August 8 , 2017
STATEWIDE OFFICES UP FOR GRABS IN LIVELY 2018 ELECTION
Mary Clarkin, The Hutchinson News
"You've got a situation here where both parties see great opportunity," Loomis said.
So volatile is the 2018 campaign that Friends University's political science professor Russell Fox can see a short list of actual candidates after would-be contenders decide prior to the June 1, 2018, filing deadline not to run after all. He also can envision the opposite - a crowded field.
Although June 1 is the last day to file to run, absent exceptional circumstances, the latest a person can realistically announce for a major office like governor is this coming January or February, said the Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clayton Barker in an email. That gives the person time to form a team and raise money, but even then, he or she faces an uphill climb.  "I think anybody who has ambitions can see a possible way to become the nominee," Loomis said.
Read more here.
A YEAR AFTER PRIMARY VICTORIES, MODERATE REPUBLICANS BRACE FOR 2018
Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
Moderate Republicans in Kansas made national headlines when they ousted a number of conservative lawmakers a year ago, ultimately contributing to the demise of Gov. Sam Brownback's tax cuts.
In another year, many will face their first reelection battle. Will they survive?
Sen. Dinah Sykes, a Lenexa Republican who ousted a more conservative incumbent Republican last year, said she is cautiously optimistic that electoral politics won't infect the Legislature next year.
"Of course, we want to be re-elected," Sykes said. "But I think if you're doing the job and listening to the constituents and being open with them, then you're going to be re-elected for doing the job that you're doing."
Read more here.
JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED? WOMEN IN MEDICINE FLOOD THE BALLOT
Torey Van Oot, Refinery 29
Pediatrician Mai-Khanh Tran exudes the sort of sunny, pleasant, and calm disposition you might expect of someone who works with kids all day. But the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has made the Southern California doctor "absolutely angry."
Tran decided to do something about it. And she didn't stop at flooding the U.S. Capitol phone lines.  In June, she decided to run for office herself.
She isn't the only one. Health professionals across the country are throwing their stethoscopes in the proverbial ring ahead of next year's midterms, running for everything from Congress to City Council. Many, including some on the ballot this year, are Democrats hoping to ride the wave of public outrage over the health care fight into office. And, mirroring the greater trend of women entering politics in the wake of the 2016 election, a notable number of these political physicians are female. Read more here.
"We need their voices in this fight,
because they understand why it's so important   to strengthen our health care system --  not to demolish it. Perspectives matter,  and theirs are essential."

Stephanie Schriock, President of Emily's List
A monthly column by Heidi Holliday, Executive Director, Kansas Center for Economic Growth

FEDERAL TAX PLAN THREATENS KANSAS' FISCAL RECOVERY
Tax cuts for the wealthy, extreme revenue loss, deep funding cuts to schools and to other public investments that create thriving communities.
Sound familiar, Kansas? It should.

Just one year after Kansas voters began the process of rejecting the Brownback tax plan and two months after lawmakers voted to end its most harmful provisions, a dangerous debate is beginning in our nation's capital.
At the center of the debate is a pernicious ideology championed by Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, the principal architects of Kansas' tax experiment and current advisors to President Trump.

Kansans learned the hard way that we can't cut our way to prosperity. After five years of economic stagnation, nine rounds of budget cuts, two sales tax increases, and three credit rating downgrades, Kansans rejected this ideology. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worked together, put aside political differences, and put the well-being of Kansans first. Now it's time for us to do the same at the national level.

The Trump tax plan would cost at least $4.8 trillion in federal revenue over the next decade, according to a recent analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).  [1] This loss in federal revenue is certain to result in even deeper cuts to public infrastructure and programs Kansans depend on, right as our state begins down the path to fiscal stability. The House budget proposed in July already threatens investments in education, health care, food assistance, services for children and the elderly, and infrastructure, and the Trump tax plan would exacerbate these cuts.

Trump's tax plan is built off a broken premise - that tax cuts promote economic growth. Kansas is a cautionary example of the error of this idea.

Our state, and our country, can't afford another reckless experiment.

