July 25 , 2017
IT HAS BEEN SIX MONTHS SINCE THE WOMEN'S MARCH. HOW CAN ORGANIZERS KEEP THE MOMENTUM ALIVE?
Perry Stein, The Washington Post
Janet Martin was despondent and dejected after Donald Trump was elected president. She lost faith in the country, thinking she was alone in what she believed American values to be.  But then came the Women's March On Jan. 21, Martin dragged herself to the Mall and joined millions who protested around the world in a rebuke of the president on his first full day in the White House. It affirmed her belief that the progress she wanted for the country still was possible. It motivated her to get to work.
"These are ripple effects that are difficult to quantify, but you can absolutely feel it when you are on the ground and in organizing spaces," she said. "We are inspiring women to seek social changes on their own terms."
Read more here.
EDITORIAL: WHO SHOULD BE KANSAS' NEXT GOVERNOR? HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
The Kansas City Editorial board,
The Kansas City Star
Before the 2018 race for Kansas governor gets too far along, let's all agree on a central point:
The next governor will face crucial decisions on a range of thorny issues as the state digs out from the Sam Brownback years.  Funding for schools. Funding for social service agencies. Funding for the state pension and highway systems.   There
will be intense focus on water policy
and ongoing concerns about concealed weapons.  Let there be no doubt: We need the best and brightest of Kansans to step forward to ensure voters will choose from several qualified candidates and to spur a robust debate about ideas in 2018.  Read more here .

Photo: Kris Kobach, Derek Schmidt and Josh Svaty
HOUSE BUDGET STRIPS TRILLIONS FROM EVERYDAY AMERICANS WHILE GIVING HUGE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST
Kansas Center for Economic Growth
A new budget proposal, released yesterday, would make it harder for thousands of Kansas families to make ends meet, with drastic cuts to health care and key assistance programs. House leadership is advancing a budget that would strip trillions of dollars from middle class and working families while providing tax giveaways to the very wealthy and profitable corporations. The budget also creates a special fast-track process that would allow Congress to force through massive cuts in public investments, as well as tax giveaways for those who need it least, without bipartisan support.  Read more here .
JUSTICES APPEAR SKEPTICAL OF KANSAS SCHOOL FINANCE PLAN
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
Kansas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical that state lawmakers did enough this year to provide adequate funding for public schools.  The court held oral arguments Tuesday to review the new school funding plan and decide whether it corrects the constitutional problems the court found in March, when it ruled that the previous level of funding was inadequate.
Justice Dan Biles in particular noted that the per-pupil aid provided in the new law is less than what the state was spending in the 2008-2009 school year, the last year before the start of the Great Recession when the state began cutting its education budget.
"How do we justify giving less money today than we did in '08-'09?" Biles asked. "If I have a choice between '08 dollars and 2017 dollars, I know which one I'm going to pick."  Read more here.
KANSAS EDUCATION BOARD STRIVES TO CORRECT LAWYER'S STATEMENT TO SUPREME COURT
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
Four members of the Kansas State Board of Education disputed Wednesday statements made by the Legislature's attorney to the Kansas Supreme Court about origin of an academic-performance analysis drawn into litigation on funding of public education.
A statement from the board members said King told justices the "successful schools calculation" involving 41 schools was prepared in concert with the state Board of Education and in use by the elected 10-member board with oversight of Kansas public schools.
"This is not the case," said the statement released by board members Jim Porter, Kathy Busch, Jim McNiece and Deena Horst. "The state Board of Education is disappointed to be linked to a calculation with which it had no involvement."  Read more here .
SCHOOL VOUCHERS AND RACE: IT'S COMPLICATED
The Century Foundation
No matter their formulation, all private school voucher programs have the
same economic function. Tax credit scholarships, traditional vouchers, and education savings accounts all divert public resources away from public schools to pay tuition at private schools. And when the public is aware of this information they do not support it.
While voucher programs-and those that advocate for them-certainly aren't inherently racist, they maintain the potential to bolster segregation  and protect discriminatory practices if we fail to contend with their checkered history and their potential shortcomings before implementation Read more here .
THE BOGUS VOTER-FRAUD COMMISSION
The Editorial Board, The New York Times
The truth can't be repeated often enough: The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which held its first meeting last week, is a  sham and a scam.
It is run by some of the nation's most determined vote suppressors, the kind who try to throw out voter registrations for being printed on insufficiently thick paper or who release reports on noncitizen voting that are titled "Alien Invasion" and illustrated with images of U.F.O.s.
In short, the commission is a fraud on the American people, and a far greater threat to electoral integrity than whatever wrongdoing it may claim to dig up.
Read more here .

