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Brownback files for new term as Kansas governor

May 15, 2014


— Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback launched his re-election bid Thursday, proclaiming that under his watch the conservative state has become the example for others to emulate.

"Kansas is a lighthouse in a nation that's lost its way," said Brownback, who signed the paperwork with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and paid the $1,920 filing fee during a Statehouse ceremony.

The governor, speaking to room full of staffers and GOP supporters, touted cuts made to the income tax rates in 2012 aimed at creating job growth as an example of his first-term leadership. He noted that the state's jobless rate had fallen to 4.8 percent in April.

"We are on a highway for the future and hitting the accelerator. It's a good time to be us," Brownback said.

They were joined at the Statehouse event by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Mary Jean Eisenhower, a granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower. Dole and Mary Jean Eisenhower are the honorary leaders of Brownback's re-election campaign.

"I'm not as good looking as Mary is, but we'll try to pull you through," quipped Dole, who is on the second leg of a statewide tour.

Brownback faces a primary challenge from Wichita landscaping business owner Jennifer Winn, who has already filed for the race. Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence is the only announced Democratic candidate but has yet to file for office ahead of the June 1 deadline.

Democrats have criticized Brownback's tax policy, saying that the cuts reduced the amount of revenue available to provide public education and other essential state services over the next five years. Chris Pumpelly, campaign spokesman for Davis, said in a statement that Brownback's "experiment has failed for the average Kansans."

"Kansas is falling behind with Sam Brownback as governor," Pumpelly said. "We need a governor who will bring Kansans from all political parties together to focus on bipartisan solutions that strengthen Kansas businesses, schools and families."

Moody's Investor Services recently downgraded the Kansas credit rating over concerns about the state's long-term financial health, including the shortfall in the Kansas public employee pension system. Brownback shook off the news, saying Thursday that other states were seeing similar concerns raised.

"We have to grow and we have to get the state moving forward with more jobs and more opportunities here," Brownback said.


Raymond Muñoz 3 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to see more coverage of the Libertarian candidate, Keen Umbehr, in the LJWorld. For Lawrencians that are interested in a 3rd party option, here's his website:

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 10 months ago

If Brownback is re-elected, it will be the worst possible situation for Kansans who are already reeling from the stupidity, religious nonsense and disgraceful damage that this ideologue has done to our state. But since the Koch brothers own him lock, stock and barrel , he will not have to do to much work, as the Koch Regime is already firmly entrenched in the Kansas legislature and pretty much owns the government of the state.

James Howlette 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey, Sam. The function of a lighthouse is mainly to warn boats to steer clear of the shoals and dangerous coastlines. Kansas is currently serving as an example of what not to do, so I guess the analogy is quite apt.

3 years, 10 months ago

He is one of the most respected puppets of the right wing agenda. That makes him dangerous to society. For instance like in "We The People".

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Bob Dole apparently will campaign for anyone who claims to be republican….. what a disservice to himself.

Meanwhile Sen Dole should review the Sam Brownback agenda before putting his name on the line.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Sam Brownback Agenda

The Brownaback/Koch/Walton’s/ALEC One Party Agenda is posing as the republican party which is fraudulent representation of the GOP .

Rather than serve the public interest, Sam Brownback and ALEC champion the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation.

Sam Brownback helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote state bills which:

  • wage war on women • 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.

What Does Sam Brownback Lobby For? ALEC….. plain and simple.

ALEC claims it “does not lobby in any state.”20 However, ALEC’s tactics and operations are strikingly similar to those of registered lobbyists with corporate benefactors.

Beyond distributing model legislation, ALEC provides its members with “issue alerts,” “talking points,” and “press release templates” expressing support or opposition to state legislation.

The organization tracks the status of its model bills in legislatures, and sends its employees to testify in support of its bills in state houses across the country.

Undercutting Health Care Reform After the passage of health care reform, ALEC’s top priority has been to challenge the law by encouraging members to introduce bills that would prohibit the law’s insurance mandate. ALEC’s Health and Human Services task force is led by representatives of PhRMA and Johnson & Johnson, and representatives of Bayer and GlaxoSmithKlein sit on ALEC’s board.

