Our Summer 2017 Interns

Last summer, we organized our first intern program, attracting a dozen amazing people to walk, call, and work for MainStream in our election year activities. Many of our members in the Johnson County area saw them either at their doors, or on street corners urging people to vote. This summer, we also had interns, another dozen bright, eager people, but instead, we put them to work on longer term projects to help set us up for the coming election season, when our work to educate voters will be more important than ever.

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Local Elections Matter

Last week we told you that every vote counts. In local primary elections, like we had on Tuesday, sometimes there are less than a thousand total votes for all the candidates in one race. If you get to cast a ballot in one of those races you are powerful. Your voice is amplified and your priorities get more attention. When you vote in primaries and then again in November, it’s like getting a bonus round of political leverage.

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Vote!

The message is simple. Vote.

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Annual Primary Election Day 2017

Kansas now holds primary elections every year on the first Tuesday in August, and every year on the first Tuesday in November after the second Monday (don't ask, this is how it has been forever). Your annual Primary Election Day is August 1st, 2017, and it is time to get out and vote.

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Education is THE issue

Here at MainStream, we concern ourselves with a lot of issues. Our mission is to advocate for good governance, quality public education, healthy communities, and sustainable fiscal policies. That's a broad swath, and sometimes it can feel like we're swimming upstream. This last year saw a lot of gains in these areas, but one issue, one particular aspect of all we cover, is so central to the well being of ALL Kansans, that we come back to it again and again.

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Annual Primary Election Day

Primary elections are coming up in Kansas, on August 1st. That's just two weeks away! You should vote in these primaries. In fact, you should vote in every election. You should vote early, by mail or in person. Or as we like to joke, "Vote early, and often! (as often as you are allowed by law)"

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Being healthy is a human right

We generally keep our focus on Kansas, on the statewide politics that happen in Topeka, that affect all Kansans. But when the occasion warrants, we will take on national issues, especially if they affect our state and communities directly. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) stumbling its way through Congress is one such issue.

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Celebrate

On this Independence Day, we urge you to celebrate what it means to live in the United States, where we still believe in helping those who need it, in standing against oppression, and in the unassailable strength of diversity in the face of tyranny. The peoples that stood against King George came from different cultures, languages, and religions. The Continental Army was made up of different nationalities, beliefs, and traditions. And yet, they formed a greater union that has stood the test of time for more than two hundred years.

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Historic legislative session is done

Today is sine die in the Kansas Legislature, the last day of the session. Scheduled "at a convenient date" after the final adjournment, it can be largely ceremonial, though it also allows for any final veto override attempts. Today turned out to be largely ceremonial, as the Kansas Senate adjourned with little fanfare, leaving the House no avenue to override the Governor's last minute vetoes.

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This is what it's all about

On Saturday, we had over 500 people gather in downtown Overland Park for Walk the Vote, our event to kickstart the 2018 elections. That's right, more than year from the those elections, 500 people got up, got out, raised money and marched to keep the momentum going in Kansas. We could go on about how many people were there, and about how much money we raised, but that would bury the real story here.

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