Friday, April 24, 2020

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? A 2020 Primary update, Kansas GOP fracturing from U.S. Senate Race, Kansas expands COVID-19 testing, Governor Laura Kelly explains gradual process to re-open Kansas businesses to prevent a premature end to COVID-19 precautions, Trump’s inadequate and chaotic response to COVID-19, our BKC progress, upcoming training opportunities and a DNC update!

The KDP Team has released a 2020 Primary Toolkit for Democrats across Kansas! Please feel free to utilize the included resources to inform others about important dates and deadlines concerning the upcoming primary election. We will update the drive as we produce more graphics and informational content.

2020 PRIMARY UPDATE

The Kansas Democratic Party is in the process of counting 2020 Primary ballots. If you have not received your ballot yet, please fill out this form to request another ballot – the deadline to request a ballot is today, April 24th. Make sure you check in with your networks to make sure they fill out their ballots and meet the “received by” deadline of May 2, 2020.

KANSAS GOP FRACTURING FROM U.S. SENATE RACE 

(Kansas City Star) – Kansas GOP chair Mike Kuckelman sent letters Thursday to two Republican candidates asking them to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate for the good of the party.

Wagle campaign spokesman Matt Beynon: Private conversations with Mike Kuckelman over the past year have made it clear he’s been opposed to Susan’s campaign from the start, and today, he simply put that on paper. Others can speculate on his motives, but it may be as simple as he doesn’t support strong, pro-life conservative women.

Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach: Grassroots Republicans should be outraged. Our next Senator will be chosen by the people of Kansas — not the party elites. The Chairman’s attempted intervention into the GOP primary is inappropriate. 

KANSAS EXPANDS CORONAVIRUS TESTING 

(KWCH) – Governor Laura Kelly announced Sunday that Kansas has received new personal protective equipment, and will begin expanding COVID-19 testing in certain counties.

Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary: In order to fight this pandemic, collaboration at the state, local and federal level is paramount. Expanded testing and additional supplies from the federal level will equip and inform our state and local health officials as they work to protect the health of Kansans.

GOVERNOR KELLY EXPLAINS ‘GRADUAL PROCESS’ TO RE-OPEN KANSAS BUSINESSES TO PREVENT A PREMATURE END TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

(KWCH) – Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday her administration continues to eye May 3 as the date to re-open business in Kansas. The governor said she hopes to release more details next week on how Kansas will emerge from the stay-at-home order once it expires.

Gov. Kelly said Kansas is depending on the federal government to offer up more testing supplies. She said the state is also doing its part to secure the supplies needed to expand testing.

TRUMP’S INADEQUATE AND CHAOTIC REPONSE TO COVID-19

What’s happening?

The Trump administration’s failure to quickly scale up testing continues to cripple the US response to the pandemic. Even now — three months after the first detected case of the coronavirus in the US — testing remains a key challenge to President Donald Trump’s push to reopen the economy. Trump failed to ensure there would be ample testing supplies to support the effort, denied tests to already sick individuals, and avoided authorizing the Defense Production Act to increase the number of ventilators in circulation.

BKC CAMPAIGN UPDATE

The KDP has reached the 95% mark to achieving our ambitious goal to add 100 BKC members to our team! Every new BKC member helps us to deliver our message in new and accessible ways: virtual organizing, at-home text banks, webinars focused on writing letters to the editor. Be sure to share this link with your network to help us reach our goal and build the best coordinated campaign Kansas has ever seen in 2020!

UPCOMING VIRTUAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ActBlue is offering a new webinar on creating an empowering email program during COVID-19 and beyond! If you’re interested in learning how to grow and cultivate your email list when you can’t connect with people in person, join ActBlue’s digital fundraising experts to discuss how your campaign can adapt to the moment. Sign up here to join ActBlue’s webinar on May 1st at 1:30 PM EST.

DNC UPDATE: DNC ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL RECORD LINKAGE SYSTEM 

Today the Democratic National Committee is launching a new, proprietary national record linkage system that will be integrated into the DNC’s voter file — deduplicating millions of voter records, providing campaigns with a more comprehensive view of the electorate and increasing the effectiveness of Democratic organizers across the country.

“This record linkage system is an example of how the DNC is developing and implementing cutting-edge data science solutions to increase the effectiveness of Democratic organizers, improve our view of every possible voter and make sure Trump is a one-term president,” said Democratic National Committee Chief Technology Officer Nellwynn Thomas. “The DNC made early, historic investments in our data and technology infrastructure and is working with top data scientists to develop these kinds of innovative products that will help Democrats at every level of the ballot secure victory in November.”

Read more here.

Onward,
KDP Team

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