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Letters to the Editor

Recall effort?

July 6, 2011

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To the editor:

First it was William Quantrill. Now it’s Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach. These “Topeka Ruffians” have openly declared war on women, immigrants, the poor and needy, the arts and now Lawrence, itself. The lies and hoodwinking to achieve their Republican agenda are one thing. The complete disregard for the quality of life here in Lawrence, especially for the neediest, is totally unacceptable. There is an expression “there is each of us and all of us.” Each of them wants to slash and burn the critical institutions that all of us pay for. Ain’t gonna fly. I promise to dedicate my time, energy and money to recall these (for want of a better word) “leaders.” Who will join me?

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Bob Hechlor 2 years, 9 months ago

Brownback has tried to bully us into having another coal fired plant built by the old "cheaper" standards. He makes claims that it will add jobs. At most, it would add 87 new permanent jobs, about the amount he just got rid of by closing the SRS office. Brownback has just retained a law firm that represents the Koch Brothers to represent his despicable attack on the women's clinics. Brownback is a radical, in the same vein as Phil Kline. The law or needs of people are not of any concern to him. He is messing with church/state separation by closing SRS offices and starting "faith based services." I wonder which evangelical faith services he will push? Will he also support Jewish and Muslim services? I think we know the answer to that. So, then we can have another distraction quarreling over religion. Brownback must go. He is a dictator, not a governor. While he pretends to govern, our serious problems are not being addressed.

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 9 months ago

Brownback is a disaster.

Coming in and whining about the deficit and deciding to cut the arts, close planned parenthood, shutdown SRS offices, slash and burn. But oh, to defend the state against his religiously driven power trip against PP, he's hiring expensive Koch Bros lawyers that WE have to pay for insteaf of using the office of Atty Gen at NO expense to us.

He's got an agenda but not one part of it is good for this state.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

Deceased equines are taking a horrible beating this week on this award-winning website.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

"Volunteers with Citizens for a Better Arizona official said Tuesday they already have two-thirds of the 7,756 verified signatures required by May 31 to set a recall election for Republican Russell Pearce, who is the president of the Arizona Senate.

Activists in the heavily Republican district in suburban Mesa began the campaign in January. They have been courting the support of Pearce's base, mostly Republicans and Mormons."

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

On the eve of the November midterm elections, Koch Industries sent an urgent letter to most of its 50,000 employees advising them on whom to vote for and warning them about the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country should they choose to vote otherwise.

Big Brothers: Thought Control at Koch

Koch Industries 2010 Election Packet http://www.thenation.com/article/160062/big-brothers-thought-control-koch

Thought Control: Right-Wing Koch Brothers Caught Telling Thousands of Employees How to Vote http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/21/thought_control_right_wing_koch_brothers

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

Because Koch Industries employ thousands of Americans? Is that a good reason?

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panzermike007 2 years, 9 months ago

Anything Merrill is for, I am against

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Brownback enjoys the financial backing of the Koch industry boys and the Wal Mart family of billionaires. Which reveals that neither family supports the working middle class or the low income populations.

Why shop Wal-Mart or buy Koch Industry products?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Some republicans will join in this effort.

Brownback is NOT a republican therefore he is misrepresenting the republican party.

If Brownback had been campaigning as a Neoconservative Christian Fundamentalist Party member he would not have gotten elected. From day one he has been lying.

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deec 2 years, 9 months ago

My father was a 20 year veteran of the military, joining up when he was 17. When he retired, he worked until he was old enough to draw social security, because the enlisted pension wasn't enough to live on and raise a family. He worked as a mechanic, park deputy, and security guard. After he retired he mowed grass to make extra money. 4 years after he retired on SS, he had two massive brain stem strokes. He ended up in the nursing home, for 4 years. Medicaid paid for it. Were he still alive, I'm sure he would be startled to learn that he was "lazy."

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Fact is Lawrence stands alone on this. That is because the handouts to the lazy, and all of that stuff is held near and dear to the Socialist State of Lawrence. Everyone else in the State sees the fraud, the abuse, the entittlement of lazy people.

You guys want to continue the handouts? Put your money where your mouth is for once and fund your own lazy folks.

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Liberty275 2 years, 9 months ago

"I promise to dedicate my time, energy and money to recall these (for want of a better word) “leaders.” Who will join me?"

Great. There will also be people lining up to recall the next democrat governor too. Crank up the hate!

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tange 2 years, 9 months ago

So, what does the lemon law afford in this regard?

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geekin_topekan 2 years, 9 months ago

If you've ever listened to the radio while driving across western Kansas at night, you'll know where BB's agenda is geared toward. An excerpt: Female teenager: "Daddy, we should do something about the homeless and hungry in our country. Why can't we just send some money to a food program or something?"

Dad voice: "Oh sweetie. Jesus will take care of them if only they would just ask for him. They are his flock after all. You and I? Well, all we can do is pray for them and hope that our tax dollars can keep us safe with a strong military. Let's just ask Jesus Christ to watch over the homeless and our tax dollars will keep all of us, including the homeless, safe from Muslims and Satan's other workers."

Female voice: "Oh Daddy. I am so happy that Jesus is watching over the homeless people. I guess I hope that I never forget that ever again."

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 9 months ago

Lots of Larryville Liberal Group Think going on here. Do you really think there are enough Liberals in Larryville to recall Brownback? Doubtful...but keep on bashin' Brownie. Work out that aggression.

