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Brownback running for re-election

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Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback is running for re-election.

A message recently sent to supporters seeks to raise funds for the 2014 election.

"With your help, we're turning Kansas around," the message from Brownback says.

Brownback, a Republican elected in 2010, says he turned a projected budget deficit into a surplus, increased private sector jobs and cut taxes.

"It's been a lot of work, but it's been worth it. Now is the time to protect and build on our achievements," he said.

Democrats have argued that budget shortfall problems were fixed primarily through the passage of a sales tax increase before Brownback took office, and that Brownback's tax cuts benefit the wealthy and will hurt funding for education and social services.

But no Democrat has announced an intention to take on Brownback in the governor's race.

David Kensinger, who is president of Brownback's political action committee, today said, "The Governor is running for re-election and is actively raising funds and mobilizing grassroots supporters.There has not been a conventional announcement tour per se, but he is a candidate for re-election with an active committee."

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"Brownback, a Republican elected in 2010, says he turned a projected budget deficit into a surplus, increased private sector jobs and cut taxes."

Is that so??? 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

These are not new jobs. Employees simply drive to a different location.

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verity 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Too bad Molly Ivins is no longer with us. She would have had a heyday with Brownback and Kansas. She had a very unique way of cutting through the BS and exposing the truth and entertaining us at the same time---and she was equal opportunity. Although a self-described and unabashd liberal, she skewered anyone who was behaving badly.

I miss her.

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Voters need to stop voting in the big spenders for these big spenders are owned by the big money behind them.

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

What freebies? There is no such thing.

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skinny 9 months, 3 weeks ago

He'll get my vote too! About time someone stops handing out all these freebies at the tax payers expense!!

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The radical right like the radical left represent a small number of voters. The radical right wing is NOT the GOP anymore than the radical left IS the democratic party.

Holland/Praeger would make a great voter choice

Praeger/Davis would make a great voter choice

Holland/Davis would make a great voter choice

Sandy Praeger /Jean Schodorf would make a great voter choice

Probably would be best to keep Holland in that Senate seat although he would make a fine governor.

Voters need to stop voting in the big spenders for these big spenders are owned by the big money behind them.

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none2 9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 3 weeks ago

There is no logical reason for traditional old school republicans to support the this right wing party that retained the "GOP" to win elections. If this rt wing party campaigned as who they are an
election victory would never take place.

Instead this rt wing party improved their skills in deception,lying,reckless spending,killing women's rights and in general bringing more big government in our lives than we can imagine.

Unfortunately I say the GOP is dead due to a massive 30 year campaign based on fraud which converted the GOP into a party that which is difficult to recognize. Selling off government to the highest bidder under the guise of less government is not only fascism it is outright lying.

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Liberty275 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I wish the Koch brothers would elect a libertarian. A republican is better than a democrat, but a libertarian would be better than either.

Seriously Koch brothers, buy us a libertarian.

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tomatogrower 9 months, 3 weeks ago

What we really need is a moderate Republican who will run against him in the primary, then all of us Democrats and Independents need to switch parties, so we can vote in the primary. We can stop him before the general election. You can always switch your party back after the primary. This can work, people. And if we can get the moderate Republicans off their duffs and get them to the primaries, it will work.

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Abdu Omar 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Sam Brownback is a stain on Kansas. He isn't a leader and he hasn't ideas of his own. He must go to other states to get ideas. Let's try to elect someone who thinks of Kansas first, will do the right thing for the majority and will lead us back to prosperity. That isn't Brownback!

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Machiavelli_mania 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Wasn't Brownback on the Senate Banking committee whose task it was to provide oversight of banking? I think so. So the question becomes either: Was Brownback complicit in this banking crisis with it's drug money laundering, or... was he NOT doing his job?

We DO know that in his first position as Senator, an appointed position, he never once attended a single Congressional session. He is the poster boy of the political campaign company in DC, where they showed that they could get a candidate elected who did absolutely NOTHING for his state in his first position in the US Senate. Well, even if you don't know it, I DO! My family does.

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Steven Gaudreau 9 months, 3 weeks ago

So Verity, if a middle income person who owns a small incorporated business does not pay state taxes on that income, are they paying less or more taxes?

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verity 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Had a conversation with some older ladies yesterday. A number seemed to think that Brownback had lowered taxes. I don't think they comprehended when I tried to tell them that it was only on the very wealthy and it was a good possibility that their's were raised.

One lady, who always absolutely knows how things are even when she doesn't, tried to say that it hadn't happened yet. She gave me a dirty look when I told her the laws had been passed and signed. Usually I don't bother arguing with her, but this time I felt the misinformation was too dangerous. They hear/read things about the "presidents of the universities" getting a raise, so obviously they have too much money.

