Daily Archives: June 23, 2009

Gov. Parkinson joins the blogosphere

TOPEKA – “Welcome to my first actual blog,” wrote Gov. Mark Parkinson yesterday.

In the post Parkinson, a Democrat, said he decided to start blogging when he became governor at the end of April “to provide you a glimpse of what it is like to serve as Governor and to give insight into what happens in our office every day.”

The blog comes up with the governor’s website.

In the mostly biographical initial offer Parkinson promised he’d be the one writing the posts, “this isn’t something that a staffer is writing to try to make me look good.”

He also promised he, and other posters, would try not to be boring or politically correct and “we’ll try not to use political speak (lots of words that say nothing, but sound good).”

Tiahrt’s campaign logo gets some unwanted attention

Tiahrt's logoShenanigans blog on the website Politico poked fun at U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s logo for his Senate bid with one comment comparing it to a 13-year-old girl’s note.

“And by “adorable” we mean, not really,” the site snarked.

The Goddard Republican, who was first elected to Congress in 1995, has used the logo – a “T” with a “heart” in previous successful elections. Tiahrt is hoping to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, who is running for governor. Tiahrt is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran.

KDHE announces $6.3 million in grants to primary care clinics, including about $1.2 million for Sedgwick County

TOPEKA – Seven Sedgwick County health clinics received more than $1.2 million from the state to help provide primary health care to undeserved Kansans.

Tuesday, Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the grants, ranging from $17,872 to $453,517, to 39 clinics through out Kansas.

“The services these clinics provide are critically important, making available needed health care services for families without health insurance or those who cannot afford the high cost of care,” said KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby.

In 2008, nearly 180,000 Kansans received health care at a state-funded primary care clinic, the department said in the release. Nearly 60 percent of these patients were uninsured, and over 65 percent were in households that earn less than the federal poverty level.

Area clinics receiving grants were:

  • Center for Health and Wellness, Inc. $105,00 for primary care, $15,000 for prescription assistance

  • E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic, $80,000 for primary care

  • Good Samaritan Clinic, $88,400 for primary care, $12,000 for prescription assistance

  • GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc., $350,000 for primary care, $40,000 for prescription assistance

  • Guadalupe Clinic, $80,000 for primary care, $20,000 for prescription assistance

  • Health Options for Kansas Communities, $50,000 for primary care, $12,000 for prescription assistance

  • Hunter Health Clinic, $320,000 for primary care, $40,000 for prescription assistance.

For more, read Wednesday’s Wichita Eagle.