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  • Ya Think? Sane Democrats Worried Party Is Moving Too Far Left

    07/25/2015 10:59:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 7/25/15 | Michael Walsh
    The “Progressive” overreach is now heading straight off the cliff — have a nice ride: Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland.Now, as Bernie Sanders’...
  • Kansas Governor: State Can’t Punish Religious Groups Over Same-Sex Marriage Objections [Other Govs?]

    07/07/2015 10:14:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 7, 2015 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    Kansas Governor: State Can’t Punish Religious Groups Over Same-Sex Marriage Objections By Sandhya Somashekhar July 7 Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order asserting that clergy and religious organizations cannot be penalized by the state for refusing to recognize or provide services for a same-sex marriage. The order comes nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, paving the way for gay couples to marry across the country. It is the latest sign that the battle has shifted to the issue of religious liberties, and how much...
  • Kansas House approves new tax plan after governor's plea

    06/12/2015 6:24:01 AM PDT · by paul544 · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 6/12/15 | JOHN HANNA and NICHOLAS CLAYTON
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican leaders pushed a new plan for raising taxes through the Kansas House early Friday morning, hours after top aides to GOP Gov. Sam Brownback warned them that failing to erase a budget deficit risked funding for universities and invited a downgrading of the state's bond ratings.
  • GOP’s demonic new crusade:Right-wing zealots look for crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage

    05/25/2015 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joan Walsh
    [full title] GOP’s demonic new crusade: Right-wing zealots look for even crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage Happy Memorial Day! But if you’re in Wisconsin, and relying on food stamps, remember that Republicans don’t want you to have ketchup on your hamburger. They’d probably rather you didn’t have a hamburger at all, but Wisconsin farmers and ranchers have clout, and so proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program made room for Wisconsin products. But they still don’t want you to have “crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.” Or ketchup. Or spaghetti sauce. Really. For now, that’s...
  • UPDATE: Uber no longer operating in Kansas following veto override

    05/05/2015 1:58:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    KAKE ^ | May 05, 2015 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Uber says it's ceasing operations in Kansas following the Kansas Legislature's veto of SB 117. The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate has overridden GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill imposing new regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber. The measure would require drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo Kansas Bureau of Investigation background checks. They'd also need additional auto insurance coverage beyond the $1 million Uber offers when drivers are logged into its network or transporting passengers. Uber had said the measure would push it out of the state. Governor Brownback released the following statement following the...
  • 2 Kansas school districts to close early because of budgets

    04/03/2015 8:51:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    CONCORDIA Two school districts plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year. The Concordia school district will release students May 15, rather than May 21. And the Twin Valley School District, which includes Bennington and Tescott, will dismiss May 8, rather than May 20. Concordia Superintendent Bev Mortimer said students have hugged her in thanks for the early release. “They remember me as the snow day lady,” she said. “We are popular with the kids but not the parents.” Kansas school districts are facing financial pressures...
  • Gov. Sam Brownback rescinds protected-class status for LGBT state workers in Kansas

    02/10/2015 7:41:09 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 21 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 10, 2015 | BRYAN LOWRY -
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers put into place eight years ago by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius’ executive order in 2007 said state workers could not be discriminated against, fired or harassed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Brownback, a Republican, issued an additional executive order affirming that state employees could not be discriminated against because of their race, religion, gender, age or country of national origin. “This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating...
  • LGBT State Workers Lose Protected Status (Kansas)

    02/10/2015 8:47:00 PM PST · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    WIBW ^ | 2/10/15 | By: Melissa Brunner, Justin Surrency
    WIBW – Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Tuesday removing gender identity and sexual orientation from the protected classes of state employees. His order rescinds a prior order from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, which expanded the protections. Brownback also issued a separate order which includes language to encourage employment practices of veterans and people with disabilities. Executive Order 15-02 reaffirms the commitment of the State of Kansas to employment practices which do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age. It further establishes that state entities will implement employment management practices for veterans and...
  • John Kasich, Sam Brownback and big government conservatism

