January 23, 2018
A YEAR AGO, THEY MARCHED. NOW A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE
Charlotte Alter, TIME
Call it payback, call it a revolution, call it the Pink Wave, inspired by marchers in their magenta hats, and the activism that followed. There is an unprecedented surge of first-time female candidates, overwhelmingly Democratic, running for offices big and small, from the U.S. Senate and state legislatures to local school boards. Roughly 900 women contacted Emily's List, which recruits and trains pro-choice Democratic women, about running for office from 2015 to 2016; since President Trump's election, more than 26,000 women have reached out about launching a campaign. The group had to knock down a wall in its Washington office to make room for more staff.
It's not just candidates. Experienced female political operatives are striking out on their own, creating new organizations independent from the party apparatus to raise money, marshal volunteers and assist candidates with everything from fundraising to figuring out how to balance child care with campaigns.  Watch here .
'WOMEN'S MARCH ON THE AIR CAPITAL' URGES WOMEN FOR VOTE
Carly Willis, ksn.com
Hundreds of women chanted "hear our vote" at Wichita's city hall on Saturday afternoon, their passionate voices being carried further by the brutal wind.
The second annual Women's March on the Air Capital was not a physical march, rather, a rally with a panel of speakers this year, from former city councilwoman to Black Women Empowered in Wichita's Mary Dean.
Volunteers were on hand getting women registered to vote and informing them of their polling place.
"It's wonderful when we get together and we come out here and we feel empowered, and we march and we rally, we have to vote," organizer Brandi Calvert told the crowd. "In November, we get a new governor and we get a new secretary of state and 125 house seats are up for election. Women make up 51 percent of the population, we have to vote."  Watch here .
"HEAR OUT VOTE": WOMEN'S MARCH ON AIR CAPITAL TAKES TO CITY HALL
Daniel Caudill, The Sunflower
Kansas leaders and activist groups joined protesters Saturday at Wichita City Hall for the Women's March on Air Capital.  Guest speakers stood before the protesters to raise awareness for issues such as women's health and safety, intersectionality, diversity, and voter participation.
Lacey Cruse, a local singer and co-organizer of the march, kicked off the rally with the song "I Am Woman," written by Helen Reddy.  "The best way to civically engage is to vote," Johnson said. "It's also important to encourage women to run for office, that's how your voice can really be hard." 
Johnson said that it was empowering to see members of the Wichita community gather for a common goal.
Read more here .

