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Group mobilizing people to protest Brownback, Kobach

After a protest outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, more than 300 people rallied near the south steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

After a protest outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, more than 300 people rallied near the south steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

February 18, 2012

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— Tamara Werth, one of the co-founders of a grass-roots organization that has arisen in opposition to the agenda of Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said many Kansans are upset with the political direction of the state.

“What people do seem to fall back on is the quality of life — that Kansas has such a strong history of education, social services, trust-building and neighbor helping neighbor, and that is being diminished and marginalized as a consequence of decisions being made in Topeka,” Werth said.

Werth and Crystal McComas, also of Lawrence, have formed Kansans United in Voice and Spirit, which helped put together a rally last week that drew several hundred people to protest outside Kobach’s office and then Brownback’s office in the Statehouse. It was the group’s second rally in Topeka. The first one in September drew a similar-sized crowd and was directed mostly at Brownback concerning his cuts to school funding and administration of the social services agency.

But the list of grievances has expanded since then.

At last week’s rally, people spoke against Brownback’s proposals to overhaul the tax code, school finance formula and public pension system, and further changes to social services.

And protesters have also turned their attention to Kobach.

The group criticized Kobach for his work nationally on cracking down on illegal immigrants and in Kansas for pushing through a law that requires photo ID to vote and proof of citizenship for new voter registrations.

“We want a secretary of state that works for us,” said Sulma Arias, executive director of the Wichita-based Sunflower Community Action.

Kobach’s critics say the voting requirements will create obstacles to voting, while Kobach says the measures will prevent fraud at the ballot box. On illegal immigration, Kobach says his enforcement measures are causing undocumented workers to “self-deport.” But immigration advocates say Kobach’s proposals are causing hardships and tearing families apart.

Another focus of Kansans United in Voice and Spirit, Werth said, is the influence that the Washington, D.C.-based American Legislative Exchange Council has on the Kansas Legislature.

ALEC is a corporate-funded group that describes its mission as promoting free markets, limited government, federalism and individual freedom. Each year, bills based on ALEC “model legislation” are introduced and passed by legislatures across the nation, including in Kansas.

Art Laffer, who as a $75,000 paid consultant helped craft Brownback’s proposed tax overhaul, serves as a member of ALEC’s Board of Scholars.

ALEC has also pushed for the Health Care Freedom Act, which is aimed at blocking federal health reform and was signed into law by Brownback. ALEC has also advocated for replacing the public employee pension system with 401(k)-type plans, which Brownback has supported.

“ALEC’s agenda seems to be the backdrop for a number of changes we are seeing in Kansas,” Werth said.

Werth said the main goal of Kansans United is to organize concerned citizens to support valuable state services and programs. At this point, the nonpartisan group doesn’t have a future event scheduled, but she said it will continue working with one of its goals being to increase voter turnout.

“We are about mobilizing the people and giving people a voice,” she said.

Comments

Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

These people need to join together with their little friends and work to elect candidates that share their views. Elections do have consequences. (from a source)

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lunacydetector 2 years, 1 month ago

"non-partisan" = george soros communist

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Armstrong 2 years, 1 month ago

The protesters seem to be the 1%ers.

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autie 2 years, 1 month ago

BornAgainAmerican(anonymous)replies…

Would your Repub friends be bar stool politicians who undoubtedly benefit from programs that are on the Brownback chopping block? If they support the agenda outlined by Werth and Mcomas, they are hardly Republicans.

Ha...hardly bar stool politicians....Your visions of reality are really skewed and you and your buddies comments show the rest of us how little you truly know about Kansas politics. You should get out more.

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Milton Bland 2 years, 1 month ago

These nut cases are from Lawrence. No surprise. They sure are not in step with most of the normal folks who live throughout the rest of the state.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

what language do you speak...falsehope???? chahta iskatini anumpuli li.... chahta imanumpa ish anumpuli hinla ho nahollo? nahollo micha ishpani anumpuli ut yakni falaya. falsehope.....you are like the Germans and Afrikaans who inhabit South Africa and Zimbabwe. Yes, you were born here, but you speak an immigrant language. There are probably thousands of indigenous peoples who waited for the day they could rise up and call out the people who forced christianity or death upon them, who kidnapped and molested their kids at church ran boarding schools in the 19th and 20th centuries, who used abrogation of treaties to steal lands at will, and still make insensitive comments due to their intentional ignorance, and tell them you aren't from here and you cannot plead ignorance at all of the lands and crops and culture and nameplaces you appropriated as immigrant americans with a mythological 240 year old history to lead your archie bunker lives. I feel sorry for clueless people with empty pride.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 1 month ago

Governor Blowback has over reached.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's see....there were ministers, teachers, workers, women, Hispanic people, Native people,,,,,educated people. Teachers brought petitions in support of removing brownback policies. I love the Henry Ford nonsense. Henry Ford was insanely paranoid, A quarter or more of Ford employees were spies on their own co workers beating up and reporting Union sympathizers in the 1920's and 1930's. Henry Ford was in fact a Nazi sympathizer. He marveled at the autobahn and publically supported Germany. He kept the Cologne, Germany Ford plant open up until the allied planes bombed and destroyed it in Word War II. Henry Ford's paranoia financially ran Ford into the ground at the end of World War Two and his sons took the company over and he died in 1947 I don't worship any robber barons like a blind following orders person. The last I checked this is the same behavior that southern planters and farmers had in following the plantation owners and confederate government that drug them down and made the everyday southern man fight the war and deal with reconstruction for blind loyalty, Oh the irony of examples...

