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Governor Sam Brownback just sent the Kansas public an email. No, no, no – the “e” in this email doesn’t stand for “electronic.” It stands for “ehh,” as in “ehh, who gives a good Kansas dang about the public’s right to know.

You see, Governor Holdback, I mean Brownback, believes he has the right to hold back from you, the Kansas public, just whatever the gosh darn he doesn’t want you to know. He sent that message to us all loud and clear when he decided years ago, to use his private email account for conducting the public’s business.

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A restaurant waitress says she left a message for Governor Sam Brownback on his receipt..to "start a conversation about education."

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chloe Hough was working her last shift as an employee Saturday night at Boss Hawg's in Topeka when she waited on the governor.

Hough later posted his receipt on Facebook, showing the line for the tip crossed out and the phrase "Tip the schools" written beside it.

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Governor Sam Brownback is encouraging Kansas business owners to expand their enterprises and create new ones.

Governor Brownback met with entrepreneurs from around the state yesterday at the annual Small Business Day event organized by National Federation of Independent Business. The association includes 4,000 Kansas companies.

Brownback says the state's economy is still recovering from downturns in small aircraft manufacturing but is on a strong footing for growth.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has laid out some details of his legislative priorities in the 2015 State of the State address.

Brownback touched on the state’s tax policy and education funding system during the speech, but gave few details about how he’ll propose filling a budget gap. Stephen Koranda reports....

Brownback started by touting what he says are his accomplishments. He pointed to job growth seen in the state in recent years.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has officially started his second term in office.

He highlighted what he calls a "crisis of the family" during his inauguration speech.

Stephen Koranda reports...

Brownback mentioned what he called “economic problems” in Kansas, but said the solutions are cultural and moral. He says issues of character and morality are connected to other challenges facing Kansas.

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A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

The jury has ordered the state's ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press.

Carol Williams with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka.

She was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback's campaign received in 2013 and 2014.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is preparing for the first legislative session since winning reelection this fall.

His first term in office included sweeping changes to the state's tax policy and programs like Medicaid. Brownback also recently announced a series of budget cuts needed to eliminate a deficit in the current fiscal year. The state is facing another deficit in the coming year. 

Stephen Koranda recently sat down with Brownback to talk about the budget and the upcoming session. He began by asking the governor about the state's tax policy.

Governor Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about his plans to fix a hole in the state budget. But as Stephen Koranda reports, Brownback says he's looking at all the options.

Following a meeting at the Statehouse, Brownback gave few details to the media about what he'll propose. He says all options are on the table, including tax increases or slowing future scheduled decreases.

Brownback also won't say whether he'll make budget cuts, known as allotments before lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January.

Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer is not answering questions about a new loan he's made to Governor Sam Brownback's campaign.

A financial disclosure filing shows Colyer loaned Brownback's campaign $500,000 in August.

He made similar loans last December and this July, but both were paid back within two days.

At a campaign event yesterday in Wichita, Colyer refused to answer questions about the loans or the origin of the money he's lending to Brownback's campaign.

Brownback campaign spokesman John Milburn says the loans amount to simple "cash management."

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Topeka on Monday to help Governor Sam Brownback in his race against Democrat Paul Davis.

Christie is chair of the Republican Governors Association.

He says a year ago he wouldn't have thought he'd be working in Kansas to help a Republican facing a tight race.

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