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Independent Registered Voter Group Endorses Jean Schodorf for Kansas Secretary of State – Cites Agricultural Needs

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Somos Independents is a national independent registered voter group led by Mexican American women.  There are more women voters than male, and we know that Mexican American / Latinos are one of the fastest growing demographic in our Nation.  Independent registered voters become independents because we are tired of gridlock and extremism from both sides of the political spectrum.

Kris Kobach’s economic restrictionism and isolationism has harmed Kansas agriculture —  a top driver in the midwest.  He has been traveling across the country with his anti-immigrant campaign instead of putting his efforts that are in the best interest of Kansas and our Nation that rely upon competitive labor affecting thousands of industries.

The Kansas Livestock Association understand the economic impacts of Kobach’s economic isolationism when they supported Kobach’s Republican opponent during the GOP primaries citing: “Kobach strays beyond the traditional roles of secretary of state by taking up issues such as immigration and blocking federal environmental protections of the lesser prairie chicken.

There are 65,531 farms in Kansas that sell approximately $14.4 billion in agricultural products.  Noncitizen farmworkers accounted for 16% of all farmworkers in Kansas between 2007 and 2011. According to one study, in 2020 an expanded temporary worker program – like the one provided by the Senate bill – would mean 757 new jobs for U.S. citizens and immigrants (including jobs not only in agriculture, but also retail trade, construction, and other sectors) in Kansas, and increase Kansas’s real personal income by $46million in 2012 dollars.

Therefore, we are signaling to key swing independent registered moderate voters to consider Jean Schodorf who is running for Kansas Secretary of State.  We believe Schodorf is a true moderate in light of being a former registered Republican.  We encourage business owners and farmers to vote their pocket book in order to secure Kansas’ future, and we are encouraged to hear Jean Schodorf is ahead in the polls.

 

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About Jean

Born on a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, Jean Kurtis Schodorf grew up 13-301-067-300x200.jpgknowing the sacrifice and the service that comes with preserving our freedoms and protecting the American dream. Jean’s father, Brigadier General William Kurtis, was one of the Marine Corps’ first 1,000 aviators. His initial assignment was to search for fellow Kansan Amelia Earhart. After serving in World War II, Brigadier General Kurtis retired from the Marines, moving his family back to Kansas.

Education & Work Experience

Jean and her brother, Bill, spent their childhood on the family farm in Independence, Kansas, and graduated from Independence High School. After earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of New Mexico, Jean returned to Southeast Kansas where she worked as a speech and language pathologist in the local schools. For the past 36 years, Jean has lived in Wichita where she raised her family and worked as a speech and language pathologist. After going back to school at WSU to earn a doctorate degree in communicative disorders, Jean continues to work as a speech and language pathologist with children and senior citizens in the Wichita area. For 12 years, she served on the Wichita School Board, including three years as board president.

Leadership in the Kansas Senate

Jean represented the 25th District in the Kansas Senate for over a decade. In the Senate, Jean earned positions as the Chair of both the Education committee and the Legislative Educational Planning Committee. She also served as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Arts and Cultural Resources and as a member of the Budget, Judiciary and Commerce committees.

As a leader in the Senate, Jean has authored several key pieces of legislation, including increased penalties for drunk drivers and financial literacy training for school-aged children. She has worked to secure economic development initiatives for Wichita and south central Kansas, including affordable flights from Mid-Continent Airlines, the National Institute of Aviation Research, the water recharge program, and funding for Cessna bonds and the Jabara Aviation Training Center.

As a State Senator, Jean also worked with the Wichita Police Department to spearhead anti-gang legislation, which has helped local law enforcement officers crack down on gang violence and keep our neighborhoods safe.

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Charlie Crist: A Candidate Millennials Can Support

TGM Voice: 7/27/2014

Charlie Crist: A Candidate Millennials Can Support

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The moment has come for Millennials to rally behind Charlie Crist. One thing is for sure – Millennials are tired of Rick Scott’s far right policies and are seeking to free Florida of Rick Scott.

Florida Millennials are looking for a candidate who can understand them and is willing fight for what they believe. Charlie Crist is that candidate and Millennials should rally behind him.

