June 27 , 2017
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.
KANSAS HEALTH ADVOCATES CRITICIZE ROBERTS FOR SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL
Jim McLean & Meg Wingerter, KCUR 89.3
Kansas U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not enthusiastic about the Senate's version of the Obamacare replacement bill.
Nevertheless, he supports it.
Roberts said even though he has concerns about the bill, "we have to move the process forward."
Fewer Kansans will qualify for help purchasing private insurance, he said, and those still able to purchase coverage in the subsidized marketplace will see higher out-of-pocket costs.  Read more here.
KANSAS HEALTH CARE EXPERTS CRITICAL OF SENATE GOP'S 'REPEAL-AND-REPLACE' PLAN
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
Republicans in the U.S. Senate
released a health care plan Thursday that Kansas officials say could put struggling community hospitals in even more financial risk by imposing strict caps on Medicaid spending and reducing subsidies that help others buy private insurance through online exchange markets.
But while some have said it is less Draconian than a similar plan passed by the U.S. House in May, Kansas health care advocates say it would still present significant problems for the state.  Read more here .
KANSAS HOSPITALS COULD BE HIT HARD BY GOP HEALTH PLAN
Katherine Burgess, The Wichita Eagle
Cuts to Medicaid and other changes under the Senate health bill would put added pressure on already struggling hospitals, advocates in Kansas say. 
"Hospitals will have to make decisions, really conflicting decisions, between what is morally the right thing to do and what is financially sustainable," said Ben Anderson, CEO of Kearny County Hospital. "They're going to have to choose between providing some essential services for the benefit of the public and remaining open."
The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation warned in an April issue brief that Medicaid reductions "could disproportionately affect individuals living in rural America." Under both healthcare bills, states would likely have to increase spending to maintain coverage or would have to reduce eligibility, benefits or provider payments, the brief stated.
About 46 percent of Kansas' nonelderly population lives in rural areas, according to Kaiser. Read more here.
YWCA HONORS OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEADERS
Melissa Brunner, WIBW
Area businesses and organizations nominated 25 women for their accomplishments. From those nominees, a committee selected one from each of five categories as the 2017 Women of Excellence.
Kathleen Marker, CEO of the YWCA NE Kansas, says it's important to remind women how valuable their accomplishments are.
"Women sometimes will not stand up and look at themselves and say, 'I need to have a voice and I need to be honored.' Men typically will do that a little more freely than women - and it's just in our human nature," Marker said. "we feel like it's important that those women get recognized."  Watch here .
INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX INSIGHTS: WITH AN EYE ON FEDERAL TAX REFORM, STATES ARE MAKING MAJOR CHANGES
Jason Plotkin, BloombergBNA
Over the last several months, federal tax reform and its impact on the states have been hot topics of conversation.
The state making the most drastic changes to its income tax is Kansas. On June 6, the Kansas legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Sam Brownback to enact legislation making major reforms to the state's tax code.
But why is Kansas raising its tax rates when so much of the federal tax reform discussion has been focused on just the opposite?
The answer to that question lies in a two-year projected budget shortfall of $900 million, according to an NPR
article.  By reversing the 2012 tax cuts, which are widely blamed for the deficit, the legislature is removing the source of the shortfall while generating new revenue to close the gap.  Read more here .
KANSAS TURNAROUND
Duane Goossen, Hays Post
Kansans, we are done being kicked around. For five years we endured the eyes of the nation upon us, judging our tax experiment. We became famous, the poster state for bad tax policy. The takeaway message from those watching was "don't do what Kansas did."
But our narrative has just changed. Earlier this month, a bipartisan supermajority of Kansas legislators overrode a governor's veto, effectively ending the experiment. Now the headlines trend toward a more positive "Kansas shows the way out" theme, or "Kansas provides a lesson to the country."
Finally, a word to the rest of the nation: We Kansans are "mopping up our mess".
The whole nation could so easily go down the same rat hole. The Trump tax plan looms. It's the Kansas experiment on steroids. Pay attention now, or we will all be mopping up something much bigger.  Read more here.
HOW THE NEW STATE TAX LAW AFFECTS YOU
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
Supporters of the sweeping tax change that Kansas lawmakers passed this year are calling that bill a return to normalcy and the end of an ill-advised experiment, while critics are calling it the largest tax hike in state history and a threat to the state's future prosperity.
To be sure, the new tax law, which lawmakers passed over Gov. Sam Brownback's veto, will have a significant financial impact on most Kansas taxpayers. But how much of an impact it will have depends on each individual's particular circumstances.  Read more here .
2017 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP
Paul Johnson, Kansas Rural Center
The 2017 Kansas Legislative session is finally over.
The income tax bill created three
income tax brackets, eliminated the non-wage business income (LLC loophole) exemption, blocked future automatic income tax reductions, and reinstated deductions for medical expenses, mortgage deductions, property taxes and child care expenses. This bill reinstated about two-thirds of the income taxes in 2010 - $600 million versus $900 million.
Read more here .
FILING: 'CONFIDENTIAL' DOCUMENTS UNDERCUT VOTING FRAUD CLAIM
Roxana Hegeman, AP, ABCNews
A Kansas election official is trying to hide materials that undercut his public claim that substantial numbers of noncitizens have registered to vote and that documentary proof-of-citizenship requirements are necessary to stop it, civil rights advocates contend in a court filing.
The American Civil Liberties Union obtained the materials as part of its federal civil lawsuit in Kansas challenging the state's voter registration law that requires people to submit citizenship documents such as a birth certificate, naturalization papers or U.S. passport.
In addition to seeking an order to remove the confidential designation Kobach put on the documents, the ACLU also asked the court to allow them to question Kobach about the material.  Read more here .
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JUDGE FINES KRIS KOBACH $1K FOR MISLEADING COURT ON MATERIALS HE BROUGHT TO TRUMP MEETING
Associated Press, cjonline.com
A judge has fined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach $1,000 for misleading the court about the contents of materials he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.  "The court agrees that the defendant's deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions," U.S. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara wrote in his ruling.  Read more here .
RURAL KANSAS TEACHER PAY RANKS LOWEST IN U.S.
Celia Jopis-Jepsen, KNS,  Garden City Telegram
In his 26 years at Meade Unified School District 226, a 400-student district southwest of Dodge City, Superintendent Kenneth Harshberger has watched the educational landscape change.
Teachers are harder to recruit - even for elementary jobs, which were traditionally easier to fill.
"The first time I tried to hire an elementary teacher 25, 26 years ago, we had over 100 applicants," he recalled. "Now I can't get five applicants."
While there likely are numerous reasons behind that change, a new national report on rural teacher pay in the 50 states shows Kansas ranks lowest. That report follows another Kansas-specific study noting evidence of a teacher shortage in some rural areas of the state, particularly in the southwest corner.
Read more here.
WHO'S RUNNING FOR KANSAS GOVERNOR? AN UP-TO-DATE GUIDE
Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
The 2018 campaign for Kansas governor promises a wide-open fight on both sides.  Democrats and Republicans have multiple candidates competing for the nomination. Each would offer a different vision and style.
Here are candidates from both parties, as well as the names of those thought to be considering a run. This page will be updated as candidates enter and drop out of the race.  Read more here .
IN D.C., A POLITICS CAMP FOR GIRLS
Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR
This session is part of a summer camp aimed at getting young women invested in politics. It's called the Young Women's Political Leadership Program, run by national organization Running Start. It's a bipartisan initiative that brings over 60 girls from all over the country to D.C. for a week of intensive training and networking.
Listen here .
PUBLIC INPUT PERIOD 
KANCARE RENEWAL

