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Kansas media group disappointed in report on events

August 21, 2012

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— The Kansas Press Association's executive director sees what he calls a hollow victory in a prosecutor's criticism of Gov. Sam Brownback's private meetings with legislators at his official residence.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor concluded Tuesday that no substantive violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act occurred during the seven January gatherings at Cedar Crest. But Taylor's office said technical violations may have occurred.

Brownback invited members of 13 legislative committees, more than 90 lawmakers in all.

Press Association Executive Director Doug Anstaett says it's the kind of outcome that people who fight for open government have come to expect.

Anstaett says Taylor is acknowledging problems but only urging lawmakers to get more training while admonishing them not to violate the law again.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 7 months ago

That is the problem. He knew FULL well he was breaking the law ,but he had attorneys help him break the law Properly. Think about it. At best they were ignorant of the Law. That is incompetence plain and simple. At worst, they knowingly violated the law. To them, their agenda allows them to break Laws because they believe they are doing this in the name of God. Either way, these are the kind of people we have running government business here in Kansas. Incompetent or knowingly breaking the law in the name of God.Which is the better outcome for us as citizens of Kansas? I think neither are acceptable.

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James Nelson 1 year, 8 months ago

There is no way whatsoever the republicans can convince me that Sam didn't know full well that the law was being broken. Most everyone there also knew it. It is nothing short of absurdity for any attendee to sit there and claim he didn't break the law because he/she didn't ask any questions. Everyone of them also lied about only eating and engaging in small talk (socializing) while there. They are all liars and I would call them that to their faces.

They all sat there and heard Sam espouse his wishes and answer questions from several attendees, questions no doubt that were also on the minds of those who didn't actually ask them. But they sat there and heard the answers. Maybe there were no committee votes taken there but arm twisting nonetheless. No doubt much was said amongst themselves at each table about what the governor was saying.

Just more republican lies after republican lies. They wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit them on the arse. How can good Kansans continue to vote for this kind of representation?

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 8 months ago

Move on. The DA found them guilty and ignorant of the law. Sam cannot violate it. They will be more subtle next time. Not much left to discuss anyway.

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