    01/31/2015 7:03:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    John Kasich has been making all sorts of news lately, but probably not the type he wants to be showing up in conservative chat rooms. Kasich has a pretty solid conservative portfolio from years past, and he’s still pushing for lower tax rates at home (in most cases) but even some of his more ardent supporters were shocked when he went on tour promoting Medicaid expansion for Obamacare. He also didn’t do himself any favors when he began dancing on the head of a pin for Common Core. (Wait.. this guy wants to run for President as a Republican?)But...
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback: I Will Sign Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions

    01/27/2015 3:41:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | 1/27/15 | Kathy Ostrowski
    Pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback, with a backdrop of 40 pro-life legislators at Kansans for Life’s annual Rally for Life, said he was anxious to sign the newly proposed “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.” The bill is the number one legislative priority for Kansans for Life. Approximately 1,500 rally attendees at the January 22 rally welcomed the news, having marched one-half mile together to the Capitol in Topeka with a variety of pro-life posters and banners, including the newest sign, ‘Stop dismembering unborn babies.’ The crowd was dominated by students, who came from as far away as Hays, Dodge...
  • The right to life is ‘the foundation of our society’: Sam Brownback at second inaugural address

    01/13/2015 6:03:09 AM PST · by wagglebee · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/12/15 | Ben Johnson
    The respect for life at every stage of development, from birth to natural death, is “the foundation of our society” and the surest path to a renewed nation, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in his second inaugural address earlier today.Yet America is facing a “crisis of the family” that plunges children into poverty, undermines upward mobility, and casts a lingering shadow over the nation's future.Family breakdown is “a principle issue that must be addressed for us to move forward,” he said after taking the oath of office for the second time in Topeka.Brownback warned that too many people had failed...
  • GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback's tax scare

    12/26/2014 12:43:31 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/14 | Rachael Blade
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect against revenue gaps. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Arizona’s new Republican governor are delaying big dreams of nixing the income tax as they face budget shortfalls. And Missouri Republicans, once jealous of their neighbor Kansas’ massive cuts, are thankful they trimmed less. Call it the Brownback effect. Story Continued Below . . Republicans once idolized Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as a tax cutting superstar — now he’s a lesson in what not to do. “It’s a cautionary tale on a national scale … Many of us felt that...
  • Wow! Just Wow!

    11/06/2014 4:17:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | November 6, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    I’d almost forgotten to write this column. I’m sitting here watching election returns, and I am just stunned. Massachusetts? Maryland? MARYLAND?!?! Forget the Senate for a minute, or the massive Republican majority in the House, and think about the fact that Republicans did so well in the gubernatorial races across the country. In Michigan, after passing a “Right-To-Work” law, Gov. Rick Snyder wins handily. Union money and muscle plus President Obama campaigning against him couldn’t sink a man with the Twitter handle @OneToughNerd. Speaking of unions, no one had a bigger target placed on their back by the unions than...
  • The Media Really, Really Wasn’t Expecting A Sam Brownback Victory in Kansas

    11/05/2014 12:28:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/5/2014 | TRISTYN BLOOM
    The Kansas governor’s race was a nailbiter all night, with Republican incumbent Sam Brownback neck and neck with his Democrat challenger Paul Davis right up until Davis conceded around midnight EST. Looking at recent media coverage leading up to the election, though, you never would’ve known that #KSgov was a race to watch, especially since so many talking heads heralded it as a referendum on conservative policies. Left and right wing outlets began writing Brownback off for his aggressive tax policies weeks and even months ago, with many calling his predicted loss a mandate for moderation. With 100% of precincts...
  • [someone on twitter wrote] Sam Brownback wins

    11/04/2014 9:00:56 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 21 replies
    Brownback wins; Paul Davis concedes.
  • Sam Brownback Preferable to Paul Davis

