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Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 08:46 AM PDT

ALEC Takes over Kansas. A story in pictures & video

This diary should not be seen as the final word on this.

After spending the last two days talking to

legislative counsel and attorneys familiar with this matter, I think there are a lot of steps that are left to be

taken.

The Kansas legislation that passed this weekend still awaits the governors signature, and still

faces some hurdles.

The legislation, as presented (KS-HB2506) effectively combines appropriation and

policy, something that is against the legislative rules of the body. As a result, there are a lot of legal

minds who are working on ways to challenge some of the text within the bill.

If you are a teacher in Kansas, all I can say is: don't give up hope.

You are your best advocate.

The

governor can still veto (unlikely) but in the end YOU have the veto that matters in an election this

November.

Kansas is on a scary and dangerous path; a path that moves to create a permanent lower

class of citizenry, by which those who have wealth get better access to all crucial services.

Kansas has cut funding for everything from pre-natal care to put strings around public education.

We've

moved to make LGBT uncomfortable in our state while telling those with special needs children that

services will change.

The legislation this weekend drove a stake through the heart of teachers who are in the difficult position of arguing for IEPs, especially those of special needs children, who now will feel the pressure to side with administration and costs over a child for fear of their job.

But for today, I want to tell a picture in story and video, about how I experienced the capital this weekend.

<a href=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/08/1290490/-ALEC-Takes-over-Kansas-A-story-in-pictures- video Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 08:46 AM PDT ALEC Takes over Kansas. A story in pictures & video by tmservo433 This diary should not be seen as the final word on this. After spending the last two days talking to legislative counsel and attorneys familiar with this matter, I think there are a lot of steps that are left to be taken. The Kansas legislation that passed this weekend still awaits the governors signature, and still faces some hurdles. The legislation, as presented (KS-HB2506) effectively combines appropriation and policy, something that is against the legislative rules of the body. As a result, there are a lot of legal minds who are working on ways to challenge some of the text within the bill. If you are a teacher in Kansas, all I can say is: don't give up hope. You are your best advocate. The governor can still veto (unlikely) but in the end YOU have the veto that matters in an election this November. Kansas is on a scary and dangerous path; a path that moves to create a permanent lower class of citizenry, by which those who have wealth get better access to all crucial services. Kansas has cut funding for everything from pre-natal care to put strings around public education. We've moved to make LGBT uncomfortable in our state while telling those with special needs children that services will change. The legislation this weekend drove a stake through the heart of teachers who are in the difficult position of arguing for IEPs, especially those of special needs children, who now will feel the pressure to side with administration and costs over a child for fear of their job. But for today, I want to tell a picture in story and video, about how I experienced the capital this weekend. I began really taking shots from the gallery early in the morning of the 6th. Thanks to some help from staffers and friends, most of Saturday was spent either in Overland Park (at a bit of a distance) or later in an office outside of the main areas in Topeka. It didn't take me long to realize that so many of these people were burning money out of their own pocket books, fighting not just for their job but for kids. I had chipped in for food the night before, but for lunch, I took time to walk down to the Subway nearby and wipe them out. I have no problem saying: there were several house members who grumbled a bit that I forced Subway to make 31 footlongs in the middle of the day :) The teachers, however, at least had something to know that parents gave a damn about their efforts. " id="pdf-obj-0-57" src="pdf-obj-0-57.jpg">

I began really taking shots from the gallery early in the morning of the 6th.

Thanks to some help from

staffers and friends, most of Saturday was spent either in Overland Park (at a bit of a distance) or later in an office outside of the main areas in Topeka.

It didn't take me long to realize that so many of these people were burning money out of their own pocket

books, fighting not just for their job but for kids.

I had chipped in for food the night before, but for

lunch, I took time to walk down to the Subway nearby and wipe them out.

I have no problem saying:

there were several house members who grumbled a bit that I forced Subway to make 31 footlongs in the middle of the day :)

The teachers, however, at least had something to know that parents gave a damn about their efforts.

As the night wore on in Kansas, I took my first stab at getting into the gallery, to see first hand my tax dollars in action.

This is from later in the morning, in the Senate, which reconvened after a lot of waiting around.

