October 31 , 2017
TAX CUTS AND A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Dan Lee, qconline.com
We all know that cutting taxes creates jobs by encouraging investment and leaving more money in the pockets of consumers, right? Except that it doesn't always work out that way.
And we all know that increasing taxes is a drag on the economy, resulting in loss of jobs, right? Except that it doesn't always work out that way.
There is, an important lesson to be learned from the experiences of Kansas and Minnesota. Any claim that tax cuts will result in more jobs and higher wages for current workers should be taken with a grain of salt.
Proponents of tax cuts such as Gov. Brownback have a tendency to overstate the economic benefits of tax cuts - which, as in the case of Kansas, can be slim to none.
Read more here.
PUTTING KANSAS BACK
IN OUR HANDS
Jeff Longbine, Kansas State Senator, District 17,  The Emporia Gazette
There they go again! The lobbyists fighting to keep the Brownback Tax Plan in Kansas have targeted our community with postcards designed to mislead our families. They've made all sorts of exaggerated claims because, quite frankly, that's what they get paid to do. I want you to have the truth.
  • What is the background on this tax plan?
  • What does the new plan do?
  • Is the tax plan retroactive?
  • Why are the lobbyists fired up enough to spend so much money?

Because it was their job to keep the tax breaks for wealthy corporations in place. Under the Brownback Plan, the billionaires they lobby for were able to skirt income taxes while our families picked up their tab. Under the new plan, those corporations will now have to pay their fair share.

