March 6, 2018
W4K NORTHEAST CHAPTER WELCOMES WOMEN
On Saturday March 3, Women for Kansas' Northeast Kansas chapter welcomed distinguished  guests
Laura Kelly, Democratic
Gubernatorial Candidate, Cindy Roupe, Interim State Librarian, and
Susan Osborne from the W4K Leadership team.
Each discussed what drew them to Kansas with Kelly elaborating about her priorities and what she envisions for the state if elected governor.
Cindy Roupe shared a history of the library; some highlights and talked about the informational value of the Library's Legislative hotline.  Our day concluded with lunch at Celtic Fox and  Susan Osborne sharing her experience running for the Kansas House in 2016 and recommendations for those interested in seeking elected office.
Thank you for your support! Watch your inbox & "News We Can   Use" for more information about future events.
 
For more information about W4K Northeast KS Chapter, contact Tai Edwards, Sue Wine, or Ethel Edward at w4kne@womenforkansas.org.


CHAPTER LEADERS FROM WESTERN KANSAS MEET-UP AT HISTORIC HOTEL
Kathy Holt hosted chapter leaders from Western Kansas at her 1886 hotel in Cimarron, Kansas on February 17th. The group discussed political challenges and opportunities in rural/frontier areas of the state.

Pictured, left to right: Deanna Zitterkopf (Wichita), Sandi Coast (Cimarron), Dawn Berry (Hays), Greta Clark (Dodge City), Janis Lee (Hays), Kathy Holt (Cimarron).
WINNING THE VOTE: THE
TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN WOMAN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT
Women in the United States didn't win
the right to vote until 1920 with passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement" by Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., tell the story as no other book has. It captures the color, passion, and excitement of this important part of American history.   "Winning the Vote"  shows how women have long been active participants in U.S. history, and how many became politically powerful before winning the vote.
Read more here.
WHY ARE KANSAS LAWMAKERS PUSHING FOR MORE TAX CUTS INSTEAD OF FUNDING SCHOOLS?
The Kansas City Editorial Board,
The Kansas City Star
Some Kansas lawmakers once again
have it all wrong when it comes to what needs to happen this legislative session.
Instead of working toward a new school finance formula - the Kansas Supreme Court has set an April 30 deadline - legislators are wasting valuable time in Topeka by once again focusing on election-year tax cuts.
Never mind that the court's deadline is immovable. Never mind that the state is desperately trying to dig out from former Gov. Sam Brownback's failed tax experiment. And never mind that dozens of lawmakers will tell you that they have absolutely no idea where the $600 million or so that's needed to satisfy the court will come from.  Never mind all that. Some lawmakers are focusing on the easy stuff first by pushing for a $21 million tax cut for businesses. They'll put off the more pressing matter for later.  Read more here .
IN KANSAS, MALIGNED 'GUT AND GO' TACTIC GETS LAWS ENACTED
John Hanna, AP Political Writer,
US News & World Report
Kansas legislators know that the "gut and go" move they use to pass major bills each year sounds sketchy and makes it harder for people outside the Statehouse to follow what's going on under the dome.
Yet the Legislature is addicted to the move - stripping out a bill's contents and replacing it with details from another bill, often on a different subject. 
"That feels like it's designed to hide the legislation until, all of a sudden, it's law," said freshman Rep. Jason Probst, a Hutchinson Democrat and former newspaper editor who is the bill's leading sponsor.  Read more here .
IDEAS, NOT AGE, ARE ANY KANSAS GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE'S MOST IMPORTANT ASSETS
Tyler Ruzich, The Kansas City Star
"Dagnabbit, you're just a kid!" It's a common response I hear from people who are quick to point out the obvious age gap between me and the "experienced" and "more qualified" candidates for Kansas governor. 
With that in mind, let's answer the first question: Why should someone my age be governor of the state of Kansas? While taking the office would be a daunting task for just about anyone - no matter his or her political experience - we have seen with the Sam Brownback/Jeff Colyer administration that simply having a good resume does not produce good results."  Read more here .
SIX TEENAGERS ARE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR IN KANSAS, AND SUDDENLY THIS DOESN'T SEEM
SO PREPOSTEROUS
Monica Hesse, The Washington Post
And now, a report from the Midwest, where a gangly hope has arrived in the form of children enrobed in various assortments of khakis and blazers, because six teenage boys are running for governor of the state of Kansas. 
The only thing that they agreed on was that the lawmakers making decisions about the state's education didn't have to go to the state's schools. And that the politicians running the country weren't the ones who were going to inherit it. Wasn't it a civic responsibility for the teenagers to become politically involved?   If they didn't change things, who would?  Read more here .
NEW KANSAS BILLS ADDRESS SCHOOL BULLYING, MORE WORKPLACE PROTECTION FOR TEACHERS
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
Two bills dealing with public education that appeared to have died following last week's so-called "turnaround" deadline have been resurrected in the Kansas House.  One bill would require school districts to post copies of their bullying, harassment and cyber-bullying policies prominently on their websites, while the other would reinstate teacher due process rights, also known as tenure rights, which lawmakers repealed in 2014.