The group’s model bill, the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,” has been introduced in forty-four states, and ALEC even released a “State Legislators Guide to Repealing ObamaCare” discussing a variety of model legislation including bills to partially privatize Medicaid and SCHIP.

The legislative guide utilizes ideas and information from pro-corporate groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Goldwater Institute, the James Madison Institute, the Cato Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis and the National Federation of Independent Busi

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 10 months ago

And what are the alternatives? Libertarian? They are all for cut throat business, it's free market and the winner takes all. The Green Party? They are really only a one issue party, even though it's a very important issue. There are still some candidates in both parties, but mostly in the Democrat party, who have not been bought and paid for by big business. We need to make sure they get elected.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

I would suggest researching the Green Party agenda's and platforms. Anything but a one issue party. A lot about economic growth and lots of jobs for the nation = Green.

The Green Party also supports unconditionally Medicare Single Payer Insurance for the nation = saves a lot of green.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

A briefe synopsis on who controls Sam Brownback: Koch $$$$$$ of course.

--- United States of ALEC

--- Aegis says it can manage every aspect of a campaign, including advertising, direct mail, social media, and fundraising.

The consulting firm Aegis Strategic plans to handpick local, state, and federal candidates who share the Koch Political Empire Agenda politics.

What is this? Founding members of the John Birch Society


Sam Crow 3 years, 10 months ago

Terry I hate to tell you this but Kansas is not the laughing stock of the country. In fact, I travel extensively coast to coast on business, and I can assure you that outside of the five state region few people care about Kansas. The only time most people on the coasts know about Kansas is in March when the NCAA tournament brackets come out. Bill Self has more name recognition nationally than Sam Brownback. In fact I am sure that most people on the coasts can’t even find Kansas on an unlabeled map. People in Virginia no more care about Kansas politics than you do about Virginia. So you way overstate your case.

You and the others use the liberal playbook in politics. You simply call names. If you have a point to make, try to articulate it.

Julius Nolan 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey Jim, just check out the numerous news stories both national and international to see what the real world is saying.

James Howlette 3 years, 10 months ago

So let's just go with what both liberal and conservative experts have to say about the Kansas budget:

Or if we're aiming for "laughing stock," we could go with what Jon Stewart says on the Daily Show.

Luckily we mostly dodged that particular ALEC-shaped bullet, so we can continue with our motto of "Kansas: at least we're not Mississippi." I think it's catchy.

Sam Crow 3 years, 10 months ago

Though Jon Stewart may be important in your world, in reality the show Pawn Stars draws an audience more than twice that of his.

In other words, 1.5 million MORE people probably watched a staged scene in which someone tried to hock in a Vegas pawn shop what he claimed was George Washington’s hat, than watched Stewart shock the world by joking about Kansas politics.

Governing magazine has a circulation of 85,000.

Again, laughing stock of the country? Hardly.

James Howlette 3 years, 10 months ago

Always nice to see the goalposts moved. Influence isn't measured by the Nielsens, especially for an award-winning show with an outsized viral Internet audience. Guests have included the president of many countries, including the USA, and many US presidential candidates. But, you know, it obviously isn't important. Nor is the New York Times for that matter because not everyone in the universe reads the paper of record. Yes, I know your extensive anecdata of polite strangers and people who don't want to make fun of the home state of a conservative federal judge means that nobody is aware of the terrible decisions Brownback has made.

