Friday, May 8, 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? 2020 Primary results and the delegate selection process, U.S. Senate Candidate Roger Marshall claims meatpacking plants are safer than Walmart – the workers disagree, Donald Trump’s plan to “terminate” affordable healthcare, the KS legislature must pass Medicaid Expansion to address COVID-19 fallout, words from Governor Kelly and Trump’s inadequate response to COVID-19.
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2020 PRIMARY RESULTS
Congratulations to all Kansas Democrats on the conclusion of a very exciting Presidential Primary — our first since 1992! Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the 2020 Party-run Primary’s turnout totaled 374% of Kansas’s 2016 caucus participation. Further congratulations to former Vice President Joe Biden for receiving 76.9% of the popular vote and to Senator Sanders for receiving 23.1%.
Over 146,000 ballots cast is an incredible testament to not only this election’s accessibility, but also the excitement of Democrats in Kansas as we head toward November. Kansas Democrats should be proud to have proved vote-by-mail can protect voters and our democracy during this uncertain time. The results are overwhelming and we must now work to achieve our collective goal of electing Democrats up and down the ballot and making Donald Trump a one-term President.
- KDP In the Press
- Kansas Democrats hope primary encourages balloting by mail. Associated Press, May 2, 2020.
- Biden wins Kansas primary with 76.9% of votes as Democrats triple turnout. Topeka Capital Journal, May 3, 2020.
- Kansas Democratic Party sees record participation in 2020 Presidential Primary. KSNT, May 3, 2020.
- Biden easily wins Kansas Democratic primary as all-mail voting boosts turnout. Kansas City Star, May 3, 2020.
- Joe Biden wins Kansas Democratic primary. CNN, May 3, 2020.
- Joe Biden wins Kansas primary, putting him fewer than 600 delegates away from clinching nomination. CBS News, May 3, 2020.
- Joe Biden Wins Kansas Primary Conducted Exclusively By Mail. Huffington Post, May 3, 2020.
2020 DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
Interested in becoming a Kansas Delegate? Check out the infographic below for important dates and deadlines on the 2020 Delegate Selection Process. Be sure to share this information with your networks. Find more information on our website at: www.kansasdems.org/BeADelegate!
U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ROGER MARSHALL AND DONALD TRUMP TOUT SAFETY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IN MEATPACKING PLANTS – THE WORKERS DISAGREE
(Kansas City Star) – During a call with reporters, the Kansas Republican voiced support for President Donald Trump’s order requiring meatpacking plants to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to ensure grocery stores stay stocked.
Roger Marshall: I think there’s a bigger chance getting the virus going into Walmart than at the packing plants. They do an incredible job there… They all have masks on. They all have face shields on. They’re six feet apart.
(KMWU): “We’re right next to each other in the locker rooms,” Brandon Vasquez said about the possibility of social distancing at the National Beef plant in Dodge City, where he’s worked for about a year. “The lunch line … they put stuff on the floor where we should stay six feet apart. But a lot of people are not listening and there’s nobody enforcing (social distancing) in there.”
Overall, more than 540 COVID-19 cases and two deaths have been tied to Kansas’ meatpacking plants, the state health department said Friday. The three companies — National Beef, Cargill and Tyson — have not confirmed these numbers publicly.
- Where can I learn more?
- Kansas congressman claims greater COVID-19 risk at Walmart than meatpacking plants. Kansas City Star, April 30, 2020.
- Despite Meatpacking Plants’ Efforts, Kansas Workers Say ‘We’re Right Next To Each Other’. KMUW, May 1, 2020.
- Azar faulted workers’ ‘home and social’ conditions for meatpacking outbreaks. Politico, May 7, 2020.
- Cold, Crowded, Deadly: Virus Stalks Workers at U.S. Meat Plants. Bloomberg Law, May 7, 2020.
- Meatpacking Workers Worry About Unsafe Conditions as COVID Cases Spike. KPR, May 5, 2020.
- President Orders Help For Meat Plant Workers, But Some Say It’s Too Little Too Late. KMUW, April 29, 2020.
DONALD TRUMP’S PLAN TO “TERMINATE” AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
In the worst public health crisis in modern history, the Trump administration is attempting to terminate the existing healthcare protections afforded through the Affordable Care Act without any backup plan. Wednesday, May 6 marked the filing deadline for briefs in the Supreme Court Case backed by President Trump and Republican Attorneys General to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. Learn more about the Trump Administration’s dangerous healthcare position below.
- Where can I learn more?
- Trump vows complete end of Obamacare law despite pandemic. Washington Post, May 6, 2020.
- In a time of COVID-19, ‘Obamacare’ still part of the action. ABC News, May 3, 2020.
- Low-income and younger workers bear brunt of coronavirus-related layoffs, study finds. USA Today, May 4, 2020.
