Subject: KNEA Email
Tony.White@KNEA.ORG 6/16/2012 6:13 PM
Although this might seem like a rather personal request, Iíd like you to register to vote, and more specifically, to register to vote as a Republican.
That way you can vote for a supporter of public schools in the August 7 primary in either Senate 13 (Marshall v LaTurner) or new Senate 15 (Umbarger v King). The winner of those primaries will undoubtedly be the winner in November, and if youíre not a registered Republican, you donít get to help make that decision.
Hereís the email I sent to our members, and the links to change oneís registration.
AND TELL ANYONE ELSE YOU KNOW THAT CAN HELP OUT. Itís no time for being shy. Weíll regret losing this next election for a long, long time.
Subject: Registration and Voting
I am sending this information (and a few opinions, too) to you as a KNEA member in SEK.
I realize about every election we tell you how important this one is. Those elections sure did seem important at the time. But this summer in the Republican primary Senate races and then this fall in some of the House races, the stakes simply could not be higher for teachers and for schools.
And right out of the gate, when I talk elections and politics, I means our Kansas races for Kansas House and especially the Kansas Senate.
With the electoral college system and our current Congresswoman, thereís no point spending any time or energy on the national level. Itís a lost cause. But when it comes to teachers and schools, it matters more what happens in Topeka anyway, and we can affect those!
If we donít retain the moderate majority in the State Senate, we will be in a world of hurt. The tax cuts signed this spring by Governor Brownback Ė if unchecked ó will reduce state revenue by 40-50%, and the deep cuts to schools and every other state service or function ó will inevitably follow. Teacher protections like due process and the right to bargain salaries will probably be lost. Our current public school system will be unrecognizable.
Thatís if we lose this election. So, letís win it.
How can you help?
Vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday August 7. Vote for our moderate Republican incumbent friends, for 4-term Senator Dwayne Umbarger and for Senator Bob Marshall. They have supported us, and itís time to step up and help them.
1. If youíre already a registered Republican, youíre ready to go. Make sure you vote.
2. If youíre registered to vote, but not registered as a Republican, you need to switch. Otherwise, you canít vote in the primary, and frankly, these two critical races will be settled in the primary in
August. The primary winner will cruise in November.
3. If youíre now a Democrat, you need to switch to a Republican. I know, I know, but otherwise you canít vote in the election that counts, and thatís the Republican primary. I did it today, just like we have over the years to vote for Jana Shaver or Val DeFever for State Board. You can switch right back after the election, and we promise not to tease you about it.
Registration has to be done by July 17 Ė or youíre locked out of the primary. So get your paperwork right so you can vote to protect our profession and our schools.
And print off extra copies of the form for spouses, adult kids, neighbors, friends, or kindred spirits. If they will vote to support public schools, we want them and need them on August 7. Itís the same form all across Kansas Ė it just goes to the appropriate clerk of the county where the person lives. Or use the online link.
And if you want to get involved in either the Umbarger or Marshall campaign, from planting yard signs to letters to the editor to walking with the candidates Ė just let me know. They both are clearly better for our professional interests than their primary opponent.