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Brownback says Republican voters made ‘clear statement’ in support of conservatives during primary

August 10, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday that Republican voters made a "clear statement" in support of conservative candidates during the GOP primary.

In a brief comment to reporters, Brownback said when Republicans where given the choice between a conservative and a moderate-to-liberal candidate, they picked the conservative.

"I think that is what you had, is the market functioned on Tuesday," he said.

Eight incumbent moderate Republican senators were defeated by conservative challengers backed by Brownback, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the billionaire Koch brothers and Kansans for Life.

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oletimer 1 year, 8 months ago

brownyback and obama need to be put on the same boat and sent far far away.

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Richard Benson 1 year, 8 months ago

Well. Katie bar the door.

Now Governor Pothole is free to become Governor Bridge Out.

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Wiry 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes they made a statement! That statement being: "Look at how stupid Kansans are, we not only elected a total idiot, but now we want more people with same level of intelligence to help him destroy Kansas"

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

T minus 4 months to the magic economic stimulus aka Sammie's tax sham. So far, two major employers have ditched Kansas, taking over 3,000 good jobs with them. This despite the opportunity to pay zero income tax. One of them just moved to KCMO where in addition to state income tax, they are also subject to city income tax. Can we end this idiotic experiment before the state is staring down the barrel of fiscal insolvency?

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Bob Reinsch 1 year, 8 months ago

Shut up, smile, grab your ankles and keep saying to yourself. "The Koch Brothers really do care about me! The Koch Brothers really do care about me! The Kock brothers really do care about me!"....

This message brought to you by the Bohica Party.

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Armstrong 1 year, 8 months ago

Your premise is bogus, why bother to answer

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Armstrong 1 year, 8 months ago

Vertigo's daily view from the bubble.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

If this is going to be a Christian nation, that doesn't help the poor, either we've got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit we just don't want to do it.

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Armstrong 1 year, 8 months ago

jafs, I hate to point out the obvious but tennesseerader's views are mainstream. Predictably the bubble of Larryville shows how out of touch with the real world and basic economics the vast majority of Larryvillers are.

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jafs 1 year, 8 months ago

What a bizarre world view - that people are either high income earners, or socialists/welfare recipients.

The middle class hasn't been completely destroyed yet - of course, if those on the right continue their policies, it may be soon.

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tennesseerader 1 year, 8 months ago

Kansas is on the right track. We have to start spending less on social programs or our country is lost. Tax payers cannot afford it any more. Kansas will attract high income earners if they lower income taxes. Socialists and welfare recipients need to move to California.

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anticommunist 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm all for middle-of-the-road conservatism (hence my clinging on to the Huntsman icon). Yet, I support Governor Brownback. Why? He's a leader and not a collectivist whiner. Kansans won't suffer whiners (except in Lawrence). You either kick ass or whine and Kansans by and large know this as a truism.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

Do you have to shout when plugging that website?

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Kobach was right there is voter fraud in Kansas which was initiated from his office. Voter ID was a fraud perpetrated on the voters which created a lot of confusion which was the Kobach objective.

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verity 1 year, 8 months ago

This article and Brownback's statement pretend that all "conservatives" (actual reactionaries) won in all races against moderates. That is not true.

Where is the rest of the story?

I would also like to know how many of these reactionaries have Democrats running against them in the general election. It ain't over yet.

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James Nelson 1 year, 8 months ago

We'll see in November, tough guy. I can see you salivating now. One of the legs on your stool is going to break before the general election.

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Katara 1 year, 8 months ago

So a result that was from a voter turnout of 23% is now considered a clear statement?

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63BC 1 year, 8 months ago

Statewide turnout was 22.8 percent, as reported by the Wichita Eagle [below]. In districts with hotly contested Republican legislative primaries it typically was 40-60 percent. Where turnout was high, Brownback's folks won---because voters agreed with them on the issues. Customers [voters] got what they wanted. The market functioned.

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary across the state and in Sedgwick County was higher than projected by officials, according to figures announced Wednesday.

Sedgwick County saw a turnout of 20.4 percent of registered voters, or 53,887 voters, which was more than 15 percent that was projected rate.

Kansas Secretary of State’s office had said earlier that Sedgwick County’s turnout was 24.8 percent, but that was based upon incorrect numbers provided late Tuesday night by the county’s election office, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said.

