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KNEA endorses Holland for governor

July 16, 2010


The Kansas National Education Association has endorsed Tom Holland for governor.

Holland, a Democrat, will likely face Republican Sam Brownback in the November general election.

“I’m glad to see both Republicans and Democrats on the list of KNEA endorsed candidates,” said Holland, who is a state senator from Baldwin City. “We need bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing Kansas,” he said.

“As governor, I will continue to work with Republicans, Independents and Democrats so that every Kansas child receives a quality public education,” he said.

In a statement, the KNEA said it supported Holland and his lieutenant governor running mate, Kelly Kultala, because they work across party lines to solve problems.


consumer1 7 years, 9 months ago

This headline says enough. If you want to continue throwing money into a black hole vote for Holland. This clearly says to me vote for his opponent.

madameX 7 years, 9 months ago

That doesn't seem like a very good idea, seeing as how you would effectively be letting the KNEA do your thinking for you by assuming that endorsement by a group you don't like equals a platform that you won't like, or at least that their opponent is the lesser of two evils. What happens if a different group that you don't like endorses Brownback? If you take the same line of reasoning then you're left without any candidate to vote for.

Janet Lowther 7 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, Consumer, Brownback's record is so horrifying, I'd rather vote tor the legendary little yellow dog.

KS 7 years, 9 months ago

Why does this not come as a surpirse? Brownback is in. The worst thing that Holland could have happen to him.

Tongie_soccer 7 years, 9 months ago

It will be a shame if Brownback is elected - he is really a certifiable nut job in my opinion. If the conservatives wanted to improve their image as the party of reason he was the wrong choice. Only thing worse would have been Kline.

Holland has my vote as he has shown he can work with both sides, not screw kids out of their government rights (a free and appropriate public education) and doesn't seem like someone should be conducting an eval at Osawattami on him. :-)

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Where was Sen Sam Brownback?

Now what exactly does the repub party have in mind to restore 11 million jobs that went out the window under the watch of their regulatory jurisdiction that which was the Bush administration?

Democrats seem to be left with a previous president that cost taxpayers $11 trillion with a $1 trillion debt as icing on the cake.

NOW along with blowing $11 trillion tax dollars the previous administration left behind about 11 million americans forced out of work through no fault of their own.

It was the fault of the government.

" Often, government plays a role in bubbles. The housing bubble was in part generated by the Federal Reserve maintaining low interest rates. Easy money meant readily obtainable loans and, at least in the short run, low monthly payments. Also, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the housing bubble’s existence—not fraud exactly, but deception that kept the bubble going. (Greenspan, whose view was ideologically driven, got support in his bubble denial from the academic work of the man who was to be his successor, Ben Bernanke.)

In addition, government regulatory agencies turned a blind eye to the highly risky practices of financial firms, practices that both encouraged the development of the bubble and made the impact all the worse when it burst. Moreover, the private rating agencies (e.g., Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s) were complicit. Dependent on the financial institutions for their fees, they gave excessively good ratings to these risky investments. Perhaps not fraud in the legal sense, but certainly misleading.

And, yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities.

So, no, a bubble and a Ponzi scheme are not the same. But they have elements in common. Usually, however, the losers in a Ponzi scheme are simply the direct investors, the schemer’s marks. A bubble like the housing bubble can wreak havoc on all of us."

Dollars and Sense =====================

Yes where was Sen Sam Brownback? Why didn't Sen Sam Brownback stop this fraudulent activity?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Where in the world were Brownback,Tihart,Moran and Lynn Jenkins? They don't catch fraudulent banking activity nor do they support public education.

This quartet proved to be a waste of our tax dollars!!!

KSManimal 7 years, 9 months ago

lawrenceguy40, do you think you could last even one day in charge of a classroom full of kids? I'd love to see you try it.

olddognewtrix 7 years, 9 months ago

Brownback willproduce a theocracy where any group that needs to talk to the Governor will first have to Kiss the Archbishops ring. How stupid can Kansas voters be?

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 9 months ago

Brownback is still around, that should tell you something about stupidity in this state.

KSManimal 7 years, 9 months ago

If you look at the numbers on each side of the isle, you'll find that KNEA is by far the LEAST partisan of any group in Kansas that makes candidate endorsements.

Larry 7 years, 9 months ago

Really? When was the last time the KNEA or NEA endorsed a Republican candidate for Governor or President?

texburgh 7 years, 9 months ago

2006 - KNEA endorsed Sebelius 2002 - KNEA endorsed Sebelius 1998 - KNEA endorsed Graves 1994 - KNEA endorsed Graves

So just one governor ago would be your answer. Shocked? Of course you are Larry because facts don't enter into your postings.

