Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brownback jumps in to help conservatives against moderates in Republican primary

July 12, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing some so-called conservative Republican legislative candidates who face so-called moderate Republicans in the Aug. 7 primary.

"Because of the alliance in the state Senate between Democrats and some Republicans that join together to promote a Democrat agenda, the primary election has effectively become the general. Therefore, I am going to be involved in a limited number of primaries," Brownback said in a statement.

The statement was released Thursday by his spokesperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag. She said she did not have a list of the candidates that Brownback has endorsed.

Brownback has been in England this week attending the Farnborough International Airshow.

Brownback and his allies, such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, want to put the Senate under conservative leadership, like the House. During the past legislative session, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate fought Brownback and conservative Republicans over redistricting, tax cuts and other issues. The impasse over redistricting led to court-drawn districts.

On Thursday, a group of 50 former legislators called Traditional Republicans for Common Sense criticized Brownback's politicking.

"It’s astonishing to see a governor who is more interested in politics than policy, more interested in elections than governing,” said Rochelle Chronister, who has served as assistant House Republican leader and chair of the Kansas Republican Party.

“Gov. Brownback may want a rubber-stamp majority in the Legislature, but I think Kansans will have something to say about that on Election Day. Kansans want their elected officials to do what’s best for their communities, their schools, the elderly and their children,” Chronister said.

Traditional Republicans for Common Sense have been highly critical of Brownback signing into law a massive tax cut. Critics say the tax cut will mostly benefit wealthy Kansans while bankrupting schools and social services. Brownback has said the tax cut will spur the economy.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 11 months ago

Ah yes, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Better go check out how many lifeboats you have left.

Hooligan_016 5 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely, we don't need any sort of balance in a democratic system. Just stack your own ideologically pure deck and purge any non-conforming thought.

We Kansans deserve this much.


Jonathan Becker 5 years, 11 months ago


Famborough Air Show. Where the heck is Famborough in England?

Shelley Bock 5 years, 11 months ago

Air show tickets...£35 in advance, £ 52 at the gate.

That's no airshow, that sounds like a Republican fund raiser with those costs!

werekoala 5 years, 11 months ago

Most people consider themselves moderate, no matter how extreme their views actually may be. Everyone wants to believe they are reasonable, practical, and able to compromise, because those traits are almost universally held in high esteem.

That's why it takes a 'special' kind of fanatic to say: "You know what? I want more of a challenge than Kansas Democrats. Let's declare war on some of our fellow Republicans, too! After all, they will only meet us three-quarters of the way."

Keep it up, nutjobs. In ten years you'll be pushing for just that much more crazier ideas, and busily condemning any of your current allies who find your new extremism a bridge too far. You can't survive by eating your young.

And it can't happen soon enough...

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Critics say the Washington-based organization plays a key role in helping corporations secretly draft model pro-business legislation that has been used by state lawmakers across the country.

Unlike many other organizations, ALEC’s membership includes both state lawmakers and corporate executives who gather behind closed doors to discuss and vote on model legislation.

In recent months, ALEC has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in drafting bills to: attack workers’ rights roll back environmental regulations privatize education funded with our tax dollars deregulate major industries * passing voter ID laws.

Nonetheless, this year’s annual ALEC meeting boasts the largest attendance in five years, with nearly 2,000 guests in attendance. Center for Media and Democracy organization released 800 model bills approved by companies and lawmakers at recent ALEC meetings. 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!

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

Brownback is seriously one of the ugliest people I have ever laid eyes upon. He looks like a crackhead frog.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Remember i is USA Corp American industry that empties your wallets and increases your cost of living not to mention sending millions of jobs abroad = cannot trust these CEO's ,BOD's and most shareholders.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

More on ALEC the Brownback source of thinking:

More on ALEC from the 4/12/12 morning news:

Amidst a movement to overturn "Stand Your Ground" gun laws after the Trayvon Martin shooting, we look at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-funded group that worked with the National Rifle Association to pass the measures across the country.

On Wednesday, the fast-food giant Wendy’s became the sixth corporation to publicly cut ties with the secretive right-wing group for backing the laws.

Over the past week McDonald’s, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Intuit have all announced that they have decided to not renew their membership with ALEC.

We speak with Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which runs "ALEC Exposed," a website that published more than 800 "model" bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians. "We’ve seen ALEC, which is really a corporate bill mill, push legislation on all sorts of issues to make it harder for Americans to get justice, to make it harder for Americans to vote, to make it harder for Americans to have their day in court if they or their loved one is killed or injured by a corporation, by corporate greed, by a bad drug, by a product," Graves says.

She notes many of the draft bills outline the privatization of Social Security, schools and prisons

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