Who do I vote for?

The MainStream Coalition is in the business of educating and promoting moderate political positions and values, yes, but you are the one who has to choose for whom to cast your vote. We can try to convince you of the importance of our positions, and tell you who supports them and who does not. But we can't tell you who to vote for.

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Voting sustains your right to vote

Today, October 14, is the last day to register in Kansas for the Nov. 4 general election. Our hunch is, if you're reading this, you're already registered.

But if you are not registered: GET OFF THIS SCREEN AND FILL OUT A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM! Do it online right now! Be sure to follow the instructions. 

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These issues need moderate votes

What issue makes you vote? It doesn't matter if it's a basic right you see curtailed, opportunities limited to the few, or a ridiculously selfish stance by the extremists. Something makes you sit up. Something makes you get out to vote.

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These races need moderate votes

What does it take to get a moderate fired up? We work under the assumption that the vast majority of the electorate are moderate, i.e., not extremists on the right or the left. They may identify with a party, or not, but they don't identify with the spittle flying from either end of the spectrum. If everyone voted, we maintain, moderates would win. But not everyone votes. In the last general election in Johnson County, KS, one in five registered voters bothered to vote. And that number does not include those eligible voters who have not even bothered to register.

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A Compact on America

The quality and availability of health care is among the most important aspects of our lives, both for us as individuals, and for the people who depend on us: our aging parents and our children. And as a result, it is a critical issue in politics, and specifically at issue in the upcoming elections on November 4.

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A political solution is proposed

Last week, for reasons that may have been personal, or may have been political, Chad Taylor, the Democratic candidate running against Pat Roberts (R) for the US Senate from Kansas, dropped out of the race. The hue and cry from the extremists on the right was loud, for reasons that may have been altruistic, or may have been political.

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We are all patriots here...

Last week, the Heritage Foundation (WikipediaRWW) and the Kansas Policy Institute (WikipediaSourceWatch) held a small gathering at a local country club. They had invited Stephen Moore, economist and former member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, to speak.

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Glide path to zero education funding

What will it take to get you to vote? Or your friends? Your family? Which issue is most important to you? Is it education? Then this week's report from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth should set you to organizing a voting party on November 4.

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Miscarriage of Justice

On Friday, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas appointed Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Supreme Court. This completes a coup so arrogant, so contemptuous of the separation of powers, so disrespectful of the people of Kansas, that it leaves us gasping.

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Civility

Passion. Shouting. Not backing down. These are, increasingly, the hallmarks of politics today. There are many calls for civility, for a return to the statesmen (and women) who used to haggle and argue and compromise to reach a position that would move our country forward. But those calls for moderation are too often drowned out by the inflamed passions on either side.

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