January 2, 2018
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.
WOMEN FOR KANSAS 'KICK UP THEIR HEELS' AND JOIN 2017 WOMEN'S MARCH
No way would Women for Kansas miss being part of the historic Air Capital Women's March in Wichita, January 21, 2017. They came from Hutchinson, Pittsburg, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Cowley County, and, of course, Wichita to march in solidarity with 500,000+ marchers in Washington, D.C. and millions across the world. While local organizers had expected 500, the count exceeded 3,000! Worldwide the message was loud and clear:  women's rights are human rights.
WOMEN'S CAUCUS PLAYED PIVOTAL ROLE IN RESTORING SANITY TO KANSAS STATEHOUSE
Jeffrey Ann Goudie, Huffpost
One day an idea floated within a group
of these female legislators. They would leave the building for lunch, and bring back pieces of paper with three things they'd like to accomplish. The group cohered and began meeting, and eventually invited men and committee heads. Rep. Holscher said she likes to say: "We have to draw the circle wide." Sen. Kelly said the tax plan the Women's Caucus crafted was more progressive than the one that passed. Still, the final bill accomplishes significant reforms.
So you could say the Women's Caucus and their flip-charts flipped the atmosphere, or that the class of freshman lawmakers, one-third new faces, made the difference. Or you could also say that inside and outside the Statehouse, folks were tired of letting an entrenched ideologue call the shots. Again, and dramatically this session, our Statehouse belongs to all of us. Read more here.
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.
IT'S  NEVER   TOO EARLY FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Posted in Cowley Courier Traveler
Although the 2018 elections are a year and a half away, Kansans should already be paying attention. The Legislature underwent a drastic political transformation when more than one-third of our lawmakers were replaced in 2016, and this resulted in the passage of a $1.2 billion tax-reform package and other bills that would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago.
But this doesn't mean the political character of Kansas has permanently changed - we'll find out just how moderate the state really is in November 2018. Read more 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.
BUTLER COUNTY WOMEN FOR KANSAS ASKS WHICH ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT
TO YOU?
The Butler County Chapter
 was busy getting out the word about Women for Kansas at the Butler County Department of
Aging Spring Fling in  El Dorado 
on May 3rd.
Attendees were asked which issues  they thought were
important to Kansas. Choices were Funding Education, Affordable Health Care, Fair Taxation, Protecting Equal Voting Rights, the Environment, Supporting the Arts, and Equal Rights for All.  The results of our very unscientific poll?  All of the Above!
DEMOCRAT, LIBERTARIAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES DEBATE IN AUGUSTA
Olivia Haselwood, ElDorado Leader
All three candidates running for the Fourth Congressional seat were invited to a meet and greet and debate Wednesday night at the Augusta Public Library. Only two showed. Candidates James Thompson (D) and Chris Rockhold (L) were on hand to answer questions from residents all across the county for nearly two hours.
The town hall style event was hosted by the  Butler County chapter of Women for Kansas   and covered topics ranging from education and agriculture, to healthcare and taxes. It's purpose was to give all candidates the chance to educate voters on their stance on a variety of issues before the April 11 election. Here's what they had to say in questions asked by moderator Annie Wilson. Read more  here.

BUTLER COUNTY HOSTS ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHY KANSAS
The Butler County chapter hosted the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas in El Dorado last Thursday. Sheldon Wisegrau gave a powerful power point emphasizing the impact accepting Medicaid would have on the health of Kansans and the Kansas economy.
1,569 uninsured residents of Butler County would gain health coverage. This would add over $6 million annually to the county economy and create 42 new jobs.



W4K COWLEY WOMEN JOIN COMMUNITY IN WINFIELD LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Sponsored by Winfield Main Street & the Winfield Chamber of Commerce

The parade theme was Storybook Christmas and the W4K women's walking entry was "Telling Her Stories."  Twelve members were costumed as Suffragettes, Lady Liberty, Florence Nightengale, Amelia Earhart, Rosy the Riverter, and Astronaut, Cowgirl, Judge, Teacher, Artist and Surgeon.

