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Anti-Brownback group plans meetings across Kansas

October 14, 2011


Co-founders of Kansans United in Voice & Spirit, a group formed to oppose several policies of Gov. Sam Brownback, will tour several cities this month to mobilize citizens.

Crystal McComas, a sociologist, and Tamara Werth, a psychologist, both from Lawrence, will conduct the meetings on Oct. 29 and 30.

The organization held a rally at the Statehouse on Sept. 16 that attracted approximately 250 people. Those at the rally criticized Brownback for cuts to social services, education and de-funding the Arts Commission.

McComas and Werth plan to meet with chapters that have recently organized in Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Lawrence, Wichita, Hutchinson, Hays and Salina.

“The mobilization weekend intends to be community gatherings where citizens can learn about the impact of legislation that has been imposed and projects that are currently pending or under consideration by the governor,” the group said in a news release. Those who are interested in forming a chapter can go to


6 years, 7 months ago


People need to remember what The Gov has done to the state and how he's washed his hands of everything.

johnnyreb 6 years, 7 months ago

What a joke! Good luck on getting any press coverage outside of Rothchild's area. Ten Obama supporters hardly makes a news story.

somedude20 6 years, 7 months ago

If you really hate what the Governor has been doing then stage a "boobquake"

woodscolt 6 years, 7 months ago

Time for "occupy the capitol building"

Jan Rolls 6 years, 7 months ago

They need to take a recall petition with them.

George_Braziller 6 years, 7 months ago

He hasn't done anything (yet) that qualifies as grounds for a recall. I've already researched it.

At one time "incompetence" was listed in the statute but it's no longer included. I haven't been able to find out when it was removed.

George_Braziller 6 years, 7 months ago

Even if he was recalled it wouldn't do much good. The way the statute is written the recalled Governor is the one gets to chose his or her replacement.

It's totally screwed up.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 7 months ago

Send your concerns to the Office of the Repealer. This would be a good law to repeal.

George_Braziller 6 years, 7 months ago

It has to be addressed by the legislature. The issue is tied directly to the State constitution.

Fossick 6 years, 7 months ago

Surely the juxtaposition of Babboy calling BornAgainAmerican a Nazi and darthtaco calling him a subhuman unfit even for a labor camp is unintentional. If so, I have to admit that it is among the best irony I've seen in years.


08Champs 6 years, 7 months ago

There is a difference between protesting against Brownback's policies and the furthering of the "left wing wacko agenda." Try to wait until someone actually says something that is "left wing wacko" before you jump on the partisan bandwagon. It at least provides you some semblance of rationality.

jonas_opines 6 years, 7 months ago

'There is a difference between protesting against Brownback's policies and the furthering of the "left wing wacko agenda."'

No, to some people there is no difference, and they simply don't have the faculties to ever develop that level of differentiation.

When the only terms you can think in are team red/team blue partisanship, you are simply unable to comprehend that someone else might not.

08Champs 6 years, 7 months ago

Well said - and sadly, true.

“There seems no reason why patriotism and narrowness should go together, or why intellectual fairmindedness should be confounded with political trimming, or why serviceable truth should keep cloistered because not partisan”

Herman Melville

jonas_opines 6 years, 7 months ago

Yes, yes, and you're quite pitiable.

Notice I didn't say neo-cons, or conservatives, or rightists.

Just you. Certainly no need to extend your flaws to anyone else.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 7 months ago

Hey, where do we meet??

I want to be in on the ground floor of the demise of Governer Glory Hal Lay Loo Ya as much as the rest of pissed-off Kansas residents to this political hack.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 7 months ago

Being "anti-Brownback" is not the real point. The issue is his policies and the connections and training he has that are now being put into place. Turning this around will take lots of work. The real work, sadly, must be done at the ballot box. Gov. B. was elected by 30-some percent of those eligible to vote. In the primary next August, will more than 10% pick the winners to advance to the general election? If past is prologue, the participation rate is unlikely to change. Recall discussions are also silly. There are no grounds. Even if the gov leaves or quits (both unlikely), the Lt. Gov will carry on the same agenda. The three word solution to the problem, particularly in the House of Reps:!

Carol Bowen 6 years, 7 months ago

There are two "real" points - 1) the governor's strategies and 2) his policies.

"No" voters reliably vote at every opportunity. "Either-or" voters do not have as much energy. The question becomes, how many people are really opposed to governor Brownback and his policies? It's hard to tell in Lawrence. We are not typically in sync with the rest of the state. If the sentiment exists in other KS communities, the voter turnout should be better than last time. As we get closer to state elections, the governor will become more conciliatory. Will voters forget the governor's early policies and style?

