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Report: Paul Davis was at rural Kansas strip club raided by police in 1998

September 20, 2014, 5:40 p.m. Updated September 20, 2014, 6:43 p.m.

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— A small southeast Kansas newspaper published a story Saturday that was immediately picked up by a national news website reporting that Democrat Paul Davis was present at a strip club with a topless waitress in 1998 while undercover police were conducting a drug investigation.

The Kansas Republican Party immediately circulated those stories via email to other news outlets, saying, “News of this behavior casts serious questions on Davis' judgment and fitness for public office.”

The Lawrence Democrat quickly fired back, accusing opponent Gov. Sam Brownback's campaign of engaging in a “smear campaign” and using the Coffeyville story to distract from an FBI investigation into alleged influence-peddling within Brownback's own administration.

"I'm not at all surprised Sam Brownback and his allies are digging up all they can to distract Kansans from the fact they remain down in the polls — despite spending millions of dollars — and also under active investigation by the FBI,” Davis said in an email Saturday afternoon.

The strip club story first appeared in the Saturday edition of the Coffeyville Journal, a twice-weekly newspaper that does not have a website. Nevertheless, within hours of its publication in Coffeyville, it was picked up by national website Politico.com. The Politico story included a response from Davis saying he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Within the next 40 minutes, the Kansas Republican Party sent out emails to other news outlets touting the story.

According to the Politico report, which cited the Coffeyville Journal, Davis was seen and identified by undercover police officers at a strip club in Coffeyville called “Secrets,” also known as Club 169, on Aug. 5, 1998.

Davis was 26 at the time, unmarried, and had just begun his law practice a few months earlier.

A few minutes after midnight on Aug. 5, police executed a search warrant after an informant said he had purchased drugs from the club owner, according to the story.

Quoting police reports, Politico reported that one officer noticed a white male sitting in the “V.I.P room” with a white female standing over him, wearing only a G-string. The officer told them to get on the floor, on their stomachs, and keep their hands where the officer could see them.

The officer then reported that the male identified himself as a Lawrence attorney who represented the owner of the club, according to Politico.

In a statement to Politico, which was then resent to Kansas news outlets, Davis did not deny that he was the white male in question. But he did deny that he did anything illegal.

"When I was 26 years old, I was taken to a club by my boss — the club owner was one of our legal clients,” Davis said. “While we were in the building, the police showed up. I was never accused of having done anything wrong, but rather I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

At the same time, Davis' campaign team emailed a “background” statement alleging that the story was part of a smear campaign. The email referenced stories from Brownback's 1996 U.S. Senate campaign against Democrat Jill Docking, who is now Davis' running mate.

The email cited stories by the National Jewish Democratic Council, which reported that Brownback supporters had used “anti-Semitic tactics” against Docking by phoning Republican voters to remind voters that Docking is Jewish. The story quoted two Republican voters who had received such calls.

The Davis campaign also recirculated recent stories about an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged influence peddling by staff in Gov. Brownback's office regarding contracts to private insurance companies that were hired to manage KanCare, a program Brownback initiated to privatize the state's Medicaid system.

Brownback has declined to comment on that investigation.

Independence Police Chief Harry Smith corroborated Davis' account of the 1998 incident in a statement Saturday evening.

"(Davis) was there, and as he said that night, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Smith said. "At the time of my encounter with (Davis), he was totally cooperative and was not involved in any wrongdoing. Paul was not and never to my knowledge the focus of that or any other investigation. … He was simply questioned briefly and released."

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Greg DiVilbiss 2 years, 11 months ago

Non-story not even sure why it is being reported.

It has been reported that Davis while 26 was seen at McDonald's while police ran a traffic stop on the adjacent street.

Davis immediately fires back...i don't know what came over me, I just had to have some fries...I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I sense some grasping at straws....

Joe Blackford II 2 years, 11 months ago

GOP: Davis ate FRENCH fries! He's unpatriotic!

Philipp Wannemaker 2 years, 11 months ago

See the signs of paranoia from brownies supporters. Anything to smear a candidate that dares to oppose a Koch owned and paid for office holder.