When passing by the parade sponsor, Community National Bank, this announcement was read over the microphone: "'Women for Kansas - Cowley County seeks to honor the stories of women's lives, deeds and participation in human affairs. They are inspired by the suffragettes of over 100 years ago. They seek to educate and energize women to become active and informed voters...Women who will advocate for moderate policies and participate in the process of electing moderates to public office...the restoration of integrity, fiscal responsibility and balance to Kansas. They believe that great things never come from staying in your comfort zone"

They had a 5'x3' banner that was affixed to a length of pvc pipe. It included sunflowers across the top and had lights all around the banner. Two laminated logos were affixed to stakes and lit around the edges, along with a 1905 photo of the March for Women's Rights here on Main Street in Winfield. Three women carried the boards in tight formation. We had two members purchase lots of candy, print W4K-CC labels and affix to all the chocolate pieces. Multiple ladies carried bags on the outside of our group and gave candy to lots of interested kids. Lots of young parents with infants and young children!

W4K CC members felt good support for their entry by both women and men in the audience along the street..they waved and cheered them on!
W4K COWLEY COUNTY CREATE DISPLAY
DEDICATED TO WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT
W4K-Cowley County maintains yearly non-profit memberships
in both the Winfield and Arkansas  City Chambers of Commerce.
They got the chance to create
a Winfield Chamber front
window display for the month
of January running thought
the 31st. They chose the
theme, 'Women's Suffrage Movement', and were thrilled
to receive multiple props
on loan from Mary Knecht, Executive Team member.

EMPOWERING WOMEN MORE THAN A CENTURY
The Cowley Courier Traveler
Women for Kansas, Cowley County (W4K-CC) celebrates its 2nd anniversary this fall. Formed in 2015 as a local chapter of the non-partisan Women for Kansas organization. W4K-CC joins 13 other chapters across the state striving to educate and energize Kansans to become active and informed voters.
Women for Kansas was established in Wichita in April of 2013 by a group of concerned women who, inspired by the Suffragists and their march on Washington 100 years earlier, determined that grassroots action was needed to change politicians and policies in Topeka that were forcing inequality and economic hardship on the state.
They organized a rousing 2014 convention in Wichita that brought together hundreds of women, invigorating a movement of "taking back Kansas."
To become a member of Women for Kansas or find more information about the statewide organization, visit womenforkansas.org. Read full article here.
SPEAKER: MEDICAID EXPANSION COULD HELP STATE BUDGET
Christina Janney, Hays Post
Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the  Health Reform Resource Project, a foundation-funded initiative to provide education and technical assistance in the implementation of health reform  and the Affordable Care Act, was  invited to speak at the Hays Public Library by Women for Kansas.
About 150,000 people in Kansas make too little to qualify for the Affordable  Care Act, but do not qualify for  Medicaid, Weisgrau said. He said expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was supposed to  cover these people in
the gap, but Kansas has refused to expand Medicaid.
"This is not a controversial issue," he said. "It is not a partisan issue. There are some legislators who are honestly not representing their communities." Read more here.
Over the past two years, we've received many requests from women in the Topeka and Lawrence areas who were interested in joining a W4K Chapter.
Until now, we didn't have one. 
Now, thanks to the interest and efforts of go-getters Thai Edwards, Ethel Edwards, and Sue Wine, Women for Kansas has launched its 14th Chapter in the northeast part of the state. The first meeting for W4K Northeast will be November 12, 2:00 pm, at the Oskaloosa Public Library where a representative from Kansas Advancing Women (KAW) will speak. 
Out of curiosity, we checked the numerology meaning of the number 14. It represents a composition of freedom, self-determination, curiosity, wit, and conscientiousness-personal attributes of these Leaders that ensure the success of W4K-14. If you know Thai, Ethel or Sue--and even if you don't--let them know you'll be attending their first meeting!
WOMEN FOR KANSAS SOUTHEAST CHAPTER DISCUSSES "FAKE NEWS"
Pat Dooley,  distinguished Professor Communications, WSUElliott Schools, joined Women for Kansas, Southeast Chapter for a discussion, "Real News,
Fake News: Literacy for the Information Age".  Dooley, noted author of 4 books and Past President, League of Women Voters-Wichita Metro, talked about the age of fake news and its impacts on independent media. The presentation concluded with the very engaged audience participating in an informative 'question and answer' session with Pat.
While we were up against some pretty tough competition, including a PSU football game, the turnout was exceptional.
W4K SUMNER COUNTY KICK-OFF NEW CHAPTER WITH ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
The newly formed W4K Sumner Chapter officially launched on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Organizers Jo Roitman, Kay Ryan, and Michelle Schiltz welcomed visitors from the Sumner County area who want to join other like-minded individuals in encouraging civic engagement and education on issues that effect everyone. Neighboring Cowley County Chapter Leaders Pam Moreno and Tracy Muller came to offer their support. Also attending were State Leadership Group members Mary Knecht and Deanna Zitterkopf. 
SUMNER COUNTY WOMEN FOR KANSAS TO HOST FORMER STATE BUDGET DIRECTOR AT MEETING
IN CALDWELL
Sumner News Cow
Sumner County Women for Kansas will host Duane Goossen, former state budget director, at a meeting at 7:00 p.m., November 16 at Caldwell High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend the meeting which is open to everyone. Goossen will speak on "The Road Ahead to Recovery," at the meeting. Goossen is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth's senior fellow. Before joining the Center, he was a seven-term member of the Kansas House of Representatives and a budget director for 12 years under three governors. Read more here.

