Archive for Monday, July 26, 2010

Statehouse Live: Brownback says feds should complete the border fence

Sam Brownback cast his vote in the upcoming primary election Monday. Brownback also took time to address his view on immigration issues.

July 26, 2010, 11:42 a.m. Updated July 26, 2010, 11:51 a.m.


— U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for governor, cast an advance ballot Monday in the Republican Party primary.

Brownback faces Joan Heffington of Derby in the GOP contest. The winner will face state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and his wife, Mary, voted Monday at the Shawnee County election office during advance voting for the Aug. 3 GOP primary. Brownback is running for governor.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and his wife, Mary, voted Monday at the Shawnee County election office during advance voting for the Aug. 3 GOP primary. Brownback is running for governor.

In speaking with reporters after he voted, Brownback said:

-- The federal government should complete building a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Brownback said he supported Arizona’s passage of SB 1070, which allows local police to question suspects on their residency status. He criticized the Obama administration for challenging the law, but declined to say whether he would support enacting such a law in Kansas, saying it depends on whether the U.S. gains “control” of the border.

--He plans to roll out a “roadmap” for the future of the state in August, and the plan will focus on economic growth and education. He said that if elected, working on school finance will be a major focus. He said the state “can’t run afoul of Montoy,” which is the lawsuit that ordered increased funding, but he indicated more local funds could be used to fund extra school activities. He said he also opposes any move toward the state requiring school district consolidation.

-- He declined to say who he voted for in contested GOP races, except his own, in which he said he voted for himself.


jfcm77 7 years, 8 months ago

Seeing as he's running for Governor of Kansas, shouldn't he focus his attention on the fence project on the Missouri border?

Bananajoe 7 years, 8 months ago

To the fence......What a waste of money!!! To Brownback....What a waste of brains!!!

Paul R Getto 7 years, 8 months ago

The 'local' funding issue may be interesting. Get ready for: "The state will pay for the 'Three R's." If you want music, sports, arts, etc., raise more local taxes and take care of it yourselves. If he can/will debate Tom Holland face-to-face, itmight be interesting to see how the two sets of ideas from the candidates match up.

Steve Bunch 7 years, 8 months ago

A simple IQ test would keep the Brownbacks out. We live in a moronocracy.

63BC 7 years, 8 months ago

Both are graduates of KU Law School. No love for the home team?

SDTPlant 7 years, 8 months ago

Brownback's just one more embarrassment to the State of Kansas. It's logical then that he'll be the next governor. It says so in "What's the Matter With Kansas?" Single issue candidates-Tiahrt, Moron, Brownback-buzzwords catch Kansans. The entire state has ADHD. Thank you AlfVenison for your posting.

I think back to Ronnie Raygun Zap saying "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall." Read your history lesson Mr. Brownback. Or have your assistant read it to you.

Steve Bunch 7 years, 8 months ago

Just back from driving through Western Kansas, where Kobach's signs use as their slogan "Stop voter fraud." As if voter fraud is a problem in Kansas. That is, of course, coded language for "discourage Hispanic voters."

gccs14r 7 years, 8 months ago

Someone should ask Brownback for an example of a wall that has worked against a group of determined people over time. The Chinese tried it and failed. Hadrian tried it. Both the French and the Germans tried it. The Soviets tried it. The Egyptians and the Israelis are trying it now. Heck, even prisons have been breached, and you can't find a more controlled environment than that. Fix the economic disparity between our countries or make it more expensive to hire undocumented workers than it is to hire legal ones (giant fines, asset forfeiture, and multi-year jail time should do the trick) and there won't be a need for a wall.

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