As the night wore on in Kansas, I took my first stab at getting into the

Senator Tom Hawk took the floor and gave an impassioned and heartfelt speech about the impact of

teachers.

Why teachers are not just the advocate for education, they are the advocates for the children

they represent.

I had time to talk to Tom the day before (Saturday) during a break, and I told him the

story of our special needs son.

This legislation allowed for people without a teaching certificate to teach.

Degree only required.

I told Tom: How long before Special Needs have no advocates? Poorly trained

staff who can be hired cheap because they have a 'degree'? conversation and I knew that as an educator he 'got it'.

When Tom took the floor, I thought of that

As the night wore on in Kansas, I took my first stab at getting into the

A short video of his defense:

When Senator Pat Pettey rose to speak on this legislation, she delivered a point by point dismantling of it.

She walked through the legislation with knowledge and facts at her side. the body - questions that would go unanswered.

She asked critical questions of

When Senator Pat Pettey rose to speak on this legislation, she delivered a point by pointhttp://www.kslegislature.org/ ... She asked critical questions of While Pettey mounted a blistering take down, armed with facts, Republicans largely left. Republicans began by huddling in the corners, and at this point, several staffers began letting me know that house members were still waffling. Rather than listen to her fellow senator - or any democratic senator, the Republicans huddled in corners and grabbed cell phones. Below is Sen. Wagle, grabbing a phone call. As the debate raged on, I was messaged to meet someone who had helped provide me information all day on the first floor. Checking out of the senate session, I took time to capture the Kansas teachers, camped in front of the senate. They had stayed there all morning. I met with the people who had been talking to me through the weekend and was informed that the senate debate would continue until they were sure they would get the votes in the house. I asked how close they were and at this point it was an unknown. Two staffers let me know dead on that their bosses had absolutely been pressured: vote with us or you're done. This was a litmus test. It wasn't just about voting with teachers this time, they told me. If they didn't make it out of a primary, it would mean someone far more conservative then their boss would likely win. Who would be left to put a stop to even more heinous legislation. Could you go 'all chips in' on this piece of legislation? Word came down to me through a staffer that a vote was about to take place in the senate. must have been assured they had the votes. The senate Despite the vote going against teachers, the teachers didn't boo those who voted against them. In one of the acts that reminded us why we were in the capital, teachers stood up and cheered every time a legislator who worked with them came out of the doors to the senate. " id="pdf-obj-2-10" src="pdf-obj-2-10.jpg">

While Pettey mounted a blistering take down, armed with facts, Republicans largely left. Republicans began by huddling in the corners, and at this point, several staffers began letting me know that house members were still waffling.

Rather than listen to her fellow senator - or any democratic senator, the Republicans huddled in corners

and grabbed cell phones.

Below is Sen. Wagle, grabbing a phone call.

When Senator Pat Pettey rose to speak on this legislation, she delivered a point by pointhttp://www.kslegislature.org/ ... She asked critical questions of While Pettey mounted a blistering take down, armed with facts, Republicans largely left. Republicans began by huddling in the corners, and at this point, several staffers began letting me know that house members were still waffling. Rather than listen to her fellow senator - or any democratic senator, the Republicans huddled in corners and grabbed cell phones. Below is Sen. Wagle, grabbing a phone call. As the debate raged on, I was messaged to meet someone who had helped provide me information all day on the first floor. Checking out of the senate session, I took time to capture the Kansas teachers, camped in front of the senate. They had stayed there all morning. I met with the people who had been talking to me through the weekend and was informed that the senate debate would continue until they were sure they would get the votes in the house. I asked how close they were and at this point it was an unknown. Two staffers let me know dead on that their bosses had absolutely been pressured: vote with us or you're done. This was a litmus test. It wasn't just about voting with teachers this time, they told me. If they didn't make it out of a primary, it would mean someone far more conservative then their boss would likely win. Who would be left to put a stop to even more heinous legislation. Could you go 'all chips in' on this piece of legislation? Word came down to me through a staffer that a vote was about to take place in the senate. must have been assured they had the votes. The senate Despite the vote going against teachers, the teachers didn't boo those who voted against them. In one of the acts that reminded us why we were in the capital, teachers stood up and cheered every time a legislator who worked with them came out of the doors to the senate. " id="pdf-obj-2-20" src="pdf-obj-2-20.jpg">

As the debate raged on, I was messaged to meet someone who had helped provide me information all day

on the first floor.