Lawrence Freeman 2 years, 11 months ago

A 26 y/o at a strip club? Draw and quarter him! Oh wait, maybe he was just there washing their feet. Surely brownback wouldn't hold that against him. Or maybe he was picking fights with an 18 y/o high school girl, anyone remember #brownbackblowsalot? Of course that was a couple of years ago, I'm sure sammie has grown a lot since then. LOL

Hey, maybe if brownback, koback and tx gov perry all lose their election they can start a new salon. brownback can do pedicures, perry can do hair styling and koback could sue for doing them wrong!

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

Nope. That would be President Obama, who is also running for governor of Kansas according to the Brownback ads.

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

Oooh, and according to the"social welfare" organization running a banner ad recently. So lovely to see political campaigns get tax free status.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

1998? He was a young, unmarried man. So what? At least that seems normal. Now that he is a married family man, he has settled down. I've seen him at the Art Center waiting for his daughter's dance class to finish. Can you see Brownback doing that? That's woman's work, or he has "people" to do such menial jobs. Sorry, this is a non story. Brownback's holier than thou attitude, when he hates his fellow man, unless they are rich and powerful,l is disgusting.

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

Even if he were a married man at the time, nearly 20 years ago, it would be between him and his wife, as is the agreement about who picks up the kids after their dance classes. I'm sure Brownback loves his family, too, even if he doesn't see the value of properly funding the Art Center dance classes or the schools that educate the dance instructors or the state government in general. That's the real issue in this race: who is going to do good by Kansas.

Mike Ford 2 years, 11 months ago

Kansas Republicans doing what they do........ignoring their dismal record and selling this nonsense to their low information rural 19th century values voters......REALLY???? WHO CARES!!!!! funding education WAY MORE IMPORTANT..... protecting the environment WAY MORE IMPORTANT.....providing MEDICAID EXAPNSION to be humane WAY MORE IMPORTANT....looking forward to your unemployment MR. Brownback.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses -

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Where is the $47 million tax dollars that belong to Kansas taxpayers?

My congratulations to workers in 16 states – from Kansas to Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare. This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves! Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

Last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff!

As with many buyouts/mergers people lose jobs sooner of later due to the expense of purchase. Is all of the above legal as far as the $47 million tax dollar give away is concerned?

Where is the $47 million tax dollars?

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/7723#.UkS9vBaTOX0

Steve Jacob 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't think you can underestimate this story. We live in Lawrence, so we don't really care, but we will see how it plays out statewide. With throwing around words like "anti-Semitic" and "influence peddling", the gloves are off, and heck maybe even the brass knuckles are on.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

Oh please. I have lived in small town Kansas. There is more drugs and alcohol and this one fooling around with that husband and that one fooling around with this wife. And there are and have been plenty strip clubs in small town Kansas too. If anything, it might make Davis look like a good ole boy. Don't give me that holier than thou attitude about small town Kansas.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Taxpayer should want more tax dollars spent on public education because it brings our tax dollars home….. which are spent in many many many local economies.

Dismantling and Defunding Kansas Public Schools http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/exposing-alecs-agenda-to-_b_3223651.html

Public education has for decades and decades been one of the government success stories in reality a best bang for the tax buck.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on USD 497 students,

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on local economies.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on the real estate industry and home sales.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on property values after the economy goes down the tubes one more time at the direction of the GOP one more time.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on home loan bankruptcy activity.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on car sales.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on local sales taxes.

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on local carpenters,plumbers,painters,landscape maintenance crews

Thousands of public school teachers throughout Kansas could receive pink slips. Think what impact that would have on the overall quality of life in the state of Kansas thanks to the GOP one more time.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

There is likely no truth in this article in essence false. This is typical KOCH/ALEC Political Empire behavior during campaigns which is easily documented.

Once again when Sam Brownback becomes frazzled he demonstrates that he is incapable of discussing the issues and his mismanagement of our tax dollars.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

These right wing campaigns get very personal as the Brownback campaign did in the primaries.