President - KNEA does not recommend in the presidential race although their parent organization does. They have recommended a Democrat every time since beginning in 1976. Of course, the first and only Republican candidate to ever agree to interview with NEA was Mike Huckabee in 2008. It's hard to endorse candidates who won't talk to you.

KSManimal 7 years, 9 months ago

Your rhetorical question is irrelevant to what I said. And, what I said remains true even if the answer to your question is "never".

KNEA regularly endorses republicans for state offices. Check online for a current list.

While you're at it, look at similar lists from the Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau, NRA, or just about any group you can think of. You'll see that my statement holds true.

jimmyjms 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow, that's some subjective ire you have there.

Stephen Roberts 7 years, 9 months ago

edjayhawk - did you get any of the tax cuts?? Is that why you hate Bush. It took him 8 years to increase the debt, it took Ombama only 18 months!!!!!!

texburgh 7 years, 9 months ago

Really? What Fox news entertainer led you to this conclusion? Because it is clear that you read nothing or understand nothing.

Check endorsements - You can find them on the internet.

KNEA has endorsed both Democrats and Republicans. A large majority of their endorsements are Democrats but so are Republicans from Sandy Praeger to Tom Holland, Sheryl Spalding, Terrie Huntington, Charlie Roth, and on and on.

Now look at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Their list for the second election in a row is 100% Republican. The KCC is so hyper-partisan that local chambers are splitting off. Look at the Overland Park Chamber's ratings and you will be stunned by the fact that the KNEA and OP Chamber line up almost exactly.

As usual, the right wing relies on preconceived notions instead of facts.

That's why I'll look to non-partisan organizations like KNEA for information on candidates.

KSManimal 7 years, 9 months ago

You're wrong. If you look at the numbers on each side of the isle, you'll find that KNEA is by far the LEAST partisan of any group in Kansas that makes candidate endorsements.

texburgh 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow - talk about knee-jerk!

"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, GIMMEEEE!" - Kansas Chamber motto.

Rich Lorenzo 7 years, 9 months ago

Look, Holland is a savvy politician. He is trying to get his name in the news because he is irrelevant in this race. First the Rasmussen poll brewhaha and now the KNEA...The KNEA would never support a candidate with conservative fiscal principles. Holland has not accomplished anything during his time in the Legislature. This race is similar to the 2008 Presidential race. Obama & Holland (no experience) and McCain and Brownback (experience). This time experience will win out because Kansans are smart. They will not be fooled by the Holland charade.

Lastly, notice who wrote the article. Scotty-boy is at Tom Holland's beck and call. Tommy needs an article, Scott's got one for him.

texburgh 7 years, 9 months ago

Please inform us, Rich, what has Sam Brownback accomplished in his years in the U.S. Senate? What has he done for the U.S and what has he done for Kansas? I believe the answer is "nothing."

And please inform us as to what experience as an elected official in Kansas Brownback has.

SeaBee 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, he has always voted the party line - "Yes" for the Bush agenda and "No" for the Obama agenda!

Oh, wait, anyone with a brain in their head might have thought for themselves once or twice in the last 10 years or so.

My mistake.

Hoots 7 years, 9 months ago

KNEA...enough said. I don't think any trade group like this should be allowed to be involved in politics...period. One vote for one person. Groups and businesses are not voters. They are an entity and not the blood and bones of a citizen. I don't care what the Not So Supreme Court says. This should fall in the same category as separation of church and state. We need to throw out lobbyist period. If they don't this could be the tipping point that makes voters revolt. People want to have a voice again.

independant1 7 years, 9 months ago

that's what Pres. Obama was gong to do.

purplesage 7 years, 9 months ago

Well put consumer1. This is no surprise and a confirmation of reasons to not vote for Tom Holland. I didn't really need any, but thanks, KNEA for hanging a no vote sign around his neck!

newmedia 7 years, 9 months ago

Anyone surprised at this little announcement please stand up !! Does a bear ??

storm 7 years, 9 months ago

The son-in-law of Stauffer isn't too well as he thought, although his staff are getting letters to the editors of various Kansas newspapers pontifying support for him....word is only conservatives are voting for him but not traditional Republicans.

kansanjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Holland is the one who does not listen. He is my Senator and is the first one since before Bob Lyon two Senators ago who will not return phone calls from his constituents during the session. If he won't listen as a Senator why would his listen to us as governor? I'm voting for a conservative Sam Brownback to hold the line on taxes and bring accountability to all areas of gov't.

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