Kansas Matters


My parents were Democrats on both sides. Strong Dem¬ocrats. Most of my family’s from Ireland. I’m second and third generation.” That short family history, related by Mary Harren of Wichita, Kansas, differs little from that of many Catholics in this part of the country. What is unusual is that Harren will likely continue to vote Democratic this November, putting her in the minority of Catholics in Kansas.

In the 2004 presidential...

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About the Author

Philip Schweiger, a native of Wichita, is completing a master’s in literature at Fordham University.