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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.


Richard Heckler 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


Phillip Chappuie 2 months, 2 weeks 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?


Keith Richards 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with Bob. Western Kansans are uneducated and straight ticket voting Republicans because their parents were Republican. I know a guy who gets disability and social security, rightfully so, but he is a Rush Limbaugh loving, Obama hating Republican. I told him he is a poster boy for the Democratic Party. He just laughed and kept on with his Limbaugh rhetoric ranting. Wake up Kansas, if you are poor, vote Democrat!!! While I am not party affiliated, if I had to choose, I would label myself and very, very moderate Republican. But these poor Republicans need to understand, the Republicans running Kansas, are NOT the Republicans your parents voted for in the 1960's. The Republicans running Kansas would step over you as you starved on the ground, bleeding and helpless to get their latte. Do not support the Kansas Republicans.


Kathy Roberts 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


Richard Heckler 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


Scut Farkus 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback will be reelected because the Democrats have done absolute nothing state wide to educate and more importantly decry the outlandish behavior of the Republican representatives they have elected. Rural Kansas controls the state and until inroads are made to discourage those constituents from voting with their hearts rather than their minds, nothing will change.


Deb Geraghty 2 months, 2 weeks 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?


Gerald Kerr 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


Phil Minkin 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


William Weissbeck 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


Scott Bonnet 2 months, 2 weeks 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.


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