Friday, July 3, 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?  Check your voter registration status, Sunflower Showcase update, Democratic leaders call for Medicaid Expansion in Kansas, Governor Kelly issues executive order requiring masks to protect Kansans, local COVID-19 updates, Kansas campaign updates, and Trump’s incompetent response to COVID-19.

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND REQUEST YOUR ADVANCE BALLOT FOR AUGUST AND NOVEMBER!

The deadline to register to vote in the August 4th primary election is on Tuesday, July 14.

You can also request an advance ballot by contacting your local election office. The deadline to apply for an advance ballot for the August 4th primary election is July 28, 2020.

SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE: THIS WEEK

Join us this Wednesday as we host KS-04 Candidate Laura Lombard and special guest Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers for our weekly virtual meet-and-greet event. We’re offering a limited time deal for the remaining four events – if you sign up now, you’ll receive access to every Sunflower Showcase event for a discounted price of $30. You can sign up for the Sunflower Showcase HERE. We hope to see you there!

DEMOCRATIC LEADERS CALL FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION IN KANSAS

What’s happening?

Today, Democratic leaders are reaffirming the need for Medicaid expansion in Kansas to improve our state’s public health and economic viability. By allowing Kansas to draw down federal funding, Medicaid expansion would provide affordable healthcare services for up to 150,000 Kansans below the federal poverty threshold, fill coverage gaps and enhance critical healthcare access in rural communities and spur Kansas’s economy statewide.

During the worst public health crisis in a century, Republican leadership in the Kansas legislature refused to bring a bipartisan Medicaid expansion bill to the floor for debate. In contrast, Democratic leaders in Kansans are championing our state’s need for Medicaid expansion to overcome the economic and public health consequences posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve the lives of hardworking Kansans across the Sunflower State.

GOVERNOR KELLY ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING MASKS TO PROTECT KANSANS

What’s happening?

(KCUR) – Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she will issue a new executive order later this week requiring masks. While the State Finance Council will review the order — a Republican-majority panel of legislators that she has clashed with during the pandemic — they cannot revoke it. Only the full Legislature has the ability to do that with a concurrent resolution Kelly’s office said.

“If they care about keeping the businesses in their district open, they won’t fight this one,” Kelly said at a news conference Monday.

WHY ARE KANSAS AND MISSOURI TRYING TO KILL OBAMACARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

What’s happening?

(Kansas City Star) – The attorneys general in Missouri and Kansas are continuing their pointless campaign to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act — in the middle of a pandemic that has claimed more than 1,200 lives in the two states.

Ending the Affordable Care Act now, as the coronavirus continues to ravage both states, is beyond senseless.

But it’s even worse than that. The ACA now says insurance companies must cover patients with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease. That protection will go away if the law dies.

There is growing evidence that patients recovering from COVID-19 can suffer long-term health issues related to the disease — compromised lungs, brain damage, heart and kidney dysfunction. Without mandated coverage for pre-existing conditions, recovered coronavirus patients might be denied insurance, perhaps for decades.

That, apparently, is what Derek Schmidt and Eric Schmitt want.

KANSAS CAMPAIGN UPDATES

U.S. Senate – What’s happening?

FARMERS BACK BARBARA BOLLIER

(Topeka Capital-Journal) – “As a doctor, Dr. Bollier understands the importance of all of the farmers’ ability to feed the country, because, without them, hunger can turn into a public health problem. Dr. Bollier is committed to ensuring that farmers have a say in the Senate by maintaining Kansas’ voice on the Senate Agriculture Committee and protecting the Farm Bill programs that help Kansas ag feed the country. Our agriculture industry deserves leaders like Dr. Bollier, who will help, not hinder farmers.”

KSGOP CANCELS FINAL GOP #KSSEN DEBATE AMONG BACKLASH FROM CANDIDATES

(Kansas City Star) – The Kansas Republican Party has canceled its final debate before the August Senate primary after three of the candidates threatened to boycott over format changes they allege are designed to benefit Rep. Roger Marshall.

The party announced this week that for the final meeting it planned to use an interview format in which candidates would appear on stage one at a time to take questions.

Party officials said this format is allowed under the memorandum of understanding that candidates signed, which states that an event in which candidates “are asked to each respond to questions is considered a debate.” However, Marshall’s opponents say the move is meant to protect the western Kansas congressman from attacks by his rivals.

KS-02 – What’s happening?

TOPEKA RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR DATA-DRIVEN DECISION MAKING

(WIBW) – The city of Topeka is being recognized nationally as one of the best cities at using data and evidence to make decisions.

Topeka is one of 16 cities to achieve the silver level of What Works Cities (WWC) certification.

[WWC] said over the past year, the city has improved transparency, reporting to the governing body and tracking of responsiveness to constituents.

Topeka Mayor, Michelle De La Isla said, “The City of Topeka is data driven when establishing our strategic goals and priorities. By identifying the key issues our community is facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and comparing them to our strategic goals and priorities, we can begin to formulate tailor-made community recovery decisions that provides actionable, long-lasting solutions.”

TRUMP’S INCOMPETENT RESPONSE TO COVID-19

What’s happening?

Despite clear warnings from Dr. Fauci that we are risking an “even greater outbreak” and that the U.S. does not have to see 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, Trump and the Republicans continue to politicize science and insist that “there is no second wave.” Though all studies suggest that masks will help us control COVID-19 transmissions and salvage 5% of our GDP, Republicans, with Trump at the helm, are muddling the message on mask-wearing.

The record-shattering resurgence of cases has left the U.S. isolated as countries shut their doors on us, hospitals struggling to work over-capacity, and Americans poorer and sicker than before. This is the price of the Trump presidency.

There is no good excuse for the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19. Trump has been incompetent at best, and at worst has given up on Americans. At the end of the day, no matter the excuse, it is Americans who are suffering the consequences.

Onward,
KDP Team

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