Posts Tagged ‘sebelius’

Bagyants: Ron, don’t listen to that defeatist Steve Rose

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

#tcot, #k10


I agree with Mr. Rose that Thornburgh faces an uphill climb, but that’s no reason to throw up his hands and quit. With this attitude Barack Obama would now be teaching at the University of Chicago instead of nominating a Supreme Court justice.

By the way, I have yet to hear any compelling reasons from either Brownback, or the only interested candidate on the D side, Chris Steineger for why they want to be governor, other than they just do.

And from a political standpoint, I don’t believe Sen. Brownback to be the inevitable winner – at least not anymore. He has a track record of changing his mind on important issues, a fact that was brought back into the spotlight with his recent back-and-forth on the nomination of Gov. Sebelius to be HHS Secretary. And, interestingly enough, he also has a record of attacking others for doing the same thing.

Martin Hawver on unsigned abortion bill

Monday, April 13th, 2009

At the Rail:

It’s politics

There’s another abortion bill on its way to what will probably still be the desk of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius when it gets there that, well, has become increasingly politically touchy.

The bill, passed to the governor by the state Senate just minutes before it adjourned the main portion of the 2009 legislative session, would require more specific information about late-term abortions. The specific requirement is that abortion providers diagnose-for the public record-exactly what life-threatening or life-changing malady a post-22 week abortion is performed to cure.

It also broadens the possibility of lawsuits against abortion providers-which essentially will insert the issue of abortion, not just who is “toughest” on crime, into every Kansas county and district attorney race on the ballot if the bill becomes law.

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)

Coal vote 10 votes short of veto-proof House margin

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

David Klepper:

Sebelius, a Democrat, has promised to veto the measure.The vote is significant in that it’s 10 less than the 84 votes needed to override a veto.

Supporters of the project say they’ll use the Legislature’s three week spring break (likely starting tonight) to win over more votes ahead of a veto override attempt.

It appears supporters are actually losing votes, however. When the House originally passed the legislation in February, the vote was 79-44.

Klepper — Tiahrt to Parkinson: opposition to coal plants has already cost $4 million in lost job training

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

McClatchy’s David Klepper:

U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt wrote to Kansas Lt. (for now) Gov. Mark Parkinson today to voice his support for the two western Kansas coal plants that are again at the center of a state political fight.

He tells Parkinson that the rejection of the plants by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration has already cost Garden City Community College $4 million in lost job training grants.


Here’s the text of the letter:

March 10, 2009

The Honorable Mark ParkinsonOffice of the Lt. GovernorCapitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 212STopeka, KS 66612-1590

Dear Lt. Governor Parkinson:

I write to call your attention to recent developments involving further lost economic opportunities in Western Kansas and ask for your assistance in helping address the situation. As you know, Garden City Community College this month was asked to return a $2 million federal grant that was intended to be used to train workers constructing two electrical generating plants near Holcomb. Because of this, the college also lost out on approximately $2 million in private matching dollars for a total economic loss of $4 million.

Because Governor Sebelius has blocked construction of the power plants, the U.S. Department of Labor is demanding that the $2 million grant for job training be returned. We were aware of the thousands of direct Kansas jobs delayed because of the governor’s actions; now we learn that even our colleges are suffering financial consequences. Our state economy has enough economic challenges without further obstructions that will only delay new jobs and educational opportunities.

As I have previously stated, the clean coal power plants proposed for Western Kansas could be constructed entirely with private dollars and operated by a company from Hays. We must work together toward energy independence using an all-of-the-above approach. Wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cell, clean coal, petroleum, and biofuels all need to be a part of the solution.

Should circumstances dictate that you become Governor of Kansas, I ask you to permit the electrical generating plants to be constructed in a timely manner. More delays will only lead to higher construction costs, further hardships for Kansans seeking a job, and negative financial consequences to institutions like Garden City Community College.