Checking out of the senate session, I took time to capture the Kansas teachers, camped

in front of the senate.

They had stayed there all morning.

When Senator Pat Pettey rose to speak on this legislation, she delivered a point by pointhttp://www.kslegislature.org/ ... She asked critical questions of While Pettey mounted a blistering take down, armed with facts, Republicans largely left. Republicans began by huddling in the corners, and at this point, several staffers began letting me know that house members were still waffling. Rather than listen to her fellow senator - or any democratic senator, the Republicans huddled in corners and grabbed cell phones. Below is Sen. Wagle, grabbing a phone call. As the debate raged on, I was messaged to meet someone who had helped provide me information all day on the first floor. Checking out of the senate session, I took time to capture the Kansas teachers, camped in front of the senate. They had stayed there all morning. I met with the people who had been talking to me through the weekend and was informed that the senate debate would continue until they were sure they would get the votes in the house. I asked how close they were and at this point it was an unknown. Two staffers let me know dead on that their bosses had absolutely been pressured: vote with us or you're done. This was a litmus test. It wasn't just about voting with teachers this time, they told me. If they didn't make it out of a primary, it would mean someone far more conservative then their boss would likely win. Who would be left to put a stop to even more heinous legislation. Could you go 'all chips in' on this piece of legislation? Word came down to me through a staffer that a vote was about to take place in the senate. must have been assured they had the votes. The senate Despite the vote going against teachers, the teachers didn't boo those who voted against them. In one of the acts that reminded us why we were in the capital, teachers stood up and cheered every time a legislator who worked with them came out of the doors to the senate. " id="pdf-obj-2-32" src="pdf-obj-2-32.jpg">

I met with the people who had been talking to me through the weekend and was informed that the senate debate would continue until they were sure they would get the votes in the house. I asked how close they were and at this point it was an unknown. Two staffers let me know dead on that their bosses had

absolutely been pressured: vote with us or you're done.

This was a litmus test.

It wasn't just about

voting with teachers this time, they told me.

If they didn't make it out of a primary, it would mean

someone far more conservative then their boss would likely win. Who would be left to put a stop to even

more heinous legislation.

Could you go 'all chips in' on this piece of legislation?

Word came down to me through a staffer that a vote was about to take place in the senate. must have been assured they had the votes.

The senate

When Senator Pat Pettey rose to speak on this legislation, she delivered a point by pointhttp://www.kslegislature.org/ ... She asked critical questions of While Pettey mounted a blistering take down, armed with facts, Republicans largely left. Republicans began by huddling in the corners, and at this point, several staffers began letting me know that house members were still waffling. Rather than listen to her fellow senator - or any democratic senator, the Republicans huddled in corners and grabbed cell phones. Below is Sen. Wagle, grabbing a phone call. As the debate raged on, I was messaged to meet someone who had helped provide me information all day on the first floor. Checking out of the senate session, I took time to capture the Kansas teachers, camped in front of the senate. They had stayed there all morning. I met with the people who had been talking to me through the weekend and was informed that the senate debate would continue until they were sure they would get the votes in the house. I asked how close they were and at this point it was an unknown. Two staffers let me know dead on that their bosses had absolutely been pressured: vote with us or you're done. This was a litmus test. It wasn't just about voting with teachers this time, they told me. If they didn't make it out of a primary, it would mean someone far more conservative then their boss would likely win. Who would be left to put a stop to even more heinous legislation. Could you go 'all chips in' on this piece of legislation? Word came down to me through a staffer that a vote was about to take place in the senate. must have been assured they had the votes. The senate Despite the vote going against teachers, the teachers didn't boo those who voted against them. In one of the acts that reminded us why we were in the capital, teachers stood up and cheered every time a legislator who worked with them came out of the doors to the senate. " id="pdf-obj-2-56" src="pdf-obj-2-56.jpg">

Despite the vote going against teachers, the teachers didn't boo those who voted against them. In one of the acts that reminded us why we were in the capital, teachers stood up and cheered every time a legislator who worked with them came out of the doors to the senate.

