August 1 , 2017
MEET JEFF COLYER. HE'S THE SOON-TO-BE GOVERNOR OF KANSAS
Bryan Lowry & Hunter Woodall, Governing
Colyer has played a quiet but significant role in the Brownback administration since being elected to the position in 2010 after a stint in the Kansas Legislature.
Colyer served as the primary architect of KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid system, and has been the main voice in the administration urging against expanding the program under the Affordable Care Act.
"I've had a big influence on a lot of major decisions," Colyer said about his role in the administration. "It hasn't been, you're just waiting around twiddling your thumbs."
His elevation to governor comes only two years after he was the subject of a federal grand jury investigation that stemmed from questions about a $500,000 loan he repeatedly made to Brownback's 2014 re-election campaign.  Read more here .
WILL COLYER SIMPLY BE MORE OF BROWNBACK?
Brett Marshall, The Garden City Telegram
Gov. Sam Brownback exuded confidence Thursday that his impending resignation would leave the state in the capable hands of surgeon Jeff Colyer.
Colyer described his partnership with Brownback as something close to a chief executive officer or a loyal lieutenant along the lines of a "Star Trek" character.
"I'm his first officer," Colyer said in an interview.
John Gibson, chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party, placed a partisan spin on the looming leadership hand-off from Brownback to Colyer.
"Colyer has been an active and willing participant in the disastrous policies of Sam Brownback," Gibson said.
Read more here.
INSIGHT KS: KANSAS TALL TALE
Duane Goossen, Hays Post
The recently overturned Kansas tax experiment was sold to Kansans with a tall tale: "Big income tax cuts bring economic prosperity without any pain." Eventually most Kansans realized the story was false, and their legislators ended the experiment with a bipartisan veto override. Then, very quickly, a new story began to circulate: "The tax experiment failed because Kansas spends too much."
It's easy to discern that the too-much-spending rhetoric is the old tall tale morphed into a new form. Here's the test: If the talk was credible, the talkers would be able to provide a coherent list of spending to be cut from the state budget. But they don't. Brownback could have issued line-item vetoes to knock out the spending he considered excessive. But he didn't.
If Kansas spends too much, what should be cut? Name it. Education? Highways? Health services?
Read more here.
EDITORIAL: HOW MUCH DID SAM BROWNBACK'S POLICIES COST KANSAS?
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board,
The Kansas City Star
As Brownback prepares to depart, it's an appropriate time to look back at what the governor's conservative economic policies will cost taxpayers for years to come. Let there be no doubt: Brownback leaves a financial train wreck in his wake.
From the state's drained highway fund to its beleaguered pension system for state workers, Kansas taxpayers now have a lot of fiscal ground to make up. In fact, the total reaches into the billions.
Our advice to taxpayers: Grab a shovel and start digging. 
"For a small Midwestern state, it's a massive hole," said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley,  a Topeka Democrat. "And it's going to take years to recover."
Years from now, taxpayers will still be footing the Brownback bill.  Read more here .
DEFINING A LEGACY
Tim Carpenter & Allison Kite,
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Posted in Garden City Telegram
"Outgoing Gov. Sam Brownback struggled briefly to identify a personal capstone achievement after more than six years as the chief executive officer of KS government.
Brownback's popularity diminished as the public grew uneasy with an administration that made tax breaks the top priority.
Michael Smith, professor of political science at Emporia State University, said Brownback pushed a paradox of American politics to the limit.
"It is a truism that Americans espouse a narrative of generally anti-government views and conservative rhetoric," Smith said. "Yet, idealistic conservative reformers never fail to snag on the horns of reality - voters like the sound of lower taxes and smaller government, but not when it comes to our own kids' schools, the roads that carry us to work, aid to our cash-strapped rural hospitals and all the other basic services that make up what state government actually does."
Read more here.
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FORUM GIVES COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY TO MEET CANDIDATES
Will Ravenstin, Wellington Daily News
"Wellington residents were treated to their first up close meeting with the candidates Thursday, July 20, at the Raymond Frye Complex.
A forum was hosted by the Women for Kansas - Sumner County, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and Sumner County Economic Develop, where the candidates were given five minutes to introduce themselves and give a response to two issues currently affecting their position in which they were vying for."  Read more here .
TEACHERS UNION, STATE SQUARE OFF FOR SECOND KANSAS SUPREME COURT SHOWDOWN OVER TENURE
Celia-Llopis-Jepsen, HPPR
A fresh legal challenge to the state's 2014 elimination of teacher job protections has reached the Kansas Supreme Court, close on the heels of a separate lawsuit that proved unsuccessful six months ago.
At stake are due process rights for thousands - or even tens of thousands - of teachers who had earned them before the Republican-led Legislature passed and Gov. Sam Brownback signed the repeal.  Read more here .
DON'T GET IT TWISTED:  WOMEN SAVED HEALTH CARE
Amanda Hopper, National Women's Law Center
Senate Republican leadership tried to push through a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act -  despite overwhelming public opposition and without any of the hearings or debate that massive legislation that would strip coverage from millions of people should have. While many news reports are focusing on Senator John McCain's "no" vote as the tipping point in the repeal bill's demise, let's set the record straight: the real heroes of the health care fight are women.  Here's who we should be celebrating and thanking today:
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (HI)
  • Senator Patty Murray (WA)
  • Senator Lisa urkowski (AK)
  • Senator Susan Collins (ME)
When we lead, when we organize, when we refuse to be sweet and silent and complacent, we can accomplish anything. Let's build on this momentum and continue to show all those who seek to strip away our rights: we are powerful and we won't. back. down.  Read more here .
THE MAN WHO MAY DISENFRANCHISE MILLIONS
Editorial Board, The Washington Post
THE DAY after last fall's presidential election, Kris Kobach got to work. In an email   plotting action items for the new Trump administration, Mr. Kobach, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas and a champion of voter suppression campaigns there and nationally, said he had "already started" drafting a key legislative change that would enable states to impose rules complicating registration for millions of new voters - exactly the sort of rules he had advanced in Kansas, with mixed success. Nearly all of those blocked in Kansas were eligible U.S. citizens who simply lacked ready access to passports, birth certificates and other documents, as at least 5 percent of Americans do. Disproportionately, those lacking such documents are minorities and younger voters - groups that tend to back Democrats.  Read more here .
KRIS KOBACH, THE MAN CHARGED WITH ENHANCING AMERICANS' CONFIDENCE IN ELECTIONS, SAYS THAT WE MAY NEVER KNOW WHO WON THE ELECTION
Brian Tashman, ACLU
Reality hasn't stopped Kobach from peddling the false premise that voter fraud is a serious election menace. In 2015, he successfully lobbied the state legislature for prosecutorial power, allowing him to pursue allegations of voter fraud in court, which made him the  only  secretary of state in the country with this authority. At the time, Kobach said  he had identified more than 100 possible cases of double voting, or voting in two states. Two years later, he has secured nine convictions, most of them involving older registered Republicans.
None of them involved in-person impersonation. Eight of the nine cases involved double voting. August L. Wilson spent 18 months fighting Kobach's charge and paid more than $50,000 in legal fees for what he describers  as "an honest mistake." Just one case dealt with a noncitizen voting: He was in the process of naturalization at the time and is now a U.S. citizen.  Read more here.
HEALTHCARE TOWN HALL - NORTH NEWTON
Hosted by Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9,  6:30 - 8:00 pm
Kauffman Museum,  2801 N. Main St., North Newton

