September 26 , 2017
WOMEN FOR KANSAS TABLE AT OPEN STREET ICT BRINGS IN A LOT OF INTEREST
It was a wonderful experience,
as the day went on we had lots
of traffic.
It was a most productive day! Many thanks to all the "hands on deck" including members of the W4K men's auxiliary Sam Knecht, Dennis Zitterkopt and the friendly fellow from our neighboring booth the Wichita Park Foundation whose "true grit" helped us raise the tent!
The response was so great from vendors in the downtown area and all the participants that there will surely be
another Open Street in 2018, and W4K will be there again!
KANSAS EARNS D IN ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL HEALTH, TAXPAYER BURDEN
Allison Kite, cjonline.com
According to an analysis by the Chicago-based group Truth In Accounting, each Kansas taxpayer would have to give up $7,800 to help the state catch up on funding its liabilities, including employee pensions, earning the state a D.
The analysis found that just nine states had enough money to cover all its bills. The other 41 - including Kansas - could not cover all their liabilities and were kicking the can down the road on funding obligations.
The state has struggled with budget shortfalls and meeting its liability obligations for several years. In 2015, it issued a bond to boost payments to its employee pension system. This year, the Legislature overrode Gov. Sam Brownback's veto to roll back his signature tax policy and raise $1.2 billion over two years.  Read more here.
WHAT DOES JEFF COLYER PLAN
TO DO AS KANSAS GOVERNOR? HE'S NOT SAYING
Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star
On that day in June 2010 when Sam Brownback picked his running mate, the governor-to-be positively gushed about Jeff Colyer.
"Jeff's brilliant," Brownback said of Colyer. "He's extremely well-qualified. He's talented. He's a wonderful humanitarian ... he's just a total package."
Since then, Brownback and Colyer have walked arm-in-arm.  Given that, it's time for Colyer to finally tell the state what he plans to do with the 15 months or so he may have in the state's most powerful job. Kansas is, after all, in the midst of a seismic transition away from Brownback-Colyer conservatism and back toward the state's traditional moderate roots.
Thus far, Colyer is doing everything in his power to avoid answering these difficult questions.  Read more here .
INSIGHT KANSAS: ELECT A ZEALOT TO HIGHER OFFICE?
H. Edward Flentje, Hays Post
Who was Phill Kline? And what does his landslide defeat in 2006 mean for the governor's race in 2018?
Does Kline's grandstanding with unsubstantiated charges, court infractions, and zealotry in the conduct of state office remind us of anyone?
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, currently a front-runner in seeking the 2018 Republican nomination for governor, has commandeered his office to mount a well-publicized, obsessive crusade, in Kansas and across the nation, to find and prosecute voter fraud.
In 2006 Kansas voters rejected the reckless zealotry of Phill Kline and his conduct in public office. In 2018 they will have to determine whether Kobach's fanatical quest to prove illusive voter fraud disqualifies him for elevation to higher office.  Read more here .
ACLU MOVES FROM DEFENSE TO OFFENSE, STARTING IN KRIS KOBACH'S HOME STATE
Alex Roarty, McClatchy
The ACLU campaign, called Let People Vote, will forgo a federal approach to expanding voting rights; indeed it ignores Congress altogether. Instead, it will pressure each state to adopt individually tailored plans, including proposals such as creating independent redistricting commissions and restoring voting access for convicted felons.
"We, as protectors of voting rights, we've been playing defense," Faiz Shakir, ACLU's national political director, told McClatchy. "And this is a moment to go on offense."
"We're trying to inspire the first nationwide grassroots voting-rights movement since passage of the Voting Rights Act," Shakir said.  Read more here.
ELECTION INTEGRITY COMMISION ON MISSION TO PURGE MILLIONS OF NON-GOP VOTERS
Scott Harris, Between the Lines
Critics of the commission point out that Kobach is well known as the architect of voter suppression laws adopted by states across the U.S. 
Kris Kobach said on Fox TV that he was going to try to take this system of naming double-voters, which he calls Crosscheck, from 28 Republican states to all 50 states by putting it into national law. 
