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Former KDHE secretary Rod Bremby says he did not resign

Bremby says ‘abuses’ occurred in permit process

Rod Bremby talks about his November departure as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In his first public appearance since leaving the KDHE, Bremby spoke at Kansas City Kansas Community College Thursday, Feb. 10.

February 11, 2011

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Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby talked in public for the first time since being removed from office in November. He was speaking to students at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby talked in public for the first time since being removed from office in November. He was speaking to students at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Rod Bremby said he was shocked when Gov. Mark Parkinson removed him as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

That decision came back in November and after Bremby said he was asked to resign as head of the KDHE to coordinate the cabinet transition from Parkinson’s administration to that of incoming Gov. Sam Brownback. While Bremby said he was happy to help with the transition, he wasn’t willing to leave his office to do so.

On Thursday in his first public appearance since leaving office, Bremby quickly cleared the air about his departure.

“I did not resign. I did not step down. I did not quit. I was removed, and you can label that however you wish,” Bremby told a crowd at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Bremby said he never had the opportunity to ask the governor why he was removed.

“Inside, I think I know what the issue is. But because my speculation or my beliefs could impact someone else’s character, I am reluctant to do that,” he said.

On Nov. 2, Bremby was placed on administrative leave, but continued to be on the state payroll.

“That was not my solution, but that was the solution around severance,” he said.

Bremby, who lives in Lawrence, spent much of the hour-and-half-long talk defending his most controversial decision during his nearly eight years as secretary. In 2007, he denied Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s permit to build a coal-fired power plant in western Kansas.

Bremby’s decision on the $2.8 billion plant in Holcomb was supported by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

In 2009, Parkinson became governor and crafted a deal to allow for the project in exchange for reducing the plant down from two 700-megawatt plants and getting legislators to approve renewable-energy legislation.

Sunflower re-entered the permit process. After Bremby’s departure, replacement John Mitchell approved a permit for a proposed 895-megawatt coal-burning power plant, just before new federal regulations on greenhouse gases went into effect in January.

All Bremby would say Thursday about the governor's agreement with Sunflower was that he passed his advice onto the governor and has not commented on the decision publicly. He said he didn't have any communication with the governor regarding the latest permit. However, Bremby was willing to talk about the politics involved in the decision.

“The process was not a benign, pristine, routine bureaucratic process. Unfortunately, there were abuses,” Bremby said.

“If you look at the influence of lobbying dollars in this process, it is staggering. If we are to protect this exercise, this way of governing ourselves, things like this can’t happen,” he said.

At the time of his decision, Bremby denied the power plant’s application because of the “contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to climate change and the potential harm to our environment and health.”

It was a decision that was hailed by environmentalists across the country.

During his talk Thursday, Bremby defended his legal right to deny the permit and the science that supports climate change.

For those on either side of the coal-fire power plant debate, Bremby said they should search for areas where they agree and then go from there. Kansans need to start thinking collectively about how to be sustainable.

“I don’t think we have the luxury of dismissing people with disparate opinions,” Bremby said. “But I do think it is going to take a lot more work and a lot more effort than I know how to start.”

While Bremby said he loved serving Kansas as KDHE secretary, he is ready to move on. As for what’s next, Bremby said he doesn’t know.

Comments

pace 3 years, 10 months ago

Bremby is a classy man. Kansas was lucky to have his service. The new CRRB board which has taken over many of the KDHE duties will have a high standard of conduct to follow. I hope the best to Mr. Bremby and I expect where ever he goes he will be of good service.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

"i have decided to leave the forum. goodbye. i am signing out. SVEN January 29, 2011"

As we said earlier - I tried the forum to post when appropriate. It lasted about 6 hours and then the wingnuts - Jerry Springer show crowd took over and took it up to 290+ posts. GOOD BYE It is more like the Jerry Springer show than anything rational, in part due to the moderator's policy interpretations. we ARE NOT posting again - sorry. February 8, 2011

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

Do you intend to spend the rest of your posting time being a wart on Sven's butt?

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

It also seems to put a burr under your saddle & that makes it all worthwhile.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

I really couldn't care less. And I doubt the Sven could, either.

Which sort of begs the question of why it's such an obsession to you.

Not that you'll answer that question. That might require a post with actual content.

pace 3 years, 10 months ago

glock don't be so hard on yourself, just say you are often mistaken/

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 10 months ago

Bremby himself allowed politics into his decision to deny the permit. He allowed Kathy Alloverus to influence the political angle and sadly caved in to her whims. He has alot of gall acting like he is the villian when Parkinson sacked him. The guy obviously has not the scrupples or gall to make a judgement on the FACTS which were presented to him by his own staff. Yes,his own staff recommended approval of the permit. However, he allowed politics to trump.