Why should Millennials vote for Charlie Crist? Let’s take a look at his stance on the issues.

EDUCATION

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First, Crist understands the importance of education and has spoken against Rick Scott’s devastating budget cuts. These budget cuts have only hurt Florida’s students and the state’s education system.

Crist has made it clear that if he were elected Governor he would fully repeal Rick Scott’s cuts to education. Just as important, he would make sure that Florida’s companies receive tax incentives for partnering with or donating to educational initiatives.

Charlie Chris has also stated that if elected he would make college affordable for all Florida students. Let’s not forget Crist would work hard to increase state funding for colleges and Universities – something that Millennials support.

JOBS

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As Millennials we all know how hard it’s been for many to find work right after they graduate college. Because Millennials have gone through a lot these past years, they are seeking someone that can understand the needs of a Millennial and this includes jobs.

Unlike Rick Scott, Charlie Crist would put people first – this means using incentives to help small businesses grow and ultimately create jobs for Millennials.

Because job creation is key for Millennials to prosper, Crist would also invest in programs like “Visit Florida,” as he has mentioned many times. Programs like this would encourage people from around the world to visit Florida, thus creating jobs for the people of Florida and Millennials alike.

ENVIRONMENT

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One thing you can bet on is that Millennials care about the environment. In fact we are passionate about it. We understand the importance and urgency of protecting the environment. This is why Charlie Crist has promised to protect the Florida Everglades and beaches and ensure every Floridian has clean water and clean air.

Just as important, Crist has made it clear that he will never support near-shore drilling for oil off the coasts of Florida – something Millennials applaud and support.

These are just a few examples of Charlie Crist policies that can become a reality if he is elected Governor. As a Millennial I feel Crist is a perfect candidate for Florida’s Millennials to support and if you want a candidate that understands your needs and is willing to fight for you then Charlie Crist is the guy to vote for. Crist will improve the overall condition of Florida for everyone.

In the end, no matter who you vote for the important thing is that you participate in our democratic system. We encourage all Millennials – no matter Republican or Democrat – to register to vote and of course to vote during election days.

TheGenerationMe Register, Vote, Conquer !

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SPANISH EDITION: Salario Minimo, Tu Salario!

 TGM Contributor : by Romy Esposito

Es tu salario muy bajo? Crees que es el momento para aumentarlo?

ES TIEMPO DE TOMAR ACCION!!   

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Las mujeres y los jovenes son los principales afectados por el sueldo minimo. El Presidente Obama y los Democratas abogan por aumentar el salario minimo a $10.10 por ahora, aunque la mayoria de los Republicanos se oponen.

Hoy! 24 de Julio, el es “Dia de Accion” Apoyemos esta causa, tienen que saber que ya es hora de aumentar nuestro salario minimo!!

Usa los hashtags #1010Now #5Reasons

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Para mas infomacion visita http://www.dol.gov/

No te olvides de registrarse a votar; por ti y por el futuro de tus hijos

Register/Registrate aquí!

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Donde  existe una necesidad, nace un derecho

 by Romy Esposito

 

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Boycott Murrieta California For Protesting Small Refugee Children

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We support the boycott of Murrieta, California,  in light of their Mayor and Councilmen who are participating in terrorizing small refugee children.  We have Sought Outside Investigation From DOJ Regarding Murrieta Protestors Regarding Conspiracy To Commit Obstruction of Federal Officers And To Violate Civil Rights. 

From ABC 10:

Migrant children describe fear of facing protesters

 

About the Murrieta Boycott:

Murrieta, California has reared its racist head, so lets give them what they want and segregate them. Boycott all business in Murrieta, California!!
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The mayor and the people of Murrieta, California decided that it was appropriate to make a political statement by harassing and traumatizing children. We are calling for a complete and total boycott of Murrieta, California. Their behavior is an insult to what America stands for. Avoid all business within the city limits of Murrieta, no gas, no food, no grocery shopping, no jack in the box. Nothing. Isolate Murrieta, California exactly as they want to be.

