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During an election season, you will hear two calls to action. Register to vote! Get out and vote! Both are often directed at those populations that don't vote much, especially youth (we're talking about people aged 18 to 24, in this case). But a look at the data suggests that...

This is a column written by Davis Merritt, a Wichita-based journalist and author, and is used with permission. Mr. Merritt is not affiliated with the MainStream Coalition.

This summer, for the primary election, MainStream hired interns, contacted voters about issues, and got out the vote. We hit 22,000 doors, made 5,000 phone calls, and also engaged with 2,500 voters in our Voter to Voter program. That's a lot of hot days walking, and a lot of calls...

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NEJC Chamber of Commerce KS House District 25 Candidate Forum

October 17, 2018 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Antioch Library
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NEJC Chamber of Commerce KS House District 19 Candidate Panel

October 17, 2018 at 7pm - 8pm
Antioch Library
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LWVJoCo: BOCC Candidate Panel District 1

October 20, 2018 at 3:30pm - 5pm
Matt Ross Community Center
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Stand Up, Speak Out 2018

October 21, 2018 at 5pm - 8:30pm
Overland Park Convention Center
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NEJC Chamber of Commerce: County Commissioner District 1 Candidate Forum

October 23, 2018 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Leawood Pioneer Library
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MainStream is a coalition of informed citizens who believe that moderate voices need to be heard in today's political climate. We stand for mainstream, common sense, responsible and compassionate ideals. We believe that people with different points of view can come together to forge good government that benefits all citizens.

Republican or Democrat, Independent or unaffiliated, MainStream Coalition's members stand for strong public education free of special interests, fiscally responsible policies that balance revenue strategies, and good government free from partisan machinations and religious doctrine.

More than that, our members understand that to take Kansas back from extremists and their ideologies, we need to do more than just vote. We need to get informed, get involved, and speak out.

If you are frustrated by extremist tactics, wish there were a rational voice for common sense in politics, and embrace the notion that good ideas can come from both sides of the partisan divide, then welcome to MainStream.

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