Make no mistake about it Paul Davis and Jill Docking will be subjected to attacks of a very personal nature. In order for the Brownback team to avoid discussing matters of substance related to the job of governor.

Voters be ready to ignore the Brownback campaign and vote Davis/Docking no matter what level of crap comes from the Brownback team.

Founding members of ALEC and the John Birch Society Charles and David Koch are lifelong libertarians and have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

VOTING DAY PACKETS = Democracy NOW !

Voters must assume Brownback and Kobach may have purged YOU from the voting rolls. Any way possible

We know that the Brownback/Kobach agenda is to keep voters from the polls.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure that might include:

--- a birth certificate

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- Keep it close by as voting opportunities will occur about 4 times in the next 10 months.

Let's get on with it. Protect YOURSELF from GOP voting fraud on election day.

Vote the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket they are going to have a messy house to clean up.

Kansas needs Margie Wakefield in Congress

Chad Taylor for US Senate

Vote Jean Schodorf for Secretary of State

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

Chad Taylor has pulled out of the campaign. Please respect his decision.

No, I'm not saying Greg Orman is better than Chad...but any vote for Chad is a vote for Pat Roberts. I personally think I would rather take a chance on Greg Orman because doing so makes it that much harder for the Republicans to take over the Senate. That, alone, is worth my vote.

Chris Ogle 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow!!!! Our Gov. must be mighty worried...... Wonder why?

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't think it was a big deal that any unmarried 20 something was legally at a strip club, no. But then again, I haven't staked my entire political career on my public praying, church going, conservative social values.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

If I heard a story about Brownback doing something like this when he was in his 20's I would finally figure out that he is a real human and not a puppet. If he did it now, I would consider him a hypocrite, with his holier than thou, family values preaching. Davis isn't a hypocrite. He went out and had a good time as a young man, then married and settled down. He is concerned with our kid's education and about our state. Not telling others how to live their lives, making sure rich contributors don't have to pay for the highways and schools of our state. Brownback needs to go back to Washington or get a job with Koch. He is not really Kansas, and only returned to try and make another run at president, which he will never be. He is a failure, let Koch take care of him.

Lawrence Freeman 2 years, 11 months ago

You want a story about brownback? Go read the old articles about how brownback and other C-streeters used their aids as personal servents when he was a senator.

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

Or how his associates are under FBI investigation over the whole KanCare deal.

Paul R Getto 2 years, 11 months ago

.....Sam's mentor: Doug Coe/The Family Cult

The Family’s main role in practical politics, as Sharlet demonstrates in considerable detail, has been to foster ties between the US and tyrants abroad. Christ’s men in government, it turns out, are not really interested in the complexities of theology. According to the Family’s calculus, to love Jesus is to love worldly power, for there is no authority but of God (Romans 13) and hence the powerful of the Earth are God’s anointed ones. Through the decades the Family has reached across the waters to join hands with some of the world’s most repressive regimes: Suharto in Indonesia, Park in South Korea, Medici in Brazil, Duvalier in Haiti, Selassie in Ethiopia, Siad Barre in Somalia. In the view of Doug Coe, the group’s current leader, the 20th century figures who best exemplified a New Testament approach to power were Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/06/17/imperial-jesus-family-author-jeff-shalet-secret-history-other-christian-right.htm.


http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/06/17/imperial-jesus-family-author-jeff-shalet-secret-history-other-christian-right.hDoug Coe/The Family Cult

Kevin Elliott 2 years, 11 months ago

Hysterical. I love your type of argument. You simply make one up, project it on someone without proof and pretend you are above such malarkey.

I would call it a non story if it were Brownback just as fast as I did in this case.

Your arguments are dishonest and immature. but funny because they make you look desperate or incapable.

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

Really? When he was in his 20s and unmarried? I know I sure as heck wouldn't have cared.

Mike Riner 2 years, 11 months ago

and in other news, Sam Brownback once farted!!!

Mike Riner 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey Sam...."let he without sin cast the first stone...." remember that one????