RELATED:
THE VOTER PURGES ARE COMING
Vanita Gupta, The New York Times
Lost amid the uproar over the commission's request was a letter sent at the same time by the Justice Department's civil rights division. It forced 44 states to provide extensive information on how they keep their voter rolls up-to-date.
The letter doesn't ask whether states are complying with the parts of the law that expand opportunities to register. Instead it focuses on the sections related to maintaining the lists.  That's a prelude to voter purging.
We need to push back. Local election registrars are really in control of the rolls and have the final say on most purges. We need to organize in our communities and ensure they hear our concerns.
Voting experts must debunk the administration's false claims of fraud . Civil rights law firms should continue to do battle in courtrooms. Local politicians from both parties ought to stand firm against pressure from Washington. Rest assured that the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights coalition, and our allies, will be in the thick of this fight.  Read more here
KEEPING VOTERS OFF THE ROLLS
Liz Kennedy & Danielle Root,
Center for American Progress
The ability to cast a ballot freely is key to having our voices heard and exercising control over our government. Without the right to vote, people do not have a say in the laws they must follow, and if the basic precept of a liberal democracy-the consent of the governed-is broken, the descent into authoritarianism begins.
Many states have made great advances in lowering barriers to voter registration, providing a gateway to voter participation through tools such as automatic voter registration, same-day registration, and online voter registration. Unfortunately, many states are using voter registration tricks that manipulate the voter rolls and keep eligible Americans from having their voices heard.
This report looks at two of the worst practices used to block eligible voters from participation: documentary proof of citizenship requirements and illegal voter purges .
Read more here.
TRUMP'S ELECTION COMMISSION
IS FULLY TRANSPARENT ABOUT ITS PURPOSE: VOTER OBSTRUCTION
The Editorial Board, The Washington Post
"At the inaugural meeting of president Trump's already embattled voter integrity commission last week, one member, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, expressed relief that despite bitter controversy over the panel's mission, at least no one had questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 election. A few hours later, the commission's vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election.
An honest election commission would make constructive suggestions for systemic improvements while at the same time debunking the patently phony idea that fraud is common. In this case, however, Mr. Kobach and his allies have an all-too-transparent agenda."  Read more here
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.
JOIN US -- SATURDAY, JULY 29TH!
We're hitting the streets to protect health care, and your leadership is needed because our lives are on the line.
On Saturday, July 29th, all across the country, hundreds of thousands of people will tell Senators NO to this attack on women, our families and our communities.

We're partnering with some of the largest citizens' groups in America, and there will be big events in more than a dozen cities. But it's crucial that the Congress sees us protesting everywhere.

The plan is simple: show up on a busy street corner or another visible location with some friends, some big beautiful protest signs (we've even got suggestions for slogans...) and make some noise!

But someone in your town has to take the first step and sign up to come.  Will you commit to organizing something in your area on July 29th?
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?
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.

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 .
ALEC AND KOCH BROTHERS WANT TO GERRYMANDER
THE SENATE
Mary Bottari & David Armiak,
Moyers & Company
Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures, thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the US Senate.
Last week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) welcomed Republican state legislators and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, K12 Inc., Peabody Energy and PhRMA, to vote on corporate legislative priorities and create cookie cutter "model" bills.  Read more here .
BIG SPLASH BY KANSAS TRIO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION OR REASON TO DESPAIR
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
If it wasn't U.S. Sen. Moran yearning for snippets about his role spiking a bill overhauling Obamacare, it was Secretary of State Kobach on the White House lawn describing via TV satellite how voter fraud infected the 2016 presidential election.
At the same time, Gov. Brownback's mantra about income tax cuts arousing job growth serves as inspiration for allies of President Donald Trump.  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 .