So this canard of the alien voters and what he wants to do, he's taking the Homeland Security list deportees and once again you're going to get names like Jose Hernandez. And they're going to say, "Omigosh, there's a Jose Hernandez who was deported, but there's a Jose Hernandez on the voter rolls of Arizona." And so they have to be removed. The illegal aliens. If they're really removing illegal aliens, why, we wouldn't object.
But they're not. What they're doing is taking common Latino names and so you find them on the deportation list, and they're knocking off American voters with similar names.  Read more here .
HOW THE LEGISLATURE CAN TAKE UP WHERE STATISTICIAN HAS BEEN STOPPED
Eagle Editorial Board, The Wichita Eagle
Much good can come from Beth Clarkson's 2  1/2-year quest to solve an unexplained pattern of voting results, but only if the Kansas Legislature can see the bipartisan importance.
Clarkson, chief statistician for Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research with a Ph.D. in statistics, has tried since April 2015 to examine paper results from the 2014 general election. She wanted to answer why results tended to increase Republican votes in large precincts. Polling didn't reflect the tally, which Clarkson reasoned could be caused by unseen demographic trends or fraud within the vote count.
A bill that passed the Kansas House last spring would have required a paper ballot for every vote, spot-check audits and random sampling of machine counts alongside paper ballots. The bill died in the Senate.  Read more here.
NO, SEN. PAT ROBERTS, THIS AWFUL HEALTH CARE BILL
ISN'T THE ONLY OBAMACARE ALTERNATIVE
Kansas City Editorial Board, Kansas City Star
The Category 5 Hurricane known as  Graham-Cassidy is a man-made disaster that may yet be avoided.
When Roberts says that maintaining power is the goal, he is answering the question. Only, he's not answering the question he was asked. "But why does this bill make things better for Americans?" his interviewer persisted.
He was doing so well on the Truth-O-Meter until that last bit. Because Obamacare isn't headed for the cliff. And Graham-Cassidy isn't the only available vehicle. In fact, one of the most troubling things about this effort is that to pursue it, Republicans kicked aside the bipartisan bill,  Alexander-Murray, that really might have addressed the flaws of the current system, in favor of one that will exacerbate existing problems and create new ones.
Read more here.
STATE BLOCK GRANTS WITH LESS MONEY WILL NOT SOLVE HEALTH CARE
Neal Allen, Hays Post
The newest Senate Republican attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will cut government funding for health care, give states responsibility for spending that smaller amount, and hope that states will figure out how to deliver better results at lower prices.
The Graham Cassidy bill is bad for the country because it will lead to millions of people losing their health insurance. There is no magic solution to be found in state capitals to make the hard choices go away. Making long-term cuts in Medicaid spending and shifting more responsibility to the states is merely a means of U.S. Senators and House members avoiding making the hard choices themselves.
We have seen the effects of this kind of reform here in Kansas with the Brownback tax cut experiment over the last five years, and the effects on state services do not give reason for hope for states to save us from hard choices on health care.  Read more here.
ADVOCATES SEE CONFIRMATION OF COMPLAINTS IN NEW STUDY OF KANCARE SYSTEM
Allison Kite, cjonline.com
The study found KanCare recipients with serious mental illnesses had a hard time getting information about their coverage, acquiring needed medications and finding some providers, especially specialists. Hall said fewer than 20 percent of the 189 recipients she and her co-authors surveyed had spoken with a care coordinator, someone designated to help individuals covered by KanCare organize appointments and access care. For some health advocates, that critique echoed concerns they have heard since the state rolled out KanCare in 2013.
"One of the promises of managed care is that you'll have somebody that actually helps you manage your access to providers and manage taking care of your chronic condition," Hall said.  Read more here.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: LISTEN TO EXPERTS
Sheldon Weisgrau, Lawrence, Kansas
Posted in LJWorld.com
Journal-World reporter Peter Hancock should be commended for his thorough article on premium increases in the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace. Hancock accurately reports that insurers attribute most of the increase to uncertainty over the future of the program due to a lack of support from the Trump administration. Independent analysts from across the political spectrum share this conclusion.

