Archive for Thursday, October 7, 2010

Candidates for Kansas governor to debate Thursday in Wichita

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


— 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. editor Whitney Mathews contributed to this story.


overthemoon 7 years, 4 months ago

Will this be aired on any local channels?

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

The forums will not air in Lawrence, Topeka or Kansas City, but you can watch them live on the KWCH website:,0,5475700.story

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

1983Hawk 7 years, 4 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?

thebigspoon 7 years, 4 months ago

You know, LG, you sometimes have really valuable things to say, but by posting this drivel, you invalidate most of what you advocate in terms of thinking, evaluating, and choosing. Holland may have little to no chance of winning this election, but, if we all followed your advice, we'd never have to have elections again. Why not just listen to the crap spewed by those who have no concept of the democratic process, then we would have no reason to think about what an opposition candidate has to say, and no reason to go through the process of advice and consent that has made this nation great. I agree: let's not have debate, let's not have any opportunity to allow each voter to think. Let's just let you decide what's best and go on from there. Really deep thinking, LG, and I'm sure all of us who may have other ideas can just go on with our (choiceless) lives and be mindlessly happy. Let's hear it for the new Animal Farm. Come to think of it, why not just ship the rest of us off to somewhere away from you and yours and have it done with? Wow, what an idea.

notajayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

"... we could just go ahead and annoint candidates favored by right-wing blow-hards ..."

According to the polls, Brownback is favored by quite a few Democrats/liberals, too.

jafs 7 years, 4 months ago


That's quite surprising if it's true.

notajayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

18% of those identifying themselves as Democrats. 17% of those identifying themselves as liberal. Between one-in-five and one-in-six. That seems to me to be "quite a few".

BTW, boohoohoozo? When you put those blinders on, they're supposed to go alongside your eyes, you're not supposed to fold them in so they completely cover your eyes. But that's okay, just keep saying something isn't true, based on absolutely nothing other than the fact that you can't believe it. As usual.

jafs 7 years, 4 months ago

Do you have a source for those figures?

It would be extremely surprising to me if it were true, even in Kansas.

eaglar 7 years, 4 months ago

It's entirely possible that there are more repubs that DON'T like Brownback than Dems, who do. The man is scary and has hardly accomplished anything, except leave the Dept of Ag a mess when he left for DC, vote with the extreme right always, associate with VERY questionable people, and when asked if he could support a Uganda law to kill gays, the honorable senator said, "I'LL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT." Scary!

fabian_zimbabwe 7 years, 4 months ago

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

think_about_it 7 years, 4 months ago

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

think_about_it 7 years, 4 months ago

And the answer would be no. Don't be ridiculous.

somebodynew 7 years, 4 months ago

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

vermont 7 years, 4 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.

1983Hawk 7 years, 4 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"?

notajayhawk 7 years, 4 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.

jafs 7 years, 4 months ago

So, on this one, you celebrate the fact that the majority can dictate to the minority.

On other threads, you've had a problem with that part of our system.

BigDog 7 years, 4 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.

JHOK32 7 years, 4 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?

HMcMellon 7 years, 4 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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