Our goals:
1. Encourage a boycott of all business in Murrieta.
2. Mayor Alan Long is held responsible for his encouragement and support of the racist protests.
3. The buses of refugee children are not harassed in any way.
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Latino Voters Give ID-R Rep. Raul Labrador Thumbs Down Citing His Obstructionism

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Mexican-American / Latino Voters are giving Idaho Republican Representative a ‘thumbs down’ for his obstructionism.  American voters are tired of grid lock in Congress. Somos Independents voter group is keenly aware of how many millions of dollars Republicans and Democrats spend to reach out to our voter block group.  But, Independent voters are ready to DUMP THE TEA and extremism.

According to the Gallup, “Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008.”
According to the Independent Voter Network (IVN):

“The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. … These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative.”

 

Independent Mexican-American voter via Carlos Galindo wrote:

 

For those not aware of this. We pointed it out Labrador is an Immigration Attorney by profession. Tell me he never asked for a pardon for a client that he represented. What that means is that he solicited amnesty.

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Richard Hornos of TNTweeters not only noticed Labrador’s obstructionism, but also his flip flop approach where he tells the Latino audience one thing on Al Punto, but will vote contrary to what he tells Spanish speaking persons:
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If the GOP decides on supporting Rep. Labrador’s obstructionist approach to fill Rep. Eric Cantor’s shoes, they will have to do so at the risk of these competitive districts.

Now let’s turn to the Republicans:

Dist. Rep. Margin
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CA-31 Gary Miller 0 1 1
IL-13 Rodney Davis 1 6 7
CO-06 Mike Coffman 7 5 12
NY-19 Chris Gibson 16 4 20
CA-10 Jeff Denham 13.5 13 26.5
NV-03 Joe Heck 21 8 29
IA-03 Tom Latham 27 7 34
NJ-03 Jon Runyan 28 9 37
NY-23 Tom Reed 10 30 40
NY-11 Michael Grimm 13.5 27 40.5
VA-02 Scott Rigell 22 22 44
MN-02 John Kline 25 23 48
NE-02 Lee Terry 5.5 45 50.5
MI-01 Dan Benishek 2 49 51
MI-06 Fred Upton 41 12 53
MI-11 Kerry Bentivolio 18 36 54
WI-08 Reid Ribble 40 17 57
PA-08 Mike Fitzpatrick 47.5 11 58.5
WI-07 Sean Duffy 43 18 61
MI-07 Tim Walberg 32.5 29 61.5
CA-25 Buck McKeon 31 32 63
CA-21 David Valadao 64.5 2 66.5
MI-03 Justin Amash 26 44 70
WI-01 Paul Ryan 38 33 71
IN-02 Jackie Walorski 4 69 73
PA-06 Jim Gerlach 54 19 73
PA-15 Charlie Dent 49.5 24 73.5
FL-02 Steve Southerland 15 59 74
FL-10 Dan Webster 8.5 66 74.5
OH-16 Jim Renacci 12 64 76
FL-13 Bill Young 62 15 77
IA-04 Steve King 24 56 80
NJ-02 Frank LoBiondo 78.5 3 81.5
NJ-05 Scott Garrett 43 39 82
FL-16 Vern Buchanan 20 63 83
NY-02 Peter King 75.5 10 85.5
VA-04 Randy Forbes 52.5 35 87.5
MN-03 Erik Paulsen 68 20 88
CO-03 Scott Tipton 43 52 95
NY-27 Chris Collins 5.5 90 95.5
GA-01 Open 0 97 97
OH-14 David Joyce 63 37 100
VA-05 Robert Hurt 45 55 100
KY-06 Andy Barr 11 93 104
OH-06 Bill Johnson 19 86 105
WA-08 Dave Reichert 91 14 105
PA-16 Joe Pitts 67 40 107
MN-06 Michele Bachmann 3 105 108
NC-09 Robert Pittenger 17 91 108
PA-07 Pat Meehan 87.5 21 108.5 
Our women-led and key swing Independent registered voter group gives Labrador a THUMBS DOWN, we are tired of men at the Capitol who allow their egos to get the better of them i.e., government shutdown at the expense of the American people and our children. 
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Event Alert: TNTweeters Google Hangout

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The TNTweeters proudly present their first ever spanish Google Hangout. Focusing on immigration reform and the importance of the Latino vote.