By permitting the private sector to move forward with construction of the electrical generating plants, you can send a strong message that Kansas is open for business. Jobs will be created, state revenue will increase, and educational institutions like Garden City Community College will be able to play an expanded role helping educate workers.

Thank you for your attention to this critical energy, jobs, and now educational issue facing our state.

Best regards,

Todd Tiahrt

Member of Congress

Proud Catholic Voters on ‘Catholics for Sebelius’

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

From Proud Catholic Voters:

Proud Catholic Voters,

In this first installment of the refutation of the fraudulent claims made by the political hacks calling themselves “Catholics for Sebelius,” let’s look at the criticism of Sebelius that seems to have the most traction currently.  It also happens to be the first issue they try to defend on their website: the ties Sebelius has to Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion provider in Kansas who’s now facing criminal charges. Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins claims that “she has had a close personal and financial association with the nation’s most infamous abortion doctor, George Tiller, who specializes in late-term abortions.” The Liberty Council claims, “Sebelius has close ties with late-term abortionist George Tiller…Sebelius honored Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s mansion in April 2007. Tiller has contributed thousands of dollars to Sebelius and to her PAC.” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman went so far as to put it this way: “With Obama’s appointment of Gov. Sebelius to the Department of Health and Human Services, he might as well be appointing George Tiller…”

Wow!  That sounds like pretty powerful stuff, certainly enough to make mainstream America think twice about whether or not they’d care to have Sebelius overseeing health care in America!  I’ll bet Catholics for Sebelius pulled out all the stops and brought forth all the evidence they could conjure to dispel such an argument, dedicating page after page of web space to shooting down these allegations. (more…)

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…

Meadowlark: Gov. Sebelius to Balance 2010 Kansas Budget using Federal Debt and Federal Taxes

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Kansas Meadowlark:

Why doesn’t Gov. Sebelius tell the whole truth about the “resources available in the Federal Recovery Act”?  Why doesn’t Gov. Sebelius tell the citizens of the state of Kansas the “Stimulus” funds from the Federal Recovery Act will be paid for by higher federal taxes and debt?  State taxes are not going up with her plan, but where does Gov. Sebelius explain that higher federal taxes may result?

Why does Gov. Sebelius care so much for children and education, but is burdening future generations with unimaginable debt?  Why are we stealing from our children and grandchildren because of our irresponsible spending now? (more…)

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.

Star: Tiahrt gives Sebelius a thumbs-down

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas said he would not back Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tiahrt said she “holds some liberal views that I cannot support,” including abortion.

President Barack Obama nominated Sebelius this week as secretary of HHS. Tiahrt called the choice “par for the course.”

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.”

Meadowlark investigation on Sebelius: questionable Medicaid funding arrangement

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Kansas Meadowlark:

Also yesterday, a news story by Kansas Health Institute’s News Service, Special funding arrangement questioned, revealed Gov. Sebelius may have granted special favors to one program, Community Living Opportunities (CLO),  which specializes in caring for people with severe disabilities.  This favor was at the expense of other related programs, and to the benefit of CLO where Gov. Sebelius’ confidante served on its board.

Gov. Sebelius’ friend and Kansas Democratic Party chair, Larry Gates, appealed only as a “Kansas citizen” to Gov. Sebelius for approval of $712,00 in “extraordinary” funding for CLO.   Gates and his law partner, Dan Biles (who was appointed by Gov. Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court in January 2009) happen to be on the board of CLO.

Sebelius a drama queen

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

But as reported on this blog (Sebelius’ Proposed Cuts Not Likely Enough, Kansas Governor Not Facing Reality of Budget Crisis) and in other places, this crisis was solely of the Governor’s own making.

Her budget proposal for fiscal year 2009 from January met the legal requirement she faced, but came nowhere near facing the economic reality. Had she proposed a reasonable budget in January, this crisis — such as it was — could have been avoided.

Instead, Governor Sebelius left it to the legislature to come up with a bill that met economic reality. Is that leadership?

