August 22 , 2017
WOMEN'S CAUCUS LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER FOR KANSAS
Alex Tapia, The Cowley Courier Traveler
Nestled within the Kansas Capitol, in a windowless room called "the vault," members of the Kansas House of Representatives Women's Caucus were covering the walls with post-it notes as they put political parties aside and pored over potential tax legislation. In addition to grappling with the complexities of tax policy, they were learning to work together across party lines and driving legislation forward despite rigid political resistance. 
"It started out over a bunch of coffee discussions, and it turned out a lot of us had questions that we weren't getting the answers for," Judd-Jenkins said. 
"With nothing working and the clock ticking, we knew we couldn't pass a budget if we didn't have a  tax plan to support it. ... Recognizing we didn't know enough about (about taxation), we decided to come together in the women's caucus."  Read more here .
VOTER SUPPRESSION IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF THIS ERA
The Editorial Board, The Washington Post
STANDING UP to racism and intolerance is a moral imperative, and those who do, like Heather Heyer , the young woman who died in Charlottesville last Saturday, are champions of American principles. In an era when so many bedrock values are under attack, it's important to think strategically and prioritize the ones worth fighting for.  Many Confederate statues , which memorialize a murderous act of treason on an epic scale in defense of an inhumane institution, deserve to come down or at least be repurposed as museum pieces. Many were erected not just as historical remembrances but as retrograde political statements, mainly in the early 20th century as Jim Crow laws  formally codified racism in the South, and in the 1950s and '60s as a thumb in the eye of the civil rights movement.
The events in Charlottesville should mobilize anyone passionate about civil rights. There would be no better target for their energies than the clear and present danger to the most fundamental right in any democracy: the vote.
Read more here.
IN THE NORTHLAND, A FESTIVAL TO COMBAT THE KOBACH-IZATION OF VOTING RIGHTS
David Hudnall, The Pitch
Before he was a Kansas gubernatorial candidate, and before he was elected Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach was a professor at UMKC's School of Law. Like many who attended the law school between the years of 1996 and 2010, Blake Green took Kobach's constitutional law class. Green, an attorney living in Parkville, earlier this year founded Northland Progress, a political action group that advocates for progressive policies north of the river. Green has watched Kobach's rise with a certain amount of horror.
"I see his national profile being raised and I want to warn people, like: Don't sleep on this guy," Green says. "He's actually very smart, and very affable. And, I think, as a result of that, very dangerous. He has this wholesome persona that disguises a lot of less-than-wholesome intentions."  Read more here .
TRUMP'S VOTER FRAUD BOONDOGGLE -- MORE QUESTIONS, FEW ANSWERS
David Becker, The Hill
Late last month, Secretary of State Kris Kobach,  sent letters to all 50 states, renewing efforts to obtain personal voter data from each state.
This letter was sent solely by Sec. Kobach, and was not cleared beforehand with any of the other commissioners .
Why do they want this voter data and what do they intend to do with it? These questions are key, because even if they obtained the public data available from every state (basically name, address, birth year, political party, and voting history), there is literally no way they can use this to determine anything of value.
Researchers have written extensively on this problem, finding a similar program run by Sec. Kobach that uses slightly more data than the commission will have available (full dates of birth, not just birth year) are almost six times as likely to match a name incorrectly as correctly, and about 200 times more likely to be wrong about double voting as they are correct. And further research confirms that millions of American voters will be erroneously identified as fraudulent voters if the panel proceeds as they seem to intend to.  Read more here .
TAX INCREASE  AND  FALSE RHETORIC
The Salina Journal; posted
in The Hutchinson News
Sam Williams, the former mayoral candidate from Wichita who now
heads the state's Department of Revenue, has sent out a column of old worn half-truths and falsehoods that malign the Kansas Legislature for snatching the state back from the abyss of bankruptcy. Other officials also have begun spreading falsehoods, pretense ginned up by the bedraggled refugees trudging along Sam Brownback's pitted path to prosperity, one that has gone to weed.
In fact, the legislation is less a tax increase than a tax recovery. It reinstates a three-bracket income tax and restarts a flow of reasonable funding for local schools. 
It may sound good to rail on about the evils of taxing and spending, or spread those savage superstitions that enliven campaign folders. But Kansas has learned first-hand that it's one thing to vote for a place with no taxes, and quite another to live in one.  Read more here .
MORAN PEPPERED WITH QUESTIONS
Tim Carpenter, The Garden City Telegram
Moran urged the crowd at an American Legion headquarters to freely share their views, and they pointedly obliged by shouting praise and condemnation as the senator answered audience-written questions drawn randomly from a bowl. The crowd also made their feelings known by raising a green sheet of paper to mark support or a red piece of paper to register opposition.
"That is not where we are," Moran said. "Any action that Congress takes with regard to a president ought to have broad bipartisan support.  Read more here.
KANSAS CAN'T AFFORD MORE OF THE SAME
The Garden City Telegram
The Sunflower State lost 1,200 private-sector jobs in July compared to the previous month, to bring the one-year decline to more than 12,000, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.
Just a year ago, Kansas was at the bottom nationally in losing 5,600 jobs from June to July 2016.
While running for re-election in 2014, Gov. Sam Brownback promised his signature policy of business and personal income-tax cuts would fuel 100,000 new private-sector jobs in his second term. The pledge was a sham, one intended to shield the actual goal of using deep income-tax cuts and the subsequent loss of significant tax revenue as an excuse to shrink state government.
The irresponsible tax cuts did indeed gut the state budget and trigger raids on funds for the poor and disabled, public education, children's assistance, highways and other core services. The governor's camp also pursued excessive borrowing and budgetary gimmicks to fill gaping budget holes.  Sadly, Kansas will be mending the fiscal fallout for years to come.  Read more here .
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS' TO TALK UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN SALINA
KSAL Staff, KSAL.com
The League of Women Voters' 2017 Fall Issues Forum brings one of Kansas' foremost advocates for universal health care to Salina.
Sheldon Weisgrau, Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, will speak at 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 28, in the Prescott Room of Salina Public Library, 301 E. Elm St., Salina.
Weisgrau has more than 30 years of experience in health policy. He has worked in public, private, and nonprofit sectors to ensure  delivery of health care services to rural and underserved communities and to enhance the knowledge and engagement of health care consumers, providers, and policymakers.  Read more here .
STATE'S KANCARE SERVICE RANKED AS 'CAN'T CARE'
Greg Lower, The Chanute Tribune
A report released at the end of July by the firm J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Kansas managed care system last of 36 states with managed care.
The study measured satisfaction based on six factors, in order of importance: provider choice, coverage and benefits, customer service, cost, information and communication, and claims processing.
Cunningham said that Medicaid has two sides to its coin, one side being help for disabled like the clients of Tri-Valley and the other for non-disabled like children or spouses and the working poor.
He said one of the three companies involved in the Kancare managed care system provides decent information, but the other two rarely provide updates.
Read more here.
TRUMP MOVES TO IMPEDE CONSUMER LAWSUITS AGAINST NURSING HOMES
Robert Pear, The New York Times
"The Trump administration is pushing to scrap a rule that would have made it easier for nursing home residents to sue nursing homes for injuries caused by substandard care, abuse or neglect, bringing its campaign to relax federal regulations to the delicate business of care for older Americans.  But both matters are particularly sensitive when it comes to older Americans, especially those in nursing homes where such arbitration agreements have already blocked legal recourse, even in egregious cases."
Read more here.
PETITION ASKS KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO WITHDRAW FROM LETTER ADVOCATING DACA REPEAL
Allison Kite, cjonline.com
A group of organizers, students
 and religious leaders on Tuesday delivered a petition asking Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to remove his name from a joint letter urging President Donald Trump's administration to end a program that protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.
The letter from 10 state attorneys general and one governor sets a deadline of Sept. 5 for the Trump administration to end Deferred Action or Childhood Arrivals, a program created under former President Barack Obama that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Read more here .

