Archive for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Praeger joins bipartisan group opposed to Brownback’s re-election

January 29, 2014


— Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger on Wednesday went public in her opposition to the re-election of fellow Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Praeger, a longtime moderate Republican from Lawrence, is one of six sponsors of a new bi-partisan coalition called "Reroute the Roadmap," which is a reference to Brownback's 2010 campaign when he called his policy objectives a Roadmap for Kansas.

In a video released by the group, Praeger says, "We looked at the roadmap that the governor outlined when he took office, and when you look at where we're going today, we're going in the wrong direction.

"And it's just time to re-route the roadmap and to move us in a direction that we think will lead to prosperity for the state."

Praeger isn't running for re-election to the statewide office of insurance commissioner.

In addition to Praeger, appearing in the video are Jill Docking, who is running as lieutenant governor with likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis; former U.S. Sen. Sheila Frahm, a Republican; former legislator and Kansas Republican Party chairwoman Rochelle Chronister; Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon, and state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka.

Clayton Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said Praeger is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama, and commonly called Obamacare.

"Commissioner Praeger and the other five are big fans of ObamaCare, and advocates of ObamaCare know Paul Davis is their candidate. We're confident a strong majority of Kansans believe differently," Barker said.


Scott Bonnet 4 years, 4 months ago

Worst Kansas governor of my 54 year lifetime. Lets hope the damage can be undone quickly. we need to get rid of him and the rest of his Koch-financed buddies.

William Weissbeck 4 years, 4 months ago

Hard to believe that the Democrats and moderates are in better shape in Kansas than say Texas. We've been down this road before though. I've been convinced since the Dole-Roy election of 1974 that there are voting machines in western Kansas that had the Democratic Party lever removed at some point during the FDR years. No matter what the polls show, the final results just don't seem to match.

Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

Funny that you would mention Dr. Bill. Until few days ago, I had long forgotten about Bill Roy, until I came across a recent Topeka Capital Journal newspaper. Apparently he is very alive and well, and while in his late eighties, writes an occasional column for that newspaper.

It’s amazing how far Kansas has gone to the right since 1974. Today Bill Roy would have a very hard time getting elected in most Kansas locales, but in 1974, he came within a few thousand votes of defeating Bob Dole for the U.S. Senate, and probably would have won had Dole not run some very graphic anti-abortion advertisements in the waning moments of the campaign

The times, they have a changed.

Phil Minkin 4 years, 4 months ago

Republicans like Praeger are an endangered species. It's good to see that they recognize the problem and are trying to do something about it.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 4 months ago

Praeger is typical of so called Republican moderates- really democrats in disguise. They've never been loyal to anyone but themselves and their enduring desire to create bigger government in order to enhance their recompense from all manner of special interests.

This country is mired in recession and on brink of depression. Private citizens who work are chained to taxes, regulation and debt brought about by those who use government to build economic benefit for themselves. They're con artists's and grifters. Don't purchase bigger chains for yourself folks. Choose freedom.

Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

"They've never been loyal ...."

Loyalty to the republican party, Gerald? Is that something like loyalty to the communist party? Myself? I prefer an elected official who is loyal to the people of Kansas rather than a particular political party.

Sandy Praeger and other Republicans who have come out publically in opposition to Brownback should be applauded for their courage. Doing what one believes to be the right thing always trumps naked loyalty, in my book. .

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 4 months ago

Bob, good point you make. We should not be blindly loyal to a party. Looking at it from my conservative point of view I'm tempted to criticize a moderate republican supporting a democrat as moderate republicans have counted on a conservative base to support their political ambitions. When the moderates are asked to support a conservative they often do what Praeger has done, turn coat and support the democrat.

What goes around comes around. Republicans are ideologically divided. Democrats are more likely to support their party no matter what. Unless of course you look at this election cycle and note the Dems who are running away from the President they helped elect because his health and economic initiatives hace been so disasterous.

