Wally world distribution center. All those with nice jobs in Ottawa say thanks. Then we hear the no job complaints, do you want fries with that???? Nice job Larryville. Last night listened to a Missouri land appraiser shake his head in disbelief talking about the money driving by Lawrence everyday due to the stupid turnpike exits.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

Translation-- resistance is futile. You will be assimilated by Koch, sooner or later.

kernal 4 years, 6 months ago

Surely the "experts" have an inkling. He will lead with his eyes on the future - his political future. And, to protect his political future, he will likely keep an eye on the new Secretary of State who has similar goals.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 6 months ago

"But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!"

Mr_B9 4 years, 6 months ago

Roeland Park: "Roeland Park announced today that the first charging station for electric vehicles within the State of Kansas has been installed at the Roeland Park City Hall and is available for use by the public. Roeland Park is proud to have in attendance Kansas Governor-Elect Sam Brownback"Johnson County will not be far behind Roeland Park with installation of recharging stations for electric vehicles.

Johnson County Sun "According to James Joerke, Johnson County’s sustainability program director, the county plans to have five or six stations online by mid-2011.We have some block grant funding through the stimulus bill and we have $30,000 for vehicle recharging stations."

"Roeland Park is doing its part to literally give the electric car industry a jolt. With Gov.-elect Sam Brownback cutting the ribbon, the city introduced Kansas’ first pubic electric vehicle charging station on Monday."

Well, in my opinion he has started off on the wrong foot and he has not even been sworn into office yet. The economy is terrible, residents need jobs, schools are broke, and now it appears our tax dollars are funding electric charging stations on a municipality level with his support. I for one am not happy about this at all. If the auto manufacturers want to build these so called green cars then why are they not funding installation for the charging stations? How about private business providing the charging stations? Why is it the tax payers responsibility? Once again, another arena where the government is not being good stewards of our tax dollars. The list of waste continues to grow. Thanks Sam.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 6 months ago

Right into the toilet. That's where most Republican dogma leads us.

Mr_B9 4 years, 6 months ago

"frwent (anonymous) says… Right into the toilet.That's where most Republican dogma leads us."

Were already drowning in the waste bowl frwent. Have you not noticed?

Grump 4 years, 6 months ago

"Brownback has said he has never read the AFP’s 'model budget.'"

Very odd. That seems impossible. He's got to know what's in it. Isn't that why he hired Anderson?

"But on many of these other issues, Brownback has said little. "

Does Brownback really think he can govern for the next four years with out taking a specific position on anything? Bland statements that he's in favor of prosperity and wants to promote economic growth, only go so far. It's like being in favor of warm, fuzzy kittens or chocolate ice cream.

Terry Jacobsen 4 years, 6 months ago

It's funny to me that people keep refering to the Koch family electing Brownback. Did you see the numbers by which he won? There were many of us that voted for him that had nothing to do with the Koch family or anything else you mention. People didn't like Holland. Get it???? Outside of Lawrence, Hollands left wing liberal position on everything just couldn't be voted for. You keep disrespecting the people who voted for Brownback. Guess what... A HUGE MAJORITY voted for him. I know that you think you are smarter and wiser than the rest of us country bumpkins that live in Kansas, but I still trust in the wisdom of the people and I'm willing to see what Gov. Brownback will try to do before I pass judgement on him. There is a word for judging someone based on pre-conceived ideas. It's called "Prejudice".

grimpeur 4 years, 6 months ago

"Hollands left wing liberal position on everything just couldn't be voted for."

Do you have an example?

Definitely giving Brownback supporters a bit too much credit.

Face it, most Brownback supporters couldn't tell you a thing about his actual platform and could tell you even less about Holland. Sam's base would never vote for him if they gave a lick of thought to economic issues (including employment or the concept of deficit) or social justice. A true Christian could never vote for him, either, without abandoning religious principle. The man may be narrower and more bigoted even than recent Kansas disgraces like Kline and the rest of his AG office.

Stop kidding yourself.

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

Having voted for him based on his campaign, why do you not know what he will "try to do"?

He specifically avoided any specifics, and spoke in very general terms about things that everybody wants - lower taxes, economic prosperity, etc.

Also, do you have any statistics on voter turnout? In this country, many people don't vote at all, making winners of elections much less than a "huge majority" of the population as a whole.

bad_dog 4 years, 6 months ago

"but I still trust in the wisdom of the people"

Does that include the "people" that elected Obama?

Scott Morgan 4 years, 6 months ago

TJ..........Too much common sense, never bring up vote totals with Lawrence libs.Shhhhh... Brownback just got by, just a few votes over the overwhelmingly qualified, bearer of all good, lead the wheat state into the modern world movement Gov. Holland.

Never ever ever bring up the fact Douglas County and Wyco often are the lone voice of political reason in major national elections.

They are the blue counties a nation of mostly red. One has a majority viewing themselves as smarter than the average bear, the other??? One is actually socialist, the other wishes to be. Hint, both suck up other citizens money in the form of taxes to providing services. Guess which is which.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 6 months ago

Don't strain your arm patting yourself on the back, bub.

grimpeur 4 years, 6 months ago

Why is anyone discussing this man as if he cares about the citizens of this state?

I think his fingers in the picture above give us a sufficient indication of where his moral compass points.

Paul Decelles 4 years, 6 months ago

This caught my eye:

"Other goals of some members of the Republican caucus include concealed carry of guns on college campuses"

Great as long as professors can openly carry. This will make grade disputes much easier to handle.

GardenMomma 4 years, 6 months ago

That caught my eye too. I wonder when they will allow concealed carry in the statehouse or the courthouse.

Terry Jacobsen 4 years, 6 months ago

I've watched sam brownbacks votes and followed him closely for a number of years and I agree with most if his votes and positions. I realize that for most of the liberals on this thread that is a real burr. I still say give him a chance to improve things. We need for him to succeed at helping our state. Stop hoping he'll fail. You are rooting for us all to suffer.

verity 4 years, 6 months ago

Who's hoping that Brownback will fail? I'm a liberal and I certainly hope that he will not fail---that he will turn out to be good for the state of Kansas. I don't see anyone else here hoping he will fail either. Predicting, but not hoping.

Not like those people who hope Obama will fail just because they hate him and so the Republicans can retake power. We need both of them to succeed.

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

I hope he succeeds.

Since you've followed his career closely, how do you think he'll manage to cut taxes, protect education and social service funding, and balance the budget?

Joe Blackford II 4 years, 6 months ago

I believe Brownback's "Roadmap" guidance predicted how he will govern:

"Always mount your dinosaur on the Right side, before removing your blinders."

Scott Morgan 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe just maybe, a liberal political base will gain power in backward Kansas.

They can make us more like California. Don't hear too much bragging coming from CA anymore.

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