First Post – Jeff Co Dems

Jefferson County Democrats

 

 

Jeff Co. Democrats have been called “small but mighty.” We certainly will take that as a complement but we need to change the “small” part if we are ever to eat the elephant in Topeka!

Our meetings are open to the public.

Join us every 2nd Thursday at 7pm at the Oskaloosa Library for our monthly meeting. At the meeting you will learn not only how to strengthen the Democrat party within Jefferson County but also might meet your neighbor! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Swamp at Kansas Dept of Revenue

The decisions I make — the negotiation whether that was a good decision or a bad decision — is going to be between me and my boss. Not between me and the public, because I wasn’t elected. I was appointed,” Williams said.

Sam Williams is the Kansas Secretary of the Dept. of Revenue and just gave a $53 million contract to CGI Federal to ‘fix’ the department’s IT website AND run the department’s IT services.  The ‘new’ system 6 years late and millions already spent.

And FIRE 56 Kansans employees that worked in that department.

 And awarded the contract 1 day after the Legislature session was over so there would not be any oversight.    Hey, even Republican Senators (and the Democrat Senators) were surprised and upset by this heavy handed use of state funding.

I could go on about the contract but it is Secretary Williams attitude that bothers me the most.  ‘The Public doesn’t matter’ , only my boss (Governor Brownback, who appointed him, now Coyler) matters.

Secretary Williams:

Gets an ‘A’ for Honesty–F’ for Accountability (we pay your salary, not the Governor) — ‘F’  for Transparency (Even Laura Kelly (on the Budget committee) had trouble getting a copy of that Contract)– “F” for Customer relations.

We need a new Governor and FIRE Mr. Williams.   Sounds like a deep swamp to me.

Vote Democratic for Governor.

(more about the CGI contract in a later post)

 

 

Understanding Progress

42 Years of Republican State Representation in the 47th District – So Little Progress

What have our representatives been doing?  for how long?

I grew up in Kansas City Kansas.  Bonner Springs was considered the boonies, Tonganoxie might as well be on the other side of the Planet.   There was no 635 or 435 and when I got back to Kansas twenty years later, 435 had 6 lanes and Nobody was using the highway.   A lot of people thought it was a big mistake.  Twenty five years later, It is a packed highway with traffic all day and night especially truck traffic bypassing Kansas City.  Business are now flocking to the area and Olathe is one of the biggest ‘cities’ in the area.  Tonganoxie became a much larger town since highway 40 became 4 lanes and 65 miles an hour.   This is Progress for Kansas.

The person we most have to thank for this is Bob Dole.   He got the federal funds for those roads and he worked hard to improve Kansas.

Twenty five years ago, I moved from Illinois to Valley Falls in Jefferson county.  US 59 was already completed as well as K4.  Kansas highway 16 was resurfaced but no real improvement was done.   And not much has been done since.   We (in Jefferson county) seem to be stuck with no ‘Progress’ for at least 25 years.

It is hard to get to Lawrence since we have to use the winding and dangerous 24 highway or go over the bridge at LeCompton.  To get to Topeka, we have to use K4 which is again a dangerous highway.  Sixty five miles an hour with residential driveways on the road.  We deserve better than this.

The Oakland expressway stops at 24 highway.  Why?

The reason I keep hearing is that there is no money.  But they can spend millions on the I35 in Johnson County.  A free expressway all the way to Emporia.

We have had a Republican Representative in the 47th district for 42 years and Republican Senators in Washington also for years.   I guess Jefferson County just doesn’t matter.   Good and safe roads (as well as good schools) is what brings Progress.

Time for a change. Vote change  in November.

 

70th Jefferson County 4-H Parade

70th Jefferson County 4-H Parade

A new look for the float for this parade.  The full sized flags and larger bunting looked good while the canopy helped keep the riders cool.  Balloons were

courtesy of George Hanna, our candidate for District 47 Representative.

The parade was one of the longest in it’s history and one account had it passing for a full hour and a half.

We had a great turn out of Democrats  to help with the float and to ride.  Photo below shows most of them.  I think that’s MJ in front watching a bug.  Marci is in the front row in the white top with the white hair (like most of the rest of us).  George Hanna and his campaign managers are in the dark Hanna t-shirts. Josh Svaty and Ron Barrett were taking  pictures.

Many thanks to all who pitched in.