The Work Ahead to Educate Kansas Children

There is still hard work ahead for the Kansas Legislature, and for voters, before Kansas can claim to be providing an excellent education for ALL Kansas children. Last week, the Kansas Supreme Court confirmed this, releasing a long-awaited ruling on the Constitutionality of the public school funding plan passed by the Kansas Legislature this year. (Spoiler: not even a little bit Constitutional.)

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Common Sense for Gun Safety

MainStream has long supported gun safety laws. We believe that reasonable gun ordinances help communities feel safer, and that each community must have the ability to regulate guns as they best see fit. You can see where we stand on our website, but here is our statement on gun safety, "The MainStream Coalition supports the Second Amendment, but affirms that the right to bear arms does not extend to endangering the public. We strongly support local control over firearm and weapons related ordinances and regulations, and believe those regulations should require responsible and safe gun ownership."

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Ready to do something?

This week, there are three ways you can show how Kansans stand up and speak out. We stand for justice in the fight for voting rights. We speak out against shamelessly political health care bills that hurt, rather than help people. We gather and share our compassion with immigrants and their children who want nothing but to stay in the only country they know as home. You can help. Here's how.

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Call now to protect health care

You've heard the news, the national Republican Party is trying once again to repeal the dreaded Obamacare. They are, once again, on the cusp of undoing policies that have brought hope and security to millions of Americans. But if you have anything to say about it, they will again fall short.

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Courage Deserves Thanks

Let's get this out of the way. Taxes are the cost of living in a modern civilization, one that wants its children to succeed, its seniors to live a full life, its families to be more than one medical disaster away from homelessness.

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The 115 Who Voted for Tax Reform

Here are the 115 Kansas state legislators, Democrats and Republicans both, who voted to override Governor Brownback's veto of Senate Bill 30, which rolled back his disastrous tax policies. These courageous legislators stood up for Kansas, stood up for families hurt by tax policies that cut services, raised food taxes, and lined the pockets of the wealthiest without leaving anything for improved health care, educating our kids, or taking care of our seniors.

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They once were local officials

As you know, there's an election coming up on November 7th. And you know it's a local election, where we elect representatives to our city governments, to our local school boards, to county positions, community college trustee boards, water boards, and so on. You also know it's not going to garner a lot of headlines, a lot of turnout, or a lot of interest.

But it should.

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Labor Day

Labor Day was established in 1894 as a Federal holiday, but only after thirty states had already instituted it on their own. A day to commemorate the nation's workers and their contributions to the country, it began with the states. Today, the government of Kansas is doing its best to reverse that.

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Looking ahead at 2018 candidates

It's getting crowded. As we get closer to 2018, with the vacant seat in the Governor's mansion, U.S. Congressional seats up for re-election, and every seat in the Kansas House of Representatives open, candidates are starting to knock elbows. We thought it would be helpful to take a look at how those races are shaping up, with less than a year until Kansas' annual primary election day on Aug 7, 2018.

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Kansas shifted moderate in 2017, but not enough

On last Thursday, MainStream released our 2017 Vote Count scorecard, rating Kansas state lawmakers on key votes they took in the 2017 legislative session, and how they compare to MainStream's legislative priorities. You can find the 2017 scorecard here, with our past scorecards. You can also look up your own state legislators with our ksleglookup.org tool, and see their lifetime score. We'll wait. It's important for you to know how your legislators stack up.

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