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.

KANSAS GOP SENATE PRIMARY RACE CONTINUES TO BE UPENDED WITH INTRA-PARTY FIGHTING

What’s happening?

(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.

KRIS KOBACH’S VOTER SUPPRESSION LAW DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

What’s happening?

(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.

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.

GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY PRESENTS PLAN TO COMBAT COVID-19 AND AID KANSAS ECONOMY

What’s happening?

(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.

TRUMP’S INADEQUATE AND CHAOTIC REPONSE TO COVID-19

What’s happening?

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.

Onward,
KDP Team

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