These are the facts regardless of his blubbering in public otherwise.

TopJayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Right you are. HE decided to make law by denying this plant. it is good he is gone. We don't need anymore lapdogs then we already have in Government.

I think he is really mad at Sebilous for not taking him with her. He did all of her dirty work and got left at the alter.

bad_dog 3 years, 10 months ago

"The majority of people in Kansas like electricity..."

Yes we do. Why is it then 80-90% of it was going to be sent out of state?

People in other states must like electricity, heating, cooling and jobs, too. They just didn't want the pollution in their backyards, I guess. Perhaps there's just no room for another power plant in Colorado? Maybe they too many jobs already. Hmm.

gudpoynt 3 years, 10 months ago

so pig.... when was the last electricity shortage in KS? Hmmm?

I see.....

You know what there actually IS a shortage of out in western KS? That's right. Water. Do you have any idea how much water this plant is going to require to operate in order to send electricity to Colorado? Try looking that little nugget of fact up.

OutlawJHawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Well, he wont be getting a job in the power plant industry...

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Bremby is nothing more than a political hack who was appointed by a political hack to do the work of a political hack.

Additionally, what's all this nonsense about "severence"? Bremby, in the final analysis, was a state worker. Since when does a state worker get "severence" when they quit or are fired? Bremby was paid $107,990.22 for year 2009 per http://www.kansasopengov.org/StateGovernment/SGPayGrid/tabid/1553/Default.aspx .

Bremby was paid $106,673.19 for 2008 per the same web site and he was paid $102,723.97 for 2007, again, per the same web site. In those three years alone, Bremby raked in $317,387.38 PLUS what ever perks he got from his fellow political hacks.

What does this guy expect? It was his choice to play ward heel politician. When you lay down with DOGS YOU PICK UP FLEAS. Easy come and easy go. This guy lived the GOOD LIFE for many years. Methinks he's finding it very tough to adjust to what the vast majority of us struggle with day to day....and he does so with an arrogant sense of entitlement.

sr80 3 years, 10 months ago

he should of played ball with sunflower.he could of tripled his earnings!!!!

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

While coal may be "dirty" in the sense that when you touch it, you need to clean your hand, the jury remains out with respect to it's practicality and function in supplying energy. If one removes emotion from the equation, coal just may be the answer to our energy problems.
Suggestion: Read the article: Dirty Coal, Clean Future in the progressive publication, The Atlantic. The article can be found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/dirty-coal-clean-future/8307/

The article summary goes thusly: "To environmentalists, “clean coal” is an insulting oxymoron. But for now, the only way to meet the world’s energy needs, and to arrest climate change before it produces irreversible cataclysm, is to use coal—dirty, sooty, toxic coal—in more-sustainable ways. The good news is that new technologies are making this possible. China is now the leader in this area, the Google and Intel of the energy world. If we are serious about global warming, America needs to work with China to build a greener future on a foundation of coal. Otherwise, the clean-energy revolution will leave us behind, with grave costs for the world’s climate and our economy."

The writer believes in wind and hydro power but this writer also is a pramatist who understands neither can meet our energy needs, unless our consumption lifestyle is drastically scaled back. That's never going to happen.

Excerpts: “To stabilize the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, the whole world on average would need to get down to the Kenya level”—a 96 percent reduction for the United States...";

“Solar and wind power are going to be important, but it is really hard to get them beyond 10 percent of total power supply.”

"...pointed out the huge engineering achievement it has taken to raise the efficiency of solar photovoltaic cells from about 25 percent to about 30 percent; whereas “to make them useful, you would need improvements of two- or threefold in cost,” say from about 18 cents per kilowatt-hour to 6 cents. He recited a skeptic’s line used about the Carter administration’s clean-energy programs—“You’re not going to run a steel plant with solar panels”—and then made a point that summarized the outlook of those who have decided they can best wage the climate fight by working on dirty, destructive coal."

Affiant further sayeth naught.

Rod Bremby is no "whistle blower".....he's just a guy who got tossed off the gravy train and realizes the party is over. shrug

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

To claim that coal is somehow clean merely because the author sees no options to its use is downright idiotic.

