Brownback Goes Broadway on Tax Reform Tour
March 8, 2013



The Wichita Eagle
TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback kicked off a two-day national media blitz in New York on Thursday promoting the state’s new lower income tax rates.
“We’re seeking tax refugees,” Brownback told Bloomberg TV in an interview Thursday morning. “So anybody watching this show, whether you’re in New York or anywhere, come to Kansas.”
Brownback had stops scheduled Thursday at “Varney & Co.” on the Fox Business Channel, “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel and “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on the Fox Business Channel. He is to appear today on “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News.
“I want to attract people and human capital into the state,” Brownback said in the Bloomberg interview.
The governor also taped an interview expected to air later on Yahoo News, and he was conducting interviews with The Wall Street Journal, Brownback spokeswoman Sara Arif said Thursday.
“He’s really promoting our tax policy,” she said.
Brownback’s plug for Kansas’ new tax environment follows the income tax rate reductions he signed into law last year that eliminated income taxes for most small businesses and farms and lowered rates for individual income taxpayers.
It also comes as lawmakers this year grapple with how to adjust state spending and increase revenue to prevent big budget deficits projected as the result of the tax cuts.

Palin and Fox News Split
January 26, 2013

Sarah Palin has parted ways with Fox News after a three-year run with the network, according to reports.

Real Clear Politics reported Friday that the former Alaska governor will no longer be a paid contributor on Fox News. Palin joined Fox News in 2009, after she resigned as Alaska governor.

“It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” a source described as “close to Palin” told Real Clear Politics. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”

A Fox News spokesperson then confirmed to The New York Times that it has “parted ways” with the former Republican vice presidential nominee.

Fox News executive vice president of programming Bill Shine told the Times in a statement that “we have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Fox News did not respond to POLITICO’s requests for comments.

Has Fox News Benched Rove & Morris?
December 5, 2012

Politico’s Media reporter Dylan Byers has this:
Yet another Fox News scoop from New York’s Gabe Sherman:

According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has a directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox’s anti-Obama campaign — Ailes’s orders mean new rules. Ailes’s deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders to producers mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris.

Fox Gives Palin the Hook on It’s Convo Coverage
August 29, 2012

Four years ago, she was the star of the Republican National Convention. Now Sarah Palin is upset about getting the hook from the television network where she is working.

The former vice presidential candidate posted on her Facebook page Wednesday that she’s “sorry Fox (News Channel) canceled all my scheduled interviews” for the evening. She said she wanted to honor John McCain, who selected her as his running mate in 2008.

Fox executive Bill Shine said the network’s plans changed because the Republicans had to condense their schedule of speeches from four nights to three because of Hurricane Isaac. He said Fox looks forward to having Palin back soon.

The former Alaska governor is a paid Fox contributor. She was on the network Monday and Tuesday nights.

Roberts Confident He Won’t Make Lugar’s Mistake
May 10, 2012

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts told Fox News Thursday morning he is confident Kansas voters won’t think he is out of touch.
According to the KC Star, Roberts told Fox News he expects to be visit all 105 counties in Kansas by the end of the year.
He told a KCK audience back in March he intends to run for re-election in 2014. Roberts is 76.
Tuesday, Indiana voters defeated long-time Senator Richard Lugar. He was a Senate foreign policy expert. Lugar served 6 terms in the Senate.
Roberts says his foreign policy expertise may have actually hurt Lugar in his primary campaign.
“Everyone thought he did a service. But in this day and age, you better pay attention to the folks back home and better vote the way they think is acceptable,.” He told Fox News, according to the report.
One of the big issues in the Lugar race appeared to be his ties to Indiana. The former Indianapolis mayor no longer had an Indiana driver’s license.