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Filed under: political musings, Pro-life/Pro-choice, Don Svaty, 108th — Peg Britton @ 1:04 pm

I hold the political and ethical view that a woman should have control over her fertility and the choice to continue or terminate  a pregnancy. This entails the guarantee of reproductive rights, which includes access to sexual education; access to safe and legal abortion, contraception, and fertility treatments; and legal protection from forced abortion.

The Democratic party endorses this principle.

One in three women will undergo an abortion sometime during her reproductive years.  You can legislate against abortions, but abortions will never end just as prostitution will never end despite laws enacted against it.

If a woman doesn’t have the freedom of “choice”, you can see what little importance other rights are that filter down through legislative bodies dominated by men.

I’m first pro-choice and second a Democrat.  My votes and support follow that order.

Jeannine Koranda May 03, 2010 17:32:00 GMT

TOPEKA – The Kansas House mustered enough votes Monday to override the governor’s veto of a bill that requires more detailed diagnoses for late-term abortions.

On Friday, the chamber narrowly missed the two-thirds majority – 84 votes – needed to override a veto. Through a procedural motion, the chamber reconsidered the motion Monday and the override passed 86-35.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where it would have to again receive a two-thirds majority before the override became official. When the bill passed, the Senate the vote was 24-15, three votes shy of 27 that will be needed to overturn the veto.


Filed under: political musings, Pro-life/Pro-choice, Don Svaty, 108th — Peg Britton @ 7:39 am

Rep. Raj Goyle voted  to sustain the governor’s veto of the anti abortion legislation yesterday.  He did the right thing and needs to be thanked.

The following legislators voted to override the veto and need to be called on it and persuaded to change their votes.  Changing her vote would be consistent with Jo Ann Pottorff’s past voting record.

Rep. Don Svaty- (D) Ellsworth 785-296-7643
Rep. Peterson - (D) KC 785-296-7691
Rep. Pottorff- …(R) Wichita 785-296-7501
Rep. Slattery -(D) JoCo 785-296-7665

Shame on these representatives for chipping away at women’s rights .



Filed under: prairie musings, Joshua Svaty, Don Svaty, 108th — Peg Britton @ 8:29 am

Svatys of Ellsworth County Eager for Public Service
By Marty Keenan
Opinion | December 3, 2009

Click here for the rest of the story…Kansas Free Press

Rookie State Representative Don Svaty (D-108th) is a man of many accomplishments. However, he is usually introduced to people as “Josh Svaty’s father.” Svaty, speaking to Rice County Democrats on Wednesday night, seems smitten with the situation, and is justifiably proud of his son, Joshua Svaty, the new Agriculture Secretary for the State of Kansas.

A fundraiser for Representative Don Svaty is scheduled for Tuesday December 15th  from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery in Salina.  Please reply by Dec. 11th to to make reservations.  Sponsorship levels are $100, $250 and $500.  Special guests will be Governor Mark Parkinson and Sec. of Agriculture Joshua Svaty.



Filed under: political musings, Don Svaty — Peg Britton @ 3:13 pm

Josh Svaty has been offered an opportunity to move up the political ladder after being appointed acting Secretary of Agriculture. It’s a job that won’t be his for long if another Democratic governor isn’t elected after Gov. Mark Parkinson bows out, but it’s his office until January 2011, once he’s confirmed.

Josh is 29 years old, the youngest ever to hold the Ag position. He’s a third generation farmer, but as a farmer recently told me, “You have only to look at his hands to see how much he farms.”

How much farming he actually does day by day is quickly balanced by his knowledge of Kansas farming industries, the extensive connections he has within the industry and his ability to surround himself with others who do. He’ll do an excellent job in the position.

Josh is an exceptional bright and charismatic young man who seems destined to continue in political office because he does the right thing for most people. He has the ability to work well with both Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature and has gained their respect as a fair and honest man whose integrity is beyond question.  He’s also a fine orator, which is a rare quality. Where he goes after this position is anyone’s guess, but since he has moved to the Second Congressional District in Topeka, it is my personal hope he challenges Lynn Jenkins for her Congressional seat. She’s very vulnerable and the weakest of all our elected Congressmen/women in Washington.  Sam Brownback used his position of Secretary of Agriculture to successfully launch a bid for the U.S. Senate.

Josh’s replacement, as representative of the 108th District, will be selected at the District convention in Ellsworth on Sunday August 2nd at the Ellsworth County Court House at 3:00 p.m.

The only one to display serious interest in serving Josh’s remaining term is Don Svaty, 66, Josh’s father.  He’s well-qualified for the job, is well-informed on all the legislative issues and will represent the district well.  It will be a very difficult Legislative session next year with the serious financial issues facing the state and it is a good thing for our interests, particularly as it pertains to school finance,  that we send someone to Topeka who doesn’t have to learn on the job and can step up to the podium already well-informed.  He’s also committed to running for re-election.

In order to be eligible for the position, one must be a registered Democrat, registered voter and reside in the 108th.
The 108th District is huge and runs east and west from Blackwolf to Abilene.  The district is composed of all of Ellsworth County, all of rural Saline County and part of south Salina, and Solomon. In the district there are 39 precinct voters in Ellsworth County, 22 in Saline County.  Twenty-one of them need to appear to constitute a quorum. Not all precinct positions are filled.   Nominations will be taken from the floor. Proxy votes will count. Only precinct committee members will be allowed to vote or speak.  Shirley Jacques, Democratic chairwoman from Salina, will chair the meeting until a new chair from the 108th is elected after a quorum has been established.  Interested people can attend the convention as observers but cannot participate in voting or deliberations.


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