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Once Upon a Time in Kansas

Published in Blog on February 21, 2023 by Angel Cushing

In the southeastern part of Kansas, where the eastern edge of the Flint Hills meets the Osage Plains, sits Coffey County. Inside Coffey County lives Bob Strawder, Grassroots Coordinator for Convention of States Kansas.

Now, you might be thinking that you don't know Bob but, you do. You probably have an Uncle Bob in your extended family. If you are lucky, you might even have a Bob in your immediate family. Because Bob is, well, Bob. He knows everyone, and everyone knows Bob.

One day Bob decided to go down to the Coffey County Commissioners Meeting and tell them all about Convention of States. The County Commissioners were excited to hear there was an effort to rein in the federal abuses as they are relentlessly struggling to be the gate keepers for their citizen's liberty. Bob asked the Commissioners to vote for and pass a resolution in support of Convention of States. And the Coffey County Commissioners did.

Now, it just so happens that one of the Commissioners in Coffey County at that time was inspired by that resolution. Maybe, with resolutions, some fresh iron could be added to the gates used to protect the liberty of residents in Coffey County. And so, that Coffey Commissioner went to work.

Of course, there was plenty for the commissioner to work on. Around that time another federal jurisdiction of Kansas lands called a National Heritage Area had been discovered. Shortly after, an executive order was signed by the President of the United States directing all federal departments to lock Americans out of thirty percent of the United States by the year 2030. And those attacks came on the heels of Covid lockdowns that beat up the Kansas economy. Just when the commissioners thought they had the gates picked up off the ground and mounted back in their place, new eminent domain threats for more national projects found the citizens of Coffey County.

And that is how a true advocate was born. After losing his election to a well-known businessman, that former Commissioner was hired by the sitting Coffey County Commission as their lobbyist.

As the current lobbyist for Coffey County, Kansas. This former county Commissioner submitted testimony to the Kansas House Federal and State Committee on behalf of Coffey County for Convention of States.

It may just be the best testimony on behalf of Convention of States; that you will ever see. 


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