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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - This November when voters head to the polls, they can choose a candidate who has demonstrated determination and desire to represent all people. Party politics aside, Kansans have a rare opportunity to send the first U.S. Senator with a doctorate in education to Washington.
Dr. Lisa Johnston

Lisa Johnston stands out among Democratic hopefuls for Tuesdays primary with a strong voice and message, as demonstrated repeatedly while traveling throughout Kansas.

There is no doubt Kansans, like so many others, are bushed from years of war, a sinking economy, and tax breaks for the wealthiest. Now, our "intelligent" elected leaders are playing high stake games in D.C. as a tool to make one party look bad for lack of accomplishment while real American's suffer further obstructions.

The reality of years of failure has set in motion a desire in voters to give incumbents the old heave-ho and replace them with commonsense politicians who will work to restore this country to its roots of greatness. The problem is, some are eager to throw out the politicians who have worked for eighteen short months and have made already a huge impact in gradually pulling our country out of recession.

Politics of Conspiracy

elephant-on-his-head.jpgWICHITA, Kan. - Conspiracy theories have always been part of politics; 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Deathers, and John Birchers are the most recent. The question I have is, "When did kook conspiracy theories become mainstream?"

Are mainstream candidates like Kris Kobach and Tracey Mann parroting birther talking points because they themselves are birthers or because that's what the zombie masses on the right want to hear? The birther movement is either as Colorado Republican senate hopeful Ken Buck stated that the birthers are a "bunch of dumb-asses," Or, the whole birth certificate, citizenship question just far right wing code, for, "Oh my god we have a black president," and they're just smart enough to know that screaming that ends what ever shred of credibility they have.

Either way its sad to see politicians sucking up to the racist and or stupid wing of the Republican party via the birthers. And the Hutchinson News rightly rescinded its endorsement of Tracey Mann after he espoused birther views.

kansas-state-capitol-2.jpgHAYS, Kan. - Today, the Kansas NOW Political Action Committee announced its endorsements for the candidates running in the 2010 primary and general elections. Kari Ann Rinker, state coordinator of Kansas NOW, explains, "These endorsements indicate the PAC's approval of candidates who are, or promise to be, leaders in promoting NOW's issues, or candidates whose voting records, if they exist, demonstrate this support."

Kansas candidates were asked to respond to 7 survey questions and provide comments. The PAC's survey questions addressed issues such as gender equality, access to reproductive health care and legislation reducing violence against women.

Once the surveys were tabulated and reviewed by the KS NOW PAC Committee, decisions were made to endorse 45 Kansas Democrats and 11 Kansas Republicans. For the complete list of endorsements, click here.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Extremism scares people. Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater scared the bejesus out of Kansas voters in the 1964 election, and the state went Democratic for President with LBJ. That's the last time Kansas turned blue in a Presidential election.

46 years later, many Kansas Republicans are frightened again by their own party. It's simple arithmetic, really. Kansas ranks #2 among states in percentage of Republicans, but Kansas is not even in the top fourteen states in "self-identified conservatives." Stated differently, there are a lot of moderate Republicans in Kansas. And almost all the Republican candidates this summer are not only ignoring moderates, but agitating them.

All conservatives are Republicans, but not all Republicans are conservatives. And those moderate Republican candidates are going to make a comeback next Tuesday.

multiculture.gifGREAT BEND, Kan. - Most white people in America are apprehensive of angry black men. Jackie Robinson broke the color line in baseball. Sidney Poitier broke the color line in Hollywood. And Barack Obama broke the color line on the Presidency of the United States. And all three of them did it by keeping their cool.

Jackie Robinson was a terrific baseball player. But that's not why Dodger G.M. Branch Rickey chose him to be the first black in Major League Baseball. Robinson was a UCLA graduate, and an Army veteran. But Rickey would not sign him until Robinson agreed NOT to fight back at the inevitable racism. "Are you asking me to be a black man who doesn't fight back?" asked Robinson. "I'm asking you to be a big enough man NOT to fight back," said Rickey.

stephene-moore.jpgEMPORIA, Kan. - I recently received notification from the State Democratic Party that Stephene Moore was holding an opening reception for her campaign headquarters. I clicked on the link and was directed to a website that contained additional information. Curious about her platform, I surfed further to her campaign's official website but couldn't find any specifics about her policies.

What I did find was a lot of discussion of Mrs. Moore's desire to incorporate Republican ideas into her approach to governing. While bipartisanship is admirable, given the current state of Republican Party obstructionism on the national level, I doubt she'll find too many Republicans who are willing to offer more than the mantra of tax cuts as a panacea to every problem, foreign and domestic.

Safe, Legal and... Rare?

WICHITA, Kan. - I don't know who first used this phrase in relationship to abortion, but I do remember the first person I heard say it. It was Bill Clinton who, in 1992, said he wanted to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare." He even went so far as to call abortion a "tragedy." (How he would know this is a mystery, having never experienced the procedure himself. He should visit the web site I'm Not to find out how real women feel about this issue.) Since then many nominal pro-choice, mainly male, mainly Democratic candidates for public office, including Pres. Obama, have use this mantra to deal with the scary issue of women's reproductive rights.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - State Senator Tim Huelskamp's new TV ad claims he's a political outsider. In the ad, he brags about being booted off the "Ways and Means" committee by fellow Republicans. At the time in 2003, Huelskamp told John Milburn of the AP that he was booted because "I'm not a team player."

Giving Huelskamp the benefit of the doubt, he may have been simply repeating what his Republican superiors told him as they showed him the door, not admitting that he is not a team player. But there seems to be almost universal consensus in the legislature that Huelskamp is hard to get along with.

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