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Brownback wins race for Kansas governor

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, left, and Gov. Sam Brownback with his wife Mary at his side, celebrate winning in Tuesday's mid-term election during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, left, and Gov. Sam Brownback with his wife Mary at his side, celebrate winning in Tuesday's mid-term election during a GOP Clean Sweep party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Topeka.

November 2, 2010, 8:44 a.m. Updated November 2, 2010, 11:21 p.m.

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Kansas Republican candidates on Tuesday went on an historic sweep of victories in a campaign that focused on opposition to President Barack Obama.

"A clean sweep for a new beginning," said Gov.-elect Sam Brownback. "No more Obama way. Now let's go the Kansas way," Brownback old about 300 people at the Republican Party celebration at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

Brownback took the stage at 10 p.m. with his wife, Mary, and three of his five children. Lt. Gov.-elect Jeff Colyer and his family joined him.

"We still believe in American exceptionalism," Brownback said, adding that Kansas "is the heart of it."

Brownback told his supporters, "Have a great time tonight. The work begins tomorrow."

Democratic candidate Tom Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, called Brownback earlier and congratulated him.

"In Congress, Senator Brownback has been a consistent advocate for human rights in Darfur, North Korea and around the globe," Holland said. "He's shown the world the compassion that all Kansans have for those in need."

Brownback was leading Holland 63 percent to 33 percent.

Earlier, U.S. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who was not on the ballot, said "With Kansas leading the way tonight, we are going to get our America back."

Referring to Obama, Roberts said, "Yes he can? No he won't."

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, who ran unopposed in winning a third term, said she was looking forward to working alongside a Republican governor.

"He wants to grow the economy," Praeger, a former Lawrence mayor and legislator, said of Brownback.

Brownback, attorney general-elect Derek Schmidt, secretary of state-elect Kris Kobach, treasurer-elect Ron Estes and Praeger were throwing the first GOP shutout of statewide offices since 1964.

Brownback will become the first social conservative Republican governor in state history.

Mark Parkinson, the former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the governor's office in 2009 when former governor Kathleen Sebelius joined Obama's cabinet, decided not to run.

10:25 p.m. update

Gov.-elect Sam Brownback on Tuesday told a cheering crowd that Republican victories Tuesday were a repudiation of President Barack Obama.

"A clean sweep for a new beginning," Brownback said. "No more Obama way. Now let's go the Kansas way," he said.

Brownback took the stage at 10 p.m. with his wife, Mary, and three of his five children. Lt. Gov.-elect Jeff Colyer and his family joined him.

"We still believe in American exceptionalism," Brownback said, adding that Kansas "is the heart of it."

Brownback told his supporters, "Have a great time tonight. The work begins tomorrow."

Democratic candidate Tom Holland called Brownback earlier and congratulated him.

"In Congress, Senator Brownback has been a consistent advocate for human rights in Darfur, North Korea and around the globe," Holland said. "He's shown the world the compassion that all Kansans have for those in need."

8:12 p.m. update

TOPEKA — After 16 years in Washington, Republican Sam Brownback is coming home to be governor of Kansas.

Brownback on Tuesday defeated Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland to reclaim the office held by Democrats for the past eight years.

Brownback replaces Gov. Mark Parkinson who assumed the job in 2009 when then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned to become secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services.

Holland and Brownback focused on the economy during campaigns, offering differing views on how to make Kansas government more efficient and reduce the state's unemployment rate, currently at 6.6 percent.

That rate is down from 7 percent in September 2009, but job creation has been slow to develop. Uncertainty remains, including the future of Wichita aviation manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft. The general aviation firm is restructuring its operations in an effort to be more efficient and maintain as many of its 6,000 jobs in Kansas as possible.

Joshua Spell, a 29-year-old postal worker in Wichita favored the Democrats on his ballot, but voted for Brownback. He said he didn't know much about the Democratic candidate in the governor's race. He said that as a senator, Brownback seemed "to put Kansas first" whether it was a Republican or Democratic issue.

"I think he will do a wonderful job as governor," said Spell, adding he voted against his union recommendation in that race.

Brownback, a fiscal and social conservative, campaigned on creating a better business climate, freezing government spending and repealing laws and regulations impeding growth. His platform is likely to receive a warm reception from a Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature.

Holland's message focused on growing jobs in renewable energy, biosciences and health care. He said Kansas has emerged as a leader in those areas and is poised for more expansion.

Brownback will be faced with a fiscal challenge right from the start. A group of economists and researchers gave a fiscal forecast for the remainder of the current fiscal year and next, showing the shortfall could be as large as $500 million in 2012. That's despite a 1-cent increase in the sales tax rate that took effect in July.

8:07 p.m. update

From the Associated Press: Sam Brownback, GOP, elected Governor, Kansas.

