July 11 , 2017


We are thrilled and excited to announce the formation of four new Women for Kansas Chapters: Hays/Russell; Sumner County; Southwest Kansas 2 and Independence. Kudos, especially, to the women who raised their hands as Chapter Leaders:
Evelyn Adams, Shirley Annsun, Natalie Aramburu, Virginia Benninghoff, Lori Bigler, Ann Blessing, Greta Clark, Mary Collier, Valerie De Fever, Kathy Denhardt,
Jan Drennan, Tomi Foust, Susy Hammons, Kathleen
Holt, Sue Ice, Gini Johnson, Janis Lee, Doris Meng,
Pam Moreno, Tracy Muller, Janice Norlin, Martha Pint,
Jo Reitman, Kay Ryan, Michelle Schiltz, Betty Taylor,
Lisa Vayda, Joan Warren, Echo Wentz, Becky Weston,
and Annie Wilson.
Over the past couple of years, we've heard from activists in these areas of the state who want to be involved, have wanted to be part of the moderation movement, but have had no where to invest their energy. Now, with the 2018 election moving to the top of our calendars, their hope and energy will find a perfect place. 
Today, whether you'll be part of a new Chapter, or an established Chapter, contact the Chapter Leader. Find out when the next meeting is and ATTEND! You'll meet like-minded women whose views and goals will, once again, help restore moderation to our beloved state.
Chapter Leaders contact information available here.
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!
W4K WICHITA CHAPTER LIVE STREAM READING OF WO(MANIFESTO)
Members of the Wichita Chapter of Women for Kansas 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. Watch here.
W4K SUMNER COUNTY KICK-OFF NEW CHAPTER WITH ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
The newly formed W4K Sumner Chapter officially launched on Tuesday, May 23. 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.
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 a tax-deductible receipt for the difference.
FINALLY, SOMETHING ISN'T THE MATTER WITH KANSAS
Michael Tomasky, The New York Times
Kansas, under Gov. Sam Brownback, has come as close as we've ever gotten in the United States to conducting a perfect experiment in supply-side economics.
The taxes were cut, and by a lot. The cumulative cut was forecast to be $3.9 billion by 2019. A fellow at a right-leaning Missouri think tank said in 2015 that Mr. Brownback's cuts were "the biggest tax cut of any state, relative to the size of its economy, in recent history."
The cuts came. But the growth never did.
So here's hoping that Kansas represents a breakthrough moment. The effects of our failure to invest in ourselves are all around us. Change won't come fast - for one thing, very few Americans know the above, because no one talks about it (hello, Democrats). But at least for now we can say, for the first time in a long time, that something finally isn't the matter with Kansas. Read more here.
HOW MODERATES TOOK BACK KS
Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker
The Kansas Senate voted by a wide margin to expand the state's Medicaid coverage. A majority of Democrats supported the bill, as might be expected, but so did a majority of Republicans. That the vote was both bipartisan and decisive is a modest but promising sign for the future of public health insurance. But the vote had an added significance because it took place in Kansas. For the six years that Sam Brownback has been Governor, the state has been the scene of what may be the nation's most extreme experiment in conservatism.  Read more here.
HOW A GROUP OF FEMALE LAWMAKERS AND A TOP REPUBLICAN ROLLED BACK BROWNBACK'S TAX CUTS
Hunter Woodall & Jonathan Shorman,
The Kansas City Star
Gov. Sam Brownback's signature tax cuts were undone in part by a group of female lawmakers determined to forge a compromise with one another and a conservative House speaker who decided the time was finally right to support a tax increase.  Days of negotiations among a bipartisan coalition known as the Women's Caucus led to a tax plan that significantly influenced the final deal the Legislature passed this week. 
And after Brownback quickly vetoed the bill and denounced the tax plan, House Speaker Ron Ryckman's decision to vote yes on overriding the governor provided the spark needed for other conservative lawmakers to vote yes. Read more here.
WHAT IS KRIS KOBACH UP TO?
PoliticoMagazine
"If Kobach's goal was to create a super crosscheck program, he would have been disappointed, even if every state had complied. His letter requests data that are ill-suited for accurate matching. Not only are the matching methods that are likely to be employed poorly suited to producing accurate results, the Department of Homeland Security immigration dataset, which might provide some information about the presence of noncitizens on voter rolls, can't be searched by name.
Therefore, the data requested by the commission will leave unsatisfied anyone who has a serious interest in how much double-voting or noncitizen voting there actually is in the United States. Most likely, the results of low-quality matches using the voter files that do arrive will significantly overstate the amount of double voting and voting by noncitizens. If a poor match occurs, the list maintenance programs of the states will be unfairly impugned, lowering the confidence of voters for no good reason. This is why no one I have talked to who runs elections, Democrat or Republican, is happy with Kobach's request."  Read more here .
PAPER BALLOTS ARE HACK-PROOF. IT'S TIME TO BRING THEM BACK
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today
I've been talking about the importance of protecting against voting-machine hacks since 2002. And now, finally, people are starting to take me seriously.
So what should we do? Well, we could try to boost our cybersecurity, but given that the NSA, the FBI and the CIA are leaking important secrets on a daily basis, maybe we're not up to that job. So, once again, let me suggest that we return to something that, by its very nature, can't be hacked by a guy in St. Petersburg: Paper ballots.
It's time, and past time, to get serious about ballot security. Because today's paranoia and division is just a minor taste of what could happen next time, if we remain unprepared. America can't afford that.  Read more here .
SPENDING BLIND: SHOCKING EDUCATION REPORT SHOWS TAXPAYERS PAY MILLIONS FOR SUBPAR CHARTER SCHOOLS
Steven Rosenfeld, SALON
"This report finds that this funding is almost completely disconnected from educational policy objectives, and the results are, in turn, scattershot and haphazard," the report's executive summary begins.
"Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each year without any meaningful strategy. In the worst cases, public facilities funding has gone to schools that were found to have discriminatory enrollment policies and others that have engaged in unethical or corrupt practices."  Read more here.
The Kansas Rural Center is pleased to host
FARMING PRACTICES THAT BENEFIT POLLINATORS (& A WHOLE LOT MORE!)
FARM TOUR & WORKSHOP
Wednesday, July 26, 9:00am-4:30pm

