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Differing views on Brownback

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Some nuggets from a recent three-part series by the Topeka Capital-Journal examining Gov. Sam Brownback’s leadership style and administration: Eight of 11 Cabinet positions have turned over since Brownback’s January 2011 inauguration, one of them twice. His first budget director, Steve Anderson, once proposed in a meeting with agency heads to eliminate all state government positions paying more than $60,000 – estimating that there were 5,000 such jobs when there were actually 912, including everyone at the table, recalled then-Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor. And views of the governor depend a lot on proximity to him, with former chief of staff David Kensinger saying that “we’re lucky to have him” and ousted moderate GOP Sen. Tim Owens contending that “he tried to make it seem like he was Mr. Nice Guy, but he really wasn’t.” – Rhonda Holman