[1] "50-State Analysis of Trump's Tax Outline: Poorer Taxpayers and Poorer States are Disadvantaged", read  more here .
SUPPLY SIDERS STILL PUSH WHAT DOESN'T WORK
Noah Smith, BoombergView
The case for supply-side economics is by now so familiar that it's almost a catechism. First, the supply-siders will point out that economic growth is slow. They'll remind us how much better things were in the 1980s (and, occasionally, the 1990s). Then they'll recommend growth be increased through a mix of tax cuts, deregulation and fiscal austerity.
A  recent essay by John Cogan, Glenn Hubbard, John Taylor and Kevin Warsh sticks very closely to this standard script.
A number of economists and writers have already highlighted the flaws in Cogan et al.'s essay. Berkeley's Brad DeLong  points out that although Cogan et al. claim that productivity growth "rose markedly through the 1980s and 1990s," it was actually fairly slow during much of that time period.  Read more here:
THIS TIME, DO SCHOOL FUNDING PROPERLY
Davis Merritt, The Wichita Eagle
Any day now, the Kansas Supreme  Court could hand the Kansas Legislature, just recovering from its harrowing 2017 session, a $600 million headache.
It's time for everyone to recognize the necessity and duty to commit the money, however the courts and legislature arrive at an amount. That number should be thought about in the context of annual tax income from all sources, which presently is $7.531 billion. Thus, even $600 million would be about 8 percent; half of that - $300 million - would be 4 percent.
That's not catastrophic, and the political calculation would be greatly simplified if we each accept that it's an equally shared obligation. Develop a formula to raise each tax by an amount proportionate to its contribution and complete the job.  Read more here .
LEGISLATORS URGE EDUCATION ADVOCATES TO STAY POLITICALLY ENGAGED
Kansas Association of School Boards
Three legislators who voted for increased school funding and the tax changes to support K-12 and other parts of the state budget urged education advocates to stay politically engaged to protect the new direction of Kansas.
State Reps. Russ Jennings of Lakin, Bradley Ralph of Dodge City and John Wheeler of Garden City offered brief comments Wednesday during KASB's advocacy tour on "A New Day in Kansas Education."
KASB urges school board members, administrators, legislators, State Board members, and local leaders to attend these sessions. You don't need to register and there is no cost.  Below is a schedule of meetings.
  • Wednesday, August 9
  • Thursday, August 10
  • Friday, August 11
To get more details of scheduled meetings, and to read entire article, click here.
KANSAS' BATTLE ABOUT SCHOOLS
Julie Doll, The Hutchinson News
Education is the surest, most sustainable investment we can make in both children and in the state's economic future. Nothing else - economic development zones, huge tax breaks or regulatory relief - comes with better odds.
But the education needs to be solid. Just funding public schools adequately isn't enough. Funding schools and universities without also requiring standards and measuring results does little to ensure that students are well educated.
In Kansas, battles have been waged in the Legislature and the courts over how much money is enough for elementary and secondary schools. There also are arguments about whether the state should divert more funds to private schools and home schools.
Read more here .
KRIS KOBACH IS LEADING THE MOST INSIDIOUS DIMENSION OF TRUMP'S ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
The Republican presidential tactic of crippling agencies you don't like by putting either the incompetent or the actively hostile in charge of them didn't begin in 2017. (Blessings on your memory, James Watt!) But this particular president's administration may be the apotheosis of the form. You have Betsy DeVos running the Department of Education and preparing to hand every schoolchild in America over to the tender mercies of Creationist cranks and the assembled tramps and thieves of the education "reform" movement. You have energy industry sublet Scott Pruitt making a dog's breakfast out of the EPA's mission.
But the single most malevolent ethical dwarf in this incredible array of boobs and vandals may be Kris Kobach, the godfather of the national movement to suppress the votes of people the GOP would prefer not to exercise the franchise, and author of some of the most extreme anti-immigration strategies since the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. In Kobach's mind, of course, these go hand-in-hand in the fight against "voter fraud," which also exists largely between Kobach's ears.  Read more here .
KOBACH TRIES TO AVOID ANSWERING QUESTIONS UNDER OATH
Roxana Hegeman, The Washington Post
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is seeking to avoid answering questions under oath about two documents containing plans for changes to U.S. election law.
Kobach, who is also vice chairman of Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, filed a notice late Monday saying he is appealing to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals an order to submit to a deposition by the American Civil Liberties Union in a voting rights case. The closed deposition is scheduled for Thursday.
The ACLU told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Kobach's appeal of the deposition order to the 10th Circuit is "bizarre."  Read more here .
TRUMP'S DARTH VADER OF VOTER SUPPRESSION
Miles Mogulescu, Huffpost
Kobach was already fairly prominent in conservative political circles and in the Koch network. The Kansan drafted Arizona's S.B. 1070, what the ACLU called the "Driving While Brown Law," that empowered local police to pull over drivers and ask for proof of their immigration status. Most of the Act was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Flash forward to May, 2017, and Kobach stands next to President Trump and Vice President Pence in the Rose Garden as Trump announces that Kobach will lead Trump's new "Voter Integrity Commission" to root out alleged voter fraud and double voting, allegations that are disputed by most voting experts.
The Commission is Crosscheck on steroids, now fueled by the power of the Presidency, and is likely to be used to justify further voter suppression in coming elections. If Trump and Republicans used voter suppression to steal the 2016 election, there's reason to be even more worried about the 2018 and 2020 elections.
It may be Americans, more than Russians, who are the biggest threat to our democracy. Time for a new Voting Rights movement?  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?