When legislators who were not with them passed by, Teachers raised their hands the way children in their classroom do to ask a question.

It was a beautiful piece of political theater. A reminder that we were all children once, that all of us had to raise our hand for attention. The teachers deserved their attention, attention they would not receive.

When legislators who were not with them passed by, Teachers raised their hands the way children

As the senate broke, KNEA held a quick meeting in the corridors of the building.

When legislators who were not with them passed by, Teachers raised their hands the way children

There would be a few hours break, just enough time to put teachers who had come from a distance in a difficult position. They could stay and fight for their jobs, or they could go home and teach their children.

A lot of teachers were forced to leave.

Many who were closer stayed.

Why? Because they put the

kids first, a subject that the legislators couldn't understand.

Over the next few hours I was getting text messages frequently about vote count. The session in the

house would be pushed and moved.

With an hour and a half to go, there was a brief moment of hope

when some moderate Republicans became concerned about scoring issues with the tax incentive for

corporations.

It was a sliver of hope that we had.

We had learned earlier in the day that at least 9

Republicans would flip pretty much 'no matter what' because the fear of facing a primary opponent with money was too strong.

By the time we gaveled into the house, though, the early head count was sent to me.

Before a vote was

taken I sat on the railing with KNEA, teachers and others and told them: This is going to be a bad beat. It will not be close. But you can take this beat and you can lump it, or you can take this beat and do

something about it. You can be a voice for others.

Be that voice.

After a vote that went against them, House Democrats came out and spoke to the teachers, urging them to

not forget this.

To stand with their friends who fought for them this weekend.

happened here. Don't let this continue.

Don't forget what

When legislators who were not with them passed by, Teachers raised their hands the way children

At the end of the night, Paul Davis, spoke to teachers.

At the end of the night, Paul Davis, spoke to teachers. So, what happens next? Manyhttp://www.senatorjulialynn.com/ ... What happened this session? We debated turn gay away. We had a house member propose ending no-fault divorce. We had more anti-abortion changes proposed. We ended the right of city municipalities to set gun open-carry rules. We tried to stop Google Fiber and small communities from investing in the internet for their citizens. We took up a debate on removing flouride from our water. We moved on policy that would make enforcement of federal wildlife standards a felony and noted we'd jail federal employees for trying. We authorized money to sue other states for environmental cleanup to make sure we wouldn't have to. And so much more. This was a session full of madness. Legislators who played from a playbook on conspiracies against the people. Political money threatened and cajoled to buy off politicians and to promote a doctrine over good policy. This weekend in Gardner, Kansas their are four members who voted 'YEA' who are going to hear a few thoughts from me. They won't be the only ones. I've got time. In a private message this morning from another parent of a special needs child: " has been a godsend for my son. I don't know what we will do if they lose their job. backed me in so many IEPs. It'd be easy to fire him to save money. What can we do?" He's I told Paul Davis: Billionaires have money. We have shoes. Billionaires have pressure. We have votes. Not everyone can be bought. Not against our own children, not against our fellow citizens, not " id="pdf-obj-4-4" src="pdf-obj-4-4.jpg">

So, what happens next?

Many of these legislators are returning home to talk to their people.

these meetings are close, some are far away.

A few of

Who feels like joining me in Gardner to see what for YEA votes have to say about this session?

What happened this session?

We debated turn gay away. We had a house member propose ending no-fault divorce. We had more anti-abortion changes proposed. We ended the right of city municipalities to set gun open-carry rules. We tried to stop Google Fiber and small communities from investing in the internet for their citizens. We took up a debate on removing flouride from our water. We moved on policy that would make enforcement of federal wildlife standards a felony and noted we'd jail federal employees for trying. We authorized money to sue other states for environmental cleanup to make sure we wouldn't have to.

And so much more.

This was a session full of madness.

Legislators who played from a playbook on

conspiracies against the people.

