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Activists protest Gov. Sam Brownback in Topeka

Merriam City Council member Al Frisby holds up a two-sided sign during a protest at the Capitol on Friday. One side says "That's Not Kansas Values!" and the other says "Now That's Kansas Values!"
Merriam City Council member Al Frisby holds up a two-sided sign during a protest at the Capitol on Friday. One side says "That's Not Kansas Values!" and the other says "Now That's Kansas Values!" The Wichita Eagle

TOPEKA – A group of 50 activists rallied at the Capitol on Friday, calling for Gov. Sam Brownback’s recall as governor.

A petition on the liberal website MoveOn.org posted in February calling for Brownback’s recall has received more than 38,000 online signatures. The petition charges that “Governor Brownback is morally and financially bankrupting the state of Kansas.” Activists delivered a copy of the petition to the governor’s office after the rally.

Asked about the petition, Eileen Hawley, the governor’s spokeswoman, replied that the people of Kansas have already made their choice clear “twice electing Sam Brownback.”

Kansas law allows for state officials to be recalled, but on very specific grounds: “conviction of a felony, misconduct in office or failure to perform duties prescribed by law.” Misconduct in office refers to violation of the law that impacts an official’s ability to perform his or her duties.

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