September 12 , 2017
THE UNITED STATES OF KANSAS
Brian Litwin, Times-Call
In 2012, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback massively cut his state's taxes in what he called a "real-live experiment." This was done despite the assessment that it would slash state income taxes by roughly $3.7 billion over five years, with state fiscal analysts projecting budget deficits reaching $2.5 billion in 2018.
When the government cuts taxes, revenues fall.
Why does all of this matter? Might it signal a dent in the Republican's mythological armor that cutting taxes can someone raise government revenue? Doubtful, but one can hope. How do tax plans that clearly favor the rich and corporations get enacted? Because they are the ones writing it. The Kansas model followed an already laid out blueprint provided to it, free of charge of course, by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is of course a secretive group, financed by major corporations, that drafts model legislation for conservative state-level politicians. Think of them as a corporate legislative laundering group. Most of ALEC's efforts are directed, not surprisingly, at privatization, deregulation, and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.  Read more here .
TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH HELP
THE RICH, NOT YOU
Josh Hoxie, Common Dreams
Corporations will see their nominal tax rates drop from 35 percent to 20 or even 15 percent. Individual rates will go down - possibly for everyone, but definitely and most strikingly for the very wealthy. Overall tax revenue will tank, potentially by as much as $10 trillion over ten years.  What does all this look like in the real world?
On the corporate side, we know for sure that lower corporate taxes do not create jobs.
This is probably the biggest wealth grab in American history by the wealthy, for the wealthy. Selling it as a middle-class tax cut, regardless of the images in the ads you see, is just old-fashioned lying.  Read more here .
GOOSSEN: REVENUE RESET
Duane Goossen, KCEG
Gov. Brownback's tax experiment brought havoc to the Kansas budget and put the state's general fund in severe financial distress. But in June, a bipartisan supermajority of lawmakers rescinded those policies in a dramatic veto override and put Kansas back on a more stable financial path.
The chart tells the basic story.
In the meantime, it's important to watch each monthly revenue report to understand whether receipts track above or below expectations. But those monthly reports should also be viewed with caution, knowing that a large share of the new revenue may not appear until next spring.  Read more here .
KRIS KOBACH AND HIS 5,313 FRADULENT VOTERS
The Editorial Board, The New York Times
In his day job as Kansas' secretary of state, where he plays the "Javert of voter fraud," Mr. Kobach complains that the media's response to his efforts to safeguard America's elections is a dismissive, "Move along, there's nothing to see here." So let's stop and take a closer look.  True, New Hampshire had some very close races.   Also apparently true: Data given to the commission by the speaker of the state's House showed that 6,540 people registered to vote there on Election Day using an out-of-state ID.
Busted, right? Not quite. In his hunger to expose fraudulent voters, Mr. Kobach omitted a few important details.  Rather than admit his obvious biases, Mr. Kobach carps that "the mainstream media has ignored the problem of voter fraud and belittled those of us who are trying to do something about it." The truth is that Mr. Kobach and his band of vote suppressors belittle themselves, and threaten voting rights nationwide, with their dishonesty.  Read more here .
IDEA COULD MAKE VOTING EASIER, BUT FACES KOBACH OPPOSITION
Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle
Voting-rights advocates are floating a proposal that could make it easier to vote, but the state's top election official is dead-set against it, raising the possibility of voter fraud.
The idea is election-day registration, a system used by 16 states and the District of Columbia, where voters can register or update their voting information at the polling place on election day.
"All the states that have election-day registration are at the top of voter turnout," voting-rights expert Kevin Kennedy said in the keynote speech at "Democracy Tomorrow," a daylong voting-rights seminar held Friday at Wichita State University's Hughes Metropolitan Complex.
He acknowledged there are challenges and extra work for election officials in administering such a system but said, "I think the answer is yes, it is worth it."  Read more here .
LAWYERS' GROUP: SKETCHY ELECTION PANEL USING PERSONAL EMAIL FOR  OFFICIAL BIZ
Esme Cribb, Talking Points Memo
Members of President Trump's bogus "election integrity" commission vice chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach used personal email to conduct official business, plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the commission claimed Tuesday.
Members of the panel "have been using personal email accounts rather than federal government systems to conduct Commission work," according to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which filed suit against the committee in July.
The lawyers' group said in the filing that the use of personal accounts is a violation of the Presidential Records Act and claimed that lawyers for the commission said "they did not yet have any settled plan for how they would collect emails from these personal, non-federal government systems."  Read more here.
