TJ Blake disses Birzer, falls short in primary

What a finale! TJ Blake did the one thing everyone has been talking about; he took a stab at Birzer. Not only was this a necessary strategy for the Blake campaign, it really helped expose Birzer’s defense strategy.

Blake’s attack wasn’t brutal, but it was an attack in itself. “Realize that while you may support his policies, and I may support some of them as well,” Blake said. “But there is only one logical option when figuring out how to actually make these happen.”

Birzer’s response was wonderful.

“Now, Mr. Blake of course waited until the last possible second to really start going after my character and, you know, if we’re making this about a resume contest, I, admittedly, don’t win it,” Birzer said.

But, Birzer continued to back his statement up with his stances on policies and how he believes he ranks above the other candidates in how he plans to deal with then.

“However, like I said from the first debate when we were still talking about this issue, it doesn’t take a genius to know what is wrong with Kansas. We know exactly what has caused our education system to fall apart. We know exactly what we need to do to have comprehensive prison reform, which I believe I have a more comprehensive plan than anyone up here. When it comes to taxes, I have also had the most comprehensive plan as well, and I am very skeptical of any two-page plan.”

Before the results of the primary came in, Mayor Pauldine said that he would endorse Senator Chance Maginness, despite the attacks he has made at the candidate throughout the campaign. This video should sum this up:

 

All in all, Connor Birzer (D) and Mayor John Pauldine (R) ended up clinching the primary election.

 

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Takeaways from the second press conference

There has been a lot of scrutiny on the media team and their lack of ability to ask all the candidates “hard” questions. I personally believe that all the questions are difficult, maybe some more than others, but the candidates really get to drive the perception of the public with their answer. One candidate is particularly brilliant in answering questions and his name is TJ Blake.

Not only does Mr. Blake bring out positivity in the beginning of press conferences, welcoming everyone to each and every meeting, but he also thanks each and every person asking a question individually. And no, this is not a sponsored ad for the TJ Blake campaign, but it is something that I have picked up on from the press conferences.

Not only have other candidates addressed the media team for writing articles that are criticizing and “incorrect,” but they don’t understand that being nice to the voters and the media may bring more good to them than harm. Don’t get me wrong, you can be a total a**hole and still win votes, but it won’t get you very far with me if all your arguments are going towards pointing out the faults of other candidates, voters and media.

TJ Blake’s Response

 

As some of you may have heard, TJ Blake has been maneuvering around an issue that concerns with his time as president of the school board. A publication called A Better Tomorrow for Kansas wrote an article concerning TJ Blake’s scandal:

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One question was specifically targeted that centered on in-classroom evaluations.

“The response, almost unanimously from teachers, was that they did not enjoy the in-class evaluations,” TJ Blake mentioned. “And so, the reason the media has been talking a lot about this is… I, as a gubernatorial candidate have obviously talked quite a bit about the importance of listening to teachers, improving education and focusing on bringing teachers back into this state.”

TJ Blake seems to recognize his mistake and surely will not overlook any question ever answered in a survey, even when there are 200 other questions to take into account.

 

Would KS Children Benefit From Marijuana Legalization?

 

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In the first press conference, Connor Birzer said, “We need to let the free market reign, in terms of marijuana, and we need to allow it to flourish here in Kansas as it has in Colorado because our children would benefit from it.”

Well, let’s check that out. Has marijuana been beneficial to children in Colorado, and would it benefit Kansas children as well?

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In an article published by mintpressnews.com, it states that Colorado has reached over $50 million in recreational cannabis sales in the MONTH OF JUNE. In addition to that, $25 million were reached in medical sales. The state, in total, has earned over $60 million in tax revenue so far this year. The site also states that these taxes are going towards a good cause:

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So the answer is, yes. Colorado children have benefitted from marijuana. Kansas has the opportunity to help the children as well, then. Connor Birzer was right. So, light up Kansans, and get high for the children.

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.

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.

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.