Read more here.
KOBACH'S VOTER FRAUD DETECTION PROGRAM IS SO FLAWED THAT INDIANA CREATED ITS OWN SOFTWARE TO FIX IT
Pema Levy, Mother Jones
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair, has made it his mission to find evidence of voter fraud and crack down on it. (In reality, there have been few documented cases of voter fraud.) Part of that effort is the interstate Crosscheck program, which his office administers and he has called a model for the country. It compares voter lists between participating states in order to find people who are registered in multiple states and could try to vote twice.
But the program has been found to generate thousands of false positives-flagging legitimately registered voters and threatening to remove them from the rolls. The false positives have also been used as proof of voter fraud. At a congressional hearing on Wednesday, a Republican secretary of state who uses Crosscheck acknowledged its flaws.  Read more here.
UNSEALED DEPOSITION SHOWS KOBACH SUSPECTED PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP RULE MIGHT NOT
BE LEGAL
Dan Margolies, KCUR 89.3
In a sworn deposition in a lawsuit challenging Kansas' proof-of-citizenship requirement, Kobach acknowledged drafting proposed amendments to the National Voter Registration Act, the formal name of the motor voter law, after courts blocked the requirement for Kansas voters registering at DMV offices.  Kobach was photographed at his November 2016 meeting with Trump clutching a document with a list of priorities for the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, Kobach was a candidate to lead the department, which he acknowledges in his deposition.
One document, which was mostly blacked out, listed 23 points. The third, under the heading "Stop Aliens from Voting," says "Draft Amendments to the National Voter Registration Act to promote proof-of-citizenship requirements."  Read more here .
Listen to Dan Margolies KMUW 89.1 related interview here.
BUZZFEED SUES KRIS KOBACH OVER OPEN RECORDS
Sherman Smith, cjonline.com
BuzzFeed is suing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his office for refusing to comply with an open records request for emails containing immigration--and election--related terms.
n the court filing, BuzzFeed's attorneys said the response is improper because KORA doesn't specify an "official business" requirement. Additionally, the petition says Kobach has made "well-known official statements and positions on these issues as Secretary of State for Kansas," including in testimony before Congress, and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity identifies Kobach with his state title and as the state's chief election officer.
Read more here.
STAKEHOLDERS: IMMIGRANTS 'ESSENTIAL' TO WESTERN KS
Allison Kite, The Topeka Capital-Journal
Posted in the Garden City Telegram
Stakeholders at a University of Kansas-hosted policy conference agreed Thursday that immigration and trade are essential to the Kansas economy, despite rhetoric emanating from Washington aimed at stymying the inflow of immigrants and renegotiating trade deals.
Panelists at the Kansas Economic Policy Conference said immigrant workers are vital in both highly-skilled tech sectors and Western Kansas agricultural businesses as rural towns lose population. They also advocated for continued international trade because of Kansas' position as an exporter of food and airplane parts.  Read more here .
ECONOMIC AND ETHNIC ACHIEVEMENT GAPS PERSIST IN 2017, STATE TEST RESULTS SHOW
Peter Hancock, LJWorld.com
Kansas public schools made virtually no progress in the past year in narrowing the achievement gaps between economic classes and ethnic subgroups, according to results from the latest round of statewide reading and math tests.
Among high school students, those from upper-income families were more than three times as likely to score at or above grade level on state math exams than students on free or reduced-price meals, according to Kansas State Department of Education data. And they were nearly two and a half times more likely to score well on English language arts exams.
Read more here.
KANSAS LEGISLATORS CREATE INTERIM SCHOOL FINANCE COMMITTEE
Allison Kite, The Topeka Capital-Journal
A group of legislative leaders on Monday created an interim committee tasked
with studying K-12 school finance after the Kansas Supreme Court again found the state's education funding model unconstitutional.
Some legislators take issue with the court's involvement in what they see as a political decision. Following the most recent court decision, Senate Republican leaders criticized the court's involvement, calling it a "clear disrespect for the legislative process."
Hensley said he disagreed with that sentiment.
"They've done their job as a co-equal branch of state government, and now we need to do our job," Hensley said. "We need to send them a bill ... that has the money that provides for adequacy."
Read more here.
LAWMAKERS OPEN TO CHANGING KANSAS CONSTITUTION AFTER SCHOOL FUNDING DECISION
Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
A new committee looking at how to respond to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the state's school funding formula is unconstitutional may recommend changing the state constitution, a top Republican lawmaker said Monday.
House Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, hinted the group may pursue a constitutional amendment that would go to a statewide vote.
The constitution now says Kansas must make "suitable" provision to finance education. An amendment could define the meaning of the phrase - potentially making it more difficult for school districts to sue for more funding in the future Lawmakers have until April 30, 2018, to tell the court how they will address the ruling.
Read more here.
BUTLER COUNTY HOSTS ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHY KANSAS
The Butler County chapter hosted  the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas in  El Dorado last Thursday. Sheldon Wisegrau gave a powerful power point emphasizing the impact accepting Medicaid would have on the health of Kansans and the Kansas economy.
1,569 uninsured residents of Butler County would gain health coverage. This would add over $6 million annually  to the county economy and create 42 new jobs.
#NOTYSONSEDGWICKCOUNTY HELD INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Sara Berlinger, ksn.com
Tyson Foods has listed Sedgwick County as one of three finalists for its $300 million plus facility and estimated 1,500 jobs.
But today the group called #NoTysonSedgwickCounty rallied and invited the public to come and be a part of the protest.  The group says it has questions about Tyson plants and the environment.  Watch here .
IMPACT OF GERRYMANDERING
ON THE ELECTION PROCESS
Great attendance for the candidate  forum featuring BOE candidates at the Meridian Center! Thanks to all who came out. Being well-informed on issues is our
strength as a community.
Looking ahead, we are very pleased to have secured Dr. Russell Arben Fox as our guest presenter,

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH,  7:00PM
Newton Trinity Heights, 1200 Boyd, Newton
(directly across 12th Street from the high school)

You may be familiar with Dr. Fox of Friends University's Political Science Dept. He is a frequent contributor to political articles in the Eagle and for interviews on KWCH news. His topic for us will be the impact of gerrymandering on the election process, an issue that may not be well-understood by everyone.  THIS IS NOT LIMITED TO WOMEN. ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

