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Today on the capital steps in Topeka, a few hundred Democrats braved the weather - temperatures down to about 33, the 11 inches of snow that fell over the last four days, and made their voices heard on the capital steps.

With several great speeches and moments to tie Kansans together, it was a good chance to spread the message that Kansas is still ground worth fighting for.

Follow below for Video and more great pictures.  (Click on Pictures for Full Size Images)

AFT Rally, Topeka Kansas 2-23-2013

Paul Davis, Minority Leader from Lawrence greeted the crowd with the words they had been waiting to hear, a real fight for the things they believe in.   This wasn't a watered down pretty conservative message, this was the bread the butter his constituents fought through the snow to listen to.


And the crowd was there to cheer him on.

Crowds were reminded that what has happened elsewhere threatens to come to Kansas.  











The event ended with a rousing speech about the nature of controlling how teachers spend their money.   Despite the wind factor, this one is worth the watch.


This was a fantastic turn out considering the weather and most other factors.   A large crowd stood, cheered, shook hands and worked to make some changes in the state they care about.

It's going to be a long fight for the soul of Kansas, but events like this should give many courage to know they are far from alone.   People drove from Wichita, Manhattan, Parsons, Pittsburg, Overland Park and elsewhere to lift their voices and demand better of their government.

You can't ask for more than that!

Originally posted to tmservo433 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:19:30 PM PST

  •  It takes guts to stand up in Kansas (9+ / 0-)

    My admiration and appreciation goes out to the demonstrators.  But 33 degrees and 11 inches of snow?  That sounds like nice weather to a Mainer like myself!  : )

    "I shall never surrender or retreat." --Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis

    by badger1968 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 05:26:00 PM PST

  •  Please keep doing this (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tmservo433, YucatanMan, eztempo, NancyWH

    The demented wing of the GOP in Missouri is looking at Kansas as model for what to do next.

    [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

    by MoDem on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 06:05:31 PM PST

    •  We're trying to do it for both states (5+ / 0-)

      We're  holding a Kansas get together next month; and one in Springfield, MO in April.  We definitely need a 24-month full court press plan.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 06:07:04 PM PST

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  •  You're doing a great job of reporting on all this. (3+ / 0-)
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    tmservo433, eztempo, NancyWH

    We Kansans who are now out-of-state greatly appreciate your work.

    Let's hope that this marks the year of tea bag overreach and the state recoils back.  (but I'm not holding my breath -- I fear it could get even worse)

    "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 Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:14:40 PM PST

    •  Maybe, there is a lot of downbeat (0+ / 0-)

      Thought about Kansas.   But as was pointed out at this event, almost 30% of the student body in Wichita School district is hispanic.  The rising population in Kansas is democratic.   The old guard definitely has the polls locked up, but the youth have had nothing to vote FOR.

      The question is whether or not they can be presented a case that makes them vote in favor of a candidate, to engender some real excitement.  

      Voter turnout in Kansas has been fairly depressed in large part because people think the elections are over before they begin.   Whether that's true or not, the strategy of running no-one (two house races went unopposed) is clearly not working.  You can never win.. or even get the other guy on the record without it.

      This week you had a town hall meeting go sideways.  If you get them into an election mode where they have to go on the record, even if they win Kansas, the dumb things that get said will hurt other republicans around the country.

      And that along is worth the money spent.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:29:31 AM PST

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  •  Go Unions! (1+ / 0-)
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    tmservo433

    Solidarity from Upstate New York!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:00:53 AM PST

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