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Brownback, Holland to debate at Kansas State Fair

September 10, 2010


Republican Sam Brownback and Democrat Tom Holland will square off today for the first time in a gubernatorial debate at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

The outdoor event at 11 a.m. Saturday can be heard live on the WIBW radio website at and will broadcast on WIBW 580 at noon Monday.

Holland, a state senator from Baldwin City, is hoping to increase his visibility, against the better-funded and more well-known Brownback, who is a U.S. senator and ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for president in 2008.

The two candidates will face a crowd packed with fairgoers and campaign supporters. Traditionally crowds at debates during the fair are boisterous, but well-behaved.

In 2006, however, there was an altercation between then-state Rep. Vaughn Flora, a Topeka Democrat, and Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who was dressed as a cockroach to protest then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Flora was charged in the fight and paid a fine.

During the 2002 debate between Sebelius and Republican Tim Shallenburger, a person in the crowd passed out and was helped by firefighters who had come to cheer on Sebelius.


Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Sam Brownback you know the man who dislikes big government but loves those big government paychecks and tax dollar supported medical insurance that none of the rest of us deserve.

Meanwhile what does Brownback bring back to Kansas?

What Repubs do with a remarkable degree of consistency is wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

  Is there a definite pattern? Absolutely!

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal

  2. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money?

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion and wreck the economy)

  5. How to Wreck State Government aka TABOR

  6. Bush Tax Cuts - Always a bad Idea

  The "tea party" aka republicans are part of the wreckanomics program funded in large part by the Koch Brothers... well known oil billionaires. These thinkers back a tax payers bill of rights which is another scheme to wreck state governments. MR Brownback supports TABOR in a big way. TABOR will not be good for schools,libraries or YOUR community.

Stephen Roberts 7 years, 9 months ago

Gee Merrill really liks to posts links about Reagan & Bush. Do you think he has something against them or maybe he secretly likes them (you know acting like little kids)?

Neomarxist123 7 years, 9 months ago

The new Republican boogie-man in John Boehner.

Watch who Obama bashes now. And watch as the mainstream media gets in to the act.

Polls say the public is tired of Bush bashing.

Just a recap:

1994-2000: Bash Newt 2000-2010: Bash Bush 2010-????: Bash Boehner

Merrill will get the news soon.

nobody1793 7 years, 9 months ago

I hope they both show up in overalls with a piece of wheat straw in their mouth trying to out-down-home each other.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 9 months ago

His teeth are too white. Maybe he's an extremely sophisticated android with a programmed neocon brain! (Hey! Maybe I just started a new conspiracy theory!)

inatux 7 years, 9 months ago

Debating on 9/11? Poor taste and tacky.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Washington D.C. special interest mentality is what Brownback brings to Topeka,Kansas. Brownback will focus on tax cuts which are tax increases for most upper middle class,middle class and poor taxpayers.

How will tax cuts pay the bills? Tax cuts have not brought enough jobs or new industry to Kansas in the past 30 years to keep Kansas employed. Tax cuts do not pay the bills nor do they generate tons of jobs. Who gets our tax dollars? Lobbyists and their employers.

Kansas cannot afford this type of politics.

WASHINGTON — House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists to Capitol Hill for a private strategy session.

The bill’s passage in the House already seemed inevitable. But Mr. Boehner and his deputies told the Wall Street lobbyists and trade association leaders that by teaming up, they could still perhaps block its final passage or at least water it down.

“We need you to get out there and speak up against this,” Mr. Boehner said that December afternoon, according to three people familiar with his remarks, while also warning against cutting side deals with Democrats.

That sort of alliance — they won a few skirmishes, though they lost the war on the regulatory bill — is business as usual for Mr. Boehner, the House minority leader and would-be speaker if Republicans win the House in November. He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.

They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns over the years, provided him rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.

Some of the lobbyists readily acknowledge routinely seeking his office’s help — calling the congressman and his aides as often as several times a week — to advance their agenda in Washington. And in many cases, Mr. Boehner has helped them out.

As Democrats increasingly try to cast the Ohio congressman as the face of the Republican Party — President Obama mentioned his name eight times in a speech last week — and as Mr. Boehner becomes more visible, his ties to lobbyists, cultivated since he arrived here in 1991, are coming under attack.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Will Brownback answer the questions asked by Tom Holland? Or will Tom Holland be left with words to divert viewers away from the question topic?

notajayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Will merrill answer the questions posed by countless LJW message baord readers? Such as 'How many times are you going to cross-post the same old canned links to propaganda sites to every thread, regardless of the topic?' Or maybe 'Why don't you just give it a rest, merril?' Or, even, 'Do you really think anyone reads your spam, merrill?'

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