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Best Hope for Johnson County 

True Blue Women

We know a few liberal women who live in Johnson County, and we know how lonely they can get. Happily, though, some of them found each other this year. Depressed after last November's election, these red-state women formed a group with a simple (yet daunting) mission: "True Blue gathers progressive women to advocate social change, provide education and promote camaraderie." Their first official event was just some moms from Briarwood Elementary School having dinner at a Pizza Shoppe last January. They went on to campaign against Kansas' anti-gay marriage amendment in April -- an effort that obviously failed spectacularly, but the women claim victory anyway, noting that their message -- "Celebrate Commitment, Value Tolerance" -- got out via yard signs and bumper stickers and the news. They're still brainstorming strategies, but the letter-writing group and the book club are up and running, and the Web site is live (www.truebluewomen. org). "It feels a lot better now that I know these other women were here, too," says co-chair Dena Sneed. "I know there are so many more women, and I think we will continue to grow and to speak out." At the moment, they claim 200 members. That leaves 252,044 women in the county to go, but it's a start.

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