- If not for Obamacare, COVID-19 patients with preexisting conditions could’ve been ‘uninsurable.’ KTLA, May 3, 2020.
- For jobless Americans, Obamacare is still a potential lifeline. Politico, April 6, 2020.
- Republicans are relying on the Affordable Care Act to respond to the pandemic. Washington Post, April 27, 2020.
KS LEGISLATURE MUST PASS MEDICAID EXPANSION TO ADDRESS COVID-19
(Topeka Capital Journal) – House Speaker Ron Ryckman, a Republican from Olathe, said it appears there will be no vote on a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion. Medicaid expansion will surely be discussed, he said, but “we really need to work on what’s a want versus a need.”
(VOX) – But in the 14 states that still refuse to expand Medicaid, a full decade after Obamacare became law, about 40 percent of the people who lose their jobs and their health insurance will end up with no coverage at all.
- Where can I learn more?
- Thousands will go uninsured in the Covid-19 outbreak because Republicans rejected Medicaid expansion. VOX, May 5, 2020.
- Kansas Legislature to return for one day to finalize work, with focus on COVID-19. Topeka Capital Journal, May 6, 2020.
- Rural America Risks Letting Down Its Guard Just as Coronavirus Is About to Hit. TIME, May 5, 2020.
GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY: KANSANS WILL GET BACK TO NORMAL AFTER COVID-19 BY WORKING TOGETHER
Governor Laura Kelly: … But in the midst of the devastating damage to our physical and economic health, there is hope.
By being proactive, we’ve managed to stave off even worse losses of the magnitude experienced in other states. Coronavirus-driven hospitalization and death rates have steadily fallen. We’ve ramped up testing needed to identify who’s infected before they unknowingly spread the disease.
And now, after several weeks of being cooped up under a stay-at-home order, it’s time to move forward — carefully — and toward a new normal routine…
My administration will continue doing its utmost to protect our most vulnerable residents and all others who could fall prey to this deadly virus. We’re also committed to getting Kansans back to work in safe and healthy environments.
Through every difficult step in this disheartening journey, Kansans’ spirit and determination have epitomized our very appropriate state motto: ad astra per aspera, or to the stars through difficulties.
I’m confident that by working together, we will get through this and emerge even stronger than before. That’s the Kansas way.
- Where can I learn more?
- Laura Kelly: Kansans will get back to normal after COVID-19 by working together. Kansas City Star, May 3, 2020.
- Statewide COVID-19 Updates:
- Worried about safety of returning to job? What Missouri, Kansas workers should know. Kansas City Star, May 7, 2020.
- Kansas coronavirus update: Karma catches up to Troy farmer who gifted N95 mask to New York. Topeka Capital Journal, May 5, 2020.
- Gov. Laura Kelly awards bachelor’s degree to Kansas farmer who sent mask to New York governor. KMBC, May 5, 2020.
- Governor Kelly issues new disaster declaration to get resources to communities faster. KSNT, May 5, 2020.
- Report reveals double-digit declines across majority of Kansas job sectors. KAKE, May 5, 2020.
- Kansas Hospitals receive $400 million through the federal Provider Relief Fund. KSN, May 1, 2020.
- Why is it a secret which Kansas City small businesses are getting PPP loans? Kansas City Star, May 5, 2020.
TRUMP’S INADEQUATE AND CHAOTIC REPONSE TO COVID-19
Trump failed to prepare us for the COVID-19 pandemic and now we have the worst economy in a generation — not as a result of coronavirus, but as a result of his failure to prepare and contain coronavirus. Trump’s choaitc and unprepared response to the coronavirus has resulted in 75,000 people dying, nearly ⅕ of young children across our country not getting enough food to eat, and over 33 million American workers filing for unemployment — 20% of our workforce.
Furthermore, during the worst health crisis of our time, Trump says he wants to “terminate health care under Obamacare” as he and Republicans seek to strip protections from as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions and take health care away from 20 million Americans.
- Where can I learn more?
- Two-thirds of Americans concerned states will lift restrictions too quickly. CNN, May 8, 2020.
- The U.S.’ coronavirus recovery is way behind Europe’s. Axios, May 7, 2020.
- AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country. Associated Press, May 7, 2020.
- Exclusive: Senators urge Trump to use Defense Production Act to make more Covid-19 tests. VOX, May 6, 2020.
- Trump contradicts nurse he’s honoring over PPE availability. CNN, May 6, 2020.
- The next phase of America’s coronavirus failure has begun. Axios, May 6, 2020.
- Nation’s stockpile proves to be no match for a pandemic. CNN, May 6, 2020.
- The price of reopening the economy: tens of thousands of American lives. CNN, May 5, 2020.
- Public companies received $1 billion in stimulus funds meant for small businesses. Washington Post, May 1, 2020.
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