8:02 p.m. update

Brownback still leads the race with 62.1 percent of the vote, which is more than 50,000 votes.

Holland has 34.9 percent.

7:52 p.m. update

The gap between Brownback and Holland has narrowed considerably.

Brownback currently has 55.2 percent of the vote, and Holland has 40 percent.

7:42 p.m. update

Sam Brownback is leading the race, although by a smaller margin than earlier with 68 percent of the vote.

Tom Holland has gained a few votes and has 27.6 percent. Both other candidates are at 2.2 percent.

7:15 p.m. update

Early results show Republican candidate Sam Brownback leading the race with 73.6 percent of the votes.

Tom Holland has 21.6 percent of the vote. Both Ken Cannon and Andrew Gray have less than 3 percent of the votes.

8:45 a.m. update

Republican Sam Brownback in August offered Kansas voters a road map for putting the state's economy and government on what he saw as the right track.

On Tuesday, Brownback learns if voters liked his direction or instead will follow Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland for the next four years.

Brownback outspent Holland almost 4-1. The winner replaces Democrat Gov. Mark Parkinson in January.

The race is one of 37 across the country where state voters will choose their next chief executive.

Both candidates made reviving the economy the focal point of their campaigns, offering differing views on how to make Kansas government more efficient and reduce the state's unemployment rate, currently at 6.6 percent.

That rate is down from 7 percent in September 2009, but job creation has been slow to develop. Uncertainty remains, including the future of Wichita aviation manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft. The general aviation firm is restructuring its operations in an effort to be more efficient and maintain as many of its 6,000 jobs in Kansas as possible.

Brownback has campaigned on creating a better business climate, including freezing government spending and establishing an office focused on repealing laws and regulations impeding growth. His platform would likely receive a warm reception from Republicans who control both chambers of the Kansas Legislature.

Holland's message has focused on growing jobs in renewable energy, biosciences and health care, saying Kansas has emerged as a leader in those areas and is poised for more expansion. He also intends to keep the state's commitments to funding education.

Early projections are that Kansas will face a budget gap of some $300 million, despite a 1-cent increase in the sales tax rate in July.

Associated Press writer John Milburn contributed to this story.

Comments

StaceyD 3 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe that articles like this don't even mention that there are other options in this race.

A vote for either of the two establishment party candidates is a wasted vote with no real chance of affecting the outcome of this election. One candidate enjoys a dominate lead and will win with our without the vote of independent Kansans.

A vote for Andrew Gray for Kansas Governor changes everything. When the Gray Team receives 5% or more of the statewide vote, Kansas gives birth to a 3rd Major Political Party. Three parties in the primaries, three parties in the debates, no more us-versus-them politics. Finally we get new ideas and a way for common Kansans to have a voice at the table.

A vote for Andrew Gray begins to restore sanity to the system when a third major party redefines how sane campaigns should be run. What if the Libertarians require resumes for all of their primary candidates? What if the new party limits primary spending and pools that money for a party-wide resource to voters so they can find answers from all the LP candidates in one place? Will the establishment parties follow? If you demand it, they will.

The two establishment parties have enjoyed a monopoly of ideas in Kansas for 110 years. Do you have the courage to change it? It’s in your power to do so.

Vote with courage.

Vote Andrew Gray for KS Governor.

www.KansasProud.com

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anonyname 3 years, 10 months ago

If you're trying to convince someone to support your candidate, especially if they haven't heard of or been aware of him until election day, you might give a brief summary of his views. I have no idea what Gray's views are on the financial mess, on funding for education, or anything. I'm not going to support a third party just to say "I voted third party!" If I ever were to do so, it would be in support of that candidate's positions. Don't bother convincing me, though - I already voted.

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jfcm77 3 years, 10 months ago

I support the concept of more than two parties. I also know that a vote for Holland or Gray or Katy Perry is wasted.

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gudpoynt 3 years, 10 months ago

Vote Malmacian! And for a lift on the ban of feline cuisine in the USA!

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avoice 3 years, 10 months ago

If you really think that Brownback cannot be defeated, but you don't want to vote for him, then vote for Gray. Your vote would NOT be wasted if Gray is able to garner the 5% needed to establish the Libertarian Party as Kansas' third major political party. Especially if you support the concept of more than two parties, you will be asserting your true political desires.

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StaceyD 3 years, 10 months ago

The website has his platform and beliefs. There is also a great article on how 5% changes everything. In this election, the only way your vote can count is to vote for Andrew Gray. Brownback will win regardless of your vote...and vote for Andrew Gray is a vote to create a 3rd Major Political Party.

www.KansasProud.com

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WHY 3 years, 10 months ago

So ummm, I looked at his web page and he is just a middle man between the two parties holding half of what each believes. Maybe I could just vote D R D R all the way down my ballot.

