Capitol Insider podcast: Carl Brewer sees need to help Kansans who feel forgotten

Capitol Insider podcast: Carl Brewer sees need to help Kansans who feel forgotten

Hide caption Hide caption sherman_news Former Wichita mayor Carl Brewer says he felt compelled to enter the governor’s race because so much was at stake as a result of damage by former Gov. Sam Brownback. When he looked at the field of candidates, he didn’t see another Democrat who could defeat either of the leading Republicans — Gov. Jeff Colyer or Secretary of State Kris Kobach. “So many people were being left out, not being a part of the solution to the problems,” Brewer said. In a conversation for Capitol Insider, the podcast by The Topeka Capital-Journal about people and ideas in state politics, Brewer outlined his thoughts on taxes, health care, marijuana, education, abortion, gun rights and the state-run foster care system with which he has become tragically familiar. Under Brownback’s administration, the Kansas Department for Children and Families became a lightning rod for scrutiny as services were privatized, warning signs were ignored and children were left sleeping in offices. Last year, Brewer’s grandson was killed after family members tried to get officials to intervene. Brewer said those issues should bother everybody in Kansas. “We must have transparency so when someone misses a gate, there’s someone that’s able to look and to see where it’s at and what happened,” Brewer said, “and you have to hold people accountable for that.” As a military officer, Brewer said, he trained infantry soldiers heading to the Gulf War. But he said there is no place for civilians to have an AR-15 […]

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