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Gov. Sam Brownback suffers a political brownout

Just how deep of a hole does Kansas’ Governor, Sam Brownback find himself in?

It’s that bad for Brownback.

Sunday brought the news that the FBI was investigating some of the Republican’s closest political confidants. Investigators want to know if pressure was applied to ensure that those top advisers received lucrative lobbying contracts.

That David Kensinger, Brownback’s right-hand man for so many years and the architect of conservative dominance in the state, appears to be a focus is simply devastating for the governor.

On Thursday, Moody’s announced it was downgrading the state’s bond rating. The reason was the state’s sluggish economic recovery compared with other states. One result of that sluggishness is plummeting state revenue that fell an astonishing $92.8 million below projections for April.

For months, the governor argued just the opposite. He said the big tax cuts put Kansas ahead of the pack.

Any of these stories would rank as setbacks. Together, they place Brownback in a position he’s never been in before in a startlingly successful political career that saw him rise from state agriculture secretary to congressman to U.S. senator to governor. It seemed he could only win. He ran for president in 2008 and was expected to try again.

Those prospects dim daily.

There were times in recent weeks when Brownback seemed to be turning the corner. He managed to tame his fellow conservatives who ran amok early in the legislative session and put him on the defensive. As the session rolled along, Brownback appealed to moderates who will determine this year’s election with proposals to aid the disabled, boost local school funding and add all-day kindergarten.

Those moves might have jump-started a heavily favored campaign. Ten days ago, the Brownback crowd pointed to a new Rasmussen poll that showed the governor leading Democrat Paul Davis 47 to 40 percent. Even that news came with a giant caveat: Brownback was still short of 50 percent. Any credible political analyst will tell you that a guy as well known as the governor is hurting if he’s under 50.

This campaign has a way to go, and Davis still must answer tough questions. But know this: The 2014 race for governor is a referendum not on Davis, but on a man who has been the dominant force in Kansas politics in the post-Bob Dole era.

Today that dominance is in peril. Brownback’s in deep.

Article written by and courtesy of:

STEVE KRASKE, The Kansas City Star

Original article click here: The Kansas City Star Article


Half of the States in Our Nation Now Have Some Form of Medical Cannabis

Half of all the states in the U.S. now have Medical Marijuana Bills, legalizing the medicine in one form or another. These states are taking measures to provide a safe alternative to Big Pharmacy prescription pills.
Half of all the states in the U.S. now have Medical Marijuana Bills, legalizing the medicine in one form or another. These states are taking measures to provide a safe alternative to Big Pharmacy prescription medication. CLICK ON THE FLAG TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS!

In 2014 numerous states have joined the movement to legalize at least some form of medical cannabis. This of course excludes states such as Kansas, which has a government made up of extreme, right-wing, evangelical christians that will not give HB2198 and SB9 the time of day. The House and Senate have dismissed the bill for several years now, despite the overwhelming numbers of Kansans, including the Silver Hair Political group’s endorsement and polls indicating 70% of Kansans wanting the bill.

In Utah, the governor recently signed a measure legalizing low-THC cannabis oil. In Kentucky, the state’s legislature has voted unanimously to legalize cannabidiol (a compound found in cannabis); the measure is expected to be signed by the governor.

In Mississippi, the state’s House and Senate has voted to also legalize cannabis oil that’s low in THC for medical purposes. The measure awaits a response from the governor.

In Maryland, the state’s full legislature has voted to legalize medical cannabis, including dispensaries and cultivation centers.

Alabama’s Legislature has approved a measure which establishes a million dollar study on medical cannabis oil, allowing the University of Alabama to produce and distribute it to those with seizure disorders.

Although these measures don’t go far enough – the whole cannabis plant should be legalized for example, and not just cannabis oil – they’re clearly a step in the right direction. The approval of these proposals is also numerous states admitting that cannabis has medical value, demonstrating that it doesn’t fit the legal description of a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

With these states recently passing medical cannabis proposals, it makes 25 states in the U.S. – half of the entire country – that has voted to legalize some form of medical cannabis (with the others being Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington). This is a huge achievement given the first medical cannabis law was passed less than 20 years ago.

Other state legislatures, such as Florida‘s, are also currently advancing medical cannabis proposals, and numerous other states have legislation being discussed. It’s only a matter of time before medical cannabis will be legalized nation, and worldwide.

To help Kansans in their fight please read the information below.

Earlier this month, Kansas Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City, Kansas) introduced SB 9, a bill which would allow Kansas residents with qualifying conditions to legally use and possess marijuana.

