April 25 , 2017
We are thrilled and excited to announce the formation of four new Women for Kansas Chapters: Hays/Russell; Sumner County; Southwest Kansas 2 and Independence. Kudos, especially, to the women who raised their hands as Chapter Leaders:

Evelyn Adams, Shirley Annsun, Natalie Aramburu, Virginia Benninghoff, Lori Bigler,  Ann Blessing Greta Clark, Mary Collier, Valerie De Fever,  Kathy Denhardt,
Jan Drennan, Tomi Foust, Susy Hammons, Kathleen
Holt, Sue Ice, Gini Johnson, Janis Lee, Doris Meng,
Pam Moreno, Tracy MullerJanice Norlin, Martha Pint,
Jo Reitman, Kay Ryan,  Michelle Schiltz, Betty Taylor,
Lisa Vayda
, Joan Warren, Echo Wentz, Becky Weston,
and Annie Wilson.
 
Over the past couple of years, we've heard from activists in these areas of the state who want to be involved, have wanted to be part of the moderation movement, but have had no where to invest their energy. Now, with the 2018 election moving to the top of our calendars, their hope and energy will find a perfect place. 

Today, whether you'll be part of a new Chapter, or an established Chapter, contact the Chapter Leader. Find out when the next meeting is and ATTEND! You'll meet like-minded women whose views and goals will, once again, help restore moderation to our beloved state.