WICHITANS 'MARCH TO THE  POLLS' IN SECOND ANNUAL WOMAN'S MARCH
Eyewitness News, KWCH 12
People in Wichita are coming together Saturday in solidarity with the Women's Marches happening nation-wide; their focus this year is voting, voter registration, and voter turnout.  In 2017, thousands of women across the country marched to make their voices heard on the day of President Trump's inauguration.  This year, thousands are marching again on the anniversary hoping to keep up the momentum from last year's movement.  Watch  here Additional footage of Women's March in Wichita available on the Women's
March Facebook page here .
WITH NO MAJOR WOMEN'S MARCH IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS CITIANS HEADED
TO LAWRENCE
Mark Davis, The Kansas City Star
Kansas City-area residents flocked to Lawrence's Women's March
Saturday  in the absence osf a local event to attend.  Among them was Ayrcyia Thomson, who donned enormous feathered wings in her costume as Columbia, the feminine representation of America.
"I thought that was appropriate for this event," Thomson said before the activities began. "Since Kansas City wasn't having an event, I came here to Lawrence."  Rallies like the one in Lawrence were planned for over the weekend i n the United States and elsewhere. They come a year after the Women's March on Washington and elsewhere protested President Donald Trump's inauguration and policies.
Watch here .
MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS STAND TOGETHER AT TOPEKA  WOMEN'S MARCH
James Ryan, KSNT.com
Young and old gathered at the  Kansas Statehouse Sunday afternoon  for the  2nd Women's  March on  Topeka.  Danielle Twemlow came to the march this year with her two daughters.  "I find it very important that we're constantly instilling their voices as being an important part of themselves," said Twemlow.
With one daughter in a small red wagon and another marching beside her with a baby of her own, Twemlow's family said they are hopeful for the future.  Watch here .
WOMEN'S MARCH IN PITTSBURG RALLIES SUPPORT FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS
Veronica Utecht, KOAM 7
Crowds gather at Pittsburg State University with many goals, whether it's supporting children brought to America illegally, or the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they are ready to march.
"We had a new member come to one of our meetings and talk about wanting to do a women's march, just to bring awareness to things like pro-choice causes, and imbalances on gender equality across the board. Women are still paid less. And that's a problem" says Jessena Schultze from the SEK NOW chapter.
It wasn't just women at the women's march and rally.
"I think that i have an obligation to my community and other people. Part of my job as a citizen is to do what I can, which is little. To make the country better, I hope" says Dick Thompson, who's at the march with his wife.  Watch here .
LAWMAKERS BEGIN TACKLING CRITICAL ISSUES
Ed Berger, Hutchinson News
The first two weeks of the 2018 legislative session have been very busy with a fast start to what could be a difficult session.
There are numerous issues on the horizon for Kansas and most of them have a fiscal note. A list that is not inclusive is corrections and how to replace Lansing; mental health with concerns specifically about physical facilities at Osawatomie and Larned as well as staffing levels; higher education, which has endured a 4 percent cut; Kansas Department of Transportation, which continues to be a source of funds for the state; and Chief Justice Lawton Nuss in the State of the Judiciary address, pointing out that Kansas had one of the lowest paid judiciaries in the nation and the crippling effect it was having on the judicial branch of government.
These are all critical issues that need to be addressed. Getting the state back on solid funding will not be an overnight phenomenon but a slow gradual process.
Read more here.
KEEP AN EYE ON ONE OF THE
MOST INTERESTING POLITICAL BATTLEGROUNDS OF 2018
David Von Drehle, The Washington Post
What I am about to say might surprise you: Kansas is shaping up to be one of the most interesting political battlegrounds of the coming year.
Yes, Kansas. In the late 1850s, this was the white-hot center of American politics. The writing of the state constitution lit the fuse on the Civil War.  But by the 20th century, things settled down to a mostly predictable routine.  However, the churn and tempest of contemporary politics is being felt even here - especially in the race to become the next governor of the Sunflower State. I count at least three political mega-trends likely to surface in the contest, which has attracted a huge field of candidates and appears genuinely up for grabs.  Read more here .
HOW SAM BROWNBACK IS SABOTAGING JEFF COLYER'S CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR
Steve Rose, The Kansas City Star
With friends like Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who needs enemies? That's what Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer  must be thinking.  The two Republicans are longtime friends, compatriots and political allies. Yet, for some reason, Brownback is putting Colyer, a candidate for governor,   through agony. If Colyer has any chance of becoming the Republican nominee for governor this year, Brownback is killing it, day by day.
Colyer could have and should have been governor long before now. 
The clock is ticking. Less than seven months remain before the August primary election. Colyer allies want Brownback to resign today. Make that yesterday. Make that months ago. Instead, by sticking around, Brownback is sabotaging Colyer's candidacy. It probably is not deliberate. But it is true, nonetheless.  Read more here .
WHY ARE KANSAS REPUBLICANS PITTING SCHOOLS AGAINST OTHER STATE AGENCIES?
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board,
The Kansas City Star
This past weekend, Johnson County Commissioner Mike Brown took to Facebook to discuss the state's budget.
Roads and bridges in Kansas are crumbling, Brown wrote, and school spending is partially to blame.
House Speaker Ron Ryckman made a similar statement recently to The Star's editorial board.
It seems increasingly clear conservative Kansas Republicans have settled on a divide-and-conquer strategy this year. They want to pit school teachers and students against mental health counselors, prison guards, highway patrol officers, road builders and others in the fight for state funding.  The goal: Convince interest groups they're being cheated by greedy educators. Once that's accomplished, the theory goes, it will be easier for lawmakers to vote against fully funding schools - or for Kansas voters to take the courts out of the equation.
It's a cynical and deeply flawed argument. Kansans should reject it out-of-hand.  Read more here .
KANCARE OVERHAUL PLAN MAY CHANGE, GOP LAWMAKER SAYS
Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
Kansas is likely to change its current plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, called KanCare, a high-ranking Republican lawmaker said Wednesday.
"I can tell you that KanCare 2.0 as we currently know it probably no longer exists the way it did," said Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican who chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee.
The program serves more than 400,000 Kansas residents, but has been plagued by delays in application processing and oversight failures that the federal government said could endanger recipients.
The KanCare 2.0 proposal rolled out by Brownback's administration this fall includes a work requirement for Medicaid. Kansas would be among the first states in the nation to implement such a requirement.
Read more here.
KANSAS-BASED CROSSCHECK SPREADSHEET COMPROMISES 945 VOTERS' DATA
Allison Kite, cjonline.com
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's quest to discover voter fraud exposed sensitive data for nearly 1,000 Kansans when an official tried to compare partial social security numbers sent via an unsecured email to election staff in Florida. Voters' data was exposed in the course of the Interstate Crosscheck System, which serves to detect illegal double voting and find people registered to vote in more than one state.  
"If Crosscheck is a value to member states, I feel like it should be run by a bipartisan group, and it should have appropriate oversight and some mandatory reporting so it is far more transparent and trustworthy than it is under kind of the secretive control of a single state," Parsa said.
Read more here.
EXPERTS SAY BUZZFEED, KRIS KOBACH LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHTS FLAWS IN KANSAS OPEN
RECORDS LAW
Luke Ranker, cjonline.com
BuzzFeed's lawsuit against Secretary of State Kris Kobach highlights major issues with the state's open records law, experts said.
Ron Keefover, president of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition, said it was unfortunate BuzzFeed had to resort to a lawsuit, but judicial clarification is necessary. A process like the one outlined by the secretary of state's office is vague and often varies from agency to agency, he said.
After reading court filings, Keefover said the denial of Taggart's request wasn't in the spirit of the Kansas Open Records Act - records are presumed open until an exemption is found.
"This seems to be more about finding a way to close things than anything else," he said.  Read more here .
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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). 
 