Ned Wolfsosoon 2 years, 11 months ago

It was just a "Better call Saul" moment I meant "Better call Paul" moment.

Paul R Getto 2 years, 11 months ago

Brownie was at the C-Street Cult house, a much more venal and dangerous place. Non story. They are desperate.

Bob Reinsch 2 years, 11 months ago

Gotta love the Brownback camp, "If you want to see obscenity and corruption, look over there! Please, don't look this way... please?". Digging back 16 years to come up with some piece of mud that might stick? Why not talk about all of the good things you've done for the uninsured and mentally ill in Kansas instead, Sam?

Rebecca Woolfolk 2 years, 11 months ago

He was a young guy taken to the strip club by his new boss. The club owner was their client.

"When I was 26 years old, I was taken to a club by my boss — the club owner was one of our legal clients,” Davis said. “While we were in the building, the police showed up. I was never accused of having done anything wrong, but rather I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

This is totally a non-story. The headline creates a false impression.

Kathy Roberts 2 years, 11 months ago

Young unmarried Paul Davis out on the town in Coffeyville (immediately your choices have gotten smaller for entertainment venues) ends up in a strip joint at the same time as a police raid. Meanwhile, married w/children Brownback guts education, attacks women's right to choose, sets up roadblocks for voting, denies the poorest and sickest of his constituents and allows them to go untreated and slashes taxes for the 1%. In balance, I still think Paul Davis, even in 1998, showed better judgement than our current governor, who has become a millionaire as a life-long civil servant. How did that happen?

Dan Eyler 2 years, 11 months ago

At a strip club, in the middle of a lap dance, (exploiting women) when police raid the place when reported his client was dealing meth at the time Davis was at the business, during a time when SE Kansas was awash with Meth cookers and meth distributors. I for one would like to hear a bit more about the business and the personal relationship Paul Davis had/has with a meth dealer. I certainly understand an attorney representing a meth dealer and strip club owner, but it's a lot bigger deal when he is partying with him and his strippers while at the same time police are concerned enough that meth is being sold at that moment that they serve a seach warrant. Davis was no boy at the time, he was a practicing attorney. There is no relevance to him being single or married. Very troubling and an issue that needs a better explanation than "wrong place at the wrong time".

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

Well, he wasn't arrested, and if the owner was arrested, then I'm reaallll sure the story would have included that. Some drug addict probably got thrown out of the place, then decided to get pay back. Either that, or Davis is a really good lawyer and got the charges dropped.

William Weissbeck 2 years, 11 months ago

Guess what? There is no story. Otherwise the Coffeyville paper would have already printed it. It's their police records.

Becca McMaster 2 years, 11 months ago

Dan Eyler - Coffeyville is 140-160 miles from Lawrence? I doubt Paul Davis and his managing partner needed to go to Coffeyville to "party".

Haven't you wondered about the coincidence of having not one but two of the owner's attorneys at the premises on THE night that a business owner is "raided". Also interesting that no information is provided about the outcome of the arrest of the owner. Was he convicted?

Apparently the business was "padlocked" by the county after the owner was charged but nothing about a trial and conviction.

My guess - based on years of watching these fights in Shawnee County decades ago - is that this story is actually about a strip club that avoided city zoning laws and infuriated elected officials who had no "legal" means to shut down the club. Until they found one...

Kathy Roberts 2 years, 11 months ago

Dan, why does it require a better explanation? He was not chaarged with a crime. His relationship to the owner of the club was that he was his attorney. He went there with his boss. He was not charged with any crime. He was not investigated. He was questioned and released. The end. If there had been a criminal connection, the undercover police would surely have looked into it. You are stirring an empty pot.

Bob Smith 2 years, 11 months ago

For any new readers of this site, Richard Heckler is the most prolific poster with over 22,000 posts. He's achieved that milestone because he has a few sets of links and blocks of text that he has posted hundreds, if not thousands, of times whether or not they relate to any thread. Some of his links are over a decade old, but that's not slowed him down.

Amy Varoli Elliott 2 years, 11 months ago

I so wished he would be blocked from the constant spam

Kate Rogge 2 years, 11 months ago

I like Mr. Heckler's posts. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't mind if you choose not to read them.

