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Brownback, Christie Share Record Of Credit Downgrades, Open Investigations

Sam Brownback and Chris Christie have a great deal in common: both have caused credit rating downgrades, both are dealing with criminal investigations of their staff and associates, and both have put their own political agendas before what’s best for the people of Kansas and New Jersey.

Now outside special interests like Gov. Christie’s Republican Governors Association are doing all they can to defend Sam Brownback’s failed leadership. But in the end there’s no defending Brownback’s failed experiment, especially by Gov. Christie who has the exact same record.

The fact is Kansas is going broke under Gov. Sam Brownback and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the last person he should turn to for financial advice.


Brownback Sneaks By No-Name, No-Money Primary Challenger

TOPEKA – Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon released the following statement on Governor Sam Brownback's anemic primary performance against his unknown and unfunded primary opponent Jennifer Winn:

"Tonight's results reflect the fact that voters know that Sam Brownback is not working for Kansas families," said Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair. "Kansans are holding Sam Brownback accountable for his attacks on Kansas schools, his broken promises on jobs, and his reckless tax experiment that is bankrupting our state."


False surge — Brownback vulnerability shows in misleading campaign loans

When it comes to campaign funds, Gov. Sam Brownback's wingman has come in handy.

Twice, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has produced a sizable loan to improve the appearance of Brownback's campaign finance status and related support.

On Dec. 31, 2013, Colyer loaned the governor's campaign $500,000 just before a campaign finance filing deadline. Brownback and Colyer called the loan a commitment to a better future for Kansas children, and a way to help the governor take his message to voters.


Brownback, Colyer Again Try To Trick Kansas Voters With Sham Loan

TOPEKA – Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback released his primary campaign finance report showing that Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer made a last-minute $500,000 loan to the Brownback campaign, just as he had done at the end of the last reporting period on December 31, 2013. Additionally, the governor's finance report showed his campaign had paid back Lt. Gov. Colyer's first loan on January 2, 2014, just two days after the original loan was made.


Brownback Flip-Flops In One Day On Energy Standards

TOPEKA – Yesterday morning Governor Sam Brownback told reporters he supported eliminating the renewable energy standards (RPS), but by late afternoon his office backtracked, issuing a statement saying just the opposite. This quick position flip-flop is not new for Gov. Brownback.

“In a rare moment of candor, the governor clearly supported the phase out of the RPS,” said Joan Wagnon, KDP Chair. “Yet after wind advocates voiced outrage, Sam Brownback flip-flopped in an attempt at damage control.”


KDP Files Full Slate Of Federal And Statewide Candidates

TOPEKA – The Kansas Democratic Party has fielded a complete slate of candidates for all federal and statewide Kansas offices as of today's noon campaign filing deadline. The slate is headlined by the strong gubernatorial ticket of Paul Davis and Jill Docking.


Carmen Alldritt Files For State Treasurer, Will Return Responsible Leadership To Kansas

TOPEKA – Promising to bring responsible leadership to the State Treasurer's office, Carmen Alldritt filed paperwork today to run for Kansas State Treasurer.

“Kansas is being led down a path of financial ruin by Gov. Sam Brownback,” said Alldritt. “It's time to replace partisan politicians with moderate, fiscally responsible leaders who will do what's best for Kansas families."


Kansas Democrats Saddened By The Passing Of Bill Roy, Former Democratic Member Of Congress

TOPEKA – Jason Perkey, Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party, issued a statement following the passing of Dr. William "Bill" Roy, 88, a former Democratic member of Congress, United States Air Force veteran, and retired Topeka physician:


Bill establishing death gratuity benefits in Kansas becomes law

Bill proposed and championed by KDP Veterans & Military Families Caucus Chair Keith Humphrey

Yesterday, the governor signed bill introduced by United States Navy veteran Keith Humphrey, the Kansas Democratic Party's Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair, in the wake of the federal government shutdown of 2013.

"The work done by Keith Humphrey is nothing short of amazing," said Jason Perkey, KDP Executive Director. "This bill guarantees that no Kansas military family will be abandoned by their government at the exact moment support is needed the most - when a loved one is lost."


Jenkins ought to know better

CPA recertification dust-up hurts her credibility

One can fault Kansas regulators for giving U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins permission to continue to identify herself in her congressional and campaign literature as a certified public accountant, even though she ceased being one when her certification expired in 2012.

It has the look of a favor, the sort of favor regulators ought to know better than to grant. That’s true even though Rep. Jenkins agreed not to perform the duties of a CPA.



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