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TOPEKA, Kan. - Many of us, living in a democratic republic, understand how important it is to vote every year. Most fail to go any further.

Last month I was part of a protest on the steps of the Capital in Topeka.

A cold rainy day, was brightened with warm spirit (and I'm not talking liquor), and fiery people. It was democracy in action.

Earmarks Are Parlimentary Problem

pigs-by-fence.jpgCOLBY, Kan. - 'Pork Barrel' and, the recently named, 'Earmarks,' have been a part of the legislative agenda since the very beginning of our nation. Our congressmen have been doing their job of representing their own electorate. Isn't that the idea of the 'United States'? To do for the people what they cannot do, efficiently, for themselves?

By combining the resources of the nation, we can provide services that local areas cannot handle. We depend upon our representatives, in the congress, to assess the requests for national assistance to accomplish local projects. If those requests are legitimate needs, then they should be met.

Are the needs of those in a slum neighborhood in New York City any less a concern for me than the needs of impoverished areas or communities in Kansas?

PhotobucketTOPEKA, Kan. - On Saturday February 27th, approximately 1500 Kansans joined with hundreds of thousands of others across the United States to protest the war on the middle class that is being waged by the Republican Party and their corporate billionaire backers.

Joining with voices echoing the need to return government to the people, working class Kansans from teachers to correctional officers spoke out against the extremism of Sam Brownback and the Koch Brothers.

We heard from Aaron Fowler of Wichita, a member of the American Federation of Musicians union, who emceed the rally. Then, Teresa Molina, a Wichita teacher, Greg Winfield a correctional office at the Lansing State Prison, followed by Jane Carter, executive director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, Emilio Ramirez of the United Steel Workers; Rep. Paul Davis, House Democratic Leader, and Senator Anthony Hensley concluded.

EMPORIA, Kan. - Sorry I haven't posted in awhile folks but I've been busy with a city council primary race. The primary is tomorrow and if I'm fortunate enough to get into the general on April 5th I'll have even less time to keep writing but I'll try.

OK, so why am I running? Simple enough. The current city council is out of touch with the pocket book issues of the average voter.

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