    11/03/2014 12:55:21 AM PST · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Lawrence Journal world ^ | October 29, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    I'm not a fan of Governor Sam Brownback, but four more years of Brownback is preferable to four years of someone who is as out of touch with reality as Paul Davis is Davis talks about Brownback's cuts in education spending, but seems totally unaware of the fact those cuts have been restored. He pledges to restore the cuts that have already been restored. He and his supporters don't understand economics. They talk about Kansas job creation rate as if that was the most important measure of the state's economy. Kansas unemployment is only 4.8% which many economists consider within...
  • How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness [SPEW!]

    10/31/2014 3:52:18 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/21/14 | Holly Bailey
    TOPEKA, Kan. — Four years ago, Joan Wagnon was a 70-year-old grandmother preparing to retire after decades of public service. A centrist Democrat long credited as blazing the way for women in politics in Kansas, she spent 12 years in the state Legislature and four years as mayor of Topeka — the first and only woman to hold the job. After eight years as state secretary of revenue, Wagnon was preparing to hang it up when "the massacre" happened. On Election Day 2010, Sam Brownback, a two-term, hard-line conservative U.S. senator and a 2008 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination,...
  • A GOP Governor Tried A Radical Tax 'Experiment' — And Now He's Hanging On To His Political Life

    10/22/2014 2:17:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    WICHITA, Kansas — Everyone in Kansas will tell you the same metaphor to explain the state's tax policy. It's their own take on President Ronald Reagan's three-legged stool, specified for tax policy. The three legs: Income tax, sales tax, and property tax. If all three remain relatively even — if each is about 33% of the puzzle — the stool is balanced. The theory is that as long as the stool is balanced, the tax burden on Kansans will remain remarkably steady for a long period of time. It's relatively fair across income groups, and Kansans who support the policy...
  • Biggest Labor Union Throws Support Behind "Independent" Greg Orman ( Kansas )

    10/18/2014 6:44:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    This week the AFL-CIO threw its considerable weight behind Democrat-turned-independent Greg Orman in his bid for U.S. Senate in Kansas. This came on the heels of a debate that was all about defining who Greg Orman really is: ... The AFL-CIO won't run TV ads for Orman, spokesman Jeff Hauser said, but his campaign will now be incorporated into the union's extensive ground game there. The AFL-CIO had previously endorsed Kansas's Democratic Party's gubernatorial nominee, Paul Davis, who is locked into one of the country's most competitive gubernatorial contests with incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. During Wednesday's debate, incumbent Sen....
  • Liberal Greg Orman Says He's Pro-Choice, Abortion Not Important At Debate

    10/17/2014 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    Liberal Greg Orman Says He's Pro-Choice, Abortion Not Important At Debate - VIDEO:
  • Shocking Kansas GOP sweep shaping up for Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts

    10/17/2014 2:17:45 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 62 replies ^ | 10/17/14 | YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
    Just weeks ago, Democrats in Kansas were salivating over the possibility that Paul Davis would be the next governor in the state and independent Greg Orman would be a new U.S. senator. Not any longer. In fact, rather suddenly, Republicans are thinking they are going to have an enjoyable Nov. 4 night of watching election returns. ThatÂ’s because they now have growing reasons to think Gov. Sam Brownback is going to defeat Davis and win re-election. That would be unfortunate, given just how badly BrownbackÂ’s economic policies have hurt the state. And they are giddy over the reversal in the...
  • CNN Poll KS Races: Senator Roberts (R) up one, Gov. Brownback (R) tied with Davis (D)

    10/08/2014 1:18:34 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 23 replies ^ | October 8, 2014 | CNN
    Poll available at link. To summarize the results among likely voters: KS Senate Race: Roberts (R) 49% Orman (I) 48% KS Governor Race: Brownback (R) 49% Davis (D) 49%
  • No, Sam Brownback, it’s not the media’s fault you’re losing

