Archive for Friday, April 13, 2012

Departure of Brownback’s chief of staff raising questions

April 13, 2012


The departure of Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff David Kensinger during a bruising legislative session has raised questions throughout the Kansas political world.

Last week, Brownback, a Republican, announced that his longtime assistant and strategist left to take on two jobs: work on Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence’s campaign for governor of Indiana and serve as chairman of Road Map Solutions.

But Pence has no opposition in the May 8 Republican Party primary in Indiana.

Pence’s campaign spokesman did not return a phone call or email for comment on what Kensinger is doing for the campaign. Kensinger also declined to comment for this story.

Some Republicans have said Kensinger will work this spring and summer to try to oust moderate Republican state senators during the Aug. 7 GOP primary and deliver control of the Senate to conservatives who are more in line with Brownback’s agenda.

Road Map Solutions, which will now be led by Kensinger, was described by the governor’s office as “Brownback’s policy organization.”

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said “The plan is for him (Kensinger) to basically run those conservative Senate campaigns.”

As chairman of Road Map Solutions, Kensinger said in a prepared statement: “In this role, I will be free to advocate in the public square for policies which will fulfill the goals described in Gov. Brownback’s Road Map for Kansas: private sector job growth, increased personal income, improved 4th grade reading scores, expanded opportunities for college age Kansans and a reduction in childhood poverty.”

Road Map for Kansas was Brownback’s political platform that he ran on and won in 2010.

Road Map Solutions Inc. is registered with the Kansas secretary of state’s office as a not-for-profit corporation that was formed last December.

T.C. Anderson is the resident agent. Anderson serves as treasurer of several of Brownback’s campaign finance committees, including the Road Map Political Action Committee, which is Brownback’s leadership committee.

Road Map Solutions is an issue advocacy organization that can raise unlimited amounts of money and does not have to disclose its donors. Its funds can be used to educate or inform constituents. The Road Map PAC will be available to fund specific candidates.

According to documents filed with the state, Road Map PAC Inc. is affiliated with Road Map Solutions, Brownback for Governor and Restore America PAC, which was Brownback’s PAC when he was a U.S. senator.

In a January filing, there was no money in the Road Map PAC. The next time the public will be able to see what is in that PAC won’t be until July 30, just eight days before the Republican Party primary.


autie 2 years ago

I am beginning to wonder if the Roadmap for Kansas has a bridge to nowhere. epitome.


MacHeath 2 years ago

Brownback's ego is so over-inflated he actually believes he is the anti-christ. Brownback, and his spawn will eventually be left for the dead by the GOP. It will take a few more cycles though. Look at the only person they could find to run for president that any chance to win. Good f-ing grief! After Romney is embarrassed this November, the GOP will finally have to come to terms with what they have let the so-called "christian" right turn them into. The GOP will have to get more moderates in office or they will become more and more marginalized as time progresses. Dancing with the devil always bites you in the backside. My favorite Goldwater quote was a remark he made to Dole in 1996: "We're the new Liberals of the Republican party." "Can you imagine that?"


Catalano 2 years ago

Okay, the photo accompanying this story is totally creepy.


Kookamooka 2 years ago

Laugh all you want Armstrong. I just read a report from K-State that calculated the number of music teachers who lost their jobs during this administration. 444. Four hundred and forty four jobs gone. And those are just the MUSIC teachers! Thousands of teaching jobs have been lost and not replaced IN KANSAS ALONE since Sam Brownback took office. It's disgraceful.


bobberboy 2 years ago

Caption for above picture should say - I am Jesus please be saved. This guy was'nt Jesus when he was a Senator what makes us think he's going to be one when he's Gov ? Merrill - currently Koch Industries want's to own Kansas and run it like a corporation - and they will if Browncrack can work it out. Browncrack is no more that a wolf in sheeps clothing. We've all heard of those have'nt we ?


Richard Heckler 2 years ago

"The truth is that corporations wield enormous power in Congress and in state legislatures. It is hard to tell where government ends and corporate America begins: the transition is seamless and overlapping.” Justice James C. Nelson


Kookamooka 2 years ago

Brownback has singlehandedly wiped out more jobs in this State than any other Governor. He "shrank" government but he put all of those employed state workers out on the street. Where were his cronies in the private sector waiting to hire these people? No where. They don't exist and without a strong public school system, healthy air, strong infastructure and good health programs (all the responsibility of an unbiased Government) the Private sector won't want to be here. For God's sake...THIS IS KANSAS, not a state with a coastline or mountains.

We all know this story is all about how he intends to run for a National office.


Richard Heckler 2 years ago

Face it this guy Kesinger isn't going anywhere. The Koch,Wal-Mart and Brownback people have little use for old school republicans and democrats. It's this dictator mentality they want to establish.

Kesinger will spend a lot of time in Kansas dumping republicans and bringing in genuine right wing thinkers of the same breed that have brought on serious wreckanomics:

  1. ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

  3. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

4.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

  1. Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time.


Brock Masters 2 years ago

Not a fan of Brownback, but I'd like to see some of the incumbents lose so good luck Kensinger.