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notajayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

"When the Gray Team receives 5% or more of the statewide vote, Kansas gives birth to a 3rd Major Political Party."

No, it gets that party a slot on the next ballot. It is a very, very far cry from "major" party status.

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friendlyjhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

We are doomed with a Brownback win. Schools lose big time also.

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7texdude 3 years, 10 months ago

It never mattered who became Governor, schools were always to going to lose.

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 10 months ago

FRIENDLY--SCHOOLS WILL NOT THE THE ONLY LOSERS WITH BROWNBACK'S WIN. THIS WILL BE A LONG FOUR YEARS, AND KNOWING KANSAS VOTERS, A LONG EIGHT YEARS.

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jimmyjms 3 years, 10 months ago

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 10 months ago

This is starting to look like a very good night.....

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llama726 3 years, 10 months ago

Your avatar isn't patriotic enough. A true patriot only puts an eagle with an American flag lapel pin superimposed over another, larger American flag.

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monheim 3 years, 10 months ago

We also need to incorporate Jesus high-fiving George Washington somehow.

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Matthew Herbert 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad LJWorld waited until .5% of precincts had reported to announce the Brownback victory.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 10 months ago

CNN declared him (and Moran) winner seconds after the Kansas Mountain Time zone polls closed at *PM our time.

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grammaddy 3 years, 10 months ago

Looks like Brownback's in.I wonder how much damage he'll do before he starts his presidential campaign.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

That's a trick the Campaigner in Chief has down pat. His chair in the US Senate didn't even get warm 'fore he hit the trail. His promise to serve a full term reached its expiration date. The voters of IL were mopes for believing him.

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Lonestar1 3 years, 10 months ago

Brownback because "God Wills It!' How many times can it be said.... What's the matter with Kansas????

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verity 3 years, 10 months ago

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notajayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

"What's the matter with Kansas????"

Lots.

But nothing that can't be fixed after our new governor's inauguration.

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like_n_Lawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh....f..u..d..g..e......... Here come the concentration camps....

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 10 months ago

.....a very, very good night indeed!

Except for the library tax...............

Maybe all these new republicans can cut taxes somewhere else to make up for this new library tax...

Celebrate tonight guys....you have a lot of work in front of you!

Don't forget; if you are unhappy with tonight's results = George Ws fault!!!!

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like_n_Lawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

The condition of this country will be George Dubya's fault for a long time to come. What was this country thinking then....and what are they thinking now?? The country hicks woke up from their long nap...

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N_Trenched 3 years, 10 months ago

The arrogance and ignorance you display in your post is exactly why the "country hicks" you speak of wiped the floor with your elitist party. Must be embarrassing to lose to the "unwashed masses". Keep blaming this mess on W alone and see where it gets you.

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like_n_Lawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

...and acceptance is the answer to all my fears,,,,

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like_n_Lawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

...Wait a minute...'W' is the arrogant and ignorant I know you speak of...and...I am very embarrassed by the choices of the unwashed masses. At least now I feel proud our leader is literate.....and well educated....and good looking....and respectful...and so on, and so on....oh, and believes that everyone should be treated equally...

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whats_going_on 3 years, 10 months ago

oh good grief, the world isn't going to end people.

However, this guy is a douche. Too bad.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 10 months ago

on a side note, some of you are starting to sound like your sore loser counterpart republicans during the past couple years. Its seriously disappointing.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm just going to sit back and see how they explain why all of a sudden our economy hasn't magically turned around. Are the corporations who funded their wins suddenly going to give up some of their profits to create jobs. Ha. How are they going to explain why everyone isn't going to magically get a job? How are they going to explain when the banks start making stupid loans again? Are they going to shut down GM now? How are they going to tell the children who haven't been able to get insurance before the health care law, that they are going to have to live without it again?

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notajayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

"I'm just going to sit back and see how they explain why all of a sudden our economy hasn't magically turned around."

And we're going to respond that we could be accomplishing so much more if it weren't for the obstructionism of the Democrats, the 'party of No'. After all, you swallowed that one for the past two years.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 10 months ago

At least you don't deny that he is a d-bag. Good for you!

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verity 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't know---some people are hoping for that and trying to help God make it happen.

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verity 3 years, 10 months ago

OK, but I certainly won't bow my head.

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Christine Anderson 3 years, 10 months ago

Agnostick, that's a good one! Exactly why I said what I did.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad I didn't become a teacher. When Brownback turns over schools to his oil buddies to run, teachers will be living on the streets with no insurance. Are you parents ready for 40 students in each class room? But you'll have enough money to buy your fancy SUV, and Brownback's oil buddies will make sure that you can pollute all you want. Who needs clean rivers anyway. Kids who are brain damaged from the pollution won't be able to learn in classrooms of 40 or more anyway. So poisoning them won't matter.

