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Candidates for Kansas governor to debate Thursday in Wichita

October 7, 2010, 8:12 a.m. Updated October 7, 2010, 10:15 a.m.

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— Candidates in the race for Kansas governor are having a live televised debate as the Democratic challenger is broadcasting his first TV ad.

State Sen. Tom Holland, the Democratic nominee, faces U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, the Republican candidate, in a forum to be broadcast from the Wichita studios of KWCH. Though the forum will not be televised in Lawrence, you can watch it live on the KWCH website at 6:30 p.m.

Also participating were Libertarian Andrew Gray and Reform Party candidate Ken Cannon.

Brownback is favored to win in GOP-leaning Kansas, but Holland's television ad attacks the Republican candidate over his long tenure in Washington. Brownback has been a senator since 1997.

For weeks, Brownback has been touting his "Road Map for Kansas," a set of goals that includes creating new private-sector jobs and improving fourth-graders' scores on standardized reading and math tests.

Education funding has become a key issue because Brownback has said the state's formula for distributing aid to public schools is flawed and needs to be revised. But Holland has criticized him for not being specific about his plans.

A group of 72 school districts has notified the state that it intends to file a lawsuit — perhaps later this month — because budget problems forced Kansas to back off large increases in education funding granted in previous years.

Thursday's forum is the second for Brownback and Holland, who previously had a debate Sept. 11 at the Kansas State Fair. Since then, their campaigns have been unable to agree on other debates.

The candidates are seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson, who plans to become president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living after leaving office in January.

LJWorld.com editor Whitney Mathews contributed to this story.

Comments

TinkyWinky 3 years, 6 months ago

Eh oh Holland Supporters,

Sam destroyed Holland last night. Holland was way out of his league. WOW, if that is how Holland handles pressure we certainly would be in trouble should he be elected by some miracle.

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HMcMellon 3 years, 6 months ago

If the Supreme Court votes in favor of the Phelps and Brownback /Schmidt win, it is going to be very embarrassing to travel just about anywhere in the world and be known as someone from Kansas. Phelps already makes us look foolish. Brownback and Schmidt may make Phelps look like a reasonable person.

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JHOK32 3 years, 6 months ago

One thing's for sure: If Brownback has his way 200,000 fellow Kansans will not be allowed to have healthcare........of course that won't affect Brownback as he and his family will still have excellent healthcare paid for by the taxpayers (let's see, it's OK for him & his family to have healthcare paid for by our taxes, but it's not OK for HIS taxes to pay for other people's healthcare......hmmmm?) What's wrong with this picture?

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BigDog 3 years, 6 months ago

Unless Senator Brownback makes a major blunder in the next couple of weeks ..... he will be Governor Brownback.

Just a fact , much like last two campaigns .... most political junkies knew Sebelius would be Governor. This election is the same as last two, just flip parties, You have a candidate with major name recognition against an almost unknown (statewide); a bad campaigner against a good campaigner; a candidate who has major support because of previous job vs candidate most people don't know what they've done politically.

You also have a candidate who has defined themselves (though vague on details) vs, candidate who is yet to define their own positions on issues. Tom also seems to be using the same ineffective method that Barnett and Shallenburger used ..... attack and talk about opponent without telling anyone about yourself and your record.

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notajayhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Ah, I love to see all the whining and general gnashing of teeth. It's been very satisfying to listen to all the wailing and moaning get louder and louder as election day nears, as all of you realize there's not a darned thing you can do to keep Brownback from being our next governor, because, as usual, the opinions of the fine folks of Larrytown are completely irrelevant to the rest of Kansas.

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1983Hawk 3 years, 6 months ago

I sometimes wonder if lg40, not a jay, bozo, tinkywinky and countless others who seem to have time to spend hours a day on here ranting and raving against the socialist evils of the public sector are gainfully employed in that model of efficiency that is the private sector. Or could it just be possible that some of 'em are sitting at home awaiting the arrival of the Social Security, military retirement, unemployment or other remittance from the "guvmint"?

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vermont 3 years, 6 months ago

Brownbacks is Crazy...the most conservative politician in the Country, please don't vote for him, he will destroy Kansas. Tom Holland is a moderate who used to be a Republican, he is a good man, the type of guy that needs to be running the State. Call him up at his campaign office, he would love to talk with you, I did.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 6 months ago

And why does his family take government farm payments? Socialist!

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somebodynew 3 years, 6 months ago

Or maybe ask about Brownback's ties (maybe past) to a fairly radical religious group???

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 6 months ago

Holland needs to ask Brownback if he intends to pardon or commute the sentence of Scott Roeder. After all, murder isn't a family value. Or is it, Mr. Brownback?

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think_about_it 3 years, 6 months ago

No need for a debate. I already know who I'm voting for.

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 6 months ago

Eh oh Everybody: This is a nice poem, writer unknown

T'was the night before elections And all through the town Tempers were flaring Emotions all up and down

I, in my bathrobe With a cat in my lap Had cut off the TV tired of political clap-trap

When all of a sudden There arose such a noise I peered out my window Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet They wanted my pay To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money And quick as a wink Jumped back on his bandwagon As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen Who were pulling his cart I could tell they were out To tear my country apart!

'On Fannie, on Freddie, On Biden and Ayers! On Acorn, On Pelosi' He screamed at the pairs! They took off for his cause And as they flew out of sight I heard him laugh at the nation Who wouldn't stand up and fight! So I leave you to think On this one final note— IF YOU DON'T WANT SOCIALISM GET OUT AND VOTE !!!!

"Who had not work all day" (You know who you are)

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fabian_zimbabwe 3 years, 6 months ago

Regarding LG40 (a.k.a. angry, bitter old man): Please don't feed the trolls.

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1983Hawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Good point, lg40. Why do we waste everyone's time bothering to contest elections in this country or inform the voters when we could just go ahead and annoint candidates favored by right-wing blow-hards who spend countless hours a day filling up this website with their screeds?

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overthemoon 3 years, 6 months ago

Will this be aired on any local channels?

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lawrenceguy40 3 years, 6 months ago

A waste of everyone's time. dutch boy holland should stay home as a mark of respect to Senator Brownback and soon to be Governor Brownback.

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