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.
WOMEN FOR KANSAS TABLE AT OPEN STREET ICT BRINGS IN A LOT OF INTEREST
It was a wonderful experience,  as the day went on we had lots  of traffic.  It was a most productive day! Many thanks to all the "hands on deck" including members of the W4K men's auxiliary Sam Knecht, Dennis Zitterkopt and the friendly fellow from our neighboring booth the Wichita Park Foundation whose "true grit" helped us raise the tent!
The response was so great from vendors in the downtown area and all the participants that there will surely be
another Open Street in 2018, and W4K will be there again.
W4K WICHITA CHAPTER LIVE STREAM READING OF WO(MANIFESTO)
Members of the Wichita Chapter of W4K came together to live stream themselves reading the Wo(manifesto). Joining others from around the state, Kansans have said clearly and in one voice... WE STAND TOGETHER.
WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY -- A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Women's March on Air Capital and Summer of Sisterhood teamed up with Fearless and Female and SheHopes for an incredible Women's Equality day
event and Women for Kansas' own Mary Knecht and Lynn Stephan joined Laura Lombard and other dedicated women from around the state at Aero Plains Brewing on Saturday, August 26, 2017 for the Women's Equality -- Personal Safety Celebration.
Great music and remarkable women speakers from various local organizations discussed their passions and what Women's Equality means today...in our time, all in celebration of our sisters before us who fought for our right to vote.

Hosted by Women's March Air Capital Wichita Kansas

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
RALLY AT CITY HALL
455 N Main St, Wichita
Speakers and Live Music

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 mobilized. We made history. We created a movement.
Let's do it again!!

On January 20th lets come together and unite to reaffirm
our commitment to building a positive and brighter future for
all and to celebrate the resistance and collective, grassroots efforts over the last year.
Our goal this year is to encourage and ensure participation in the 2018 mid term elections. 

HEAR OUR VOICE.
NOW HEAR OUR VOTE! 