While I usually respect Fallows's writing, I wish he would have just said that he doesn't believe there is any option to coal, and the environmental consequences be damned. I wouldn't agree with him, but it would at least be an honest statement.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Did you read the article all the way through? That's NOT what the author is maintaining at all.

Coal is dirty to the touch, but it doesn't have to be dirty once burned.

Going even further, Boz, suggest you look at the stock ticker SSL: Coal compression into coal gasification and petroleum. Like it or not, coal is the future.

While Alceste has a firm committment to wind power, solar power, and hydro power, Alceste is also a pragmatist. Too, limitation of consumption is very important in the Alceste environment. As an example, Boz, how much water does your household use per month? Our's uses under 1000 gallons each and every month and closer to 600 gallons.

Get real

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

Coal is extremely dirty to mine and transport, as well, and there will still be massive amounts of toxic waste products even from the so-called clean conversions you mentioned.

Like I said, if you want to claim to be "pragmatic" about coal by insisting that we're stuck with it as our only energy solution, fine, but don't try to pretty that up by claiming that it can ever be truly "clean."

But I would concede that if we can reduce our worldwide dependence on coal by about 80%, (the same for petroleum,) we could probably use them sustainably without doing too much damage to the environment.

But if we can't manage to do that over the next 15 years or less, it may be too late.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

How much water did you say your household uses, Boz? Doing your "bit" to save our water supply?

Too, how many Kwh per month is your household typically using? Ours? : Our most current bill from the good people of Westar....home of the gold leaf toilet controls....is 414kwh for the period 01/04/2011----02/03/2011. How about the household of Boz? Do you put your money where you put your comments?

jafs 3 years, 10 months ago

419 at our house.

But the better number is the average use over a year's time, since that includes summers.

How do you manage to get your water use that low though? We're very conservation oriented, and use about 1/2 the average, but it's still more than yours.

OutlawJHawk 3 years, 10 months ago

seeker-ethics in politics, pleeeaaase. Bremby is like every other politician; he is just paid by the environmental lobby. Every decision in this country is bought and paid for; where have you been living? Two different sides, but the same coin...just got to slip that coin in a politician's pocket.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

"Bremby is like every other politician; he is just paid by the environmental lobby."

This is a very juvenile tactic, but a popular one on the right.

The corruption of our governmental process by big industry through its various slush funds is well documented. But Bremby did not get any comparable bribes from the environmental lobby. The just don't have the money, even if they wanted to be the mirror image of the Koch brothers.

OutlawJHawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Juvenile, but true. And a real tactic in this country. There are lobbysist for both sides and both sides make "campaign contributions", although I agree energy giants have more money. Our country is corrupted by political donations in general and by BOTH sides of every issue. Take the money out of the equation and the decisions really become about idealism. I am not on the right...I hate almost every politician, especially career appointed politicians.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste

By burning away all the pesky carbon and other impurities, coal power plants produce heaps of radiation

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Why haul in coal that is hundreds if not a thousand miles away when we have wind,solar,hydro and geo thermal locally?

Clean-energy activities produce more jobs, dollar for dollar, than fossil fuel-related activities. This is because clean-energy activities tend to be more labor intensive (i.e., more investment dollars go to hiring workers than buying machines), have a higher domestic content (i.e., more dollars are spent on goods and services produced within the United States) and have lower average wages than fossil fuel-related activities.

The figures in the table below show how a $1 million investment in clean-energy activities would create more than three times the number of jobs that would be created by investing the same amount in fossil fuels. (See Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Saving Energy Creates Jobs, Dollars & Sense, May/June 2009.) Chart: Job Creation: Clean Energy vs. Fossil Fuels http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0910wicks-lim.html

Second, many clean energy sector jobs would be accessible to workers with no college experience. The table also shows how the jobs created by a $1 million investment in clean energy would be spread across three levels of education: high school degree or less, some college, and B.A. or more.

Nearly half of the clean energy jobs would be held by workers with a high school degree or less. These include jobs for construction laborers, carpenters, and bus drivers. Fewer than one-quarter of clean-energy jobs would require a B.A. or more. The figures for the fossil fuels sector (second column) show that they are more heavily weighted toward jobs requiring college degrees.

Does this mean green investments will just create lots of low-paying jobs? No. The figures in the table below show that investing $1 million in green activities rather than fossil fuel-related activities would generate many more jobs for workers at all three levels of formal education credentials.

