This is a piece I've been wanting to write for awhile now, with Joe's name appearing as a possible candidate for the KS-03 race I figured there is no better time to do so.
Before I start I want to make it clear that I do not know if Joe will jump into the race or not, I have no 'inside' information on this and think that this is a big decision for him to make with his family. With that being said if Joe is to jump into the race I am completely behind him and I think he would be great. I've wanted to write this because I feel that Kansas City, KS/ Wyandotte County often are left to handle themselves both by state politics and the state party. Candidates in KCK often run their own campaigns and don't get much support from outside the city. Over the past 7 years KCK has had a rockstar candidate, Joe Reardon.
About a week ago I was elected to be the new State President of the Kansas Young Democrats.
One of my first goals was to create the Kansas Young Democrats Alumni Association. I wanted to establish this to create a place where new Young Dems and past Young Dems can better connect. The Alumni Association will be used to connect democrats young and old statewide to build a stronger party and a strong youth motivated organization.
In our nation’s higher education system we depend heavily on federal student loans to help students obtain their college degree. Each year this turns millions of college students into new loan consumers. We, as college students and as a nation, need student loan reform.
We have turned college students into a generation who will have massive amounts of debt upon graduating college, and in many cases placing debt upon their families in order to help pay for tuition costs. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act would continue to raise the maximum Pell Grant annually for the next decade to match cost-of-living increases, based on the Consumer Price Index plus 1 percent, essentially cutting out the middleman and making the loans more beneficial for students, their families and the nation.
The benefit of this is huge and is in the best interest of constituents for lawmakers to vote for this. I am appalled that some Kansas lawmakers have put the interest of the banks over the interest of Kansas families.
We all know the economy have been on a bit of a rough patch to say the least, and as a result of that students across every college campus in the Nation are facing similar worries. Tuition costs are rising, healthcare costs are rising, and really about every other cost out there is rising too. Students have had to increase their work loads and do everything they can to have some extra cash.
Something bad happened in the past 10 years to young workers in this country: Since 1999, more of them now have lower-paying jobs, if they can get a job at all; health care is a rare luxury and retirement security is something for their parents, not them. In fact, many—younger than 35—still live at home with their parents because they can’t afford to be on their own.
The idea of moving out when your 18 and graduated high school and can start your own life is turning into stay with mom and dad as long as possible until I graduate college and maybe get a decent job.
The far right conservatives have a new "tool" for pushing their agenda and it directly target's higher education. CampusReform.org is the name of the site that will publicly launch on September 15th, but the information is already there and ready to be viewed. This site offers a realm where young conservatives and libertarians, as the site specifically outlines, can go and report their teachers for being radical liberals or for using a course text that is a bit too leftist.
CampusReform.org is designed to provide conservative activists with the resources, networking capabilities, and skills they need to revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses.
Created to give conservatives powerful new weapons in their fight for the hearts and minds of the next generation of citizens, politicians, and members of the media, CampusReform.org facilitates the establishment of conservative student networks and supports their development as a powerful voice of activism on their campuses. It makes available new opportunities for groups’ interaction with alumni, parents, faculty, and other members of the broader community interested in taking a stand for conservative principles on America’s college campuses.
Connecting up-to-date communications technologies to a principled stand for limited government, the free market, national defense, and traditional values, CampusReform.org makes possible a new generation of student activism to identify, expose, and combat the radical left now.
This morning I woke up to this email from my good friend Skye, a fellow Young Dem, after he had heard the news of the late Senator Kennedy's passing and wanted to pass it along to all of you. Email below.
I'm writing today in hopes of our collective activism helping to inspire and achieve something more. This morning, like all of you, I was awoken to the news of the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy. That Liberal Lion who so often gave a voice to our incoherent ramblings. For far too long our causes have become his cause, and now our messenger has passed on, leaving a void and a voice to be filled.
We must take on this task. As his greatest desire was the passage of Health Care Reform, including a Public Option, so to must it be ours. I was reminded of something today while discussing Kennedy's death with my father. He spoke of Ted's brothers death, John, and his cause that was posthumously achieved - Civil Rights. While John will always be remembered for the "Cuban Missile Crisis" and his involvement in the "Cold War," he was incremental in achieving Civil Rights. His words (below) can be directly seen in the language of the final Civil Rights bill that was passed in 1965. (continued....)
Last week (Aug 5 - 9) I was in Chicago, IL for the 2009 Young Democrats of America National Convention. Aside from being in an awesome city and being around tons of young people with similar beliefs, the convention proved to be an incredible learning and networking experience. YDA is more than a social club it is a respectable organization dedicated to motivating young people and making them a more powerful political force Nation wide. YDA achieves this through various training sessions offered throughout the week and bringing in great speakers like Dr. Howard Dean.
During the week thousands of Democrats (young and old) gathered in Chicago to attend the great training sessions and see the speakers. The training sessions offered at the YDA convention ranged from sessions on "Community Organizers Running for Office" to "Finance 101 and Finance 202". As a result of the top notch training many young democrats returned to their states ready to work and better trained to make a difference (full list of training sessions at the end of post).
Many of us here at Everyday Citizen have been keeping you up to date on all the C street news, as we get it. On Sunday, Sarah posted about Kansas Rep Jerry Moran. On Monday, I posted about my interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family and what he told me about Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt and his involvement in the Conservative Cult know as "The Family". One of the more well known Kansas elected officials believed to be involved with "The Family" is Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, who happens to also be running for Kansas Governor in 2010.
Through out my interview with Jeff Sharlet, one Kansas elected official came up substantially more than the others, Sen. Sam Brownback.
Sam Brownback out there (in Kansas) is one of the politicians who I would say is more intimately involved than most and I think has a bit of a leadership role.
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