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SWJayhawk13 2 years, 9 months ago

For those of you on Facebook, you should check out this group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kansans-Against-Brownback/212695285429427?sk=info they are also interested in organizing a recall effort.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

Speaking of recalls: "Effort to Recall Bobby Jindal Failing Miserably... How miserably? They need 908,000 signatures just to initiate a recall election. Number of signatures collected thus far? 55. So they’re only 907,945 signatures short of even getting a chance to recall Bobby Jindal...." http://amerpundit.com/2011/07/05/effort-to-recall-bobby-jindal-failing-miserably/ I can envision the yammering class from Lawrence having a similar result.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 9 months ago

How about a recall and then replace him with no one?

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BleedingheartofLawrence 2 years, 9 months ago

You are right, Merrill. The Koch boys really know how to get what they want by pulling strings all over the country -- not just Kansas.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

I will join you.

These efforts are being accomplished in Michigan and Wisconsin. Oddly enough for the same reasons.

I'd say Koch Oil and Wal-Mart money are promoting a concerted effort to make america conform to their values.

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spiller 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't think a recall movement would be successful in solving Kansas' Brownback problem, but it might serve to hurt his presidential ambitions in the future. That's where he's going. And if you don't think the good ol USA is dumb enough to elect him, well, I've got news for you.

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verity 2 years, 9 months ago

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Laws_governing_recall_in_Kansas

"The number of valid signatures required for a recall election is 40 percent of the number of persons that voted in the last preceding election for the office of the incumbent sought to be recalled. The circulation has 90 days in which it can be circulated."

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4179/is_20031007/ai_n11806988/

"To recall an official who won a statewide race, first an application must be approved, which requires signatures from voters equal to 10 percent of the total number of votes cast for the office being recalled.

If the application is approved, then a recall petition is circulated. And this is where it gets tough, Bryant said. Of the 18 states with recall statutes, Kansas' requirements are arguably the most stringent.

Enough signatures must be collected from registered voters to equal 40 percent of the number of votes cast in the last election for the office being recalled"

"If the governor of Kansas were recalled, the duties of the office would fall to the lieutenant governor."

I will certainly sign any recall, but that path is pretty futile. We need other ideas.

Sciencegeek is the only person to have come up with an idea that seems feasible.

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 9 months ago

Count me in. We will not know if Lawrence is way out there until we try. Is there anyone organizing?

We should also start organizing a voter ID campaign. Maybe, the League of Women voters would like help with this one.

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lunacydetector 2 years, 9 months ago

seattle, san francisco, and new york city is calling....they need some new residents.

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nanimwe 2 years, 9 months ago

I would be happy to sign any recall petition for Gov. Brownback.

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shovelready 2 years, 9 months ago

"The lies and hoodwinking to achieve their Republican agenda are one thing."

Sounds familiar.

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pace 2 years, 9 months ago

Recall is a legitimate expression of the elective process. Or in words you can get, it is part of our rights. Being elected isn't the only part of the job. Brownback is hurting Kansas infrastructure. Bush and Brownback leadership will affect us for decades.

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sunny 2 years, 9 months ago

Liberals are quite funny. When things don't go their way they scream for recall. At least Brownback is doing what he said he'd do....how about Obama? Don't you want to recall the Community Organizer? He has done nothing he promised.

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sciencegeek 2 years, 9 months ago

A recall is wasted effort. A better solution would be to go after the legislators who enable him. If they thought their own seats were in danger, then they'd be less likely to go with a radical social agenda. Western Kansans are losing schools, SRS funding, support for the arts, and jobs, just like the rest of us. Maybe they'll wake up. Or not.

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PaladKik 2 years, 9 months ago

I love when men are authorities on women issues.

Go Gruber go

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somedude20 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes, lets recall the bum and replace him with arnold schwarzenegger. down with gray davis! wait, what, I am in the wrong state, poop!

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nativeson 2 years, 9 months ago

Governor Brownback was elected along with a very conservative House of Representatives. He is fighting with his own party that has many legislators on his right. I am hopeful that his administration becomes more moderate in the next session, and it may more that direction based on the next house election cycle.

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Brock Masters 2 years, 9 months ago

Exactly what would the grounds for recall be? Based on your letter, I doubt you've looked at the recall statute. If you had you'd know there are no grounds to recall Brownback.

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ksrush 2 years, 9 months ago

Just keep telling yourself I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and gosh darnet people like me

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ksrush 2 years, 9 months ago

Just keep telling yourself I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and gosh darnet people like me

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LogicMan 2 years, 9 months ago

Um ... didn't Brownback win by a wide margin, and wasn't it clear beforehand the situation we're in and what he'd govern like?

The voters chose, and he has a mandate. Rather than going negative on him, work to educate him and the legislature, and more importantly, work to improve the economy so that we get out of this mess. And, no, trying unsuccessfully to sell used houses is not the way to help.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

To the barricades! Bills and bows!

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sourpuss 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't think there is any steam for a recall. The governor seems popular enough when you get out of Lawrence. I think there is a lot of support for his policies in the western counties. He can disregard Lawrence because he knows it won't lose him any votes.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh, boy. The Quantril's Raid thing again. That never happened. I get your point, but please use another comparison. Alice Cooper played Homecoming at Allen Fieldhouse in the 70's. Now that really happened.

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