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So This Is Where Governor Brownback Gets It From

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44217977/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/

"Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses. And they have helped Mr. Perry raise more money than any politician in Texas history, donations that have periodically raised eyebrows but, thanks to loose campaign finance laws and a business-friendly political culture dominated in recent years by Republicans, have only fueled Mr. Perry’s ascent. "

Sam Brownback was the only outside governor to attend Rick Perry's Prayer Rally in Houston; a clear sign that they are political bedfellows and, at the very least, engage in the same style of politics. I would really like to see a newspaper, any newspaper, thoroughly examine our Governor's campaign finance reports and actually tell us (and the rest of the state) just exactly from where Mr.Brownback's true financial support emanate's. I would also like to know which of those supporters have subsequently received state financial support in the form of contracts, grants, tax breaks and appointments.

Some have been glaringly apparent, especially in the office of Social and Rehabiltation Services, as that office has been recently put under what amounts to a Klieg spotlight due to the recent attempt to shut down an office that serves over 10,000 clients. However, this doesn't take into account other appointments, grants and contracts.

There is also the question of Kansas' campaign finance laws, their differences from Texas' and what, if any, possibility there may be that Mr. Brownback has violated those laws, or even skirted close to the edge.

Ultimately, this speaks to accountability and the citizens of this state will not know the truth unless that accountability is forced. But the real truth cannot be found out without help. Most citizens simply don't have the skills to ferret out these things. Most of us don't even know how to file a FOIA request much less even where to start to request campaign finance information (which is supposed to be open by law).

Therefore it's up to the independent press to do it for us. And I wonder, just how much of the press in this state truly is "independent"?

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, Groucho; should learn to spell! The actual quote: "How do you feel about women's rights ? I like either side of them."

As GW said, "I misremembered."

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 8 months ago

autie: Reminds me of the old Grocho Marx joke: "What do you think of womens' rights, Groucho."
"I'm for them, he said. I like their lefts too."

Mullah Sam's a piece of work; just wish folks, before they voted, read up on the C-Street Cult he's been involved with since the late 1970's . He's just doing what he said he would do. Get rid of government and replace it with their faith-based schemes.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

I heard the Mr. Brownback was involved in an accident. He had his entire left side cut off. But he is all right now.

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vuduchyld 2 years, 8 months ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE

If you liked that video, check out my latest on the Tea Party:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmSh2qRHDnc

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 8 months ago

Considering the negative backlash across Kansas, I think Brownback may think twice about some of the other changes he has hinted such as:

Abolishing the board of education and the board of regents.

A more comprehensive take-over of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

Massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Kansans with the excuse that this will attract new businesses to our state.

More budget cuts to Kansas public schools and promotion of a voucher program for private schools as a way to begin an assault on public education.

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey cracker! Welcome backer! Penders on driving drunk:

Anonymousconcerned_citizen1961 says... Try doing a blood draw against my will. That would be a mess. On DUI loophole Posted 23 August 2011, 7:16 a.m. Suggest removal

Penders on race relations:

Anonymousconcerned_citizen1961 says... Oh, sorry. Called a "happy negro" by a black professor. The msm breezed by this one. On Racism alive Posted 23 August 2011, 7:08 a.m. Suggest removal

Anonymousconcerned_citizen1961 says... Ask Juan Williams about wordspeak regarding race. He was called a "happy negro" for his contribution a news channel. Those like Hickey cherry-pick when it comes to who says what. But this a trademark manuever for liberals. On Racism alive Posted 23 August 2011, 7:03 a.m. Suggest removal

Racism IS alive, right teabagger? I'd be interested to see what kinds of racist words you use to create your hundreds of email addresses for your many accounts. proudmosquehater@foxnews.com

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tomatogrower 2 years, 8 months ago

The Efficiency Kansas program is a prime example of Brownback's cronyism. This program has helped many home owners make their houses more energy efficient through low interest loans. The loans have kept window, insulation and heating and cooling businesses going. Good for the people of Kansas. Now Brownback is giving the money to ethanol. While ethanol has made some money for some farmers, guess who is big in the ethanol business in Kansas? You got it, Koch. Poor guys need more money, don't they. They just aren't rich enough.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 8 months ago

"My husband stated that if his disapproval rating rises to 60% he will be ripe for recall." === This is a nonstarter. Recall has a very high standard and what Mullah Sam is doing may be unpopular with some, but he can proceed as he sees fit. Perhaps the 800,000+ who didn't even bother to vote will show up in 2012. That's when some of the vipers in the house of reps need to go down in flames and, if we are lucky, we can keep the senate from going completely to the dark side. The few rational senators left will be seriously assaulted by the right wingers. Everybody take some deep breaths, encourage people to actually vote next time and contribute a little bit to more moderate candidates.

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concerned_citizen1961 2 years, 8 months ago

Sam just driving the ultra left of Lawrence nuts makes him being worth being gov. in and of itself. And don't think for a minute this will stop even after Kansans start seeing the positive results. This will just further infuriate Lawrence lefties.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

Me too! It would be guaranteed to lose. :)

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ksrush 2 years, 8 months ago

Versus what we have in the White house now I would ay Rick sound like a much better option. Perry / Bachman hmmm. Like it

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lunacydetector 2 years, 8 months ago

perry was successful creating 40% of the new jobs in this country. texas also embraced tort reform to cut down on the frivolous lawsuits making the accuser pay for both sides of a lawsuit if they lost. this alone brought 22,000 physicians into texas. it's obvious brownback wants to emulate perry and for good reason. perry is a success and most likely our next president..

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 8 months ago

Listen, I'm no fan of Brownback's policies and I'm even less of a fan of his methods. But the tone of your letter is no better than his methods. You question how he raises campaign funds and from whom and they should be investigated. If you have information that he's done something illegal, say so. If you have specific concerns, state those. But just throwing out these questions that sound very much like accusations but accusations with no substance, then you're resorting to a kind of yellow journalism that diminishes your credibility. And unfortunately, increases his.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

brownie continually skirts the laws of sanity. He'll pander and wash the feet of the extreme right wing and try to force their religious view on everyone. Simply following the current repub view of me first, supporters second. Never mind and don't worry about what's best for the Country or State.

Looks like Kansans are starting wake up. brownie's approval rating is down to 47% and falling. Plus a disapproval rating of 45%. Ironically, NE Kansas has a higher approval rating than Wichita and SW Kansas. How embarrassing is that for us NE progressives who claim to be smarter?

http://20poundsofheadlines.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/kwch-poll-brownback-approval-rating-at-47/

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