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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.


2019 Kansas Day Gala

Jefferson County Democrats will have their annual Kansas Day Gala at The Barn in Valley Falls Kansas on February 17, Sunday.  

The social hour will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the meal will be served at 5 p.m. There will be a silent auction and several door prizes.

The tickets are $15.00 per person. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting County Chair, Larry Bigham, at 785-246-3736.

11/9 Central Committee Meeting

Jefferson county Democrats had their monthly meeting last night. ( 11/09/2018) A couple of things made an impression on me. The most salient for me was the idea that for us to expect different results from those seen in the 2018 midterm election, that is to have more Democrats elected to statewide positions, we we need to start doing something that is different.

Doing something different to my mind, and if I heard folks at the meeting correctly, involves some basic structural changes. First is connecting with young people in the county and convincing them that the Democratic Party has a future in Kansas. Then we need to start building a functional database that campaigns can use to effectively campaign in the county. We need to utilize electronic media via text messaging and social media much more that we have in the past.

George Hanna: Campaigning in 2018 is not the same as campaigning in 1980.

Joy Mestagh: We need to start talking to our county Democrats as Democrats, not as centrist Democrats or right wing Democrats.

I would really like to hear from readers what they think of these ideas and hear any thoughts about how these changes might be brought about. Use the comments section.

Lynn Rogers in Oskaloosa on Friday, November 2

Lynn Rogers in Oskaloosa on Friday, November 2


On Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Lynn Rogers, will be talking about the Kelly/Rogers agenda and will be available to take your questions and listen to your comments.

The event will take place at the Oskaloosa City Hall, located at 212 W. Washington St. in Oskaloosa. That’s across the street at the northeast corner of the courthouse square.

Paul Davis in Oskaloosa

Every one is invited to attend a TOWN HALL MEETING led by Paul Davis, our Democratic candidate for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Please join us on Wednesday, October 31 beginning at 8 a.m., at the Oskaloosa Public Library. Coffee and donuts will be served. For questions, please contact Larry Bigham, Jefferson County Democratic Chair, at 785-246-3736.
We hope to see you there. Feel free to bring a friend with you

Second Annual Music Fest — Oct. 21, 2018 — Perry Legion Hall

Jefferson County Democrats held their second annual music fest at the Perry American Legion hall on October 21 2018.  Marci Francisco, candidate for state treasurer, and George Hanna, candidate for state representative for the 4th district were in atendance and spoke to constituents.  The music, provided by Hear and Now with Friends and MGM was great.

Kobach: the Brownback Experiment on Steroids

Just why was Brownback so unpopular?  

Was it that he just about bankrupted the state?

Was it that he raised taxes on the working and middle class while Not just cutting taxes on business but ELIMINATING their state taxes altogether.

Was it that he did not use the federal money available to help lower income people with their Medical Insurance bills.

Was it that he took money for infrastructure (Roads and bridges) to help balance his ‘experiment’.

Or was it that he did not properly fund Education and a Judge had to step in and restore the proper funding for our children.

Were we all just ‘lab rats’ for his experiment? That’s how I feel about it.

Kobach has already said he would go right back to the ‘experiment’.  That the ‘experiment’ did not have enough “Time” to work.

I read Brownback’s 2019 State Budget Proposal and 95.4 % of the State’s general Fund would have been paid for by the working and middle class while the business owners would have paid 4.6 %.  Even the Republican controlled House and Senate voted to backtrack and restore the taxes on business before the State could not pay the bills.

Never, I mean Never has there be a clearer choice for Governor.

Kobach and the return to the Experiment

or Laura Kelly and sensible government policy.   

2nd Annual Music Fest

The Second Annual Jefferson County


Sunday, October 21st


 410 Perry Plaza
Perry, Kansas 66073

“Hear and Now with Friends”

Food Concessions by TOP DOG

The public is invited!

Adults $10 each

Ages 5-18 $5 each Children under 5 free

when accompanied by an adult

Tickets available at the door, by contacting Larry Bigham at 785-246-3736 or on our Website.

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.