Archive for Saturday, March 10, 2007

Candidates see benefits from some cooperation

March 10, 2007


Teamwork isn't just the buzz phrase of basketball fans following March Madness. It's also becoming a phrase in City Commission campaigning.

The campaigns of Commissioners Boog Highberger and David Schauner and candidate Carey Maynard-Moody will have a joint event Sunday to organize volunteers to get out the vote.

But the trio of candidates said there's nothing nefarious about their campaign cooperation.

All three candidates said it was not a sign of the re-emergence of the Progressive Lawrence Campaign - a political action committee that presented a platform of smart growth, and successfully raised money in the 2003 and 2005 city elections. Instead, the candidates said the joining of forces was about efficiently using volunteer time.

"This was driven by the volunteers themselves," Maynard-Moody said. "They all have three votes, and they all feel very strongly about working for each of the candidates they support. They want to work efficiently, and this is a way to do that."

Schauner said concerns that this was the beginning of a group of candidates wanting to form a voting bloc were unwarranted. Instead, he said it was more about trying to run a campaign on a limited budget.

"We don't have the deep pockets to buy a lot of television advertising," Schauner said.

Highberger also said it was no different than the Mike Dever and Rob Chestnut campaigns using the same volunteers to deliver pamphlets to potential voters.

Dever and Chestnut said they had volunteers deliver pamphlets for both of them on a couple of occasions. Dever said he and Chestnut also had been at joint fundraising events on a few occasions because he and Chestnut have a few common friends who wanted to be hosts of an event.

Dever and Chestnut said they weren't creating a voting bloc either.

"I can tell you that there would be no group governing going on," Dever said. "Rob and I are two different people, but I think we do share the vision that Lawrence needs a change in direction. But I'm sure we would govern differently."

Dever and Chestnut also said they did not participate in a fundraising event that had drawn some criticism on local Internet chat boards.

In February, a local builder played host to a fundraising event for Chestnut and Dever and called it the "Emergency Party." The invitation read, in part: "There will be beer and soft drinks to cry in. We can't change everything, but we can change the faces of the Lawrence City Commission."

Chestnut and Dever said Friday they did not attend that event, and weren't consulted about it.

The Highberger, Maynard-Moody and Schauner event is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.


KsTwister 10 years, 9 months ago

Great line! We enjoyed our laughing for the morning. Now to pick up some OTHER candidate signs.

Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

Voting block, what voting block? I do find it amuzing that the PLC Kommissioners are going out of their way to try and convince us that the PLC is no more. I wonder if it will work? If you squint your eyes and look at the GRA, it's the same old PLC except Rundle is now in drag. The PLC may not be alive but it is far from dead, more like undead zombies come back from the grave.

Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

I think Lesson #1 could have benefited from Lesson #2.

Noweigh 10 years, 9 months ago

PLC-GRA-PLC-GRA same dif.....politics of division as always. I can imagine the name calling they'll be shouting as the election nears.
Trying to instill fear is always a good diversionary tactic when hiding or running from voting records.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 9 months ago

Boog,Rundle and Schauner have been trying to fix a few things in order that someday our property taxes may see only a consistent 3%-4% increase which will take a little more time. Trying to unravel what preceded them with 20 years of rule by the "unwise growth at any expense team" aka real estate,banking and building executives cannot take place over night. Readers please think about this at the polls. Since so much special interest money is being pumped into this campaign it leaves me no choice but to vote for Carey,Boog and Schauner. Washington D.C. is a perfect example of what Lawrence politics should not become.

Mike Ford 10 years, 9 months ago

I don't know why these people are concerned with calling the progressive candidates communists. I'm more interested in the "God Loves Development" or GLD coalition of Mr. Bush, Mr. Dever, and Mr. Chestnut. God loves development so much that Mr. Bush needs to align himself with Mr. Dever and Mr. Chestnut to push the "Pave the Earth and build the strip mall in the name of God and capitalism vote", that permeates on the west side of town, or in front of any rental property or construction company.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 9 months ago

The "non-partisan" elections are a myth-- as has been the case from the git-go. Until the PLC came along, it was just a one-party city-- the chambocrat/developer party was the only "party" running and financing a slate of candidates, so naturally, they swept every election until 2003.

The PLC is no more, and the "grassroots" organization is a pretty informal organization, and not a PAC, but Schauner, Highberger and Maynard-Moody clearly share many of the same neighborhood-friendly, average-citizen notions of what city government ought to be doing.

And as has been the case for decades, the chambocrat/developer party has their slate of candidates, Dever, Chestnut and Bush, who will represent those very narrow interests, if elected.

It's a pretty clear choice.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

share many of the same neighborhood-friendly, average-citizen notions of what city government ought to be doing.

hmmm, wasn't it the strawman who lacked a brain?

recently commish Schauner spoke at a meeting in favor of installing 'chicanes' to narrow traffic flow on east 11th in the area of NJ etc. what a bunch of chicanery! not what is needed, more traffic constipation.

M---M has proven by her comments to be a really crazy far left frindge the candidates' forum she predicted that food prices will soon skyrocket, like she's some kinda expert on food prices, and appropose to nothing she made the statement. Boog and Schauner were strongly in favor of the hidden taxation of requiring parks every 1/4 mile. that's a hidden tax because it removes some land from being used for, say, affordable housing, right off the top. also, makes housing more expensive. thanks for thinking, guess the plc-three ain't very consistent on "affordable housing!"

