Friday, June 26, 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? New KDP Merchandise, Sunflower Showcase update, Kansas GOP to feature noted hate group at Republican Expo tomorrow, Trump administration pushes on in Affordable Care Act Lawsuit, Governor Kelly announces Commission on Racial Equity and Justice, Statewide COVID-19 updates, and Kansas campaign updates.

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NEW IN THE KDP STORE: HATS, MASKS, AND SHIRTS!

Our new masks, hats, and shirts will get you ready for summer and remind your friends and family to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, all while showing your Democratic pride. PLUS, all purchases will help elect Kansas Democrats across the state! Check out our new gear here!

SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE: THIS WEEK

Last week marked our highest-attended Sunflower Showcase, KDP’s weekly forum with several of Kansas’s exciting 2020 candidates! Join us this Wednesday as we host Topeka Mayor and KS-02 Candidate Michelle de la Isla for our weekly virtual meet-and-greet event. We’re offering a limited time deal for the remaining five events – if you sign up now, you’ll receive access to every Sunflower Showcase event for a discounted price of $40. You can sign up for the Sunflower Showcase HERE. We hope to see you there!

Check out coverage of this week’s Sunflower Showcase below!

KANSAS GOP TO FEATURE NOTED HATE GROUP AT REPUBLICAN EXPO

What’s happening?

Tomorrow’s 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. 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

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PUSHES ON IN AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LAWSUIT

What’s happening?

In spite of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Trump and the Republicans are showing their true colors, fighting to rip away healthcare from 92,000 Kansans and 23 million Americans, while putting 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions at risk. The contrast is clear: while Republicans attempt to make life even tougher for Kansans, Democrats will fight for families and expand healthcare access.

(CNBC) – “They would live their lives caught in a vise between Donald Trump’s twin legacies: his failure to protect the American people from the coronavirus, and his heartless crusade to take health-care protections away from American families,” Biden said of Covid-19 patients who could lose coverage if Obamacare is declared unconstitutional and complications from the pandemic get classified as a pre-existing condition.

GOVERNOR KELLY ANNOUNCES COMMISSION ON RACIAL EQUITY AND JUSTICE

What’s happening?

(The Community Voice) – Governor Kelly: “I am convening a diverse and qualified group of Kansas stakeholders, including members of law enforcement and advocacy groups, to form the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. Its purpose is to develop and recommend policy actions my administration can take to create meaningful and lasting change.”

(KWCH) – In recognition of the celebration of the ending of slavery in our nation, Governor Laura Kelly Friday was joined by the Topeka Family and Friends Juneteenth Committee to sign a proclamation recognizing June 19, 2020, as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Kansas.

“Juneteenth is an opportunity to recognize our nation’s conflicting history, reflect on our struggle to reach true freedom for all Americans, and pledge to continue fighting to end systemic racism. As Kansans, we can and must do better.”

KANSAS COVID-19 UPDATES

What’s happening?

(Topeka Capital-Journal) – With COVID-19 cases still on the rise in Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly is advising local communities not to advance past Phase 3 of the guidelines set forth in “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.”

“I know we are all tired of this,” Kelly said. “I know we want to get back to normal and spend time with friends and partake in activities and see our families. However, we must remain vigilant. The virus is still in our communities, and it is still spreading.”

(Hiawatha World) – “A significant part of getting Kansans back to work and back to school, is getting them back on the road,” Governor Kelly said. “By phasing in our drive tests statewide, with the proper health and safety protocol in mind, we make sure Kansans can travel to work, school, or to the grocery store.”

KANSAS CAMPAIGN UPDATES

U.S. Senate – What’s happening?

GOP #KSSEN CANDIDATES DEFEND ATROCIOUS HEALTHCARE RECORD IN WICHITA DEBATE

(Wichita Eagle) – [Marshall] said does want to cut spending on health care and social programs, though. The comment came after Kobach spoke on the federal debt.

“I don’t think he’s serious about cutting spending,” Kobach said of Marshall, citing votes against bills that would have cut spending.

“More fake news from the failed, desperate candidate,” Marshall responded. “I have voted 98% with President Trump. Ninety-eight percent of the time. And the handful of times I voted against him was I didn’t want to spend as much money.”

“This country does need to go on a diet — a spending diet. We cannot continue to spend all this money that we are on social programs. And one of the great opportunities to decrease spending is in health care.”

ROGER MARSHALL CONVICTED OF RECKLESS DRIVING IN 2008 – THEN, IT WAS ERASED

(Wichita Eagle) – On Christmas Eve 2008, court documents show, Assistant Barton County Attorney Carey Fleske approached a district court judge with a request: erase Roger Marshall’s conviction that fall for reckless driving and replace it with a lesser charge.

The judge agreed, turning a suspended jail sentence for the future Kansas Congressman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate into a slap on the wrist.

But Fleske was more than a prosecutor. He was also the son of Marshall’s business partner and neighbor.

KS-03 – What’s happening?

REP. DAVIDS UNVEILS BILL TO ENCOURAGE KANSAS TO EXPAND MEDICAID

(Kansas City Star) – Kansas and Missouri, two of just 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid, would receive added incentive to make the move under legislation introduced Wednesday by House Democrats.

“I’ve long been pushing for Kansas to join the 36 states that have already expanded Medicaid so we can lower health care costs and increase access to health coverage, meaning more people are protected during emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic,” Davids said in a statement Wednesday.

Expansion would extend health coverage to approximately 130,000 low-income Kansans and 200,000 Missourians.

Onward,
KDP Team

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