Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2010

Praeger pick

Sandy Praeger has earned another four years as Kansas insurance commissioner.

July 22, 2010


The Journal-World traditionally issues very few endorsements in primary election races. However, for a couple of reasons, we have decided to make a recommendation in the Aug. 3 vote for Kansas insurance commissioner.

First, only two candidates have registered in this statewide race and both are Republicans. That means the primary race, in all probability, will decide who serves as insurance commissioner for the next four years.

Second, we in Lawrence have had a chance to observe incumbent commissioner Sandy Praeger in a variety of public service roles for many years. From her term on the Lawrence City Commission, through more than a decade of service in the Kansas Legislature and two terms as Kansas insurance commissioner, she has shown her expertise and her dedication to her constituents.

Praeger, now 65, told the Journal-World recently that she had wondered whether she’d be ready to step down at the end of her current term and enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle. She was driven to run again, she said, by her desire to see the state through the significant challenges posed by the transition to the new universal health care system.

Kansas voters should return her to office to do just that. Her professional experience, which includes serving as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2008, combined with her personal experiences as the wife of a Lawrence surgeon and her ties to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius all put Praeger in a strong position to represent the state well, not only in the changing health insurance arena but in other insurance matters as well.

Sandy Praeger has our support for another four-year term in the Kansas insurance commissioner’s office.


cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

I used to respect Sandy, but that ended when she revealed herself as an ardent supporter of socialized medicine. It's gradually become clear to many of us that she should have switched parties long ago but has chosen not to since she's a perennial statewide office holder in a Republican state.

WilburM 7 years, 10 months ago

Apparently, most voters, including most Republicans, disagree with you. Maybe you can actually try to deliver decent health care to all without being a "socialist." Perish the thought.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

WilburM, many polls continue to show that a majority of Americans strongly oppose Obamacare. Perhaps you haven't seen them. If you really believe that a majority of Kansas Republicans support it, then either you don't live in Kansas or you've been living on Mars for the last year.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Not_holroyd, I'm not_on Medicare and don't have a Medicare card. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Ann Gardner 7 years, 10 months ago

Just realized we had the wrong date for the primary election. The vote is on Aug. 3.

Centerville 7 years, 10 months ago

No one needs to turn in his/her Medicare card, as that program will be ended in a few months anyway.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

Good endorsement, LJW. You go, Sandy; good job so far.

jimbopapa 7 years, 10 months ago

BIG differences between Powell and Praeger: Powell-Pro-Life( endorsed by Kansans for Life) Praeger-Pro-choice. 100% pro-choice voting record while in the KS Legislature.... Powell-Conservative (endorsed by the Kansas Republican Assembly) Praeger-Self Described as Very Moderate Powell-33 Years Licensed Independent Insurance Agent Praeger-Career Politician Powell-100% against Obamacare! Praeger-Helped craft it!

jimbopapa 7 years, 10 months ago

All the money she has spent has been on TV advertisements. She has not been out talking to the people (or listening). David Powell has been around the state multiple times and has listened to the concerns of literally thousands of citizens. Listen to him at The Praeger Teams Response You decide who you want but for me I choose David Powell

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