KsTwister 10 years, 9 months ago

For real fun look up "city of Lawrence" under Property Values . Now you know why the rest of the community pays so much for so little. I guess "we" own 2000 Bluffs Drive for 4.8 million,Eureka!

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

and, when he was mayor, the Lord Mayor Boog said "its just a little pot."

M---M led the opposition at the beginning of the SLT, heading the local Sierra Club. their argument was [I'm not making this up] if you build it, people will drive on it, and we don't want that. also RE the Sierra Club, in the 1970's nationally, they successfully stopped with court action the proposed building of new orleans storm surge gates. yes, storm surge gates which would have prevented the Katrina disaster that hit NO a year and a half ago. Sierra Club fingerprints.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

hey, we have money for downtown flowers, annuals, the 2% for art thingy, and klugey art downtown. but that's okay, we are happy to ignore the suicidal and otherwise self-distructive fellow humans who present themselves for help! sad sad contrast.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 9 months ago

BG prefers the not-so-hidden tax of funneling tax dollars to subsidize development, which is by far the biggest single contributor to the current local tax rates, including all the school bonds required for new schools in new areas of town while perfectly good school buildings sit empty in rental-property central.

TruthSeeker 10 years, 9 months ago

Schauner, Highberger and MM = pro-neighborhood.

Dever = pro-sprawl

Chestnut = pro-sprawl

Bush = pro-sprawl

Choose wisely.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 9 months ago

There has never been an economic no growth commissioner ever. Lawrence DOES NOT need sprawl to stimulate economic growth as it comes in so many forms.

Why do we NOT like sprawl? It's expensive Increases the Cost of Community Services tremendously thus brings on tax increases It's not necessary for supporting a community Organic Farming is a booming business *Over built residential takes up space for green collar employment centers. New Jobs = NEW economic growth

Green Collar industry = white and blue collar employment. Thus Lawrence carpenters,painters,plumbers and electricians will still be in demand for this big money and booming new industry.

Green Collar employment should address several issues than are of concern locally.

Lawrence could use jobs that will sustain our community and take us into the future. Polluting industries cost taxpayers money when the polluter walks away and/or files bankruptcy

KsTwister 10 years, 9 months ago

You surely are not serious. I know you are wrong on a no growth commission, those of us who lived in Lawrence in the '70's don't have to think too hard to remember when city hall refused to allow business to build even in the 'corn field mall area' that is now Office Depot. And the fact that property taxes have increased every year as long as we remember except for one year in the 80's when they highly increased our water bills to pay for sewer lines along 6th street. People who have lived in Lawrence most of their lives definitely have a different view of the current commission-------and it is not good. Of the past, they are the worst do nothing but address nonsense and irrelevant issues of less importance. You love Lawrence, but what is in it for your children? They will not easily afford it.

Thats_messed_up 10 years, 9 months ago

I guess the American Eagle Outfitters company that is expanding again in Ottawa to over 400 employees making 12-15 dollars an hour is SPRAWL! Good thing BOOGER and Idiot Schauner and Rundle "protected" us from those anti-neighborhood, pro-developer jobs that would have been terrible for Lawrence. According to a Chamber of Commerce source 45% of their employees LIVE IN LAWRENCE! You people that support these incompetents are NUTJOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

once again, Bozo's reply is completely lacking in fact, substance or even in context. his assumption about my views is of course total nonsense. however, we expect that from him. he is the flower of the PLC/GRA intellectual fertility and demonstrates their depth of thought, their grasp of the issues...yeah, right. lot of bull byproduct for that kinda fertility. stinks too.

Don Zimmer 10 years, 9 months ago

Moody wants green businesses.

Guess what, every community wants "green businesses".

Lawrence is so far behind the eight ball to even attract mundane out of favor businesses so what makes her think we can move from little league to major league baseball overnight because we want to be big league.

Is Lawrence ready to do what it takes, and it means giving away the ball park because other communities will.

Maybe we can have the mayor write a letter to other communities admonishing them for their economic policies

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 9 months ago

"and it means giving away the ball park"

Now there's a plan.

opinion 10 years, 9 months ago

I am beginning to believe developers do have SOME leaders in their back pockets...

ilovelucy 10 years, 9 months ago

Hey Bozo: last week, I asked you about figures in which you said that 70% of the contributions (for NOT your top three) were from the development community. If you ever responded regarding where you got your study, I never read it. 2ND REQUEST. Thanks-Lucy

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 9 months ago

I said I heard of one such analysis. My own guesstimate, even while excluding those who I didn't know one way or the other, was well over 50%, so I have no reason to doubt that 70% figure.

What's your estimate, lucy?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 9 months ago

The list is public information, available on this website, BG. Take a look, and then give us your estimate, rather than just posting your usual pointless sniping.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

so, he/she/it (Bozo) "heard" an estimate from some guy, and upped it for effect. really reliable that. what a wonderful source.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 9 months ago

So you respond to my comment about your pointless sniping with more pointless sniping.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

"pointless sniping," coming from you, o Bozo, that's high praise; you who believed that Senator Tim Johnson's congenital neurovascular problem was caused by some amazing russian plot! wow man.

/gnome cheerful local member of the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"

bearded_gnome 10 years, 9 months ago

poor bonzo, what I wrote was true, unless through some amazing conspiracy some one got in under your screen name and posted that conspiracy plot idea about Sen. Johnson...hmmm, did the developers sneak in, break your password and do that...I think your foil hat needs a repair job.

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