April 11 , 2017






RON ESTES ( Republican Ron's issues include: increasing economic growth, rolling back of government regulations, repealing Obamacare, increasing national security, and defending religious liberty and 2nd amendment rights.  Visit website here.

CHRIS ROCKFORD  (Libertarian) His issues include: establishing a completely transparent government, reducing the size of government and its regulations, privatizing or abolishing the majority of federal agencies, and simplifying the tax code and abolishing the IRS.  Visit website  here .

JAMES THOMPSON ( Democrat) His issues include: promoting economic growth and jobs (while fighting against the trickle-down theories promoted by Governor Sam Brownback), promoting and funding public schools, making higher education as inexpensive and assessable as possible, providing a voice to the needs of our veterans, and making government work for everyone.  Meet James Thompson on  YouTube Visit website here .
KANSAS LEGISLATORS ADJOURN BUT LEAVE
WEIGHTY TO-DO LIST
Stephen Koranda, Meg Wingerter 
& Sam Zeff, KCUR 89.3
Kansas legislators hit adjournment Friday with some big tasks left for their wrap-up session that starts May 1.
At the top of the list is a tax and budget plan, which largely will be influenced by the amount of school funding that legislators decide to add in light of the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling last month. In the health policy arena, Medicaid expansion supporters are regrouping after the governor's veto - and holding out hope for another shot this session.
Here's a look at what legislators have accomplished and what remains to be done during the 2017 session regarding budget, education and health issues.
Read more here.
KEPC UPDATE: FLAT TAX CRUSHED, FY17 BUDGET, SCHOOL FINANCE, MEDICAID
Bernie Koch, KEPC
In this issue ...
  • Senate crushes the flat tax
  • Legislature moves toward first adjournment with FY 17 budget
  • House committee has a school finance bill
  • What about Medicaid expansion?
  • Bill Tracking
Senate crushes the flat tax
By a vote of 3 to 37, the Kansas Senate flattened a proposal for a 4.6 percent "flat" income tax in debate Thursday afternoon. The vote sends a strong message to Governor Sam Brownback, who had expressed support publicly for the bill, saying he would sign it or something like it.
The old saying that "politics makes strange bedfellows" was confirmed as Democrats, moderate Republicans, and very conservative Republicans all joined to squash Senate  Bill 214, although for different reasons.
Read more here.
W4K WICHITA HOSTS SUMMIT:
THE STATE OF EDUCATION
Pro-public education Kansans came together on April 8 to hear featured speakers discuss the current status of public education locally, statewide and nationally, how concerned we should be, where are we with funding, what specific actions Kansans can take to show support for public education and what elections are coming up.
Videos of speakers Kathy Busch, Steve Wentz, Alan Rupe, Diane Gjerstadt and Janet Miller share insight into these issues and more are available on W4K's Wichita Chapter page. Watch here.
KANCARE EXPANSION ADVOCATES GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER OVERRIDE ATTEMPT
Jim McLean & Meg Wingerter, KCUR 89.3
Advocates of expanding Medicaid eligibility are planning a second attempt to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto  of an expansion bill when lawmakers return in May to wrap up the 2017 session.
"The issue of expanding KanCare is too important to Kansans not to make another attempt to address this issue before the session ends," said David Jordan, director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas coalition. "We see tremendous energy from supporters to find a solution this session. So, we're going to exhaust all options possible to try to find a way to move forward."
Read more here.
MEDICAID REJECTION A SHAME ON KANSAS
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board
The Kansas House fell three votes short Monday of overriding Gov. Sam Brownback and approving Medicaid insurance coverage for about 150,000 of the state's residents.  The decision is tragic.
We applaud the 81 members of the House who endorsed a plan to give hope to lower-income Kansans who are sick or need help to stay well.
To the 44 members who voted to uphold the veto and to Gov. Brownback: We hope you're satisfied.
Every excuse the governor and his allies have used to oppose Medicaid expansion is without merit. Expanded Medicaid would not have put disabled Kansans at a disadvantage. In fact, advocates for the disabled spent the weekend knocking down the governor's claim.
Read more here.
DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE WOMEN'S MARCH? YOU JUST WON A FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OF COURAGE PRIZE
Jeva Lange, The Week
The estimated 3 to 4 million Americans who participated in January's anti-Trump Women's March are being honored with a major prize from PEN America, The Associated Press reports. The PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award is going to the "Women's March" for "galvaniz[ing] a potent global movement to resist infringements on the rights and dignity of women and many other groups."
Past honorees for the Freedom of Expression Courage Award include the French satirical newspaper  Charlie
Hebdo   and the work of Lee-Anne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who brought the deadly levels of lead in Flint's water supply to national attention.
"We honor the Women's March for acting at a critical moment to overcome the inertia and fear of failure that can impair public mobilization, and for inspiring millions in America and around the world to do the same."
Read more here.
EMILY'S LIST ANNOUNCES OVER 10,000 WOMEN HAVE SIGNED UP TO RUN FOR OFFICE SINCE ELECTION DAY 2016
"Over ten thousand women isn't a ripple - it's a wave." The thousands of women who have reached out to EMILY's List since the election are a testament to the energy, determination, and resistance we've seen from Day One.
"For women, running for office is a direct response to the dangerous agenda pushed by a president and party determined to turn back the clock on women's progress. Women everywhere are alarmed at the attacks on their health care, on immigrant families, on refugees, on the environment, and on their economic security. 
Read more here.