W4K WELCOMES OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER
Susan K. Osborne  is a retired professor of business administration and marketing and administrator, having taught at Wichita State University, Newman University and Friends University.
She served as the State Director of the Kansas Small Business Development Centers in the mid-1980s.  As a young instructor at WSU, she had the opportunity to become a member of it's Women Studies program and meet national Women's Rights leaders Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. They became life-long inspirations to her. She has provided marketing and marketing research consulting for 30 years to Kansas small businesses and organizations.
Her last 2 years prior to final retirement were spent as the Community Liaison at Wichita Catholic Charities. Susan served on many city boards - Served 10 years on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, and also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Wichita Park Foundation, and the USD 259 Middle School Exploration Committee. While attending the 2014 Women for Kansas Conference, she made the decision to become active in local politics and ran for office (94th District, State Representative). She enjoyed that experience and was honored to accept a leadership position with Women for Kansas. She is not done fighting for equal representation and voting access for Kansans. Welcome Susan!
MEET SAM BROWNBACK, GOVERNOR OF LOW EXPECTATIONS
Yael Abouhalkah, Yael on the Trail
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
announced Friday morning that the state had gained 1,400 total confirm jobs in March 2017. And the state had added 3,600 total jobs since March 2016.
However, upon closer inspection, neither piece of good news is worth getting too excited about in a state where Kansans rightly have such low expectations of their governor.  The growth of 3,600 jobs was a puny 0.3 percent over the last 12 months, which was the ninth worst rate   in the nation over that time span.  That continues Kansas' streak of being in or near the bottom 10 for many months.
Overall, the employment picture in Kansas remains quite cloudy, with no positive, sustained surge in sight.
Read more here.
BROWNBACK SIGNS BILLS PLUGGING BUDGET GAP, UNCORKING BEER SALES
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
Gov. Sam Brownback stepped away from a Topeka hospital-closure crisis and the appointment of a new state treasuer Tuesday to sign a bill allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and a bill closing a state budget shortfall of about $290 million.
The bill allows transfer of $317 million from the Unclaimed Property Fund in the current and next fiscal years, but the plan is to take only enough this fiscal year to guarantee a $50 million ending balance June 30. The unclaimed property fund is to be repaid over six years.
Infusion of this one-time source of money would leave the state with a projected $1 billion state budget shortfall through mid-2019.  Read more here .
FORMER STATE BUDGET DIRECTOR GOOSSEN: PRESS FOR TAX REFORM
Mark Clarkin, The Hutchinson News
Former state budget director Duane Goossen urged a Hutchinson audience - others watching a livestreaming Monday evening - to be engaged as the Kansas Legislature returns to Topeka next week to grapple with the budget and taxes.
"I think that the damage has been pretty deep," Goossen told an audience of about 50 people at a MOD Squad-sponsored forum at Hutchinson Community College's Shears Technology Center.
That's why it's so important for the Legislature to pass tax reform this session, he said.  Read more here .
SENATE NEEDS STRONGER LEADERSHIP
The Capital-Journal Editorial Board, cjonline.com
Remember when Senate President Susan Wagle and Gov. Sam Brownback weren't getting along?
For a short while, it looked like Wagle was going to defy the governor and insist on a stable, long-term budget. However, as the legislative session has progressed, her once-robust opposition has all but disappeared. When both chambers passed a tax reform package that would have brought in $1 billion over the next two years and repealed the LLC exemption, Wagle was one of the key senators who failed to override Brownback's veto...Despite the fact that more than 80 percent of Kansans want the Legislature to "do right" by their low-income neighbors and expand Medicaid, Wagle took Brownback's side yet again and voted against expansion."  Read more here .
'THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS' DRAWS LARGE CROWD TO MARCH FOR SCIENCE
Stan Finger, The Wichita Eagle
Bundling up against unseasonably chilly temperatures and a brisk north wind, a throng marched through downtown Wichita on Saturday in support of science.
After hearing a series of speeches, a crowd estimated at 1,000 people or more marched down Central to Mid-America All-Indian Center.
People marched in support of science around the nation and around the world.
"We didn't choose to be in this battle, but it has come to the point where we have to fight, because the stakes are too great," climate scientist Michael Mann.
Read more here .
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S DENNIS: SHOCKING NUMBER WHEN LOOKING AT 
UNDING GAP
Mary Clarkin, The Hutchinson News
Once you wake up to where Kansas was in 1992 at funding schools and what it needs to do to get caught up, said the Kansas Department of Education's Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis, it's a shocker.
In 1992, base state aid per pupil was $3,600. That amount, taking into account the Consumer Price Index, would be the equivalent of $6,001.12 in 2013. Base state aid, however, has been frozen at $3,852 since 2014-15.
"The numbers are shocking, shocking," Dennis told the Hutchinson Rotary Club at its Monday luncheon meeting at the Hutchinson Town Club.  Read more here .
VOTE ACCURACY EXPERT COMING TO PITTSBURG
Women for Kansas,
Cherokee County News-Advocate
How accurate are elections in our state? There will be a presentation by Statistician Beth Clarkson about the accuracy of our election results at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Homer Cole Senior Center, 3003 N. Joplin St., in Pittsburg.  Dr. Clarkson is Chief Statistician at Wichita State's National Institute for Aviation Research, and has 30 years experience in her field of Statistics. She has been looking at voting machine accuracy around the nation since the year 2000, using Cumulative Vote Share Analysis (CVS).  Read more here .
WHY KRIS KOBACH IS BEING ORDERED TO REVEAL THE IMMIGRATION PLAN HE PITCHED TRUMP IN NOVEMBER
Bryan Lowry, GOVERNING.com
The American Civil Liberties Union sought the documents' disclosure as part of an ongoing lawsuit over a Kansas law that requires voters to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, when they register to vote. The ACLU argued that if Kobach lobbied Trump on changes to the National Voter Registration Act, commonly called the motor voter law, then the documents may contain material relevant to the case.
The judge's order also requires Kobach to provide the ACLU with a copy of draft amendment to the motor voter law, which he had crafted and shared with his staff. Kobach had claimed that document was protected by attorney-client privilege, an argument the judge rejected."
Read more here.
HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST CLOSURE OF TOPEKA HOSPITAL AT CENTER OF MEDICAID EXPANSION DEBATE
Jim McLean, KCUR
Several hundred people turned out Monday night to protest the possible closure of St. Francis Health in Topeka.
The financial struggles of the 378-bed hospital have taken center stage in the debate over whether to expand KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid program.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback recently vetoed an expansion bill t hat would have generated an additional $10 million a year in federal funding for St. Francis, according to the Kansas Hospital Association.
Expansion would qualify all non-disabled Kansas adults earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level, annually about $16,642 for an individual and $33,465 for a family of four, for Medicaid coverage.  Read more here.
CLOCK TICKING ON KANCARE EXTENSION AFTER FED DENIAL
Jim McLean, Kansas News Service
In January, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied the state's request for a one-year extension of the waiver that allowed it to privatize its Medicaid program. The denial letter said neither the Kansas Department of Health and Environment nor the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services was doing enough to hold the three private companies that run the program responsible for providing services accountable to Medicaid rules.
"We hear things are improving, but when I go back home I'm not hearing the same thing," said Rep. Susan Concannon, a Republican from Beloit, noting that it took more than a year to process the eligibility of one nursing home resident in her district.  Read more here .

A workshop on running for office
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Colonial Church in Prairie Village
(71st & Mission. Parking, south side in back & across street at Macy's)
7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS

Are you planning to run for office this election season or in the future?  Do you have questions about developing a campaign message and strategies? Does the thought of fundraising or asking people for money make you consider not running? Then attend this workshop and develop the knowledge needed to run a successful campaign.

Our speakers will share their experiences and expertise in the following topics: Campaign Strategies, Campaign Message Exercise, Digital Tools and Social Media during the campaign, and Fundraising.

