The Kansas Legislature turns

Earlier today, the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka chose their leadership for the upcoming legislative session. The Republicans, with a majority in the House of 85 to 40, have chosen Rep. Ron Ryckman, who sports a 0% score on our vote count. Twenty eight Republicans voted for the other candidate, 57 for Ryckman.

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ALERT: KS election hangs in balance of leadership vote

This year, Kansas voted in moderate legislators to bring needed change to the state, but all of that is in jeopardy if Brownback's allies remain in leadership positions. On Monday, December 5th, Republican Kansas House Representatives will elect their Speaker. The Speaker has immense power to set the agenda for the entire legislative session.

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Next for Kansas

On Thursday last week, we held our first forum of the legislative season, title "What now? Kansas Politics in 2017." You can watch it in its entirety on our YouTube channel here:

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A long, strange week

We are not quite one week out from an election that saw the values we hold at MainStream damaged at the national level. The reasons for the result are still being examined and discussed. But the results are clear.

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Vote. Here's why, how, and for whom

Share this post. This is the last chance to do more than vote. Share this with your family, friends, co-workers, strangers at the library. Be obnoxious, be forward, because there is only tomorrow.

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What is at stake?

Last night, we held our annual awards dinner. It was a great event, with 750 people—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, often sitting at the same table—all coming together to celebrate activism and the spirit that is driving change in Kansas this election season. It was a welcome moment of respite, a time to recharge before the final push.

But that final push is here.

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No, not Brownback Partisans

We’ve seen claims lately that some of the incumbents endorsed by MainPAC are “Brownback partisans,” and we would like to clear up any misunderstanding, given Brownback’s distaste for all of our positions on the issues.

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How do you #domorethanvote?

With two weeks left, many of us have made up our minds on how to vote in this election. We've stomached the Presidential race, we've listened to our local representatives, and we've learned about the judicial retention issues. In many Kansas counties, you can cast your ballot today.

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Unique to Kansas

There's never been anything like it. Not in Kansas. Not anywhere, really.

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Civil Discourse

Any citizen will agree that we are in a time of... contentious politics. From the national stage to local precincts, we find people at odds not just on facts and policy, but intent and attitude. We won't attempt to diagnose the problem, nor fix it, in this email. MainStream works to bring all sides together around issues and values, but the job of making that successful, well, it is too great for one group.

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