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For many, the gathering in Wichita could be boiled down to one word: cathartic.

These women have found inspiration from their Suffragette ancestors by organizing the “Taking Back Kansas Convention: A Weekend with Purpose.” Five hundred women from 88 towns and cities across the state — from tiny Kensington (population 461)  to Kansas City suburb Overland Park are gathering in Wichita on Friday and Saturday to learn how to effect the changes they want.
To accomplish those goals, they need to shake up state government, starting with the governor.

That may not be as difficult as one might think in a traditionally Republican state. Brownback’s tea party fiscal plan, described as “a real live experiment” has led to economic woes, with a revenue shortfall, downgraded credit rating and increased poverty rate.

If you watched our feed yesterday, in concern with Women 4 Kansas we ran a full day blog keeping track of the events as they happened.   For so many around the state, attendance was difficult, but they were glad to be able to hear the news from home.

Tonight, I want to bring to those who couldn't attend the keynote speeches as delivered.

Greg Orman, Independent Candidate for Senate was the first candidate to address the audience.   Because Orman is an independent, for him this was not a guaranteed audience - it was an audience giving him a chance to reach out and make the sell.

The Second Speaker, Jean Schodorf has had quite a good week.

With news coming out that in recent polling she's TIED with Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Jean took the effort to tell her audience: we have a chance.

The final speaker of the night was Democratic Candidate for Governor, Paul Davis:

I would encourage Kansans to share these speeches and videos and think about the ideas being expressed.  You may agree or disagree, but being informed is a large part of the process.

I'd like to thank the Women For Kansas for reaching out to setup an event that provided candidates a chance to reach out not just to donors, but to a base eager and ready to work for them this fall.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
    >Follow @tmservo433

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 02:24:12 PM PDT

  •  Chad Taylor has a better chance than was posited (1+ / 0-)
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    here (August 21, 2014): However, what we found in the PPP was that in a two way race, Chad Taylor, the Democrat couldn't come within 10 points of Roberts, while Orman would win by about that same margin.. almost a 20 point swing.

    And from HuffPo (August 27, 2014):

    Senate candidate and businessman Greg Orman leading Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) by 10 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup. The Democratic nominee, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, trailed Roberts in the poll by 4 points.
    Chad Taylor is only 4 points down

    Then more recently here:
    Kansas Senate race may not be sure GOP win - By David Lightman | McClatchy Washington Bureau August 28, 2014

    A new Survey USA poll found “Independent Greg Orman continues to make life difficult for both 3-term Republican Roberts and his Democratic challenger.”
    The # 3 poll question among All likely voters:
    If the election for United States Senator from Kansas were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Republican Pat Roberts? Democrat Chad Taylor? Libertarian Randall Batson? Or Independent Greg Orman?

    The survey found Roberts at 37, Democrat Chad Taylor at 32 percent and Orman at 20 percent.

    It's true that Kansas hasn't elected a Dem senator since 1932, but Roberts has peaked it looks like.
    It looks like Chad Taylor has more head room. Also Orman is a republican (masquerading as an Independent - imo) we don't need - except to take votes away from Roberts.

    So with Brownback imploding after his purging of all but rwnj extremists and his tax slashing causing a downgrade, Dems might fair much better than expected this time around

    Things are fluid, even volatile over the peoples reaction to the blatant and destructive corporate shilling republicans have been up to

    Thx tmservo433

    •  There is a big problem with that theory. (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, anshmishra

      And it's about money and democrats.   I won't go all into it, but yeah, I think the analysis that Taylor is a listing ship with zero (and I mean zero) chance is pretty close to accurate.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
      >Follow @tmservo433

      by Chris Reeves on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 05:20:01 PM PDT

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    •  How is Orman a Republican? (0+ / 0-)

      Look at his website. Listen to his speech. The way he's talking, he shares the views of many moderate to conservative democrats.

      Orman also has waaaay more money than Taylor, and has fundraised better, and has more name rec.

      In addition, Taylor won his primary 53-47 against a some dude. There are some serious weaknesses with Taylor, and Orman looks increasingly closer. It just seems less likely that Taylor has the resources to make up the gap, something Orman appears to have little problem with. I'm seeing visions of ME-Sen 2012, and that ain't too bad for us. Far better than ME-Gov 2010, an alternative if we mess up here in KS.

      "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama

      by anshmishra on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 05:40:53 PM PDT

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