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By Bob Hooper on July 31, 2009

"Overall, [private] health care interests invested $126.8 million in lobbying over the first three months of this year, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, placing it well ahead of any other sector. ...Health care-related TV advertising is also soaring. Spending through July 20 totaled $39 million, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks spending on TV ads nationwide." - Eliza Carney, National Journal, July 27, 2009
Last week, I read Sen. Pat Roberts' "grim" column on health care reform. He's been well-coached by the private health care lobbyists.

I know this may be hard for you to believe, but it's about the money -- steadily being redistributed upward out of your pocket. Look, the privatizers don't give a rat's patootie about your health -- or about you. They just want to make bigger and bigger bucks. They're spending mega-millions on lobbying and advertising. They want you all atremble about "socialized" medicine, rationing care, making you wait in line until wrinkles form -- and then euthanizing you old geezers.

They get help from legislative pets who do columns for the local paper. And don't discount back-door e-mail paranoia. I got a doozie this week forwarded with probably good intent. To say it was nuts is an understatement.

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By Colin Curtis on July 31, 2009

Many of us here at Everyday Citizen have been keeping you up to date on all the C street news, as we get it. On Sunday, Sarah posted about Kansas Rep Jerry Moran. On Monday, I posted about my interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family and what he told me about Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt and his involvement in the Conservative Cult know as "The Family". One of the more well known Kansas elected officials believed to be involved with "The Family" is Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, who happens to also be running for Kansas Governor in 2010.

Through out my interview with Jeff Sharlet, one Kansas elected official came up substantially more than the others, Sen. Sam Brownback.

Sam Brownback out there (in Kansas) is one of the politicians who I would say is more intimately involved than most and I think has a bit of a leadership role.

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By Gerald Britt on July 31, 2009

There is indeed another side to the Gates arrest issue (is this an official cultural event now? Do we call it 'Gates-gate'?!). And it can cut against what has become the popular take on the incident.

Suppose, just suppose, the predominant factor in the whole episode isn't race. What if it is something that is much more subtle in the national political and social fabric. What if this is more a matter of class than race?

William Julius Wilson, Harvard sociologist and another member of their academic 'Dream Team', has written two books (one of which will be reviewed in Central Dallas Ministries' Urban Engagement Book Club next month): an earlier work entitled, The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions and the more recently released More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.

Wilson posits that in the latter part of the 20th century into the 21st century, class issues are much more pertinent than race...

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By Henry Schwaller on July 31, 2009

Do what we can, summer will have its flies. Ralph Waldo Emerson

South Carolina Governor Mark Sandford dodged a bullet on June 25th.

The devoted husband, loving father, dedicated public servant, and champion of family values admitted in a lengthy, tearful confession that he had an affair. And lied about it. And used taxpayer money to do it. And felt really, really bad about it. Before cable news outlets, bloggers, newspapers, radio call in shows and every other conceivable news outlet could pile on the story, something bigger happened: Michael Jackson died.

Gov. Sandford was a lucky man. But the twenty-four hour news cycle was hungry for more.

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By Larry James on July 31, 2009

Recently, I sat in a working group convened by the United Way that focused on income, one of the organization's priorities as it responds to community reality going forward. The emphasis is a part of the new focus to "Live United."

Our facilitator wrote on a large sheet of sticky paper this phrase:

"Root Causes of Poverty"

The group began throwing out answers and ideas. A number of our answers related to education issues and opportunities.

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By Mike Nellis on July 31, 2009

I am proud to be organizing online for the Kansas Democratic Party!

Yesterday, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) gave voters another reason to question her judgment.

It isn't the first time she's cast the seeds of doubt -- like when Jenkins told a crowd of GOP activists she was a proud member of the "party of no," or when she shocked us by voting against military funding for our brave men and woman in Iraq and Afghanistan. She even abandoned her constituents when she scheduled town hall meetings she never attended.

Now, there is Jenkins' all-too-late realization that government needs to be held accountable. As Media Matters pointed out yesterday, it's not her strong suit...

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By Jennifer Schwaller on July 30, 2009

I’m confused.

Seattle’s Referendum 1 appears green, but sometimes I see it as number 2 bovine brown.