Wednesday, June 28, 6-8pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
2098 S. Airport Rd, Wichita

Thursday, June 29, 6-8pm
Pittsburg State University
Overman Student Center, Ballroom A
302 E. Cleveland, Pittsburg

KanCare Advocates Network (KAN) encourages KanCare consumers
and providers to attend.  This is an opportunity to voice concerns, share your experience  with KanCare & offer recommendations for improvement.

Details about all of the meetings and information about the renewal process is available online here .
DEEPER MEDICAID CUTS IN SENATE BILL DRAW RESISTANCE FROM DISABLED
Andy Marso, The Kansas City Star
Dozens of people with disabilities were arrested Thursday at the U.S. Capitol for staging a "die-in" to protest Medicaid cuts in both the Senate bill and the one Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed last month.  Rocky Nichols, executive director of the Kansas Disability Rights Center, said the cuts would affect people who had Medicaid long before the Affordable Care Act expanded it, even in states like Missouri and Kansas that didn't participate in the expansion.  Watch here .
KS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MEDICALLY UNDESERVED
Our favorite health policy expert, Sheldon Weisgrau, breaks down the newly released Senate health care proposal.  Watch here .
NOW THIS POLITICS
This doctor is letting the world know the real impact of cutting Medicaid and Medicare.  Watch 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.
 
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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
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LOST JOBS: NEXT KANSAS GOVERNOR MUST CHART MORE SENSIBLE COURSE
Dena Sattler, Garden City Telegram
Kansas' jobs performance continues to disappoint.  In May, the state lost 5,300 private-sector jobs over the previous month.  Even worse, the year-over-year performance showed Kansas down 4,000 private-sector jobs since May 2016 - hardly the jobs explosion Gov. Sam Brownback promised when he campaigned for re-election in 2014, and vowed to create 100,000 new jobs in his second term.
Read more here .
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ENVIRONMENT WATCH: NOW THIS POLITICS
Rick Perry is a proud climate change skeptic - but Sen. Al Franken is having none of it.  Watch here .
KANSAS SUPREME COURT SETS CALENDAR IN SCHOOL FUNDING CASE
Celia Llopis-Jepsen, kmuw 89.1
The Kansas Supreme Court has set a schedule for the latest chapter in the seven-year lawsuit that accuses the state of underfunding public schools.
Lawyers for the state and the plaintiff school districts will submit briefs in the Gannon case by June 30. That was the deadline for implementing a school finance formula that meets constitutional muster.  Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to take place on July 18.  Listen here .

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