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Christie Promises Help for Brownback’s Re-Election Bid
August 21, 2014

KC Star:
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lent a little celebrity verve to the Kansas governor’s race Wednesday, buzzing in to campaign for Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.

The tough-talking New Jersey governor, frequently seen on national television, came to the Kansas City area for a noon fundraiser at the home of a Mission Hills dentist.

On the way, Christie and Brownback stopped for takeout at Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kan., where they created a stir as they took time to shake hands — and take some selfies — with the early lunch crowd.

Later they met with reporters and joked about Christie’s fearless approach to eating sauce-lathered barbecue.

“I suggested he might want to bring a second shirt,” Brownback said. “He says in Jersey you just wear it.”

After picking up their $53.92 order of ribs, sausage and brisket, Brownback and Christie — showing no signs of getting messy — stood outside the gas station turned restaurant and grappled with questions about the Kansas governor’s re-election campaign.

Brownback has been trailing Democratic challenger Paul Davis in most polls so far, raising questions about why a Republican governor would have trouble getting re-elected in a deeply red state.

“This has always been a difficult state. I kind of remember (former governor) Kathleen Sebelius being here for quite some time and that’s about as blue as you can get,” Christie said.

“I never expected this to be an easy race,” he added. “Kansas voters are independent thinkers. They’ve elected Democratic governors before, but they’re going to re-elect a Republican governor in November.”

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie promised to give Brownback the help he needs to win a second term.

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KC Health Officials Investigate Infections in Newborns
August 13, 2014

AP) – Kansas City health authorities in Missouri and Kansas are investigating infections among 14 infants with a virus that can cause meningitis and other inflammation.

The Kansas City Star reports the first cases of a strain of a human parechovirus were discovered in June.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow says none of the infants has died from HPeV3 but all have been hospitalized. Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital have reported cases.

She says it’s unclear if the infections are connected. Nine of the children are from Kansas and the rest are Missouri residents.

Rosenow says the department is working with the Missouri Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if there have been other infections.

Brownback Says NEA Lawsuit Could Harm Schools
August 12, 2014

(AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s worried that a lawsuit by the state’s largest teachers union challenging an anti-tenure measure could endanger additional funds for poor school districts.

Brownback said Monday that the lawsuit filed by the Kansas National Education Association in Shawnee County District Court was, in his words, an exercise in labor-union politics.

The KNEA contends that legislators this year violated the Kansas Constitution by tying additional funding for poor public schools to a measure ending guaranteed tenure for public school teachers.

The union said the combination violated the state constitution’s requirement that most legislation have only one subject. The group wants to block only the anti-tenure measure.

But Brownback said he’s concerned that the education money also could be jeopardized.

JoCo GOP Committeeman Tweets “Offending Muslims” is a Duty, Especially with a Gun
August 8, 2014

KC Star:

Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”

Ellzey added, “Especially with a .45.”

In an interview with The Star, the Overland Park resident acknowledged writing the tweet in response to television news reports about Christians being “crucified” overseas.

“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey said.

“I’ve had folks call me,” he added. “I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”

He said he later deleted the tweet.

Mahnaz Shabbir of the Crescent Peace Society said she was shocked when she saw the tweet.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work in the community to try to help others understand who we are,” she said. “When something like this comes across my computer, my first reaction is like, are you kidding me?”

She pointed out the tweet came just months after the shootings at the Jewish Community Center.

Shabbir said that Ellzey should be removed from his minor party office and that the Kansas GOP should apologize.

Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said the state party has “no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform volunteer work for the party.”

He added that the “party in no way shares Ellzey’s sentiments on Muslims.”

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Cierpoit Predicts “Friday Favors” Override as GOP Gathers in KC
August 8, 2014

One of the Republican Leaders of the Missouri House, Jackson County St. rep Mike Ciepiot predicts lawmakers will override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a a series of tax cut bills according to the Missouri Times.
Nixon calls the bill the “Friday Favors”, since they were passed on a Friday, the last day of the session in May.
Ciepiot made his predict as members of the House Republican Campaign Committee gather this weekend I. Kansas City for a pre- veto session meeting.
Cierpiot told the Times the meeting was a chance for the Republican House caucus to meet and talk what is coming at the veto session.
““Governor Nixon is working very hard to stir the pot with local government folks with some information that is just plain exaggerated or false, and we want to make sure we are prepared to rebut that'” Ciepiot said.
The article says Ciepiot, assistant House Leader, is assigned to track the votes of his GOP colleagues for the veto session.
Lawmakers return to Jefferson City in September to consider Nixon’s vetoes.
In 2013, the GOP dominated Legislature set a record, overturning 10 of the Governor’s actions.


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