March 14, 2017
AN OPEN MESSAGE TO KANSAS LAWMAKERS: EVACUATING FROM FISCAL HELL
Duane Goossen, Kansas Center for Economic Growth
Last week's Supreme Court ruling requiring increased funding for Kansas schools  did not surprise many people, but it still complicated an already challenging legislative session.  So, now what?  Here are three observations from a budgetary perspective:
  1. The goal post moved...a lot. Lawmakers must adjust accordingly.
  2. Comprehensive tax reform should still come before any budget action.
  3. Ten hundred million one way, one billion the other.
These are jaw-dropping figures, leaving no good options. Legislators deserve our thanks for not jumping ship and for demonstrating courage to put Kansas back on a practical path forward. Please keep going. It won't be easy, but please do not stop short of ending this experiment once and for all.  Read more here .
KEPC UPDATE:
JUNE 30 DEADLINE LOOMS - WHAT NOW?, RAISE INCOME TAXES, NEW BIZ FILINGS DEBUNKED, BLISTERING ATTACK ON BIZ EXEMPTION, HEARING ON TAX LID
Kansas Economic Progress Council
In this issue ...
  1. Court gives legislature until June 30 to fix school funding
  2. What now on school finance?
  3. Ruling means more pressure to raise income taxes
  4. KCEG debunks arguments on new business filings
  5. Tax Foundation publishes blistering attack on business exemption
  6. Hearing Wednesday on property tax lid
Read more here.
SO WHAT DO BUDGET CUTTERS WANT TO CUT?
Duane Goossen, The Wichita Eagle
Kansas budget cutters: The time has come to get real and very specific. Which expenses can be cut to balance the state budget? What's your plan? Put out the details so that Kansans can judge the best course of action.  Despite multiple rounds of budget cuts over the past years, some legislators and groups, such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, have continued to make vague, abstract pronouncements that Kansas has a spending problem. 
Surely, with the financial health of Kansas on the line, would-be budget cutters can muster specificity.
Read more here.
QUESTIONS? Call 316-259-6182, wichita@womenforkansas.org or 316-573-5583, wichitametrolwv@gmail.com




4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION, APRIL 11, 2017

RON ESTES ( Republican) has been the State Treasurer of Kansas since 2010, and has worked with Governor Sam Brownback on Kansas' current tax policies. Ron grew up on the family farm near Osage, Kansas. He has a degree in civil engineering and a graduate degree in Business Administration.
His professional background was in the aerospace, oil & gas, and manufacturing industries. He is married, the father of three children, and lives in Wichita. Ron's issues include: increasing economic growth, rolling back of government regulations, repealing Obamacare, increasing national security, and defending religious liberty and 2nd amendment rights.  Visit website here.

CHRIS ROCKFORD  (Libertarian) is a flight instructor at FlightSafety in Wichita. He grew up in California, Arizona and Washington. He and his wife lived in Washington for almost 2 decades before moving to Kansas. They have one son. Chris is also an advocate and dedicates his spare time to the American Red Cross. He is running for office because he has known from an early age that he wanted to be a representative of the people. He believes that aviation is a vital part of Wichita's economy and he plans "to keep it that way." His issues include: establishing a completely transparent government, reducing the size of government and its regulations, privatizing or abolishing the majority of federal agencies, and simplifying the tax code and abolishing the IRS.  Visit website  here .

