January 16, 2018
AFTER ROCKY START, KANSAS LAWMAKERS PREPARE FOR WEEK 2 OF 2018 SESSION
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
Kansas lawmakers got off to a rocky start in the first week of the 2018 legislative session, and many are hoping things will calm down when the second week begins Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
It began Monday, Jan. 8, with the publication in the Garden City Telegram of racially charged remarks by Rep. Steve Alford, R-Ulysses, who suggested black people have an innate character and genetic makeup that make them more prone to drug abuse.
On Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback delivered a State of the State address that appeared to fall flat on both sides of the aisle, especially after he suggested phasing in a $600 million increase in school funding over five years, with no tax increase.
The tension skyrocketed Wednesday when lawmakers saw the details of his budget plan, which analysts say would put the state in a deep hole by 2020.  Read more here .
LAWMAKERS SAY BUDGET WON'T BALANCE
Allison Kite & Tim Carpenter,
Posted in The Garden City Telegram
Gov. Sam Brownback's budget sparked immediate backlash Wednesday as members of his own party questioned the wisdom of his proposed massive increase in spending on K-12 education he promised would not be accompanied by a tax increase.
"The governor - despite borrowing and delaying payments - chose to spend over $100 million in new spending on top of $600 million in increased funding for schools," Wagle said. "This budget pays for the Brownback/Colyer wish list on the backs of working Kansans."
The budgets for this year and next balance only by further delaying state payments to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and drawing from the Kansas Department of Transportation. If legislators want to stop sweeping and delaying those funds, they'll face a budget hole in 2020 even without a hike in school spending.
Read more here.
KS LEGISLATOR PROPOSES MEASURE ENDING ANONYMOUS BILLS
US News & World Report
A Kansas  lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would end the Legislature's practice of bills being proposed that do not publicly name the sponsor.
A proposal from Rep. Stephanie Clayton, a Republican from Overland Park, would require bills introduced by a committee to include the name of the person who asked for it. The name would follow the bill through the legislative process.  The Star reported earlier that more than 90 percent of the laws passed in the last decade stemmed from bills whose authors were anonymous, which means the public doesn't know who sponsored a bill or that person's motivation.  Read more here .