I think that is one of our big problems. Too many people hear bits and pieces from the right wing and are not aware of what's really happening. By the time they figure it out, Brownback will have been re-elected. When our property taxes go up and our bridges fall down, they'll be complaining. Already country bridges around here being closed, causing great inconvenience for farmers trying to move their machinery, school buses, etc. I realize that will make some of the city slickers happy, but it's going to be another drag on the economy.

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Larry Moss 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Go Sam Go! All the liberals hate you so you must be doing something right.

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kernal 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The moderate Republicans need to start giving some serious consideration as to which party they are going to align themselves with this next time around. Personally, I don't think this state will survive another term of Brownback. But, I'm only a voter who still believes our government should be by the people and for the people, not by corporate America and for corporate America.

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boiled 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Either way, win or lose, SB will be tapped for a cabinet office by our next Republican president. In 2017, putting this tragic chapter in American politics behind will be long overdue. Like to see Kris Kobach as Attorney General too. Many up and coming Republicans and successful Republican governors out there to fill the roster and get America rolling in the right direction again. Please, let this nightmare end not a minute too soon.

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boiled 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Run Sam Run! You'll get my vote---again!

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lawrenceloser 9 months, 4 weeks ago

"With your help, we're turning Kansas around," the message from Brownback says.

Brownback, a Republican elected in 2010, says he turned a projected budget deficit into a surplus, increased private sector jobs and cut taxes.

Flat out lie Governor. He's just saying what people who supported him want to hear.

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Dont_Tread_On_Me 9 months, 4 weeks ago

To read these comments you would think he personally defecated on everyone's doorsteps. If he has got you all riled up this bad, he is doing something right!

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feetup 9 months, 4 weeks ago

oh. hell. no. Someone has GOT to stop this moron. I'd run for governor myself if I were more educated. I sure as heck couldn't do any worse.

We need BROWNBACK OUT OF KANSAS signs in every yard from the state lines all the way to the red koch zones.

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Floyd Craig 9 months, 4 weeks ago

id rather vote for jack the ripper then brownback

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Maracas 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I'd vote for a cow patty if it ran against Brownback.

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markoo 9 months, 4 weeks ago

This is an opportunity to send a message to Brownback, the Koch Bros., KS Chamber of Commerce, and anyone else in their pockets. You can help by simply voting him out. You can further help by volunteering for his opponent and donating money to his opponent. But the easiest and simplest thing you can do is vote with his opponent. It really is that simple.

And for those of you who decide it's hopeless or are too lazy to vote against Brownback, I don't want to hear one freaking complaint from you. You will have your chance to make a difference and to have your voice heard. Don't blow it. And don't whine if you do blow it. Otherwise, if he gets voted in once again with very poor voter turn out (which will inevitably favor Brownback and his supporters), it is your fault as much as anyone else who decided not to participate.

This is a tremendous opportunity for us all, and by no means will it be easy. Brownback will have tons of $ on his side, but imagine what it will be like to defeat not just him, but the candidate of the Koch Bros. Make it happen.

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Matthew Herbert 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Lots of whining....and yet I see no one challenging. Typical.

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GeneParmesan 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Of course he's running for a second term. He's only half done ruining the state!

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Number_1_Grandma 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I can see the bumper stickers now after this announcement.... "Sorry Sam" because it aint happening!

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George_Braziller 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I for one am happy that he decided to run again. Seeing him go down on in flames on election day or a primary will be worth listening to more of his baseless blathering.

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Christine Anderson 9 months, 4 weeks ago

"It;s the end of the state as we know it, and I DON'T feel fine".

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ridikkulus 9 months, 4 weeks ago

SO glad I will have graduated and can get the heck outta here by the end of 2014. That is, if we're allowed to leave, by then...

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cheeseburger 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Maybe the reporter has some ideas as to who the dems could put forth for consideration in the next election.

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yourworstnightmare 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Of course Brownback is running for re election as governor.

His dreams of running for president were destroyed by Rick Perry and Barack Hussein Obama last year.

Alas, he will be confined to ruining only Kansas.

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mikekt 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Well, for once Brownback is totally right !!!

They are turning Kansas around.................unfortunately, ..........their new direction is TOTALLY BACKWARDS !!!!!

Better cut a hole in the floorboards of your cars and trucks and get ready to ritually sacrifice your neighbors because it's on to the Stone Age with Sam !!!

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bevy 9 months, 4 weeks ago

So are the dems just gonna sit around and bi*** and moan, or are we gonna put up someone who can take this bozo on?

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Thom 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Money may not be able to buy you happiness but it sure can get you a governorship.

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Lefty54 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Worst governor since Joan Finney.

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frankfussman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

"The Committee to Make Brownback a One-term Governor"

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ksjayhawk74 9 months, 4 weeks ago

"The Governor is running for re-election and is actively raising funds and mobilizing grassroots supporters."

Grassroots supporters? You mean the Koch brothers, right?

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