JAMES THOMPSON ( Democrat) faced adversity as a child-he rose from homelessness in childhood to his position as a civil rights attorney in Wichita.
While serving in the U.S. Army, James was promoted to be a member of the Presidential Honor Guard. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Kansas to be close to his family.  He earned his J.D. at Washburn Law School.  He is married with one daughter, Liberty, and lives in Wichita.  His issues include: promoting economic growth and jobs (while fighting against the trickle-down theories promoted by Governor Sam Brownback), promoting and funding public schools, making higher education as inexpensive and assessable as possible, providing a voice to the needs of our veterans, and making government work for everyone.  Meet James Thompson on  YouTube .
Visit website here.
KANSAS IS FAR OFF PACE OF BROWNBACK'S CAMPAIGN GOAL FOR JOB GROWTH
Bryan Lowry, The Kansas City Star
Kansas is far off pace from meeting Gov. Sam Brownback's ambitious campaign goal of adding 25,000 private-sector jobs a year during his second term.
Brownback said on his campaign website that he would add "100,000 new jobs for the hardworking people of Kansas" over four years. The talking point was a centerpiece of Brownback's 2014 re-election campaign , but two years into to the governor's second term, the state is nowhere near that mark.  
"We have a budget crisis, structurally unbalanced, we have tax unfairness and we haven't gotten any of the promised gains, which are jobs and economic vitality," Ward said. "That's just lose, lose, lose."  Read more here .
LAWMAKERS LOOKING TO HIT RESET BUTTON WITH COLYER IF BROWNBACK LEAVES
Jim McLean, KCUR 89.3
Like Brownback, Colyer is a socially conservative Republican who has championed efforts to restrict abortion and rein in government spending. He also led the Brownback administration's controversial initiative to privatize the state's Medicaid program and fought efforts to expand eligibility for the program Still, the 56-year-old plastic surgeon from Overland Park remains somewhat of a blank political canvas.  That has many lawmakers and lobbyists asking: Who is Jeff Colyer?  Read more here .
POSSIBLE CHANGE IN GOVERNORS NOT ALTERING KANSAS TAX DEBATE
John Hanna, AP, cjonline.com
Kansas' persistent financial woes arose after GOP legislators slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging. After some voters soured last year on the tax-cutting experiment, Democrats and GOP moderates have solid majorities in both chambers if they work together. Nearly a third of the state's lawmakers - 49 of 165 - have not served in the Legislature previously.
"We are listening to our constituents and basing our decisions more on that, rather than, will the governor support or oppose what we're doing?" said freshman Sen. Dinah Sykes, a moderate Lenexa Republican.
Legislators are debating whether Colyer would be more willing than Brownback to compromise on some income tax issues, such as ending an exemption enacted in 2012 for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners. But many lawmakers in both parties see Colyer as a political partner of Brownback.  Read more here .
SCHOOL PLOT: LAWMAKERS MUST REMEMBER VOTERS' INTEREST IN EDUCATION
Dena Sattler, The Garden City Telegram
When it comes to funding K-12 public schools, extreme-right Kansas legislators deliberately damaged the system.  Since Gov. Sam Brownback took office, he and fellow ultraconservatives have pushed various anti-public education initiatives, to include shortchanging school districts with a block-grant funding scheme - an approach from the Koch brothers-fueled American Legislature Exchange Council, which writes model legislation designed to benefit major corporate interests Read more here .
DAY OF EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY AT THE CAPITOL
Thursday, March 16,  9am-2pm
KS Statehouse 915 SW Jackson St.
Tickets available here.
 
Kansans gather at the Kansas Statehouse to learn about and advocate for Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health!
  1. Get up-to-date on current environmental advocacy
  2. Visit the Solutions Showcase
  3. Enjoy a Local Foods Lunch (RSVP by March 9th)
  4. Sample New Ideas at the Cookies & Conservation Conversation
  5. Meet with your legislators
Agenda  (a more detailed agenda to come soon)
9:00-9:45: Climate Prayer Vigil
10:00-11:30: Advocacy Overview
10:00-2:00: Solutions Showcase (booth exhibits)
11:30-1:00: Speakers & Local Foods Lunch
1:00-2:00: Cookies & Conservation Conversation
1:00-3:00: Meetings with legislators
BILL EXPANDING TAX CREDITS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS WILL BE CONSIDERED FRIDAY
Kansas Association of School Boards
A bill to expand state tax credits to pay for students to attend private schools will receive a public hearing this week. 
House Bill 2374  will be considered at 1:30 p.m. Friday before the  House K-12 Education Budget Committee
KASB will oppose this bill, as it has similar bills in the past, because the state budget faces significant revenue shortfalls, public education is underfunded, private schools may be selective in who they enroll, there is no testing, accreditation or budget information required of the schools receiving students and students in states with similar programs perform no better than Kansas students and usually worse. Read more here .


If you have the ability to go to any of his "Listening Tour" events, please go. He has to hear the people of Kansas. Please share so all your friends who live in his district can speak out. He thinks "the poor" don't want health care. He has the same attitude as Brownback which we may be getting rid of. Go tell Roger Marshall what you think!

Hays: Hays Medical Center,
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.

Colby: Citizens Medical Center,
Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m.

Woodland: Northwest Kansas Technical College,
Saturday, March 18, 4 p.m.
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.

