Daily Archives: Jan. 29, 2013

Brownback not satisfied with size of GOP majority

Republicans hold 92 of the 125 Kansas House seats and 32 of the 40 Senate seats, but Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t satisfied. He urged those attending the Kansas Republican Party convention last weekend in Hutchinson to compete harder in those districts now held by Democrats, the Hutchinson News reported. He said that Republicans needed to hold town hall meetings in those districts and build relationships. “You’re all the time out there and pushing,” Brownback said.

Truckers concerned about turnpike merger

The Kansas trucking industry is concerned about Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed merger of the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Tom Whitaker, executive director of the Kansas Motor Carriers Association, wrote in a message to his membership that the change “would subject the turnpike to the bureaucracy of a state agency, as opposed to the business model used by KTA, and diverts highway user fees generated through tolls to the state general fund.” The trucking industry accounts for 39 percent of turnpike revenues. Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, also expressed caution. “We really need to be very careful with the changes that we make,” he said.

Happy birthday, Kansas

“Kansas as a paradise has her failings,” wrote Eagle founder Marshall Murdock on a windy day in April 1880, describing “dust, grit and sand everywhere in your victuals, up your nose, down your back, between your toes.” But on this Kansas Day, we recall with pride that Kansas entered the Union as a free state on Jan. 29, 1861, and we stand back in admiration and awe not only of Kansas’ rich heritage but also its impressive present and promising future. Happy birthday, Kansas.