COME ON, KS LAWMAKERS. PUTTING NAMES ON BILLS AND AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE EASY
By the Kansas City Star Editorial Board, The Kansas City Star
Let's be clear: Kansas must immediately end the practice of introducing measures by committee instead of attaching the name of a specific member of the body. In 2016, more than nine out of 10 bills passed had no named sponsor.
This should be a threshold issue for every Kansan. If any lawmaker tells you he or she can't function without anonymous bills, he or she is endorsing secret government. Period.  Read more here .
THE GOODBYE/GOOD LUCK BUDGET
Paul Johnson, Kansas Rural Center
Governor Sam Brownback continues as Governor waiting for his confirmation before the United States Senate to the post of ambassador for international religious freedom. Uncertainty exists over who is making the key decisions on budget and revenues. Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer waits in the wings while selecting key cabinet positions such as the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. Governor Brownback gave his final State of the State address on Tuesday evening Jan. 9th.
There is still great uncertainty over the revenue picture.
What is clear is that the Governor proposed the increased spending on education and social services with no proposal for a tax increase. The prayer and hope once again is that magical economic growth will miraculously bail out the fiscal picture for Kansas as the Governor is long gone.
Read more here. To view the Governor's budget, click here.
HOW KPI SURVEY MISLEADS KANSANS IN SCHOOL-FUNDING DEBATE
Davis Merritt, The Wichita Eagle
Kansas legislators struggling with how
to make state funding of schools constitutional were told on January 6 that "nearly 60 percent" of Kansans want the state constitution changed "so that courts are not able to set school funding levels."
The 60-percent figure comes from SurveyUSA research done for the Kansas Policy Institute, Charles Koch's lobbying arm in state affairs. Legislators and taxpayers should be wary of KPI's assertion and take time to read the survey results (Kansaspolicy.org/polling) and analyze the questions asked and those not asked. 
They will find a mixture of push polling - designed to produce a desired result - misleading, sometimes unintelligible wording and a bit of voodoo math.
Read more here.
SCHOOLS FOR FAIR FUNDING: KANSANS DESERVE BETTER
Justin Henry, Alan Rupe, & John Robb
Hays Post
Kansans deserve better.
In response to the Supreme Court's decision in Gannon V, legislative leaders in both public and private meetings have been warning Kansans that complying with the decision would force other areas of the Kansas budget to suffer. This rhetoric is being spread in an attempt to scare Kansans, and to force support for an ill-advised attempt to alter the education article in the Kansas Constitution. This strategy is not new; legislative leaders have used this strategy before to try to avoid their constitutional duty. Kansans did not fall for it in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2016. Kansans should not fall for it in 2018 either.
We stand ready to work with public policy leaders and advocates to make the transition to compliance as smoothly as possible. Kansans should expect nothing less.
Read more here.
BROWNBACK'S SCHOOLS PLAN FAILS TO IMPRESS KANSAS
Jon Parton, Courthouse News
With one foot out the door, a Kansas governor leaves the state in an education funding crisis.
Now Gov. Sam Brownback, awaiting congressional confirmation for a diplomatic job, has given state lawmakers the sign that they're on their own in Kansas's long and unsuccessful struggle to fund its public schools adequately.
Kansas has been addressing, or failing to address the problem for 45 years.
Kansas faced enormous budget deficits after Brownback's first-term tax cuts failed to bring in the jobs he promised.
If a plan can't be worked out in time, Kansas schools risk being closed by the supreme court this fall. In a midterm election year for the entire state House, that's a scenario that could be more damaging to Kansas politicians than a tax increase.
So after 45 years of on-and-off litigation, the future of Kansas schools is still unclear - even whether they will open in the fall.  Read more here .
GOP, DEMOCRATS URGE BROWNBACK TO POSTPONE MEDICAID REMODELING
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
Republican and Democratic legislators Wednesday pressured the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback to reconsider plans to seek federal approval of changes in Medicaid services for 400,000 of the state's disabled and elderly residents.
"We must address the problems with KanCare 1.0 before the next steps are taken," Wagle said. "We firmly believe that mental and behavioral health need to be addressed."
A joint statement from Wagle, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, Senate budget committee chairwoman Carolyn McGinn and Sen. Vicki Schmidt, who chairs the Senate's health committee, said "there is no certain path forward for KanCare 2.0 at this time."  Read more here .
KANSAS SENATOR SAYS KEEP PRESSURE ON ADMINISTRATION TO FINISH NAFTA
NAFB, KTIC 107.9 Bull
Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran headlined a weekend discussion at the American Farm Bureau national convention titled "What's the latest on the upcoming Farm Bill?"
I will continue to insist the administration remembers the importance that agricultural trade plays in the economy."
Read more here.
NC GERRYMANDERING CASE SETS STAGE FOR SUPREME COURT SHOWDOWN OVER STATE REDISTRICTING, EXPERT SAYS
Mike Krings, KU News Service
A three-judge panel struck down North Carolina's congressional map this week, a decision that state Republicans vowed to challenge and could have long-term effects on the redistricting practice known as gerrymandering, election experts say.
The decision may also lend support to two other challenges to gerrymandering currently before the Supreme Court.
"The North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case will go to the Supreme Court, which will have to determine whether states controlled by one political party will continue to see the redistricting process used to perpetuate that party's control of state and federal elections," Johnson said.
Read more here.
OUR VIEW: KOBCH WON'T EASE UP ON SELFISH QUEST
The Garden City Telegram
Secretary of State Kris Kobach's antics grow more ridiculous by the day.
His tireless quest to prove rampant voter fraud that doesn't exist now involves a former Garden City Community College student.  As a 19-year-old at GCCC, Bailey McCaughey voted in the 2016 presidential election in Finney County without knowing her mother in Colorado already had submitted her mail-in ballot.
She's among the latest targets of a self-serving Republican who's desperate to uncover and prosecute anything - including a scant few honest mistakes among voters in Kansas - to power his crusade.
The real fraud, meanwhile, is Kobach's claim of illegal immigrants flooding to the polls.  Read more here .
ACLU WANTS KOBACH HELD IN CONTEMPT, SAYS HE DISREGARDED COURT ORDER
Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
The American Civil Liberties Union wants KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach held in contempt of court, arguing he disregarded a court order to register voters.
The ACLU filed court documents late Monday seeking a contempt order, or asking a judge to order Kobach to update election procedures to make clear that those seeking to register to vote in federal elections at Department of Motor Vehicle locations are exempt from a Kansas law that requires proof of citizenship to register.
The ACLU says Kobach, who is running for governor, is refusing to correct errors in his manual for local election officials and is not ensuring that voters who register at DMV sites in accordance with an earlier court order are receiving certificates of registration saying they can vote.
"These violations could be cured easily...Yet, despite numerous efforts by Plaintiffs over the past six months to obtain Defendant's compliance, Defendant has refused, and has stated that he will not take corrective action even if final judgment is rendered against him after trial," an ACLU court filing says.  Read more here .
2018 WICHITA WOMEN'S MARCH'S SIGN PAINTING PARTY
Hosted by Makenzi Jones, Brandi Calvert & Jessica Nicolet
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 5-9 PM
The Fusion Restaurant
1812 W. Douglas, Wichita

