Rested and Ready

We wish you a happy new year, and hope you had a restful holiday season, because 2015 will start with a bang in Kansas politics.

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An Eventful Year

This is a special letter to MainStream supporters from our outgoing Board President, Dennis Sweeny.

My time as president of MainStream is ending this month. It has been an eventful two years.

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Moderates: Not Dead Yet

We need to clear up a misunderstanding. There are a lot of knowledgeable political writers out there arguing that the moderate movement is dead. That the "moderate majority" is a myth. They tell us that this moderate block is a vast collection of milquetoast sometime-voters who can't be herded, don't vote, and couldn't care less.

They are a little confused.

We'd like to provide a primer on what moderate means to us.

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Join us for a better 2015

Last week we asked you to help us extend our reach, to meet new people, reasonable voters and concerned non-voters alike. Half of voting Kansans chose against extremism in this past election, and we'd like to meet them.

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Insights into Kansas Politics in 2015

Here is video of our recent forum, "Kansas Politics in 2015: Insights after the election."

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Thankful In Spite of it All

It may seem that we don't have much to give thanks for, in the wake of the election. But in the spirit of getting over it, we present the Lesser Prairie Chickens:

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Do More

In the aftermath of the election, we've heard plenty of people bemoan that moderates do too much talking, and not enough acting. At our forum this week (lots of talking!), the audience asked what was going to happen now? There were lots of predictions (talk, talk, talk) about the budget, about the doom of rural Kansas, about the urban areas sliding after it down the Governor's glide path to zero. After the forum, some members of MainStream convened again to talk (!) and plan.

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Darkest before the dawn

First of all, thank you to all our members and supporters for your work, your energy, your donations and yes, your votes. The election did not turn out the way many of us hoped it would. It has been a bad couple of days, and in the end, there is no way to soften the blow. We lost.

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Keep the faith!

This is a guest post by MainStream Board Member Sheryl Spalding.

While the outcome of election night, statewide and nationally, was not what we were hoping for, there are a few bright spots. 

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In your hands

One of the political activist's favorite tropes is to cry the sky is falling. No other election has ever been as important as this one! Do you know what dire things will fall on us if you don't vote? Your children! Your grandchildren! Your parents! Your pocketbook!

But the truth is that every election is as important as this one. And every election is important.

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