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So This Is Where Governor Brownback Gets It From



"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"?


Gandalf 6 years, 9 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?


Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

My husband stated that if his disapproval rating rises to 60% he will be ripe for recall. However, given that according to the state constitution he will be permitted to appoint his own successor I'm not sure how beneficial this would be, unless, as Kansas has never had a governor recalled, there would be some way the state supreme court could step into the picture.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 9 months ago

The papers in NE kansas do not cover sham the sam like other areas of the state. They are too busy covering missouri and forget half of the metro area lives in kansas.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 9 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.

lunacydetector 6 years, 9 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..

jhawkinsf 6 years, 9 months ago

What's clear from several posts here is that the Texas model is not something to be copied. Even though there has been a large number of jobs created, there are significant problems in that state. I'd ask those critics to find another state whose policies we can copy? What state does have good schools, no deficit, job creation, and not just job creation, but good paying jobs with good benefits? Because Texas has a long border with Mexico (with it's abundance of people willing to flood over the border and work for low wages), let's include the question of which state has opened it's welcoming arms to millions of immigrants and provided them with those good jobs and quality education and a balanced budget? It's one thing to demonize Texas and it's governor (who by the way I will demonize for his anti-gay prayer meeting), but it's another thing to find a good alternative. These are hard times with millions going without jobs. Any job, even low wage jobs, are better than no jobs. I wouldn't vote for Perry for a variety of reasons, but without a better alternative, simply tearing him down does little good. The same is true for the policies of Texas, tearing them down, without giving a better alternative does little good.

Phone_Man 6 years, 9 months ago

This is not backed by any data just speculation. Could it Be Texas has many more non english speaking illegals attending their schools and bringing down the academic scores? Illegals equate poverty levels?

Phone_Man 6 years, 9 months ago

Nope I think you misunderstood me! The statement I made was without any data to back it up.

jafs 6 years, 9 months ago

You might want to check out Perry's proposals to change the Constitution.

The changes are in the direction of removing even more power from voters, and removing checks and balances between the branches of government.

chootspa 6 years, 9 months ago

Perry also created more minimum wage jobs than any other state. Texas also has the highest worker fatality rate, and very low worker insurance rates. Of those who are insured, I'm guessing quite a few are from the federal jobs. You know that fed money he plays at succession to leave and claims to avoid? Turns out while fed jobs were shrinking everywhere else, they were growing in Texas. Go figure.

gatekeeper 6 years, 9 months ago

What you don't realize in your ignorance is that he is driving the moderate republicans away also.

BigAl 6 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely. That is precisely the problem with the far-right. As long as the man in office is republican, it doesn't matter how much harm he causes the state or even the country. It is all about "party before country".

Paul R Getto 6 years, 9 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.

tomatogrower 6 years, 9 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.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 9 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.

vuduchyld 6 years, 9 months ago

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

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Paul R Getto 6 years, 9 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.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 9 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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