    10/08/2014 9:17:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 39 replies
    Here's how embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback diagnosed his political problems in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody: “I think they (the mainstream media) want what’s happening in this state to fail that they’re shopping for a factual setting to back that up because it’s working.” Um, no. While blaming the media is both one of the most common strategic moves and one that regularly reeks of desperation, in this case -- like in most of them -- what Brownback is saying is simply not true. So why then is Brownback in so much trouble in a state...
  • Kansas: Orman Leads Roberts in Senate Race… Brownback Fighting for Political Life

    10/05/2014 10:21:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Marist Poll ^ | 10/05/2014
    In the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, independent candidate and businessman Greg Orman leads Republican incumbent Pat Roberts by 10 points among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate. Orman’s lead is bolstered by better than a two-to-one lead among independents likely to vote. Voters’ impressions of incumbent Republican Roberts is upside down with nearly half of likely voters viewing him negatively. In contrast, Orman is more positively viewed by likely voters and has lower negatives. Turning to the contest for governor in Kansas, the Republican incumbent, Sam Brownback, faces a tough challenge from...
  • Can Sam Brownback Survive?

    09/18/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Even before his election as governor in 2010, liberal observers were warning about Sam Brownback. In October of that year, the New York Times warned that the mere prospect of Brownback’s ascent was “redefining” the Republican party. That’s certainly been his goal. Operating on the assumption that change in the states drives change in Washington, Brownback has, over the past four years, slashed income taxes, privatized Medicaid, expanded gun rights, and taken on the state’s teachers’ unions. Those reforms may have made him a hero to conservatives, but they have also made him a major target this election cycle. For...
  • GOP moderates revolt in Kansas (not exactly "big tent" people are they?)

    07/15/2014 6:48:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | Manu Raju
    WICHITA, Kan. — Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states. Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back. A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of middle-of-the-road Republicans from the legislature early in his tenure. In a rare and surprising act of political defiance on Tuesday, more than 100 Republicans, including current and former officeholders, endorsed Brownback’s opponent, statehouse Democratic leader Paul Davis. Polls show the challenger with a surprisingly strong shot at taking out...
  • Kansas was supposed to be the GOP’s tax-cut paradise. Now it can barely pay its bills.

    07/08/2014 11:31:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    VOX ^ | 07/08/2014 | Andrew Prokop
    In 2012, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed a massive tax cut into law, arguing that it would boost the state's economy. Eventually, he hoped to eliminate individual income taxes entirely. "Our place, Kansas, will show the path, the difficult path, for America to go in these troubled times," he said. National conservative activists raved. Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform said Kansas was "the story of the next decade." The Cato Institute praised Brownback's "impressive" tax cuts and gave him an "A" on fiscal policy. And the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol said that, if reelected, Brownback would be "a...
  • How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

    05/18/2014 3:57:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/18/2014 | Alan Greenblatt
    There's been nothing but bad news lately for Gov. Sam Brownback. The FBI is investigating close associates of the Kansas Republican, including his former chief of staff, for possible lobbying and fundraising improprieties, as well as sweetheart deals involving state business. Brownback dismisses it as a "smear" campaign. Nothing may come of it, but it's certainly made for some bad press. Also, the state's bond rating was cut earlier this month amid plunging revenues, lending credibility to his opponents' arguments that his massive tax-cut packages have damaged the state. "The polls show that he's very vulnerable for somebody who should...