Referendum 1 is an ordinance (finally) being sent to voters on August 18. The referendum would instate a 20 cent fee on each paper and plastic bag used by consumers at checkout.

Seattle’s Mayor Nickels says the bag fee is to encourage the use of reusable bags and reduce waste. At 20 cents a bag, opponents say it’s another tax and unfairly hinders low income households. Proponents say the fee is to change people’s behavior and help the environment since the fee can be avoided by bringing a reusable shopping bag to the store.

That has some, including me, seeing some bovine brown among the green.

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By Mike Nellis on July 30, 2009

I'm proud to be organizing online for the Kansas Democratic Party!

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is starting to take shape right here in Kansas as Democratic Governor Mark Parkinson and Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin announced the implementation of programs that will provide billions of dollars in recovery funds throughout the country and right here in Kansas. Governor Parkinson discussed the important of these projects and the Recovery Act earlier today...

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By Mike Nellis on July 29, 2009

I'm proud to be organizing online for the Kansas Democratic Party!

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released district by district reports on the Affordable Health Choices Act being worked on in Congress. The results are incredibly encouraging for health care reform advocates because current legislation is estimated to both reduce costs and increase access to thousands of Kansans.

That's why I wanted to pass along some of the data below the fold...

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By Megan Hill on July 28, 2009

I'm no expert, but it's painfully clear there's a glaring omission in the current health care debate when we talk about costs.

I've heard little about trying to make people healthier as a way to bring down what will certainly be--and already is--an expensive undertaking. One reason health care costs so much is that it's pricey to keep treating people with chronic diseases for decades after they've been diagnosed. Many chronic diseases, we now know, are diet-related. Coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity top the list, not to mention the myriad obesity-related issues. Cancer and stroke are also linked to diet. Today, CNN reported there is $147 billion on overall obesity-related spending a year.

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By Lucy Belnora on July 28, 2009

What do you think of when you imagine an American living in exile, unable to return home? This is a profile of two Americans living in Canada who can't return to the US because of the unequal and unfair way our so-called healthcare system is set up here. They cannot return home because, although they are not poor, they are still unable to get health coverage. Why? Because the insurance industry does not sell coverage to those who have pre-existing diagnoses. Why not? Because we don't have a fair system.

We need a single payer system just like Canada's. It's the right thing to do.

By Gerald Britt on July 28, 2009

The second-grader was questioned and tearfully identified the other youths who attempted to steal the wagon with him. The police handcuffed all three boys and took them to a juvenile detention center.
Sherrilyn Iffill, in a compelling call for us to put the unwarranted arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates in some perspective she provides us with an chilling account of a recent Baltimore, Maryland incident...

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By Larry James on July 28, 2009

For some reason people find it very easy to fear "the poor."

I suppose my experiences with poor folks over the past 30 years contribute to my lack of patience and my weariness with such ignorance. And, just about every day I gather some bit of new evidence that confirms and deepens my perspective on this matter.

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By Gerald Britt on July 27, 2009

Think the sub-prime mortgage meltdown is something 'new'?

Generally, our current crisis is compared to the Great Depression, but there is a more recent and more related corollary in what is called 'contract mortgages'. I learned about this over the past couple of weeks, watching Beryl Satter, a professor at Rutgers University, author of the book, Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America.

Dr. Satter's father Mark was a Chicago attorney who fought against the practice of white real estate entrepreneurs 'invested' in purchasing properties in transitioning communities buying them at low prices and selling them 'on contract' to African-Americans at exorbitant prices while holding the title. The new homeowners were responsible for maintenance and insurance, for the most part, just barely able to afford the inflated mortgage costs, most often unable to afford maintenance costs or insurance. In the meantime, the person holding the contract, could sell the paper to another investor, thereby making a profit.

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By Larry James on July 27, 2009

Forgive me for not being too sympathetic. But, I find the barrage of TV ads concerning the evil health threat posed by the Obama health care reform plan laughable.

For the past 15 years I've been surrounded by countless friends who have had to wait and wait to receive the health care they needed to stay alive. Due to delayed treatment and diagnosis, many of my friends died.


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By Colin Curtis on July 27, 2009

Yesterday evening I had the chance to interview Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family about Kansas politicians: Congressman Todd Tiahrt, Senator Sam Brownback, and Rep. Jerry Moran and their connections to C Street. He had some tough words for Rep. Tiahrt whom he outed as a member of the religious cult on The Rachel Maddow show earlier this week.