On August 9th, the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas will be will be hosting a Health Care Town Hall -
and we want you to be there!

We will be discussing national health issues
and the affect of the latest Health Care legislation
on local communities.

Will you join us on  Wed, August 9th
at 6:30 p.m. in North Newton?
ARE YOU READY FOR WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY?
Each year, on August 26 , we celebrate Women's Equality Day,  a national observance commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. The date was selected to commemorate the date it certified, August 26, 1920.
The observance of Women's Equality Day not only celebrates this important achievement in women's history, but also calls attention to our continuing efforts toward full equality. Every year, all around the country, workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities participate in celebrating Women's Equality Day with special programs, displays, video showings, and many other activities.
Visit the National Women's History Project website for more updates, event information.
SAVE THE DATE!
VOTER SUPPRESSION: MISSOURI & KANSAS... WHY THIS MATTERS
TO  OUR DEMOCRACY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Colonial Congregational Christian Church
7039 Mission Road, Prairie  Village, KS

Bring your own lunch,  drinks provided

Co-sponsors:  League of Women Voters, Johnson County, Women in NAACP KC Branch, ACLU of KS and ACLU of Missouri and Women for KS 

Questions? Contact WEW Coordinator, Gail James at  913-233-9371

Each organization is encouraged to have a table to educate the attendees of what you are doing. Voter registration and/or information is  planned for both states.
League of Women Voters
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

With the upcoming election in 2017 we would like to register voters so all citizens have a voice. We will be joining the National League of Women Voters on
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 for a Voter Registration Day.

Would you be willing to help The League and register voters on Tuesday, September 26, 2017?

We do appreciate your help with this.  Contact Maurine Pruitt at 785-313-2602 or  www.lwvmrc.org .
WITH STATE FINANCES SHAKY, KANSAS GOVERNOR PREPARES TO STEP DOWN
John Eligon & Julis Bosman,
The New York Times
For more than six years, Gov. Sam Brownback has steered Kansas on a hard right turn on one issue after another: taxes, guns, abortion rights, Medicaid and welfare benefits.
He will leave as an unpopular leader of a state in uncertain fiscal health, with more robust conservative policies and governed by a Legislature in which many in his own Republican Party have defied him. Mr. Brownback has been seen as a model for the opportunities and perils of governing without compromise from the right on both social and fiscal issues.
Read more here.
5 CHALLENGES FOR KANSAS - AND THE MAN WHO COULD BE THE NEXT GOVERNOR
Jonathan Shorman, Wichita Eagle
Kansas faces a host of pressing issues and challenges that Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will inherit if Gov. Sam Brownback leaves office.
Here's a look at some of the most immediate issues facing the state and the governor's office.
  1. School Funding
  2. Prisons
  3. KanCare
  4. The Budget
  5. The Economy
Watch here.
SEE WHAT YOU'VE GONE 
AND DONE!
Your belief in Women for Kansas and the work we do to elect, and keep, moderates in Topeka has created
13 W4K Chapters across the state! Thousands of moderate voters thank you.  As you know, 2018 is a momentous election year, and we're looking for committed W4K members. 

