Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2011

Longtime advocate for victims of domestic violence no longer working in governor’s office

July 14, 2011


— A state coalition that works to prevent sexual and domestic violence said the departure of Juliene Maska from the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program office was “a great loss.”

“Not only did Juliene devote her career to making Kansas better for victims of crime, she was also an advocate, an ally, and a friend to victims of sexual and domestic violence in Kansas and across the nation,” the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence said in a news release.

Maska informed the coalition that last Friday was her last day in Gov. Sam Brownback’s office. Maska could not be reached for comment Thursday, and Brownback’s office did not respond to a request for information.

Maska has been recognized as a leader in Kansas in the movement to end violence against women and children. The coalition established an award in her name that is given annually to an outstanding advocate in Kansas.

She has worked with previous governors and attorneys general — both Republicans and Democrats — to pass the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, create the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, and implement numerous other initiatives to help victims. She served as the state’s first statewide Victim Rights Coordinator.

“Juliene’s public and daily support for crime victims in Kansas will be missed,” the coalition said. “Her legacy as a leader in the movement to end violence against women and children in Kansas will live on.”


Ralph Reed 6 years, 10 months ago

She didn't fit in with his ideology.

You know, the Brownstripe way. Sexual and domestic violence are obviously the fault of the victim. There's no reason to advocate for someone who caused their own injuries.

somedude20 6 years, 10 months ago

Bet she will be replaced by Moses. Wow, I really dislike old Sam and the funny thing is that as an Agnostic, I am more Christian than he is.

deec 6 years, 10 months ago

They'll probably double the salary and bring in some "women should submit to their husbands" advocate from an evangelical church.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 10 months ago

LOL!! See my comment below, grammaddy. We posted it at the same time.

notanota 6 years, 10 months ago

Or at least someone who doesn't find the idea of buying separate rape insurance to be reprehensible.

mloburgio 6 years, 10 months ago

Father sam won't be happy till the Quiverfull movement is part of kansas politics.

Born to Breed The Quiverfull Movement and its impact on patriarchal policies and right wing politics. • Husband as head of the household and final authority (Eph. 5:23) • Wives submit to their husbands (Colossians 3:18) • Obedient children (Eph. 6:1) • Trust the Lord with family planning (i.e., no birth control ~ Psalm 127) • Stay-at-home-mothers (Titus 2:3) • Homeschool the children (Matthew 12:17 ~ “render unto God that which is God’s” ~ since children bear the image of God, parents ought not render them unto Caesar, i.e., government schools. See also, Deut. 6:7) • Modest dress (1 Peter 3:3) • Debt-free living (Romans 13:8) • Political domination (Psalm 127 and The Dominion Mandate in Genesis 1:28)

Born to Breed

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 10 months ago

My bet is that the next "Victims Rights Coordinator" will first off have a title change; be male, not female; then be placed in the "Faith Based Initiatives" office. Anybody want to take bets? Oh wait! One more thing. He will come from Florida.

lawslady 6 years, 10 months ago

I know her. She's a tireless advocate for the helpless and harmed, without any other agenda. Her departure does not help Kansans, no matter the reason. Please, Mr. Governor, try to find someone honest and caring to do this job. Not just someone who will salute your mantra and pray to your picture every morning.

deec 6 years, 10 months ago

Maybe...they've still got actual Friday for more fun-filled action. Perhaps they're going to have to move to twice a week.

notanota 6 years, 10 months ago

But this was last Friday's dump. That was her last day. We're just hearing about it now. He's got a conference scheduled tomorrow, and who knows what kind of havoc he'll wreak. Ugh.

Kirk Larson 6 years, 10 months ago

The new strategy will be to do something outrageous on Thursday so everyone is still abuzz on Friday and the news dump may slip by without much fanfare.

notanota 6 years, 10 months ago

This was something he did on a Friday and just skipped the news dump entirely. If he was proud about whatever he's announcing tomorrow, he'd schedule the conference for Monday.

Alceste 6 years, 10 months ago

What did this person expect? She was in a political appointment job for how many years? About NINE (9) or more is the answer. Was she a card carrying member of the Republican Party? I dunno.....BUT I'll bet she was not.....; She was paid in excess of $82,000.00 per year and did NOT work for SRS. She was employed by the Office of the Governor. See

Too, I'll bet she was given enough money each month to cover her commuting costs because she most certainly did not and does not live in Topeka....which is where she occupied a seat. Turned the exploitation of women and children into a fat check....that she did quite well.

Meanwhile, the has not reported that on Friday, 08 July 2011 both the head of Osawatomie State Hospital/Rainbow Mental Health Center (Greg Valentine) as well as the the head of Larned State Hospital were given their walking papers and escorted off of state property by security personnel. Now Valentine pretty much got what he gave: He had many a KC Metro staff worker given the "red carpet treatment" he received himself. Got what was coming to him, really (opinion). He was a "...take the easy way route...." kind of guy. It ain't like nobody's gonna miss the unqualifed, but connected fellow. If he doesn't have a substantial savings account from all the money he milked out of SRS, he has nobody to blame but himself. He was given $92,326.23 in 2010. shrug Quoting Valentine when he moved his chess piece after being appointed head of the newly formed KC Metro Region in 2004, forcing Arthurine Criswell's resignation: ""This is about increasing efficiency," said Greg Valentine, former area director at SRS' Manhattan office, who is now in charge of Kansas City Metro Region.

