August 15 , 2017
WILL 2018 BE THE NEXT 'YEAR OF THE WOMAN?
Jessica Yarvin, PBS Newshour
The 2018 midterm election is still more than one year away, but already candidates on both sides of the aisle are launching campaigns for the House and Senate. Among the early entrants, one pattern stands out: a growing number of them are female Democratic candidates, like Tritch and Bell, who have challenged Republican incumbents.  Despite the high level of interest in politics from Democratic women across the country, there is no guarantee that the early energy will translate into electoral success next year.
Still, some observers drew a parallel between next year's election and 1992, when scores of women like now-Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ran for office for the first time. In all, four Democratic women were elected to the U.S. Senate that year, and 1992 became known as "The Year of the Woman."
Read more here.
THE HOLLOW STATE: BROWNBACK'S LEGACY
Burdett Loomis, The Hutchinson News
As Sam Brownback packs his bags, assessments of his tenure largely
address his income tax cuts and their disastrous results. Fair enough. But Brownback leaves behind another legacy that may have a longer, more problematic impact. His administration has hollowed out government, to the point that in agency after agency Kansans experience underperformance at best and crises at worst.
This is not just an argument between those who desire more government and those who prefer less - per health care or education or welfare. Such arguments are fundamental, and Kansas politicians have had them for more than 150 years.
Rather, Brownback and much of his administration simply do not believe that government can work. Thus, they ignore the practice of governing and administering in effective ways.
Poor governance thus becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 
Read more here.
EDITORIAL: WILL COLYER REALLY BE DIFFERENT?
The Capital-Journal Editorial Board, cjonline.com
As Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer prepares to replace Gov. Sam Brownback - who is expected to become the Trump administration's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom - there has been considerable speculation about whether he would enter the 2018 gubernatorial race.
On Tuesday, that speculation came to an end when Colyer announced that he's running for governor .
To be fair, Colyer just launched his campaign and Brownback is still the governor. We don't expect him to have a fully developed platform or a crystallized idea of how he's going to run the state. But it won't be long before Kansans are demanding more than anodyne slogans about setting a "new tone" or embarking on a "new day."  Read more here .
LEGISLATORS, EDUCATORS SHARE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN EDUCATION
Ryann Brooks, The Emporia Gazette
Legislators, educators and community members came together to discuss ways to improve student success and education during the Kansas Association of School Boards Advocacy Tour stop at Mary Herbert Education Center Friday morning.
KASB Associate Executive Director of Advocacy Mark Tallman presented five new directions for Kansas education, modeled strongly after the Kansans Can initiative. Each directive is designed to ensure student success by implementing new measurements of educational success, adequately funding K-12 schools, basing accountability on student success and tracking the progress of the Mercury-7 school redesign project.
Tallman said if there was one takeaway the public should take away from the current initiatives, it would be that a lot of change was happening in education across the state.
"It's an exciting time in education, and focusing on that will help more of our kids be successful Read more here .
BRINGING 'INCONVENIENT' CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION TO AUDIENCES BIG AND SMALL
Jessica Wang, Moyers & Company
It's been a decade since  An Inconvenient Truth  inserted climate change into the public consciousness and helped earn former Vice President Al Gore a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in environmental activism. Now an even more impassioned Gore is back in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and the film follows him as he continues the fight for meaningful action and progressive policy on climate change.  Read more here .
KANSAS OFFICIALS HOST FREE OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS TRAINING SESSIONS
Daniel Barnett, WENY News
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government announced Tuesday that free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state in the coming weeks.
The seminars are free and open to the public.
Space at each location is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants can register on the Kansas Attorney General's website, or by calling (785) 296-2215.

Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and media representatives.
Read more here.
MYTH OF VOTER FRAUD
Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center's seminal report "The Truth About Voter Fraud " conclusively demonstrated most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless - and that of the few allegations remaining, most reveal election irregularities and other forms of election misconduct. And numerous  other studies  have reached the same conclusion.
Voter fraud is not acceptable in our elections, but we must find solutions that address actual problems instead of imposing policies that make it harder for millions of eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.
Read more here.
VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION CONTINUES ITS WORK DESPITE LAWSUITS
Joseph P. Williams, US News & World Report
Brater says the spate of lawsuits indicate that the commission's mandate is improper, particularly in light of the fact that several independent studies and academic researchers have concluded voter fraud is miniscule and hasn't had an effect on elections. State officials argue the commission's request for voter information has had a chilling effect, leading thousands of legal voters to relinquish their right to vote. The legal challenges are also indicative of the "slapdash" way the commission has gone about its work. 
"It calls into question how rigorous and careful they will be with the information," Brater says. "It's potentially dangerous" to have voters' personal information in the public sphere without strict safeguards on how it will be handled.  "Whatever report that comes out of this commission would be another tool" to restrict access to the ballot box, Brater says.  Read more here .
TRUMP AND KOBACH'S VOTER FRAUD LIES ARE MAKING MORE VOTERS LOST CONFIDENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS, SAYS NEW POLL
Brian Tashman, ACLU
No matter how many studies  have found that voter fraud is extraordinarily rare in the U.S., some public officials continue to tell Americans falsehoods about the state of our elections.
But their untrue claims are, unfortunately, resonating among some voters.
According to a poll unveiled on Thursday in The Washington Post , a majority of Republican voters believe that voter fraud, such as a person impersonating a registered voter or noncitizens voting, is a regular occurrence. Over half of Republicans polled also said they would agree with a hypothetical plan from President Trump to postpone the 2020 election "until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote."
While it is absolutely troubling that a substantial number of voters would approve of a hypothetical plan to postpone the next presidential election, it is even more disconcerting that politicians are enacting laws that take away the ability to vote from tens of thousands of Americans under false pretenses.  Read more here .
RESEARCHERS ACCIDENTALLY FOUND ONE WAY TO HELP KIDS GROW UP TO BE VOTERS
Lily Carollo, Science of Us
The United States trails far behind
many democracies in voter turnout.
That's according to a study published in the American Political Science Review in June, and the findings were surprising, even to the researchers. The study, led by John Holbein, an assistant professor of political science of Brigham Young University, focused on a program called Fast Track, which was designed to improve the future general well-being of children by developing their social skills.
By the time they reached adulthood, the kids that had received help in progressing their social skills were better off than those who hadn't. They were less likely to commit crimes or to be involved with risky sexual behavior, and they were more likely to be better educated and have better employment prospects, as well as have healthier relationships with their spouses and children.
But even if this type of emphasis on social skills were to become standard for schools in every state, it wouldn't be a cure-all for low voter turnout in the U.S. For one, it's unknown how much laws, like voter-ID laws, would hamper the benefits of this type of education on children. It's also unknown how much the benefits of social-skill teaching might be diluted by other voting reforms such as same-day registration.  Read more here .
DEMOCRACY TOMORROW:
INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN  KANSAS ELECTIONS

SEPTEMBER 8,  9:30am-4pm
Wichita State University
Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Rm 180
5015 E. 29th Street N., Wichita

Featuring a bipartisan group of some of the nation's leading experts on election administration, strategies for increasing citizen participation, and voting rights.
 
Registration is required to attend;
registration and more information about the event can be found here.

Lmited number of hotel scholarships also available for attendees outside of the Wichita metropolitan area. 
 
Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested, and we  hope to see you there!

COMPLETE EVENT CALENDAR AVAILABLE here.
SATURDAY, AUG. 26, 10:30 AM
Aero Plains Brewing, 117 N. Handley

Women's March on Air Capital and Summer of Sisterhood have teamed up with Fearless and Female and SheHopes for an incredible Women's Equality day event!
  • Including a personal safety class by Fearless & Female (Stabby kitties available!!)
  • Food by Let'm Eat Brats
  • Brews by Areo Plains
  • Puppies from Beauties & Beast
Music and wonderful women speakers from various, local organizations discussing their passion and what Women's Equality means in our time. Celebrating our sisters before us who fought for our right to vote! 

This is a free event, with a recommended donation to the SheHopes organization: 
Suggested donation of girls/women's underwear sizes 2T-adult.  We may not think of underwear as being a lifesaving/changing item but to many young girls and women: underwear = hope.

