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.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.
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.
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.