Jeff Sharlet is a journalist who has been writing about religion for about 15 years and is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone. He spent the last 5 years as a research scholar at the New York Research Center for Religion and Media.

In our interview, I asked Jeff about how he was able to uncover this secret conservative cult. Jeff was invited into the cult as everyone else is. Though he did not personally live in the C Street house, he did stay at one very similar and visited the C Street house. He was able to share information with me about the organization that goes much farther than one house in Washington...

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By Janet Morrison on July 27, 2009

I received a tweet from my friend, Shawn Williams at Dallas South.

This is an interesting addition to the story:

911 call about break-in at Professor Gates' home

Puts another twist on the story...and about our (society's) initial assumptions. Moving to a post-racial society is extremely complex and will be a difficult road.

By Sarah Burris on July 27, 2009

After several blogs here and crossposted to DailyKos, the exposure of the C Street Cult has gained a lot of traction in my state as well as nationally. The local mainstream media in Kansas is now starting to take a closer look at the alleged right wing religious cult that forms the foundation of C Street's 'The Fellowship'.

With denials from Rep. Todd Tiahrt and admissions from Sen. Sam Brownback and, now, with the discovery that Rep. Jerry Moran actually lives at C Street, citizens are left to wonder if these elected officials will ever come clean and tell the whole truth.

What has been their individual and collective participation in the financial organization of C Street? When will they expose and explain the payoff of Ensign's mistress? Those that live with 'The Family' or operate from inside the organization surely will want to tell us what they know about C Street's do-it-yourself exorcisms. What about the slew of other allegations regarding secretive payoffs, untoward behavior, lock-step policy efforts, and the concerted cover-ups of scandals allegedly orchestrated by the legislators most intimately involved with C Street?

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By Gerald Britt on July 27, 2009

"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."

Arthur Ashe, 1943 - 1993
U.S. Open Winner (1968), Wimbledon Men's Champion (1975), Activist

By Sarah Burris on July 26, 2009

Earlier this week we told you about the connection with Kansas Senator Sam Brownback and Rep. Todd Tiahrt to the conservative cult 'The Fellowship' (aka 'The Family') on C Street. And Colin has a great piece today about the article in the KC Star where Tiahrt tried to retreat from his relationship with C Street.

Well... now McClatchy has another key bit of information to add to that list. It turns out that Rep. Jerry Moran from the Kansas First District and candidate for US Senate is an insider. He's actually a resident of C Street. Moran actually lives there!

I once thought of Moran as the lesser of the two evils in the Kansas Senate Race, but not now. It is very unsettling to discover that Moran is so closely aligned with this group. Reports and facts are compellingly convincing that C Street is a politicized 'church' and behaves similarly to a secret cult-like society.

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Earlier posts in this month:

Be It Ever So Humble, July 26, 2009
Rep. Todd Tiahrt Denies Involvement with 'C Street' Cult, July 26, 2009
Helpful, Inspirational Television - No, Really!, July 26, 2009
Labor Reaching Out to Youth, July 26, 2009
Gates, Crowley, and President Obama's Comment, July 26, 2009
Follow @childfund on Twitter, July 24, 2009
A Good Neighbor, July 24, 2009
All Fun and Games, Until Someone Gets Syphilis, July 24, 2009
And The Winner Is!, July 24, 2009
One Man's Home, July 24, 2009
The End of an Erica, July 23, 2009
Art Show at Gallery Saratoga in August, July 23, 2009
Black in America, Part 2, July 23, 2009
Childhood Poverty USA, July 23, 2009
President Obama: 'The Consequences of Inaction', July 23, 2009
Respect, and Frying Bigger Fish, July 23, 2009
Healthcare Reform is a Sexual Justice Issue, July 22, 2009
Marking the Passing of an Era, July 21, 2009
Perseverance to Forge New Paths, July 21, 2009
Kansas Electeds Tied to Conservative Cult, July 21, 2009
Senators Meet With Coal Developers, July 20, 2009
Speech to the NAACP Anniversary Celebration, July 20, 2009
Violence in Black Communities: The Causes and Solutions Are Simply Complex, July 19, 2009
80 Million Strong: Daschle Demands Action on Health Care, July 19, 2009
It's the little things..., July 19, 2009
80 Million Strong: Interior Sec. Salazar Speaks, July 19, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, July 19, 2009
80 Million Strong: More Videos, July 18, 2009
An Excuse Free Society - Yes We Can!, July 18, 2009
Uncle Walter, July 17, 2009
80 Million Strong: White House Chief Economist Stopped By, July 17, 2009
Poverty in a Very Wealthy Place, July 17, 2009
Exposing Kids at a Young Age, July 17, 2009
KDP Demands Rep. Tiahrt Apologize to President Obama, July 17, 2009
Thermostats and Thermometers, July 16, 2009
The 'Near Poor', July 16, 2009
Kobach's 'birther' joke is no laughing matter, July 16, 2009
Just what do you mean by that?, July 16, 2009
Poverty Reality, July 16, 2009
Ann's Story, July 16, 2009
Bring on the Passion!, July 16, 2009
What's Going On?, July 16, 2009
Random Thoughts On A Rainy Thursday, July 16, 2009
A Happening! Thousands of Progressives in Pittsburgh!, July 15, 2009
No One's Life is Expendable, July 15, 2009
Eating Our Way to a Healthier Planet, July 15, 2009
Should We Ever Learn Our Lesson, July 15, 2009
The Nice White Lady, July 15, 2009
In Memoriam: Karl Malden 1912 - 2009, July 14, 2009
The Waves of Social Networking, July 13, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, July 13, 2009
The Ripple Effect of Setting High Expectations, July 13, 2009
What's a guy to do?, July 12, 2009
Twittering at Campaign Academy: Raj Goyle for Kansas!, July 12, 2009
FDR and the Economic Bill of Rights, July 12, 2009
A Call to Action for Young Progressives, July 11, 2009
Including ALL of our History, July 11, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, July 11, 2009
Will Someone Help Us in Texas? Please?!, July 10, 2009
Richest 10% Account for 50% of Consumer Spending, July 10, 2009
Happy Birthday, John Calvin, July 10, 2009
Generational Consultant a Load of BS, July 10, 2009
Become a Fan of Everyday Citizen on Facebook!, July 9, 2009
Special Message Just for Kansans and Oklahomans, July 9, 2009
Sustainable Redevelopment of the Entire City Block, July 9, 2009
I've Been Called Out!, July 8, 2009
Conference on Women’s Rights in Kansas: July 25th, July 8, 2009
Food: Growing Numbers of People Who Need Help, July 8, 2009
Patriarchy is Over - If You Want It, July 7, 2009
The Real Faces of Reform, July 7, 2009
There's More Than One Way to be Immoral, July 7, 2009
Fair Park is a Public Treasure, July 7, 2009
If Only the Department of Law Could Protect Us All!, July 7, 2009
Silly Presumptions, July 6, 2009
Poverty Meditation, July 6, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act and the 4th of July, July 6, 2009
Are We Seeing Monsters?, July 5, 2009
Oklahoma Representative Responds to Sally Kern, July 5, 2009
Celebrating the 4th, July 4, 2009
A New Star Will Soon Be Born!, July 4, 2009
Freedom, July 4, 2009
Yes! After 66 Years! Congressional Medal for a Fallen Hero!, July 4, 2009
Palin to Effect Change Outside Government on Larger Scale?, July 3, 2009
Are We All In This Together, July 3, 2009
Thomas Nast and the American Political Cartoon, July 3, 2009
Baby Suggs' Sermon, July 3, 2009
President Remarks on Jobs and Innovation, July 2, 2009
ACTION: $2,457 so far! Can we make it $4,000 by July 4th?, July 2, 2009
Is torture special enough to prosecute?, July 2, 2009
We've Got to Show Some Sign, July 1, 2009
Climate Impact on Humans, July 1, 2009
Share the Road: Give Cyclists Three Feet of Space, July 1, 2009
ACTION: We're Falling Behind!, July 1, 2009
People Carry On the Messages of Those Silenced, July 1, 2009
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Americans, July 1, 2009
In Tribute To Jana Mackey: One Year Later, July 1, 2009
Is Paul Quinn College Really Worth Saving?, July 1, 2009

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