ENJOY THE FIRST ALBUM ON THE NEW FACEBOOK PAGE!
Larissa Lawrie, Lawrie Creative took a few hours to photograph the Women's Day Strike. "I'm so proud of my city for showing up. It was a great event and I got to meet some amazing people in my community!"
View the album   here .
COLORIZED PHOTOS FROM EARLY SUFFRAGE MARCHES BRING WOMEN'S HISTORY TO LIFE
Lily Rothman Liz Ronk,
Sanna Dullaway
Though the dedication of March to the topic of women's history is now observed in the U.S., it grew out of a week that grew out a day: International Women's Day, which is observed on March 8. On or around that day, for more than a century, women around the world have marched for what they believe in. In 1909, at the original such march, it was for better working conditions. This year, the day will be an occasion for the movement associated with January's post-Inauguration Women's March protests to continue to make its voice heard.
But during the first decades of the 20th century, there was one particular cause that drew many American women to take to the streets: the right to vote.
Read more here.
LEAGUE & LIBRARY PRESENT
TUESDAY TOPICS
Winter/Spring 2017, 4th Tuesday

Central Branch Public Library
223 S. Main,  
3RD Floor Auditorium,
Main & William, Wichita

Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks furnished. Program starts promptly at noon.

WOMEN AND HOMELESSNESS
Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Women who are homeless face some challenges unique to their gender. Many have faced domestic violence and have increased risk of assault, some have children to support, and have few job skills that make finding a job difficult. Sandy Swank, Homeless Services Director for Interfaith Ministries, sees these women on a daily basis. Join us as she shares information on the scope of the problem and what the need is in Wichita .

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Tuesday, April 25, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Americans often hear the phrase "separation of Church and State" when discussing the proper role of religion in American life. Is this the proper understanding of the First Amendment, and if so, how is that carried out today? This month's speakers will be Vickie Stangl, President of the Great Plains Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Dr. Jamie Finkeldei, Associate Superintendent for the Catholic Schools in Wichita. Join us to learn more about both sides  of this important issue
.

These programs are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring
a brown bag lunch, drinks will be provided.
VOTING RIGHTS ENTHUSIASTS! 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 7:30pm
AMC TOWN CENTER
Tickets $12.  Deadline to purchase tickets is April 12, 2017.

Purchase tickets at  gathr.com  by the deadline day of April 12 for the screening of the movie
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy about
"The Kansas Project," Kris Kobach's Crosscheck program to suppress voting rights, rolled out  across the
nation to affect the 2016 election.

Tickets and additional information available here.

If fewer than 78 tickets are purchased by individual moviegoers, the movie will be canceled and moviegoers' purchase will be refunded.
JO Votes is co-sponsoring this with American Promise-Kansas City, Mainstream, and True Blue Women (so far). 
LOUDLIGHT: KANSAS LEGISLATURE WEEK 8 RECAP
Davis Hammet recaps include Supreme Court K-12 Education Ruling, Koch Economics Governor's Budget, Governor Brownback Leaving, Medical Marijuana, and what's coming up.  Watch here.
KANSAS DEMOCRATS CALL OUT GOP LEADERSHIP ON BUDGET, SCHOOLS
WIBW13
The Kansas legislature's Democratic leaders blasted the senate's Republican leadership for what they call a lack of action on key issues.
Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, said during a question-and-answer session with media Friday, that, as the session nears its half-way point, lawmakers still are grappling with balancing the budget, reforming the tax system and creating a new school finance formula.
They question why the Senate is just now forming a committee to look at school funding.  Watch here .
LAWMAKERS WORKING ON NEW BUDGET OPTION AFTER SENATE VOTES DOWN BROWNBACK PLAN
Chuck Samples, KVOE.com
When he vetoed a tax plan for the upcoming budget, Gov. Sam Brownback said his plan didn't receive full consideration by legislators.
Senators voted 37-1 not to advance the governor's plan to raise some $200 milion per year by raising cigarette and liquor taxes, pushing up business filing fees and taxing rent and  royalties. Listen here .
CROWSON: THE TIMES THEY ARE A-FREAKING ME OUT
Richard Crowson, kmuw 89.1
Come gather 'round people, help me understand,  what seems to be happening all over this land,  what was wrong is now right, what was foul is now grand.  Is it me or have we all gone crazy,  When crooks are commended by the one in command,
The times they are a-freaking me out.  Listen here.
4TH CONGRESSIONAL
DISTRICT CANDIDATES TO PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS AHEAD OF SPECIAL ELECTION
Nadya Faulx, kmuw 89.1
The special election to fill the seat vacated by new CIA director Mike Pompeo takes place on April 11.
Again, only Thompson and Rockhold have confirmed their attendance. Reportedly, all three candidates will participate in a televised debate later this month on KWCH.  Listen here .
4TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE'S RESPONSES TO W4K SPECIAL ELECTION QUESTIONNAIRE
W4K supports candidates who believe in the principles of good government-including public policies that are fiscally and morally responsible, fair to all people, and arrived at openly and transparently. We are nonpartisan, but not neutral where those principles are concerned. To view the candidate's responses, click here.

