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    only takes 51% of the vote to elect a Republican legislator -- less, with all the gerrymandering.  Granted, it's maddening to see how much the extremists dominate Kansas (and some other states).  I'd like to see it studied -- what did they take over first?  Well, school boards, we know that was one of the early pressure points.  But there must have been moves before that -- probably a lot of right wing money going into media, like radio stations and newspapers.  I'd bet on that.  With the Koch brothers there, who knows what other hugely-funded assaults may have been going on.

    Kansans haven't changed genetically, or in some magical essential way, since their grandparents were staunch progressives, or even since the passionate abolitionists moved into the state in large numbers in the 1850's and 60's.  So how was the culture changed in such damaging ways?  I think that needs some serious study, because what can be done can be undone.  And we can't afford to write off whole states and just wish they didn't exist, or fantasize about kicking them out of the Union.  We're stuck with this country, the whole thing, and if we're going to make changes, we have to learn how damage to a region's culture can be turned around, or at least moderated.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 04:44:26 PM PDT

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