Compared to the fossil fuels sector, the clean energy sector would produce nearly four times the number of jobs that require a high school degree or less, three times the number of jobs that require some college experience, and 2.5 times the number of jobs that require a B.A. or more. Green investments would produce more jobs at all education and wage levels, even while generating proportionately more jobs that are accessible to workers with a high school degree or less.

Workers are right to worry about whether these high school degree jobs would offer family-supporting wages. Construction laborers, for example, average at $29,000 annually—awfully close to the $22,000 official poverty line. In addition, women and workers of color have historically faced discrimination in the construction industry, which would be the source of a lot of the lower-credentialed jobs in the clean energy sector.

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0910wicks-lim.html

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

More facts on the matter from KC Star http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/09/2644900/power-plants-promises-come-up.html

What Sunflower officials claim and the reality are two every different animals. EPA would need to set up an office at the construction and monitor construction each step of the way.

Sunflower cannot be trusted.

Gov Parkinson and other elected officials are being fed a line of crap to feed to the public. These mouth pieces have no clue. Most likely most know very little about coal fired pollution.

The bottom line so it appears Sunflower tells people what say. These people go out and say it. Sunflower then proceeds to build the cheapest polluting plant possible and the elected officials would never know any different. Once construction has commenced Sunflower somehow seems confident that inspectors would look the other way

Elected officials live an illusion. They believe white collar executives from corp america fear them.

Sunflower has zero intentions of building the cleanest possible coal plant possible.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Elvis Costello wrote a song just for the likes of a certain poster. In fact his/her image is right on the video link provided below!!!

Town Cryer:

tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Mr. Bremby, for trying to protect Kansas' environment so that Colorado can have cheap electricity. Nothing political about it. Waste the little water we have out there so Colorado can have a clean environment and lots of cheap electricity? A few people will get really rich, and the early description of Kansas as a great wasteland will come true.

I don't understand those who support this. They are all concerned about leaving our children with a huge national debt, but it's ok to leave them with a filthy environment? Which would you rather have health or wealth? Give me health any day.

tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't live in Colorado, so I won't be getting any of this energy, and neither will you. You obviously don't know anything about the plans for this plant, do you? Or are you posting from Colorado? Listen carefully, this plant is being built, because Colorado is going to buy the energy. The reason they want to build it in Kansas, is because Coloradans don't want to pollute their own state and use up their own groundwater. The power plant was rejected in their state, so they will build it in Kansas which will further deplete the Ogallala aquifer. Probably you have never had college geography, so below is a link telling you what an aquifer is and another one telling you why it is so important, also another one that will teach you why western Kansas is so dry, it's called a rain shadow. Please do your homework.

http://www.ksda.gov/subbasin/content/204 http://geography.about.com/od/physicalgeography/a/aquifers.htm http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/wdl/climate/conwk/index.asp?page=2 http://animals.about.com/b/2007/09/10/a-collection-of-online-birding-resources.htm http://www.gpace.org/news/appeal-seeks-to-stop-expansion-of-western-kansas-coal-burner/

prairierose54 3 years, 10 months ago

Anyone who accepts an unclassified position with the state can be let go at any time for any reason. When a person accepts a postition such as this they know the terms when they accept it. Why is he crying about it now? He made a lot of salary sitting home until Brownback took control.

He was Kathleen's puppet and she didn't repay him for getting her the attention she got.

Where are his credentials that give him more knowledge than the people writing the permit?

The laws were followed in the permit. People might not like the laws but until they are changed they are the laws that govern how permits are issued.

His anger should be addressed to Kathleen for letting him down and leaving him high and dry. Not Brownback for cleaning Kathleen's house.

Plus...He sounds like a baby that got kicked out of the playpen. Grow Up. Your life as the head of a Department in the State is over. Move on. I can't recall an ex secretary calling a news conference to whine. This is truly a first. And I might add, not very professional.

Watch where he winds up being employed. Then you'll see where he was feathering the nest for future employment.

jafs 3 years, 10 months ago

I see no whining or crying in his statements.

He is simply trying to provide accurate information about what happened, given numerous reports of his resignation.

Fugu 3 years, 10 months ago

Where is this crying like a baby you speak of? Hyperbole much?

This statement sounds pretty adult like to me: “Inside, I think I know what the issue is. But because my speculation or my beliefs could impact someone else’s character, I am reluctant to do that,”

And he called a new conference to whine about it? Where do you see that? All I see is a lecture on sustainability at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

How many "regular" people are given a forum to discuss termination from their "regular" people job?