If you're interested in being involved, contact a Chapter Leader. A complete list of Chapter Leaders and their contact information is available here.

If you're interested in forming a Chapter, contact Deanna Zitterkopf at beowulfprof@cox.net .

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: planning for the 2018 gubernatorial/statewide races.

With your support, Women for Kansas will again help lead the way.

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Sustaining member $500.00
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PEW: KANSAS SEES DIP IN FEDERAL DOLLARS COMPARED TO STATES WITH EXPANDED MEDICAID
Max Londberg, The Kansas City Star
Kansas, one of 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid to its low-income citizens, had one of the lowest amounts of federal dollars as a percentage of its total state revenue in fiscal year 2015.
The finding comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts, which collected data on all 50 states' budgets. Federal dollars make up 24.1 percent of Kansas' state budget, the analysis found.  Republican and Democratic lawmakers have strongly supported expansion, saying expansion in Kansas is the right thing to do and not doing so will adversely affect low-income patients and hospitals.
Read more here.
TRUMP VOTE FRAUD COMMISSION COULD NOT BE MORE DIVIDED
Dartunorro Clark, NBCnews.com
As the president's commission on voter integrity formally begins work, it is clear that members don't see eye to eye on the key question facing the panel: Is there widespread fraud at the ballot box?
Some of President Donald Trump's appointees say yes, including its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; others on the commission argue certainly not and want to focus on issues like upgrading aging voting systems and encouraging registration.  Read more here .
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!
This outrageous conduct of politicians. You are their boss and we as a people are completely capable of retaking control of our civic life.
Vote Smart has made a great start. We track all of their votes, words, bios, ratings, money and issue positions in easy to use systems. Together we can retake possession of our government.
We have the technology to do it, to put the facts, the reality back into the hands of every voter.
Visit their website or call
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DEMOCRACY TOMORROW:
INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN
KANSAS ELECTIONS
SEPTEMBER 8,  9:30am-4pm

Wichita State University
Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Rm 180
5015 E. 29th St. N, Wichita

Join the ACLU of Kansas, the League of Women Voters of Kansas, and the NAACP - Kansas State Conference of Branches

Democracy Tomorrow will serve as an opportunity for Kansas activists, legislators, and engaged citizens to begin a statewide conversation on the importance of promoting stronger civic health and higher levels of electoral participation.  Featuring:
  • Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA
  • Tova Wang, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos
  • Burdett Loomis, Professor of Political Science, The University of Kansas
  • Bryan Caskey, Kansas State Election Director
MORE SPEAKERS AND DETAILS AVAILABLE SOON!

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kansas Health Foundation. The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the KS Health Foundation visit www.kansashealth.org.
ARE YOU UNDER 30?
There are nearly 5,000 of you.
See who you know on the voter suspense list.  List available here .

VOTERS IN SUSPENSE?
Which Kansas counties keep  highest number of would-be voters  in suspense?  See the numbers  by  county 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

NOT SURE WHO REPRESENTS YOU?  WE CAN HELP
Find your  U.S. State Senator

They say they have voters' best interests in mind, how do they vote?

TRACK YOUR SENATORS' & REPRESENTATIVE'S VOTES! 
  • Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
  • Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed forms.
  • Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input before they vote.
Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues.  Sign up here .




These monthly gatherings are held at different venues each month and will feature authoritative panelists and conversations on issues that touch your daily life. Next event topic is:

WEALTH ON HEALTH:
THE IMPACT OF DEBT ON WELL-BEING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 
5:30-7:30pm
The Monarch 
579 W. Douglas, Wichita

RAISE YOUR VOICE
Hosted by Wichita Public Library
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
2:00-3:30pm
Rockwell Wichita Public Library
5939 E. 9th St. N., Wichita

KMUW public radio wants to hear from you. Share your thoughts and enjoy free snacks while the kids are entertained with an arts activity.  For information on upcoming gatherings, visit our website here .
DONALD TRUMP IS THE BEST-AND WORST-THING THAT'S HAPPENED TO MODERN AMERICAN FEMINISM
Jodi Enda, CNN.com
Debate all you want whether Donald Trump is bad for women, but there's no disputing this: He is great for the women's movement.
The election of a president whom detractors view as misogynistic and backward-thinking has done nothing less than spark a wholesale resurgence of feminism.
Inadvertently and singlehandedly, Trump has galvanized women like no president before. Read more here .
RENOWNED  JOURNALIST TO SPEAK AT BETHEL
TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 7:00PM
Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts  Center
at Bethel College
300 E. 27th St., North Newton

The Kansas Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College is bringing LEONARD PITTS to campus to celebrate KIPCOR'S 30th Anniversary. The keynote event will be a lecture and book-signing on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. More details later, but mark your calendar NOW.
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