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.

Basic membership $60.00
Contributing member $150.00
Sustaining member $500.00
Student member $30.00

Mail your check to:
Women for Kansas
P.O. Box 8774
Wichita, Kansas 67208

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KASB MARK TALLMAN TALKS ABOUT HEARINGS
Kansas Association of School Boards' Mark Tallman reflects on Gannon oral arguments after conclusion of hearing  Kansas Association of School Boards  Watch here .
BILL THAT WOULD ELIMINATE $18 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR KS SCHOOLS ADVANCES TO HOUSE
Chris Arnold, ksn.com
Millions of dollars of grant money for Kansas schools could be on the chopping block.  Lawmakers in charge of the U.S. Department of Education's budget voted last Wednesday a funding bill that would eliminate Title II grant money for school districts across the country.
Mark Tallman, the Associate Executive Director for the Kansas Association of School Boards stressed the importance of Title II grants.
"If you lose that, you simply will not have the money to do some of the innovative things that are important if education is going to get better," said Tallman.  Watch here .
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders. 

VoteRunLead is proud to have trained over 15,000 women for political leadership. 
Find other women in your area and get connected.  Visit  here .
KS VOTER SUPPRESSION: KOBACH & THE SAFE ACT
Davis Hammet, LoudLight
Kobach's in Washington, D.C. today to advise the President on election laws, but why?  Let's look at what Kobach's done so far in Kansas.  Watch here .
KOBACH CITES NON-CITIZEN VOTERS IN KANSAS
Jonathan Shorman, Wichita Eagle
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach kicked off the first Election Integrity Commission meeting. 
Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters, said the commission is undermining the public's confidence in elections.
"Despite their claims of having no agenda, they have entered into this voter 'study' with preconceived results," Carson said.
"This fishing expedition for voter information is intended to lead to more voter suppression - not improving our election process."
Read more here.
PEOPLE ARE BEING PUNISHED FOR HAVING AN ETHNIC LAST NAME
Thom Hartman, Free Speech TV
Thom speaks with guest Greg Palast (Investigative Reporter, Filmmaker - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Contributor - Rolling Stone, BBC, and more) about Trump administration's "voter fraud" witch hunt lead by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, which is officially underway.  Watch here .
DEMOCRACY TOMORROW:
INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN
KANSAS ELECTIONS
SEPTEMBER 8,  9:30am-4pm

Wichita State University
Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Rm 180
5015 E. 29th St. N, Wichita

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 AVAILABLE 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.
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 .
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

NOT SURE WHO REPRESENTS YOU?  WE CAN HELP
Find your  U.S. State Senator


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.

They say they have voters' best interests in mind, how do they vote?

TRACK YOUR SENATORS' & REPRESENTATIVE'S VOTES! 
  • Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
  • Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed forms.
  • Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input before they vote.
Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues.  Sign up 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
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
2:00-3:30pm
Rockwell Wichita Public Library
5939 E. 9th St. N., Wichita

KMUW public radio wants to hear from you. 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 .
SAVE THE DATE!
VOTER SUPPRESSION: MISSOURI & KANSAS...
WHY THIS MATTERS 
TO  OUR DEMOCRACY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Colonial Congregational Christian Church
7039 Mission Road, Prairie  Village, KS

Bring your own lunch,  drinks provided

Co-sponsors:  League of Women Voters, Johnson County, Women in NAACP KC Branch, ACLU of Kansas and ACLU of Missouri and Women for Kansas 

Questions? Contact WEW Coordinator, Gail James at
913-233-9371

Each organization is encouraged to have a table to educate the attendees of what you are doing. Voter registration and/or information is  planned for both states.
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