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American Majority Activist Training a Success

On a Saturday morning, about 35 citizen activists and want-to-be activists met at the offices of Americans For Prosperity in Wichita for training provided by American Majority. The training covered traditional topics and factors in political activism such as coalitions, holding events, the structure of government in Kansas, and holding elected officials accountable. Then the focus shifted to recent developments in activism such as blogs, wikis, and social media like Facebook. Shari Weber, executive director of American Majority, introduced her organization and set the tone for the day. American Majority is a training institute for liberty-minded individuals, she explained. American…
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Wichita Tea Party

Learn about tea parties in Kansas on tax day 2010 by clicking on Tax day tea parties in Kansas announced. Update: Learn about the tea party planned for Wichita on February 20, 2010 by clicking on Wichita winter tea party: it’s inside this Saturday. Update: Learn about the tea party planned for Wichita on August 28 by clicking on American Tea Party. Update: Learn about the tea party planned for Wichita on July 4 by clicking on July 4 Wichita Taxpayer Tea Party. Update: View reports, photos, and video of the event by clicking on Wichita Tea Party. Update: Learn…
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Some Wichita Teachers Can’t Win Gracefully

Helen Cochran, who was the spokesperson for a group that opposed the recent Wichita school bond, received a few email and telephone messages as part of the campaign that were a little over the top. In one set of messages, a Wichita High School East English teacher (we'll call him "Kurt") carried on the legacy of former superintendent Winston Brooks, who called an opponent a racist just because he didn't support the bond issue. That was in the 2000 campaign. Here's "Kurt" writing to Helen in October: People need to know that your organization is against the bond, not because…
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KEEP’s Goal is Predetermined and Ineffectual

Earlier this year, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius created the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, or KEEP. Its goal, as stated in the press release announcing its creation, is to "...explore opportunities in all sectors of our economy to accomplish the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions..." Nancy Jackson of the Climate and Energy Project echoed these marching orders in her recent Wichita Eagle opinion piece. This predetermined goal, difficult as it will be to achieve, means nothing to the earth's climate. What Kansas could do, even if we took the most drastic measure possible, is canceled by…
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Defending the American Dream, or RightOnline in Austin 2008

I just returned from Austin, Texas, attending a conference put on by Americans For Prosperity partnering with Sam Adams Alliance, Heritage Foundation, Leadership Institute, and Media Research Center. Thank you to my friend Erik Telford for inviting me to this conference. We had some great speakers. Robert Novak is a favorite person of mine. I devoured his autobiography The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington last year. He told us that he believes the Republicans will lose seats in both houses of Congress, but the presidency can be won. Also: "I like Ron Paul (cheers)...but not for President"…
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