LEAGUE STATEMENT ON
DACA REVERSAL
Sarah Courtney, League of Women Voters
The Trump administration announced their intention to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 immigrants in jeopardy. League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement:
"This administration's decision to rescind the 'Dreamers' program is shameful and does not serve national interest.
"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children."  Read statement here .
'GO HOME AND GET IN LINE': FACT-CHECKING KRIS KOBACH ON DACA
Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
On Tuesday, Kansas Secretary of State (and vice-chair of President Trump's voter fraud commission) Kris Kobach went on MSNBC to defend the president's decision to end DACA.
The argument that DACA immigrants take jobs from American citizens is "more complicated than it seems and lacks evidence to back it up," according to PolitiFact . There does not appear to be any research to support Kobach's claim directly.  Read more here.
KRIS KOBACH IS WRONG,
AS USUAL
Barbara Shelly, The Pitch
Beginning with President Trump, even the most callous politicians are taking care to seem a little bit sorry about the prospect of deporting nearly a million young people who have grown up in the United States but aren't here legally.
But not Kris Kobach.
And while Trump gave DACA a six-month grace period in hopes that Congress will pass a law allowing them to stay, that's not good enough for Kobach, who wants the immigrants known as "dreamers" deported immediately.
Read more here.
EDITORIAL: TIME TO DEBATE MEDICAID EXPANSION
Candidates should explain their attitudes toward expanding Medicaid to 150,000 Kansans
Capital-Journal Editorial Board, cjonline.com
Over the past year, several polls have asked Kansans if they support Medicaid expansion in the state, and all of them have demonstrated widespread support. Last October, a Fort Hays State University survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents were in favor of expansion. A few months later, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network asked Kansans the same question, and reported even greater support: 82 percent. In April, the same organization (along with the American Heart Association) found that 66 percent of Republicans endorsed expansion.
Kansans support Medicaid expansion, and we need to remind our future governor of this fact.  Read more here.
AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP
ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
THAT'S A MISTAKE
Erika Christakis, The Atlantic
Public schools have always occupied prime space in the excitable American imagination. For decades, if not centuries, politicians have made hay of their supposed failures and extortions.
Few people care  more  about individual students than public-school teachers do, but what's really missing in this dystopian narrative is a hearty helping of reality: 21st-century public schools, with their record numbers of graduates and expanded missions, are nothing close to the cesspools portrayed by political hyperbole.
Thomas Jefferson, understood that a functioning democracy required an educated citizenry, and crucially, he saw education as a public good to be included in the "articles of public care," despite his preference for the private sector in most matters. John Adams, another proponent of public schooling, urged, "There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the expense of the people themselves."
In this era of growing fragmentation, we urgently need a renewed commitment to the idea that public education is a worthy investment, one that pays dividends not only to individual families but to our society as a whole."
Read more here.
KANSAS ACT TEST RESULTS SHOW DECLINE
Kansas Association of School Boards
"Unfortunately, this year's ACT results are further evidence that Kansas educational progress has stagnated at best, and begun to decline at worst," said Mark Tallman, associate executive director for the Kansas Association of School Boards. "Kansas school leaders have warned for years that failing to provide adequate funding with student enrollment rising and becoming more diverse will erode the quality of education." 
Kansas per pupil funding is below 2009 levels when adjusted for inflation. Kansas ranked 39th in the nation in per pupil funding increases since 2008. Read more here .
SHAME ON KS AND MISSOURI REPUBLICANS FOR VOTING AGAINST HARVEY RELIEF BILL
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board,
The Kansas City Star
Nine U.S. House members from Kansas and Missouri, all Republicans, voted against providing federal funds,to help Houston residents recover from Hurricane Harvey. One senator - Jerry Moran of Kansas, also a Republican - joined them.
It's hard to overstate the anger and shame their constituents should feel about those votes. At a time of great need, our elected representatives turned their backs on our neighbors to make meaningless political points. And the hypocrisy. Let us count the ways...
Lawmakers who truly want to reduce the deficit can walk away from tax cuts for the wealthy. 
Then, as the bills from Harvey and Irma roll in, they can remember why we spend on disaster relief: Their victims are our neighbors, and they need our help. Someday, we'll ask for help from them.  Read more here .
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:00 PM
Trinity Heights Methodist Church
1200 Boyd Ave, Newton, Kansas
(Across the street from Newton High School on West 12th Street)