AP: Obama pick for HHS faces questions about state aid

Thursday, March 5th, 2009


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, is facing questions about increased state payments to a social services group whose board includes the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Last fall, Sebelius’ secretary of social and rehabilitation services, Don Jordan, approved an increased rate for Community Living Opportunities, a nonprofit group that provides services to the developmentally disabled, that amounted to $713,000.

The group’s board of directors included Larry Gates, a Sebelius friend who has served as state Democratic chairman for six years; Dan Biles, a Gates law partner recently appointed by Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court, and Lew Perkins, athletic director at the University of Kansas. Biles left the board at the end of 2008.

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.

KFL on still-unresolved case with illegal late-term abortions

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

From KFL:

Judge Clark Owens rejects the motion to dismiss the charges against Tiller.

About a year ago, Tiller’s attorneys made a motion to dismiss all the charges against Dr. George Tiller, the infamous late-term abortionist in Wichita.  The attorneys called witness after witness including two former Attorneys General.  They questioned every document and questioned every witness until all options were exhausted.  They made several implications, innuendos, and suppositions about the charges trying to detract from the actual evidence.

Judge Clark Owens listened patiently to all the witnesses and all the arguments.  Seldom did he overrule an objection and actually extended extra time to Tiller’s attorneys when they requested it.  Judge Owens studied voluminous documents.

The result:  The highest paid attorneys, working for the infamous George Tiller, presenting their best case and bringing all their powerful influence; could not get the charges dismissed.  The Rule of Law is still alive in Sedgwick County.

Tiller will be going to trial.

AND he will be tried on the evidence and the merits of the case – period.

Finally, be aware that Tiller’s attorneys do not want the real evidence submitted to the Court, so we are sure there will be many more objections, appeals, and other antics designed to delay the inevitable.

But today, we thank God for Judge Owens’ ruling.

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.”

Operation Rescue on Sebelius

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Operation Rescue’s reaction:

KS Gov. Sebelius To Get HHS Nod; Obama Continues To Show Poor Judgment in Cabinet Picks
February 28th, 2009

Operation Rescue Vows to Oppose Sebelius’ Confirmation

Washington, DC – It is being widely reported this evening that President Barack Obama will nominate Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Monday.

“Obama’s lack of judgment when it comes to cabinet appointments is especially evident in his choice of Sebelius,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Operation Rescue vows to aggressively oppose Sebelius’ confirmation in the Senate. Her cozy connections to late-term abortionist George Tiller and involvement in numerous abortion scandals makes her unfit to serve.”

Sebelius has supported, and even partied with Tiller, who faces trial next month on 19 charges of criminal abortions.

For details of Sebelius’ extreme abortion entanglements visit Operation Rescue’s Sebelius Fact Page.

Sebelius did not reform Kansas health care; Kansas governor expanded welfare to middle class

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The media is repeating the lines of Sebelius being “bi-partisan” and “reforming Kansas health care” — but this does not make it true.

Bloomberg writes:

Sebelius is a two-term Democratic governor who successfully pushed to expand subsidized health-care for children in her largely Republican state. If confirmed by the Senate, Sebelius, 60, will take over a department whose Medicare health plan for the elderly and disabled and Medicaid health program for the poor insures about one in three people.

What Sebelius did was expand the eligibility of the S-Chip program to those in the middle class: it expands eligibility to 250% of the federal poverty level.  For a family of four, that means families can make $52,000 and sign on to government-funded health care.  When the legislature voted to approve this massive expansion of government welfare, at least one financially secure Kansas lawmaker openly told his colleagues, “I qualify for this.”

Hawaii recently reversed course, undoing similar welfare expansion after finally recognizing that their legislation resulted in citizens taking advantage of the system.  Hawaiians who could afford private health insurance did what made short-term economic sense:  they signed up for “free” government medical care.

Related links:

- NCSL, state children’s health care legislation
- Press release, American Dental Association