We thought it would be amazing to organize a sign painting party for the 2018 Womens March... So, here it is!
The Fusion Restaurant is opening its doors to us on Jan. 18 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm for our sign making party.

If you're able to bring or donate supples, what we need are: poster-board, paint stir sticks, markers, bingo dabbers & duct tape (or anything that will make a great poster).
If you're unable to bring supples, that's okay!! Just bring your glorious self! Can't wait to see your there!

WOMEN'S MARCHES AROUND THE STATE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018

Hosted by Women's March Air Capital Wichita Kansas
MARCH TO THE POLLS - WICHITA
FROM 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Rally at City Hall, 455 N. Main Street, Wichita

Last year, we came together making our voices heard - that Women's rights are human rights, to fight for equality and stand up to environmental & social injustices.
We have a number of incredible Women speakers and live music. Help spread the word. Follow us on Facebook.

AFTER THE MARCH LUNCH, MEET & GREET
Hosted by the Fusion Restaurant & Women's March Air Capital
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2-4:30pm
The Fusion Restaurant,  1812 W. Douglas, Wichita

Come to The Fusion Restaurant, 1812 W. Douglas Ave, after we march to the polls to fill up on warm delicious Fusion food. Meet and greet fellow march attendees, candidates, and members of our wonderful community!
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WE MARCH AGAIN - PITTSBURG
FROM 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Pritchett Pavilion, 2nd & Broadway, Pittsburg

The theme of our march is   #MeToo   to show solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
We will meet at PSU near the flagpole in front of Russ Hall and march (on the sidewalk) to Pritchett Pavilion at 2nd and Broadway, where we will have a rally with speakers and (hopefully) music. If you are unable to walk that far, please join us at the Pavilion for the rally.
Get creative with your signs!
We're looking forward to seeing you all there!
Visit our Facebook page here.
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STILL MARCHING - LAWRENCE
FROM 1:00 - 3:00 PM
South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

A sister march in solidarity with the Women's March 2018 in Washington, D.C., Visit Facebook page here.
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Our goal this year is to encourage  and ensure participation in the 2018 mid term elections.

HEAR OUR VOICE.
NOW HEAR OUR VOTE!

Hosted by Women's March on Washington - Kansas
POWER TO THE POLLS:
WOMEN'S MARCH ON TOPEKA
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 1-3 PM
State Capitol Building
SW 8th & SW Van Buren, Topeka

Speakers to be announced soon

The Power to the Polls Women's March on Kansas is planned for Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Speakers will include KS legislators and political candidates.