Ticket and speaker information available here.
ASKING FOR YOUR HELP...
I...on behalf of the Women's March Air Capital--have asked AGAIN for PUBLIC meetings in Wichita for the next Senate State Work Period (after asking unsuccessfully several times for THIS Sate Work Period).
It will help if YOU also phone  Moran's schedulers Lisa Dethloff,
913-782-0397 and Roberts' Chad Tenpenny, 913-451-9343; or their Wichita staff 316-631-1410 (Moran) and 316-263-0416 (Roberts) to ask for Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, May 29, 30 or June 1 at 4, 5 or 6 pm at a location of their choosing.
W4K HUTCHINSON AREA WELCOMES JASON PROBST
W4K Hutchinson Facebook page
Jason Probst spoke to our W4K Hutchinson Area group on Monday, April 17 about Fake News. If you missed the live  stream, catch it here .
IS THERE A MODERATRE AND DEMOCRATIC COALITION IN THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE?
Sam Zeff, Amy Jeffries
& Matt Hodapp,  KCUR 89.3
When a number of moderate Republicans joined the Kansas Legislature after the 2016 election, many were talking about a possible coalition with the Democrats. As the 2017 legislative session starts to near its end, we explore whether that coalition ever became a reality. 
Guests Senator Barbara Bollier and Assistant Professor of Political Science discuss the possibility.  Listen  here .

KANSAS STATE REPS DISCUSS  UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Steve Kraske & Claire Tadokoro, KCUR 89.3
When their spring adjournment ends, Kansas state lawmakers will look to resolve a $1 billion budget gap, adopt a school funding plan, modify taxes, and maybe even vote on Medicaid expansion - again. (Piece of cake, right?) Today, Republicans Stephanie Clayton , of Overland Park, Fairway's Melissa Rooker,  and Merriam Democrat Jarrod Ousley, t alk about what challenges stand in the way, and what Kansans can expect at the wrap-up session's end.  Listen here .

WHY THE STATE LEGISLATURE REFUSES TO REPEAL CAMPUS CARRY
Nolan Brey, University Daily Kansan
While 82% of University's employees and 70% of University's students oppose concealed handguns on campus, according to two Kansas Board of Regents surveys published in December 2016 and January 2016 by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays University, the concealed carry of weapons on college campuses will become legal on July 1.
Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, president of the Kansas Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and an expert in various weapons systems, believes this is because legislators listen more to gun manufacturers and lobbyists than Kansans in regard to gun policies.  Read more here.

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.
 
Up next: two busy years planning for the 2018 gubernatorial/statewide races. With your support, Women for Kansas will again help lead the way.

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FIGHTING FOR KS SCHOOLS
Hosted by Game On for Kansas Schools and MainStream Coalition

Thursday, April 27, 7-8:30pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Sylvester Powell Jr. Comm. Ctr.
6200 Martway St., Mission, KS

Speakers:
Representative Melissa Rooker, KS House District 25, House Committee on K-12 Education Budget
Senator Pat Pettey, KS Senate Dist. 6, Senate Committe on Education
Moderator:
David Smith, KCK Schools and MainStream Board

Come and hear how these Kansas legislators are fighting for public education in Kansas.
We will also discuss ways
you can get involved.
The forum will be live-streamed with link available on our Mainstream Coalition homepage (below)  during
the event. 
Reservations are requested,
but not required.
RSVP by using the ticket link.  There is a free event.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Lesa Patterson-Kinsey at 913-649-3326 or lesa@mainstreamcoalition.org
Tickets available at
RISE UP! STOP DEPORTING FAMILIES! CELEBRATE
ALL IMMIGRANTS!
MONDAY, MAY 1,  4:30-7PM
City Hall, 455 N Main, Wichita
Hosted by Sunflower Community Action

On May 1st, immigrants and allies all over the country will rise up to demonstrate the power, resilient and strength of immigrants in America. The #RiseUP movement is coordinated by Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), with cities planning marches, rallies, and community events to show solidarity across our communities.

Our event in Wichita will open
with a press conference at City Hall
at 4:30pm followed by a march
to Nomar Plaza (about 2 miles)
via Broadway St.

Come to Nomar for multi-cultural foods from area vendors and restaurants from 5-7pm, and watch cultural art performances to celebrate our contributions to this county. 

Hear a variety of speakers and Lupe Magdaleno on "Know Your Rights"
 in a rally from 7-8pm.

Contacts for more information:
Lupe Magdaleno, lupe@sunfloweract.org,
Jan Swartzendruber, janinkansas2@gmail.com,
cell 316- 951-4078.
VOTING RIGHTS ENTHUSIASTS
WED, APRIL 26, 7:30pm
TOWN CENTER 20
11701 Nall Ave., Leawood

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.
 
Additional  information  available  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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