TJ Blake talks about women


“I think women are important.”

Democratic nominee TJ Blake is the only candidate to blatantly say that he believes women are important. The only other candidate who acknowledges women’s issues is Connor Birzer, who supports women’s reproductive rights. Blake actually came up to me personally and asked if he could use my blog as an outlet to voice his opinions on the injustice women face in Kansas.

Blake also acknowledges that the current legislator votes down the access to preventative measures of pregnancy, which is something that the Blake administration would potentially reverse if he was elected into office.

Amy Melby, a TJ Blake campaign representative, has faced issues as a young woman and she has reasons for change that back up what TJ Blake wants. Melby’s old-fashioned parents expected her to go to beauty school after graduating high school. Melby had to push through the adversity of creating her own path in life without what seemed like much support from her family. Soon to graduate college, Melby sees what it takes to make change happen, which is something that seems to go well with supporting TJ Blake.

It’s official: TJ Blake cares about women. Other candidates, this is your time to step up.


4 Candidates in the Race for Governor

From the first press conference of the semester, we have four official candidates running for Kansas Governor. All of them are white males and definitely play up the role that Kansas is a “great state” to live in. Honestly, we are under Brownback right now, so it makes me question how many Kansans truly believe that we are in a “great state” while being in the state of Kansas. 

After listening to what each of the candidates want to change, I have made a list of what each candidate really brings to the table. For example, we have the Job-Seeker, the School-Chooser, the Prison guy and the Anti-Gun guy.

The Job-Seeker is Republican nominee Chance Maginness. His main goal is to give graduates at Kansas schools the opportunity to land more jobs after graduation.

Manginess said, “We can’t continue to deny our children the opportunities they were promised just for being on this Earth.” Really, Chance? Children were promised education to be on this Earth? I’m not one to disagree with the fact that education is something that every child needs, but going to that extent is a little weird. Have you every heard of the working class? (Please know that I’m joking).

The School-Chooser is Republican nominee John Pauldine. He believes that children should have the right to choose which school they would like to go to in the great state of Kansas. Please explain more, John? What does that even mean? So can I live in one school district, but eventually go to school in another? I understand that in the inner-city it may have more students per classroom, but isn’t that another problem in itself? Maybe I just misinterpreted everything that Pauline laid out for us in that press conference, but I still can’t deny the fact that the choice, especially putting that choice in the hands of children, is confusing.

Democratic nominee TJ Blake is going to be known as the Prison guy. He wants to reduce the minimum sentence of CRIMINALS, people! He basically said that he doesn’t want us building more prison systems, because they are all going to fill up. Oh okay, TJ Blake. Please, just let the criminals roam free without jurisdiction. But then he said the problem is bigger than the space and that criminals usually go back to prison within three years of being released. Maybe we could come up with a way to make that process go away from within prisons, providing some sort of life-rebuilding program with the intent of getting prisoners jobs once they are released. Maybe once prisoners are free they can feel that they have purpose and a source of income. Just a thought.

Democratic nominee Connor Birzer, or the Anti-Gun guy, wants to reverse Brownback’s “failed” tax policy, defend LGBT Kansans from discrimination from the work place and protect women’s reproductive rights by standing with Planned Parenthood. This guy really shouts to all college kids in Lawrence. It’s almost as if he is representing the millennials in his candidacy. He plans to fight against foolish gun laws and keep people from purchasing guns permit-free. How many students want people walking around with guns who don’t have a permit? I personally would prefer that not being the case, especially with all the gun violence that surrounds the world today.

Who will be the next Kansas Governor?

Out of all the candidates, there are two that we can relate to the most. For the readers who attend the University of Kansas, we actually have two candidates that have announced exploratory committees who are students at KU.

Connor Birzer-D

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The first of the two’s name is Connor Birzer and he is 21-year-old junior at the University of Kansas. He is studying political science and communication (shocker) and is involved in the Student Senate, the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, KU Young Democrats, the Students Rights Committee and *deep breath* The Dole Institute of Politics. He also is a fan of Kathleen Sebelius, who we all know was notimated as the 21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services back in 2009.

Connor Birzer Website

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The candidate I relate to the most, without knowing much about the candidates personally, would be TJ Blake. Blake is from Hutchinson, KS and he is a champion debater from high school and also played tennis. He is a student at the University of Kansas and is studying political science and journalism. Blake is an active member of the Dole Institute of Politics and was a member of the 2012 Davis campaign- so he knows the ins and outs of being apart of a campaign with the insight of what it takes for reasonable compromise in Kansas politics.

TJ Blake Website

Senator Chance Maginness-R

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On February 4th, the announcement of Senator Chance Maginness’s filing of paperwork came-to-be in order to form an exploratory committee. He currently lives in Lawrence, KS with his husband and son. He is a University of Kansas graduate and studied constitutional law at the University of Virginia School of Law before settling down in Kansas. He currently holds a seat for the United States Senate and allegedly feels strongly about each state being guaranteed its constitutional rights and decreasing federal spending.

Chance Maginness Website

John Pauldine-R

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Basketball coach and Mayor of Salina, John Pauldine seems to have it all while exploring the opportunity to run for Governor of Kansas. Hutchinson native, he works for the KU Endowment after graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in political science. Though he has no plans for a tour, he is currently trying to listen to the “ideas of the people” in order to come up with his decision for the future.

John Pauldine Website

Where are the women at though?