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Court Sides with Corporate Takeover

WICHITA, Kan. - During State of the Union, President Obama created a minor stir by criticizing the recent Supreme Court ruling that threw out much of campaign finance law that deals with outside influences on elections, essentially claiming that corporations and other groups have the same free speech rights as citizens and that money equals speech.

To me this has a potential chilling effect on Democracy with those with the most money, and foreign corporations having an undo influence over our electoral system(I know cynics would say its that way now).

My aunt, who not only is one of the smartest people I know (and a better writer than I) but who along with my uncle shaped my political beliefs, had this to say in the Jan. 27th Wichita Eagle...

cstein.jpgGREAT BEND, Kan. - Christina Stein has filed papers with the Kansas Secretary of State's office to become a candidate for House of Representatives 112th District. The 112th District covers most of Barton County, including the cities of Great Bend, Albert, Dundee, Pawnee Rock, Galatia, Olmitz and surrounding townships.

Christina indicates that her main focus will be working for good jobs at good wages in Barton County. "The economy is much better in Kansas than in Michigan, where I grew up. The crash of the auto industry has my home state in sharp decline," she explains.

Though she has observed that the jobs market may be worse in other places, she still believes that, even in the current economy, Great Bend and Barton County can provide better jobs at better wages than are currently available. Christina intends to support economic development and chamber efforts to bring new businesses to the area as well as support policies that help our small businesses grow and prosper.

2010 Election Season Begins

TOPEKA, Kan. - And we're off! The 2010 election season is getting off to a quick start with several candidates declaring interest in running for office. State Senator Chris Steineger filed for the Secretary of State position last week, joining several others who have indicated interest in running for the seat.

His press release is below...

WICHITA, Kan. - State Rep. Raj Goyle reported his campaign raised $252,953.29 during the fourth quarter of 2009. Goyle's campaign now has $583,483.28 cash on hand, a record amount for a challenger going into an election year in Kansas' Fourth Congressional District.

"I am deeply humbled by the tremendous support I've received from people across the Fourth District and the State of Kansas," said Goyle.

Goyle drew on a wide base of support, receiving contributions from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Nearly half of all contributions Goyle's campaign received were less than one hundred dollars. With nearly 1,500 contributions since July, Goyle's campaign has more supporters than any other candidate in the race to date.

Tom Holland for Governor

DERBY, Kan. - Tom Holland for governor is indeed a breath of fresh air. Just hearing of anyone willing to challenge Sam Brownback is encouraging, to say the least. However, just having the identification of Republican gives any statewide candidate in Kansas at least a 3 to 1 advantage. Even though Brownback doesn't have a very high approval rating in the polls, when it comes voting time, the republican candidate just seems to automatically get the nod.

What, then, will it take for Tom Holland to wage a successful campaign for Governor of one of the most solid red states in America?

5-4 Decision Cuts Many Ways

OLATHE, Kan. - The United States Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Wednesday to allow unrestricted corporate funding of political messaging would seem to be a real blow to what most of us in the progressive community deem to be fair and just. But, with a little time to step back and analyze the situation, this could provide some fabulous opportunities for us.

Here's a case in point: this morning on the way to work I was listening to KCMO Talk Radio 710, a local Fox affiliate. Their drive-time entertainer and professional blatherer is a guy named Chris Stigall. He came up with what he thought was a brilliant two-pronged idea, the gist of which is the following:

GREAT BEND, Kan. - State Senator Tom Holland's (D-Baldwin City) probable entry into the Kansas Governor's race is a major development, because Holland has a track record of knocking off Republican incumbents. He defeated incumbent Republican House member Ralph Tanner in a heated 2002 race in the 10th House District, and in 2008 he defeated Republican State Senator Roger Pine in the 3rd Senate District.

Although U.S. Senator Sam Brownback is not an incumbent Governor, he symbolizes everything people think of when they think of "the status quo." Brownback is a career politician whom people associate with Washington, D.C. His 49% approval rating is remarkably low for a longtime Republican incumbent in Kansas.

