Posts Tagged ‘brownback’

Kansas Rep. John Rubin – Sam Brownback is helping ObamaCare in Kansas through $135 million Accenture contract

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Topeka Capital-Journal:

Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, said he met with Brownback in an effort to convince the governor the state should have nothing to do with computer system changes that played into mandates for health insurance reform crafted by Democrats.

“The darn thing is unconstitutional,” Rubin told a Statehouse gathering of about 10 House and Senate Republicans. “Why would we take steps in Kansas to implement anything?”

The state entered into a five-year contract with Accenture calling for expenditure of $85 million for technology acquisition and implementation of the database and $50 million to operate and maintain the system.

Meanwhile, Accenture agreed in September to pay $63 million to settle a suit tied to a scandal involving acceptance of kickbacks after recommending certain hardware and software to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice also accused Accenture of fraudulently increasing prices and rigging bids on government contracts.

“My concern is this contract with Accenture, which, in my opinion, is an illegal contract,” said Rep. Trent LeDoux, a Holton Republican.

Op-Ed by Benjamin Hodge, Three Words that Explain the National Banking Crisis: “Meet Lynn Mitchelson”

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Hodge writes at a RedState diary entry:

Sam Brownback cannot be taken seriously while ex-banker Lynn Mitchelson remains a campaign co-chair.

Some questions for future Kansas Governor Sam Brownback:

  1. Why did you choose a provably corrupt public official to be a campaign co-chair?
  2. Why is part of your campaign team giving a no-bid legal contract to the Democratic Party Chairman’s law firm, at the largest Kansas college, and when the college’s lawyer has clear ethical problems?
  3. Are you trying to make Sarah Palin’s PAC look like a well-run organization?
  4. Should we assume that you have given up hopes of becoming a future US President?
  5. Is this how you plan on running the State of Kansas – through reckless acts of incompetence, corruption, and cover-ups, then followed by failed attempts to intimidate your critics (and even top news agencies)?  That’s what your choice of campaign co-chairs tells us.
  6. Do you realize that for every one liberal “Republican” to whom your campaign is reaching out, you are losing – perhaps permanently – the support of two or three conservative voters?
  7. Really, Senator? Really?

RedState readers, I can explain to you the national banking crisis, in three words:  Meet Lynn Mitchelson.

For 15 years, the ex-banker Lynn Mitchelson has been one of seven at-large elected trustees at Johnson County Community College.  In large part because he is now unelectable, Mitchelson will permanently retire from public office in 2011.

Mitchelson once had a reputation in Kansas City as someone who could “fix banks.”  Troubled banks would hire him as a temporary CEO, and, in theory, he would bring them back to health.   But now that his record in elected office is widely known, I’ll be surprised if he is ever again hired by a bank.  Why?  Because he is directly responsible for much of lawlessness, failed cover-ups, and retaliation that has become commonplace at JCCC.  The only thing more embarrassing than the corruption in which Mitchelson has participated, is that he has been so unsuccessful at carrying it out.  I did not properly understand the phrase “the cover-up is worse than the crime,” until I had witnessed first-hand Mitchelson at work.  Time and time again, Mitchelson’s actions have brought national embarrassment to this college, the largest college in Kansas.

I had not planned on writing about Mitchelson’s work, but today I’ve learned that JCCC leaders have made malicious, baseless legal threats directly to the top conservative news organization RedCounty.com, where I have written in detail about JCCC’s culture of corruption.

Inexplicably, the once-thought-to-be-conservative Sam Brownback months ago made Mitchelson a key part of Brownback’s 2010 campaign for governor, even though Mitchelson’s public record was already well-known.  Brownback campaign manager David Kensinger - who apparently is under the illusion that Brownback can literally do whatever he wants, and that Brownback then will automatically receive the enthusiastic support of conservatives – doesn’t want to talk about it.

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Source: Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn on Brownback “short list” of choices for Lieutenant Governor

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

According to a source, Senator Sam Brownback’s 2010 team is privately telling Kansas conservatives that Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn is on the “short list” of choices for Brownback’s running mate.  The source thinks that Brownback wants to appoint a woman and a Johnson County resident.  If true, Brownback’s consideration of Dunn will likely be viewed by many conservatives as further evidence of the concern that Brownback is out of touch with conservative voters. (more…)

Moran, Hodge’s name ID equal to Thornburgh in JoCo

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge at RedCounty.com:

  • In the JCCC Trustee race, in which the top 4 candidates (out of 10) won, Peter Jouras came in fifth, and I came in sixth.  He didn’t beat me by much, but my guess is he spent at least $35,000 on the race (3 county-wide mailings and tons of signs).  Jouras spent far, far more than I did, and he was endorsed by most of the major liberal-socialist-big-government groups (NEA, faculty union, Mainstream Coalition; all but Mission Hills/Arizonian Steve Rose), but he and I fared about the same.  When I won the trustee race in April 2005, the turnout was 30%, which is closer to a representative sample of voters.  That year, the marriage amendment carried the county 60-40 and Overland Park Mayor Gerlach beat a well-financed Democrat 60-40, and those proportions probably wouldn’t deviate much if held during a higher-turnout election.
  • Moran-Tiahrt:  you’ll hear at times from supporters of one campaign or the other about how their candidate is better-known in Kansas’ Third Congressional District.  I haven’t seen any evidence to verify that statement.
  • Thornburgh:  I didn’t test Brownback’s name, because I had been told by a reliable source that his name ID was virtually 100% state-wide.  One could certainly argue that it’s not a good thing for Thornburgh that Tiahrt and Moran have competiting name recognition levels, when Johnson County voters have never seen the congressmen’s names on local ballots.
  • I am reassured by the general accuracy of my own poll after looking at another poll taken on April 17 by the well-respected firm SurveyUSAHT to Bagyants.com, which first made me aware of this poll that tested likely 2010 voters for the Republican primary (not all voters, therefore).  Part of the poll’s breakdown includes region: NE, SW, and Western; though, I don’t know exactly how they define these terms.

