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Huffington Post: why we need to get past stereotypes of conservatives

Huffington Post: why we need to get past stereotypes of conservatives

Clay Farris Naff of Nebraskans for Science shares some reflections on “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” after viewing it with in a packed house in Lincoln, Nebraska — a region with, of course, close ties to Kansas and itself home to a fiesty, hopeless outnumbered band of progressive prairie populists.
Perhaps in part because he recognizes [...]

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Here comes Rand Paul and the Tea Party

Here comes Rand Paul and the Tea Party

After a year of proclaiming that the Tea Party, which about 18% of Americans claim to support, represents a popular uprising against President Obama, the Republican Party is now trying to stuff the tea back in the bag

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A Kansas farmers perspective on financial speculation

A Kansas farmers perspective on financial speculation

Chatting with Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske this morning, in advance of his appearance with the movie in Lincoln, Nebraska, reminded us recently that the proposed legislation to impose tighter regulation on the banks and Wall Street comes out of the Agriculture Department.  Huh?  As Slate’s Explainer explains:
Because traders used to gamble with corn. [...]

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How to Escape a Partisan Echo Chamber

How to Escape a Partisan Echo Chamber

We all know by now that our President’s vision of an America (esp. Washington, D.C.) that has risen above endless partisan bickering has failed to materialize.  Recently, at a commencement speech at the University of Michigan, he blamed partisan echo chambers — forums wherein Americans only hear what they already believe, but more so.
Despite what [...]

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Democrats distracted by wedge issues of their own?

Democrats distracted by wedge issues of their own?

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) says that Democrats should focus on the economy this year, not immigration or global warming. “One in ten Americans are unemployed. Wages are stagnant. The pace of creation is too slow.”  He concludes that the immigration and global warming issues are “too divisive.”
William Galston of the National Review agrees:
Elementary [...]

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Inside the mind of the Tea Partier

Inside the mind of the Tea Partier

Today, of course, was “Tax Day,” marked by 768 Tea Party Protests across the country.  (Slate has a map of how the movement has grown across the country.)
For the occasion, the Tea Party will unveil a “Contract From America,” a ten-point list which was arrived at through polling of its members.  Here’s a summary:
(1) Require [...]

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Pope Michael: The Movie

Pope Michael: The Movie

In a small town in Kansas, a small group of Conclavists believe that all every Pope elected since Vatican II is a heretic (and the appointments to the College of Cardinals since 1958 to be invalid), so they’ve elected their own  — David Bawden, or Pope Michael.
Bawden was elected Pope Michael in 1990 by a [...]

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Joan Heffington, GOP primary challenger to Sam Brownback for Kansas governor

Brownback challenged from his Right

It looks like the latest challenge to the political right in Kansas is…the even further right?
Joan Heffington of Derby, KS recently announced her candidacy for governor of Kansas, pitting herself directly against the current GOP front-runner, Senator Sam Brownback. The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports:
Heffington, a Derby resident who has never held political office, said insight into [...]

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Thomas Frank and David Frum agree: Tea Parties made for TV

Thomas Frank and David Frum agree: Tea Parties made for TV

Thomas Frank attended the Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C. last Saturday, on the eve of the House vote to approve the health care bill.  Former Bush speechwriter David Frum is calling the bill a Waterloo — for the Republicans.
Frum writes:
A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans [...]

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Thomas Frank: don’t mess with the Texas Board of Ed.

Thomas Frank: don’t mess with the Texas Board of Ed.

The Kansas Board of Education is, of course, famous for debating the teaching of evolution in public schools.  As recently as 2005, the Board decreed that schools must include Creationism or Intelligent Design in their science curriculum– only to be overruled again in 2007.
The Culture Wars continue to play out in public education, now most [...]

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Thomas Frank:  "We are all Kansans now"

Thomas Frank: "We are all Kansans now"

A few weeks ago, I was reading an account of the tea party movement in the NYT which pointed out that many of the movement”s recruits had suffered in some way during the recent crash and recession. A different account of the surprise Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate race ascribed it to a huge [...]

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