The worst possible news for Brownback's candidacy was this week, when Massachusetts voters filled the "John F. Kennedy / Edward M. Kennedy" seat with a Republican. Brownback would have been so much better off if Coakley had won without incident. Obama had been on the wrong track, and Kansas voters knew it - Obama's approval rating in Kansas was 36% - even lower than Brownback's.

No Room for Partisanship

WICHITA, Kan. - According to Brandon Whipple of Wichita, "No one should be denied the opportunity for a quality education."

Whipple, a first generation college graduate, entered the race for state legislator to represent Kansas District 96.

Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between, should look closely at this particular candidate.

Anyone who understands the dynamic importance of quality education and job creation needs to take a scrutinized look at the voting record of incumbent Rep. Phil Hermanson before heading to the polls this fall.

"Our children are our most valuable and, unfortunately, most vulnerable resource. The recent budget cuts to public schools are jeopardizing the future of our children. My opponent is not doing his part to protect and fund education," Whipple said.

Whipple's community involvement and level of education speaks volumes about his core beliefs, and his desire to commit his valuable work ethics to the people of Wichita.

barack-obama-1.jpgSALINA, Kan. - The ninth season of the hit television program American Idol is scheduled to begin tomorrow night, almost a year after the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African American president of the United States. Professor Sherrilyn A. Ifill, a civil rights lawyer and law professor at the University of Maryland Law School, authored a provocative essay exploring the link between the two phenomena.

From Idol to Obama: What TV Elections Teach Us About Race, Youth & Voting appears in the recently released collection of essays Barack Obama and African American Empowerment: The Rise of Black America's New Leadership. The book, edited by Manning Marable, professor of history and political science, and public affairs at Columbia University includes the contribution of over a dozen scholars analyzing the significance of the election of President Obama.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Before Julie and I had children, we had HBO. Back then HBO featured exclusive heavyweight championship fights. Mike Tyson was Heavyweight Champion of the World. And when HBO would broadcast his fights, I started a tradition of inviting some of my friends over to watch the fights.

Mike Tyson was invincible, and the best I could hope for was that the fight would last a few rounds so we could have a few beers and see an interesting fight. We didn't like Tyson, but all good "morality plays" have a villain, and Tyson was the seemingly invincible Goliath.

I remember one Friday night when one of my friends was a little late for the broadcast, ringing our doorbell almost the exact second the bell sounded for the first round of the bout. In the few seconds that it took me to walk to the door and invite my friend into the TV room, Mike Tyson had knocked out Carl "The Truth" Williams. Williams had not thrown a single punch.

Will Kansas Have a Race?

Its Time to Step Up

donkey-in-barrel.jpgWICHITA, Kan. - 2010 is here and its already an election year, and you don't have to be a pessimist to see that it could be a very bad year for Democrats with no candidates for Governor, Dennis Moore and Laura Kelly dropping out. In fact my nightmare scenario of a Governor Brownback, Secretary of State Kobach, with an all Republican Congressional Delegation and the Republicans picking up 4 or 5 more seats in the Legislature isn't all that far fetched.

To stop above scenario from happening is within our grasp, its as easy as contacting the campaigns of candidates like Raj Goyle and Charles Schollenberger and either volunteering or giving a little money, even 5 dollars adds up, if you can get 100 people giving, it adds up quickly, Another thing is half if not more of the precinct committee positions are vacant.

WICHITA, Kan. - I dare to ask the women of Kansas to stand up and use our voting power to remove Senator Sam Brownback from Kansas Government. By his own actions Brownback has shown he cares nothing for important women's issues. He voted against the Preventive Services Coverage Bill that would expand women's access to preventive services such as mammograms. He also voted against the Equal Pay Bill, a gender pay equity law, and the Lily Ledbetter Pay Act that would redefine discriminatory salaries. Instead Brownback focused on anti-abortion amendments.

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