"Arthurine Criswell, director at the Lawrence Area Office, resigned her position last month. Attempts to reach Criswell, for comment Thursday were unsuccessful."

Are we noticing common speak here which Brownback & Company did NOT start themselves? Here are a couple of the key words: "This is about increasing efficiency," . I've now posted from two other times, PRIOR TO BROWNBACK the use of this from ex-SRS Secty. Don Jordan (a bought a paid for political hack) and now from Valentine.....same by the sword....die by the sword......the world of political appointments......; It's impossible to "feel sorry" for these people. And that includes this "domestic violence" person. Bluntly....good riddance to her. Perhaps her replacement will be a tad bit more open......I rather doubt it given the required criteria to get such a job under Brownback, but hope springs

What did people think was going to happen once Brownback was elected?

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 10 months ago

How come you're saying "Bluntly....good riddance to her. Perhaps her replacement will be a tad bit more open"???

Your post didn't say anything about her actual work or accomplishments...just about how much she was paid.

So what are you referring to when complaining about an apparent lack of openness???

Alceste 6 years, 10 months ago

acornworks, did you ever have any dealings with the SRS mandated nonsense of OARS which came out of Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence located at in internet land?

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 10 months ago

Now I have TWO questions!! What's wrong with this woman... and what's wrong with OARS?

Well, three, actually :-) Since OARS is voluntary, what's with your "SRS mandated nonsense" statement?

Since "the sole purpose of this program is to reduce the employment barrier of domestic violence and sexual assault by enhancing the safety of abused families", I'm not sure why you'd refer to it so negatively. Care to explain?

Alceste 6 years, 10 months ago

It is clear you don't know about OARS and it's relationship with SRS.

Here's a quickie for you: All one has to do is holler "ABUSE!!!" and it is mandated they be removed from the mandatory Job Works program required by SRS to receive cash assistance (TANF) in those instances when all children in the household are over the age of 2 (that age may have changed). The OARS "advocate" NEVER reports "progress" back to the SRS staff person responsible for the TANF case and the "abused" woman remains systematically disempowered as the OARS "advocate" underscores her "victim" status. No doubt there ARE instances when the woman has been abused. However, this little "loop hole" is itself abused as a way to avoid being forced to obtain a skill; attend mandated SRS job training classes....even in simply working towards and/or obtaining a GED.

Too, hollering "ABUSE!!! AFRAID!!!!" is sufficient such that the woman does NOT have to cooperate with the child enforcement aspect of public assistance receipt. That is, she can "protect" the "dead beat dad" from even being named in a child support case. shrug

Run along now.....go find out the rest of the information.

notanota 6 years, 10 months ago

Because Alceste is bitter at anyone who ever made more than he did, regardless of qualifications or productivity and doubly so if they were a public servant.

Alceste 6 years, 10 months ago

doesn't have anything to do with money, notanota....has to do with a disdain for mediocrity and head bobbing.

Remember what George Bernard Shaw once so aptly stated:

"Popularity is the sure sign of mediocrity."

Evidently you too embrace it.....mediocrity that is. Yup....I hold mediocrity in wanton making and yes people too.....I guess the list is kinda longer than it started out to be. Can I get back to you on that?

Jillian Andrews 6 years, 10 months ago

I don't think anyone expected the kind of Machiavellian approach this nut job has taken. You cannot seriously be comparing this man's actions to that of former Kansas Governors. Never in my life have I see this kind of blatant manipulation of our state government to further one man's personal, religious agenda. Political appointments aside, how can anyone look at this tyrant's track record thus far and think he is making positive changes for the people of this state?!

What luck for rulers that men do not think. - Adolph Hitler

Carol Bowen 6 years, 10 months ago

The vote was a combination of two things - 1) unaware voters who voted on name recognition; and low voter turnout. OK, maybe there is a third - voters who adamantly supported Brownback. I'm guessing he will be a one-term governor. We will have angry voters at the next election. They typically vote.

Centerville 6 years, 10 months ago

If she was 'unclassified' she should have had her personal stuff packed since last Nov. She knew that and so do all of you.

pinecreek 6 years, 10 months ago

Here's the really scary part--we are only 6 months into his 4 year term. Think how much he can destroy in the next 42 months.

Alceste 6 years, 10 months ago

....and do not leave out the "...and when he gets re-elected" part because the vast majority of Kansans love this fellow. Are you following how his policies are being received across the state via one newspaper after another? Use your internet connection to follow the love affair the rest of the state has with Mr. Brownback and his crew. It's fun!

Maracas 6 years, 10 months ago

So . . . was she shown the door by King Sam or is this just the natural evolution of a career?

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 10 months ago

Gotta love the defenders on here.

She deserved to be fired... because she's not a Brownback acolyte.

Now that's what I call running government like a business. Qualifications aren't important, what is important is your devotion to Il Marrone.

Nothing fascist about that. Well done posters like Centerville. Well done.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 10 months ago

Is anyone keeping score? Have we created jobs more jobs than we lost? How much money has the state saved or lost? This is what we need to hear from the governor.

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