July 18 , 2017
OSBORNE'S COWLEY PRESENTATION GIVING RISE TO W4K CAMPAIGN HANDBOOK
W4K Executive Board Member, Susan Osborne, was the featured speaker at the June 10th  meet-up of the Cowley County Chapter in Winfield.  In her presentation entitled, "RUN, LADIES, RUN...FOR PUBLIC OFFICE!", Susan shared experiences from her 2016 campaign for State Representative from the 94th  District and offered useful suggestions to women about running for office.
Here is a summary of some of the points highlighted in Susan's interesting and informative talk.
  • Identify your strengths and skill sets...
    • Then run for office or commit to helping the candidate of your choice to win!
  • Talk with your family about your decision to run
  • You're running...Now what? Develop a Strategic Plan
    • Open a bank account and appoint a Treasurer
    • Assemble your campaign team based on needs and strengths; recruit volunteers
    • Contact and work with your party and other political organizations (like W4K!)
    • Know your "district" or city or county, etc --voting history, boundaries (get maps!)Identify the issues and know the facts behind them
    • Know the number of votes and amount of money needed
    • Identify strategies to get votes
    • Craft your main message and "stump speech"
    • Develop a graphic design & media plan (signs, social media, palm cards, mailers, etc.)
  • Reach out with your message to the constituents...never pass up an opportunity!
  • Organize Fundraisers (don't be afraid to ask for donations---it's the only way!)
  • Be prepared for women-specific treatment--"mansplaining," "demeaning," "shout you down," "ignore, "tough skin"
  • Expect surprises and good memories
    • You get more than you give; never stop learning and growing, you'll accomplish things you never thought you could!
As often happens when women gather, an idea blossomed during
a post-meeting lunch attended by Susan, Cowley Leadership Team Members Tracy Muller and Pam Moreno, and  Wichita Leadership Team Member Joan Warren: they decided to use Susan's presentation as a framework to create a Women for Kansas campaign handbook for women who want to run for office. The handbook is expected to debut this November, and will feature practical information and "war stories" from Kansas women who have run a campaign and/or been a candidate for elected position.
We are calling on any Women for Kansas members from any chapter who have run for office, served as a campaign manager or treasurer, or have useful campaign advice to share their information and stories. Please contact Tracy
Muller at mulltracy@aol.com or 620-307-6290.
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.
TRUMP'S VOTING COMMISSION LED IN PART BY KRIS KOBACH FACES THREE MORE LAWSUITS
Allison Kite, cjonline.com
President Donald Trump's administration is facing three new lawsuits filed Monday in connection with his election integrity commission - two that say the commission is violating federal law by operating opaquely and one that claims that the army is violating voters' privacy by collecting voter data.
A group of lawyers based out of D.C. also filed a lawsuit Monday with allegations that the commission violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Read more here .
KRIS KOBACH'S CLAIMS ABOUT IMMIGRATION ARE BASED ON FALSE STATISTICS
Sam Peak, Special to The Star
Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach recently wrote a guest commentary for The Kansas City Star defending his decision to make illegal immigration a major theme of his campaign. During his announcement in June, the current Kansas secretary of state stated that illegal immigration threatened the state's budget, wages, and safety. 
Unfortunately, despite his 20-year political push against illegal immigrants, most of what Kobach says is completely at odds with reality.
Kobach's fight against illegal immigration is steeped in false claims and misleading information. If his misguided beliefs influence law, thousands of immigrants who contribute to their communities will be harmed. Kobach should recognize their contributions and work on making Kansas a welcoming state for the hardworking people who have struggled to come here.  Read more here .
INACCURACIES POSTED ON KANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE WEBSITE THROUGH VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Stephen Koranda, KPR
Kansans who registered to vote at the DMV or otherwise used the federal voter registration form are eligible to vote in all races, according to court rulings, whether they've provided a citizenship document or not. But those voters might have been confused by inconsistencies on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's website that lasted through the registration deadline.  As of Tuesday, the deadline to register to vote for the primary elections on August 1st, the website contained conflicting information on the Kansas proof-of-citizenship rule. The site was updated on Wednesday after questions from Kansas Public Radio.  "FAQs are intended to be sources of quick information for voters," said Mark Johnson, an attorney working on one of the lawsuits challenging Kansas voting rules. "This information is inaccurate. At best, it's misleading."  Read more here .
KANSAS AGENCY TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AGAINST KOBACH
Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star
A Kansas disciplinary agency will investigate allegations that Secretary of State Kris Kobach engaged in misconduct in voting rights lawsuits.
A letter from the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator sent last week to Keri Strahler, a Washburn University student who filed a complaint against Kobach, indicates the agency is launching an investigation.
Each year the disciplinary agency receives about 800 complaints against attorneys, and opens investigations in about one-third of them, according to the Associated Press.  Read more here.
NEW HOUSE BILL WOULD KILL GERRYMANDERING AND COULD MOVE AMERICA AWAY FROM TWO-PARTY DOMINANCE
Zaid Julani, The Intercept
If you want  good job security, get elected to Congress. In 2016, the U.S. House had a 97 percent re-election rate,  despite the latest Gallup poll placing the House's approval rating at 21 percent.
A big part of the reason why is the way we elect our representatives. The U.S. uses a winner-take-all, single-member district system. Those districts are often drawn in a way to privilege one party over another - which is called gerrymandering.