Dan Eyler 2 years, 11 months ago

Wrong place, wrong time is a patented answer from politicians wanting to avoid an explanation. He wasnt simply representing this scumbag. I guess they were talking law between the lap dances. He wasn't simply meeting to discuss a case at the guys place of employment. He was partying with the guy and his strippers. Davis suggests he was simply doing business. He was certainly taking care of "his business"...!

Lawrence Freeman 2 years, 11 months ago

Maybe he was in training for a GOP National Convention?

Philipp Wannemaker 2 years, 11 months ago

Any proof for your claims and innuendo? Or simply quoting from GOP talking points memo?

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

It's not like he had a prostitution habit and loved diapers (that was Republican David Vitter) or sexually harassed his subordinate (Clarence Thomas) or cheated on his wife while she was in the hospital (Newt Gingrich) or visiting his Argentinian paramour outside of his marriage and on the taxpayer dime (Mark Sanford).

You'll note that none of those sex scandals killed the political careers of those involved in them, several were illegal, and all of them involved "family values" conservatives. Now get back to me again on how an unmarried 20 something legally visiting a strip club and not being arrested or charged with a crime is soooo scandalous that we should now dwell on it 16 years later.

Scott Burkhart 2 years, 11 months ago

I think it says something of the character of a man that will work for a law firm who would defend a drug dealer and accept some perks from the same drug dealer. Paul Davis is a liberal that wouldn't know the truth if it bit him on the behind. Meanwhile the lead in the polls is shrinking for the Davis camp as voters begin hear the truth that Sam Brownback is a good a decent man with the best intentions for the State of Kansas and its citizens. For all of you that have your own personal axe to grind because he cut this and cut that need to understand that sometimes hard choices have to be made for the better interest of the whole. Frankly, as a taxpayer I am tired of paying for every liberal agenda that some demoboob wants to throw more of my money toward. So in fairness and in honor of Richard Heckler, the cut and paste king, I give you this:https://klic.dol.ks.gov/gsipub/index.asp?docid=472 Read it and weep.

James Howlette 2 years, 11 months ago

I think it says something about the character of a man who has no arguments of substance but has to dig up non-issues from 16 years ago because he can't actually do the right thing for the people of Kansas today.

Nancy Hamilton 2 years, 11 months ago

Um, the whole innocent until proven guilty thing only works if you have attorney's willing to represent the accused.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

Not according to people like Scott. If the police searched your place, because some junkie told them he bought drugs there, then they should just throw the guy into prison, no trial, no attorney, no rights. The only thing they see in the constitution is the 2nd amendment. Nothing else exists. The tea party members in my family can't even name the 3 branches of the federal government and what duties are assigned to each.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

When was Kansas ever run by liberals? When? Sometimes we have a governor who is almost liberal, but the governor does not pass legislation. And it said the place was being searched for drugs. Did they find any? And do you want to take the right to a lawyer away from people? It never said he had defended him in a criminal court. Many business owners retain lawyers for many things.

Philipp Wannemaker 2 years, 11 months ago

Even scumbags are entitled to a lawyer, notice how quick GOP politicians lawyer up as soon they are caught in a "questionable" situation. Even you are entitled to a lawyer under same conditions, but since you are obviously not a lawyer, you might consult one before posting all the "innuendo" you do.

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 11 months ago

And I think it says something about the character of a man who argues that we should NOT abide by "innocent until proven guilty" or that the accused should NOT have adequate defense, even though the Constitution says they are entitled to it.

And do you truly not realize that ALL law firms defend clients who turn out to be guilty???

By the way, whatever happened to "let he who is without sin cast the first stone"?

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

As a registered republican I am concerned about Sam Brownback implying a lot of BS about Paul Davis however it is extremely troublesome that Sam Brownback and his campaign accepts so much money from this source.

Founding members of ALEC and the John Birch Society Charles and David Koch are lifelong libertarians and have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

The John Birch Society in no way represents America neither does ALEC for that matter. There is a monster ethics question here.

