September 5 , 2017
FOR TAX REFORM LESSONS, CONGRESS NEEDN'T LOOK FAR
James B. Stewart, The New York Times
President Trump made his pitch for tax reform this week, but the odds are not favorable for legislation that would reduce individual and corporate rates and promote economic growth without driving up the national deficit.
For inspiration, maybe Mr. Trump and lawmakers in Congress should look in their own backyard.
The District of Columbia, a political entity whose city council lies ideologically somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders, has done exactly that.
In the ensuing years, economic growth and tax receipts have surged, enabling the city to accelerate cuts that were being phased in.
Contrast that success with what happened in Kansas, which also carried out a notable tax experiment recently. The governor called the move "a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy."  If so, it was a shot that nearly killed the patient.  Read more here .
AS VOODOO ECONOMICS
COLLAPSES IN KANSAS,
TRUMP TAKES IT NATIONAL
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
In 2015, Grover Norquist, who has successfully defined unconditional opposition to taxes as the defining
tenet of party orthodoxy, waxed enthusiastic about one state in particular that was leading the way for the nation. "Kansas is the future," he told   an interviewer. "Kansas is the model."
Now Brownback's tax cuts have failed so dramatically and incontrovertibly that the state's Republican legislature overrode Brownback's veto to eliminate them. In a new interview with Russell Berman, Norquist insists the failure in Kansas does not tell us much at all about anything. "If you're a Republican looking for a model," he says, "Kansas is not the model."  Read more here .
IT'S A MYTH THAT CORPORATE TAX CUTS MEAN MORE JOBS
Sarah Anderson, The New York Times
"If claims about the job-creation benefits of lower tax rates had any validity, these 92 consistently profitable firms would be among the nation's strongest job creators. Instead, we found just the opposite.
Ordinary Americans have to pay all the taxes they owe each and every year. Offshore corporations should be required to do the same.
Beyond closing loopholes, we need to explore new ways to raise revenue fairly, including a tax on Wall Street speculation.
Most of us already pay a sales tax on gasoline, clothes and other basics. Why should hedge fund investors and other Wall Street traders pay no tax at all when they engage in short-term buying and selling of millions of dollars' worth of stocks and derivatives?"  Read more here.
THINGS STARTING TO HEAT UP FOR KANSAS LEGISLATURE
Martin Hawver, Hays Post
OK, summer is officially over, even though the kids have been in school a couple weeks, and we're still using the air conditioner. But things are heating up...
The end of summer in the Statehouse means that it's just four months until the start of the election-year 2018 session of the Kansas Legislature; the issues are already piling up that lawmakers and statewide elected officials are going to have to deal with in the same year many of their names and voting records will be on the ballot.  But...remember those new legislators, about 50 who were brand new to the job last session after winning elections, probably didn't have much of an idea of all the little scraps they were going to be dragged into. The job just turned out to be a lot different than the one they believed they were running for, and the complexity of issues in even the simplest of bills can turn out to make what seemed like a nice idea into a bullet point on an opponent's campaign literature in the next year.
Summer's over...but the winter is already shaping up to be interesting.  Read more here .
REINVESTING IN THE BACKBONE OF KANSAS
American Federation of Teachers, KCEG
The people of Kansas believe in service
to others. At the American Federation of Teachers - Kansas (AFT-Kansas) we echo this commitment and work tirelessly to ensure that the State's public employees and the communities they serve are given the best possible opportunities for stability, growth, and improvement. That's why we've been at the front lines as Kansas weathered years of destructive tax policy and will remain there as our state rebuilds from this disaster.
After five years of fiscal crisis, including nine rounds of budget cuts since 2012, it will take time to restore fiscal stability to the state, rebuild crucial investments and return to meeting our commitments like contributing the state's share to KPERS. Moving forward, lawmakers should make choices that fulfill the state's promise to Kansans who chose to serve our state through public careers, including support for policies that stabilize the state's pension program.  Read more here .
FRAUD, YOU SAY?
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
There's a lot going on with the huge voter-integrity snipe hunt that the president   has organized under the leadership of Kris Kobach who, when it comes to hunting these particular snipes, is somewhere between George of the Jungle and one of the bone-wielding pre-hominids from the prologue of  2001.  Meanwhile, and rather spectacularly, the snipe hunt has gotten itself crossways with a federal judge.