"The challenge is how do we get that kind of thinking that we need to challenge incumbency and we need to challenge the two-party system in a Congress where everyone has bought into that system?"
Read more here.
20 GOP LAWMAKERS FROM KS ATTENDING ALEC CONVENTION
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
At least 20 Republican lawmakers  from Kansas will be in Colorado this week to discuss state policy issues  and to
mingle with business interests, many
of whom will be pushing legislation in
Topeka and in other state capitals around the country.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is holding its annual convention July 19-21 in Denver. Much of what the organization does is to produce model legislation that benefits the group's corporate sponsors, then encourages state lawmakers to introduce those bills in their legislatures.  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.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AS KS SUPREME COURT TAKES UP SCHOOL FUNDING CASE TUESDAY
Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star
A showdown at the Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday could determine how much money your child's school receives - and whether you may eventually have to pay more in taxes.  Several school districts and the state are fighting over whether a new funding formula adequately funds public education. Districts suing the state say it does not. The state contends it does.
The formula - passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year - gives schools overall about $195 million more in this budget year and about $290 million more in the year after that.
If the court were to reject the new formula, lawmakers could be called into a special session later this summer or fall.  Read more here.
EDITORIAL: NARROWING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
The Capital-Journal Editorial Board
Now that the Legislature has increased state aid to public schools in Kansas, districts must decide how the money will be spent. Gary Menke is the general director of fiscal services for Topeka USD 501, and he expects the district to "increase the at-risk spending." All you have to do is take a look at the massive racial and economic achievement gaps in Kansas to realize that this is exactly what districts across the state should be doing.
As we've noted in previous editorials, a large body of research (including longitudinal studies conducted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina and HighScope Educational Research Foundation) demonstrates that the positive effects of preschool can last an entire lifetime. Moreover, a task force comprised of early childhood education experts recently convened in Washington, D.C. to assess "the current state of scientific knowledge on pre-kindergarten effects" and found "uniformly positive evidence" that preschool gets students ready for kindergarten.
Read more here.
SCHOOLS SAY 'NOT ENOUGH'. LEGISLATURE SAYS 'IT IS'
Martin Hawver, DerbyInformer.com
There's a lot of breath-holding going on among legislators over what might happen a week or so after July 18 -- that's the day when the Kansas Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the Legislature did or didn't adequately finance public education in Kansas.
Sometime, probably in August, maybe September, the court is going to rule whether the state is constitutionally financing education in Kansas public schools.
Sure, it's about the students, which many forget are the future of the state, but it is also about the leadership of the state.  Read more here .
KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE: USING TOWN HALLS TO FIGHT TRUMPCRE AND DEMAND
SINGLE-PAYER
Barbara G. Ellis, Truthout
Never say congressional town halls lack power. 
To the shock and aggravated fury of many Republicans in Congress, thousands have showed up at meetings to express their rage about any effort to touch Obamacare or Medicaid. Even in rural districts, hundreds have showed up to give the what-for to House and Senate members even leaning toward the final Trumpcare bill.
We  can  get single-payer health care if a nationwide campaign begins right now to urge House and Senate members to disobey party leaders and endure losing the industry's bribes. Incumbents should know that at least 128,000,000 voters await their actions on health care, and that those actions could decide the 2018 election's outcome.  Read more here .
JUST IN...
MORAN NOW SAYS HE'LL MOVE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, BUT WANTS 'OPEN'PROCESS TO REPLACE
Lindsay Wise, McClatchy DC Bureau
Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas on Tuesday said he'll vote to proceed to debate on a bill that would repeal Obamacare without replacing it, the day after his opposition left Senate Republicans' efforts to come up with an alternative to Obamacare all but dead.
"I support the President's efforts to repeal Obamacare, and I will vote in favor of the motion to proceed," Moran said in a statement to McClatchy's Kansas City Star.
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?
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 .
THE HELLO GIRLS: AMERICA'S FIRST WOMEN SOLDIERS AND THEIR FIGHT FOR RECOGNITION
The story of the women's Signal Corps unit allows us to see what Woodrow Wilson and leaders in other democracies--new, old, and about to be demolished--eventually saw.
The pioneers who served "upon the very skirts" of the battle help set a new standard of citizenship for women. They accepted the harshest responsibility of democracy: placing one's life in danger when necessary to defend the citizen-owned republic. Their story, like a missing puzzle piece, completes the picture of how women around the globe not just demanded, but also earned the vote.
Listen here.
HISTORY OF THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
That was Margaret Mead's conclusion after a lifetime of observing very diverse cultures around the world. Her insight has been borne out time and again throughout the development of this country of ours.  Read more here .
WINNERS AND LOSERS OF BIGGEST STATE POLITICAL BATTLES OF YEAR SO FAR
Amber Phillips, The Washington Post
Even though one party is entirely in control of Washington right now, not much of substance is happening in Congress.  So let's spend a few minutes on the nation's 50 other legislative bodies.  Most state legislative sessions wrapped up earlier this month, and state lawmakers passed thousands of new laws.  There were big battles, and clear winners and losers.  Watch & read more 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 .

