Birzer Campaign Advisor charged with DUI

No names have been released, but one of Connor Birzer’s most trusted campaign advisors was allegedly charged with driving under the influence last Thursday, March 16th after the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He was apparently charged after he wrecked his vehicle.

No locations of the crash have been identified, but according to a witness, he “narrowly avoided a person in the bike lane.” We are not sure if that person was on a bike or was part of the parade, but nevertheless this man definitely should not have been driving.

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The advisor that was charged has been Mr. Birzer’s right-hand-man for many years and they have served in the KU Student Senate together. Of course, the advisor has been suspended from his Senate position, but what is more interesting is that he was actively consulting with Mr. Birzer on education reform and drug policy before this incident occured. Interesting…

This is especially interesting after Mr. Birzer admitted that he believes the use of marijuana should not be a federal crime. Participating in activities that alter one’s state of mind is a personal choice, but is it not surprising that someone on his campaign participated in consuming alcohol and making a dumb decision? I’m not saying that anyone should come to conclusions, but this is an interesting coincidence. Will Birzer have any comments to make on this incidence? It really reflects a lot on his campaign if he does not.

Connor Birzer, Kansas needs you to take a stand against people who could kill innocent civilians, like one of your campaign advisors almost did. With the parade being the night of the accident, who knows how many more innocent people could have been hurt. If you were to be our elected Kansas Governor, this will NOT be considered appropriate behavior by anyone you ask. Take a stand or leave your stand.

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First Debate

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If you’re interested in watching the beef that occurred in this debate, skip in the video to 18:30. You really don’t want to miss this uncomfortableness. During the debate, Mayor Pauldine’s campaign staff were dying laughing, and believe me, you will too when you watch this.

The first debate for the race for Kansas Governor occurred on March 8th in the Courtside Room at the Burge Union.

The debate took an interesting turn when the Mayor of Salina, John Pauline, decided to throw a punch at Senator Chance Maginness, coming up with “opposition research” (aka, not the paper that Senator Maginness is holding when he referred to it during the debate at 17:52).

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The debate was full of Mayor Pauldine and Senator Maginness going back and forth, Pauldine accusing Maginness of “opposition research” and Maginness defending himself. Senator Maginness said himself that he has a lot of “opposition research” on Mayor Pauldine, but he was not at the debate to “sling mud” and participate in “petty partisan politics.”

In his response, Mayor Pauldine countered Senator Maginness’s argument that Pauldine was participating in “petty party politics.”

“Of course I’d love to play it off as petty party politics, but for some reason I don’t think a federal investigation is petty party politics,” Mayor Pauldine said. “I also don’t think that skipping out on $10,000 in taxes, while you use these good people’s tax dollars to fund your own campaign is ethical. I’m bringing up serious moral and ethical questions for our voters and I think you owe them a thank you for financing your campaign, frankly.”

For Senator Maginness’s response, he said that he could read every single fact that his campaign has on Mayor Pauldine, and the Mayor asked for him to do it. But, apparently Senator Maginness is too good for this “mud slinging.” FYI, Maginness campaign, pointing out others’ incapability to make moral decisions is part of the game. Maybe you should play? This could make an even more interesting race.

Even though this is one of the first debates I have ever personally witnessed, this one was one of the most entertaining by far.

 

 

Mayor Pauldine’s wife “gets women to leave their kitchens”

Mayor John Pauldine rallied voters last Monday night in hopes to get more women on his side in the polls. Except, the way he went about it was interesting to say the least.

“Caroline has been great about getting women out to support me,” Mayor Pauldine said. “When I ran for mayor, she got women to leave their kitchens, to go out and to go door-to-door and to put up yard signs for me.”

The fact that so many of the women are in kitchens astounds me. Last I heard, it wasn’t 1950 and women are accomplishing more things than just dinner.

Let’s see what Mayor Pauldine has to say to back up what he said last Monday night. For women voters, this just won’t do. Maybe instead of focusing on Chance Maginness and his failure to understand how taxes work, the Mayor should focus on how to liberate women from preconceived ideas on how men like himself think they should live their life.

Kansans need jobs

For Kansans, getting jobs is necessary, especially right after graduating high school or college. The current unemployment rate in the state of Kansas is 4.2%. With the total population of Kansas being around 2,853,118 people, this means that 119,830 people are left jobless in the sunflower state.

The candidate that really hit on this during the press conference was republican nominee Chance Maginness. One of the things that he touched on was that we need to give those children in inner cities the same job and education opportunities that those children in the suburbs have. In this way, there would be more educated individuals in Kansas, while also deeming more qualified Kansans to stay in Kansas and become a part of the work force.

From Maginness’s website:

 

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Maginness stated that one of his goals as Governor is to ask small business to hire first-time job seekers. In this way he would conquer not only the recent Kansan graduates, but also getting more of the youth involved early in small, local businesses. The younger the employees, the possibility of younger customers would increase. The question is, however, how many college students went to college to work in a small business? That’s a question worth answering.

With the nominees talking to the University of Kansas students at the press conference, this issue would be of higher interest to the audience than usual. If the candidates could find a solution to solve Kansas job-seekers’ stress individually before they are elected as Governor of Kansas, then the likelihood of them getting elected is that much stronger.