"You didn't completely live up to the government's representations," Kollar-Kotelly told Justice Department lawyers at Wednesday's hearing. "I want to know what things are not going to be covered" by the government's pledges, she said.
Of course, on Thursday, we learned that, if he fails to bag the snipe, Kobach will have another gig on which to fall back.  Supposedly, if Kobach is to be believed, there's so much voter fraud to root out that running the big snipe hunt should be a full-time job.  Read more here .
KANSAS' BALLOT BOX HAS TOO MANY LOCKS
Eagle Editorial Board, The Wichita Eagle
The man who oversees the election office that threw out nearly 14,000 Kansans' ballots from the 2016 general election is running for governor a year from now.
That's a thought six other Republicans in the gubernatorial primary field - and the Democratic candidates - probably can't get out of their heads.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is known locally for his work in making it harder for Kansans to vote in the name of eliminating voter fraud - fraud that has been proven in the most infinitesimal numbers.
Kobach should spend the fall making sure the avenues that led to so many dismissed ballots are shut by next August's primaries, while still maintaining the integrity of the voting process. For a state our size, tossing that many ballots isn't trying to help voters - it's more likely trying to shut them out.  Read more here.
EDITORIAL: JUSTIFIED SUSPICION OF KOBACH
The Capital-Journal Editorial Board, cjonline.com
Remember when U.S. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara fined Kobach for making "patently misleading representations to the court" over the contents of a document he was photographed carrying to a meeting with Trump last year? ACLU lawyers contended that the document was germane to their lawsuit over proof-of-citizenship laws in Kansas, but Kobach argued that it didn't contain "relevant information." In April, O'Hara sided with the ACLU, explaining that the "defendant's deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions."
O'Hara also pointed out that Kobach's behavior undermined his trustworthiness: "When any lawyer takes an unsupportable position in a simple matter such as this, it hurts his or her credibility when the court considers arguments on much more complex and nuanced matters."
Read more here.
MAKE THE TICKER FOR
MEDICAID STOP
Duane Goossen, Parson Sun
Kansas topped $1 billion in forfeited federal funds early in 2016. But the clock kept ticking. Now losses have surpassed $2 billion, and the clock still ticks. Our failure as a state to adopt expanded Medicaid eligibility continues to cost us dearly, financially and morally.
Stop reading for a moment, and pull up the Kansas Hospital Association website: www.kha-net.org .
Immediately you will see an hourglass shaped "ticker" giving a running account of funding foregone. Watch as the dollar loss mounts. Tick, tick, tick. More than a thousand dollars a minute. More than a million dollars a day.  Read more here.
MEDICAID EXPANSION MAY HINGE ON KS GOVERNOR'S RACE
Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
Whether thousands of Kansans are allowed to enroll in Medicaid may hinge on the people running for governor.
"Where the candidates stand on Medicaid expansion may be one of the key differentiating factors in this primary," said Bob Beatty, a political scientist at Washburn University.
Republican candidate Wink Hartman, has said Kansas doesn't have the money to pay for expansion. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach opposes expansion, and entrepreneur Ed O'Malley, supports it as long as it is budget-neutral to Kansas.  Expansion is less likely to play a large role in the Democratic primary because support is widespread within the party.
"It's going to affect (the race) highly, because we need a governor who supports the expansion of KanCare and for people who are disabled, the seniors and our youngsters that need the help," Prosser said. "I desperately, desperately need the expansion."  Read more here .
KANSAS DREAMERS FEAR WHAT HAPPENS IF TRUMP ENDS PROGRAM
Jonathan Shorman & Katherine Burgess,
The Wichita Eagle
They came out of the shadows and desperately do not want to go back.
Mayra Salas Diaz, 26, works as a secretary in Wichita, where she's lived since she was seven. Fernanda Alonso-Hernandez, 18, is pursuing a dream of becoming a pediatrician and earning a degree from Butler County Community College.
But signs that President Donald Trump may be about to end a federal program that allows undocumented immigrants whose parents brought them into the country as children to remain here has sparked fears that their ability to live openly without fear of deportation may end.
And if she was sent to Mexico, which she left at 2 years old, she doesn't know where she would live or what she would do or how well she would communicate in Spanish after prioritizing English.
"There's nothing for me there, because I've lived my whole life, built my foundation of being here in Wichita," she said. "I've dreamt of going forward, not going back.
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.
Women for Kansas will have a booth in the Open Streets ICT project:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)  

