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  •  Some of my relatives in Kansas actually voted (13+ / 0-)

    for quite a few Democrats this time, after realizing the budget hell that Gov Brownback had sentenced schools, roads, public employees, etc, etc, etc to with his tax cuts for the rich and tax increases - yes increases of $1000 to $2000 per year on the lower income levels.  

    Finally, their own self-interest was being effected enough that they found their way to switching parties, at least for a few candidates.

    But too many other relatives though Brownback's tax policies were horrendous and voted for Romney anyway.  WTF!!?!?!  

    Romney's tax policies were exactly what Brownback already enacted.  Good gawd.  The stupid really hurts!

    Anyway, Facebook is sure fun these days.  Had to unfriend a sister-in-law. Life is hell in the formerly Progressive, Populist Kansas.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:20:31 PM PST

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    •  It was THE great home of Populism (5+ / 0-)

      with leaders like Mary Lease, and not long after, hosted the most successful Socialist periodical in US History, the Appeal to Reason, published in Girard, Kansas.

      Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

      by ActivistGuy on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:59:01 PM PST

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      •  but Kansas is always Republican. (0+ / 0-)

        Kansas has only voted for a Dem once since it became a state, 1932.  By 1936 it was back to voting for Republicans.

        We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

        by ScrewySquirrel on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:30:56 AM PST

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        •  There's more to politics (2+ / 0-)
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          than just national elections.  In addition to a period of almost total domination of state politics by the Populists,  it was the incubator of the ideas that both made the Populists a genuine radical threat in their time ("Farmers," Mary Lease famously said, "should raise less corn and more hell"), and created the bank of ideas that FDR would draw heavily upon 40 years later in shaping the New Deal.

          Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

          by ActivistGuy on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:47:22 AM PST

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        •  You forgot Gov. Docking... (2+ / 0-)
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          in the 1960's, a Centralist Dem.

        •  The governorship in Kansas (2+ / 0-)
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          has done a lot of swinging back and forth between Dem & GOP, even recently.

          Since 1957, the position of governor in Kansas has been held by Democrats for 32 years, as opposed to the Republicans' 24.  Kathleen Sebelius, current HHS secretary, was Democratic governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009 before being tapped for the Cabinet, and her Dem lieutenant governor replaced her until Brownback was elected in 2010.

          If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

          by AnnieJo on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:26:39 AM PST

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        •  And Republicans haven't always been nutjobs (4+ / 0-)

          Up until the 1970s, the Republican party had a very healthy & viable liberal/progressive wing: they were the ones who competed against the conservative/rectionary Democratic wing.

          Then two things happened. One was the infamous Southern strategy, where the Republicans courted the Democrats who were at odds with the Civil Rights reforms of the 1960s. The other was Watergate: Nixon as a member of the moderate/establishment faction of the Republican party, not only discredited that faction with America, giving the conservative wing the opening to take over the Republican party, he alienated many Liberal Republicans who ended up leaving the party (the campaigns of Anderson, & to a lesser extend Perot, were signs of their exodus), & their children became Democrats.

          Having watched it unfold, & seeing how the Republican party has been trapped in an increasing slide towards reactionary & racist irrelevance, I give you my version of recent American history.

        •  Don't forget the Dockings. They had a strong (0+ / 0-)

          Democratic legacy in Kansas.  And Kansas sent many Democratic representatives to the US House.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 01:05:29 PM PST

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