Read more here.
KPERS BETTERS OUR COMMUNITIES
Gabriel Costilla, The Wichita Eagle
The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System not only provides a dignified retirement to public employees, but it supports our local communities. 
But over the last few years, we've seen the Legislature and our former governor shirk their responsibility to fully fund KPERS, while public employees like myself paid our fair share into the system. This year, we must ensure that lawmakers fully fund KPERS.
This year, I hope Kansans will join me in telling lawmakers that enough is enough - KPERS needs to be funded. Join me by calling your senator or representative. Your call can ensure that we're investing in the future of our great state.
Read more here.
SEN. ROBERTS SAYS FARM STATES 'NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY' ABOUT TRUMP'S TARIFFS
Lindsay Wise, The Wichita Eagle
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, struggled to find words to describe his state of mind after hearing Thursday that President Donald Trump would impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
He said he and other Republican senators received no formal heads-up from the White House before Trump said he would impose import tariffs - 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum - in a bid to boost U.S. manufacturers.  Read more here .
KOBACH'S PROOF-OF-CITIZENSHIP LAW HEADS TO TRIAL
Amrit Cheng, ACLU
The federal trial over a Kansas law requiring people to show citizenship documents like a birth certificate or passport when registering to vote begins on March 6 in Kansas City. The American Civil Liberties Union will represent the League of Women Voters and several individuals whose voting rights were violated. Kris Kobach - the secretary of state of Kansas, chief architect of the law, and the defendant in the lawsuit - will represent himself.  From 2013 to 2016, more than 35,000 Kansans were blocked from registering because of Kobach's documentary proof-of-citizenship law -- approximately 14 percent of new registrants. Many Kansans, including several of our clients, went to the polls on Election Day in 2014 with every reason to believe that they were registered, only to be told, "Sorry, you haven't proven that you're a U.S. citizen."  We filed suit in 2016, charging that Kobach's law undermines the fundamental right to vote and violates the National Voter Registration Act.  Read more here .
KANSAS VOTING RIGHTS TRIAL HAS NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS
Roxana Hegeman, AP, The Washington Post
The case headed to trial starting Tuesday has national implications for voting rights as Republicans pursue laws they say are aimed at preventing voter fraud but that critics contend disenfranchise minorities and college students who tend to vote Democratic and who may not have such documentation readily available. 
Dale Ho, director for the Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union said the case is about what national standards the U.S. will have for voter registration.
"It is also a case about this false narrative of noncitizens participating in elections - which Kobach has said for years has been happening in large amounts - and now we are going to see his evidence," Ho said. "His evidence is going to be put on the stand in open court for a federal judge to rule on, and I think the public will finally get to see how little evidence he actually has."  Read more here .
KOBACH, COUNTIES FIGHT OVER ELECTION FUNDING. IT MAY AFFECT HOW LONG YOU WAIT
TO VOTE
Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle
A battle raging from Wichita to Topeka could change how you vote - and how long you stand in line to do it.
On one side are the county commissions of the state's four largest counties, including Sedgwick, who seek more control over the costs of elections.
On the other are Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his election commissioners, including Tabitha Lehman in Sedgwick County. They say the system isn't broken and doesn't need to be fixed.  So far, the county commissions are winning.  Read more here .
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
KOBACH'S REAL GOAL
David Burress, Lawrence, LJWorld.com
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he wants to stop a million unregistered immigrants from voting illegally. I believe his real goal is winnowing out legal voters he doesn't like. Here's just some of the evidence.
  1. Kobach got a law passed making it hard to register. At least 36,000 Kansan citizens were illegally disenfranchised until the courts intervened.
  2. Kobach got another law passed letting him prosecute illegal voters. He found fewer than 10. Most or all of them had made honest mistakes. 
  3. Kobach runs an interstate computer program "Crosscheck" that allegedly detects illegal voters. It turned up a million duds but very few verified illegal voters. Thousands were illegally disenfranchised in other states. 
  4. The voters unfairly targeted by Kobach's rules mainly belong to groups that tend to vote against Kobach's political party.
  5. Kobach cochaired a presidential commission on illegal voting. It was disbanded after a court suit because he refused to share information with commission members from the other party. 
  6. Kobach is a former law professor who presumably knows what every accepted academic study says: The numbers of illegal voters are tiny, while millions of citizens are being deprived of votes by various voting regulations.
  7. Kobach opposes the Free State Elections Act, which will protect Kansas voting rights. (It's now being considered in the Senate Ethics, Elections, and Local Government Committee)
Read more here.