Brownback destroying Thornburgh in poll

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

SurveyUSA poll:

–                       All       18-49    50+    Con    Mod    Lib    Pro-life    Pro-choice

Brownback         64 %         71      56         73     51      48       73              54

Thornburgh       17 %         10      23         12     21       38       10              27

Unsure               20 %         19      21         15     28       14       17              19

HT Bagyants.

Brownback defends his stance on Sebelius nomination: Star

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

The Star:

TOPEKA | Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback acknowledges that abortion opponents are upset with him for not opposing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination as U.S. secretary of health and human services.

But he told the Topeka Capital-Journal for a story published Friday that “there’s a practicality” to his decision.

TARP: Pat Roberts votes to KEEP it

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Brownback makes the better vote.  Club for Growth:

Today, Senator David Vitter offered an amendment to the FY10 budget requiring that TARP be stripped of $272 billion in funding. The proposal failed 28-70. The following Republicans sided with all but two Democrats (Russ Feingold and Ben Nelson) to keep TARP fully funded. [Senate leadership in BOLD]:

Alexander, L. (TN)
Chambliss (GA)
Cochran (MS)
Corker (TN)
Graham (SC)
Gregg (NH)
Hatch (UT)
Isakson (GA)
Kyl (AZ)
Lugar (IN)
Martinez (FL)
McConnell (KY)
Roberts (KS)
Snowe (ME)
Voinovich (OH)

Brownback gets pork for JCCC

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Good?  Bad?

JCCC:

JCCC RECEIVES FUNDS FROM SPENDING BILL

Johnson County Community College received $713,625 toward a Center for Sustainability from an earmark secured by Sen. Sam Brownback as part of the FY2009 omnibus appropriations bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 11. (more…)

Brownback on AIG

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The Star:

In a statement, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said, “I will do everything I can to see that AIG returns its bonus money to taxpayers. Any AIG executive who received a bonus should return it or be fired.”

Benedict Brownback: Jill Stanek

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Jill Stanek:

I have one more post left in me to write about Senator Sam Brownback’s endorsement of KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary, and then I’ll move on.

First, read today’s “Brownback – Turncoat” by Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International. Here’s an excerpt, but the entire piece is a must read:

Senator Brownback seems not to understand the Church’s profoundly wounded heart with regard the slaughter of the innocents. The Church tells us never to participate in that slaughter, no matter what the cost; we do not give aid and comfort to the enemies of human life, we do not stand by while the innocent are being dragged off to a violent murder, and under no circumstances do we endorse the political aspirations of their executioners. Politicians who sell the lives of babies for political gains are the worst kind of turncoats….

Contrast that with this, sent yesterday…

US News: Brownback’s Political Explanation for Supporting Kathleen Sebelius

Friday, March 6th, 2009

US News:

How to explain ardently antiabortion Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s early support for Kathleen Sebelius, an ardent abortion rights supporter and a fellow Kansan, to head the Department of Health and Human Services? Kansas courtesy—and the fact that Barack Obama won in November and gets to appoint whom he wants. At least that’s what the senator is saying publicly.

But two sources tell me that Brownback’s people have been making the case to antiabortion groups—especially those in Kansas—that there’s a strong political rationale for installing the Kansas governor in Washington. The move gets her out of Kansas, Brownback’s argument goes, heading off her expected run for the Senate in 2010. Which means the Sunflower State Senate seat that Brownback’s vacating for a gubernatorial run is likely to stay in Republican hands, since the Kansas Democratic Party doesn’t have another candidate who is half as popular as Sebelius. And that’s good for the antiabortion cause, according to the reasoning.

“It was much more important that the Senate seat remain red than it was that Brownback directly oppose Sebelius at HHS,” says one person familiar with the situation who would only speak anonymously, “given that Obama is going to be driving the HHS agenda regardless of who’s in charge.”

Brownback a ‘liar’ — KCMO’s Chris Stigall

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

On Wednesday’s KCMO Morning Show with Chris Stigall, Stigall singled out Kansas Senator Sam Brownback as a “liar” and portrayed him as untrustworthy and cowardly because of his support of the Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary.  Brownback is known for his pro-life beliefs, and Sebelius is one of the most influential pro-abortion politicians in the country.

Stigall gave Roberts a pass for his support of Sebelius, in part because the two families have been friends for years.

Thornburgh clears way for open sec. of state primary

Monday, February 9th, 2009

The  AP reports that Thornburgh made it clear he will not run for re-election to the position of secretary of state.  He also claims that he won’t give up his gubernatorial run.