Sam Brownback

Brownback Names Interim KDADS Secretary

Dec 11, 2015

Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday named Tim Keck as interim secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Keck will fill the vacancy created when Kari Bruffett leaves to work as director of policy for the Kansas Health Institute, parent organization of the editorially independent KHI News Service.

Gov. Sam Brownback says he favors an audit of the state's foster care and adoption programs.

The governor made the comments Tuesday amid criticism that the Department for Children and Families discriminates against same-sex couples in adoptions and foster care.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is sticking with his decision not to allow state agencies to help relocate Syrian refugees to Kansas. In recent weeks, faith leaders have asked the governor to reconsider under the religious ideals of compassion for those in need.

Brownback says in an interview that he maintains his concern terrorists could infiltrate the U.S. with the refugees.

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A report released today by a group of health foundations backing Medicaid expansion says expansion would more than pay for itself.

The report by a national health consulting firm says that expanding Kansas’ Medicaid program--known as KanCare--would reduce what the state is now spending on the uninsured.

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More religious officials are joining the call for Gov. Sam Brownback to reverse his stance on Syrian refugees coming to Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered that all flags in Kansas be lowered to half-staff out of respect for the victims of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.

Fourteen people were killed and 17 others were wounded Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center after two suspects opened fire during a county employee holiday party.

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A survey released today found that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has the lowest job approval rating in the nation.

Between May and November, more than 75,000 registered voters across all 50 states were asked whether they approve or disapprove of their governor's job performance. Of those surveyed in Kansas, only 26 percent said they approve of Brownback's leadership. Brownback has been criticized for problems with the state's budget as well as cuts in education funding.

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Updated Tuesday at 4:50 with ACLU response:

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined more than a dozen other governors Monday in seeking to block the relocation of refugees from Syria to the U.S.

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spent time in the Wichita area this week to promote trade between Kansas and Mexico.

He visited companies and met with business and government leaders about trade opportunities.

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced a series of financial moves last week to deal with a budget deficit. The plan takes money from the highway fund and other areas to cover the shortfall, but it leaves the state with a razor-thin savings account estimated at under $6 million.