Archive for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Statehouse Live: Local legislator may run for governor; Legislature will consider NBAF resolution

January 20, 2010, 9:11 a.m. Updated January 20, 2010, 9:45 a.m.


— State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, said he may run for governor.

“I’m actively considering it,” Holland said Wednesday before heading to a Senate committee meeting.

He said he would make a decision soon.

Just 10 months from the November election, the Kansas Democratic Party is in need of a candidate to take on the likely Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback.

9:11 a.m.

The Kansas Legislature is working on a resolution urging the federal government to move quickly in funding construction of a bio-terrorism lab in Manhattan.

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security selected Manhattan as the location for the proposed $725 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, to replace an aging lab at Plum Island, N.Y.

The resolution under consideration calls for the federal government to sell the Plum Island lab and urges Congress “not to delay any appropriations for the construction of the NBAF.”

If approved by the Legislature, the resolution would be forwarded to President Barack Obama, several Cabinet secretaries, the Kansas congressional delegation and Gov. Mark Parkinson.

Former Oklahoma University football coach Barry Switzer was in the Statehouse on Wednesday talking to the Senate Transportation Committee as a representative of a company that provides insurance status verification.

Former Oklahoma University football coach Barry Switzer was in the Statehouse on Wednesday talking to the Senate Transportation Committee as a representative of a company that provides insurance status verification.


meggers 7 years, 7 months ago

Practically anyone, including a lot of moderate republicans, would be better than Brownback.

With that said, the only thing that makes Holland a democrat is the 'D' behind his name. His voting record is much more in line with republicans than democrats.

So we'll essentially have a choice between a pro-war, bible thumping republican, and a republican masquerading as a democrat. Both are hypocrites.

cowboy 7 years, 7 months ago

Run Tom Run , It would be quite nice to Brownback called on the carpet for his lackluster career as a federal breast feeder. Lets let Sam explain how socialism is only bad for Democrats , but large Republican farming families are more than entitled to federal farming subsidies. Lets let Sam explain his membership in the Family and have full disclosure of his activities within this republican religious cult. Lets hear Tom's plans to revitalize Kansas instead of turning us into the Taliban headquarters of the Midwest.

I'm glad to hear Tom is considering a run , but before you decide you had better be ready to take the gloves off and come out swinging at the teflon Senator.

And KU backer , all the annoying gasbags are posting over on the Scott brown defeating the elitist dem thread. You can get your daily dose of repub talking point drivel on that thread.

preebo 7 years, 7 months ago

I too would like to encourage Senator Holland to trow his hat into the ring, and not only because he is a Democrat, but because I have had the pleasure of working on policy issues with the distinguished gentleman from Baldwin City on a number of occasions, and have found him to be a completely reasonable and thoughtful decision-maker. He would bring some commonsensical values to the post, whereas U.S. Senator Brownback has shown that he will bring his own brand of right-wing conservatism to a state that needs real solutions and real leadership not politically charged rhetoric. Tom Holland will lift Kansas above the current political discourse.

yourworstnightmare 7 years, 7 months ago

Senator Holland would make a great governor.

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago


or maybe most people in Kansas just don't care who Mass. elects as their Senator?

More to the article, I think Sen. Holland is probably the best potential candidate the Dems have had so far, but that doesn't mean he'll win against a guy with more money and more name recognition. Maybe he should run for Brownback's current Senate seat...

dizzy_from_your_spin 7 years, 7 months ago

My thoughts exactly, kubacker. Where are the stories about Scott Brown, "blue" Massachusetts and repudiation of Barack Hussein Obama?

Yeah, run, Tom Holland. And be sure to run on those tried-and-true democrat policies of higher taxes, bloated government, the schools can't have enough, pro- nanny-state, Sebelius-good-Bush-bad, etc. Say it loud and say it proud.

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago

Awesome post "dizzy". Your party is unable to balance the state's budget, and you're typing a bunch of worthless slogan's about a guy you don't know, who's voting record you are almost certainly unfamiliar with, and who hasn't even given a clear indication of what he would want to do as governor.

If the GOP in Kansas can pass a budget that manages to fund the government without tossing the widows, orphans, and little kids to the curb then they deserve to continue their lock on the statehouse.

But I've yet to see anything from them (or their supporters) besides alot of buck passing and sloganeering, so I'm not holding out alot of hope. Maybe if we throw a few of them out they'll get the message and start to take care of business instead of doing worthless crap like holding hearings about banning incense or something.

Grump 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm a Republican and have no intention of voting for Brownback. I hope Holland runs.

dizzy_from_your_spin 7 years, 7 months ago

Hey, myname, remember Queen Sebelius? Remember how, every year, Queen Sebelius would propose incomprehensible budgets that were 2X what were eventually passed by the Republican legislature? And remember how she'd sign the Republican budget every year, while criticizing the Republicans for not giving everybody everything they wanted? Where do you think we'd be today if the Republicans hadn't exercised restraint? Yeah. In a deeper hole with more whining democrats.

Scott Brown carried Barney Frank's district.

dizzy_from_your_spin 7 years, 7 months ago

Did Dennis Moore, D-KS, retreat to the safe confines beneath his desk after those mean, conservative teaba&&ers captured the MA senate seat?

63BC 7 years, 7 months ago

There are many reactions one might have to yesterday's developments.

Deciding that now would be a good time to run as a Democrat in Kansas is not the reaction I would have expected.

Obama was beaten by fifteen points statewide in 2008.

Anybody want to take a stab at how an Obama Democrat like Holland would do in 2010?

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