The march will mirror the National Women's March focus to "register new voters and harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values and collaborate with our partners to elect more progressive
women candidates to office." Visit the Facebook page here.
RUNNING FOR OFFICE 101: CAMPAIGN SCHOOL LED BY KATE COYNE-MCCOY
Hosted by Kansas Chapter NASW
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 9am - 4pm
Sylvester Powerll Jr. Community Center
6200 Marway St., Mission, KS
$25 Tickets available at squareup.com.

If you have ever heard thought about running for office
 and wondered what is all involved to run a campaign
 this is the workshop for you. 

Kansas Chapter of NASW has joined together with the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus to have a training led by Kate Coyne-McCoy, MSW. Kate is a social worker, community organizer, and former candidate for congress. She is also the lead faculty at the Nancy Humpreys Institute for Political Social Work.  This workshop led by Kate Coyne-McCoy, President of Campaign Fixer who has trained more than 8,000 candidates and assisted with hundreds of successful elections. She designed and implemented candidate trainings for Emily's List and for Harvard University while serving as the Fellow at the Women's Public Policy Program.  Visit Facebook page here .






In 2016, Women for Kansas was widely credited with helping return the state to moderation. We registered voters, cast our own votes, ran for office, campaigned for candidates, kept informed via News We Can Use, and participated in Women for Kansas Chapter meetings across the state.
 
2018 will be an even greater challenge...so many offices, so many candidates: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, insurance commissioner, 8 KS Court of Appeals Judges, 2 U.S. Senators, 4 U.S. House members, 125 Kansas House members and 1 state senator (13th district). 
 
It could seem daunting without Women for Kansas leading the way, keeping you informed on the issues and candidates. Our journey to continued moderation, however, rests on your support. And now, there are 2 ways to give:
 
Women for Kansas Civic Group:
A 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the Civic Group is our primary and membership organization, providing support for our staff and advocacy activities. It is the most flexible funding source and the best choice for donors. Donations are not tax deductible but are the most flexible way to support our advocacy work.To use PayPal, click here.
 
Women for Kansas:
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, W4K engages in non-partisan, non-political educational activities on behalf of our shared values. Donations to Women for Kansas are tax deductible. To use PayPal, click here.
 
To donate by check:  address your envelope (and make your check payable to) either Women for Kansas Civic Group or Women for Kansas. Send to P.O. Box 8774, Wichita, KS 67208.

Annual Support levels:  Basic $75, Contributing $150, Sustaining $500 & above, and student $30.
KS GOV. SAM BROWNBACK DELIVERS ANNUAL STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
Fox4kc.com
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his final State of the State address Tuesday night in front of a joint session of legislature.  Watch the full Kansas State of the State in the video here .
KS CENTER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH REACT TO GOV'S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
Heidi Holliday, Mark Desetti, Sarah LaFrenz and Rise Up, Kansas members react to Gov. Sam Brownback's final State of the State speech.  Watch   here .
LOUD LIGHT: WEEK 1 RECAP
Davis Hammet, LoudLight
Welcome back. Here's your super-packed 3-minute recap of the first week of the [2018] Kansas Legislative session.
Lobbyist legislators, racist comments, missing money, and more!  Watch here .

MIC
From Tarana Burke to Maxine Waters to Danica Roem, 2017 was the year of women conquering the world.
Watch here.  
"The practice of democracy is not passed down  through the gene pool.
It must be taught  and learned anew by each generation of citizens."

Visit iCivics.org to learn more.
SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE!
Your belief in W4K and the work we do to elect and keep moderates in Topeka has created  14 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 .
  
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. Our work, supported 100% by individual, private donations, now gives you 2 options:

Women for Kansas Civic Group
A 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the Civic Group
is our primary and membership organization, providing support for our staff and advocacy activities. It is the most flexible funding source and the best choice for donors.
Donations are not tax deductible
but are the most flexible way to support our advocacy work.

Women for Kansas
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, W4K engages in non-partisan, non-political educational activities on behalf of our shared values. Donations to Women for Kansas are tax deductible.

Basic support $75.00 year
Contributing support $150.00 year
Sustaining support $500.00 year
Student support $30.00 year

Mail your check to:
Women for Kansas Civic Group
( or) Women for Kansas
P.O. Box 8774
Wichita, Kansas 67208

Pay online with PayPal:
W4K Civic Group, click here.
Women for Kansas,  click here.

