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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.

A look at endorsements for JCCC candidates

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The Star looks at the endorsements for JCCC candidates:

Ben Hodge, who is seeking another term on the board, has garnered the endorsements of two conservative lawmakers_ House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, and Rep. Mike Kiegerl, an Olathe Republican.

Hodge is well known among conservative activists and is expected to get a lot of support from conservative, pro-life voters. He also has the endorsement of Kansans for Life, although it is doubtful the board of trustees will ever vote on an abortion issue.

The faculty association at the college has endorsed four candidates, Melody Rayl, Peter Jouras, Stephanie Sharp and Bob Drummond.

The Kansas City Star recently endorsed Rayl, Jouras, Sharp and Miguel Morales.

The faculty association may be having second thoughts about Drummond. They are concerned about reports that he referred to homosexuality as a disorder and that as a member of the Olathe School Board he supported the removal of the book “Annie on My Mind” from school libraries.

Hodge is also endorsed by The Gardner News and Hope for America Coalition’s Steve Shute.