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Brownback endorses Perry for president

Gov. Sam Brownback

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback announced this morning that he endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president. In a news release, he cited Perry’s record on creating jobs and reducing taxes.

“Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history,” Brownback said in a prepared statement. “Now, more than ever, America needs a president who knows how to create jobs and stop Washington’s runaway spending.”

Brownback will attend tonight’s GOP debate in Orlando, Fla. The Perry campaign will pay for Brownback’s travel expenses.

Brownback’s link to Perry became national news last month when Brownback attended a national prayer rally called The Response at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Perry had invited all of the nation’s governors, members of Congress and the Obama Administration. Brownback was the only governor besides Perry to speak at the rally, although Florida Gov. Rick Scott provided comments on a recorded video.

Brownback, who paid for his travel expenses, read two passages from the Bible, Matthew 5:3-16 and 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, and offered a prayer during the event, according to the Kansas City Star.

In 2008, Brownback ran for president. But he withdrew his candidacy after failing to raise sufficient money and a poor finish in an Iowa straw poll. Brownback later endorsed Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Brownback to announce his pick for the Office of Administration

TOPEKA – Gov.-elect Sen. Sam Brownback will announce his pick for secretary of administration on Thursday morning.

The nominee will also oversee the Office of the Repealer, which Brownback promised to create during his campaign. The office will recommend eliminating statues and regulations that have “out-lived their original function, are in conflict with one another, or simply do not make sense.”

The Kansas Department of Administration oversees the state budget, state buildings — including those under lease — and other activities such as printing, computer services and purchasing.

The nominee must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

Senate candiate Johnston to speak at Labor Day picnic



Lisa Johnston, Kansas’ Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate,  is scheduled to speak Saturday at the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation’s annual Labor Day picnic at the Machinists Hall, 3830 S. Meridian.

The event is from noon to 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Food will be provided.

Also scheduled to speak are Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland, Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District Raj Goyle and Kansas Secretary of Labor Jim Garner.

In the Nov. 2 general election, Johnston is running against U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays. Sen. Sam Brownback is the GOP candidate for governor, and Mike Pompeo is the Republican candidate for the 4th District.

Brownback picks state Sen. Jeff Colyer as his running mate

Brownback-ColyerOVERLAND PARK – Overland Park plastic surgeon state Sen. Jeff Colyer is Sen. Sam Brownback’s pick for lieutenant governor.

Brownback, the Republican front-runner for governor, made the announcement Tuesday in Overland Park to a crowd of over 100, then the duo embarked on a two-day, statewide tour.

“He is brilliant, he is extremely well qualified, he is talented,” Brownback said describing Colyer. Read More »

Brownback to announce running mate on Tuesday

TOPEKA – Republican gubernatorial candidate U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback is scheduled to announce his running mate Tuesday in Overland Park.

Brownback, the Republican front-runner, and his pick for lieutenant governor will follow the announcement with a two-day statewide tour that will include a stop in Wichita on Tuesday afternoon.

Brownback and his running mate will face off against Joan Heffington in the primary. The winner of that race will face Democratic candidate Tom Holland in the November general election.

The schedule for the tour is listed below:

9:00 a.m. – Overland Park 12605 Metcalf

11:00 a.m. – Topeka Sec. of State Office/Memorial Hall – 1st Floor 120 SW 10th Avenue

2:30 p.m. – Pittsburg Atkinson Municipal Airport – Lobby 3510 Airport Drive

4:30 p.m. – Wichita Courtyard by Marriott – Sunflower Room 2975 N. Webb Road

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

9:00 a.m. – Hutchinson Hutchinson Municipal Airport 1100 Airport Road

11:00 a.m. – Garden City Clarion Inn Hotel – South Ballroom 1911 E. Kansas Ave.

1:00 p.m. – Hays Administration Building 1701 Hall

3:00 p.m. – Salina Robert Caldwell Plaza 300 W. Ash

Ryun endorses Congressman Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate

Former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun threw his support behind Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Ryun represented the 2nd Congressional District until he was ousted by former Rep. Nancy Boyda, a Democrat.