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
AND 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.
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!
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 .
KANSAS SHIFTED MODERATE IN 2017, BUT NOT ENOUGH
Mainstream Coalition
MainStream has examined the votes of all current Kansas state legislators, and compiled them into several voting scorecards.  We selected a handful of votes that are representative of the moderate positions most Kansans hold, and calculated a percentage score for each legislator. How did your legislators fare?  View scorecards  here .
DELUGE OF DARK MONEY AND SECRET DONORS COULD FLOOR 2018 ELECTIONS IN MISSOURI AND KANSAS
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, The Kansas City Star
The Club for Growth, which calls itself a "national network of...pro-growth, limited government Americans," has reportedly raised $10 million to help Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley run for the U.S. Senate if he decides to do so.  It's hard to imagine more depressing news - not because we're opposed to Hawley, necessarily, or the Club for Growth.
Instead, the promise of that much cash may be just the first sign of a tsunami of unaccountable outside campaign money headed for Missouri and Kansas elections in 2018.  Read more here .
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  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.
Visit website or call  888-VOTESMART .
WHY ACLU-NH'S LAWSUIT OVER THE STATEWIDE VOTER LIST MATTERED
Gilles Bissonnette, Concord Monitor
Here's what happened in the ACLU-NH's lawsuit, why what the secretary of state initially planned to do was illegal, and why the case's resolution precluding the sharing of this electronic statewide voter list is important.
This litigation could have been avoided if the secretary of state would have simply agreed last June to comply with the law concerning how he must treat the electronic statewide voter list. His decision to reverse course on the eve of last week's court hearing was the right one, and the ACLU-NH applauds it.
Read more 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
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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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KANSAS SCHOOLS SHORT 1500 TEACHERS        
Ashonti Ford, ksn.com
The issues surrounding teacher shortages here in Kansas is not a new conversation, but the numbers are. Currently, the state of Kansas is in need of just over 1,500 teachers and some fear that the number will grow. 
"Our governor and legislature have deliberately starved public education," says Kirkbride. "In my opinion, they would like to do away with public education and privatize everything; which is a huge mistake."  Watch here .
CHALLENGES TO RURAL HEALTH CARE UNDER DISCUSSION
Juno Ogle, Ottawa Herald
Access and transportation are among the top challenges in rural health care, and part of the topics discussed Thursday among a panel at Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays.
Kevin Sparks, CEO of UnitedHealthcare's Community Plan, was part of that panel.
"I hope we can get to a point where we solve some of these problems and we're on to the next one," Sparks said. "That iterative nature of our business is such that we should always be continuing to improve."  Read more 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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
150 N. Cleveland St., Wichita

