Friday, May 1, 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 Senate Primary race continues to be upended with intra-party fighting, Kris Kobach’s voter suppression law declared unconstitutional, the KS legislature must pass Medicaid Expansion to address COVID-19 fallout, Governor Kelly presents plan to combat COVID-19 and aid Kansas’s Economy, and Trump’s inadequate and chaotic response to COVID-19.
The KDP achieved its goal of adding 100 new BKC members to our team this week! Thanks to supporters like you, we will be able to build a robust Coordinated Campaign in 2020 to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.
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
Tomorrow is the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary in Kansas! Any ballot received by mail by the KDP on or before the last delivery on May 2 will be counted. Results will be released within 48 hours of the final vote tabulation on the KDP Website and Social Media and to the press.
Kansas Democrats have already more than tripled voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential Primary compared to the 2016 Presidential Caucus Votes.
KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt: The record-breaking turnout for the 2020 Presidential Primary is testament to the growing enthusiasm and cohesion of Democrats to make Donald Trump a one-term President. We are enormously proud to be providing Kansas Democrats a safe and inclusive 2020 Primary during this difficult time and we implore other States along with the Federal government to prioritize the implementation of a vote-by-mail component to ensure the safety and well-being of all voters during this important election year.
- KDP In the Press
- Kansas Democrats triple turnout after switch to mail-only presidential primary. The Kansas City Star, April 28, 2020.
- Kansas Democrats see huge voter turnout, ballots still being accepted. KSN, April 28, 2020.
- Kansas Democratic Party’s First All-Mail Vote Triples Primary Turnout. KCUR, April 28, 2020.
- Democrats see 352% increase in presidential primary turnout. Sunflower State Journal, April 28, 2020.
- 2020 Daily Trail Markers: The fate of unspent presidential campaign cash. CBS News, April 29, 2020.
- Biden Wins Ohio’s Mail-in Presidential Primary: Campaign Update. Bloomberg News, April 28, 2020.
- The Hill’s Campaign Report: Hillary Clinton endorses Biden. The Hill, April 28, 2020.
- What happened in Ohio. Politico, April 29, 2020.
KANSAS GOP SENATE PRIMARY RACE CONTINUES TO BE UPENDED WITH INTRA-PARTY FIGHTING
(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.
(The Leavenworth Times) – Kansas Republican Dave Lindstrom responded to maneuvering designed to convince him to quit the U.S. Senate race by proposing Tuesday that the chairman of the state’s Republican Party resign for trying to manipulate the outcome of the open primary.
Dave Lindstrom (GOP U.S. Senate Candidate): I don’t mind dust-ups. I mind unethical behavior. I mind poor leadership.
Kris Kobach (GOP U.S. Senate Candidate): I agree the chair should resign.
- Where can I learn more?
- Kansas GOP chair asks Wagle and Lindstrom to drop out of Senate race for good of party. Kansas City Star, April 23, 2020.
- U.S. Senate candidates Lindstrom, Kobach urge state GOP chairman to resign for distorting primary race. The Leavenworth Times, April 28, 2020.
- Kansas Senate candidate says calls to drop out ‘unacceptable’. KSHB, April 28, 2020.
KRIS KOBACH’S VOTER SUPPRESSION LAW DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
(The Kansas City Star) – The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling Wednesday that the policy, crafted and championed by former Kansas Secretary Kris Kobach, places undue barriers to Kansans exercising their constitutional right to vote.
The proof of citizenship law took effect in 2013 and caused thousands of potential voters to go into a suspended registration status when they failed to provide the required documents. The court said the number of suspended voters directly undercuts the state’s argument that the law ensures the integrity of elections.
- Where can I learn more?
- Federal court rejects Kansas’ appeal, says Kobach-crafted law disenfranchised 30,000. Kansas City Star, April 29, 2020.
- Kobach and Trump’s Spectacular Voter-Fraud Failure. Rolling Stone, April 27, 2020.
- Appeals Court, In Blow to Kobach, Strikes Down Kansas Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship To Vote. NBC News, April 29, 2020.
- Appelate court affirms Kansas voter registration law unconstitutional. Topeka Capital-Journal, April 28, 2020.
- Court affirms ruling striking down Kansas voter registration law. CNN, April 30, 2020.
- Kris Kobach’s voter ID mess could cost Kansas millions. Is it bad law — or a bad lawyer? Kansas City Star, May 1, 2020.
KS LEGISLATURE MUST PASS MEDICAID EXPANSION TO ADDRESS COVID-19
Governor Laura Kelly: The possibility of Medicaid expansion still exisits and actually I think what we are going through right now makes it even more clear how important it is that we expand Medicaid so that all people have access to Primary care.
(KSNT) – A Wagle representative said that, right now, Medicaid expansion is the furthest thing from their minds during this pandemic.
- Where can I learn more?
- A new push for Medicaid expansion in Kansas. KSN, April 29, 2020.