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 7 months ago

By the way; BB's anti-abortion plank isn't new. Look up the Lebensborn sometime.

Fossick 6 years, 7 months ago

How, precisely, does a selective breeding program designed to create good little Aryans compare with a policy of protecting all unborn, regardless of race? This I've got to hear...

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 7 months ago

If you think the Lebensborn was just a "selective breeding program" you really need to do some research.

Fossick 6 years, 7 months ago

More Nazi propaganda:

  1. We demand that the State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood.

  2. We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.

  3. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class,

  4. ...We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.

  5. The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness...

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 7 months ago

The first step in ballot box correction involves publicizing the disastrous and harmful policies of Brownback. Not everyone in Kansas is happy with him, and my guess is many more are unhappy with him than one might think at first consideration. His policies have hurt many all across the state.

Let the meetings begin. Let the sun shine in.

somedude20 6 years, 7 months ago

How many valiums do you think it would take to be able to sleep out the rest of Brownback's term?

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

You are right. Benzos aren't really great sleeping pills.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Gov. Walker Recall Effort Will Begin in November ( for almost exactly the same reasons)

Coalition of Democrats and labor activists make it official

MILWAUKEE—Legislative supporters of Wisconsin's labor movement recently requested a symbolic step: removal of the portrait of Jeremiah Rusk, who approved the massacre of seven people during the May 5, 1886 strike for the 8-hour day on Milwaukee’s southeast side. “I seen my duty and I done it,” boasted Rusk, who butchered the English language with the same zest with which the state militia under his command slaughtered defenseless workers.

This week, Wisconsin Democrats and labor supporters announced their intention to remove someone else unfriendly to labor: Gov. Scott Walker, who triggered a massive labor uprising earlier this year in Madison that drew international attention with his successful but often-underhanded drive to strip almost all public workers of virtually all of their collective bargaining rights.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

THANK YOU Co-founders of Kansans United in Voice & Spirit .... ABSOLUTELY!

While were beating up on Brownback and his team of facists let's not forget about how we LOCAL taxpayers are far too generous for OUR own good although not by choice:

“Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You LOCALS with the Bill)

Not Smart Development Increases Taxes:

Local Authority With Excellent links

Shouldn't have choice? By the right to vote on many local projects that which involve OUR tax dollars? All taxpayers are stakeholders because we pay the taxes = taxpayers are the boss!

Again Co-founders of Kansans United in Voice & Spirit thank you very much.

Fossick 6 years, 7 months ago

"By the right to vote on many local projects that which involve OUR tax dollars?"

The good news is that you'll get to vote on local projects by using your tax dollars very soon when Brownback vetoes all the funding for public radio. Will the listeners stand in the gap and make Kansas Public Radio truly "listener-supported"? That's what we shall find out.

By the way, the word you are misusing there is spelled 'fascists,' not 'facists.' It comes from the Latin 'fasces,' a bundle of rods carried by lictors in Roman times as a symbol of authority. You might find one on the reverse of an American Mercury Dime if you have that sort of thing lying around.

The Fascist Manifesto is an interesting document. I only bring this up because your consistent misuse of the word demonstrates that you have never read it and therefore don't really know what a Fascist is. As promulgated by Mussolini in 1919, the Fascist Manifesto contains all manner of political demands you might find familiar, like an 8-hour work day, universal suffrage, minimum wage, and progressive taxation. It just loves "national policies" that organize industries under government direction*. In fact, I suspect that there are all manner of ideas a good American Progressive would find very progressive indeed.

This is not to say progressives are Fascists (I'll not fall into a Babboy's Fallacy here). But it is to say that "Fascist" means a lot more than "person with whom I disagree." Its use in that manner really is an insult to your readers' intelligence.

  • think "National Energy Policy"

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 7 months ago

This is in much the same way that many in the right wing throw the word "Socialist" around, Fossick. They accuse Obama and others in the Democratic Party of being "Socialists" with no real understanding of the political philosophy. Both of them, "socialist" and "fascist", are hot button, emotional words used to incite hatred and divisiveness without any real connection to or thought about what they are describing.

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

I hope the weather is nice for anyone that joins the protests. I wouldn't waste my time with such foolishness, but hopefully those that do will feel they are accomplishing something.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 7 months ago

I dunno. I vote for the old fart walking around with tea bags stapled to his hat.

WilburNether 6 years, 7 months ago

Listen to the squealing of the little piggies who feed on taxpayer $$$ at the public trough!

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 7 months ago

You mean Bank of America and Goldman-Sachs?

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