Douglas Avenue from Glenn to Roosevelt (that's basically from College Hill to the Delano District, 4 miles) will be closed for the event which will include biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, entertainment, food, art, music and more.

For more information, visit OpenStreetsICT.com.

The League of Women Voters will have a booth registering voters!
  
This event is sponsored by the Wichita Park and  Recreation Dept.
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 .
A CHANGE IS NEEDED FOR CANDIDATES
Roger Bluhm, Dodge City Daily Globe
As Gov. Sam Brownback gets ready to leave his office to become the ambassador to Antartica (I'm guessing, I know it's ambassador to something or somewhere) the field of candidates for governor of Kansas is getting crowded.
Actually, it's getting national attention, but perhaps for the wrong reasons.
There are currently 11 declared campaigns for governor, six Republican and five Democratic.
We also have a high school student running, several current or former state office holders and several failed candidates for various offices in the past.  Read more here .
KANSAS TAX COLLECTIONS BEAT PROJECTIONS IN AUGUST BY $9 MILLION
Tim Carpenter, cjonline.com
State government tax collections in Kansas during the month of August surpassed projections by nearly $9 million, officials said Friday.
The state's monthly revenue reports have taken on heightened meaning following adoption by the 2017 Legislature, over a veto by Gov. Sam Brownback, of a two-year, $1.2 billion tax increase to stabilize the budget.
That legislation eliminated an exemption to the state income tax on owners of 330,000 businesses and raised the state's individual income tax rates to eliminate a deficit and boost aid to K-12 education.  Read more here .
POLITICIANS DENOUNCE GOV. BROWNBACK AT WORKING KANSAS ALLIANCE'S LABOR DAY PICNIC
Katie Moore, cjonline.com
The annual picnic, which was held at the Bettis Family Sports Complex, drew a large crowd.
"I think that's from people realizing there is an attack on labor. It's getting worse, especially in Kansas," Dragoo said. "One of things that's significant about our fight in Kansas is the assault on union jobs and workplace safety. This governor and his administration have no interest whatsoever in protecting worker's rights and job safety. Nationally with Donald Trump, he's not a friend of labor and I think he's shown that so far."
Read more here.
SEE WHAT YOU'VE GONE
AND 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.
 
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TRUMP VOTING PANEL APOLOGIZES AFTER JUDGE CALLS FAILURE TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION 'INCREDIBLE'
Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post
A federal judge on Wednesday tore into President Trump's voter commission for reneging on a promise to fully disclose public documents before a July 19 meeting, ordering the government to meet new transparency requirements and eliciting an apology from administration lawyers.
"You didn't completely live up to the government's representations," Kollar-Kotelly told Justice Department lawyers at Wednesday's hearing. "I want to know what things are not going to be covered" by the government's pledges, she said.
Read more here.
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EDITORIAL: PRIVATIZATION NOT A SOLUTION
J-W Editorial Staff, LJWorld.com
State legislators should be wary of plans to try to privatize the state's psychiatric hospital.
"My sense of it is that (privatizing) isn't going to really address the practical limitation of funding in behavioral and mental health, either at Osawatomie or more broadly," said Russell Johnson, CEO at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
The state's efforts at privatization haven't always gone well in the past. State Sen. Laura Kelly, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, noted that the state's efforts to privatize its Medicaid program have led to a host of problems.
Read more here.



FRIDAY, SEPT 29, 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.

THURS., SEPT. 7, 3PM
Wichita State University, 231 Hubbard Hall
1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita

Join Richard Rothstein for a discussion and book signing of his work, 'The Color of Law:
 A Forgotten History of
 how our Government Segregated America'.
 You won't want to miss this!
RSVP for this event here.
DEMOCRACY TOMORROW:
INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN 
KANSAS ELECTIONS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 
9:30am-4pm
Wichita State University
Hughes Metro Complex, Rm 180
5015 E. 29th Street N.
 
Registration is required to attend; registration and more information about the event  can be found   here .
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.
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?
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highest number of would-be voters
in suspense?
See the numbers  by  county 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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