Morning Farm Tour: 9-11am
Shane New's Farm, 11760 254th Road, Holton, KS

Lunch & Afternoon Workshop: 11:30am-4:30pm
EUM Life Center, 227 Pennsylvania Ave., Holton, KS

Hear from farmers Gail Fuller, Robin Griffith,  Shane New and Lucinda Stuenkel about practices they use that benefit pollinators and increase soil health, water and air quality, biodiversity, resiliency and more.
Register today at the Kansas Rural Farm Center or call 866-579-5469 or email info@kansasruralcenter.org.
OLD TOWN RALLY SUPPORTS WOMEN'S ROLES IN WORKFORCE, COMMUNITY
Josh Heck, Wichita Business Journal
They gathered in support of women and the impact they have on the economy and the country's socioeconomic system.
More than 100 women -- and some men -- convened in Old Town Square Wednesday afternoon for a rally as past of a localization of International Women's Day. Many wore red as a symbol of love and solidarity. Some held up signs in support of women's  rights. Read more  here .
Our Communications Director is taking a much-deserved vacation the week of July 10. That week we will repeat some the best of   News We Can Use from 2017. 
Look for a new issue on July 18th. In the meantime, catch up on what you may have missed.
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 .
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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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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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.
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 .
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 .
"THE KANSAS EXPERIMENT" IS A FAILURE
Mattie Parrigon, thenib.com
The Republican-controlled legislature defied its Republican Governor, Sam Brownback, to raise taxes. What's the matter with Kansas this time Experience "The Kansas Experiment" in brilliant illustration!  View here .
EMILY'S LIST ANNOUNCES OVER 10,000 WOMEN HAVE SIGNED UP TO RUN FOR OFFICE SINCE ELECTION DAY
"Over ten thousand women isn't a ripple - it's a wave."
The thousands of women who have reached out to EMILY's List since the election are a testament to the energy, determination, and resistance we've seen from Day One.
Women everywhere are alarmed at the attacks on their health care, on immigrant families, on refugees, on the environment, and on their economic security.  Read more here .
KS LEGISLATURE RECAPS
Davis Hammett, LoudLight
Re-watch LoudLight's Davis Hammett weekly recaps of the legislature and a thorough explanation of the budget crisis. Watch here.
IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE RIGHT TO VOTE, HERE ARE SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KRIS KOBACH
Amrit Cheng, Communications Strategist, ACLU
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. Americans deserve a champion who will fight to protect and expand voting rights, not suppress them.
Kris Kobach is not that person and here are the top reasons why:
  1. Kris Kobach believes that President Trump won the popular vote, once you subtract "three to five million illegal votes" cast in the 2016 presidential election.
  2. Kris Kobach has wreaked havoc on voting rights in Kansas.
  3. Kris Kobach says that there are lots of non-citizens voting. He just can't produce any evidence.
  4. Kobach is the chief architect of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, a notoriously flawed system which Kobach admits generates "a significant number" of "false positives" when trying to find people registered to vote in more than one state.
  5. Kobach has a secret voting plan. He showed it to Donald Trump but doesn't want the public to see it.
  6. Kris Kobach isn't just a threat to voting rights. 
Read more here.




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TUES, JULY 11,  5:30-7:00pm
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They want to know about where you live. What changes would you like to see in your neighborhood? What issues do you encounter in your part of town? How can we change our community to make it better for everyone? 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 .
'THE THING THAT MATTERS' DRAWS LARGE CROWD TO MARCH FOR SCIENCE
Stan Finger, The Wichita Eagle
After hearing a series of speeches, a crowd estimated at 1,000 people or more marched down Central to Mid-America All-Indian Center.
People marched in support of science around the nation and around the world.  "We didn't choose to be in this battle, but it has come to the point where we have to fight, because the stakes are too great," climate scientist Michael Mann.  Read more here .
DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE WOMEN'S MARCH?
Jeva Lange, The Week
The estimated 3-4 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."  "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 .
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