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  •  I have two grandchildren who are in elementary (9+ / 0-)

    school in Wichita. So far their parents are pleased with the school system (my son recently hired in as a teacher in one of the middle schools there). Fortunately my son and DIL are smart enough to correct any misinformation the kids bring home, so I'm confident they'll be okay. Others whose parents are not so enlightened will not be so fortunate.

    I lived in Wichita for two years (2006-2008) and was part of Team Obama whilst there. I know even more Repubs have been elected since I left, but there are still a fair number of progressives working hard in Wichita to turn things around. I know how discouraging it is to work when the odds are so against you, but people like Schodorf will help move the needle to the middle again. Embrace her and the people she brings. If her experience is anything like mine, she'll remain active and will be a good voice for the party. Although I was a registered Repub for so many years (40+), I'm not as conservative as you might imagine and maybe Schodorf won't be either.

    The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 09:39:00 AM PST

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    •  We can hope - interesting about Wichita (3+ / 0-)

      A few years ago my wife and I went on the "Progressive Voices" cruise where we had a brief opportunity to hang out with Rachael Maddow. When we introduced ourselves as being from Kansas, Rachael said, "Wichita, right?" Turns out several of her staff were from Wichita and there is a strong and active progressive movement in that community. Perhaps it will evolve (OMG not evolution!).

      •  LOL (OMG not evolution!) (3+ / 0-)

        I loved being in Wichita during most of the 2008 campaign cycle (left in August). One of Obama's field organizers stayed with me until day after caucus, so I met a lot of great people through her. And, what a caucus! I was a precinct chairperson and we were expecting a much smaller number of folks than those who came out to cast their votes. We were at a middle school (iirc) somewhere in middle of Wichita and the Obama side of the auditorium (which was divided almost half and half for Clinton and Obama - and a smaller section for Edwards, who was still in the running) filled almost instantaneously. We had to move overflow to the gym and we ended up with approx 1400 people voting for Obama.

        As you know, people can change their registration at the door on caucus night. So many exercised that option that we ran out of registration forms within a short time. Additionally, it was snowing that evening and some people (my daughter-in-law, for one) stood in line upwards of 40 minutes in the falling snow. So, I know from experience there's no lack of enthusiasm in Wichita. I just hope the more realistic folks will ultimately prevail, but it may take some time. In 2007 I sat at a table registering voters and there were a surprising number (to me) of people who changed their registration from Dem to Rep at a time when almost everyone around the country changing party affiliation was going the other way. Go figure.

        The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

        by Hanging Up My Tusks on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 12:36:11 PM PST

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        •  I've lived in Wichita since 1999, and I remember (3+ / 0-)
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          that night,
          I remember the snow.

          That night has a special meaning for me,
          since My first wife,
          born disabled,
          was with me that night.

          She caucused for Hillary,
          I for Obama.

          Pam died on  Tuesday,
          the 11th of March,

          That was one of the last things we did together.

          I was also pleasantly surprised
          at the big turnout.

          We were at Neuman University.
          800 or so for Obama.

          Thanks for reminding me of that.

          By the way,
          I'm happily remarried,
          to a niece of a Kansas State Senator,
          Oletha Faust-Goudeau.

          Thanks again for the reminder of the caucus.

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