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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.

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DEMOCRACY TOMORROW: INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN
KANSAS ELECTIONS
September 8,  9:30a-4:00p

Join the ACLU of Kansas, the League of Women Voters of Kansas, and the NAACP - Kansas State Conference of Branches

Democracy Tomorrow will serve as an opportunity for Kansas activists, legislators, and engaged citizens to begin a statewide conversation on the importance of promoting stronger civic health and higher levels of electoral participation.  Featuring:
  • Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA
  • Tova Wang, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos
  • Burdett Loomis, Professor of Political Science, The University of Kansas
  • Bryan Caskey, Kansas State Election Director
MORE SPEAKERS
AND DETAILS COMING SOON!

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kansas Health Foundation. The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the KS Health Foundation visit www.kansashealth.org.
KANSAS FARMERS MOSTLY ACCEPTING NEW TAX POLICY
Kansas News Service, KPR
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's prized income tax exemption for businesses is now gone. Brownback says that's bad for Kansas families, and job creation. But, as Bryan Thompson with the Kansas News Service reports, a big contingent of business owners who benefited from the exemption -- namely, farmers -- don't seem too upset about losing the tax break. Listen 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 .
BOILING THE FROG: WHO ARE THE KOCH BROTHERS?
Sen. Al Franken & David Letterman
"97% of climate scientists say this is real. The other 3%, a number of them work for fossil fuel companies."
On last week's episode of Boiling the Frog, we learned that 97% of climate scientists report that climate change is real and caused by human activity. So naturally, at least 97% of America's politicians believe them...right? Wrong. This week U.S. Senator Al Franken and David Letterman sit down to discuss Charles and David Koch, two billionaire brothers who are fueling the denial.  Watch here .


Southwind Group, Kansas Sierra Club

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 7-10pm
East Warren Theatre
11611 E. 13th  St. North, Wichita

Exact showtime yet to be determined. Visit our Facebook page for updated information as it comes available here.
5 THEMES AT THE HEART OF KANSAS' SCHOOL FINANCE LAWSUIT
Celia Llopis-Jepsen, hppr.org
The Gannon v. Kansas lawsuit is in its seventh year. In that time, the case has led to repeated rulings against the state for underfunding schools and responses by lawmakers in the form of appropriations bills.  What's it all about? Here are five issues central to the battle.  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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SEN. JERRY MORAN ON HEALTHCARE: 'WE MUST NOW START FRESH'
Katherine Burgess & Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran came out against the latest version of the GOP's healthcare plan late Monday, effectively killing its chances of passing the Senate.
Moran, who years ago was the first member of Congress to formally seek repeal of Obamacare, announced his opposition along with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. The two defections are enough to prevent supporters from mustering the 50 votes needed.
Watch here .




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
SAT., AUGUST 12 
2:00-3:30pm
Rockwell Wichita Public Library
5939 E. 9th St. N., Wichita

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