According to a recent SurveyUSA poll, 70% of Kansans believe that medical marijuana should be legal, but unfortunately, State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, intends to block the bill from receiving a hearing. Pilcher-Cook said in an interview with AP, “I don’t think the Legislature would be for it,” she said. “We have a very limited session. You have to look at the opportunity costs.”

Opportunity costs? What about the opportunity cost of denying every sick person who would benefit from marijuana the right to use it? Or how about the opportunity costs of someone taking addictive and dangerous opiates because they don’t have safe access to marijuana?

Lives are literally hanging in the balance and the opportunity cost of not allowing this bill a hearing is too great.

Please call Senator Pilcher-Cook’s office (785-296-7362)  urging her to allow SB 9 to receive a hearing.

For more information click HERE.


The sunflower state is becoming the sundowner state!

More people have been leaving Kansas than moving here over the last four years, new Census figures show.
That number offsets a net gain of 9,830 people who migrated into the state from 2007 to 2009, Census numbers show.
Although the numbers seem at odds with Gov. Sam Brownback’s “Road Map for Kansas,” which aims to grow the state by improving the economy, Brownback’s spokeswoman Sara Belfry said “Kansas’ population has declined for a long period of time. She said the new Census data doesn’t reflect the true impact of Brownback’s tax cuts, which went into effect in January 2013. Brownback took office in January 2011“. These “tax cuts” are not being felt by the average Kansans, in fact, most working Kansans agree taxes seem to be rising and skilled jobs diminishing.
“The Governor has watched the population decline in Kansas throughout his lifetime,” Belfry wrote in an e-mail to The Eagle. “Since being elected, the Governor has worked hard to grow the Kansas economy and jobs. The numbers don’t lie though. Belfry works for the Governor, so she really has no choice but to narrate excuses in a positive light. Belfry also stated “we are happy with the growth Kansas has seen.” This statement sums up what is wrong with Kansas. 

Kansas has never been known as a progressive state, usually following the rest of the nation. Crime rates rise and population falls. People move to locations with good schools, good hospitals and healthcare and good job opportunities. That is just basic, general knowledge.

Sedgwick County saw more people leave from 2010 to 2013 than any other county in the state, with a net loss of 5,236 people. Wyandotte and Shawnee counties each lost about 1,500 people to migration during that time.
Johnson County saw a net gain of 9,699 new residents over the same time period. Other big gainers were Riley County, with 1,588 new residents, and Douglas County, with 1,360.
The Census data confirms what many of Sedgwick County’s elected officials and business leaders already know. Although there is no data to confirm it, it’s natural to connect the county’s large job loss with an exit of people, wrote Tim Chase, president of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, in an email to The Eagle.
Sedgewick County reported losing 32,000 jobs and gaining 7000 new jobs. Not exactly the plan that Governor Brownback had in mind.
Area leaders are working to find new ways to rebuild the regional economy by growing primary jobs, Chase said. This may be the case but the numbers do not indicate good job growth in Kansas.
Many Kansans are asking: Why live in a state whose politicians are trying to go back in time? Seems they’d love to go back a few thousand years before science, basic human rights and tolerance were commonplace.
The Census shows that Kansas gained 16,752 people from international migration over the last four years, but lost 26,949 to other states, resulting in the net 10,197 loss. Sedgwick County gained 2,136 people from other countries, but lost 7,372 to domestic migration.
The numbers don’t reveal any information about who left, or why.
Kansas was among the bottom 10 states in the number of people who moved in from other states compared with the number who moved out during the 12 months ending July 1, 2013. Kansas ended that 12 months with a net loss of 12,557. Colorado and Oklahoma, on the other hand, were in the top 10 states receiving people.
For the 10-year period from 2000 to 2009, the state had a net migration loss of 17,574. Most of it occurred during the five-year period from 2001 to 2005 when Kansas had a net loss of more than 27,000 people.

Kansas being known for rich farmland, could have industrial hemp, which is used for paper, clothes, you name it, but the conservative, right-wing would rather import from other countries than open up this new revenue stream.

Kansas is still behind the times. I guess the old saying “if you want to travel back 50 years in time, go to Kansas” still rings true.

Baby Boomers also are expected to move out of the state in large numbers as well.

Maybe Kansas needs to think a little more about the economic future. This may include passing HB2198 and SB9, which would open up new markets for medicinal cannabis (marijuana) and also improve the quality of life for thousands of Kansans, while providing much-needed job growth and tax revenue for the state.

By Emery Myers

Additional information obtained HERE.

Tell Kansas Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook to Allow Hearing of Medical Cannabis Bill SB 9. She is not allowing it again, year after year, while most other states are enacting these very same bills!

Tell Kansas Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook to Allow Hearing of Medical Cannabis Bill SB 9. She is not allowing it again, year after year, while most other states are enacting these very same bills!.