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WICHITA WOMEN'S MARCH
Brandi Calvert & Jessica Nicolet, KAKE
Brandi Calvert & Jessica Nicolet discuss the issues behind the 2018 Women's March.  "People are more awake, more aware, reaching out, wanting to know how they can help, what they can do. said Calvert "People are wanting to participate in the change in a positive direction."  Watch here .
WOMEN'S MARCH 2018: SOME OF THE BEST MOMENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
TIME, CNN, ABCNews, YouTube
Watch multiple videos of thousands of women march around the world. While many attending Women's Marches across the nation Saturday are voicing their opposition to the President on issues including immigration and abortion, Donald Trump said it was "a perfect day" for women to celebrate the "historic milestones" of his presidency.
Watch here.
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THE 71 BEST SIGNS FROM WOMEN'S MARCH 2018
Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan
(Note: Some contain strong language)
The Women's March is taking place around the world this weekend, and the ladies (and men!) came correct with the epic signs. Here are the best of the best:
See the best signs here.

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HALSEY POEM RINGS TRUE
Halsey, Channel 4 News
This powerful poem by singer-songwriter Halsey about sexual abuse reduced many in the crowd to tears at the New York City Women's March.  Watch here .

Warning: poem contains themes that some viewers may find distressing.
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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.

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Thanks to the efforts of hundreds
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LOUD LIGHT: WEEK 2 RECAP
Davis Hammet, LoudLight
Medical marijuana, obstruction, Supreme Court Justice speaks, private prison delayed, and more! Watch here.
KANSAS CITY STAR'S SECRET KANSAS TOWNHALL MEETING
The discussion is part of the Star's continuing efforts to report on government secrecy and track efforts to make Kansas government more open.
Kansas runs one of the darkest state governments in the nation, and its secrecy permeates nearly every aspect of service, The Star found in a recent investigation. Our town hall will address these findings.  Watch here .

'ONE OF THE MOST SECRETIVE, DARK STATES': WHAT IS KANSAS TRYING TO HIDE?
Read the complete series and watch informative video here.
HOSPITALS IN STATES THAT EXPANDED MEDICAID LESS LIKELY TO CLOSE
John Daley, NPR
Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid were about 6 times less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Lindrooth says he and his colleagues hypothesized that hospitals in expansion states stood a better chance of remaining financially viable. So they examined national hospital data and local market conditions.
They compared four years before the Affordable Care Act went into effect (2008-2012) with years right after the launch of the ACA (2015-2016). Lindrooth says the results were noteworthy, especially for rural hospitals, which often struggle to stay open. Read more 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? A 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.  For information about Kansas statute describing precinct chairs click here Precinct Committee person
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