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's start with having to compete for a job rather than having it given to us. Let's move forward with jobs that pay under $45,000.00 per annum which is higher than the median income in Kansas.

This is a Right To Get The Shaft state. It's "OK" when it's applied to the "regular" person.....but it's just awful when it's applied to the chosen.....er.....unclassified, appointed staff (which includes political hacks).

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

What's your point? He had a high-profile, high-responsibility job. He was fired from that job because his boss didn't like the way he was going to rule on a highly controversial, nearly $3 billion project.

People want to know how this very important project was approved. He's got a very unique perspective on that which most "regular" people don't have.

I really don't understand why that's hard for you to understand.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

We differ 180degrees: These political hack jobs actually are NOT particularly stressful, unless you factor in the 3 hour "work lunches"; the extra days off; blada, blada, blada.

Granted, Bremby ain't as bad as the vast majority and was probably a "token" pick by Sebby.....who has never had a real job in her life....her claim to fame and entitlement being that her daddy was governor of Ohio.

Bremby is a flash in the pan. Where was he when other REAL whistle blowing was going on within his own department? Doesn't matter: This is Kansas. It is what it is....: Some of us...a few I do declare....see the forest for the trees whilst the vast majority follow blindly and get a fresh set of rose colored glasses every week.

Good riddance to political hacks....be they democrat or republican....they're all cut from the same cloth and are awash with a disgusting sense of entitlement. I rather suspect the Bremby household is pretty "extended" debt wise. That's what happens when you become arrogant.

Bremby is no "greenie" or a part of the Vanguard of the energy movement. I'll bet his personal electric bill is in excess of 4000 kwh per month. Mine? Under 500kwh. I live what I write.

OutlawJHawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Profoundly enlightened statements. Sebelius stepped on his head on her way up into DC politics. Another worthless career politician.

verity 3 years, 10 months ago

Good idea, Mr. Shewmon. We can always use more ethical people in politics.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

The German's beat you to it during WW II. Research SSL and the South African company Sasol.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

China definitely has shown the ability to execute their plans more efficiently and with better long range planning than we have.

When economies are booming, everybody looks like a winner. Japan looked like the greatest country in the history of mankind before they hit the wall.

Unfortunately, the US government does not have a good track record when it comes to "investing" tax dollars and getting a good ROI and I have not seen any new political candidates that do anything other than scare me with their oversized ambitions and undersized qualifications. Does anyone still trust our intelligence agencies and their analysts? I hope not.

I think we are in a race to adapt to a rapidly changing world in which resources that we have taken for granted in the past will become scarce in the near future. It will come as a shock to the American people when these scarcities start to impact our quality of life in more dramatic ways.

If things contnue the way they are, we may be hoping for a compassionate China in the future to come to our rescue and in that day, our concept of what we are as Americans may be changed forever.

gudpoynt 3 years, 10 months ago

1) Bremby denies permit, Sebelius agrees. 2) Obama wins, Sebelius leaves. 3) Parkinson makes a deal to allow < 700 megawatt plant. 4) Parkinson replaces Bremby with Mitchell. 5) Mitchell approves 895 megawatt plant days before new federal regulations take effect.

Face palm.

gudpoynt 3 years, 10 months ago

Coming Up Next!

Be amazed while your elected legislators make inconvenient parts of the constitution disappear!

gudpoynt 3 years, 10 months ago

see... the difference between your post and mine is that mine is factual while yours is conjecture at best.

For instance, "Bremby has no knowledge of energy or environmental issues." Are you out of your effing mind? No knowledge, huh? None?

Do you realize when you make sh## up like that, nobody takes you seriously. You give "conservative" a horrible, horrible reputation. I imagine most of the people you voted for would just as soon not have you speaking for them in a public venue such as this.

Common sense? Yeah. Right. Looks like you've got that in spades.

gudpoynt 3 years, 10 months ago

By lackey you mean city manager, right?

No knowledge picked up from two degrees, including a masters in public administration, and over 20 years of experience in the field, right? They just give away those masters degrees these days, don't they?

What did you get your master's degree in that puts you in such a keen position to disqualify this man? Maybe it's your poor grammar or your inability to form a remotely plausible argument, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that you don't have anything close.

I know, I know. You don't have to have a piece of paper to be right, do you? When you're right, your right, no matter what your level of education. So continue on with your utterly compelling rants.

