The Sam Brownback budget is to the editors at the Kansas City Star what Moby Dick was to Ahab, what Bill Clinton was to Monica, what snow is to CNN (Juno, anyone?)–an unhealthy obsession bordering on mania…
The latest breathtaking revelation from the Star is that Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s budget director emailed a working version of the proposed budget to two “lobbyists”–cries of despair, please–three weeks before it was unveiled to lawmakers. How the Star got ahold of emails sent on a private email account is left largely to the imagination.
Left to the end of the article is the less than breathtaking revelation that nine other current staffers received the same email, and all of the names seem to have been cc’ed.
One of the two lobbyists in question had been Brownback’s chief of staff.
Another had been his campaign manager. Would it not seem helpful to get outside input, presumably free of charge, from people who just might know something about the budget process? Continue reading