    04/21/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by bkopto · 39 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | staff
    Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole said Monday that the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia's moves on its territory and to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message. The 90-year-old Republican Party icon and former U.S. Senate majority leader said Putin "has sort of sized up" Democratic President Barack Obama and "concluded that he's not a strong leader." Dole's comments came as Vice President Joe Biden began a high-profile visit to Ukraine and only days after an announcement in Geneva that talks between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European...
  • KS:Gun Reform Goes to Governor Brownback

    04/12/2014 7:07:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas legislature has passed the current gun law reform bill by overwhelming margins and sent it to Governor Brownback for signature or veto.    The bill, HB2578/SB447, strengthens state preemption language that limits the power of local governments to chill the exercise of second amendment rights. It requires adequate signage to prohibit the open carry of firearms by premises that choose to do so.   There is no penalty for open carrying in such premises unless the open carrier refuses to leave when asked to do so. Guns that are forfeited to law enforcement agencies are mostly prohibited from being...
  • Pat Roberts Rolls Out Worst Survey Ever (Kansas)

    01/23/2014 9:56:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Pat Roberts is up for re-election against a KS doctor with lose ties to the president trying to capitalize on his 15 minutes of fame. Pat Roberts, while not a vocal leader, has been a consistent vote for conservative principles in the Senate. His opponent, Milton Wolf, is running on a platform that Roberts has had his shot and failed to move the conservative movement forward. He has a valid point. Should Kansas conservatives continue to give Pat Roberts their vote even though they continue to lose ground on the national level or is it time to give someone else...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Sweeping anti-abortion bill goes to Kansas gov.

    04/06/2013 1:00:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2013 2:31 AM EDT | John Hanna
    Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure Friday night, sending Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that declares life begins “at fertilization” while blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and banning abortions performed solely because of the baby’s sex. The House voted 90-30 for a compromise version of the bill reconciling differences between the two chambers, only hours after the Senate approved it, 28-10. The Republican governor is a strong abortion opponent, and supporters of the measure expect him to sign it into law so that the new restrictions take effect July 1. In addition to the bans...
  • In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts

    12/22/2011 3:23:23 PM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies
    Wapo ^ | 12/21/11 | Annie Gowan
    If you want to know what a Tea Party America might look like, there is no place like Kansas. In the past year, three state agencies have been abolished and 2,050 jobs have been cut. Funding for schools, social services and the arts have been slashed. The new Republican governor rejected a $31.5 million federal grant for a new health-insurance exchange because he opposes President Obama’s health-care law. And that’s just the small stuff. A new “Office of the Repealer” has been created to reduce the number of laws and regulations, and the Repealer is canvassing the state for more...
  • Brownback endorses Perry for president

    09/22/2011 10:40:11 PM PDT · by Clairity · 29 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Eagle Staff
    Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president on Thursday, citing Perry's record on creating jobs and reducing taxes. "Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history," he said in a prepared statement. "I think he's really got the right message that it's about jobs, it's about job creation and it's about getting the atmosphere right," Brownback said. "They've maintained and created a very positive, growth-oriented atmosphere in Texas that we've got to get back to in the United States." Perry's campaign issued a statement calling Brownback "one of the most respected voices for conservatism...
  • 2 of 49 other governors accept invitation to Perry's prayer rally

    07/16/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | July 16, 2011 | Jeanna Smialek
    The guest list for Rick Perry's August 6 day of prayer won't include many U.S. governors. Only two governors, both Republican, plan to join Perry at the event at Houston's Reliant Stadium, which Perry has labeled as a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting. Perry invited all of his fellow U.S. governors to the event. Just two - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - have accepted the invitation. Mark P. Jones, a government professor at Rice University, said he is not surprised by the lukewarm response. "For a Democrat there is nothing to be gained by attending,...
  • Kan. abortion rules face test in federal court (rules are "too burdensome")

    07/01/2011 2:54:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/1/11
    Kansas still has one abortion provider, but two others that don't have state licenses were hoping to persuade a federal judge to block a new licensing law and health department regulations they consider burdensome. The state attorney general's office argued ahead of a Friday hearing in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., that a license granted to a Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri clinic disproves critics' contention that the new Kansas rules are designed to cut off access to abortion. The licensing law was part of a wave of anti-abortion legislation enacted across the nation this year, but...
  • Two anti-abortion measures head to Kansas governor