Our fall schedule opens with a presentation on the Newton bond issue by Superintendent Deb Hamm. We hope you'll plan to attend to ask and discuss any questions you have regarding this issue.

ALSO: Please mark your calendar to attend the lecture by Leonard Pitts at Bethel College Memorial Hall, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 12th. There is a book signing after the presentation.  Hope to see you there

QUESTIONS? Contact Gini Johnson at
316-619-9142 or johnsongini@hotmail.com.
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 .
KRIS KOBACH AND JIM WARD COULD BE THE CANDIDATES TO BEAT IN 2018 KANSAS GOVERNOR'S RACE
Steve Rose, The Kansas City Star
The two candidates most likely to face off in November 2018 for Kansas governor are m Republican Kris Kobachand Democrat Jim Ward. 
Jim Who? I'll get to that in a minute, but first let's lay down the logic of this prediction, which, by the way, in Kobach's case, is certainly not a wish by any means.
That's how it looks now. But the wild card is if Colyer can prove he is a terrific campaigner and knock out Kobach. Then, all bets are off.  Read more here .
SEE WHAT YOU'VE  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.

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IN RESPONSE TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, KOBACH CITES VOTER DATABASE AS KEY KANSAS REVENUE RESOURCE
Celia Llopis-Jepsen, kmuw 89.1
Kobach has long said the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program serves as a valuable tool for protecting the integrity of elections by allowing officials in about 30 states to compare their voter rolls in search of people who are double registered.
Critics, however, question the program's value, saying poor data quality means there is far greater potential for mistakenly assuming people with the same name and birthdate to be the same person.  Listen here .
KRIS KOBACH'S LEAP OF LOGIC ON VOTER FRAUD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOULD BE DISQUALIFYING
Philip Bump, The Washington Post
This isn't a game.
The effect of the commission will invariably be to call for new legislation making it harder to vote. Such a law in Kansas meant that 34,000 fewer people voted in  that state in 2012 than in 2008, with those affected skewing younger and less white.
Kobach's past behavior and other recent comments  have suggested he's inappropriate for his Trump-appointed role; this Breitbart essay makes that more clear.  Watch  here .
PROMINENT REPUBLICANS URGE SUPREME COURT TO END GERRYMANDERING
Adam Liptak, The New York Times
Breaking ranks with many of their fellow Republicans, a group of prominent politicians filed briefs on Tuesday urging the Supreme Court to rule that extreme political gerrymandering - the drawing of voting districts to give lopsided advantages to the party in power - violates the Constitution.
"Partisan gerrymandering has become a tool for powerful interests to distort the democratic process," reads a brief filed by Mr. McCain and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island.
Charles Fried, a Harvard law professor, said it was important to take the long view and to act on principle.
"It's not a partisan issue," he said. "We are working for our republic, and not for Republicans."  Read more here .
KANSAS DACA RECIPIENTS PIN HOPES ON CONGRESS TO PASS IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION
Nadya Faulx, kmuw 89.1
In reaction to the announcement that President Trump is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  program, DACA recipients and immigration activists in Wichita are now calling on Congress to pass permanent legislation to protect young adults brought to the U.S. as kids.
Dozens of people gathered on the steps of the Sedgwick County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon in response to the morning's announcement; many shared their stories of being DACA recipients, and what the morning's announcement meant for them.  Listen here .



MON, OCTOBER 9, 7-9pm
First Unitarian Universalist
Church of Wichita
7202 E. 21st St. N., Wichita

Co-hosted by Expand Medicaid
in Kansas NOW and First UU.
SOME KS SCHOOL DISTRICTS USE FUNDING INFLUX TO BOOST TEACHER SALARIES
Celia Llopis-Jepsen, KCUR 89.3
Tens of millions of dollars in extra state funding that legislators approved this spring amid pressure from an ongoing school finance lawsuit could go toward raising teacher pay.
In recent weeks, news reports point to school boards throughout the state adjusting pay this year.
However, there's no statewide data yet on how much teacher compensation will grow compared to last school year. That means it's unclear whether the average change will keep pace with inflation or even exceed it.
The latter could be a sign that school districts are jumping at the chance to offer more competitive salary packages.
Listen here.
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HATPIN PANIC: THE RISE OF WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE
Cup of Jane
In the early 1900's big hats were all the rage, and the large hatpins that kept them in place started the rise of women's self defense. Thus started "hatpin panic"!  Watch here .
TONIGHT!
RENOWNED  JOURNALIST
LEONARD PITTS
TO SPEAK  AT BETHEL COLLEGE

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 7PM
MEMORIAL HALL
Bethel College Campus
300 E. 27th St., North Newton

The Kansas Institute  for
Peace & Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)  at Bethel College
is bringing  LEONARD PITTS
to campus to celebrate KIPCOR'S  30th Anniversary.

The keynote event will be a lecture and book-signing.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)  

Closing four miles of Douglas to traffic, College Hill to the historic Delano, and opens the street for biking, walking, running, live music and dancing, entertainment, food, art, yoga, & more.
 Check out our site for a full list of activities and music lineup.

VISIT THE WOMEN FOR KANSAS' BOOTH AT THE OPEN STREETS ICT PROJECT

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WILL HAVE A BOOTH
REGISTERING VOTERS!
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
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VOTERS IN SUSPENSE?
Which KS counties keep  highest number of would-be voters  in suspense?
See the numbers  by  count  here .
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!
This outrageous conduct of politicians.
You are their boss and we as a people are completely capable of retaking control of our civic life.
Vote Smart has made a great start. We track all of their votes, words, bios, ratings, money and issue positions in easy to use systems. Together we can retake possession of our government.
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