MORE DETAILS TO COME. STAY TUNED!

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 .
THE KANSAS RACE FOR GOVERNOR GETS CROWDED
Stephen Koranda, kmuw 89.1
A year from now, Kansans could be in the middle of the biggest primary battle for governor in recent history.
With Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer poised to finish the term of Gov. Sam Brownback - likely to leave soon for an ambassador job - candidates are lining up for the 2018 contest.  Washburn University political scientist Bob Beatty said the state has seen crowded primaries in the past,
but it's unusual to have so many high-profile candidates in one race.
Listen here .
EDITORIAL: IN KANSAS AND MISSOURI, SOMETIMES GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY DOES GOOD STUFF
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, The Kansas City Star
One of the problems with the cut-taxes-first approach to governing in Kansas and Missouri is that sometimes basic, block-and-tackle functions of government get slashed in the process and left by the side of the road.
Case in point: the lack of inspectors in Kansas to certify new kidney dialysis centers, which The Star reported on last week.  The result is a state with eight nearly new dialysis clinics that can't be heavily used because Kansas is so far behind on inspections.  Read more here .
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  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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Mail your check to:
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HEALTH CARE POLICY COULD SET APART CANDIDATES FOR KANSAS GOVERNOR
Stephen Koranda, KPR
There are at least seven Republicans formally running, and at least four have statewide political experience in Kansas. They'll agree on some issues, but Washburn University political Scientist Bob Beatty says health care policy will create divisions.
"The health care issue, specifically Medicaid expansion, will be one of the key issues as we go into forums and debates," says Beatty.
Beatty points out that three of the GOP candidates have connections to the health care industry.
"That may be an issue where they try to differentiate themselves from each other," says Beatty.  Listen here .
KRIS KOBACH'S DESPICABLE AFFILIATION WITH EXTREMIST GROUPS OFFENDS KANSANS
The Editorial Board, Kansas City Star
The Social Contract Press is a quarterly journal with cover titles such as "The Menace of Islam," "Victims of Immigration" and "Refugee Racket." It is blatantly xenophobic and holds a spot on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups.
Any sensible politician would avoid having anything to do with it.
Yet there was Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, proudly participating in a writer's workshop sponsored by the group last week in Washington, D.C.
Sadly, those affiliations have not harmed Kobach's political career and may even have helped it. But by nurturing them, he participates in the harassment and marginalization of some of the very citizens he is sworn to represent.
That's despicable behavior by an elected official.  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  1-888-VOTESMART .
  REV. DR. WILLIAM  BARBER 
SPEECH & MASS RALLY

MONDAY, AUG. 21, 7:00pm
First United Methodist Church
600 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka

As head of the NAACP of North Carolina, Rev. Barber led the "Moral Mondays" resistance to the right-wing agenda of cutting social services, disenfranchising voters, and the re-segregation of North Carolina.  Now Rev. Barber is stepping down as head of the NAACP to take his work to the national level, targeting states like Kansas that have seen the social safety net removed.

Please consider attending Rev. Barber's speech and mass rally and join with the Kansas Peoples Agenda to build a broad coalition to take up a campaign at the state level. 

Please share this information with others in your networks that may be interested.
For additional information click here.
SAMPLE WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY PROCLAMATION
Proclamation Designating  August 26, 2017
as Women's Equality Day  

WHEREASthe women of the United States have historically been treated as second-class citizens and have often been denied the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and 

WHEREAS , the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to ALL citizens equally, and 

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which culminated a 72-year, non-violent campaign to extend the right to vote to women, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and 

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
that the (name of elected body or elected official or commanding officer) recognizes the commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America won their right to vote, as an opportunity to continue to work for equal rights for ALL citizens.

Visit the National Women's History Project website at www.nwhp.org.
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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RENOWNED JOURNALIST
TO SPEAK AT BETHEL
TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 7:00PM
Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts  Center,  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,
September 12, 7:00 p.m. 

More details  later, but mark your calendar NOW.
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VOTERS IN SUSPENSE?
Which Kansas counties keep  highest number of would-be voters  in suspense?  See the numbers  by  county here .
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