As it happens, I agree that the average person probably knows very little about the government of other states. Any other state. However, if they know anything outside the state they're going to hear it from national coverage. And that coverage has been less than favorable. Hey, at least we're not Mississippi.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 10 months ago

I really don't care what other states think of us. I really care about what is happening in our state. Our young people are moving away. Our economy is not growing as much as surrounding states. Our education system is being destroyed. We still have nice roads, but how long will that last with more and more tax cuts? I knew that businesses wouldn't just start rolling in, because of Brownback's tax cuts, but that wasn't his purpose in the first place. Trickle down does not work, and isn't suppose to work. There was even a famous pizza guy who was quoted as saying that he wasn't obligated to share his massive profits with his employees. He and many businesses only believe in this failure of a policy, so they won't have to pay many taxes. Instead, their workers have to pay more in sales and property tax. But you don't see many businesses moving their corporations to states without taxes? Why is that? And the Kansas government has actually grown and had more regulations and rules on businesses that do not suit them. You should see the hoops people have to go through to sell their homemade food products, since Brownback moved food safety over to the Department of Agriculture from the Department of Health. Why would the Department of Agriculture want to over regulate the jellies and jams you buy at the farmer;s markets? Not for your health. If you aren't eating more processed foods, their farmers will not be able to sell more corn for the corn syrup that is in almost everything processed. There are more rules to get a teaching license, although he has loosened education requirements for some. We have to show id to vote, and a birth certificate just to register. He vetoed a bill that would raise the registration fee for lobbyists. Sure, you can drive faster on Kansas highways, but, hey that means you'll use more gas. Wonder who that would please? He wants to give drug tests to people on welfare, even though that was a major fail in Florida. Wonder who will profit from that. He dismantled a program that worked for the disabled, so that a private company could make a profit. And trust me, if they don't make a profit soon, they will be asking for more money, or they'll just go out of business, and then what will happen to the disabled?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas and his reckless money management skills makes the Washington Post and New York Times more often than you know…. Mr Crow.

James Page 3 years, 10 months ago

LET'S REVEIW: Sebelius ran up the largest debt in the state's history. ( 1 billion dollars) Next came
Mark Parkinson whom I would have voted for had he chosen to run. Now we have Sam and we are in the black. Time will tell. The proof is in the pudding.

Julius Nolan 3 years, 10 months ago

Care to provide proof (legitimate provable documented facts for your wild claims about Sibelius and brownie. Fox News or Limbaugh lies don't qualify as factual data.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 10 months ago

When Sebeliius left to take a job in Washington, we were in the midst of the Great Recession, so of course we were in debt, everyone was. When she first became governor, she cleaned up a lot of state spending and got us out of debt which we shouldn't have been in during boom times. I remember the whining from Republicans when she sold off fleets of vehicles that weren't being used. I'm sure some of them had supporters who were profiting from all those vehicles being sold to the state. Even at the beginning of the Great Recession she made the tough decisions she had to make to cut spending, but as things got better, Brownie decided to keep those deep cuts and just make more tax cuts. Instead of restoring us to previous spending levels to help the recovery, he just made sure his cronies got more money. He does not care about Kansas. As soon as his term, and hopefully not his terms, he will move out of Kansas. Let him run off and run for president again. Or better yet, let the Koch's give him a job.

Jim Slade 3 years, 10 months ago

Umm... the legislature is in charge of the purse strings. They set the budget. The legislature has been under GOP control for eons.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

CAN YOU VOTE? /Voter ID and Election Laws Surge May Have Purged Your Right to Vote

Thinking of Koch/ALEC goals…. all voters CHECK your voting status frequently to be sure YOU have not been purged from American voting rolls.

We say it cannot happen. Yes it it can. By the time voters discover they have been purged it will be too late to vote.

Sam Brownback,the state GOP and ALEC do not want democrats,moderate fiscal responsible republicans,Green Party members to vote in any primaries or general elections. That has been Kobach's assignment for awhile now.

Bob Smith 3 years, 10 months ago

"...And there is another type of Caps Lock user who doesn’t capitalize whole sentences but INSTEAD capitalizes a few SPECIFIC words for EMPHASIS. Now read a sentence like that aloud, shouting every time you come to a capitalized word, and tell me you do not sound like an absolute freakin’ lunatic. This method can turn even basic known facts into crazy-sounding gibberish (“The SQUARE of the HYPOTENUSE of a RIGHT triangle equals the SUM of the squares of the OTHER two sides”)...."

Jim Slade 3 years, 10 months ago

How is this post on subject?

Why was it not removed after being flagged?

Guess moderators only moderate some people's comments while ignoring other rule breakers.

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