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Danimal 3 years, 10 months ago

I couldn't agree more, Brownback is awful and I blame the Kansas Republican Party for not giving us better options. At least he's fiscally conservative, but I'm terrified of what new social policies he may dream up.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

I think Brownback will make an able assistant to Kobach.

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commuter 3 years, 10 months ago

I willw ait and give Brownback a chance. Holland may know how to campaign for a state house or senate senate but not a state wide office. He should have tried to talk to soem of Sebeilus' handlers and learn how.

You can blame the Rep. party for not giving better choices but why not the Democrats??? They didn't give us a reall choice either, in my opinion.

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kusp8 3 years, 10 months ago

"No more Obama way. Now let's go the Kansas way," Brownback old about 300 people at the Republican Party celebration at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

I'm pretty sure you meant "Brownback told about 300 people..." I know Brownback is over 35 but he's not really THAT old, I'm guessing he's about 55-60.

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phoggyjay 3 years, 10 months ago

Talk about patriotism... that flag is very wrinkled!

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RushIsRight 3 years, 10 months ago

More Liberal tears... keep em coming babies!!

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lilygrace 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansans. As dumb as you think they are. The Republican party represents rich, white males with Stepford wives, so-called christian right-wing nutcases, red-necks, and bigots. Look out women, gays, blacks, Hispanics, environmentalists, and educators....they're baaaaaaaaaack!

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lilygrace 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansans. As dumb as you think they are. The Republican party represents rich, white males with Stepford wives, so-called christian right-wing nutcases, red-necks, and bigots. Look out women, gays, blacks, Hispanics, environmentalists, and educators....they're baaaaaaaaaack!

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 10 months ago

So Sam, when do we start seeing the attack ads on your competitor for President of the United States?

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Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansas citizens...be we left, center, or right....we're all in for a world of hurt now.

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lounger 3 years, 10 months ago

Pathetic. One of the first things he says is against Obama. These jokers cant even think for themselves. Im kinda frightened to see what scary sammy does to this state. Betcha he sets us back 50 years in some regards....

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Smitty4701 3 years, 10 months ago

Just wait till he gets done cutting programs for the elderly and disabled and lets see where you all stand then. Ya need to think about someone else besides yourself. Someday no matter who you are you could be old and need help too and before he is done he will have messed that all up. Alll he is going to do to everything is CUT CUT CUT.

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oliveoyl 3 years, 10 months ago

Welcome back to the Stone Age my fellow Kansans. We. Are. F-ed.

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jessanddaron 3 years, 10 months ago

I thought Rick Perry was the epitome of GOP gubernatorial hell, but I think Kansas just took the cake of absolute worst GOP Gov's of the 21st century. Brownback is seen as a fringe loony by even conservatives outside the state. Good job, I guess the bumper stickers are pretty accurate..."Kansas, as bigoted as you think."

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Thinking_Out_Loud 3 years, 10 months ago

Here's the point, all. The voters in Kansas have made their preferences known. The next step is to support these elected officials. For one thing, obstructing them necessarily obstructs the will of the people, which is antithetical to a democratic society. For another, it is not in our interest as a state for these people to fail. They deserve our honest critiques of their policies so they can adjust them and make the very best possible policies. However, they also deserve our support in implementing and bringing these policies into existence according to the will of the electorate.

Complaining about who is in the position does no good. Constructive criticism about how they can be the best in their position, however, will. And support.

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jessanddaron 3 years, 10 months ago

"For one thing, obstructing them necessarily obstructs the will of the people, which is antithetical to a democratic society."

Thinking, that statement is wrong on many levels. It is not only the right to have a dissenting political opinion, it is what MAKES our government a democracy. Also, Brownback voters must be joking suggesting that the minority just be quiet and support the elected official. That is exactly what you guys have done in the last two years with this democratic president, right?

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verity 3 years, 10 months ago

"That is exactly what you guys have done in the last two years with this democratic president, right?"

Spot on!!

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salad 3 years, 10 months ago

South Western Kansas will now get its powerplant.

Hopefully a Kansas firm will get the engineering design....Burns & Mac? Black & Veatch?

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MyName 3 years, 10 months ago

Don't you mean Colorado will now get to build its power plant inside SW Kansas?

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james bush 3 years, 10 months ago

At least we'll go to heaven if we voted right........whoops, not pc........correctly.

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verity 3 years, 10 months ago

I will support Brownback if he does what I think is best for Kansas. I will not be an obstructionist just to be one. But if I think he is wrong, I will fight him.

Isn't that what we're supposed to do?

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