(You are not required to have a PayPal account).
DOJ: KOBACH CAN'T SPEAK TO WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH VOTER FRAUD PANEL'S DATA
Tierney Sneed, Talking Points Memo
The Justice Department, in court filings Thursday, pushed back on a federal judge's order that Kris Kobach file a declaration clarifying how his now-defunct voter fraud commission is handling state voter roll data.
Kobach and President Trump himself - in his statement announcing he was terminating the commission - have suggested that the Department of Homeland Security would be taking over the commission's work, which included a controversial request for state voter roll data that Kobach said he wanted to compare to DHS data on non-citizens.
Confusion also arose, after the dissolution of the commission, over a claim that Sarah Huckabee Sanders made that the commission's "preliminary findings" were also being handed over to the DHS for it to assess.
"The Commission did not create any preliminary findings.  Read more here .
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  here .
WHO IS RUNNING FOR KANSAS GOVERNOR AND WHERE DO THEY STAND ON THE ISSUES?
The 2018 campaign for Kansas governor is producing a large number of candidates but what do we know about them? Get to know the Republican, Democratic, and Independent candidates and where they stand on the issues from their websites. A complete list of candidate websites and links are available here .
BECOME A PRECINCT COMMITTEE WOMAN!
There are two precinct chairs for each Kansas legislative District, one of each gender, for each party. Precinct Chair is an elected position, and while it has few duties, it is critical in the democratic process. When a legislator retires during his or her term, the Precinct Chairs are the officials who select the replacement to serve out the term of office. Since the last election in 2014, at least three legislators retired and were replaced.
For information about Kansas statute describing precinct chairs click here.
Precinct Committeeman/
Committeewoman Candidate's Declaration of Intention application available here.

SOCIAL HEALTH SERIES: CRIME AND SAFETY  
TUES., JANUARY 16, 5:30 PM
Roxy's Downtown, 412½ E. Douglas

Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you.

That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched  Engage ICT: Democracy on TapThese monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life. Always at Roxy's Downtown. Always free and open to all.  Get your questions answered at the next Engage ICT
This month's topic is Crime and Safety, and is the first event in our social health series. We'll discuss crime trends and how to make our community safer for everyone. Appetizers are provided.
AN APPLICATION THAT MAKES IT EASY TO PESTER YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER
Visit Countable here.
Hosted by Women's March Air Capital Wichita and Wichita Orpheum Theatre
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL FILM SCREENING

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 7-9pm
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
200 N. Broadway St., Wichita
$8 ticket information available here .

Wichita Orpheum Theatre is thrilled to partner with Women's March --Air Capital -- Wichita Kansas for a screening of the documentary Equal Means Equal Friday, January 19. Tickets are $8 General Admission and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 5. Visit the Orpheum for more information.
KANSAS COALITION FOR CITIZEN
 PARTICIPATION'S
2018 LOBBY DAY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kansas State Capitol, Visitor Center
SW 8th & SW Van Buren, Topeka

Micah Kubic, Executive Director,
ACLU of Kansas
The 2018 legislative session kicked off earlier this week, and we are excited to do all we can to help pass smart legislation that will strengthen the civil rights and liberties of all Kansans.
First on our agenda is legislation that will increase citizen participation in our elections. Every Kansas citizen should have a voice and a vote in our elections, but too many people are kept out of the democratic process due to bureaucratic hurdles, confusing deadlines, and endless red tape.
We are on a mission to change that, and we need your help. Join us at the Kansas State Capitol on January 23  for the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation's 2018 Lobby Day! You will have the opportunity to meet with your legislators face-to-face to ask them to support legislation that will make it easier for citizens to register to vote and cast a ballot.
If we are going to be successful in strengthening citizen participation in our democracy, we are going to need all hands on deck. I hope you can make it to the capitol on January 23 to ask Legislature to make Kansas a freer and more just home for all.
Visit the website at ACLU of Kansas.
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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