Posts Tagged ‘mark parkinson’

Mike Hendricks: Blame Sebelius for Parkinson disappointment

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Mike Hendricks evidently is an Al Gore loyalist and considers the use of fossil fuels to be a “conservative” issue:

After caving on the coal plant issue, Kansas’ new governor, Mark Parkinson, promises even more surprises in the days ahead.

Boy howdy! Can hardly wait to see what’s coming!

Evolution back up for debate? Don’t tell me: Phill Kline is getting a Cabinet post?

Going too far? Suppose you’re right. But if those surprises are anything like Monday’s reversal of the Sebelius administration’s two-year blockade of the Western Kansas power plants, then we’re in for one heckuva sellout.

Principles drastically reduced!

Political backbone, half off!

And here I used to deride Republican Bill Graves as Governor Get-Along for being overly willing to bend to the conservatives in his party.

This Parkinson guy, himself a former moderate Republican, could be even more of a noodle. Within days of taking over for fellow Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, he signals the GOP that he’s only too happy to turn over the governor’s mansion two years ahead of schedule.

“Today, Kansas took a big step backwards,” the Sierra Club said after Parkinson announced that he’d approved one coal plant rather than two.

Local blogger rips apart the made-up, false arguments of the ‘whine-and-cheese’ socialist Steve Rose

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Kaw and Border’s recent article covers a recent column by Steve Rose, with the free, now-delivered-by-mail Johnson County Sun.  First-time readers of Rose should note:

  • Rose no longer owns the paper that was once (successfully) run by his father, the founder.
  • Rose lives in Mission Hills.
  • Though he lives within the Shawnee Mission School District — which, he will write, provides an excellent quality of education — for his own children, Rose chose Pembroke Hill, an expensive area private school.  Rose practices the freedom of school choice because he can afford it, but he denies that freedom to others.
  • Rose only has his front-page column because he is legally obligated to it.  He has successfully sued (or threatened litigation) at least once when an owner of the paper attempted to take him off of the front page.
  • Dick Bond and Charles Carlsen named Rose a JCCC Foundation’s “Johnson Countian of the Year,” which Rose’s paper makes a big deal about every year.  Until this past year, there were over 100 members of the JCCC Foundation, and Leawood’s representation was six times the proportion when compared to county residents.  Rose’s paper has never once mentioned that, until about 2002, that the entire group of foundation directors never actually voted on the annual award, but rather only two people (Bond and Carlsen) chose the winner.   Bond and Carlsen, in other years, chose Bond and Carlsen as “Johnson Countians of the Year.”
  • The current president of the JCCC Foundation is Bob Regnier, another “Johnson Countian of the Year” (his friends have given him several other “greatest person” awards).  Regnier also has the distinction of being Kansas City’s first recipient of the TARP federal bank bailouts; he is the CEO of Bank of Blue Valley.  Regnier is also the recent chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a self-described “pro-business” group that supports the current CITY income tax (KCMO) and rallies around one of the most oppressive school districts in America, The Kansas City (Missouri) School District.
  • When four women accused Carlsen (former JCCC President) of sexual harrassment, Rose and most of the other “Johnson Countians of the Year” unsuccessfully attempted by public letter (published in The Sun) to instruct the board to stop the investigation of the former president, going so far as to state as fact that the work environment under Carlsen was a good one.

One of the funnier points made by Kaw and Border is that Steve Rose is so out of touch with Kansas politics that he was unaware that RINO-turned-Democrat Mark Parkinson — like Brownback — would ALSO sign the “coal plant legislation.”

Kansas ranked #2 most likely to switch parties in top office

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The Fix:

2. Kansas (D): Until Gov. Kathleen Sebelius(D) is confirmed (or not confirmed) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Democratic field is effectively frozen. If Sebelius becomes head of HHS, then Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, who has said he will not seek statewide office in 2010, becomes governor. The big announcement then would be who Parkinson picks as his second-in-command as that person would almost certainly have a leg up on being the Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee in 2010. Regardless, Sen. Sam Brownback (R), who is coming back to the state to run for governor, is the clear favorite. (Previous ranking: 3)

1. Nevada (R): Fix friend — and king of Nevada journalism — Jon Ralston has taken to referring to Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) with a symbol: 0. That says all you need to know about Gibbons’ standing as he weighs whether to seek a second term. If he runs and makes it through the primary, this is a near-certain pickup for Democrats. The frontrunner for the Democratic nod is Rory Reid, chairman of the Clark County Commission, but state Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley is also considering the race. (Previous ranking: 1)

Kraske rallies for Democrats

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The Star’s Steve Kraske is the go-to guy for Democratic talking points in Kansas and Missouri:

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, who will succeed Sebelius, said again that he wouldn’t run for governor in 2010.

So much for the party’s best-positioned candidate for that office.

Sebelius spoke for many Democrats last weekend at the party’s annual Washington Days banquet in Topeka.

“I know there’s a lot of angst among some of you tonight, angst about what’s going to happen … in 2010,” she said. “Are we at the edge of a cliff?”

The answer, the governor insisted, is absolutely not. The party holds four of six statewide offices and a congressional seat.

Democrats have rebounded before, she said. In 2001, the party couldn’t pay its bills. The next year, she won governor.

Sullinger: Olathe’s Parkinson poised to become next governor of Kansas

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The Star:

Mark Parkinson, who is expected to become the next Kansas governor soon, was a Republican state representative and senator for six years in the Johnson County legislative delegation.

He ran for the Kansas House in 1990 and then was elected to a four-year term in the state Senate two years later.

If Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is confirmed as a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, the 51-year-old Parkinson, now a Democrat, will move from lieutenant governor to the state’s top job.

What was Parkinson’s record during those early years as a public servant representing an Olathe legislative district?

During Parkinson’s first two years in the House, he worked closely with another Olathe lawmaker, former Rep. Vince Snowbarger.

In the 1990 election, Democrats swept to power in that legislative chamber. Snowbarger, Parkinson and other Republicans found themselves in the minority during the 1991 and 1992 sessions.

10,000 new jobs? Just the latest fabrication from Sebelius.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

The Kansas Meadowlark looks at a recent claim, one with no reported facts to support it, from Gov. Sebelius, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, and KDOT officials.

“Brian Wilson reported that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) explained that $365 million in debt-stimulus would support 10,000 jobs in Maryland.  Wilson showed that the average highway construction worker makes about $32,000 a year.  10,000 jobs * $32,000 = $320 million, or 87.7% of the total, leaving only 12.3% for construction materials, like concrete, asphalt, steel.”


“Wilson investigated where the 10,000 job number came from.  Wilson could find no hard evidence for the 10,000 figure, and the one source he found had a huge disclaimer.  Watch the  “Crunching the Numbers” video.

Wilson asked an economist if the job numbers could be believed.  Economist Peter Morici said the numbers were “absolutely inaccurate” and are a “gross exaggeration.”

Today, Kansas announced $377 million in highway projects that would provide 10,000 to 11,000 jobs.  Wilson’s job math seems to beg similar questions in Kansas, and whether there really are 10,000 jobs here.”

The Meadowlark concludes:

“Using Brian Wilson’s job math,  yearly salaries for 10,000 to 11,000 highway jobs would cost about $320 million to $352 million.  This would mean that 84.9% to 93.4% of the total cost for these highway construction jobs would be salaries, leaving only 6.6% to 15.1% to buy concrete, asphalt, steel, and all the other materials to build the roads and bridges.”