  TNTweeters.US te invita a participar en  nuestro Google Hangout sobre:
“La Importancia del Voto y La Reforma Migratoria” 

Te invitamos a participar de nuestro Google+ Hangout “La Importancia del Voto”

Sábado 7 de Junio 2014

5pm EST / 4pm CST / 2pm PST

Registrate para participar: http://j.mp/tntweetersvoto

Who are  the TNTweeters?

TNTweeters is a group of people, undocumented, permanent legal residents and American citizens, who are already living in the United States of America and have the same goal: Comprehensive Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship for all.

 

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EVENT ALERT: May Day / Primero de Mayo 2014, Santa Rosa, CA

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Facebook post  by Attila Nagy

Where
4:00 pm – Gather at the Old Albertson’s lot // Reunirse en el lote de la Albertson, 665 Sebastopol Rd. near/cerca de Dutton Ave.
4:45 pm – Start March to downtown Court House Square for Rally // Comience a marchar al centro de la ciudad para Mitin

What

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY /
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
DÍA INTERNACIONAL DE LOS TRABAJADORES
Jueves 1 de Mayo, 2014

The people demand: jobs, justice & respect for all!

• $12 per hour minimum wage!
• End Police Terror!
• Stop Mass Deportation!
• No Car Impoundment!
• Justice for Andy Lopez!
• Healthcare for All!
• Protect the Right to Organize!

Demanda la gente: trabajos, justicia y respeto para todos!

• $12 por hora salario minimo!
• Terminación al Terror Policiaco!
• Alto a las Deportaciones Masivas!
• No a la confiscación de autos!
• Justicia para Andy Lopez!
• Servicio de Salud para todos!
• Proteger el Derecho a

Organized by

Organized by the May 1st Coalition /
Organizado por la Coalición del 1 de Mayo

Organized by the May 1st Coalition/Organizado por la Coalición del 1 de Mayo • Endorsed by/Apoyado por: Comité VIDA (Committee for Immigrant Rights, So. Co.); Peace & Justice Center, So. Co.; ACLU, So. Co.; Centro Laboral de Graton; United Farm Workers (UFW); Green Party, So. Co.; KBBF 89.1FM Bilingual Radio; North Bay Organizing Project; Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored; North Bay Jobs With Justice/Living Wage Coalition; North Bay Labor Council; UUCSR Advocates for Social Justice; Unite Here Local 2850, Local 49; Unite Here International; Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez; ANSWER Coalition; Petaluma Progressives; 100,000 Poets for Change.

Want to participate ? Click HERE

 

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Remember the three times when GOP members acted against Dreamers? Well , I do!

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by Claudia

“Senate Republicans Block DREAM Act for Illegal Immigrants”

by Devin Dwyer and Matthew Jaffe

“Senate Republicans today blocked a controversial immigration measure that would have provided a conditional path to legal residency for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

By a vote of 55 to 41, the bill — the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act — failed to win the 60 votes needed to break a GOP filibuster, even though the measure passed the House last week.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/dream-act-senate-republicans-block-act-for-illegal-immigrant-students/story?id=12429589

Continue Reading HERE

TNTweeters is a group of people, undocumented, permanent legal residents and American citizens, who are already living in the United States of America and have the same goal: Comprehensive Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship for all.

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Meet Vanessa & Melanie Two First Generation Latinas Trying to Make it Happen

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By Vanessa & Melanie

Hello Community,

We are two first-generation Latinas attending the University of California Berkeley, majoring in History of Latin America with a concentration on Public Health [Vanessa], and Anthropology with a Minor in Disability Studies [Melanie]. As seniors we did not want to leave without studying abroad. We were fortunate enough to be accepted into the Dominican Republic Public Health Summer 2014 Program. Throughout our years in college we developed a common passion for public health. This program will allow us to gain a better understanding of health issues affecting the community in Santiago, Dominican Republic and to what extent they are being addressed at both a domestic and political level.

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