As for ALEC:

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Brownback/Koch/ALEC dirty work for sure….. the issue is Brownback simply cannot focus on the issues. He instead chooses to focus on character assassination. Really really bad.

Brownback's behavior is extreme unethical behavior. Kansas cannot afford another 4 years of Sam's Personal Agenda politics.

William Weissbeck 2 years, 11 months ago

Can we possibly be made more a laughing stock in the nation? I doubt it. We made Meet the Press, and had to listen to Grover Norquist spout this story. The least the GOP can do is provide of us with paper sacks to hide our embarrassment. Election day can't come soon enough to get rid of these clowns.

Lawrence Freeman 2 years, 11 months ago

So Sammy wants to make this election one between the saint and the sinner? Which is a bigger sin, a 26 y/o getting a lap dance and representing the bar owner in legal matters. Or a bigot who gave them a tax break?

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

When Sam Brownback,ALEC Koch Boys and Karl Rove speak grab your wallets they are about to shake us down.

Grover Norquist is the same and is still speaking shake down economics as we speak. Among his failures is TABOR. http://dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

The rhetoric and objectives are still the same after 35 years.

Maggie Morrissey 2 years, 11 months ago

Did Brownback by chance hire a good ole boy named Kenneth Starr???? Careful...it takes a decade to come up with anything, will cost you millions and all you will have in the end is a BJ story! Stick to real news and facts that actually matter and beware of smoke screens and mirrors! Making "he made a bad decision so not right for Kansas" staetments can only blow up in Gov Brownback's face.

Shane Garrett 2 years, 11 months ago

I remember a saying about glass houses and throwing stones. Anyone ever ask about a house in Manhattan, Kansas where in 1977 the basement had rented rooms. Perhaps, just perhaps, a young unmarried lady might have spent a weekend or two in that basement apartment visiting her boyfriend?

Paul R Getto 2 years, 11 months ago

I would rather have a governor who got a lap dance from a girl than a governor who gives a lap dance to a billionaire. Nonissue.

Kate Rogge 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm a liberal, I've been to strip clubs, and I am, frankly, as pure as the driven snow.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Sam Cannot focus

Sam Brownback seems like he cannot focus on the issues thus wasting a lot of time making up stories that are not true or having nothing to do with the issues at hand.

Such as:

1.The right wing Sam Brownback violating women's rights.

2.Sam's huge tax dollar mismanagement problems.

  1. Where are the thousands upon thousands of jobs he promised during the previous Brownback campaign?

  2. Why is Sam Brownback representing the libertarian ALEC agenda instead of Kansas? http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

  3. Why is Sam Brownback wanting to dismantle public education? Public education is the backbone of local economic growth . http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/exposing-alecs-agenda-to-_b_3223651.html

What is the media thinking?

Larry Sturm 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe we should ask how many 18 t0 26 year old's have not been in a strip club or how many politicians have never been in a strip club. GET OVER IT.

Larry Sturm 2 years, 10 months ago

Scott if you do not like paying taxes for the liberals that get something done for infrastructure. Do you like paying taxes for the rich that are paying zero taxes? .

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

This past week Sam Brownback is asking for more efficient state department operations. If my memory serves me well a large number of state employees received pink slips the last time he was asking for such an endeavor.

======================================================= Paul Davis: We must get the Kansas economy working for all Kansans House Minority Leader delivers State of the State response

TOPEKA – This evening, House Minority Leader Paul Davis delivered the official response to Sam Brownback's 2014 State of the State address.

"The original goals of the Brownback Road Map were admirable," said Davis. "But time and again, the numbers just never seem to add up. Gov. Brownback promised to create jobs, but there are fewer jobs now than there were three years ago.

He promised to cut taxes, but all he really did was shift the tax burden onto working families.

He promised to strengthen our schools, but he made the largest cut to public education in state history. A year later test scores dropped for the first time in over a decade.

And he promised to reduce childhood poverty, but the number of kids living in poverty has increased dramatically while he’s been governor. It’s time to change direction."

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