Daily Archives: Sept. 15, 2010

Despite debate denial, Brownback voted for bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac





Although he said otherwise during Saturday’s gubernatorial debate, congressional records show Sen. Sam Brownback did vote for the federal government to bail out troubled government-supported mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Senate voting records show Brownback, R-Kan., as a “yes” vote on House Resolution 3221, the “Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008,” which passed the Senate on July 26 of that year.

The bill authorized the US Treasury to buy unlimited securities from the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). The Senate vote sent the bill on to President Bush, who signed it into law. Read More »

Kansas receives $531,000 for increasing adoptions

TOPEKA – Kansas has increased the number of children adopted from foster care since 2007 and this year receive $531,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services for their success.

States receive $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year’s total, plus a payment of $8,000 for every child age nine and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above the respective baselines. The year 2007 is the baseline.

“All children deserve loving, safe and permanent homes,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “It is gratifying that most states continue to excel in promoting the adoption of children from foster care. I sincerely thank every adoptive family in the state Kansas that has welcomed a child into their home.”

Kobach proposes creating an online voter fraud reporting program

Kris_KobachTOPEKA – Republican Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach Wednesday proposed the office create an online voter fraud reporting program.

The site, hosted on the secretary of state’s website would be a place for people who may have witnessed voter fraud, Kobach said.

“When you don’t have actually a uniform system for reporting voter fraud easily, a lot of people just know where to go,” he said. “They experience or observe suspicious voting behavior, they don’t know whom to contact. Do the call the secretary of state? Do they call the county clerks office? Do they call the attorney general’s office.”

Georgia already uses their secretary of state’s website as a place where people can report voter fraud online, he said. Kobach was not sure if the function had increased the amount of voter fraud reported in Georgia. Read More »