Political money threatened and cajoled to buy off politicians and to

promote a doctrine over good policy.

This weekend in Gardner, Kansas their are four members who voted 'YEA' who are going to hear a few

thoughts from me.

They won't be the only ones.

I've got time.

In a private message this morning from another parent of a special needs child:

" has been a godsend for my son. I don't know what we will do if they lose their job. backed me in so many IEPs. It'd be easy to fire him to save money. What can we do?"

He's

I told Paul Davis: Billionaires have money.

We have shoes.

Billionaires have pressure.

We have

votes.

Not everyone can be bought.

Not against our own children, not against our fellow citizens, not

against what is right.

Money doesn't win elections. Votes do.

New Polls point that out.

A new poll released by the Public Policy Polling shows Governor Sam Brownback behind Rep. Paul Davis if the election were held today.

According to the poll, 45% of those polled said they would vote for Democratic contender Paul Davis while 41% said they would vote for republican incumbent Brownback. 14% said they were not sure.

886 registered Kansas voters were polled in the recent survey with Medicaid one of the topics asked about.

According to the Political Action group MoveOn.org, the poll also indicates that Governor Brownback’s refusal to expand Medicaid in Kansas could hurt him, and other Kansas Republicans, electorally in 2014.

The survey found that 55% of Kansas voters think the state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars, and 39% of voters said they were more likely to vote for Paul Davis as a result of his position on Medicaid expansion.

The tide is turning. And we have no quit in us.

If you're out of state, and you've waited

please, chip something to Paul Davis. He has worked with us on

Not just for those who live here, but because if

.. so many of these issues and deserves our support.

unchecked Kansas will become the sinkhole that leads other states down this same path.

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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

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Good job, tmservo (16+ / 0-)

This is a tough pill to swallow. Kansas has been bought by the Koch brothers.

This ain' over.

Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

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all that you have done to keep us informed.

I wish you all the best in this battle. I grew up in Kansas, and it appalls me to see what they are doing to the state.

There are good people who live in Kansas, I hope they wake up in time to fix this.

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Excellent. (5+ / 0-)

Great to see your photos and vids. I especially loved the teachers raising their hands as YEA legislators emerged - wonderful imagery!

I'm considering going to Gardner - I generally work Saturdays but could probably take that day off. Will kosmail you if I do go.

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Fighting despair (5+ / 0-)

This was a session full of madness.

Thank you for this report. I am in awe of your hard work and dedication. You are an inspiration. My heart is with you (and a small donation to Paul Davis.

dog bless you.

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I'm hopeful, but at the very least, I want the midterms to cost the Kochs more money than they get back on their investment. The more we can spend the more they have to spend.

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Thank you for the update. I love seeing the pics (5+ / 0-)

The Kansas Capitol is a beautiful building. Too bad there are so many low-lifes making law there.

[For anyone who doesn't know: If you look at pictures 3 and 4 from the top, those black rectangular column bases with the circular grills and metal columns (copper or brass or bronze?) were actually stoves with their chimneys, used to heat the chambers in 'the old days.' A small fire in each stove kept the vast rooms evenly heated in the bitter Kansas winters.]

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Or burning piles of Koch money. (1+ / 0-)

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Sounds like "battle ground" Wisconsin (3+ / 0-)

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been there seen that, good luck fighting the good fight, it doesn't come easy this "badger" can tell you that.

Thanks for the pix & personal blow-by-blow (3+ / 0-)

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It's been gripping, spending the weekend with you, tmservo433. I'm glad you caught the sights & sounds along with writing your own narrative.

MoveOn's poll was taken before this weekend helped boost Paul Davis' profile as one that's willing to stand up to the extremes of Brownback's and the Koch brothers' anti-people policies. Even then, among independents, Brownback was losing to a relative unknown by 35% to 48%, and over a quarter of self-described Republicans wanted nothing to do with him!

There's hope.

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I'll be @ NN, and everywhere I can in KS/MO (1+ / 0-)

If you've got something happening in KS/MO, I will make my way there. Until then, I'll

be at NN this year.