COMPLETE EVENT CALENDAR AVAILABLE here.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 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 .
GOVERNOR BROWNBACK EARNS MIXED GRADES ON FIVE KEY POLICY GOALS
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback took a pit stop in his Topeka gubernatorial campaign headquarters in 2010 to outline five policy objectives that voters ought to view as benchmarks for evaluating his performance.
The "Road Map for Kansas," he said, would feature increases in net personal income and private-sector employment. The candidate promised, if elected, more fourth-graders would read at grade level and high school graduates would be better prepared for college or work. He vowed to lower the number of children living in poverty.  Read more here .
DEEP BACKGROUND: WHAT BROWNBACK LEAVES BEHIND IN KANSAS
Scott Canon, The Kansas City Star
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback steps onto a previously obscure part of the international stage, leaving a notable legacy of political wins and losses in his state.  In the latest " Deep Background podcast, the Star's Bryan Lowry and Dave Helling mull Brownback's time in the Statehouse, where he oversaw sweeping tax cuts and the budget troubles that followed. His economic policies were essentially reversed this year by a legislature that changed dramatically with the fall of Brownback's political fortunes.
Listen here.
COLYER PROMISES NEW TONE: 'WHAT'S HAPPENED HAS HAPPENED'
Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer - who may soon be governor - on Friday said "what's happened has happened" in response to a legislative session that saw the rollback of Gov. Sam Brownback's 2012 tax cuts and the creation of a new school funding formula that added spending.
Colyer told the Wichita Pachyderm Club he is more interested in where the state is headed now.
"I'm listening more now, and I think what we do is we change the tone," Colyer said.  Read more here .
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VoteRunLead is proud to have trained over 15,000 women for political leadership. 
Find other women in your area and get connected.  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.

Basic membership $60.00
Contributing member $150.00
Sustaining member $500.00
Student member $30.00

Mail your check to:
Women for Kansas
P.O. Box 8774
Wichita, Kansas 67208

Or charge your credit card via  PayPal
(You are not required to have a PayPal account).
While we've always known the month your dues were received, we hadn't figured out how to remind you of your renewal date. Now the problem is solved. Now, no matter the month you become a dues-paying member, we'll send you a renewal reminder a year later. A bit more figuring and time for us but worth it.
 
Need we say? 2018 will be a critically important year for Kansas and for Women for Kansas. We will elect a new governor, work to retain the moderates we helped put in the statehouse and vote out the remaining extremists. To ensure that the 13 W4K Chapters around the state remain strong and working for all of us requires money.

Your dues are critical ... and now, whether you become a member in January or July, we're able to confirm your annual renewal date.
 
FYI: If your dues exceed $75, we'll send tax-deductible receipt for the difference.
EDITORIAL: KOBACH IS NOT DOING HIS JOB
J-W Editorial Staff
Secretary of state had a legal obligation to publicize new voting schedule, but he did very little.
Instead of helping President Donald Trump promote the myth of wide-spread voter fraud around the U.S., Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should spend more time serving the voters of Kansas.
But beyond putting some information on the secretary of state's website, there is no evidence that Kobach's office promoted the election change with advertising or public service announcements. It appears that Kobach's office did little at all to create awareness of the new primary date.  Hopefully, Kobach will do a better job promoting election awareness between now and November. He certainly can't do much worse.  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.
ALEC PUSH FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION HITS A ROADBLOCK OF INFIGHTING, LEGAL QUESTIONS
Mary Bottari, Moyers & Company
Originally posted at Exposed by CMD
With Republicans in control of 32 state legislatures, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been actively pushing the idea of a second Constitutional Convention to rewrite the US Constitution.
The overall effort being pushed by the hyper-partisan ALEC and its allies left law school professor David Super of Georgetown University shaking his head. "When you are pushing a narrow, partisan agenda for constitutional change, planning amendments when you can have the most partisan advantage, you do a lot of damage to the Constitution as a unifying force," said Super. "Everyone has things they don't like in the Constitution, but we should all agree that the Constitution is for all of us, bigger than any one political party."
Read more here.
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
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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.
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Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues.  Sign up 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 St. N, Wichita

This convening will feature 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.

A limited number of hotel scholarships are also available for attendees outside of the Wichita metropolitan area. 
 
Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who might be interested, and we
hope to see you on Sept. 8!




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 .
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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