Tiahrt, a Goddard Republican, is running against fellow Republican Rep. Jerry Moran, who currently represents the 1st Congressional District which encompasses most of western Kansas.

The two are hoping to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who is stepping down and running for Kansas governor in 2010.

Below is Ryun’s endorsement letter.

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Senate confirms Sebelius as HHS secretary

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services.

The vote, 65 to 31, came just before 6 p.m. in Washington D.C. after an all-day debate.

Both Kansas senators, Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, voted for Sebelius, a Democrat.

Last week, Brownback had said the governor’s veto of a bill aimed at tighetning regulations of late-term abortions made it harder to support her. Sebelius had vetoed similar bills in previous years.

The move means Kansas is likely to have a new governor when the Kansas Legislature returns Wednesday for a wrap-up session.

It’s hard to say if Sebelius could hand the reins of power over to Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson tonight or not – her office is keeping mum on its plans.

Peterjohn endorses Huelskamp for Congress

State Sen. Tim Huelskamp has picked up the endorsement of anti-tax activist and Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn.

Huelskamp, a Fowler Republican, is running for the 1st Congressional District hoping to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, a Republican, who is running for the U.S. Senate that Sen. Sam Brownback is vacating. Brownback, a Republican, is running for governor.

Huleskamp is one of many Republicans hoping to replace Moran in Washington D.C. Other contenders include: Fort Hays State University education instructor Sue Boldra: Pratt businessman Tim Barker; and former Brownback chief of staff, Rob Wasinger.

Below is the release sent out by Huelskamp’s campaign announcing the endorsement.

“Kansas Anti-Tax Leader Notes Huelskamp Always Honored ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’

Conservative anti-tax Kansas crusader Karl Peterjohn today announced his endorsement of Republican Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) for Congress.

According to Peterjohn: “Some others in this race have bragged about being the first to sign the ‘no tax’ pledge. Well, I’m here to tell you that Tim Huelskamp signed American’s for Tax Reform’s ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ thirteen years ago — and despite great pressure to break his pledge on several occasions – he has always honored his promise to Kansas taxpayers. I am proud to support his bid for Congress.”

Peterjohn has been the Executive Director of the influential Kansas Taxpayers Network since 1992 and was elected to the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners in 2008.

“Karl Peterjohn has worked tirelessly on behalf of Kansas taxpayers. I am honored to receive his endorsement,” said Huelskamp.

Last week, Huelskamp met with Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and has again signed the pledge — this time as a candidate for U.S. Congress.

“We signed the ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ thirteen years ago when I first ran for the state senate and have never gone back on our word. I’m looking forward to continuing that same tradition of integrity and fiscal leadership in the United States Congress,” said Huelskamp.”

Tiahrt to make Senate race official

tiahrt_todd2Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt plans to take the last step he needs to take to make his Senate candidacy official, the Associated Press reports.

His campaign says he plans to file for the office Thursday, filling out the necessary paperwork at 10 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, the AP says.

Tiahrt will be the second Republican to file for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Sam Brownback, who plans to run for governor. Rep. Jerry Moran also has filed, setting up a Republican primary in August 2010.

On the cyber trail, Brownback campaigns, bloggers spoof

In the online world, where Sen. Sam Brownback (or his campaign) has set up a MySpace page and a robust, blog-filled homepage, the Kansan is taking some apparently comedic hits for his socially conservative views.

Consider this story today in The Denver Post:

“… And if you peruse some of the blogs supposedly authored by his supporters, such as baptistsforbrownback(, you’ll see that he believes in lots of other things too. Like that the Earth is flat – and does not revolve around the sun. And that rape should be referred to as an “unplanned sexual event” in order to “eliminate the excuses given by many women” for getting an abortion.” The Post also lists as one of the parody sites.

Later in The Post’s story, Brigham Young University political scientist Richard Davis says: “Sites like these don’t sway undecided voters or push away (Brownback’s) supporters. I think the biggest effect is that it’s embarrassing for the candidate.”