We have a number of incredible Women speakers and live music.
Help spread the word.
 See you on January 20th
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1000'S IN WICHITA MARCH FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Devon Fastbinder, KWCH 12
Thousands of women, men, and children of different races, cultures and walks of life came to support women's rights by marching through Wichita. "We're going to stand up for our rights, we're going to unite, and we're going to fight oppression and injustice and we're not going to go anywhere," said Mary Caruso, a participant. Some people in the crowd said they're marching for the future while some said they march to not forget the past. "I'm here particularly for both of my grandmothers. My grandmother on my mother's side was born before the right to vote," said Georgia Deatrick, another participant.  Watch here .
DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE 2017 WOMEN'S MARCH?
YOU JUST WON A FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OF COURAGE PRIZE
Jeva Lange, The Week
The estimated 3 to 4 million Americans who participated in January's anti-Trump Women's March are being honored with a major prize from PEN America, The Associated Press reports. The PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award is going to the "Women's March" for "galvaniz[ing] a potent global movement to resist infringements on the rights and dignity of women and many other groups."
Past honorees for the Freedom of Expression Courage Award include the French satirical newspaper Charlie
Hebdo and the work of Lee-Anne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who brought the deadly levels of lead in Flint's water supply to national attention.
"We honor the Women's March for acting at a critical moment to overcome the inertia and fear of failure that can impair public mobilization, and for inspiring millions in America and around the world to do the same."  Read more  here .
KANSAS NEEDS MORE THAN A FEW GOOD WOMEN - TO RUN FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE
The Kansas City Editorial Board,  The Kansas City Star
For nearly half a century, a woman held at least one statewide political office in Kansas. Sadly, the women-in-office streak came to an end in 2015. We urge both major parties to work harder to find qualified statewide candidates who are women. And voters should demand that women find a place on the ballot.
Read more here .
GOING THERE: CIVICS 101 --
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN?
Tori Whitley, npr.org
In many countries, citizenship means you are required to  do something. In America, a fundamental right for many is the freedom  from government.
But the 2016 election saw voter turnout at a 20-year low. Some polls show a public either turned off by politics and government, or unwilling to engage with people with different views.
Other polls show many Americans are uninformed when it comes to basic facts about their country.  Read more   here .
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
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Pay online with PayPal:
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TO RAISE AN EMPOWERED GIRL?  THEN LET HER BE FUNNY
Ellen McCarthy, The Washington Post
Laurie Menser was a 7- or 8-year-old when she wandered over to a neighbor's house, slipped a glass eye in her mouth and got the attention of the grown-ups in the room. Then she smacked the back of her head and stuck out her tongue - waiting for laughs.
"They were appalled," she remembers.
The neighbors didn't know that it was Menser's father who'd picked up the fake eye at a yard sale and taught his daughter the gag. Don't worry, he told her, "they just don't get the joke."
Looking back, Menser wonders how the episode might have gone had one element been different: What if she were a boy? Watch here.
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  here .
EXPAND KANCARE RALLY
IN WICHITA
Wed., January 3,  5:30-6:00 pm
Sedgwick County Courthouse
525 N Main St., Wichita

On January 3rd - right before the South Central Legislative Delegation holds a public forum - the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and Expand Medicaid in Kansas NOW will host a Kancare Expansion Rally and we want you to be there! Our fight isn't over. Join us as we share the next steps we're taking to expand KanCare.

EXPAND KANCARE RALLY
IN OLATHE
Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am
Olathe Community Center
1205 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe

EXPAND KANCARE RALLY
IN KANSAS CITY
Sunday, January 13, 2:00 pm
Donnelly College
608 N. 18th St., Kansas City

For more scheduled events, visit the website at   expandkancare.com/events.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your help with our voting rights kickoff, and launch of the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation. We had nearly a full house at the Lied Center in Lawrence, another 100+ people Wichita, and more than 400,000 people watched live nationwide. None of that would have been possible without your help and support. We are so grateful to have wonderful partners like you. We look forward to the work ahead in making Kansas democracy stronger.
If there's anything we can do to be helpful, please don't hesitate to give a shout. Thanks again.
-- Micah W. Kubic, Ph.D., Executive Dir.
American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas
Overland Park, KS
 
Thank you for doing the good work of moving women's issues, voices, and concerns to the forefront of Kansas politics. Stay strong, stay focused and be blessed. We are with you!!
-- K. Macy, Mission, KS
THE RED STATE BLUES
Richard Crowson, kmuw 89.1
Well, Baby, I'm sad, and I'm down
'Cause I'm progressive but I live in a conservative town. I may be battered and I may be a little bit bruised, but I'll stay right here in Kansas with the red state blues. Listen  here .

IT'S BUMMERTIME
Richard Crowson, kmuw 89.1
Governor Sam, gave all the money to the rich folks. Guess he figured school kids were an easy touch.  Instead of greenbacks we're stuck, here with Brownbacks.  And when it comes to paying the bills  Mmmm, those Brownbacks don't help much. Bummertime and the Legislature's bewildered.  Inadequate minds with the inadequate-funding Bummertime blues. Listen  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

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