Fossick 2 years ago

Exactly what "questions" is Kensinger's departure raising? He is leaving his government job to work campaigns, which by a coincidence worthy of the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive* is how he got the government job in the first place.

Word of the day: fungible: being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind. (from a source)

  • not really

Richard Payton 2 years ago

The road map didn't materialize in Kansas. Next stop Indiana. How can we warn them??


Joe Hyde 2 years ago

"Road Map Solutions (Brownback's policy organization) is an issue advocacy organization that can raise unlimited amounts of money and does not have to disclose its donors."

That pretty much says it all. We have a puppet Governor and former Chief of Staff fronting for what amounts to a secret government, one that is kept invisible by being shielded from campaign finance disclosure laws.

Manipulative cowards, every one of them.


jayhawklawrence 2 years ago

While I get frustrated with the extremists in politics today, both Democrat and Republican, I know there are a lot of very talented and experienced people in our country who could do a good job, but they currently have no way to get elected.

Now organizations like ALEC are targeting moderates, who are usually the only people left in politics who actually have the ability to think rationally about the issues and have not bought into a radical political organization and the unlimited amount of money that these groups are spending on political campaigns that rarely tell the truth about anything anymore.

I just wish the American people would quit buying what they are selling.


Jim Williamson 2 years ago

Dave Kensinger makes Karl Rove flinch.


Paul R Getto 2 years ago

KS: The "poor" pay lots of taxes in their own way. Having a decent income and paying some income tax doesn't seem all that bad. I don't see a wave of folks quitting their jobs, cashing out and desperately trying to join the "bottom half" who don't pay much income tax. Am I missing something here? Maybe you will be one of the first volunteers to cross over and agree to live off the fat of the land. From what I've seen poverty isn't all that attractive, except to the true followers of the great ESSENE who said to dump everything and follow him.


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Study says lower state income taxes will lead to higher property, sales taxes

If Kansas gets rid of the income tax, the state will likely find itself both raising other taxes on middle- and low-income families and making massive cuts to vital services that will badly damage the state’s economy,” said Erica Williams, policy analyst and co-author of the report done by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Business lobby, aided by $36,000 from Koch Industries, targets eight Republican incumbents in state Senate for defeat

Two business heavyweights — the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Koch Industries — have targeted eight state senators for defeat in the Republican Party primary.


Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Government cuts fuel Kansas job loss State count drops 5,700 in a month, among the worst in the country A month-to-month loss of 6,100 government jobs in Kansas and smaller losses in other industries


question4u 2 years ago

So now Brownback's chief of staff will begin covert operations to wipe out the last of the Republican state senators and representatives who possess integrity and intelligence. Kensinger is right to keep things secret, since it has become very clear what Brownback's roadmap for Kansas really means.

Private sector job growth: Eliminate business taxes and make massive cuts to the state budget but impose NO accountability on those businesses to actually create jobs or to keep jobs that they do create in the state. Those jobs will definitely materialize, just because.

Increased personal income: (Brownback has in mind his own income .) Cut taxes to increase the personal income of the wealthy while eliminating tax credits to decrease the personal income of the poorest Kansans.

Improved 4th grade reading scores: Somehow this plan must involve cutting taxes, but even God wouldn't be able to figure out how Brownback's roadmap leads anywhere near improvement in public education.

Expanded opportunities for college-age Kansans: These opportunities don't mean expanding opportunities to go to college, but rather increasing the things that college-age Kansans can do instead of going to college, like working the conveyor belts at the Mars factory in Topeka or starting their own business cutting lawns at the estates of the wealthy.

Reduction in childhood poverty: Brownback would like to do that by eliminating the earned income tax credit and decreasing the income of the poorest Kansans. That should lead to a higher infant mortality rate among the poor and thus fewer children in poverty. Brownback may also be assuming that his attack on the poor will get them to pack up and take their impoverished children to other states.


Richard Heckler 2 years ago

Voting can work The voting process can work.

I say replace all republicans with green party thinkers and democrats each voting cycle.

Think this way..... maybe? Why do we americans vote in the right wing rich which are supported by too many of the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and low income?

Too many of the radical right wing rich want to destroy the middle class so they have sent tens of millions of middle class jobs abroad with no job replacement in sight. Isn't their something wrong with this picture?

Ask yourself why do we voters tend to vote for the largest spending candidates? What good has this choice been for the USA , state and our local governments?

Bribery of elected officials and bribed officials = the most stinky of all bribery!

No doubt Brownback wants to get rid of repub opposition. This plan worked in Washington D.C. which effectively eliminated the GOP as such. The nat'l GOP is now the Neocon Christian Fundamentalist Party aka RINO/CINO party.


Mike Ford 2 years ago

rats leaving the ship eh......


ThePilgrim 2 years ago

"You shall follow the roadmap...comrade", saith Brownback


Lenette Hamm 2 years ago

Sounds like Kensinger may be the only smart one in this administration...


Katara 2 years ago

And we should be surprised by this why?


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