Gerald Kerr 4 years, 4 months ago

Kinda like the deceit of medical fraudsters who cheat and lie to get reimbursement illegally, yes, But also like a government that lies and fudges the unemployment data to pretend that their policies are working when they are actually harming. Or the government that exempts itself from paying the huge medical care increase associated with Obamacare that the rest of us must pay, or the government that lies and manipulates inflation data to keep the CPI down thus cheat the retired on social security, and falsifies inflation data to keep interest rates down in order to keep borrowing .45 cents of each dollar spent, and the big government that protects their crony banks and corporate friends who are too big to fail, and the government that lies about harrasing political opponents illegally by IRS intimidation of conservative religious or cultural groups, or the big government that pays its bureaucrats and politicians obscene retirement benefits, or the goverment that collects metadata on all of our phone calls and internet activities like this thread here in the LJ World in order to intimidate citizens, or the big goverment that manipulates and changes GDP data to cover up stagnant economic growth concerns while giving false assurance that public debt is decreasing while it is really increasing.

These are but a few of the problems associated with a government that is too big and too powerful to control itself.

William Enick 4 years, 4 months ago

Most adults require, need, want big government, but only if we the people run it. It is NOT Democracy if it is run be the people we work for. The law now mandates that profit must come before the needs of the people. LIGHT BULB!!

Deb Geraghty 4 years, 4 months ago

What freedom is that, Gerald Kerr? The freedom to let Republican men control who can marry and what women can do with their bodies? The freedom to let poor kids go hungry while the governor steals from SNAP to make Brownback points with a literacy program?

Jonathan Nyp 4 years, 4 months ago

Your pleas against "republican men" is rooted in your own bigotry.

Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree. Paul Davis could very well win this race, but if he doesn't come out swinging hard, he has no chance. Let's remember that Bill Roy came within a few thousand votes of defeating Bob Dole for the U.S. Senate race in 1974, and by today's standards, Roy is as liberal as they come. I don't think most Kansans today are far right or stupid.
Just uneducated, and its up to the Democrats to educate them, something that they have not been very good during the past quarter century or so.

Jonathan Nyp 4 years, 4 months ago

Can you list three examples of outlandish behavior of the Republican representatives?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Sandy Praeger. YOUR GOP is dead unfortunately. The current GOP is not the one Ms Praeger joined many years ago not by a long shot. It has been subverted by well financed extreme radical groups.

Sam Brownback is the GOP monster that represents lower wages across the board for all blue and white collar workers. The GOP that destroyed the economy. It has also been the largest obstacle to recovery. Sam Brownback was in Washington D.C. when this new GOP wrecked the economy. The GOP is represented by ALEC.

Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation. It helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote bills which do the following.

• gut environmental laws

• create a regressive tax system

• eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

• undermine universal and affordable health care

• privatize public education

• chip away at voting rights.

Where Did The GOP go? It died at the hands of Koch Industries, Walton Family money, AMWAY family money(DeVoss), John Birch,Pete Peterson,Extreme Fundamentalists,Xe/Prinz family money etc etc etc.

What did the GOP become? John Birch Society - ALEC - Anti American - The Tea Party = it's all four.

Kathy Roberts 4 years, 4 months ago

The Republican Party has become a mouthpiece for business pretending to espouse the ideology of extremists. It's all about money and catering to the emotional immaturity of their base. They are using their fears to increase their private wealth.

Phillip Chappuie 4 years, 4 months ago

Barbara Gordon writes: Oooh, big government, like the government putting words in doctor's mouths to say things that aren't even true and then requiring unnecessary extra medical procedures? That sort of big government?

The irony here (one of many) is the legislators that would mandate extra medical stuff are the exact same legislators that are supporting a bill to move to the Health Care Compact; because (now get this) government should not be interfering with health care, that should be between the patient and the doctor. Oh?

I don't see Republicans that are supporting opposition to Brownback as turn coats as Gerald suggest, but more as reasonable and concerned citizens interested in the good of Kansas. Oh my, you don't think that big government is sneaking in my kitchen to see how I make dry rub for my ribs, do you?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

"Praeger isn't running for re-election to the statewide office of insurance commissioner."

Brownback and Koch boys would likely campaign heavily against her because they only use sheep…..


Beverly Gossage, of Eudora, says she will run for the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner.

Gossage, who described herself as a conservative, pro-life Republican, said she will fight against the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama and often called Obamacare.

Gossage is director of HSA Benefits Consulting.

"I believe that I am uniquely qualified to make our state a model for the nation when it comes to taking every action to fight against this law and build consumer-driven health reform with greater competition and choices," she said.

Gossage said she is a former school teacher in Lawrence who became an insurance agent in 2002.

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