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Letter to the editor: ‘We like him’

The League of Women Voters served as a genuinely nonpartisan presidential debate sponsor from 1976 until 1984. The League courageously included popular independent candidates and prohibited the major-party campaigns from manipulating debate formats.

In 1980, for example, the League invited independent candidate John B. Anderson to participate in a presidential debate, even though President Jimmy Carter adamantly refused to debate him.

Rather than acquiesce to the President’s objections, the League hosted a debate between Anderson and Republican nominee Ronald Reagan that attracted over 55 million viewers.



Four years later, the Republican and Democratic campaigns vetoed 68 of the moderators proposed by the League to pose questions during the first debate.

The League held a press conference and lambasted the campaigns for having "totally abused" the process. As a result of the ensuing public outcry, the campaigns accepted all of the League's proposed moderators for the next debate.

And in 1988, the George Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns drafted the first secret debate contract -- a "Memorandum of Understanding" that dictated who could participate and under what conditions. The League refused to implement the contract and issued a blistering press release, stating that "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter."

It is precisely because the League had the courage to resist the demands of the major-party candidates that the CPD was created. The Republican and Democratic parties would not tolerate a debate sponsor that insisted on challenging formats or the inclusion of third-party candidates.

In 1986, the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee ratified an agreement "for the parties to take over presidential debates." In 1987, the chairs of the Republican and Democratic parties incorporated the CPD. In 1988, the CPD seized control of the presidential debates from the League and has sponsored every presidential debate since.

http://www.opendebates.org/theissue/w...

https://www.ouramericainitiative.com/...

July 24, 2016 at 12:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: ‘We like him’

A vote for Jill Stein is also a strong vote for women's right to choose and in no way is a vote for Trump.

The DNC has always blamed Nader for Gore losing to GW Bush. I don't buy that. There were contributing factors:

Too many voters were sure GW could never be elected so perhaps stayed home. In fact this same attitude is all over the news regarding Trump and in the chat boards which is dangerous.

Low voter turnout was a big player - is this being addressed?

GOP RINO controlled Voter Suppression which after nearly 20 years is still in action - how can this be? Where is the loud vocal outrage? Voters should be in the streets QUESTIONING AUTHORITY.

Computerized Voting machines that can be programmed to vote wrong and these machines are owned by conservative special interest money sources. Has this been addressed?

The Gore campaign was not as effective as it should have been.

The Gore Campaign failed to challenge the supreme court decision. The Supreme Court should have demanded the Florida vote be done again.

There were "third party" candidates on the ballots when Obama got elected. No way can voters who vote their conscience be blamed for the Gore loss.

I am of the opinion that the Democrats and Republicans SHOULD NOT OWN the Presidential Debate INC nor should be choosing who can participate. League of Women voters initially managed this debate UNTIL the two parties tossed the League out.

July 24, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: ‘We like him’

From NARAL Pro Choice America:

Donald Trump picked a vice president who says he "longs for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history." Tim Kaine has a 100% NARAL Pro-Choice America voting record.

Tim Kaine has steadfastly defended Planned Parenthood. Trump's VP was the lead attacker.

Donald Trump picked a vice president who stood by silently while Trump smeared Mexicans as "rapists" and "murderers." Tim Kaine is so fluently bilingual that he once gave an entire speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Spanish.

This is a presidential ticket that will fight for reproductive rights—now it's up to us to fight for them.

Yes this clarification was in my mail box Saturday AM.

July 23, 2016 at 11:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Wishes, needs

Break down of sales taxes, other taxes and corporate welfare "tax incentives" as well.
https://lawrenceks.org/sales_tax

July 23, 2016 at 11:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Wishes, needs

In 1994 a 1 percent countywide sales tax was passed however was not dedicated to parks and rec.

July 23, 2016 at 11:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans split over questions about Melania Trump speech

PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

--- How many voters have radical RINO conservatives purged thus far? Surely we don't believe conservatives have stopped breaking the law.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure which could include:

--- a birth certificate

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- Military Discharge Papers

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

--- Check your voter registration online by entering your first and last names and date of birth: https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterVi...

--- If you have a Kansas drivers license or Kansas Non-driver ID, you can register to vote or update your registration online: https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/

--- If you want to register to vote in Kansas with a paper form: http://www.voteks.org/before-you-vote...

July 23, 2016 at 2:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at the city manager's recommended budget, and the heat he is taking for it

Mr Markus can be investigated to some degree through GOOGLE if some want to put forth the energy.

July 23, 2016 at 2:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback, chairman of Cruz campaign in Kansas knock refusal to back Trump

Obviously the special interest insiders such as the DNC and ALEC RINO's want either Hillary or Trump which is why the nation should give them Jill Stein !!!


And fill the house and senate with more like Jill Stein as well as the Progressive Democrats of America and a few old school moderate republicans.

July 23, 2016 at 2:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Clinton receives long-awaited endorsement from Sanders

Obviously the special interest insiders such as the DNC and the ALEC RINO's want either Hillary or Trump which is why the nation should give them Jill Stein !!!


And fill the house and senate with more like Jill Stein as well as the Progressive Democrats of America and a few old school moderate republicans.

July 23, 2016 at 2:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Clinton receives long-awaited endorsement from Sanders

Top officials at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) privately planned how to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, according to a trove of emails released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

The Sanders campaign had long claimed the DNC and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had tipped the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton during the party’s presidential primary.

The email release will reignite that controversy just days before Democrats gather in Philadelphia for their convention to officially nominate Clinton for president.

Guccifer 2.0 told The Hill he leaked the documents to Wikileaks.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/p...

Other versions:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slates...

https://www.rt.com/usa/352752-dnc-lea...

July 23, 2016 at 2:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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