In solidarity with the National Walkouts
and the  March For Our Lives movements,
we, the students  and supporters of Wichita, Kansas, will strap on our walking shoes,
pick up our signs, and use our voices! 

We will respectfully gather at Park Elementary School, one of the oldest schools here in Sedgwick county, and bring our voices and feet from the school to the courthouse where students, teachers, and other community members will speak out against the gun violence that has taken so many young lives, demanding action to fight against such violence. We should not be going to school in fear, and we want as much support as we can get for this cause from every age group in the community. Join us as we demand action in an effort to save America's children. Questions? Visit the March for our Lives Facebook page here .
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES KANSAS CITY
THEIS PARK, 533 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, MO
Saturday, March 24,  12:00 - 4:00 PM

Due to the overwhelming turnout interest (and a conflicting event scheduled at Mill Creek/JC Nichols Park), the event will be held across from the Nelson-Atkins, in Theis Park! Please update your calendar events accordingly.

A march to say "Enough!" We must protect Americans, American lives. Weapons are not more important than people.  We are gathering at Theis Park in Kansas City on Saturday, March 24 from noon to 4 pm as part of the nationwide effort to advocate for weapons reform. It is past time elected officials put the lives of Americans above the donations from the NRA and above profits for weapons manufacturers. Let's join together to make a change for our future!   Visit the Facebook page   here .

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Exploiting never-before used provisions of Article V of our Constitution, convention proponents claim 28 states have signed onto an effort that would allow unelected, unaccountable delegates to rewrite the Constitution with zero checks and balances. Take action to stop this corporate-funded, right-wing attack on our most sacred document.  Watch here . Add your signature here .