If you have or know students studying history and government, please encourage them to attend.  If you are from out of town and need further directions, please contact a member of our steering committee.
Gini Johnson - johnsongini@hotmail.com
Virginia Benninghoff - rvbenn@prodigy.net
Evelyn Adams - ejadams54@hotmail.com
Mary Collier - mcolliersales@gmail.com
AVOIDING ANOTHER 'BROWNBACKISTAN'
Patricia Murphy, Roll Call
"Economic gold rush? Or fiscal wreck?" That was the question the Kansas City Star asked on May 23, 2012, the day after Gov. Sam Brownback signed a sweeping series of state tax cuts into law. Five years later, the Kansas tax cuts are looking a lot more train wreck than gold rush.  If states really are supposed to be the "laboratory" of democracy, Republicans have a lot they can learn from one lab test that has gone horribly awry before they try the same experiment, but on a larger scale, on the rest of us. Read more here .
NEXT IN LINE: LT. GOV. JEFF COLYER SET TO INHERIT BUDGET MESS IN KANSAS
Jeremy Hobson, wbur.org
Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will get the top political job in Kansas when his boss, Gov. Sam Brownback, leaves office in the next few weeks. Brownback was tapped to join the Trump administration and now Colyer must decide the fate of the state's underfunded schools - a legacy of Brownback's controversial tax cuts.  Listen here .
KANSAS SILVER-HAIRED LEGISLATURE MET IN ANNUAL SESSION
Hiawatha World
The Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature (SHL) held its 35th Annual Session in Topeka.  Delegates debate and vote on the issues presented to them by the Executive Board from their July meeting. These issues, in the form of Bills and Resolutions, are subjected to a two-day process of committee hearings and debate, then are voted on two times before being considered as "passed."
It is just one way for the senior citizens in Kansas to have their collective voice heard.  Read more  here .
KRIS KOBACH CUT AND PASTED ANTI-IMMIGRANT CHAIN LETTER BULLET POINTS FOR BREITBRT COLUMN
Eric Hananoki, Media Matters
"In his October 24 Breitbart.com piece, Kobach made false claims about the crime rate for undocumented immigrants, writing, "There is over-whelming evidence that it is much higher than the crime rate for U.S. citizens. Illegal aliens commit a disproportionate share of crimes" (emphasis in original). As The New York Times and many others have reported, "Several studies, over many years, have concluded that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. And experts say the available evidence does not support the idea that undocumented immigrants commit a disproportionate share of crime."  Read more here .
FIFTH TEEN ENTERS RACE FOR KANSAS GOVERNOR
Mary Clarkin, The Hutchinson News
Joseph Tutera Jr., 16, Mission Hills, prepares to run for Kansas governor.
The other high school students who have filed a campaign account document with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission are: Jack Bergeson, Tyler Ruzich, Ethan Randleas, and Dominic Scavuzzo.  The filing deadline to get on the August primary ballot is June 1, 2018 Read more   here .
KANSAS UNDER COURT ORDER TO FIX FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sam Zeff, KCUR;  Posted to NPR/WVIK
In just a few months, the Kansas legislature will gavel in and funding for public schools will be at the top of the agenda. It's a perpetual problem - but this year lawmakers are facing a deadline imposed by the state's Supreme Court, and 2018 is an election year.  Listen here .
SEE WHAT YOU'VE  DONE!
Your belief in W4K and the work we do to elect and keep moderates in Topeka has created  14 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.

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Sustaining member $500.00 year
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WICHITA WOMEN'S FORUM with LWV & Amigas de Wichita

Sunday, November 5, 1:00 pm
Manhattan Fire Station
Corner of Kimball and Denison

Leading the formation:  Rep. Valdenia Winn, PhD  34th District, Wyandotte County. Becky Fast, President of the Roeland Park City Council. Gail James, PhD, retired from KU, and an active advocate for women's rights.

QUESTIONS? Contact Rep. Valdenia Winn at vwinn1236@att.net.
WHAT NOW? KS POLITICS IN 2018: A MAINSTREAM FORUM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
 Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Sylvester Powell Community Center
5960 Dearborn St., Ste 213,  Mission, KS

Ticket information available here.
Free and open to the public
Speakers TBA

Please attend and join the discussion by bringing your questions. There is much work to be done in 2018, let's be prepared!  The forum will be live-streamed. If you are unable to attend, please use the live-stream button on our homepage to watch and listen live.
"The practice of democracy is not passed down  through the gene pool.
It must be taught  and learned anew by each generation of citizens."

Visit iCivics.org to learn more.
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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FARM & FOOD CONFERENCE
November 17 - 18, 2017
Four Points Sheraton,  Manhattan
This year's theme, 
"Driving the Change that Matters: Practical and Political Solutions to our Farm
and Food Future ". 

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, registering, or scholarships at this year's conference visit
kansasruralcenter.org  or call
Natalie Fullerton at 866-579-5469 Extension 701 or email info@kansasruralcenter.org.
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