Brownback to receive special invitation today at KanCare meeting

Dear Gov. Brownback, KanCare officials:

My wife and I cordially invite you to pull an eight-hour care shift in our home

Madame chairwoman, KanCare oversight committee members and distinguished guests, I come before you as a KanCare recipient, advocate for people with disabilities and policy adviser for the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association.

I would like to thank the oversight committee for the hard work facing the 11 members in helping to shape a managed-care system that is fair, balanced and fiscally responsible for thousands of Kansans like me.

As I have stated in my Oct. 7 testimony before this committee, under new managed-care rules in Kansas, I face a 76 percent drop in care, a move three of my doctors — primary care physician, MDA doctor and respiratory doctor — say is wildly unrealistic and a move my wife says will force her to file for divorce. Reductions in hours would also cause me to be forced to seek care in an institution.

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Irony swirls around Brownback’s cloak of judicial secrecy

By Columnist Tim Carpenter
Topeka Capital Journal

Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination of the administration’s general counsel to a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals serves as deja vu role reversal circa 2005.

Eight years ago, Brownback was a member of the U.S. Senate’s judiciary committee and leader of the  GOP revolt against President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the president’s White House counsel.

The senator was vexed about Bush’s refusal to release documents related to Miers’ work in the White House. Of primary concern, in terms of Brownback, was validity of Miers’ pro-life record.

Brownback has proven during his years in the U.S. Senate and as Kansas governor that he believes the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion in 1973 shouldn’t be considered “settled law” in the United States. He seeks an end to abortion in America. Continue reading

State GOP responds to ‘Leftist’ editorials

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of editorials extolling the Leftist approach to government and critical of the structural changes being implemented in Kansas by elected Republican officials and legislators.

Below is the response from Kansas Republican Party Chair Kelly Arnold she has sent to newspapers throughout the state:

“For $41 million, you built a playoff team . . . , You won the exact same number of games that the Yankees won but the Yankees spent $1.4 million per win and you paid $260,000.  I know you’re taking it in the teeth out there, but the first guy through the wall — he always gets bloodied — always.  This is threatening not just a way of doing business . . . but really what it’s threatening is their livelihood. . . .  It’s threatening the way that they do things.  And every time that happens, whether it’s a government or a way of doing business or whatever it is . . . the people who are holding the reins . . . have their hands on the switch . . . they go bat s— crazy.  I mean, anybody who’s not tearing their team down right now and rebuilding it using your model, they’re dinosaurs.”

— 2012 Academy Award Winning Movie Moneyball

Recent weeks have seen an increased level of vitriol from some Kansas editorialists about the common sense reforms made by Gov. Brownback and the Republican Legislature to get our state moving again. Continue reading

Which Kansas is that?

Guest Editorial: From the Wichita Eagle

Gov. Sam Brownback drew the honor Saturday of delivering the Republican weekly address, which is meant to respond to the Democratic president’s weekly address. In the process, Brownback painted an unrecognizable picture of the state after two years of his leadership.

After saying “you change America by changing the states,” Brownback ran into trouble with some specifics of what he called Kansas’ “financial turnaround.”

When he said Kansas went from having $876.05 in the bank to a $500 million ending balance two years later “and did it without tax increases,” he left out the part where a 1 percent sales-tax increase passed in 2010 sustained state revenues and state services as the federal stimulus money dried up and the economy struggled. Nor did he mention that he campaigned against the temporary sales-tax hike in 2010, helped last year to oust moderate Republican legislators who had voted for it and now wants the 2013 Legislature to make it permanent.

Talk about a turnaround. Continue reading

Logic, common sense create a good bill and law

With the Kansas government firmly in the hands of ultra-conservatives, it is not difficult to criticize many of the decisions they make and legislation that is signed into law. Legislation most always is based on the leadership’s narrow-minded agendas and ultra-conservative views.

But if you write enough legislation, you’re bound to get one right. It’s kind of like shooting a shotgun: You’re bound to hit something.

With House Bill 2252, Kansas legislators got this one right and Monday, April 1, Gov. Sam Brownback sign the bill into law. With his signature, the statute of limitations for rape and aggravated sodomy were eliminated. It also allows a person to report a sexual crime up to 10 years after that person turns 18. Continue reading

Brownback wins round one of judicial reform

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, in signing legislation giving the state’s governors more power in the selection of Kansas Court of Appeals‘ judges did not move Kansas away from what he called a flawed system, but instead injected bias and politics into the appointment process.

As a result of lawsuits by several public school systems, the state has been told twice by the Kansas Court of Appeals that the Legislature has not fully funded public education as directed by the state’s funding formula. Brownback and legislators have cried foul, claiming the judges are telling the state how to spend money in violation of the state’s constitution.

The selection of judges had been done through a panel of attorneys and lay people who picked three candidates and then sent the names of those nominees to the governor who then chose one to sit on the Court of Appeals. Continue reading

An editorial from The Hays Daily News

Where are we headed?

Until an investigative reporter for the Wichita Eagle uncovered a massive discrepancy in the numbers Gov. Sam Brownback was touting, the state’s chief executive was able to boast of the remarkable turnaround Kansas was experiencing since he entered office.

Crediting his administration for enacting $2 billion in budget cuts in presentations around the state, the governor began offering other reforms to downsize and streamline government. At the top of Brownback’s wish list was a dramatic cut in state income taxes. Other big-ticket items included less interference from the judicial branch, more control over the distribution of education funding, not only a refusal to expand the Medicaid program under the federal health care overhaul but privatizing the administration of the state network, a reshuffling of departments, and further calls for going down the “glide path” to zero state income tax. Continue reading

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