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camper 2 years, 1 month ago

"Explain to me how their wealth improverishs a nation?"

Because they are not follwing thru with the notion of trickle down. The average CEO pay is 300-400 times greater than the average worker, and it would certainly be hard to prove that they are this many times more productive than regular folks like us. In fact, these managers are also most often large shareholders and sit on the board of directors, and they often make decisions that are based on short-term agendas that increase share price and dividends, often leaving the long-term viability of companies (and workers) in a disarray.

These are the same managers that outsource jobs. Outsourcing is also a good short-term decision because it increases profitability, but we are now beginning to learn that it is not good long term thinking because of lost productivity. This is not because workers from overseas are not hard-working, it is because of the long distance and other communications barriers (anyone who is in an office that works with out-sourced departments knows what I'm talking about). While these managers make decisions like this, worker skill reqiuirements are shifting to lower wage lower skill service sector jobs. As trickle down will continue to be proven false, and income levels polarize, we will see greater dissatisfaction. The right wing will have a harder time proving their point or otherwise shifting the point via smokescreens that play on our fears (ie immigration, voter fraud, birth certificates, elitisim, liberalisim, etc)

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JackMcKee 2 years, 1 month ago

According to the latest polls, Brownback's is less popular in Kansas than Obama. The "far left" must have taken over in Kansas.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, well, well, the "boy's club is certainly out in force this morning. Impressed anybody yet? http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/feb/14/feminist-author-featured-kansas-now-event/#c1960015

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 1 month ago

And by the way, investment doesn't mean squat if not enough people are making enough money to actually, you know, buy the products being invested in. Otherwise, it's nothing more than a meaningless, Wall Street paper shuffle with the only people making a profit being the traders.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 1 month ago

Why didn't you take my tip a couple of days ago Scott? I will repeat it again. Rumor has it that 10 occupier dogs and 5 occupier cats are planning to protest their 1%, Brownback-Friendly owners in Topeka. They do not believe they should wear collars. If this rumor turns out to be true, you will have missed a chance to cover yet another non-event for the purpose of advancing your Brownback hating agenda through agenda driven headlines.

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Armstrong 2 years, 1 month ago

It's comical to see the masses that still have the"local" view of life. I would strongly urge the malcontents to visit other states to see what bad really is

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bobberboy 2 years, 1 month ago

Koch Brothers are behind the whole mess !!

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autie 2 years, 1 month ago

Far left? You boys better flush out your head gear and take a look. The big middle of moderates are preparing to layth the hammer down on this conservative populism come November. Almost all of my Republican friends say they have had it with this side show mentality Brownback has brought to Topeka. I also understand that the state super PAC is under fire. They make it quite simple actually. Vote for anybody that doesn't spell their name B-R-O-W-N-B-A-C-K. Then look and see if the candidate is supported by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. If the Kansas chamber is for them, vote for the other guy.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 1 month ago

"Why is it easier to believe that 150,000,000 Americans are lazy scum rather than 400 Americans are being greedy?"

“If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats we call her nuts. But when people pathologically hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation, we put them on the cover of Fortune magazine and pretend that they are role models.”

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 1 month ago

"Werth said the main goal of Kansans United is to organize concerned citizens to support valuable state services and programs. At this point, the nonpartisan group doesn’t have a future event scheduled, but she said it will continue working with one of its goals being to increase voter turnout."

Just as I have said before, Scott Rothschild must be PO'd because he can't cover the Koch Bros protest in Wichita. This article is his most blatant attempt to create anti-conservative sentiment yet.. First of all, the title leads one to believe that a protest has been scheduled. The copy/paste above clearly shows that not to be the case.

Second, Werth identifies the yet to be organized "grass roots" organization as "non-partisan". If this work-in-progress organization sticks to the agenda that it's cofounders have identified in this article, it is definitely far left advocacy.

Third, these same co-founders were covered some months ago when they organized a capital rally. The photo published of that "rally" showed maybe 50 people in attendance.

Fourth, the picture published in connection with this article has been published before when the actual rally occurred.

So we have this political hackism from Scott Rothschild leading one to believe that a rally has been scheduled by an organization yet to be formed billing themselves as non partisan with a definite left wing political agenda. Yellow Journalism?

Pretty sad piece of work Scott.

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Centerville 2 years, 1 month ago

I hope they keep the drums. It gives them such a sense of gravitas and gives the rest of us a good laugh.

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Mike1949 2 years, 1 month ago

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pilch 2 years, 1 month ago

I suppose they don't cotton to this then.

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pilch 2 years, 1 month ago

I suppose they don't cotton to this then.

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