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Brownback drops hold on judge who attended gay ceremony


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(New York Times) Senator Removes His Block on Federal Court Nominee:][2] Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, who blocked the confirmation of a woman to the federal bench because she attended a same-sex commitment ceremony for the daughter of her long-time neighbors, says he will now allow a vote on the nomination. Mr. Brownback, who has been criticized for blocking the nomination, said he would also no longer press a proposed solution he offered on Dec. 8 that garnered even more criticism: that he would remove his block if Judge Neff agreed to recuse herself from all cases involving same-sex unions. In an interview last week, Mr. Brownback said that he still believed Judge Neff's behavior raised serious questions about her impartiality and that he was likely to vote against her. But he said he did not realize his proposal - asking a nominee to agree in advance to remove herself from deciding a whole category of cases - was so unusual as to be possibly unprecedented. Legal scholars said it raised constitutional questions of separation of powers for a senator to demand that a judge commit to behavior on the bench in exchange for a vote.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][3][(49abcnews) Kansas Senator in talks with NFL Commissioner:][4] With only ten days left until Kansas State's match-up with 16th-ranked Rutgers in the Texas Bowl, there are still many fans who won't even get to watch the game. But that might be changing soon. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging him to allow Kansans to be able to view the broadcast on the NFL Network without having to buy the channel or upgrade their cable system.[(CattleNetwork.com) KLA: Roberts Stands Behind Beef Industry In Trade Dispute:][5] U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is part of a group of senators urging U.S. officials to suspend free trade agreement negotiations with South Korea until the market is fully open to U.S. beef. The proposed trade agreement with South Korea falls under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance Committee, which Roberts will join next month, enabling him to play a pivotal role in the matter. At issue is South Korea 's rejection of the first three shipments of U.S. beef. Each contained extremely small bone fragments not considered at risk for carrying the BSE agent.Etc.[(Government Health IT) It's Round Two for e-health records banks bills:][6] Bills to establish independent e-health record banks regulated by the federal government will be introduced again in the new Congress, and backers are more optimistic about action on the bills the second time around. The bills, known as the Independent Health Records Banks Act, were introduced this year in the Senate by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and in the House by Reps. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). At a Capitol Hill briefing this month, David Kendall, senior fellow for health policy at the Progressive Policy Institute, said the same sponsors will introduce similar bills, with some modifications, in 2007. [1]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [2]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/19/washington/19judge.html [3]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [4]: http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2006/dec/18/kansas_senator_talks_nfl_commissioner/ [5]: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=91756 [6]: http://www.govhealthit.com/article97139-12-18-06-Web


BrianR 11 years, 2 months ago

Anachronistic Sam, you're my main man.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 2 months ago

Sen. Brownback: I have never seen a more pompous, self righteous man in my entire life. Just what we need for president, another egomaniac. After eight years of GWB shoving his overweening self absorption down our throats just watch this twit get elected. By the way, there IS no such thing as "compassionate conservatism". It's an oxymoron.

Tychoman 11 years, 2 months ago

Words can't describe the slime of Brownback.

dragonwagon2 11 years, 2 months ago

What a dweeb....he should go the way of Jim Ryan. We have no need for that kind of nonsense. By the way - isn't he a lawyer - has he never heard of the 3 SEPARATE branches of our government?

Maybe we need to be looking for a gay judge. (and I don't mean just happy!)

prioress 11 years, 2 months ago

Be patient with Senator Sam; he's got the lust (one of the seven deadly sins, no?) for the big seat. Like when he first ran for office and switched from pro-choice to pro-life, he's just 'triangulating,' a skill he learned from the Clintons, no doubt.

daddax98 11 years, 2 months ago

i don't think it is hate. the correct term would be disgust...and I am talking about Brownback

Tychoman 11 years, 2 months ago

consumer, did you even read what Brownback did? Do you even know who he is?

drewdun 11 years, 2 months ago

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Jackalope 11 years, 2 months ago

Let's face it, the NFL powers that be are group of robber barons. And college football has little or nothing to do with the everyday struggles of the population of Kansas. And the good Senator Pat Roberts is going to flex his congressional muscle to get the NFL to broadcast a college football game. Do I smell senatorial sound bit without substance? Do I smell a paragraph in his next campaign solicitation letter? Do I smell his constituents sitting around watching a college football game while their business's collapse around them in an economic cesspool? Do I smell people in Kansas dying because they cannot afford health care? Do I smell automobiles crashing and burning on underfunded highways? But, they sure all can watch a college football game on TV. Bless you Mr. Roberts and all your Dodge City ways. I don't know how we could ever survive without you.

yankeelady 11 years, 2 months ago

Sam is going to need a runningmate---how about Phill Kline??? Man of the year you know. Isn't that a horrible thought, not that they would have the chance of the proverbial snowball in a realy warm spot

Scott Tichenor 11 years, 2 months ago

Brownback needs to excuse himself from any political issues involving cows, because he's a Kansas State graduate. That makes about as much sense.

Steve Jacob 11 years, 2 months ago

21st century...is any judge impartial anymore?

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