Friday, June 7, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state capital. What are we focused on this week? A visit from the DNC Chair, the Lt. Gov.’s rural prosperity tour, and more!


  • What’s happening?

The KDP hosted its final two Let’s Go Local trainings in Great Bend and Hays this past weekend. We’ve held seven trainings around the state and trained over 200 activists and candidates since launching the initiative in April. We will continue to roll out resources to our 2019 candidates later this month.


  • What’s happening?

The Missouri-Kansas Women’s Leadership Forum is hosting an evening with DNC Chair and former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez next Wednesday. Chairman Perez will discuss the DNC’s investments in boots-on-the-ground initiatives, voter protection, critical tech and data infrastructure upgrades, expanding the electorate, and strengthening state parties in preparation for 2020. The event will be held on June 12 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. It starts at 5pm and is free to attend, although an RSVP is required.


  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Federation of Democratic Women will host their 66th annual convention in Olathe on June 21-23. The convention will feature workshops on running for office, leadership strategies, and how to become a more effective activist. The luncheon will feature several speakers, including Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, discussing the topic “Empowering Choices for Women and Families.” Rep. Sharice Davids will keynote the dinner. More information and tickets can be found on the KFDW website.


  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor Rogers announced their rural prosperity listening tour on Wednesday. Rogers will start the 12 town tour later this month. He wants to learn what stands in the way of progress for rural communities and determine what changes, including legislation, could be made. Kelly created the Office of Rural Prosperity when she took office.


  • What’s happening?

President Donald Trump approved Gov. Kelly’s request for federal emergency assistance to address widespread flooding. The federal assistance will be made available to 33 counties. The request comes after the state legislature approved an extension of Laura Kelly’s state emergency declaration through January 2020 for the 58 counties affected by flooding and tornado damage.