Friday, June 19, 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? Juneteenth commemoration, Sunflower Showcase update, Kansas GOP to feature noted hate group at Republican Expo, SCOTUS protects LGBTQIA, Transgender workers and Dreamers, Statewide COVID-19 updates, Kansas campaign updates, Trump’s inadequate response to COVID-19, and an training resource.

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KDP STATEMENT IN COMMEMORATION OF JUNETEENTH

Right now, our communities are demanding an end to the systemic racism that has plagued our nation since its founding. Juneteenth is a day of commemoration and reflection for all of us to consider how far we’ve come and how far we must go to create a society that is equal and just for all.

Instead, Donald Trump has co-opted Juneteenth by scheduling a campaign rally this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma – the site of one of our nation’s most horrific racial injustices. Throughout his four years in office, Donald Trump has sown racial division and discord across our nation. In the last several weeks, he has ordered violence against protestors while failing to condemn the racial violence that catalyzed calls for change. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, he has failed to protect communities of color from disproportionately suffering from this horrible virus.

Our nation needs real, systemic change to follow through on its promise of liberty and justice for all. The GOP has shown time and time again that they are not equipped for the task at hand, which is why Kansas voters will initiate change by electing Democrats up and down the ballot who will fight for a better tomorrow in 2020.

SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE: THIS WEEK

Join us this Wednesday as we host “Big First” Congressional Candidate Kali Barnett (KS-01), State Senate Candidate Edgar Pando (SD-38), State House Candidate Jan Scoggins (HD-119), and Ford County Clerk Candidate Angie Gonzalez for our weekly virtual meet-and-greet event. We’re offering a limited time deal for the remaining seven events – if you sign up now, you’ll receive access to every Sunflower Showcase event for a discounted price of $50. You can sign up for the Sunflower Showcase HERE. We hope to see you there!

KANSAS GOP TO FEATURE NOTED HATE GROUP AT REPUBLICAN EXPO

What’s happening?

The Dodge City Republican Expo organized by the Kansas Republican Party’s First Congressional District will feature the Vice President of Understanding the Threat, a noted anti-Islamic extremist hate group, as its keynote speaker later this month. Scheduled guests include U.S. Senate candidates Roger Marshall, Kris Kobach and Dave Lindstrom, along with KS-01 candidates Bill Clifford and Tracey Mann.

In response to the Kansas GOP featuring hateful, inflammatory and Islamophobic rhetoric, Kansas Democratic Party officials released the following statement. Sign our petition against Islamophobia and discrimination of any kind here

SCOTUS PROTECTS LGBTQIA, TRANSGENDER WORKERS AND DREAMERS

What’s happening?

(Topeka Capital-Journal) – Gov. Laura Kelly lauded Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination, calling it a “remarkable step in the right direction.”

“All Kansans deserve protection from employment discrimination,” Kelly said in a statement. “We will continue standing up for our LGBTQ+ communities.”

(KNSS) – “Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold protections for Dreamers was the right one. Dreamers have contributed much to our communities and to our economy, and ending DACA would have cost our state more than $335.9 million every year,” Gov. Kelly said. “There are more than 6,000 DACA recipients in Kansas — they serve in our military, work in our hospitals, teach our kids, and pay taxes. They were brought here as children, this is their home, they belong here.”

KANSAS COVID-19 UPDATES

What’s happening?

(Wichita Eagle) – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday criticized Sedgwick County commissioners for their hands-off approach to reopening the local economy and lifting restrictions designed to prevent spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Sedgwick County was one of 13 Kansas counties where COVID-19 cases are on the rise, indicated by red upward arrows on a large map of the state displayed by Kelly and Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Take a look here at Sedgwick County,” Kelly said, pointing at the map. “Their (county) commissioners chose to stop enforcing social distancing guidelines on May 27th.

“Last Friday, Sedgwick County reported 215 active cases, which is the highest number of cases the county has reported. This is not a coincidence.”

KANSAS CAMPAIGN UPDATES

U.S. Senate – What’s happening?

(Kansas City Star) – Three of the Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Kansas have launched ads in the last week attacking transgender rights, a strategy intended to galvanize social conservatives in the competitive August primary.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Tuesday that if elected he would offer legislation to withhold Title IX federal funds from institutions that allow transgender students to participate in women’s sports.

“It’s important to remember these trans athletes destroyed the dreams of female athletes who trained their whole lives for the honor of winning that championship only to have it snatched away by a biological male,” Kobach said in a nearly 5-minute web video on his campaign YouTube channel.

KS-02 – What’s happening?

(WIBW) – Topeka Mayor, Michelle De La Isla, wants to wish everyone a happy Pride month says the Mayor’s office.

“I am a proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community,” says De La Isla. “Whether it’s a friend, family member, or constituent who has come out to me, I have found that the most valuable thing I can offer is the room to be themselves. Sometimes that means opening up my home, and sometimes that means opening up my heart, but no matter who they are or where they come from it is important to me that they know I support them.”

KS-03 – What’s happening?

(Fox 6 Now) – “Homeless veteran.” It’s a stinging coupling of words in a nation that prides itself on the reverence placed on military service. Unfortunately, reverence doesn’t keep out the rain.

Enter a community group in Kansas City, Mo., that believes tiny houses will provide thousands of the city’s veterans a home.

KS-04 – What’s happening?

(Twitter @LauraforKansas) – Unions play a crucial role in ensuring our Kansas workers and families live with dignity and security. I proudly stand with the AFL-CIO and the 85,000 members it represents in Kansas, and I pledge to always fight alongside them for a brighter tomorrow for us all.

DEMOCRATS ROLL OUT NEW TOOL TO COMBAT VOTER PURGES IN 2020

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee roll[ed] out a new tool on Tuesday aimed at helping Democratic campaigns and state parties contact voters who have either been purged from active voter rolls or marked as inactive voters, operatives in charge of the program tell CNN.

Where can I learn more?

TRUMP’S INADEQUATE RESPONSE TO COVID-19

What’s happening?

As the COVID-19 death toll nears 120,000 and cases surge in 22 states, Trump is forging ahead with a rally in Tulsa, putting the American people at direct risk of being infected.

About the rally, Dr. Fauci stated “outside is better than inside, no crowd is better than crowd” and “crowd is better than big crowd.” Well, it seems like Trump is yet again going against all professional advice and choosing himself over Americans.

On top of reports about Trump’s asking China for aid in re-election and support for Chinese concentration camps, this shows a presidency spinning out of control and going against everything America holds true.

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Onward,
KDP Team

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