Archive | August, 2014

After Demofest

31 Aug

Demofest weekend (August 22-23) was followed by South Wichita Democrat Club at the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters on Monday, August 25, and, for me, a gathering at the home of Oscar and Estelle Martinez on Tuesday the 26th.

The South Wichita Democrat Club regularly raises funds for Democratic Party state office candidates every other year, and this year they outdid themselves, raising much more money than two years ago, even though that was a presidential and state-senator election year, attracting much more attention than this year’s non-presidential and non-state-senator year. Having their meeting at county headquarters also meant more political activity going on, with Davis-Docking gubernatorial yard signs being moved to quick-access storage just as the meeting was getting ready to begin.

The Tuesday evening event was set up by Kate Davis, assigned by the state party to coordinate some of the election activity in Sedgwick County. She had already had some contact with the host family and its guests, and I got to meet all of them, to find out something about them, and to tell them something about myself. I will be contacting all of them after the Labor Day weekend. They suggested that I have a brochure about what issues matter the most for me, so I am preparing a draft of the brochure text to run by them for a critique.

Demofest and the two subsequent events I attended got my campaign moving.

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The Demofest

30 Aug

Demofest on Friday the 21st of August and Saturday the 22nd was invigorating. Joan Wagnon hosted the Platform discussions and revisions on Friday, in which I participated as a precinct committeeman, although I had to leave halfway through.

The invigorating part came on Saturday, when I started out in the morning helping at Perry Schuckman’s table, listening to world-class violin music by Alla Aranovskaya at the adjoining Hillary for President table, and distributing reminder notes to attendees at the morning caucuses about Perry’s afternoon 4th Congressional District caucus stump speech. I hadn’t planned to attend the luncheon or the dinner, but Carolyn Bridges gave me a ticket she couldn’t use, so I went to both. At the luncheon, all the candidates for state-wide office spoke (except for Paul Davis, the candidate for governor), and all of them spoke well.

In the afternoon, I helped set up the room for the 4th Congressional District caucus, covered Perry Schuckman’s table while he spoke, and helped clear up the room afterwards. Then I had a chance to visit the tables for all the other state-wide candidates before the rally sponsored by the Derby educators, at which Paul Davis gave a brilliant analysis of the harm Brownback had done to education in Kansas, to employment in Kansas, and to state finances by his slavish following of the discredited trickle-down economic theory.

At the dinner Saturday evening prospective Governor Davis followed introductions of major givers (and of all the candidates) with his analysis of Brownback’s failure to improve the quantity or quality of employment in Kansas and his damage to state finances by following discredited economic and political theory, kowtowing to the wealthy at the expense of the middle classes and the poor.