    03/30/2011 8:42:47 AM PDT · by K-Stater · 8 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 3/30/11 | Brad Cooper
    It used to be easy for the Kansas Legislature to pass new abortion laws. Getting them signed into law was another matter. But freshman Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican and longstanding abortion opponent, is expected to sign two bills that passed the Legislature with overwhelming support Tuesday. One of the bills deals with late-term abortions, the other with parental consent.
  • Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law

    01/25/2011 7:30:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    WorldNet Daily ^ | January 25, 2011 7:42 pm Eastern | By Bob Unruh
    It could be a game-changer. A plan in Arizona to require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is approaching critical mass, even though it has just been introduced. The proposal from state Rep. Judy Burges, who carried a similar plan that fell short last year only because of political maneuvering, was introduced yesterday with 16 members of the state Senate as co-sponsors. It needs only 16 votes in the Senate to pass. In the House, there are 25 co-sponsors, with the need for only 31 votes for passage, and Burges told WND that there were...
  • Brownback wins race for governor (I had NO IDEA that Sam was running for guv)

    11/02/2010 6:49:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 10 replies
    Hays Daily News ^ | 11/2/10 | staff
    TOPEKA (AP) — After 16 years in Washington, Republican Sam Brownback is coming home to be governor of Kansas. Brownback on Tuesday defeated Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland to reclaim the office held by Democrats for the past eight years.
  • Kansas senator reads apology to American Indians

    05/19/2010 3:46:14 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 75 replies · 2,967+ views
    hosted ^ | May 19 | MURRAY EVANS
    With the leaders of five tribes in attendance, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas read a congressional resolution Wednesday apologizing for "ill-conceived policies" and acts of violence against American Indians by the U.S. government.
  • Brownback votes for Sebelius, 'betrays' Christians

    04/30/2009 11:01:53 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 66 replies · 1,835+ views
    One News Now ^ | 4/30/2009 | Jim Brown
    A Kansas pastor says by endorsing Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services secretary, Senator Sam Brownback "violated the scriptures and his own church's teaching" and "betrayed" many conservative Christians who had been his largest base of support. Senator Brownback (R-Kansas) joined home-state colleague Pat Roberts and seven other Republicans Tuesday to help Kathleen Sebelius win approval (65-31) to serve as HHS secretary. The nomination of the Kansas governor -- which Brownback has supported since it was announced almost two months ago -- was controversial because of her failure to pay taxes and her lack of honesty regarding the large...
  • Brownback waffles but will vote to confirm Sebelius

    03/04/2009 11:55:34 AM PST · by presidio9 · 184 replies · 3,330+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Tue, Mar. 03, 2009 | STEVE KRASKE
    After a day of uncertainty, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said Tuesday he would vote to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of health and human services. “The president won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the Cabinet,” Brownback said in a statement. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.” Brownback joined Sen. Pat Roberts, who also made his intentions known Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, Brownback had deferred. “He doesn’t plan to say anything either way at this point,” said a spokesman. Some questioned how Brownback would decide, considering how abortion opponents — who have...
  • Jill Stanek: She won't be in Kansas anymore (Brownback's endorsement of Sebelius)

    03/04/2009 9:52:18 AM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 809+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3/4/09 | Jill Stanek
    It occurred to me the White House might be forced to nominate radically pro-abort Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Department of Health and Human Services secretary after news leaked last week it was pausing due to her loathsome reputation among pro-lifers. Fear of pro-abortion recrimination, pride, whatever. But it never occurred to me a pro-lifer legislator would applaud the pick, never mind two. But that's what happened when Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts issued a glowing joint statement congratulating their home girl: It's an honor for the State of Kansas to have an elected official appointed to the...
  • China Plans to Spy on Olympic Hotel Guests: US Senator

