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Thursday, October 19, 2006

What’s The Matter With Kansas?

posted by on October 19 at 4:52 AM

Less these days, it seems. From the Washington Post:

In a state that voted nearly 2 to 1 for President Bush in 2004, nine former Republicans will be on the November ballot as Democrats. Among them is Mark Parkinson, a former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, who changed parties to run for lieutenant governor with the popular Democratic governor, Kathleen Sebelius.

“I’d reached a breaking point,” Parkinson said, preparing for a rally in Wichita alongside Sebelius. “I want to work on relevant issues and not on a lot of things that don’t matter.”

Things like blocking stem cell research, picking on queers, stopping the teaching of evolution, etc.

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Mornin', Dan.

Some more on Kansas.

Posted by Gabriel | October 19, 2006 6:28 AM

Perhaps, but before celebrating too much, remember that this will make the Democratic Party even more conservative.

Posted by B.D. | October 19, 2006 8:02 AM

Jesus Christ, go back to bed.

Posted by Boomer | October 19, 2006 8:39 AM

As DKos readers know, Sebelius is a total political rockstar - she's spent the last few years convincing repubs all over her state that they should really be dems - names people know. Looks like it worked. We'll see what happens in a couple weeks.

Posted by Ari | October 19, 2006 9:17 AM

What is the difference between Carl Romanelli's campaign being funded by Republican interests and the Democratic party being occupied by Republicans looking to be elected?

Its not like these politicians are suddenly progressive (however that might be defined depending on which blog is speaking).

They are still going to receive financial support from the same forces that put Romanelli on the ballot. The wealthy interests that need representation in DC will work the system to their advantage.

Shuffle the cards anyway you want - it's all going to come up stacked against us until people work outside the system and stop believing the propaganda promoted by the DLC.

Posted by patrick C | October 19, 2006 9:26 AM

Which administration was it that first started the funding and promotion of abstinence only education?

Hint: it was in 1996.

"The welfare reform legislation signed into law by President Clinton in August of 1996 represents—to date—the broadest attack on the provision of comprehensive sexuality education to young people in the United States"

Posted by patrick C | October 19, 2006 9:41 AM

The best thing happening in Kansasis that wingnut-extraordinaire state Attorney General Phill Kline -- the guy who wants to rifle through Planned Parenthood medical records looking for abortions to declare to be murders -- is about to get his ass handed to him in his re-election campaign.

His opponent (soon to be replacement) is Johnson County DA Paul Morrison. Yes, he's another of those Republican-turned-Democrats. If it takes "real" Republicans coming to their senses and seeing the depths to which the monstrous progeny of the reactionary fundies, the neocons, and the antigovernment anarchists have taken their former party, I'm just fine with it. Sending Kline slithering back into whatever stinkhole he emerged from is well worth it.

Posted by N in Seattle | October 19, 2006 10:34 AM

Rats are deserting the sinking ship ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 19, 2006 11:08 AM

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