Weekly Rundown #31

Friday, October 18, 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 government. What are we focused on this week? Washington Days, the second meeting of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, and more!

WASHINGTON DAYS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 6-7

  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Democratic Party announced on Monday that Washington Days will take place on March 6 and 7. Washington Days is the largest annual gathering of Kansas Democrats in the state and dates back to 1905. The convention has drawn speakers such as Woodrow Wilson, Edward Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders.

All events at Washington Days are free to attend; tickets for the Saturday luncheon and banquet will go on sale in the coming months. To learn more about Washington Days, go to KansasDems.org/WashingtonDays.

SECOND TAX REFORM COUNCIL MEETING

  • What’s happening?

The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform met this week for its second round of meetings. The bipartisan working group focused on policies related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing states to collect online sales taxes from out-of-state businesses, the GOP Senate President Susan Wagle’s corporate tax cut legislation vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly in the spring, the state’s food sales tax, and more.

KANSAS CYBERSECURITY

  • What’s happening?

On Tuesday, Gov. Laura Kelly welcomed the first meeting of the Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit for Executives, which aims to raise awareness and underscore the importance of cybersecurity in Kansas. The team brings together state leaders from cabinet agencies, smaller executive offices, and state secretaries to learn new cybersecurity tools.

Secretary of Administration Deangela Burns-Wallace: “Being intentional in the conversations around cybersecurity and that it’s a partnership and that all of that conversation doesn’t lean just on our I-team and our security folks, but that the leadership is the key and critical piece of it.”

LAURA KELLY APPROVAL RATING

  • What’s happening?

52% of Kansans approve of the job Gov. Laura Kelly is doing as governor, according to a new poll. The Morning Consult poll, released on Oct. 17, calculates that 23% of Kansans disapprove of Gov. Kelly, while 25% have no opinion. Gov. Kelly’s approval has increased nine points since taking office in January. Gov. Kelly ranks 23rd in favorability among all 50 governors.

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