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  •  Feel bad for Kansas, but it is a state unto itself (10+ / 0-)

    As a Californian happy in my state I don't want to live in Kansas, but one of my grandmothers was from there and I have lots and lots of distant cousins in and around Lawrence and Emporia. It has plenty of history to be proud of. The Civil War was being fought in "Bleeding Kansas" years before the rest of the country got involved, and was fought purely on the slavery question. After the civil war there were the Exodusters. In the early 20th century before WWI Kansas was a center of the Progressive movement. Conservative as the state is now, there are still plenty of progressives who can claim it, some on this very site (Dan Perkins aka Tom Tomorrow was born in Wichita).

    States change with the times, or at least they have the capacity to do so. In my lifetime California has changed its politics a LOT, for bad and more recently for good. Kansas can do the same. Don't write it off.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:27:54 AM PST

    •  Weird (8+ / 0-)

      I was writing the same post, but mine wasn't very good.

      Don't forget that Kansas was the first state to have prevailing wages laws (leading to the federal Davis-Bacon act), and the first state to legislatively implement a standard of comparative negligence. And as recently as 2009, they had governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is now in Obama's administration; Kansas is one of only 6 states to have had multiple female governors.

      The shift from slightly-conservative midwestern state to wingnut-controlled New South has only happened in the last decade and a half or so, largely fueled by Koch brothers money politics and the rise of the religious right under G.W. Bush.

      But there is still a lot of progressive power in the state, even though it is in eclipse. Thinking of Kansas as a hopelessly backward set of hillbillies with no hope of change for the better is a mistake.

    •  Lawrence is fantastic. (3+ / 0-)

      Well, at least it was when I was sixteen and at KU for a summer program for high school students.

      Even then, it was just a blue dot in a sea of red.  But I can't condemn all of Kansas b/c...there are some wonderful people there.

      And...Lawrence.  And Kansas City, and the art museum, and the Royals and Jayhawks, and...

      well, I have very fond memories of Kansas, even if entirely too many of its citizens are brainwashed to vote right wing.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:31:54 PM PST

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    •  Kansas is still bleeding...this time it's money! (1+ / 0-)
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      leftist vegetarian patriot

      If Carl said left or right instead of right or wrong...
      he could still be a member of Congress today!

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