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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.

Editorial: List of acceptable Lt. Gov choices for Brownback a short one

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Editorial:

Conservative Kansans are hoping that Brownback chooses boldly as he makes major appointments over the coming 18 months.  One of the first will be the choosing of his running mate.  There’s little doubt that Brownback will pick a pro-life person as Lt. Governor, but there is a large amount of doubt about whether that person will be a fiscal conservative, and whether he or she will be a leader.

Many expect that Brownback will pick a Johnson County legislator as his running-mate.  That’s a bit troubling, because the number of economic conservatives is so small.  In the Senate, there are Jeff Colyer and Mary Pilcher Cook.  In the House, there are Anthony Brown, Lance Kinzer, Mike Kiegerl, Ray Merrick, Rob Olson, Arlen Siegfreid, and Kevin Yoder.

Some other Republicans are indeed pro-life, but are otherwise unreliable.  Kansas would be better off with Brownback choosing Topeka pro-choice, economic conservative Lana Gordon — or even former Democratic Rep. Candy Ruff — before choosing Sen. Karin Brownlee, a nice woman who unfortunately spends and taxes like a Democrat, or Sen. Julia Lynn, whom few conservatives trust.

In many ways, it comes down to how Brownback defines “conservative.”  If Brownback defines the GOP Congress of 2000 to 2006 as good-government, reform-minded conservatives, then we’ve got a big problem in Kansas.