Hop on the Wichita Transit Q-Line trolley and visit all your favorite female owned small businesses to show these Girl Bosses your support in celebration of Women's Equality Day!

Women's Equality Day is a day to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. Today we celebrate our right to vote, the progress made and the efforts still underway for
women's right to equality!
BIPARTISAN GROUP OF FEMALE KANSAS LAWMAKERS WILL SPEAK AT FHSU FORUM
Hays Post
The Hays/Russell Chapter of Women for Kansas, FHSU Student Government and Phi Kappa Phi are joining to host a public forum with a bipartisan group of female Kansas legislators who helped to find the solution to the tax issue this past legislative session. 
Free and open to the public, the meeting will be held

SEPTEMBER 16, 2:00 PM
Fort Hays State University Memorial Union
700 College Drive, Hays

The representatives will be sharing how/why the caucus formed followed by Q&A about the Caucus itself, the past session, important legislation, upcoming elections, etc.; a little strategic vision about where the caucus is going and then a wrap-up with how to get more people involved in politics.

For more information call Dawn
Berry, (785) 567-3018.



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RENOWNED  JOURNALIST
LEONARD PITTS  TO SPEAK
AT BETHEL COLLEGE

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 7:00PM
MEMORIAL HALL
Bethel College Campus
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 Tues.,  Sept. 12, 7pm 

More details  later, but mark your calendar NOW.
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