Friday, June 14, 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? The Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling on K-12 school funding, presidential debate watch parties, a big relocation announcement, and more!


  • What’s happening?

This morning, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the bipartisan K-12 school funding plan championed by Gov. Laura Kelly constitutional, meaning a just end to the decade-long lawsuit for adequate and equitable public school funding is well within sight. The court is retaining jurisdiction of the case to make sure lawmakers follow through on their promises to increase funding for public education.

Gov. Laura Kelly:“Today is a great day for Kansas and for our kids. Educating our kids is not just one of the best ways to address challenges facing our state, it’s also our moral and constitutional obligation…That’s why I promised to be the education Governor and end the cycle of litigation that has plagued Kansas for far too long.

“I will do everything I can to hold the Legislature to its promise to fully fund our schools and avoid more legal battles over our education system. Funding our schools is about more than money and lawsuits. It’s about our kids, their hopes and dreams, and the future of Kansas. Investing in our children’s education is the best investment we can make, and as long as I am Governor, I will continue to fight for our schools and our kids.”


  • What’s happening?

We’re hosting watch parties for the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates! Come enjoy the company of your fellow Democrats and hear from party leaders about the new Kansas primary process. Join us in Wichita at Pumphouse (825 E 2nd N, Wichita, KS, 67202) on June 26 and in Lawrence at Lawrence Beer Company (826 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044) on June 27. Both events start at 7:30 pm. Snacks will be provided.


  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Federation of Democratic Women will host their 66th annual convention in Olathe next weekend. There will also be several workshops on effective advocacy.The luncheon will feature several speakers, including Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, while Rep. Sharice Davids will keynote the dinner. More information and tickets can be found on the KFDW website.


  • What’s happening?

Join us in Wichita on Aug. 9 – 10 for Demofest, our annual summer convention! Click here to purchase tickets.


  • What’s happening?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans on Thursday to relocate two major research agencies to the Kansas City region. “The decision today to move the USDA agencies to the Kansas City area is proof of the value of collaboration between our two states and our congressional delegation. When we all work together, we can accomplish a lot,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement. The Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be headquartered in the area. The actual site for the relocation will be made later this year. It is also unknown if the facilities will be on the Kansas or Missouri side of the city.


  • What’s happening?

Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers kicks off his 12 town rural prosperity tour on Monday with a stop in Nickerson. “It’s time for elected officials to be sincere about listening to people in our rural communities who have been overlooked and taken for granted too long. We can, and will, do better,” Rogers said when the tour was announced last week. Each day-long visit will conclude with a town hall. Details for each town hall can be found online at