TOPEKA — Some call him “Pastor Sam.” He occasionally evokes a preacher’s tone while citing lengthy Bible passages to a crowd of worshippers. And he openly embraces the Lord in the Capitol, praying with lawmakers, priests and ordinary Kansans. Through his bold promotion of Christianity and faith-based programs, Gov. Sam Brownback has brought religion into the public sphere more than any governor in generations. It has heartened some, while drawing criticism from others who see it as a threat to the separation of church and state.
Comments: Gov. Brownback enrages the left, the mediots and ungodly people. He catches hell for just about everything good he does. Read some of the comments after the article. I think he has done a good job with just a few misteps along the way. The old media has trashed him on everything except his stance on wind energy. (he´s for it)
I lived for five years in Pittsburg, Kansas. When Brownback was first running for office (about 17 years ago or so), he made the effort to come to Pittsburg State University´s Homecoming Parade. Getting to Pittsburg takes a bit of effort, as it is in the very southeast corner of the state. The fact that he actually CAME to our small town for the event meant a LOT to the town. That he had gone to the trouble to come down there for a relatively small event told us something about the kind of man he is. I remember being SO impressed with his "working the crowd" as no other politician I´d ever seen--or have seen since, whether in person or on television. He stopped and talked with as many people as he could. In his time with each person, he stayed for more than a cursory, "Hello, I´m Sam Brownback and I´d appreciate your vote...." I don´t think he even said anything about his running for office. He just introduced himself by name and asked us about ourselves. He was so genuine; really wanted to get to know more about his (possibly)future constituants. He certainly would have gotten my vote (except that I was registered to vote in another state and would never have voted in two states, which was and is incredibly simple). A wonderful man in all regards. I´ve never been so impressed with a politician. He didn´t come across as a "politician" in any regard.
When Gov. Sam Brownback cried “Look out, Texas, here comes Kansas!” in his 2013 State of the State address, he probably did not mean higher property taxes, relocated minimum-wage jobs and unequal school funding. Yet these problems balance out Texas’ storied economic growth. Brownback wants to eliminate Kansas’ income tax, the single largest share of revenues. This would mean massive changes to school funding, services and property taxes. The impact on economic growth is less clear.With no income tax and a relatively modest sales-tax rate of 6.25 percent, Texas also features some of America’s highest property taxes
When Crystal Mangum falsely accused several Duke lacrosse players of rape in 2006, there were 160 television news stories in the first five days after the players were arrested, but in 2013, when Mangum was convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, there were only 3 television news stories, a difference in coverage of 5,233%. When the Duke lacrosse-rape story broke in March/April 2006, it was huge news, garnering massive, widespread coverage by the networks ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as by FOX, CNN and MSNBC, and the print press, such as USA Today, New York Times and Washington Post.
Soldier beauty queen Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, has entered the fray created this week when a female Army colonel at Fort Leavenworth branded another female soldier too pretty to use in Army publicity photos. In the leaked email exchange first reported by Politico, Col. Lynette Arnhart warned her colleagues that photos of “average-looking” and “ugly” women should be used in public relations campaigns to attract more women into combat roles. “Unfortunately that is the sick reality and one of the many stereotypes I´m trying to break,” Vail, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
The integrity of elections has been a crucial concern of Kansans since the birth of our state. More than any other state, Kansas was born in an atmosphere of rampant voter fraud. Our first territorial legislative election saw 4,908 fraudulent votes cast (mostly by Missourians). In the ensuing years, many Kansans put themselves at great risk to safeguard the integrity of elections. The Kansas (Wyandotte) Constitution, adopted in 1859, provided that every Kansas voter must be a United States citizen to cast a legal ballot. The Kansas Constitution also states that the Kansas Legislature shall provide for “proper proofs,”
For the past 3 1/2 years, opponents of the Affordable Care Act have made misstatements about what would happen to families, to seniors, to employers and to health care costs as a result of the historic law. In spite of their predictions being so wrong, the attacks continue. So it’s important to give a snapshot of what health benefits the law has already produced for Kansans and what the new health insurance marketplace means for qualified residents in the Sunflower State. Let’s start with the 86 percent of Kansans who already have health coverage. Since March 2010, when the law was
From job-killing regulations to invasions of our privacy, the executive branch in Washington, D.C., is out of control. According to the Heritage Foundation, during President Obama’s first term in office, the annual regulatory burden on the economy increased by $70 billion. And in 2012 alone, the president’s team put forward 2,605 new rules. Of those new rules, 69 cost more than $100 million, but only two rules actually decreased regulations. In Kansas, we know a little bit about federal rules and regulations causing us headaches. New school lunch regulations have taken away the flexibility of local school districts to provide meals that parents
A bulletin board at a Wichita elementary school that illustrated the Five Pillars of Islam has been removed “because of the misunderstanding that has been promoted by … one photograph,” district officials said Monday. The bulletin board at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary was intended to aid students’ study of major religions of the world, district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said in an e-mail. It featured five white, construction-paper columns and the words, “The Five Pillars of Islam.” A photograph of the bulletin board, reportedly taken on the first day of school Wednesday, was posted over the weekend on a Facebook
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”