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By Chad Manspeaker on August 4, 2009

I have been hearing from many different fields of people concerning the almost surrender of the governorship of the state of Kansas to Senator Sam Brownback. It is disconcerting how this surrender seems to have frozen politics at all levels. I am guilty of it as well. A day doesn’t go by where I am not discussing strategy for how to protect workers in a Brownback Kansas.

For the true answer as to whether or not Brownback will be Governor, I can’t tell you that. I can tell you this far out of the presidential race the front runners where Giuliani and Clinton, and I don’t have to tell you how that story ended.

Kansas Democrats have had it too good. We have held an office for so long we have forgotten what it takes to win it. Eight years is a long time. Much has changed. Activists have changed, technology has changed and the political landscape of this state is very different. Sebelius ran with little external structure. She didn’t rely on grass roots to lift her up. I would say many times she had to drag them along. I am not condemning this way of politics; it is effective. In its wake, however, things can be left a little unorganized.

We have forgotten the value of hard work. We stand around hoping somebody will decide to run for governor rather than paving the way for them to be successful. Many at all levels expect the same play book that worked for Sebelius to work again, but it won’t. All is not lost, however. I am fortunate enough to travel the state and meet people who are working to change politics, from the ground up. Not because anyone asked them to. Not because there is a paycheck attached to it. But because they want change and aren’t gonna wait for it to come.

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By Chad Manspeaker on June 4, 2009

Sunday was a day like any other for me. I woke, enjoyed a walk with my family, treated everyone to breakfast in a diner and went home to clean the house. On a break from cleaning I decided to check my twitter feed and see what was happening in the world. This is how I found out about the political assassination of Dr. George Tiller.

I was devastated. I did not know Dr. Tiller. I knew his name because I am involved in Democratic politics in Kansas. Tiller was a well known donor to elected officials who were pro-choice in Kansas. Our current Health and Human Services Secretary and former Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, is a recipient of his contributions. My former employer, Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, chose not to accept his donations. Accepting his money came with its own form of baggage that was easier for some politicians to simply avoid. As the Doctor was repeatedly thrust into the lime light politicians edged themselves away from him, wanting none of that particular light shed upon them.

It was this last thing that sticks with me as I examine myself in light of this tragedy. I have an amazing wife and two beautiful daughters, what have I done to defend their rights? Say whatever you want, feel however you want about abortion. For me it comes back to the Supreme Court decision, Roe Vs. Wade. The primary mandate that I get from the court ruling is that a woman is rightly entitled to privacy when it comes to making medical decisions about her own body. Again what have I done to protect this right for the women in my life?

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By Chad Manspeaker on April 14, 2009

I like politics. I wear it on my sleeve on a daily basis. This love of politics has lead me to focus on some key things that I think are worth further exploration. One of which is how new media is shaping the landscape for political races to come.

I am very fortunate to have been invited onto KCUR’s “Up To Date” with Steve Kraske tomorrow to talk about emerging means of communication in this ever evolving world. How did I get to this point? Very simple one person Sarah Burris.

Sarah and I became good friends while I was working on Nancy Boyda’s re-election campaign. I was a bit of a Luddite at that point. I had just started using chat functions on my computer and had no participation on social networking sites. Converting me to web 2.0 was an arduous task for Sarah, one I now commend her for.

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By Chad Manspeaker on April 1, 2009

As many of you may know I tend to lean a little left of center. That’s why it might seem strange that I put a Bill Bunten yard sign in my front yard.

Bill Bunten was a very conservative member of the Kansas House of Representatives and many times voted against legislation that affected one of my favorite constituencies… Labor. But his visions far exceed any values system he may be perceived to have or actually have.

But I’ve been around Kansas politics and Topeka politics long enough to see his interaction with other leaders in our community. He has proven himself as a true statesman and someone who understands the fundamentals of compromise.

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By Chad Manspeaker on November 10, 2008

Editor's Note: Chad Manspeaker is the former campaign manager for Nancy Boyda's re-election campaign. Theirs was one of 4 democratic incumbents who lost Tuesday night.

When I was an organizer for the Teamsters, I dedicated six months to working 14 hours a day 6 days a week for a campaign everyone was sure we were going to win. But when the election finally came, we lost.

The night of the loss, our boss called us all into a room and asked us how we felt and I stood up and said, "I want to fight back. Tell me how we can fight back and let's get it done."

The next day, we were back at it. We set out to organize 1,300 workers but because we tried something completely different, we surpassed our goal and organized 13,000 people. We didn't let the feeling of failure knock us down. Instead, we were inspired to continue the fight for something better.

Now, five years later, I am in the same position. I was the campaign manager of Kansas' Second District's Congressional campaign. During the months leading up to Election Day, all indications made us believe that we would be celebrating a victory on November 4. But, after all the votes had been counted, we came up short.

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