Unfortunately, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer fails to listen to insurance experts and continues to falsely assert that "Obamacare" itself is solely to blame for cost increases. Colyer has an opportunity to show some leadership and work at the state level to improve the ACA for the nearly 100,000 Kansans who now have insurance thanks to the law. He could work to lower costs by expanding Medicaid, implementing innovative reinsurance models and addressing the high cost of prescription drugs.

There is growing support for the ACA and expanding KanCare in Kansas. Kansans want to see leadership, not excuses and political rhetoric.

It's time Lt. Gov. Colyer offered some positive solutions. He should join the bipartisan effort to stabilize the insurance markets, offer consumers some certainty, and improve the ACA. The health of thousands of Kansans depends on it.
KCC FINAL ORDER OPENS WAY FOR UTILITY COMPANIES TO CHARGE WIND, SOLAR USERS HIGHER FEES
Morgan Chilson, cjonline.com
A Kansas Corporation Commission final order issued Thursday was a "real loss" for residential wind and solar users, an energy activist said, expressing dissatisfaction at the commission's lack of willingness to engage in a substantive study of how distributed generation users affect the power grid.
On one side of the issue were utilities that say customers who get the bulk of their energy from residential wind or solar platforms aren't paying their fair share of the fixed costs of the power grid. 
On the other side are energy advocates and solar/wind companies that say they want the utility companies to demonstrate exactly what the fixed costs are they're not covering, and asking for an in-depth review of the costs and benefits that distributed generation users bring to the grid.  "The burden of proof is on the utilities who want to add an extra fee," she said.  Read more here .
WSU WELCOMES KEYNOTE SPEAKER  CARMEN PEREZ,
CO-CHAIR OF WOMEN'S MARCH

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28
Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
WSU Hughes Metroplex
Diversity Lecture Series
5015 E. 29th St., Wichita

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Carmen Perez,
Co-chair of the Women's March  "Moment to Movement: An Intersectional Approach to Building Resistance and Community"

On Jan. 21, more than five million people across the globe participated in the Women's March - with more than 500,000 marching in Washington, D.C.
Among the stellar group of women who made the march happen was Carmen Perez, executive director of The Gathering for Justice.
Perez's speech at the Women's March in Washington was laser-focused on standing together in the face of discrimination and exclusivity - especially when the discrimination comes from those with the most power at the highest levels of government. Read more here.

"We will be brave, intentional, and unapologetic in
addressing the intersections of our identities."
WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? CROWDED FIELD FOR KANSAS GOVERNOR IS BIG MEN'S CLUB
Bryan Lowry, The Kansas City Star
The more than a dozen candidates seeking the Kansas governor's mansion in 2018 span the political spectrum and range in age from 16 to 71, but they all have one thing in common.
They're all men.
"There are a number of talented women who would make excellent governors and would make good candidates. I don't know why they're not throwing their hats in, but it's not because of a lack of talent," Ward said.  Watch here .
W4K-NORTH CENTRAL AND LWV - SALINA PRESENT BIPARTISAN WOMEN'S CAUCUS
W4K-NCK, YouTube
Women for Kansas North Central Chapter and the League of Women Voters of Salina Kansas presented three Kansas representatives speaking about how a caucus of Kansas legislators came together in the last legislative session to create change. Their efforts were directly responsible for creating an effective responsive budget for Kansans.
Watch here.
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH THE KANSAS TAX EXPERIMENT?
Kate Rogers, CNBC
CNBC's Kate Rogers reports on a recently reversed tax experiment in the state of Kansas.
John Gibson explained, "Experience in Kansas has shown me that what is proposed as a small business tax break is actually not about small business, it's about effectively eliminating taxes on a handful of extraordinarily wealthy individuals to the detriment of the rest of us."  Watch here .


LET PEOPLE VOTE!
Hosted by Michele Watley, Cody Jacobsen

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6:30pm
Parsnipity Cafe
301 N Main St #150,  Wichita

Join ACLU People Power and ACLU of Kansas at our big launch event for our new voting rights campaign,
Let People Vote.
The event at the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS will be live streamed into house parties across the country.

 Join us for our watch  party
in Wichita!  Sign up and
RSVP for event 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.

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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JIMMY KIMMEL URGES DEFEAT OF GOP HEALTH BILL FOR 3RD STRAIGHT NIGHT
Jimmy has found himself in the middle of a battle over American health care, so tonight he responds to more criticism from Senator Bill Cassidy and those other jerks who want to take our health care away.  Watch 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.
EDITORIAL: A LESSON ABOUT TRANSPARENCY
J-W Editorial Staff, LJWorld.com
The Tonganoxie poultry plant fiasco is an example of why transparency works and secrecy doesn't when it comes to government.  Read more here .
WICHITA WOMEN'S FORUM with LWV & Amigas de Wichita

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE!

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

Three long time members of the NWPC are stepping forward to lead the formation of a state caucus.  Rep. Valdenia Winn, PhD  represents  the 34th District in Wyandotte County. Becky Fast is President of the Roeland Park City Council. Gail James, PhD is retired from the University of Kansas, and is an active advocate for women's rights.

QUESTIONS? Contact Rep. Valdenia Winn at vwinn1236@att.net.
"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.
VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders.  Visit  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
ARE YOU UNDER 30?
There are nearly 5,000 of you.  See who you know on the voter suspense list.
List available here .

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.
Visit website or call  888-VOTESMART .


FARM & FOOD CONFERENCE
November 17 - 18, 2017
Four Points Sheraton Hotel
Manhattan, Kansas
This year's theme,  "Driving the Change that Matters: Practical and Political Solutions to our Farm and Food Future ".  REGISTER TODAY!

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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