Sebeliis Continues to Blast Brownback
February 13, 2015

(AP) – Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she was surprised and distressed by Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to rescind an executive order that offered protections for gay, lesbian and transgender state employees.

In a speech at the Dole Institute in Lawrence Thursday, Sebelius also called Brownback’s efforts to eliminate the state’s income tax to increase business and job growth in Kansas “a colossal failure.”

Sebelius said she signed the executive order protecting LGBT state employees in 2007 to signal that Kansas wanted a diverse and talented workforce and was a tolerant state. Brownback rescinded the order Tuesday, saying that such changes should be made by the state Legislature.

The former governor said she’s concerned that the state is on a long-term downward economic spiral because of its multi-million dollar budget deficit.

Dole Institute Marks ‘s Dole’s 90th Birthday
July 22, 2013

(AP) – Residents are being invited to the University of Kansas in Lawrence to help mark the 90th birthday of former Sen. Bob Dole and celebrate his life of public service.

The event Monday will be held at the Dole Institute of Politics where the former Republican U.S. senator’s archives are housed. The institute opened in 2003.

Dole is not expected to attend.

Dole served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 until 1996, when he retired to run for president but lost to Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton. Dole is a World War II veteran who served in Europe, where he was severely wounded in battle in Italy.

Activities scheduled for the birthday celebration include serving cupcakes, making political buttons and the signing of a card wishing Dole a happy birthday.

Dole Institute to Mark Dole’s 90th Birthday Next Week
July 12, 2013

(AP) – A community celebration is scheduled for July 22 on the University of Kansas campus to mark the 90th birthday of former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole.

The event will be held at the Dole Institute of Politics where the former Republican U.S. senator’s archives are housed. The institute opened in 2003.

Dole is not expected to attend.

Dole served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 until 1996, when he retired to run for president but lost to Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton. Dole is a World War II veteran who served in Europe, where he was severely wounded in battle in Italy.

Activities scheduled for the birthday celebration include serving cupcakes, story time, making political buttons and the signing of a card wishing the senator a happy birthday.

Rumsefled at Dole Institute in Lawrence Later in July
July 10, 2012

(AP) – Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will speak July 26 at a forum on current affairs at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence.

Rumsfeld served as secretary of defense from 1975 to 1977 and again from 2001 to 2006, working for two Republican administrations after the Vietnam War and through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also was a four-term congressman from Illinois from 1962 to 1969.

Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute, said Rumsfeld’s appearance will give insight into U.S. history and how policy was made by different administrations.

Rumsfeld will also be signing copies of his memoir for the public.