But if you're in Kansas or Missouri, let me know

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I have read about these attempts in Kansas

the

attempting to limit broadband to rural areas, the

... abortion restrictions, removing flouride from drinking water ...

As an outsider, please tell me-is this madness driven by the Kochs and their small band of retrograde idiots, or is this a general movement across the state?

I hope the teachers continue to make their stand-it's like they are the last line in the of defense of sanity.

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Good luck, Kansas! (1+ / 0-)

What I tell my son is you may have been born in Kansas (While daddy was serving in the Army at Fort Riley) but you were made with much love in San Francisco.

"if unchecked Kansas will be the sinkhole

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leads other states down the same path". Wish I could agree with that sentiment but

Wisconsin has already been hit by the Koch Bros plague and apparently WI are being used as a

template for their russian-style of intimmadateing takeover state politics to gain control of policies that will allow them free range to do as they please including crude oil pipeline, rail etc.

Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

Time to organize mass emmigration from Kansas? (0+ / 0-)

Maybe we need to organize transportation assistance for those needing to move, but too poor to do so.

If they want Kansas to be like the old west in vintage movies, let them do it with whomever is left.

I think the other direction (0+ / 0-)

Children and families can't chose where they are born. money or resources to quickly flee the state.

Most families don't have the

No, Kansas lost 10,000 people since 2010. The strategy in Kansas isn't to get people to leave, it's to change the minds of a few and shift some elections to help all of those who stay ;)

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tide is turning. And we have no quit in us."

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"vote with us or you're done"

That's blackmail, not democracy.

Shame on the Koch's and shame on the legislators who bend to their will & accept their dirty money.

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During the 2012 Legislative Session Senate Substitute for House Bill 2117 was passed and signed into law. Section 40 of the Bill provides that as of January 1, 2013, the food sales tax refund ... by skip945 3 comments 3 Recs Following orders- a peek into Brownback's smoke filled backrooms The dangerous education bill being forced down the throats of Kansans didn't just write itself. The people demanded a clean bill, one meant to improve public ed, but instead the Senate and House ... by bluebarnstormer 7 comments 9 Recs

Three Dead in Pre-Passover Shooting at Jewish Community Center Three people are reported dead after a shooting at a Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom retirement village in Overland Park, Kansas. It is reported that police took a man into custody ... by Mets102 252 comments 274 Recs Huckabee Confirms Idiocy: 'More Freedom In North Korea Than The US' Ubiquitous dimwit, God-botherer and clueless mope Mike Huckabee is playing the persecution card again. Because, y'know, white, Christian males in the US are victims (Waaahh). What with

the Kenyan ... by Retroactive Genius 58 comments 38 Recs Brownback threatens Kansas teachers with layoffs In a pathetic attempt to distract from reality the Governor says he must sign the education bill immediately or he will have to send layoff notices to teachers. But for those of you who live in ... by bluebarnstormer 7 comments 17 Recs Just got the news: I am now unemployed

I did not see it coming. I woke up today with a full time job with a company that I had been with

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lot ... by BFSkinner 122 comments 286 Recs No, The Fix, Shaheen and Brown are not equally likeable Scott Brown is as unliked in New Hampshire as he was in Massachussets. But don't let the Washington Post bother themselves with "reality" There is no worse purveyor of stale Beltway conventional ... by kos 103 comments 67 Recs Open thread for night owls: Pat Robertson asks viewers to 'pray to be delivered from this president' Via Right Wing Watch : Pat Robertson today asked God to "deliver" the US from President Obama before it's too late. After implying that Obama is a Muslim, Robertson ... by Hunter 112 comments 44 Recs Oops! Wis Republican Leader Talks About Forming Illegal PAC on Video Wisconsin State Senate President Mike Ellis was caught red-handed or perhaps red-tongued and not by some Democrat, but by the odious James O-Keefe (missing his pimp costume) and his Project Veritas :

by Puddytat 74 comments 136 Recs Koch Industries Fires Kansas Teachers First off, let me give a standing ovation to Kossack, tireless hero of progressive activism in KS & MO, tmservo433 , for his excellent reporting on Twitter and here on our very own Daily Kos, where ... by StepLeftStepForward 150 comments 335 Recs

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