Soapbox 3 years, 10 months ago

I know some of his former KDHE upper management employees, one I am related to and when he left they said the same thing they did when he joined KDHE. 1. He is not qualified for the position. 2. He is a "yes man".

lucky_guy 3 years, 10 months ago

The BIG issue is yet to come. Where will Sunflower, which is effectively bankrupt, get the capital to finish the plant? That is big shoe that has yet to fall. This is all preliminary. If Sunflower can't get an investor(s) to pony up $ Billions the KS legislature will be inundated with lobbyists to pass bonds to finance the project.
Every coal/oil/energy group from everywhere that has a stake will be in Topeka lobbying the project to be financed. The Repubs in the KS legislature will sell what is left of there souls to get this done so Brownback can look like he is probusiness, and proenergy. If the plant goes through then the electricity will go west because Colorado and California are converting to natural gas and shutting down or converting their coal plants. The financing is the key here. C02 regulation, was a strawman to play some politics and stop the project and get some attention.

the_insider 3 years, 10 months ago

I would be interested in hearing Rod's comments on why he was rarely in the office or came to work his last two years on the job. It wasn't because he had work related meetings, because he constantly failed to show for meetings or appearances while in office. He would call in at the last minute and make up an excuse why he couldn't be there. Or maybe he would tell us why he spent money on an unnecessary and unbudgeted program for employee health screenings (which the state already offered) while he was laying off people to cut his budget. Maybe it was because the person that got the six-figure contract was a personal friend from Leavenworth. And why did our state leadership tolerate it when everyone in Topeka knew it was going on? I would be much more interesting to hear about that.

wastewatcher 3 years, 10 months ago

Right on to the insider above. While Bremby is explaining, it would be great if he could explain his bankruptcy while earning over a hundred K per year. This fellow has a lot of explaining to do, but remember he was one of Sebelius' ultra liberal lackeys.

LeBo 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey, thats politics! You cannot be upset! At least Egypt is almost free!

jafs 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't know Mr. Bremby personally, but I knew his wife - she was our doctor. She was the best doctor we've ever seen, and stopped practicing privately in order to work at a clinic in Topeka that serves low-income people.

She undoubtedly could have made more money in private practice, and was a very caring and extremely competent doctor.

My guess is that her husband is a pretty good guy as well.

pace 3 years, 10 months ago

Bloodbot always says some sly remark, he has no conscience, he has no honor.His word is nothing. It distracts the topic to his sly remark. Just assume he is going the lowest road he can find.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

What other nefarious deeds did governor Parkinson perform?

think_about_it 3 years, 10 months ago

" and stopped practicing privately in order to work at a clinic in Topeka that serves low-income people". jafs

BS- They filed for Bankruptcy in 2007 and she now has a practice in Valley Falls. Lost their house and left the rest of us to clean up their mess.

jafs 3 years, 10 months ago

Any source for that claim?

The last time I saw her (it was a while ago) she was working at the Marian clinic in Topeka, and no longer practicing privately. Of course, things might have changed since then.

And, again, she was the best doctor I've ever had.

The bankruptcy part is true, as far as I know.

prairierose54 3 years, 10 months ago

The insider is spot on. There was a lot of stuff going on in that department that the public was not aware of. The health screening was just one of many "I'll rub your back if you rub mine" going on. But, I guess he learned from a pro in Kathleen. Except. when it came time to rub his back she lost his phone number.

I don't know what great things he did for Lawrence but KDHE will never be the same. Maybe Lawrence can find another job for him.

PS. He hasn't been married for quite some time. Maybe she got tired of his crap too!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

"I'll rub your back if you rub mine" going on.

And you think that began when he came and this ended when he left? Or that such a very republicanesque style of governance won't continue under Brownback?

Regardless, his decision on the coal plants was the right one, and I can't help but wonder if creating a distraction from that topic isn't the prime motivation of his detractors on this thread.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Irrespective of the "motivation" behind Bremby's "decision", it is very clear that this plant is meeting the letter of Kansas law. However, it IS being built "on the cheap" without cutting edge technology to make it "green". Yet another opportunity lost.

Once again, it is the rubes in Topeka who prostitute our state; but in the final analysis, isn't it really us, the people, who allow the rubes to "pass legislation" which coddles "them that has"? We do deserve what we get as a state. Lawrence can be as "progressive" as it wants to be, but it ain't gonna stop the Posse Comitatus types to the east, west, north,and south from having the final say. It is what it is. Granddaddy always said "Anything west of 59 is a different country." I kinda know what he meant. Kansas is a joke.

jafs 3 years, 10 months ago

Any source for that claim that they're no longer married?

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