Micah Kubic, ACLU
VOTING RIGHTS AND
RACIAL JUSTICE
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Central Branch Library
The League of Women Voters Unit Meeting for April has been combined with the Candid Conversations series that the League is sponsoring along with the Wichita Public Library. The meeting will be on Voting Rights and Racial Justice, Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 pm at the Wichita Public Library's Central Library (downtown). Micah Kubic from the ACLU will be the speaker, as you may knew he is  a fabulous presenter!
 
LEAGUE & LIBRARY PRESENT
TUESDAY TOPICS
Winter/Spring 2017, 4th Tuesday

Central Branch Public Library
223 S. Main,  3rd Floor Auditorium,
Main & William, Wichita

Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks furnished. Program starts promptly at noon.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Tuesday, April 25, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
LWV and WPL sponsor Tuesday Topics: Separation of Church and State, Americans often hear the phrase "separation of Church and State" when discussing the proper role of religion in American life. Is this the proper understanding of the First Amendment, and if so, how is that carried out today? This month's speakers will be Thom Scott, President of the Great Plains Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Dr. Jamie Finkeldei, Associate Superintendent for the Catholic Schools in Wichita. Join us to learn more about both sides of this important issue.

This program is free and open to the public.
VOTING RIGHTS ENTHUSIASTS 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 7:30pm
TOWN CENTER 20,  11701 Nall Ave., Leawood
Tickets $12.  Deadline to purchase tickets is April 12, 2017.

Purchase tickets at  gathr.com  by the deadline day of April 12 for the screening of the movie
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy about
"The Kansas Project," Kris Kobach's Crosscheck program to suppress voting rights, rolled out  across the  nation to affect the 2016 election.

Tickets and additional information available here.

If fewer than 78 tickets are purchased by individual moviegoers, the movie will be canceled and moviegoers' purchase will be refunded.   JO Votes is co-sponsoring this with American Promise-Kansas City, Mainstream, and True Blue Women (so far). 
TOWN HALL ANYONE?
Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts will be in Wichita for the congressional recess, April 10-21.
If your organization would like to schedule a town hall meeting contact:
Senator Jerry Moran's scheduler in Olathe,  913-782-0397;

Senator Pat Roberts's scheduler in Overland Park, 913-451-9343.



BECOME A MEMBER OF WOMEN FOR KANSAS!   

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of determined Women for Kansas, 2016 was the year we began turning the ship around. In the Senate, we picked up 10 moderate seats; in the House, we added 28. Not quite a legislative majority but changed enough so that Brownback and his lemmings can no longer stream roll over us.
 
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KANSAS SENATE DEMOCRAT REMINDS GOP OF PLAN TO DOCK LEGISLATOR PAY
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Legislation introduced Wednesday by a Topeka Democrat hit upon a pledge by Republicans seeking election to the Senate in 2016 to forfeit their salary if the state's budget wasn't passed within the first 70 days of the session.
"Government officials should live by the same standards of those they represent," the GOP agenda said. "That includes not allowing payment for a job that is not done."
Read more here .
KANSAS LEGISLATURE  WEEK 12 RECAP
Davis Hammet, LoudLight
Topics include Medicaid expansion dead, 2017 budget fill, NO school funding formula, NO 2018 budget, NO revenue reform, coming up. Not much was accomplished going into the 3 week break, but it will probably be easier to buy beer in 2019.
Watch this and more recap videos on LoudLight's Facebook page here.
MARCH FOR SCIENCE
Saturday, April 22
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Old County Courthouse
504 N. Main Street, Wichita

Rally with speakers at the Old County Courthouse starting at 11:00 am. 
After the speakers we will march from the Courthouse to the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 North Seneca, where we will be hosting a teach-in.

This is a non-partisan event for all people who support science, scientists, and policy based on scientific data and facts.

Visit our Facebook page here.
IMMIGRANTS MAKE AMERICA GREAT!
MAY 1, 10am - 7pm
Hosted by Sunflower Community Action

We are still finalizing details with members and other organizations in Wichita that will join us in unity for this National day! Please mark it on your calendar. We will march and show how immigrants already make America great and we will finish with a celebration to celebrate diversity,
immigrants and unity! Update information available here.
CROWSON: GRAB OUR GOVERNOR
Richard Crowson, kmuw 89.1
it's been almost a month now since the news came out that Governor Brownback is being considered for a job with the Trump administration. It was a real grabber of a story. It certainly grabbed the attention of most of us here in Kansas. 
He's practically bankrupted our state with his tax revenue give-away to the rich. His (and the Legislature's) disastrous underfunding of our schools is crippling the education of our children. His mean-spirited refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to over 150,000 low-income Kansans is a potentially fatal blow to some.
Listen here.
STATE GOVERNMENT: HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN KS
From tracking legislation, to contacting your state legislator or governor, to viewing campaign contributions, this article is
packed full of useful information EVERY  Kansan should know.
PDF of handout available here.
2017-2018 KANSAS ROSTER AND CONTACT INFORMATION

KS House of  Representatives Roster
Kansas Senate Roster

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A HOW-TO BOOK FOR WIELDING CIVIC POWER
David Bornstein, The New York Times
"I don't think people are wrong to feel that the game has been rigged," says Eric Liu, the author of "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen", an engaging and extremely timely book published last week.
"But we're in a period where across the political spectrum--from the libertarian Tea Party right to the Occupy and Black Lives Matter left--people are pushing back and recognizing that the only remedy is to convert this feeling of 'not having a say' into demanding a say.'"
As dysfunctional as our politics is right now and as disempowered as many people feel, there are so many Americans around the country who are relearning how to exercise their citizen muscles. There is a deep resilience to our body politic that we're starting to see.  Read more here .
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN RAISING HELL
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For decades, women in America have refused to stay silent. 2017 is NO DIFFERENT. Give 'em hell, ladies!
Watch here .
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