Note:  To date, there has been no response from Ron Estes (R) or Chris Rockhold (L) to W4K's request for completion and return of questionnaire. As soon as received, W4K will post to website for viewing.
4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING LOCATOR
Download and/or print this useful PDF with early voting locations, times and Election Office contact information.
View here.

HUTCHINSON AREA W4K HOSTS A  POSTCARD WRITING CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30pm
Playa Azul, 701 E. 30th

Wed., March 15 at 11:30am Scuttlebutts,  2609 N. Main

It would be a great idea to order something so we're not just taking up valuable space for the merchants who are so kindly allowing us to gather.

The object is to mail all of these finished, handwritten cards on the 15th -- AKA, The Ides of March.

There will be PINK SLIP postcards for all who are interested in  sending a notice to #45  that he is FIRED!!!!

We hope to see as many of you as possible at one  or both events!

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: two busy years 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

Or charge your credit card via  PayPal
(You are not required to have a PayPal account).
Dues are based on a calendar year.
KANSAS PEOPLE'S AGENDA
End the madness! The legislature is unconstitutionally underfunding our schools, our roads are crumbling, and Kansans are suffering. Join us for the Kansas Walk to  #RestoreRevenue .
We are walking March 24th-26th, and March 27th at 10:30am we will take the final steps from the Supreme Court building into the Kansas Capitol for a rally to demand real revenue reform that reinvests in our future.  Register here .
HIGH-RISK POOLS COULD RETURN TO KS UNDER NEW FEDERAL HEALTH CARE LAW
Jim McLean, kmuw 89.1
Everyone was all smiles recently when Congressman Roger Marshall cut the ribbon at his new district office in Salina.  But things got a lot more contentious when constituents started peppering him with questions -- questions about how the Republican replacement plan would protect sick people who often couldn't get affordable coverage before Obamacare Listen here .
KDHE NEEDS COMMENTS ON KANCARE EXTENSION
From KDHE, March 2017
Public Hearings, When & Where:
  • Monday, March 20, 2017; 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Wichita Marriott, Kansas Grand Ballroom, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017; 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Ramada Convention Center, Downtown Topeka, Regency Ballroom, 420 SE 6th St., Topeka
  • Monday, March 27, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 pm; KanCare Advisory Council meeting Curtis State Office Bldg., Room 530, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka
More information available here.
MISS REPRESENTATION
Hosted by KAW PAC
Friday, March 28, 6-9pm
Movie starts at 7pm
KU Memorial Union, Malott Room
1301 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence

Join us for a screening  and discussion of  Miss Representation ,
an award-winning documentary that explores how media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power
and influence in America.

Join KAW board members for drinks before at the Oread.
More information available here.
ENGAGE ICT: HOMELESSNESS
Tues., March 21 5:30-7:30pm
The Anchor
1109 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita
FREE ADMISSION

At this month's Democracy On Tap event, we'll discuss how the problem of homelessness reaches beyond those directly affected, and into the community at large.
Our panelists include:
  • Denny Bender,
    Union Rescue Mission
  • Jan Haberly, The Lord's Diner
  • Officer Nate Schwiethale, WPD Homeless Outreach Team
  • Jennifer Wilson, COMCARE
The event is free and open to all. More information on this and past events is available at   website .
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 .
MARCH FOR SCIENCE
Saturday, April 22
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Old County Courthouse
504 N. Main Street, Wichita

Rally with speakers at the Old County Courthouse starting at 11:00 am. 

After the speakers we will march from the Courthouse to the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 North Seneca, where we will be hosting a teach-in.

This is a non-partisan event for all people who support science, scientists, and policy based on scientific data and facts.

Visit our Facebook page here.

HOW TO HELP KANSAS FARMERS & RANCHERS HURT BY WILDFIRES
The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) urges you to consider helping our Kansas friends and neighbors whose homes, farms, ranches and pastures were devastated by wildfires last week, and offer information on how to do so.
Read more 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

HANDY & PRINTABLE PDFS

2017 House Contact List PDF
2017 Senate Contact List PDF
Committee Analysis PDF
Transparency Comes to the Statehouse PDF
Advocacy DONTs & DOs PDF
KOBACH TALKS ABOUT A POSSIBLE RUN FOR GOV.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach may be considering a run for Governor.  The Secretary's spokes-person, Desiree Razak-Taliaferro, sent 13 NEWS this statement, "it is fair to say Kris is considering running for Governor along with many other possibilities."  Watch here .
Follow Women for Kansas on Twitter  or Instagram,
@women_for_kansas. Like us on Facebook , and visit our website at www.WomenforKansas.org .
Stay In Touch

Facebook    Twitter