- Gov. Laura Kelly shares thoughts on 2020 legislative session, medicaid expansion, medical marijuana, state budget. KSNT, April 29, 2020.
- ‘Don’t forget about us’: Kansas long-term health care associations plead for help. KSN, April 24, 2020.
- With rural Kansas close to reopening, doctor remains nervous. Associated Press, May 1, 2020.
GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY PRESENTS PLAN TO COMBAT COVID-19 AND AID KANSAS ECONOMY
(Topeka Capital-Journal) – Gov. Laura Kelly unveiled Thursday night her framework for reopening the state by phasing out restrictions for businesses and social activities over the next six weeks while ramping up efforts to test and trace the spread of a deadly virus that left residents isolated and put the state’s economy in a tailspin.
Kelly announced her plans, which begin with the expiration Monday of her statewide stay-at-home order, in a live address to the people of Kansas. She said the blueprint of her exit strategy from the dark cloud created by COVID-19 was a painstaking, intensive exercise in finding a balance.
Governor Laura Kelly: It’s an effort to balance non-negotiable public health considerations with jaw-dropping, unsustainable economic realities. It’s an effort to balance state obligations to keep Kansas communities safe with the need for returning flexibility to local leaders. And it’s an attempt to balance the need for stability in the future with agility as we continue to adapt to a rapidly evolving, lethal threat.
- Where can I learn more?
- Kansas coronavirus update: Gov. Laura Kelly reveals detail of six-week plan for restoring state’s economic life. Topeka Capital-Journal, April 30, 2020.
- Kelly’s plan for Kansas: Restaurants can open, bars and theaters will stay shut for now. Kansas City Star, April 30, 2020.
- Kansas Coronavirus Update: Gov. Laura Kelly Reveals Detail of Six-Week Plan for Restoring State’s Economic Life. Topeka Capital-Journal, April 30, 2020.
- Gov. Kelly Outlines Plan to Reopen Kansas. KCTV-5 News, April 30, 2020.
- Kan. Governor Laura Kelly: Phased-in Plan to Reopen State Begins Monday. KWCH12, April 30, 2020.
- After different paths, Kansas and Missouri governors converge on reopening. Kansas City Star, April 30, 2020.
- Statewide COVID-19 Updates:
- Kansas City metro sees largest one-day jump in coronavirus cases with 104. Kansas City Star, April 30, 2020.
- Some KS businesses hesitant to reopen immediately when stay-at-home order ends. KWCH 12, April 27, 2020.
- Kansas approved for more food assistance money from the federal government. KSNT, April 27, 2020.
- For KC restaurants hurt by COVID-19, another shoe drops: Insurance won’t cover losses. Kansas City Star, April 27, 2020.
- ‘The only thing I have left is hope’: Local small businesses struggle to secure federal funding. Topeka Capital Journal, April 25, 2020.
- $21 million in federal aid coming to Kansas to expand COVID-19 testing. Fox 4, April 24, 2020.
TRUMP’S INADEQUATE AND CHAOTIC REPONSE TO COVID-19
Trump ignored dozens of early warnings about the coronavirus from U.S. intelligence agencies throughout January and February. Instead of heeding those warnings, Trump downplayed the threat and failed to prepare. Trump is downplaying the need for more testing even as experts say his limited targets are insufficient and his own testing chief admits we are nowhere close to hitting the testing levels that Trump said we would soon hit. Our country now leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths, supply shortages ravage our health care system, and workers are losing their jobs at an unprecedented pace. The crisis is worse because of Trump.
The Trump administration is lending $500 billion to big corporations without any conditions requiring them to save jobs or limit payouts to CEOs or shareholders. Trump has consistently put big corporations first — letting large corporations and well-connected companies get hundreds of millions of dollars in loans instead of the small businesses that need them to survive.
- Where can I learn more?
- Kansas official says man drank cleaner after Trump floated dangerous disinfectant remedy. The Wichita Eagle, April 27, 2020.
- Public companies received $1 billion in stimulus funds meant for small businesses. The Washington Post, May 1, 2020.
- Firms with Trump links or worth $100 million got small business loans. NBC News, April 24, 2020.
- Government Orders 100,000 New Body Bags as Trump Minimizes Death Toll. NBC News, April 30, 2020.
- Trump declares testing won’t be a ‘problem at all,’ health experts say it’s not nearly enough. ABC News, April 28, 2020.
- Republican-led states signal they could strip workers’ unemployment benefits if they don’t return to work, sparking fresh safety fears. The Washington Post, April 30, 2020.
- Trump and Kushner Engage in Revisionist History in Boasting of Success Over Virus. The New York Times, April 29, 2020.
- Miscalculation at Every Level Left U.S. Unequipped to Fight Coronavirus. The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2020.
- Pence Tours Mayo Clinic and Flouts Its Rule That All Visitors Wear a Mask. The New York Times, April 28, 2020.
- Trump’s Approval Tumbles in Battleground States as Coronavirus Wears on Voters. US News, May 1, 2020.
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