Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2010

Campaign Notebook: Brownback releases two ads; Holland campaign says they lack details

September 9, 2010, 8:32 a.m. Updated September 9, 2010, 9:43 a.m.



Brownback's Improving Kansas TV ad


Brownback's The Road Map for Kansas TV ad

— Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback has two new television commercials and the campaign of his Democratic opponent Tom Holland says the 30-second spots say nothing, especially about school funding.

In one commercial, Brownback says he has drawn inspiration from Smith Center High School football coach Roger Barta on how to improve Kansas. The eight-man team won five straight state championships and 79 consecutive games under Barta and their success was the subject of a recent book.

The lessons learned from Barta, Brownback says, are to get a little better each day, love the person not the position and care and respect each other.

In the other commercial, Brownback says the three "great challenges" of his administration will be to create private sector jobs, improve education and have government support families.

Brownback, currently a U.S. senator, faces Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City in the Nov. 2 election.

Holland's campaign issued a news release saying the Brownback ads lacked detail.

"Senator Brownback is now saying on TV what he's said on the campaign trail -- nothing," Holland's campaign spokesperson Seth Bundy said.

Bundy said the commercials include "no details, no specifics and no answers. It's time Senator Brownback stops hiding his real agenda for Kansas schools."

Brownback has said the current school finance system needs an overhaul but he has declined to say what he would like to see changed.

Bundy said of Holland, "Tom will get new resources back into the classroom, he opposes forcing districts to raise their property taxes and he opposes taking money away from public schools through private vouchers."


63BC 7 years, 7 months ago

The lessons learned from Barta Brownback says, are to get a little better each day, love the person not the position and care and respect each other.

Good lessons for people who comment on chat boards too.

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow, a political ad says nothing.

Way to state the obvious.

David Albertson 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm trying to figure out how "government attacks our families"? The only families I've seen getting attacked by goverment are hispanic families in Arizona (legal and non-legal). We have enough racists in Kansas, we don't need another one in Topeka.

BigDog 7 years, 7 months ago

I too would like to hear more details from the Brownback campaign. But would also like to hear details from the Holland campaign.

What are you going to do differently to get "new" resources into the classroom?

Why was this idea not presented over the last several years while working as a state senator?

Jim Williamson 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm a registered Democrat and I'd like to hear ANYTHING from the Holland campaign other than the obvious: that Sam will take us back to the 1930s.

gbulldog 7 years, 7 months ago

I have not seen the ads and will avoid them if I can. What I am looking for in a Governor is an administrator who will guide the State to make it a better place to live. Do the canidates for Governor have the qualification to appoint qualified adminstrators to operate State government or are they going to appoint "political hacks" or those who are backed by "special interest groups" to reward supporters. There are many important issues that will face the new governor. I hope the new Governor has a "skin to put up with the "horse pucky" put out by special interest grroup and by persons that call another person a "racist" if if they do not agrree with the new Governor.

The person who refers to another as a "racist" does not understand what a racisit or he/she would not have use the term racist. Please review the definiton of racism. I have worked with, been taught by, use medical services by many legal citizens who have come from all over the World or whose ancestors have, Why should we be called a "racist" because we oppose criminal making millions of dollars importing illiegals (many of them criminal), drugs, and other illegal activites into the USA. Because of the probelms caused by these illegal actvities, we have been warned to stay out of numerious wilderness area and parks.

Robert Schehrer 7 years, 7 months ago

Why is the releasing of two TV ads a news story? They even allow you to view the ads in the story. I would have thought the JW would have contacted Brownback to place an ad in the paper.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

Brownback likely will not offer any specific plan. Why because he has no plans.

Brownback is a believer is Reagan/Bush supply side economics which has wrecked our economy

Tax cuts are not productive:

*They don't produce new tax dollar revenues

  • They don't produce new industry or new employment

  • They DO increase taxes on the upper middle class,middle class and the poor

Brownback does believe in Grover Norquist: ================================================== Privatization of schools is a Brownback favorite as are vouchers. Both will get deep into YOUR tax dollar wallet. Both will require YOUR tax dollars.

Charter Schools can be very very expensive tax dollar babies.

None of the above can guarantee a better education than public schools. Public school is a best bang for the buck.

David Albertson 7 years, 7 months ago

At least this congress is spending money here instead of spending it to spread death and destruction all over the world.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

Repeal of tax cuts would cut $700 billion off the federal deficit over the next decade:

Economically, repeal would cut $700 billion off the federal deficit over the next decade.

Nobody wants to repeal George Bush's tax cuts for the middle class. Especially in a bad economy, this is a no-brainer, both politically and economically.

But what about tax cuts for high earners? This should be an easy question to answer, too. On the political side, a CBS poll earlier this week found that repeal is supported by 56% and opposed by only 36%.

Economically, repeal would cut $700 billion off the federal deficit over the next decade and, because consumption by the wealthy doesn't depend very much on small changes in income, it wouldn't noticeably affect consumer spending, either.

Allowing tax rates on the rich to rise back to their pre-Bush levels, therefore, should also be a no-brainer, both politically and economically.

More details:

BigDog 7 years, 7 months ago

So Merrill what are your thoughts on Obama's new spending proposal and tax cuts for businesses proposal?

The $30 billion for small businesses The $50 billion in new spending for infrastructure The president’s other economic proposals, including making a $100 billion research-and-development tax credit permanent and $200 billion for companies to deduct the full cost of capital investment next year.

elmcd 7 years, 7 months ago

Ha! Anyone else notice how old the footage on the second ad looks? I'm pretty sure those kids are from the early 90s! I guess Holland's right after all. Brownback really is stuck in classrooms of the past.

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