    07/29/2008 6:47:39 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 14 replies · 133+ views
    AFP / Google News ^ | July 29, 2008 | AFP
    (WASHINGTON) — A top Republican US senator on Tuesday said China is planning to spy on guests who stay at foreign-owned hotels during the Olympic Games, which begin next month. "The Chinese government has put in place a system to spy on and gather information about every guest at hotels where Olympic visitors are staying," Kansas Senator Sam Brownback told reporters. "This means journalists, athletes' families, human rights advocates and other visitors will be subjected to invasive intelligence gathering by the Chinese Public Security Bureau." The State Department issued a warning in March that Americans traveling to China for the...
  • Who’s Got McCain’s Back? (Juan's amigos)

    01/28/2008 2:08:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 726+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | January 28,, 2008 | Michael 'A.J. Sparxx' Illions
    It is often said that the best way to find out how a candidate would act in office if elected, is to see who he/she surrounds himself with. Money is another factor, what people and industries are backing the candidate. These answers should be an indicator of what to expect. Who is behind the man should gauge what kind of man he is. The great Richard Viguerie tells the story of how he and other conservatives had a “seat at the table” of the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan for. His thinking was if Conservatives aren’t at...
  • The Kingmaker’s New Subject (Pat Robertson's Rudy endorsement)

    11/11/2007 6:07:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 306+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Nov 19, 2007 Issue | Michael Gerson
    There is an old hymn written by Fanny Crosby, sung at generations of camp meetings, which exclaims: "Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!" Since the emergence of evangelicalism as a cultural force in the 1950s, three approaches to politics, represented by three personalities, have emerged. They are the prophet, the priest and the kingmaker. The prophet has been psychologist James Dobson, who dispenses child-rearing advice on the radio from his Colorado ministry, Focus on the Family. On family issues, Dobson's counsel is moderate and broadly appealing. On politics, his tone sharpens. He rails against compromise on social-conservative...
  • Brownback Supports Coal Power

    10/30/2007 4:07:35 PM PDT · by kathsua · 15 replies · 171+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 10/30/07 | Jon Ruhlen
    GARDEN CITY - Although the meeting was about renewable energy, the Sunflower Electric Cooperative's proposed coal plants were high on the radar Monday at the Kansas Bioscience Authority luncheon. "We got gored on this plant deal," said House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, an Ingalls Republican, after the meeting, referring to the denial of air permits for the plants. The collection of elected officials and business leaders were on hand to listen to a presentation by the Bioscience Authority about current and future projects and southwest Kansas' role in renewable energy. Neufeld, along with Senate President Steve Morris and U.S. Sen. Sam...
  • Brownback drops from presidential race

    10/19/2007 8:11:18 AM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 54+ views
    HalfLife Source ^ | 10/19/07 | Sara Smith
    Brownback's doom campaign started when fundraising totaled to only $94,653 and a weak Iowa Straw Poll. For most candidates, if you can't do well in Iowa, you can't do well in the race for the White House. The U.S. senator from Kansas will hold a press conference today at 3:45 p.m. in Topeka, where he is expected to announce his withdrawal. An Oct. 7 poll by the Des Moines Register ranked Brownback seventh among Republican voters in Iowa, with 2 percent of the vote. The race has four front-runners, listing off Republican presidential-nomination candidates Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain,...
  • “Goodbye Sam Brownback, Hero of the Social Conservative Movement: Where Else is There to Turn?”

    10/19/2007 5:13:37 AM PDT · by thelastinkling · 14 replies · 78+ views
    The Duncan Hunter Grass REvolt ^ | 10-18-07 | SK Johnson
    “Goodbye Sam Brownback, Hero of the Social Conservative Movement: Where Else is There to Turn?” by SK Johnson 10-18-07 Originally from At the outset I will make my confession. I am a volunteer with the Duncan Hunter for President campaign and closely connected to the grassroots movement for Duncan Hunter. Yes, at the core, this article is an attempt at solicitation but it comes from a place of common ground. It comes from our common ground on the importance of the pro-life, human trafficking, and the social conservative and human rights platform at large. This is not merely an...