Statewide, 22.8 percent of registered voters (392,142) cast ballots in the primary.

Greeley County had the highest turnout with 64.7 percent; the lowest was Wyandotte’s 11.3 percent. Johnson County had 17.1 percent and Shawnee County 27.8 percent.

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Machiavelli_mania 1 year, 8 months ago

Published Aug 7th, 2012 http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/gop-insider-how-religion-destroyed-my-party

GOP Insider: How Religion Destroyed My Party In the new book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.

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cowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward."

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situveux1 1 year, 8 months ago

AP said moderates outspent conservatives 3 to 1.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 8 months ago

Alrighty, then ... here I am cutting and pasting my own prior comment (btw - who thought it would be a good idea to let them sell wine by-the-box?) ... anyway, my point:

It will be interesting to see what Brownback does with (what appears to be) a huge majority in both houses and a mandate. I recall hearing him speak of the "core functions" of State Government when he first started his run for the Governor's office. I haven't heard much of that lately. That line of argument is (ironically?) somewhat in line with Obama's "you didn't build that" speech ... what the POTUS was speaking up for was, in fact, Government performing its "core functions" (okay, his take was that the really, really rich people ought to pay more for those functions, though he hardly limits his take to "core" functions).

Looking for a point to come together? How about the idea that there are some things that we cannot do for ourselves, and which we need Government to do ... (Sam and Barack and almost all of us agree on this, I think) ... like building roads and bridges, and maybe protecting ourselves. Beyond that, Sam and Barack agree on little, except that both want to go WAY, WAY, WAY beyond those "core functions". Sam mostly seems to want your soul, and to get up in your Lady Business, while Barack mostly wants your wallet and to just get up in your Business in general.

Before you pick a line to step into -- be it Sam's or Barack's -- you might want to ask yourself whether either "side" has your best interests at heart ... ... or even in mind.

(hint: "nope")

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question4u 1 year, 8 months ago

What is it that these "conservatives" are supposed to be conserving?

Slashing revenues and expenses is not conservative; it's reductive. Creating a faction within the Republican party isn't conservative; it's divisive. Pushing an "experiment" that is projected to create a multi-billion-dollar defict in five years isn't conservative; it's rash, or if you prefer Brownback's spin, it's "bold".

What exactly is conservative about anything in the Brownback agenda? Reductive, divisive and rash/"bold" are not equivalent to conservative. Most dictionaries define conservative as "marked by moderation or caution". How can your actions be marked by moderation when they consist of purging the party of moderates? Historically, that's been the job of radicals. Radicals who want to turn back the clock are reactionaries.

So, congratulations to the radical, reactionary masses of Kansas. You can now take credit for what's coming. Sam will tell you that you'll like it, so, of course, you will.

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headdoctor 1 year, 8 months ago

I wouldn't think a state wide approval rating of 35 or 36 % would really be a feather in his cap. Of course if the voters don't vote in the general election his blowing may be valid by default.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 8 months ago

My old hometown paper reported a county-wide Republican turnout of over 55% on Tuesday, and Sam's folks won big.

You don't have to agree with, or like, what he's up to; but, don't delude yourself about whether it is really happening. It is.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 months ago

"God Bless Us All, Everyone" as Tiny Tim Said in the Chrismas Carol by C. Dickens. A bit on tongue in cheek on my part!

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

"Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday that Republican voters made a "clear statement" in support of conservative candidates during the GOP primary."

That statement being:

I have no idea what I'm doing

I have no idea what I'm doing by Roland Gunslinger

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Liberty275 1 year, 8 months ago

This promises to be entertaining.

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irvan moore 1 year, 8 months ago

how does he explain the los of tlg? she was one of his chosen ones

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Hopefully the folks in Kansas will have enough sense to knock these people out by voting for democrats in November.

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cowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

the most astute analysis of the election season...."heblowsalot"

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 8 months ago

The only clear statement that 14% can make is, "yes, we are as dumb as you think."

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

Will he acknowledge their buyers' remorse after state government grinds to a halt in a couple of years, causing large increases in property and sales taxes to support desperate local governments trying to pick up the slack?

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observant 1 year, 8 months ago

The money he used belonged to Koch and we all know what the cost to Kansas will be.

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Keith 1 year, 8 months ago

"I think that is what you had, is the market functioned on Tuesday," he said.

Did he buy the legislature he wanted?

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