WOMEN OF PROTEST: PHOTOS FROM THE RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL WOMAN'S PARTY
This collection includes 448 digitized photographs selected from approximately 2,650 print photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party (NWP). The NWP sought to attract publicity in order to win passage of a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote.  View the collection here .
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: THE GLASS CEILING, BROKEN OR CRACKED?
U.S. National Archives
When a major political party nominated the first woman for the American presidency, was the proverbial glass ceiling broken or just cracked? A conversation featuring a cross-generational, bipartisan group of former Congresswomen will lend their voices to discuss their paths to public service, the challenges they faced, what they hoped to achieve, and most importantly what obstacles they still need to overcome.
Watch here (begins at 5:40).
JENNIFER LAWRENCE TEACHES STUDENTS HOW GOVERNMENT REALLY WORKS
Corruption is legal in America and America's youth is finally realizing it.
Learn about our solution and sign up to get involved at represent.us/thesolution.
Watch here .
CENTRIST GROUPS AIM TO BUILD A NEW PARTY FOR MODERATE KANSANS
Jim McLean, kmuw 89.1
A national organization seeking to create a new moderate political party is teaming up with a grassroots effort in Kansas attempting to do the same.
"Our joint and very ambitious goal is to build a new party that will give voice to Kansans who no longer feel well represented by either the Democratic or Republican parties," Lenti says.
Chair Scott Morgan, of Lawrence, says the Party of the Center will field legislative candidates in the 2018 election and compete for at least one statewide office.  Listen here .
LOUD LIGHT: WEEK 8 RECAP
Davis Hammet, LoudLight
Trade wars, security problems, chickens, tax discussions, and more in week 8 of the statehouse. Watch here.
KANSAS TAX RECEIPTS FINISH $27M ABOVE ESTIMATES IN FEBRUARY
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
The state of Kansas collected $26.7 million more in tax receipts in February than revenue forecasters had expected, the Kansas Department of Revenue reported Thursday.
That means for the first eight months of the current fiscal year, total revenues have exceeded estimates by more than $275 million.
So far this fiscal year, revenues have exceeded projections every month. Much of the increase has been due to legislative action in 2017 to reverse course on many of the income tax cuts that former Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012.  Read more here .
SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE!
Your belief in W4K and the work we do to elect and keep moderates in Topeka has created  15 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 .
  
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 steam roll over us.
 
Up next: planning for the 2018 gubernatorial/statewide races.

With your support, Women for Kansas will again help lead the way. Our work, supported 100% by individual, private donations,  now gives you 2 options:

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RUSSIA'S SIGHTS ARE SET ON U.S. ELECTIONS. CAN STATES SECURE THE VOTING SYSTEMS IN TIME?
Judy Woodruff, pbs.org
The scope of Russian meddling in the last U.S. election has been outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments and the threat confirmed by heads of U.S. intelligence agencies. What can states do to protect American voters and democracy? Judy Woodruff talks with David Becker of the Center for Election Innovation & Research and Denise Merrill, Connecticut's secretary of state.
Watch here .

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONS ACROSS KANSAS, AND AROUND THE UNITED STATES
We know that the only way we'll strengthen democracy in KS and fix our broken criminal justice system is with strength in numbers.  ACLU events here .
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  here .
WE KAN! CONFERENCE 
What should Kansas look like?
Let's start shaping it!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meridian Center
1420 E. Broadway Ct., Newton

Tuesday evening, March 6
Sippin' & Supposin' at Norm's Coffee Bar, Newton 

Registration deadline February 26. No refunds after March 1.
Register here!

2018 International Women's Day Solidarity Event
Hosted by The Resistance LFK
Saturday, March 10, 11am-7pm
Buford M. Watson Jr. Park
727 Kentucky St., Lawrence, KS

Speakers. Musical Performers. Organizations. Free on-site childcare. Artists. Food. Community. Solidarity. And all that good stuff!!!  Details to follow.
Visit our Facebook page.
MEET DECISION MAKERS: SPRING LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SATURDAY MARCH 10, 9AM
McKinley Administrative Center
308 E. First, Newton

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host its Spring Legislative Update from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Come hear what your Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn and Representatives Don Schroeder and Tim Hodge have to say about bills being proposed and passed in the Kansas Legislature.
The cost to attend this event is free.

LEGISLATIVE COFFEE
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
10:00-11:30 A.M.
Lenexa City Hall
17101 W. 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa
Hosted by League of Women Voters of Kansas and Johnson County Library (KS)

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions and we'll provide the coffee and doughnuts. This series is presented as a partnership with Johnson County Library and the League of Women Voters.

Speakers include: Sen. Dinah Sykes, 21st District; Reps. Tom Cox, 17th District; Linda Hineman Gallagher, 23rd District; and Shelee Brim, 39th District.
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  Roster
Kansas Senate Roster

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