Showing posts with label North Dakota. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Dakota. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kansas: Remembering "Red Kate"

Kate Richards O’Hare (a.k.a. “Red Kate”) was the first “important” figure to be indicted under the Espionage Act. She was born in 1876 on a farm in Ottawa County, Kansas, and spent some time as a schoolteacher and bookkeeper before becoming a machinist’s apprentice. As a result, she was one of the first female members of the International Association of Machinists. The young Richard's was also deeply religious (Campbellite Disciple of Christ) and active in the Florence Crittenton Mission and Home and the Kansas City Crittenton Mission. Her sympathies were particularly directed toward the problems of alcoholism and prostitution.

She also began to familiarize herself with the writings of Henry George and attended union meetings. But the critical event in Richard's life was a dance, which featured a speech by the legendary socialist Mary Harris “Mother” Jones. The seventy-year-old Jones referred Richards to other prominent socialists and she joined a socialist group. In 1901, she enrolled in the first class of the International School of Socialist Economy, a “training school” for Socialist party workers. One year later, Richards married one of her twenty-four fellow students, Frank P. O’Hare. It actually took the two young socialists all of four days to realize that they were meant to be married (they divorced in 1938).

Mrs. O’Hare’s fame and popularity as a socialist speaker increased considerably. She was soon considered second only to Eugene V. Debs so, in 1910, a run for public office only seemed logical. O'Hare was actually the first woman to ever to run for Congress in the state of Kansas. Three socialists were already in the state legislature, but O’Hare gathered a mere five percent of the vote in a four-candidate race. She later ran for a position on the board of education in St. Louis and became the first woman to run for the United States Senate. O'Hare also ran for a seat in the Missouri state legislature. But the popularity and interest generated by her public speaking never seemed to translate into high levels of support in voting booths.

Monday, May 11, 2009

North Dakota: 11 Pardons reports Gov. Mike Rounds has announced that he intends to grant pardons to 11 people. It is reported that the offenses range "from disorderly conduct to third-degree rape and incest." See story here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

North Dakota: Another Bush Denial

While the news of denials of high profile clemency applications is dripping out, former state Republican leader John T. Korsmo has announced that his application for a presidential pardon was also rejected. WDAY AM 970 reports Korsmo "pleaded guilty in 2005 to federal charges of lying about his role in a Washington, D.C. fundraiser that took place three years earlier, while he was chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board." Korsmo got 18-months of probation and a $5,000 fine. See story here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

North Dakota: "No" to Korsmo of Fargo?

John T. Korsmo, of Fargo, was convicted for lying about his role in helping with an October 2002 Washington, D.C., fundraiser for Rick Clayburgh. Korsmo was put on probation for 18 months and later disciplined by the State's Supreme Court. His wife -- deputy chief of staff at the Labor Department -- also lost her job in the scandal.

Now, state Democrats say it’s wrong for Republican "activists" to seek a presidential pardon for Korsmo. North Dakota State Republican Party Executive Director Gary Emineth is among Korsmo’s supporters. Using the time-worn and classically selective "what's the message?" ploy, Democratic-NPL Executive Director Jamie Selzler says, “At a time when stories of corruption in government highlight the very worst of our public servants, it is wrong for North Dakota Republicans to send a message that breaking the law should be rewarded with a presidential pardon.” See story here.

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